PowerPoint-createing-siteAfter your initial shock realizing that you can use Microsoft PowerPoint to create a website, you must be wondering how you can go about doing so. The points and steps mentioned below will help you create a good website with some static web pages for your needs.

1.   Decide on your starting point

Your first step should be to decide if you prefer to start from a blank canvas, better called a ‘New blank document’ in PowerPoint, or if you would prefer to use a template. If you opt for a template, your design work will be greatly reduced and you could end up with better results, especially after you tweak the template to suit your needs. A great place to find some templates is at powerslides.com.

2.   Save a PowerPoint slide as a Webpage

Once you have decided on the layout and design of your slides, and after you have added some content to your slides, you need to save the document as a webpage. You could save the slides as a normal static webpage or you could save the presentation as a single file webpage using the .mht format.

The limitation to using the .mht format is that the webpage will only be accessible through Microsoft’s internet explorer and not through other web browsers.

3.   Choose an appropriate title

While in the ‘Save As’ dialog box, if you haven’t already changed the title to your presentation, you can edit it here if you so wish. Microsoft will convert the title into the name of the website.

Then click on the ‘Save’ button in order to choose the default publishing options.

It is important to note here that, while you were creating your slides, if you left the page header blank on your slides, PowerPoint will export this page with the next few words it finds in the presentation as a hyperlink to this webpage. This page header is actually what PowerPoint converts to become your webpage header.

4.   Publishing options

If you want more creative control over the other publishing options while saving your PowerPoint created website, you will be able to do the following things through the publishing options, ‘Web Options Dialog Box’.

· The general tab will give you options on how you would like to display your document or webpage.

· The browser tab will allow you to have control over browser support by allowing you to make your webpage accessible to more users, using different browsers or browser versions.

· The pictures tab allows you to optimize the pictures in your presentation or webpage for the internet. You can choose image resolutions for the webpage here.

· The fonts tab allows you to change settings that will be all-encompassing for your webpage.

There are a few other options available, such as an encoding tab, but this option should be ideally left at its default settings.

Once you have made all the necessary changes that you need to, save the document and voila! You have created a static website using PowerPoint.

Author Bio. Patrick Schou has been a web designer for the last 13 years. He started off his web design career by designing websites using ppt templates from powerslides.com. Visit his website for more information.