Making Your Own Home Page

Getting Started 

  1. Open Netscape Communicator.  If you don't have it, download it.
  2. To open a blank page for editing, click File, New, and Blank Page.  You should then get a blank window with a blinking cursor in the top left corner.
  1. Now you can type some text in, just like in a word processor.  Enter the title of your web page.
  2. Since this is the title, it would be nice if it were in large letters, like a heading.  Highlight the text you just typed by holding the mouse button down and dragging it across the text.  On the toolbar, there is a pull down menu that says Normal:  This is the style of the text on the current line.  HTML allows you to have several different styles, including a header style.  There are six different header sizes, numbered 1 (largest) through 6 (smallest).  Click on the menu now, and choose one of the headers.  The text you just typed should change to reflect the new style.
  3. Other styles are available on the toolbar, and work the same way.  Select the text that you want to change, and then click the item you want to use.  Take some time to experiment with each one, to see what they all do.
  4. You should save your work often, so you don't have to start over because your computer crashed.  Click Save
  5. If this is the first time you've saved the file, a window will be displayed, and you will have to choose a name for your file.  If this is your home page, you should make the name "index.html" (without the quotation marks).  If this isn't your home page, you can name it whatever makes sense to you.  NOTE: RRCNET uses the UNIX operating system.  This means that you can have a file named homepage.html and Homepage.html, and they will be different files.  If someone types Homepage.html to get your page, but you named it homepage.html, there will be an error.  I will explain this further in the section on adding a link.
  6. In this example, I wasn't making a home page, so I named it getting_started.html.  It is also important to note where you are saving the file, so you can find it later on.  For this file, I decided to save it in "Making homepage", inside of "Data", inside of "C:", inside of "My Computer".

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