How to Design Your Own Web Page

So your presence on MySpace and Facebook isn't enough for you, and you've decided you want to launch a full-fledged personal web page. It's time to take advantage of the Internet's massive space and convenience, as well as its ability to transform the trivial by etching it into the ether for eternity.


First of all, visit your favorite page and see what you like on it. Look at what the designer of the page has done to impress you, and keep it in mind when planning your own site.


We are going to show you how to construct a simple personal page, which will demonstrate the essential features of web authoring, while saving the use of bells and whistles for a later installment. Your multimillion-dollar e-commerce portal and IPO will have to wait for another time (and another eHow).

Instructions

  1. Learn About Some of the Methods for Creating Your Own HTML Document

    • There are several ways to create HTML documents. First of all, you can type in HTML code instructions and content yourself, using a text-editing program. Simple text editors are included with all Microsoft Windows operating systems (WordPad and Notepad), and on the Mac (SimpleText). These are basically stripped-down word processors that your computer already has. You can also use an HTML editor like Microsoft SharePoint Designer. These applications let a user simply point and click his way to a completed web page, without ever having to look at a confusing line of HTML code. Finally, several word-processing and desktop-publishing applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign) allow you to easily convert your word-processed documents into HTML code by saving them in HTML format.

      We'll be using the first method, raw HTML code. We will also be coding our HTML by hand because: 1) it will help you to better understand how web pages work; 2) you will then know how to edit pages, no matter how they were created; and 3) some browsers may not recognize all of the features an application might add to a web page. Think of it like learning to drive on a stick shift--learning the tough way first gives you the skills to drive any car in the future.

Next: Obtain Web Space

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