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Creating Web Pages For Dummies®

Book Description

Chances are, you’re already a Web user and use the Internet on a regular basis. You’ve probably seen a few impressive Web sites and now you’re inspired to create a Web page of your own, but you’re not sure where to start. The answer is: right here!

Creating Web Pages For Dummies guides you through the process of making your own Web pages without hassle or confusion. This straightforward book shows you just how easy it is to launch a site, specialize a page, making your site interactive, and much more! In no time you will become a pro in:

  • Web publishing basics

  • Geocities, Google page creator, and AOL Web publishing

  • Using Flickr, creating blogs, and selling products on eBay

  • HTML and other handy tools to “beef up” your site

  • Writing and formatting Web text

  • Creating and adding graphics for your site

  • Adding links, animation, and multimedia

  • Designing a great-looking, complete Web site

Besides getting to know the ins and outs of building a Web page, this guide offers suggestions on Web publishing, ranging from testing out your Web site and advertising your site to legal permission and displaying borrowed content. This resourceful guide also includes Web lingo worth knowing and a quick guide to HTML tags, which points out some lesser known but nevertheless useful tags. Now in its 8th edition, Creating Web Pages For Dummies will help make your Web page stand out in the crowd!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Authors
  3. Authors' Acknowledgments
  4. Introduction
    1. About This Book
    2. Foolish Assumptions
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. Part‐y Time: How This Book Is Organized
      1. Part I: Create a Web Page Today
      2. Part II: Making a Specialized Page
      3. Part III: Making Web Pages Work Harder
      4. Part IV: Polishing (and Publishing) Your Site
      5. Part V: Getting Interactive
      6. Part VI: The Part of Tens
      7. Part VII: Appendixes
    5. Icons Used in This Book
  5. I. Create a Web Page Today
    1. In this part . . .
    2. 1. Web Publishing Basics
      1. Web Basics 101
        1. Understanding how the Web works
        2. Getting up URL‐y
      2. The “For Dummies” Way to Web Publishing
        1. Making simple things simple
        2. Making difficult things possible
      3. Types of Web Sites
        1. Personal sites
        2. Picture sites
        3. Topical sites
        4. Business sites
        5. Entertainment sites
      4. Thinking Your Web Page Through
        1. Ask “Why am I doing this?”
        2. Don't spend too much time on design
        3. Put the good stuff first
        4. Think twice about download times
        5. Know your audience
        6. Use “text bites”
        7. Look at sites you like
        8. Plan for ongoing improvements
        9. Decide how you define success
    3. 2. Going Worldwide with GeoCities
      1. Starting with a GeoCities Web Page
        1. Checking out Yahoo! GeoCities
        2. Following the city ordinances
      2. Planning Before You Begin
      3. Getting Registered
      4. Begin Building Your Web Site
      5. We're Off to See the Wizard
      6. The Steps to Success
    4. 3. On the Cutting Edge with Google Page Creator
      1. Getting to Know the Creative Capabilities of Google Page Creator
      2. Registering for a Google Account
      3. Creating a Google Page
    5. 4. Web Publishing with AOL and
      1. Choosing the Best Internet Service Provider
      2. Getting Your Web Page Up with AOL or CompuServe
      3. Looking into What AOL Offers
      4. Planning Before You Start
      5. Getting a Start with 1‐2‐3 Publish
      6. Publishing Your First Home Page
  6. II. Making a Specialized Page
    1. In this part . . .
    2. 5. Making a Photo Page with Flickr
      1. What's Great About Flickr
        1. Flickr forward
        2. Flickr flaws
      2. Uploading a Photo to Flickr
      3. Modifying Photos on Flickr
      4. Taking Flickr Farther
    3. 6. Becoming a Wizard with Blogs
      1. Discovering the Wonderful World of Blogs
        1. Finding blogs to read
        2. Finding software for blogging
      2. Using Google's
        1. Setting up your blog
        2. Adding content to your blog
          1. Posting and formatting
          2. Using other Blogger options
    4. 7. Building a Product Page with eBay
      1. Reviewing the eBay‐sics
      2. Posting Your First Item
        1. Choose what to sell
        2. Register as a seller with eBay
        3. Post the item
      3. Selling Your First Item
  7. III. Making Web Pages Work Harder
    1. In this part . . .
    2. 8. Introduction to HTML
      1. Get Ready: A Refreshingly Brief Description of HTML
        1. Viewing HTML documents
        2. Creating HTML documents
        3. Previewing HTML documents
      2. Get Set: HTML Horse Sense
        1. Basic HTML rules
        2. Ten key HTML tags plus one
      3. Go: Creating a Web Page with HTML
        1. Creating a blank file for your HTML
        2. Head users your way to win
        3. Getting a heading and some body
        4. Adding a little list
        5. Looking back (and forward) in anchor
          1. Linking for yourself
          2. Linking from within
        6. Browsing your own weblet
        7. Looking to the next HTML steps
    3. 9. Choosing Your Tools
      1. Choosing Between WYSIWYG and Plain Text
        1. Pluses and minuses of text editors
        2. Pluses and minuses of SeaMonkey Composer
      2. Working with Composer
        1. Running with the SeaMonkeys
        2. Getting SeaMonkey Composer
        3. Using SeaMonkey Composer
      3. Using a Text Editor
    4. 10. Creating Your Home Page
      1. What to Put in a Home Page
        1. Me and my interests
        2. Me and my family
        3. Me and my work
      2. Starting Your Page
        1. Creating your initial page, using HTML
        2. Creating your initial page, using a Web editor
      3. I Never META Tag I Didn't Like
        1. Adding META tags with HTML
        2. Adding META tags with Composer
    5. 11. Filling in Your Home Page
      1. Writing for the Web
        1. Web realities
        2. Web style
        3. Have fun
      2. Formatting Web Text
      3. Using HTML Lists
      4. Entering Text in HTML
        1. Entering and formatting text
        2. Making a list
        3. Looking at the Web page
      5. Entering Text in SeaMonkey Composer
        1. Entering and formatting text
        2. Making a list
        3. Looking at the HTML
    6. 12. Creating Graphics Right (and Left)
      1. Using Graphics in Your Web Site
        1. Using GIF and JPEG graphics formats
        2. Using Web‐safe colors
        3. Obtaining and creating graphics
      2. Dealing with Graphics
        1. Speeding up slow pages
        2. Avoiding three big mistakes
      3. Using Graphics in HTML
        1. Use the <IMG> tag for inline graphics
        2. Add an A for anchor to create a graphical link
      4. Experimenting with Advanced GIFfery
        1. Transparent GIFs
        2. Animated GIFs
        3. Clickable image maps
      5. Adjusting Graphic Size
      6. Flowing Text around Graphics
      7. Putting a Border around a Graphic
      8. Placing a Graphic in SeaMonkey Composer
      9. Placing a Graphic in HTML
  8. IV. Polishing (and Publishing) Your Site
    1. In this part . . .
    2. 13. Adding Links to Your Web Page
      1. Linking Basics
        1. How links work
        2. Links and URLs
          1. Linking to a file on another server
          2. Linking to a file on the same server
          3. Linking within a page
        3. Avoiding mistakes
      2. Linking to a Web Page
        1. Adding Web page links in HTML
        2. Adding Web page links in Composer
      3. Creating a Mailto Link
        1. Creating a mailto link in HTML
        2. Creating a mailto link in Composer
    3. 14. Designing a Good‐Looking Page
      1. Three Key Principles of Design
        1. Achieving simplicity
        2. Producing predictability
        3. Creating consistency
      2. Avoiding Common Design Mistakes
        1. Slow‐loading pages
        2. Ugly color combinations
        3. Small text (and large text, too)
      3. Breaking the Rules Safely
      4. Using Tables and Frames
        1. Creating simple tables
        2. Using tables for layout purposes
        3. Friends don't let friends do frames
    4. 15. Creating a Full Web Site
      1. Creating Your Web Pages
        1. Getting your pages right
        2. Planning versus pushing ahead
        3. Planning your Web site
        4. Creating the content
        5. Publishing your Web site
        6. Stumbling blocks on the Web
      2. Creating Navigation
        1. Arranging your pages
        2. Getting the addresses right
        3. Creating a navigation bar
      3. Getting the Word Out
        1. Publicize your site
        2. Count your blessings — and your users
        3. Keep people coming to your site
    5. 16. Publishing Your Web Pages
      1. Getting Web Server Space
        1. Web hosting service features
        2. Options for Web server space
          1. Using free server space
          2. Using Internet service providers
          3. Using paid‐for server space
          4. Creating your own Web server
        3. Hiring help
      2. Transferring Your Files
        1. Arranging your files before transfer
        2. Transferring your files with FTP
          1. Connecting to an FTP site
          2. Uploading your file(s) and disconnecting
        3. Using an online service file transfer
      3. Putting Your Site to Work
        1. Testing your site
        2. Getting feedback on your site
  9. V. Getting Interactive
    1. In this part . . .
    2. 17. Adding Animation and Multimedia
      1. Understanding Multimedia Pitfalls
      2. Animating Your GIFs
        1. Finding animated GIFs
        2. Adding animated GIFs to your Web page
        3. Creating an animated GIF
      3. The M‐(for Multimedia) Files
      4. Adding a QuickTime Video File
      5. Adding an MP3 Audio File
    3. 18. Adding More Interactivity
      1. Interactivity Made Easy
        1. Using site counters
        2. Adding guestbooks
        3. Incorporating forms and CGIs
      2. Programming Your Pages
        1. JavaScript
        2. Database interactivity
      3. Going beyond HTML
        1. Style sheets — Cascading onto the Web
        2. HTML gets Dynamic
        3. XML x‐es out HTML
        4. The Web enters the twenty‐first century
  10. VI. The Part of Tens
    1. In this part . . .
    2. 19. Ten Web Publishing DOs
      1. DO Think About Your Target Audience
      2. DO Use Good Sites as Models
      3. DO Think Before You Create
      4. DO Get Permissions for Content
      5. DO Use Links to Outside Sites
      6. DO Use Graphics and Multimedia
      7. DO Test Your Pages
      8. DO Publicize Your Site
      9. DO Ask for Feedback
      10. DO Update Your Site
    3. 20. Ten Web Publishing DON'Ts
      1. DON'T Limit Your Audience
      2. DON'T Break Netiquette Rules
      3. DON'T “Borrow” Content without Asking
      4. DON'T Abuse Graphics and Multimedia
      5. DON'T Forget ALT Text and Text Versions of Menus
      6. DON'T Forget the Basics
      7. DON'T Start by Setting Up Your Own Web Server
      8. DON'T Make Your Site Hard to Navigate
      9. DON'T Forget the “World” in World Wide Web
      10. DON'T Be Afraid to Find Out More
  11. VII. Appendixes
    1. In this part . . .
    2. A. Web Words Worth Knowing
    3. B. A Quick Guide to HTML Tags
      1. Versions of HTML
      2. How to Use This Appendix
      3. Reading the Tables
      4. Widely Supported Tags
      5. Other Widely Used Tags
      6. Less Frequently Used Tags