So you want to make a web site. It's easy. You don't need any fancy software. Just a computer and you're set. The software you will use is already on most computers that are sold today. So what do we need?
- A text editor
- A browser
A text editor is a program that let's you write text. Actually, ASCII text. What's ASCII text? Basically, the characters on your keyboard. On Windows computers the text editor program is called Notepad. You open it up by selecting: Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad. Don't confuse a text editor with a word processor. Using a word processor, like Word Pad or Word, will mess you up. Be sure you use Notepad.
A browser is software that let's you view a web page. It takes what's written on Notepad and interprets it. The browser shows you all the formatting; it's what makes the page look pretty, or ugly, or whatever. There are lots of browsers. Two popular browsers are Internet Explorer and Firefox. To open a browser, either double click on the browser icon on your desktop, or select Start > Programs > Internet Explorer (or Firefox).
Let's do a little experiment. Open a web page, say http://www.amazon.com. Now that you have Amazon open, right-click on the web page and choose "View Source" or "View Page Source." . What do you see? Lots of XHTML code. Don't worry if it looks a little complicated. It's really pretty easy. You'll make a web page in less than an hour. Just keep reading.
So what have we learned? You create a web page using Notepad. You view a web page using a browser. Lets make a web page!