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Webpage creation questionsPaulCL
Apr 21, 2003 5:12 PM
Sorry, no discussion about Iraq, Baghdad Bob, Bush, Syria, etc...just a boring computer question.

Here goes. My wife and I want to create a webpage so that we can post pictures, family updates, etc...for our family/friends to log onto. Our ISP has given us free space to create a page. I am clueless on how to do it. The ISP (Insightbb.com) has a tutorial, but, frankly, it sucks. i"ve tried, but I it looks lousy and I can't figure out how to upload pictures to it.

Any books to recommend?? software?? Do I hire some high school computer whiz kid to do it for me??? I don't have the patience to do this sort of thing. I will be fine updating it from time to time, but creating it is too much effort. I've managed millions for my clients, I've cooked a seven course meal, I've built furniture, I've gotten my butt kicked in bike races by 20 year olds - but computer stuff isn't for me. I'd rather be on my bike or playing with my children (who I want to show off on this webpage). Help!!!
re: Webpage creation questionsPdxMark
Apr 21, 2003 5:19 PM
For a super easy start, you can get a free yahoo account and post stuff there. If you want to limit access to what you post, you can specify which yahoo accounts can access your photos, etc. For just photos, you can also use imagestation.com. It's less generalized than yahoo, but can accomodate many more photos, at much higher resolutions.

These options don't let you learn how to create a web page, but you could have stuff posted and available before tomorrow morning.
It's really going to depend on who is hosting your page.czardonic
Apr 21, 2003 5:53 PM
HTML is actually ridiculously simple. Assuming you don't need fancy tricks and graphics, you can create pages with nothing more than a text editor like Notebook or Wordpad, which come free with any Windows computer (and MacOS must have and equivalent). You need to know how to use HTML tags to get the page to appear the way you want, but I can't imgaine that there aren't a zillion free HTML tutorials out there on the web (I would not waste money on a book!).

The problem is that in order to sheild you from the supposed complications of writing your own HTML, many ISPs provide a byzantine collection of templates and forms for you to puzzle over. They are typically inflexible and lousy looking in a one-size fits most kind of way. If your ISP only allows you to fill out a template, then you'll have to figure out their tutorial or harass them until they explain it to your satisfaction.

If you are allowed to post your own pages you can be much more creative (or much more simple). You might be able to score a trial version of a HTML editor like Adobe GoLive, Macromedia Dreamweaver or Microsoft FrontPage (If you have Windows, check to see that a version didn't come free with your OS). In a pinch, many modern "office" applications have a "Save to Web Page. . ." option that allows you to lay out your info (in Word for example) and then convert it to HTML. Even if you are allowed to cook up your own pages, you'll need to figure out how to upload them to your ISP's servers.
Thank you. nmPaulCL
Apr 23, 2003 6:23 AM
Here's a site I've used in the past. . .czardonic
Apr 23, 2003 11:01 AM
. . . to get my bearings with new (to me) web stuff: http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/96/53/index0a.html?tw=authoring
re: Webpage creation questionsJS Haiku Shop
Apr 23, 2003 11:19 AM
I have used MS Frontpage for several years without complaint. though i am in all modesty a Supreme Computing Diety, FP's simple interface is much appreciated. if you have a basic understanding of file structures (directories ("folders"), subdirectories, files, locations, etc.), FP will be a breeze.

part of my daytime job is (internal) website admin, and i also manage the cycling club page, a personal page for myself as well as 3 other folks, and built and manage a commercial page--all with MS FrontPage 2000.

good luck. happy to answer any questions that crop-up.

-J

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