Put Your Office on the Internet

The marketing guy walks into your office and says, "We need to get on the Internet now! Our competitors have just put up their own Web site! When can you have it done?"

If you haven't faced this situation yet, you soon will. Almost every business in America will soon have its own World Wide Web site. Web sites will be as standard as business cards. Industry analysts predict 160,000 Windows NT-based Web servers will be sold in 1996. If you combine the hardware and software represented by this figure, you're talking about an emerging $2 billion market opportunity.

In our Focus section this month, Windows NT Magazine starts you on the path to creating your own Web presence: nothing fancy, mind you, just your basic black-and-white "business card." We've provided two levels of Web development--quick and complete. The Web Site Quick Path lists the steps required to quickly create your own Web site--your first "Hello World" program on the Internet. The Web Site Complete Path shows how to create a Web site with a solid foundation for continued Web development.

As we continue our WebDev series in future issues, we'll explore database connectivity, secure transactions, electronic cash (e-cash), order entry, multimedia, and other advanced features of Web development. See you on the Internet!

Web Site Quick Path
* Find an Internet Access Provider (IAP)
* Apply for your own domain name. Your IAP can help.
* Obtain 14.4K bps or 28.8K bps SLIP access from your IAP (see the article "The SLIP/PPP Route").
* Download the EMWAC Web Server.
* Install EMWAC on Windows NT Workstation (see "Build Your Own Web Site in Less Than an Hour").
* Set up parameters using IAP's DNS and SMTP services.
* Create your own home page (see "Build Your Own Web Site in Less Than an Hour").
Web Site Complete Path
* Find an Internet Access Provider (IAP)
* Apply for your own domain name. Your IAP can help.
* Install Windows NT Server.
* Determine your connectivity scheme (see "Your Internet Roadmap").
* Determine your security scheme (see "Is the Internet a Safe Place to Live?").
* Configure DNS, DHCP, and SMTP.
* Select a commercial Web package (see "Commercial Web Servers for Windows NT").
* Determine your Web development tools.
* Continue on-going Web development.