4. Checking and Advertising Your Site

Once you have set up your Web pages, there are some things to you should do:

Check your HTML
Check your pages using a general HTML validator (like that at W3C: http://validator.w3.org)
Check Your CSS
If your site uses CSS (recommended) you should check it using the W3C CSS validator.
Check Site Accessibility
Check for page accessibility by using an online checker such as WAVE: http://wave.webaim.org/. University sites must follow the University's Accessibility Standard Rules.
Get Listed on the Personal Pages Index
You can add your site to the list of Personal Pages by logging into Personal Web Pages. On this page you will see a sentence saying: ‘Include "Your Name" in personal pages index’. Click the Yes radio button followed by the Save Changes button to complete the process.
Set Up Access Statistics
Get access statistics by logging in to Personal Web Pages, On the opening page you will see Web Counts and a drop down box. Select [Yes] and press the Save Changes button. You will receive an email once a week with details of the number of visitors your site has received. If you do not want to receive this information any more, return to the Personal Web Pages site and select [No] from the list and save.
Search Engine Submission
Submit your site to the top search engines. Each search engine has its own submission pages where you can tell them about your site. Once you have submitted the URL of your site, the search engine spider will visit and index your site. There are many factors that influence where your site comes in search results. The more accessible and correctly coded your site is, the more likely the site will appear higher up in the rankings. See http://searchenginewatch.com/ for some tips about internet search engines and search engine submission.

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