Getting On The Web
Today there are many ways to have a presence on the web. All the major web  provider,
such as  MSN, AOL and Yahoo allow you to have a presence  on the web in groups or
spaces. There are other websites like My Space Face Book, You Tube and various blogs
and forums that will give you presence on the web. There are companies that host your
own website for free and even give you the tools you need to build a simple site. There
are  two draw backs to these free web sites. One they put their ads on your site. Two
your web address is www.their name.com/your name. If you want to have your own
domain name and put your own ads up you will need to pay. There are companies that
will not only host your web site for a very modest fee but they will also give you all the
tools you need to build it. Some of them allow you to build very sophisticated websites
with all the tolls you need to market your products on the web. The free sites are a good
way to get your feet wet and learn how to build a site. But if you want to have a money
making site you will need to eventually have to have to have a site with your own domain
name that you pay for. On this page, we will look at your different web hosting options
and get into the nuts and bolts of how you create a site and put it on the web for the
world to see.
Resources For Learning
Go to any book store and look at all the books on websites. There are books on building
web sites  There are books on marketing your products on the web.  There are books on
how to get your web site picked up by search engines.  Obviously these few web pages
cannot cover all that you need to know. The purpose of these pages is to give you a few
basics and some idea of what to look for. The first step to learning is knowing where to
look for the knowledge that you need. There are also many online resources, even a lot
for free.
Web Page Editors
There are different types of editors for building web pages Some like the word
processing programs that you are familiar are "What You See Is What You Get". Their
cost can range from free to hundreds of dollars. But the only thing a web browser can
use is HTML which stands for Hypertext Markup Language. The word processing type
programs generate the HTML for you. Because they often don't cover everything they
allow you to insert your own HTML when necessary. Even if you use one of these
programs, you need to understand some HTML. Let's take a look at some HTML and
then I will talk about a few of these word processing type programs. A text editor is a
simple word program. Word pad will do, although a spell checker would be nice. In a text
editor you have to put in all the HTML tags. An HTML editor gives you the simple HTML
web site outline and you fill in the rest using the necessary HTML. There isn't really a lot
of difference. The HTML editor only saves you typing in the outline for every new page. If
you type and save a simple HTML website outline in a text editor you have created an
HTML editor. The next paragraph gives you a little taste of HTML.
HTML
Your website cannot appear on the web without the use of the html. Html stands for
Hypertext Markup Language. A web browser uses html to construct a web page. Your
web page won't look the same on all computers and with all browsers. The browser
ignores any word processing formating using only the html tags to describe how a page
should be structured. There are two types of html tags. The first type is a
container
tags
. There is usually an opening and closing tag for a container tag. Container tags
always contain something like text, pictures or sound files for example. Let's take a look
at container tags to see how they work. An opening tag is enclosed between a less than
and greater than symbol. A closing tag is the same except there is a backslash after the
less than symbol. Each tag has a specific job to do. The <h2> tag is used to create a
heading, like the ones I have for each paragraph on this page. The closing tag is </h2>.
The letters in the tag can be capital or lower case. The whole thing with the opening and
closing tags and enclosed text is an html element. The heading html tag is as follows:
<h2>My Heading</h2>. The text "My Heading" will appear on your web page. I don't
make the text bold because the browser would ignore it. As you will see, the heading tag
tells the browser to make the text stand out from regular text. The number in the tag can
be changed to make different size headings. The other type of tag is called an
empty
tag. That is because It doesn't contain anything. For example the html tag <hr> that puts
a horizontal line across the page is an empty tag. Since it doesn't contain anything, it just
tells the browser to draw a line, it doesn't need a closing tag.To learn how to actually use
html to create a web page, go to my introductory html page,
Essential HTML ,by clicking
on this link here or in the navagation bar
WYSIWYG Editors
The above heading stands for "What You See Is What You Get." In these web page
editors, the text formatting tools that you are familiar with are available. You can paste
and position blocks of text and graphics. You can add sound, animation and even movie
clips. All without ever dealing with html. Does that mean the html isn't there? Of course
not. The program generates the html for you. All these bells and whistles are not in every
WYSIWYG web site editor. But most allow you to enter in the html for things they don't
include. I've had to put in the html for music players to play my sound files on some. The
paid web hosting sites usually offer more options than the free web hosting sites but the
free sites are a good place to get your feet wet.
The Hypertext link
What's is the difference between a web page and a web site? A web page is like a page
in a book. The web site is the whole book. But a website is more than a book because of
it's navigation features. The key is the hypertext link. Clicking on a link brings you to a
completely new page. The link can be a word or words on your page. It can be a picture.
If it's words, It will be a different color, so you know where to click. A link that has
previously been used will be a different color. A link takes you to a completely new page.
It could be a page that defines a word, explains something, expands a topic, deals with a
related topic or simply the next chapter. The HTML paragraph has this type of link. There
can also be a special navigation bar with many links. In the upper left of this page, there
is a navigation bar with links to take you to the different main parts of my website as well
as other pages dealing with this topic. When a link takes you to another place on the
same website there is usually a way to get back to where you were. Every where you go
on the website, there will be links to get you anywhere you want to go. The key to a good
website is good navigation. There can also be links to take you completely off the
website to other websites of interest on the web. Of course these usually won't have
direct links back to the original site. You need the address of the original website to get
back.  Of course computer users know there are other ways, like the back arrows.
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Your Own Website
Your Web Name
In the real world, some one else may have the same name as you. On the web your
name must be unique. For any of you that have picked a user name, even for email with
a particular company, you know that if some one else has it, with that company,  you
can't have it. When it comes to picking you own name for your presence on the world
wide web, it must be different from any other name. It can be different in the name itself
or it can be the same name but different after the dot, such as dot org instead of dot
com. Your unique web name is called a domain name. When you apply for one, you will
often find the name you want is taken and you have to make up a different one. There is
a small annual fee to have and keep a domain name. Like a trade mark., you have to
make sure you renew it. If you let it expire someone else can take it. Hosting companies
often offer the service of registering your domain name and making sure the registration
is kept up as part of their service. Some people register names that  they think someone
might want so they can sell them for a profit. They even look for people who slip up in
renewing their registration to sell them back there own name. Someone in business might
have no choice but to buy their own domain name back
My Web Host
This website is hosted by Yahoo. They are very reasonable and have all the tools you
need to build, maintain and promote a full featured professional website. They offer a
quick online site builder but I prefer their offline site building software, Site builder. You
can build anything from a basic website to a full fledged merchant website.  This site was
built with the basic package. It 's a A full fledge merchant site while still reasonable cost a
bit more.