Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Personal Pages: The Web, Your Way (Part 1: Introduction)

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Every time you open your browser to a website, you are presented with a start page. Yahoo.com, MSN.com, and any other site you can think of does this, and you may not even think aboout it. The problem is, you are presented with someone else's idea of content that is useful. There is another option: you can make your own personal pages, with content that is relevant to your needs.Here is the information on how to create your own Start Page for your browser. I find this a very useful thing, because all of "my" favorite, most-used and often-needed links and resources are just a mouse-click away.

First, gather your tools: You will need a template. If you don't want to make your own, you can find scores online for free. One of the best sources I've found for free templates is Open Source Web Design. Once you've chosen your template, you will need a text editor. I use Notepad,but I've also found Notetab and
Crimson Editor which is a good freeware product, especially useful.

You will of course need some basic knowledge of html and/or css. You will find many excellent tutorials for these on the Internet if you don't already know them. One excellent tutorial source is W3C HTML; this site includes CSS tutorials and information, plus all sorts of other useful guides and help files. Another good source of html information is found at HTMLBasix. I've also used some Javascripts on my page; Javascript.com is one of the resources I've used for the scripts, which are also available for free. The site includes helpful Guides and Reference materials you can download as well; they are for beginners as well as advanced users, so don't be afraid to have a look around.

What do you do, though, if you've never even SEEN html code? Don't panic. I'll talk about that in Part two...