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How to set up a website using Microsoft Office Live

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We're going to put together a site using Microsoft's free Office Live program. To get started, go to OfficeLive.co.uk and enter a name for your website in the box at the top. Hit Go to see if your domain name is available - you may have to try a few. Fortunately for us, DavidAlexanderPrice.com was free.

Step 1

Step 1

Select a type of account from the list. They're all free for the first three months, but the Essentials and Premium editions will cost you a monthly fee after that point. We've gone for the completely free Basics. Nevertheless, you have to enter credit card details, which Microsoft says is necessary to thwart fake accounts.

Step 2

Step 2

Choose an ID, password and secret question and answer, then enter an alternate email address, your birth year and your credit card details. You'll have to wait a few minutes for the authentication process to complete and then around 24 hours before your site becomes accessible by the public.

Step 3

Step 3

Under the WebSite section, hit Design Site. This will take you to the Page Manager page, which is the central hub for managing your site. The site starts with four default pages - these are listed under ‘Page name'. You can add entries to this list, but we'll start working on the main page - hit Edit next to Home.

Step 4

Step 4

If you find the default elements boring, change the main picture by clicking on the Theme drop-down menu at the top of the page. We found a suitable photo of some circuitry under ‘Computers & Electronics'. Then select options from the Style and Colours drop-down menus to adjust the layout and look of the site.

Step 5

Step 5

Click on the header (where by default it says “Welcome! Add your site slogan here”) and write something appropriate, then adjust the point size and font. Repeat this simple process to change any of the text throughout your site - each time you move to a new page you'll be prompted to save. Next, we'll add a picture.

Step 6

Step 6

Before adding pictures, you need to download Microsoft's Office Live Image Uploader program. Click Image Gallery, under the WebSite section of the start page (or from the lefthand side of the Page Manager). Hit Download and Yes when prompted, then follow the setup wizard.

Step 7

Step 7

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