Monday, August 25, 2008
Build Your Own Web Gallery
A step-by-step guide with screenshots for building your first website
STEP 5: Getting Started In HTML
We're making good progress here, with all of our image files ready to go. Now it's time to start poking around in HTML. Get ready; this is where the magic happens.
I'm using Adobe Dreamweaver to write my code. As noted in the opening of this article, you don't have to use a web-authoring tool like Dreamweaver to write code. Any plain-text editor will work—just be absolutely sure you're working in plain-text mode, as text formatting can wreak havoc on your HTML.
If you're serious about building and maintaining your own website and learning more web-development skills beyond this basic tutorial, I highly recommend you invest in software like Dreamweaver. It can handle everything for you, from creating sophisticated menus and effects automatically and cleaning up errors in your code, to complete management and streamlined upload of your files.
If you're using something other than Dreamweaver, some of these illustrations won't apply to you, but the basic steps are the same. You can always open the actual site files you downloaded at the beginning of the tutorial to follow along with the code. In fact, I encourage you to do so...and tinker along the way! Don't be afraid that you'll break anything, as you can always download a fresh copy of the files.
When working on your own site, remember to save often!
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