Designing A Personal Website
Useful Programs for managing your website
Tracking Visitors to Your Website: Google Analytics
Google offers a free service Google Analytics to track visitors to your website. To get listed, you will need to paste a section of code into the HTML of your website. Go to the above address to sign up, and from there you will be able to copy and paste the required code into your website.
Get Your Site Listed on Google
Google Webmaster Tools allow you to see any errors that Google encountered when they last indexed your site. To use the free tool, you will need to upload a special file (provided whens you sign up). This tool also allows you to list your site with Google if they have not found it already.
Assigning a Password to Your Website
If you want to password protect a portion of your website, the easiest thing to do is to password protect an entire folder. Once you do this, all files within that folder can be accessed only after entering a password. See http://rohan.sdsu.edu/~zvoleff/GEOG101 for an example. Setting up a password is most easily done using SSH, and a ".htaccess" file. Let us know if you are interested in doing this, as we can show you how.
Making a Wiki
There are many free wiki scripts floating around the internet. One that is fairly easy to setup and use, and that doesn't require a database, is PmWiki. This is the software being used to run this wiki.
Adding an Image Gallery
If you want to add an image gallery to your site, there are many ways of doing so. The simplest is to add a series of tables containing your images. For something more complicated, the Simple Picture Gallery Manager (SPGM) is one easy way to set up an image gallery without worrying about having a database. See http://rohan.sdsu.edu/~zvoleff/photo_gallery for an example. See the above (Attach:public_html_zvoleff.zip) for the code behind this gallery.
Useful PHP Scripts and Templates
There are several other convenient things you can do in PHP if you are interested. If you are interested in any of these possibilities, talk to Alex and he will be happy to go through them with you. Several possibilities are: