It's remarkable how many organizations, chess clubs,
and amateur chess fans have put together web pages.
Whether you already have a chess web site or you
just want to know where to get started learning about
web publishing, this page should give you some of
the guidance you need. Down the road, I hope to expand
this section to include tutorials.
The Essential Sites
Offers lots of free help and programs to create a chess web site using the
excellent Palamede program (free). I especially recommend that you look at
Pages (which show you a wide range of layouts and designs) and that you
download the Palmate program
(which makes creating playable Java games from PGN files a snap). A fantastic
free resource that every chess webmaster needs to know about.ChessBase
The people who bring us Fritz and ChessBase programs, which can be used to
Output: Publishing with Fritz and Friends by
Mig Greengard (ChessBase Cafe)
An excellent article on using Fritz (and other ChessBase software) to create
Knights Help Pages
Some useful HTML and links to help you put up a basic chess website.
Chess Problems and Articles on the Web
A good series of articles with screenshots that takes you through the basic
on the Net
Graham Brown offers excellent advice both to web browsers and web masters.
See especially his article on Making
Money on the Net.
Your Chess Homepage Series (no longer available
at that location but accessible through the Web
Archive at My
the Zukertort Homepage, Zukertort
Article 1, etc.)
Tim Harding had published a series of articles on web publishing using Palmede's
technology as a starting point and offering the example of his Zukertort
Web Site as a model. This was a wonderful series of articles for anyone thinking
about building their own web site, but it appears no longer to be available.
See also the Blogs pages
on this site. Setting up a web log is the cheap
and easy way of creating a chess website.
The classic place to set up a web log.
a Site Blog Appeal by Arin Hailey (also here).
A useful introduction to linking a blog to your
Quick and Dirty Guide to Using LT-PGN Viewer by Edward Gaillard
A useful explanation of how to use an I-frame to
embed Java-viewable boards into your blog.
Public Domain Images and Graphics
One of the best collections of pictures and graphics.
An excellent source for finding royalty-free stock photos.
Some interesting graphics from the Huntsville Chess Club.
A great collection of images to use in playing variations on chess.
Images from the early days of chess.
A small selection plus downloads.
Instruction and Other Issues
Games Belong to the World by Tim Harding
An interesting discussion of why game scores must never be copyrighted.
Little Tutorial on PGN
A very useful discussion of Portable Game Notation.
Below are some links I have found useful in looking
for a host. I recommend that before you commit to
a service you surf the web and online forums looking
for anyone complaining about them (or praising them).
Do some basic consumer investigating before you purchase.
A good place to hear what people think.
A very well-reviewed web host.
A good place to start out.
A reliable host with lots of support and good prices. And I can recommend
them from personal experience. Especially good for beginners.
Offers a variety of options and the "yahoo" name.
Well, you get what you pay for....
Other Potentially Useful Utilities
Mann's Chess Pages
Mann has some of the best free software around.
Promises free server space for chess-related sites.
Everything you ever wanted to know about computer chess programming.
chess games on the web with xbdtohtml
I have not used this program and there are some disclaimers, but it seems
to convert game scores into HTML and can be used for live webcasts.
Provides the best free software for playing chess by computer.
be a useful feature at your website.
A collection of programs for managing game files.
Pages - Free Chess
Programs and instructions.
A useful collection of tutorials from the Rutgers Writing Program.
A great collection of technical and design turotials to improve your website.
The best collection of free tutorials devoted to Adobe Photoshop. Also check
out GoodTutorials and Photoshop
Design Tutorials and Advice
The classic resource on web design.
Jakob Nielsen's great site devoted to improving web usability.
A great set of useful design tutorials by Dmitry Kirsanov.
Good Web Editors and Other Programs
If you can afford it (or if you can get a good student discount or something),
Macromedia's Dreamweaver MX is by far the best web editing program around.
It can take a little while to learn, but once you understand the basics you
will be able to manage quite a large and complex site. Try their 30-day
The best image editing program going.
Allows you to put any sort of document onto the web in PDF format.