HTML

HTML stands for Hyper Text Mark-up Language. It is what makes up webpages.
Oh, and before I forget a webpage is a single page that you view. A website is a collection of pages that link together and have a central starting page which is called a homepage.
Now I could go in depth about how to create a website but it all depends on what you want it to look like. I have a little proccess that I go through when I design a webpage.

What is the webpage going to look like?

Now if I have some information I want to be online I first think about what I want the reader to read. I then take a sheet of white paper and write that information on it and what types of titles I want on the top and any pictures or links I can think of. Then I'll write notes on any neat effects I want or anything like that.

My style of webpage design

To me there is nothing more annoying than a horrible color scheme on a page. Especially homepages about people. All of my pages have the same format and design wish links them to my homepage. I think of webpages as a free bulletin board that everyone in the world can see. Everyone in the world should have a page about themselves. I like reading books and magazines and for the most part these layouts have a larg black title and normal size text all on white paper. Ahhh, simplicity. On occasion I'll come across some neat backgrounds but most of the websites I like best (yahoo, dogpile)) have this type of design.

I like pictures and little icons and logos too but I also like being original with these. There are tons of gifs and jpgs but I try to make my own or change one to make it my own.

Create the Page

Personally I hand code most of my webpages. Hand coding means typing up all of the brackets and codes that a webpage needs to be read by your browser. It has taken me years to learn bits and pieces here and there on how to do this. I am still only a novice. I hand code because it makes things easier when I have to change something on my site. I can also track down any problems I encounter on my site and pinpoint what is wrong with them.
I do use some programs to help me out however. I mostly use Notepad to do editing on my pages. I use html color picker to help me find the color codes. I also used Smartdraw to make my map on my Places I've Been webpage.

Anyway..

There are other some other things I've learned that I thought were kinda neat! There is a difference between the web and the internet. The web refers to the worldwide web (the www prefix infront of some sites). The Internet is anything following the http:// in your location bar (http stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol). Most sites are both on the internet and on the World Wide Web (like http://hmatt.com and http://www.hmatt.com). But some sites like my college have a site on only the World Wide Web (http://www.clark.edu http://clark.edu).


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