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Web history publishing

Page 1 – Introduction

A new way to do history

Books are no longer the only way to publish history. The World Wide Web (the Web) enables you to publish history cheaply and creatively and to take it – even local or family history – to the world.

A website can complement, advertise or replace a book. You do not need to limit yourself to blocks of text and still pictures. You can add sound and movement with sound clips, video or interactive games.

Through hypertext links you can connect with existing web pages or add detailed resources for specialist users.

Whether you build a site yourself or get professional help, start with your own requirements document. Can you answer these questions?

  • What do I want to achieve with the website?
  • Who is/are my target audience/s?
  • How big will the site be (number of pages)?
  • How many sections will the site need? (Make a list of these, for example, home, about me, links, etc.)
  • Will the site include images or other multimedia? If so, how many will it have, and what size will they need to be?
  • How much money can I afford to spend?
How to cite this page

Web history publishing, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated