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Internet Basics
   About the Internet
   About Web Browsers
   Why Domain Names

Getting Started
   Making Webpage Files
   Naming Webpage Files

HTML Basics
   About HTML Tags
   Basic HTML Page
   DTDs and Doctype Tags
   Spaces and New Lines
   Special Characters
   Bold, Italics, More
   Writing Headlines
   Adding Links
   Making Lists
   Comments in HTML

Images and Colors
   How to Add Images
   Sources of Images
   Image File Formats
   Optimizing Images
   Color in HTML & CSS
   "Web-safe" Color Chart

More Advanced HTML
   Making Tables
   Formatting with Tables
   Making Forms
   Using Imagemaps
   Using Frames
   Meta Tags

Cascading Style Sheets
   Intro to CSS
   Ways to include CSS
   Some Useful CSS
   CSS Hover for Links

   Promoting Your Site
   How-To's Homepage

Making a web page file that you can read in your browser

How to create a web page file on a non-Windows computer (Mac,Linux,etc)

  1. Open your favorite text editor (eg: SimpleText, BBEdit, vi, pico, emacs)

  2. Write your page content (see the rest of this site for that).

  3. Save your file as index.html or whatever legal page name you wish .html

How to create a web page file on a Windows PC.

Once you are comfortable with this it is simple also. However because Windows thinks it is smarter than you are and isn't, I'm including instructions on how to deal with that.

Use WordPad or any other plain text editor.

WordPad is a standard part of the Windows operating system and will be found on all Windows computers unless it was deliberately removed by someone. WordPad is NOT MSWord. Use WordPad not Word for this.

( To open WordPad from the Start Menu choose Programs -> Accessories -> WordPad )

Type in the tags and text to make your web page.

See the rest of the site for this, though for your first try at this you can just type anything.

Save the file as plain text.

When the box opens asking you what to save the file as:

Name the file index.html or other legal web file name.

If you are using WordPad: Select Text Document from the dropdown list in the box below the file name when you save.

If you are using NotePad: Select All Files (*.*) as your type.

You will see an alert message warning that your formatting may be lost. This is arrogant nonsense. Don't let it worry you. Press OK.

Check that it really did save the file as the right type.

If it did, the icon for your file will resemble the icon for your default browser.


If your default browser is IE it will look like a sheet of paper with a big blue e.

If Netscape is your default browser it will either have a ship's steering wheel or a large N depending on which version of Netscape you have.

Not Good

If it looks like a notebook with writing on it, or a blank window, or a paper with a W on it, or anything else, it is wrong and you will need to fix it.

How to fix it if it is wrong

If it has a W on it, you will need to save the file again, being sure to save it as a Text Document and saying OK at the warning prompt.

If it is a notebook or a blank window - first try changing the file name to index.html either by clicking on it once and pressing F2 or by left-clicking on it and choosing Rename from the popup menu.

You will probably see another warning box that threatens your file will become unusable. It is lying. Just press 'OK'

If the icon did not change to an IE or Netscape one:

  1. Open 'My Computer'

  2. From the View menu pick Folder Options

  3. Select the tab that says View

  4. Find the box that is labeled "Hide file extensions for known file types"

  5. Click the box to remove the check mark, then press 'OK'

  6. Rename your file again, removing anything after the ".html" in your filename (probably .txt or .com).

  7. You will probably see another warning box, claiming that your file will become unusable if you change the extension. It is wrong. Just press 'OK'.