Build My Own Website

Would you like to have your own website? Frontier High-Speed Internet customers can have their website hosted by Frontier.

Note: Frontier does not support PHP scripts in your web pages. This will not affect you if you're working in HTML or anything but PHP code.

One of the most important steps in creating your website is planning. Here's how:

  1. Make a list of things you want on your website—vacation photos, links to other sites, your contact information, your résumé. This will ensure that nothing gets left out.
  2. Organize your content (words, pictures, etc.) into logical groups. Each group will become a page on your website.

    For example, let's say you want to show off your poetry and photography. Decide how you want to split them up: Do you want poems on one web page and photos on another? Or do you want to group them by theme, with one poem and one accompanying photo per page?
  3. Sketch each web page on paper before you proceed. Use simple boxes to define the different parts of the page. Take a look at other websites you like. Figure out what you like about them and notice how they're arranged. What ideas can you borrow from them?

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It's the coding language many web pages are written in. And it's pretty easy to learn.

Using any simple text editor like Windows' Notepad, you can type basic HTML commands that will display your web pages when uploaded to your web space.

Here are a few basic commands to get your web page started:

  • When writing in HTML, there is always a beginning and ending tag—that is, a beginning and ending action. (Two exceptions: line break tags and image tags.)
    <html> indicates the beginning of an HTML page.
    </html> indicates the end of an HTML page.
  • Between those <html> tags you need a head and a body, and inside the body, you need a title. So here is your most basic template to follow:
    <title>Place the title of your web page here</title>
       Place the contents of your web page here.
  • To make any text appear bold, surround it with <b> and </b> (bold) tags.
    <b> indicates the beginning of bold text
    </b> indicates the end of bold text
  • To separate your text into paragraphs, surround it with <p> and </p> (paragraph) tags.
    <p>This is a single paragraph.</p>
  • To add extra spaces between lines of text, use a <br> (line break) tag, one <br> per space.
    This is me<br>
    123 Fake Street<br>
    Anytown, ST 12345
  • To add an image to your web page, use an <img src="image.gif" /> (image) tag, where "src" means source (the location of the image file), and image.gif is the name of the image you are adding to your site.
    <img src="/photos/vacation1.jpg" alt="my favorite vacation pic" />
  • To add links to your web page (that is, create links to other websites), use a hyperlink tag where is the site you want to link to.
    <a href="">text to display</a>

When you're finished creating the HTML for your web page, save your main page—your homepage—as index.html. Web browsers will automatically display the "index.html" page first when someone comes to your website.

Any other pages on your site should have short names with no spaces and end in .html. Your page files may have names like index.html, vacation.html, resume.html, about.html, and so on.

A WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) Program is one that creates web page code for you. All you do is insert your own content, make some choices about how you want it to look, and the program generates the HTML code, ready to put online.

Visit for a list of HTML editors that are guaranteed safe.

As with any software program, be sure to check the PC or Mac system requirements before you download and install it.

If the page you're creating is going to be the first page—the home page—of your website, save it as index.html. Web browsers will automatically display the index.html page first when someone comes to your website. Any other pages on your site should have short names, with no spaces, and end in .html. Your page files may have names like index.html, vacation.html, resume.html, about.html, and so on.

A web counter lets you see how many times your page has been visited. Counters typically look something like the odometer on a car and are incremented with each new visit. Because our customers have asked us about web counters so often, we're including a bunch of them here for you to choose from.

Some basic instructions:

  1. Choose your favorite counter below and copy the code for it (e.g., <img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&ft=0">).
  2. If the code includes "sample.dat", replace the word "sample" with your Frontier, FrontierNet, Citlink, Newnorth, Epix, or GVNI username.
  3. If the code includes "lit=0123456", replace it with "df=username.dat" where "username" is your Frontier/FrontierNet/Citlink/Newnorth/Epix/GVNI username.
  4. Place the revised code on your web page in the spot where you want it to appear.
  5. Launch the  Frontier Account Editor* to set up a web counter data file or else your web counter will not work.
Counter / Description Code
web counter 1
Simple, no frame, digit style A (default)
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&ft=0">
web counter 2
Frame with default frame color and thickness of 4
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&ft=4">
web counter 3
Calculate difference between two dates and times
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?cdf=1999;7;16;22;0;0&cdt=1999;7;17;10;0;0">
web counter 4
Random digits because no datafile (df=sample.dat) is specified
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=0">
web counter 5
Digit style B
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&dd=B">
web counter 6
Digit style C, display comma if more than 3 digits
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&dd=C&comma=T">
web counter 7
Digit style D
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=3&df=sample.dat&dd=D">
web counter 8
Digit style E, transparent white
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?trgb=ffffff&df=sample.dat&dd=E">
web counter 9
Red frame, default thickness
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&frgb=ff0000">
Hidden counter <img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&sh=F">
web counter 10
Literal string with comma
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?lit=94032048040320&comma=T&dd=D&ft=2">
web counter 11
Set frame color can with Red, Green and Blue values
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=4&lit=0123456&frgb=0;0;255">
web counter 12
Set frame color with hex values
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=4&lit=0123456&frgb=0000ff">
web counter 13
Set frame color with color name
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=4&lit=0123456&frgb=Gray">
web counter 14
Change digit color to default pen color
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?lit=1234567&chcolor=T">
web counter 15
Change digit color to yellow
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?lit=1234567&srgb=00ff00&prgb=ffff00">
web counter 16
Show time in 12-hour format
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?display=clock">
web counter 17
Show time in 12-hour format without a leading zero (no padding)
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?display=clock&pad=F">
web counter 18
Show time in 24-hour format
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?display=clock&tformat=24">
web counter 19
Show time in GMT format
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?display=clock&timezone=GMT+0000">
web counter 20
Show time in a particular GMT zone
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?display=clock&timezone=GMT+0600">
web counter 21
Show full date (DD-MM-YY)
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?display=date&dformat=ddmmyy">
web counter 22
Make digits transparent
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&trgb=00ff00">
web counter 23
Make black background color transparent
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=sample.dat&trgb=000000">
web counter 24
Make black background color transparent, change digits to gray
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?srgb=00ff00&prgb=101010&df=sample.dat&trgb=000000">
web counter 25
Rotate 270 degrees
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=0&df=sample.dat&rotate=T&dd=D">
web counter 26
Rotate 180 degrees
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=0&df=sample.dat&dd=D&degrees=180">
web counter 27
Rotate 90 degrees
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?ft=0&df=sample.dat&degrees=90&dd=D&prgb=ffff00">

* You must be on the Frontier network in order to access the Frontier Account Editor. If you are in a hotel or at the office, you may not be able to access the Frontier Account Editor.

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