Web Site Creation

by Amy L. Schroeder

Anyone can create and publish a web site. A computer, an Internet connection, knowledge of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), and creativity make this possible. Get a computer from a reputable store and purchase an Internet connection through a local Internet provider. Knowledge of HTML requires inquiry, study, and diligent practice. The fourth tool, creativity, depends on personal preference and ingenuity, making the possibilities unlimited.

HTML, the functioning aspect of web page design, allows the user to format text; add graphics, images, videos, and sound; layout page elements; and insert hyperlinks, frames, and forms. Achieving interactivity in web pages occurs through the use of small programs called scripts. Scripts allow the user to include the date and time in the web page, to create visitation counters, to change frames with one hyperlink, to load images into the cache for quick viewing, and to create rollovers. The most common scripts are JavaScript and VB (Visual Basic) Script.

HTML code consists of directions called tags, enclosed in greater than and less than signs. Tags tell browsers how to display text and multimedia elements on their screens. Tags can be applied to entire paragraphs or to individual words and characters.
Scripts allow the user to include the date and the time in the web page, to create visitation counters, to change frames with one hyperlink, to load images into the cache for quick viewing, and to create rollovers.

To write web pages, use either HTML software programs (such as FrontPage or Dreamweaver), or use text editors (such as Notepad or Simple Text). HTML software programs automatically code the web page into HTML so the user only needs to enter the content and design. Text editors, however, require the user to code and enter the page’s content and design.

Before beginning, remember that the computer, monitor, browser type, and Internet connection speed affect how the web page/site is viewed. Consider these facts, write for the users, and enjoy the process.

 

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