Yes, you can make a webpage without learning HTML. But should you? No. Because, for one thing, you will have problems somewhere down the road, no matter what webpage editor you’re using, and you will need to know HTML to fix it. This article shows you the basics of creating a website in HTML. With this basic introduction, you’ll soon be able to make a webpage from scratch!
- Understand what HTML is. Technically, it stands for Hypertext Markup Language, but that’s not important. It’s the coding language that make web-pages. Go into Netscape and choose from the VIEW menu “page source” (earlier versions called this “document source”). Or, in Internet Explorer, the VIEW menu option is “source”. In Mozilla Firefox, press [Ctrl]+U to view the page’s source code. In Safari, select View – View Source (or Option+Command+U). You will see a page of code, and that is HTML. That code is what your browser sees and then interprets it into that nice web-page you see.
- Remember: not all pages are equally complex! Start with a really simple page, or you’ll get overwhelmed by the syntax and the script languages.
- It’s important to remember that you’ll be writing your information between an opening HTML tag and a closing HTML tag. An opening tag looks like: <___> and a closing tag is like so: where the ___ is replaced with a code.
- Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > Click Notepad.
- Tell the browser what language we are using. Type . It is the first tag we write (tells the computer we’re starting a web-page), and it will be closed last, so at the end of the document, close it off by typing this : (ends web-page)
- Add the heading of the page as shown.
- Give your page a title. A title is important because (a.) it gives your users an idea what the page is about, and (b.) when users bookmark your site, that title is all they will see in their bookmark list. The title HTML code is .
- Work on the body of the page. Type to open the body tag. Then close the body tag: . The bulk of the information for your web-page goes between and .
- To give your web-page a background color, you can add it as an “attribute” within the body tag. Instead of writing just write . You can try a different color or even a hex code, but keep the quotation marks.
- Write some text between the body tags.
- To make the text go to the next line (like pressing “Enter” on your keyboard) write
- Want to add a marquee? Simple! TEXT GOES HEREA marquee is a word that moves across the screen.
- Add some pictures. If you want to put a picture from the Internet onto your web page, this is the HTML code for pictures : <img src=”URL”>. The closing tag is: </img>but it is optional.
- Check to make sure all of your tags are closed. Your webpage should look something like this: I love wikiHow because It’s the best website in the world! <img src=http://www.wikihow.com/skins/common/images/wikiHow_logo_5.gif”></img>
- Save by going to “save as”, put a filename with an .html extension (such as “testfile.html”)and choose “all files” or “txt” under file type. It won’t work if both are not done. Now go find it wherever you saved it, double click it, and your default web browser should open up your very own web-page!
- If your web-page isn’t working, copy and paste the sample HTML code from above and save as instructed, then view the page. Play around with the existing code as you learn.
- When you open a tag, you must close it, unless it is one of those tags that don’t need to be closed, like <img> or <hr>
. However, when in doubt, close the tag.
- Closing tags cannot be placed anywhere. The “last” tag “in” must be the “first” tag “out”like this statements
- Here is an example of an incorrect placement of tags statements
- This article tells you how to create a web-page. Consult the Related wikiHows below for information on how to publish your web-page.
- If you want to tweak the code, find the file and rename the “.htm” to “.txt”.
- Being able to whip up a simple web-page in minutes flat can be a useful method of impressing your friends. You could walk up to one of them and say “You want a web-page?” and then make one for them. They will probably be impressed and flattered!
- To make more advanced web sites, use a web editor, like Microsoft Expression Web