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It's Time to Update (or Create) that Website

Building a New Website for the New Year

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Today is the first day of the rest of your website's life, don't you think it's time you built your Web page, or made it even better than it is now?

If you are new to HTML, the section for Beginners is perfect for you. You will find information on how to create a Web page, as well as some excellent tutorials for first time Web page builders, and tips on where to go to put up your new creation.

More advanced readers who want to make their pages more interesting and compelling should use the Designers section. There you will find out how to do some of the more complex tricks with JavaScript and DHTML as well as great design sites, and where to go to get advanced information.

Beginners

There are so many resources out there for learning HTML. Sometimes it is difficult to sort out the wheat from the chaff. A great way to learn Web Design and HTML is to read my newsletter and use the Beginner's HTML website.

One of the best beginners resources I've found is Kevin Werbach's Bare Bones Guide to HTML. This site covers all you need to know to learn HTML, and it does it in many different languages as well. If you're looking for an exciting way to learn HTML then the Web Adventure would be the place to start. The Web Diner has a lot of easy to use information in bite sized chunks. For more resources on learning HTML, go to my Beginning HTML Net Links.

If you are less interested in how to write HTML, and more interested in simply getting a Web page up, then Dave Kristula's How to Start Your Website tutorial is a great place to begin. This tutorial runs through how to save your files and get them to a website as well as common errors, and more. Another good tutorial is by Joe Barta, So You Want to Write a Web Page. This humorous, six part tutorial takes you through creating a Web page, step by step. For more tutorials, go to my HTML Tutorials Net Links.

Designers

Improving a website is often a personal thing. What one person thinks is good is often the exact thing that another person hates. However, there are many basic design principles that apply to websites that make them more universally pleasing. One way to find out the quality of your site is to apply for awards or you could get your site reviewed. However, the best way to improve your site is to find one thing you feel would make it better and do that.

JavaScript is a common way Web Developers add interest and excitement to their Web pages. The JavaScript Guide at About.com has a lot of information on how to add JavaScript to your Web pages, but my favorite article of his is Browser Detection Script This article explains in clear language how to detect the browser and then what to do with that information once you have it. One of the most common effects with JavaScript is the mouse "rollover", however, it is very difficult to do it with text in both Netscape and IE. Webreference has an excellent article on how to get text rollovers to work in both browsers. For more information on JavaScript, go to my Java and JavaScript Net Links.

If you're not looking for fancy tricks, but just want to have a well designed Web page, then Neon Design Tips will give you what you need. This site explains how layout can affect how people think of your site, but it also covers leading, headers, and fonts in good design. Dmitry Kirsanov writes a monthly column for Webreference.com, but one of my favorite articles is his description of how to use "the least hackneyed" colors to make your pages unique. For more information on Web Design or Color on Web pages, go to my Web Design and Color Net Links pages.

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