Everything started getting more and more messed up as I worked on the webpages. What I needed was a HTML editor that could correct the HTML code.
So I started by searching through my favorite freeware links, downloaded, installed, and uninstalled a lot of likely sounding programs.
|Three evenings later, I settled on the software. This is the cream off the top. Includes freeware that help with downloading and uploading, HTML editors and converters, link checking, graphics for websites and book publishing, PDF e-book creation freeware, and blogging platforms.|
(I realize that they don't even make milk like they use to, so if I lost you: The best software is listed here.)
Although I had all the right software, the links that I was trying to fix, still did not work. Here are the websites that I found useful:
How Stuff Works explains how web pages work, how web servers work, how CGI scripts work, and more.
Tutorials start out with the basics and work their way to more complicated web authoring tricks. Has a good clip art section if you are looking for bars or banners. He has sound effects, webtools, guest articles and more.
has some neat info on how to change the attributes of a horizontal line and some useful info on making complicated tables.
Cascading style sheets puts the information your computer needs so that you can see different colored, and sized text before your computer reads the content of what you wrote. The advantage of using Cascading Style Sheets is that your pages load faster. Evrsoft's converter does a nice job upgrading the font elements of your script to CSS.
Dynamic Design has an excellent W3C HTML valid tutorial in HTML and CSS.
There are other things you can do to speed up the loading of your website. Defining image size, using tables, and using the same graphic in different places are some of them.
To check my HTML coding I used an online validator.
|Writing a website is the same as writing in any other format. You write, proof read, edit, and write some more.|
After I got the links working, I wondered if anyone ever looked at the website. I put a counter on the bottom of the page. By the way, when you see a counter that you like on a web page click on it. Many times you will see the information that counter has collected for the web page that you were looking at. Other times the counter is a link to the people who made the counter. The counter told me no one ever looked at the web page.
|Marketing Your Website page is worth looking at once you have written and posted your web pages, and finally have the makings of your own web site.|
As I researched website marketing I learned about meta tags. Meta tags do more than just help search engines find out about your site. On my home page I have two meta tags telling people looking for websites that are safe for kids that my site is indeed safe for kids. Some HTML editors generate a meta tag that says you used their software to create your webpage.
My friend Eric looked at my web site and said, "What about pictures? How come there's only one? Where was that picture?"
"It's on the theater page. Why is the picture so important?" I looked at Eric blankly.
"I want to click on it."
"You what?" I gasped. "Why?"
"I want to see what it's linked to."
"It's not linked to anything. It's just a picture." The photograph on the theater page is now linked to a description of the picture.
|I only have one picture that I made, and that picture does not go with anything that I have written about. I started a long search for suitable illustrations.|
|How you design your website depends on you and what you want to portray. Here are some tips and things to consider before you get to far into your web project and decide you should have done it a different way and revamp everything.|
As I surfed the web, I came across more and more websites that I liked that contained music, that did not crash my browser. FireFox and Quicktime no longer play music on my Christian Inspiration page nor my seasonal webpages. Internet Explorer still will play music in the background on theme pages that seem right for music.
Here are some links, some the problems I had, and what I did to resolve them.