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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open your picture in an image-editing program such as Photoshop Elements. If necessary, change its colour mode to RGB (Image, Mode, RGB Color in Photoshop), then save it as a Jpeg. Go back to the Image Gallery and hit Upload. Browse for the picture, tick it and select Upload Now. It will be added to your Image Gallery.
From the Page Manager, click Edit next to Home (or whichever page you want to work on), then Image. This brings up the list of pics in your Image Gallery. Pick a picture and click ok, and it will appear in the web page. Drag-and-drop it to the correct position, then adjust the size using the corner arrows.
To expand the number of pages in your website, click New Page in the Page Manager. You'll be presented with a list of page templates - we'll start with a General one. Give your page a name, URL and navigation position (where you want it to be listed on your site), then click Finish.
Customise your page with pictures and text as before, using the options listed under the Page Editor tab. If you want to have more than one text box, click on Layout and select an appropriate option. You can also add horizontal rules, bulleted lists and comparative tables.
Our page includes a list of features on pcadvisor.co.uk, so we're going to add hyperlinks to the articles. To do this, highlight the text you wish to form the link, then click Hyperlink. Select Web, then write in the address of the article. Don't include “http://” - this will be added for you. Then click Apply.
The Module button allows you to import pre-prepared elements, such as stock tickers and weather reports. We're going to add a map of our location to the Contact Us page. Click Module, Map & directions, then add your address and click ok. A map then appears. Make sure your browser allows pop-ups.
Finally, we'll add a downloadable PDF to one of the articles. From the Page Manager, click Document Gallery, then Upload, Browse. Find your PDF and hit Open, then Add, Upload. Now when you highlight some text and click Hyperlink, choose the option Document, and the PDF will be available on the list.