To create a website, you'll
want to know a few basics of HTML (HyperText Markup
Language). It is a formatting language, with codes that place
graphics on the page, establish links to other pages, and make text appear bold, italicized, larger
The web has many good sites that teach HTML
basics, including the list of resources at Yahoo's
List of HTML Guides and Tutorials.
You may want to
make your website more interesting by adding graphics and "links" to other pages.
Links can point to other locations on the Internet (like the link in the
paragraph above or those further down on this page), or point to other pages
on your site. Since I-Land allows you to use up to 10 Mb
of storage space on our server, your home page can
actually be a group of pages (Actually, that 10 Mb includes whatever space your
home pages and associated graphics take up, plus whatever space your
stored emails require.).
This page is an example of
a very basic web page. If you want to see the HTML code (also
called the "source" code) that makes it look like it does,
click on View, and then on Source.
HTML formatting codes are enclosed in triangular brackets like this
"< >". This page will appear in most browsers just
as it looks in yours.
Note we said in most
browsers. Your site may not look like you intend it to in ALL web
browsers. When building your web page, remember that new
browsers may only recognize a new HTML feature. You may want
to test your page for compatibility with several version of popular
browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator,
and make a note on your site if it is "best viewed" with a
To make it easier to create your home pages, some programs,
called HTML editors or web
editors, have been developed. Many newer HTML editors are "WYSIWYG" HTML editors. "WYSIWYG"
(pronounced "wiz' - ee - wig") is an
acronym for What You See
Is What You Get.
WYSIWYG editors make it much easier to create web pages
without knowing details of HTML. In addition to using standard HTML editors,
we often use a WYSIWYG editor like Microsoft
FrontPage, which codes the HTML code for you.
WYSIWYG HTML editors are very helpful, but they don't take the place of
HTML knowledge when you need to "work the bugs out" of a site.
So what should you do
Starting with the Yahoo link above, do some reading and experimenting with creating simple
pages, and consider downloading or purchasing an HTML editor such as
Microsoft FrontPage. Some newer web browsers such as Microsoft
Internet Explorer and Netscape
Navigator now include a basic WYSIWYG HTML editor.
If you don't have an HTML
editor, use any standard text editor (like your Windows Notepad)
to type in your HTML document. If you create your page in a standard
text editor, be sure to save it as a ".html" file! View your page when
you're finished by loading your web browser, clicking on File,
then Open, and then typing in the address of where
the page is located on your computer (i.e. c:\windows\mypage.html)
Once you're satisfied with
your HTML creation, it's time to copy it into your home directory on our
system so that it's available on the web for others to view
with their web browser. See publishing
your home page for instructions.
While we've tried to
provide a basic guide for creating your website,
I-Land tech support line cannot provide help on HTML related questions.
you need more help, please search for additional Internet tutorials and
resources using a search engine like Google, consider purchasing a HTML book, or team up with
a friend who has already mastered the basics of HTML.