Are there any good sites on the web that will step me through putting together a web page. I need something appropriate for a complete beginner but on the other hand, I don’t need animation, video, music, fancy transitions or any dozens of fonts. I’m looking to make a web site to advertise a small product. The site would be primarily text in different fonts (2 or 3 max) and a few jpeg/gif files.
Thanks. I’ll certainly give the tutorials a try. As far as the coding goes, I really wouldn’t know where to start. I used to write Fortran and machine code on DEC PDPs and some mil-spec stuff but it’s been a looong time and I suspect most of that would not be applicable.
Thanks for the site. I’ll give it a try. In all honesty, this seems much easier than I had thought. I’ve been going through the webmonkey site mentioned by jjimm and realized I was making this much harder than it needed to be.
I’ve been putting this off for months and feel amazingly stupid for doing so.
I’d like to recommend a freeware WYSIWYG web editor called Namu6 - jjimm is right that basic HTML coding isn’t hard, but not everybody likes doing it that way, and if you want a nice, clean-looking website up and running really fast (perhaps in the meanwhile you’re learning HTML), I haven’t found a better, simpler tool. Their own website is designed (for the most part) using the tool.
The reason I like it so much is not because of the features it has, but because of those it deliberately leaves out. You pick (or define) a theme for your site, then you create the content and it is nigh-on impossible to violate the style you have chosen. The strength of this is that it is very difficult to commit those grave errors of design committed by many a newbie web designer (lots of different fonts in lots of different colours and sizes, for example).
It doesn’t quite do everything I want (no web forms, for example), so I use it to create a skeleton site, then output the project to a folder and hack the HTML by hand to insert the necessary extras.
I don’t work for them, BTW, but I can’t help but gush; for those of us that don’t have the time to acquire jjimm’s level of comfort with web coding, I think it’s just right. (YMMV)
Thanks for this. I’m D/Ling it now. The web site I want to make is intended to look professional as it is for my own (very small) company and the thought of zillions of fonts, animated, flashing text and the like is exactly what I don’t want.
Thanks, I’ll give Lisa a try. I’ve already generated a couple of things using the Namu6 ap that Mangetout recommended. So far, they aren’t looking like I want, but that is more a need for fiddling with it and learning the ap.