About the Internet
About Web Browsers
Why Domain Names
About HTML Tags
Basic HTML Page
DTDs and Doctype Tags
Spaces and New Lines
Bold, Italics, More
Comments in HTML
How to Add Images
Sources of Images
Image File Formats
Color in HTML & CSS
"Web-safe" Color Chart
Formatting with Tables
Intro to CSS
Ways to include CSS
Some Useful CSS
CSS Hover for Links
Promoting Your Site
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)
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.
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.
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: