About.com Article: Building Your First Website

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About.com Article: Building Your First Website

Postby Brian » Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:48 pm

This is an article from About.com. The information is a little bit dated, but it's still good on the basics.

Sometimes, simplicity is good, especially when you're building your first Web page. Apart from being easier to design, a basic page loads quickly in any browser. Here we show you how to build a simple page. When you're ready to take the next step, turn to "Easy Steps to a Great Site" for tips on designing your site and adding interactive elements like rollovers, shopping carts, and polls.

HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the language of the Web, the code that governs every Web site. But while learning HTML is valuable for getting under the hood, using a basic WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor is a far easier way to create a simple Web site. You enter text just as you would with a word processor, drop in images, and add links--the software creates all the HTML automatically in the background.

Web editors are available in all levels of complexity, and they can be expensive. But a basic WYSIWYG editor like Microsoft FrontPage Express or Netscape Composer is all you need to get off the ground. And you may already have one on your PC. If you use Windows 98 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or later, FrontPage Express may be preinstalled; Netscape users probably have a version of Composer.

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