Construct Web Page

Once your HTML editor is installed, you are ready to begin construction. The first thing to do is to orient yourself to the HTML editor. Most products have a tutorial and "help" features. In general, however, these tools are intuitive and function much like word processors.

HTML editors let you insert images into the body of a document and create hyperlinks to other pages.  They also allow you to insert additional HTML code wherever you like. This is useful should you want to insert a page counter or video player.

Hyperlinks are words or graphics on a web page that, when clicked, take the visitor to another page in the site or to a different website. To add a hyperlink, you simply highlight the text field or graphic, select the hyperlink icon and specify the destination web address (URL).

The home page in your site should be assigned the file name "index.html". Other pages in your website can be assigned any names you like however keep the names short and avoid using special characters. (e.g. #, @).  For simplicity, all web page file names should end with ".html".

If you feel really brave, you can write your HTML program using a simple text editor such as WordPad rather than using an HTML Editor. WordPad is a utility program that is bundled with Microsoft operating systems (e.g. Windows XP).

To begin, find a simple web page on the Internet that you like and save it to your directory. Copy the graphics from that same web page to your hard drive. Print off the HTML code and examine how it works! You can then make some minor changes to the HTML and watch the results in your web browser (i.e. Chrome, IE, Safari). Don't forget to save your program changes and "reload" your page in your browser. This method is not recommended for everyone, but is a very good way to learn HTML.

There are plenty of good programming guides available on the Internet which explain the basic syntax of the HTML language.  Tools are also available to validate the HTML that you write.

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