Look Mom! I Built My Own Web Site


A simple guide to building an entire web page, this book allows kids to create an entire five-page site from scratch. Everything needed to create a site is included, such as step-by-step guidelines for basic planning and design, simple instructions on writing in HTML, details on web site hosting, and how to promote a site. Each task is designed to provide specific guidance and is accompanied by a short explanation, ensuring that the young developer does not grow bored with the process. By the end, a five-page ...
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A simple guide to building an entire web page, this book allows kids to create an entire five-page site from scratch. Everything needed to create a site is included, such as step-by-step guidelines for basic planning and design, simple instructions on writing in HTML, details on web site hosting, and how to promote a site. Each task is designed to provide specific guidance and is accompanied by a short explanation, ensuring that the young developer does not grow bored with the process. By the end, a five-page site will have been constructed, complete with a built-in menu. Suggestions for personalizing a web page according to each user's needs and abilities are also provided, as are reviews of the different web site hosting services, some of which are free.
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School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-In a clear step-by-step process, the first part of this book explains how to build a personal Web site. Sample pages help to compare results and the notes are appropriate to the activities. Part II explains how to publish and promote your site and how to find free hosting services. The target audience is 11- to 17-year-olds and the information is applicable to anyone who wants to build a personal site using HTML, but the photograph on the cover is of an elementary school student. A word of caution-there are numerous spelling and grammar errors throughout the book.-Kathleen A. Nester, Downingtown High Ninth Grade Center, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976011101
  • Publisher: BookChamp, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 7.52 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Zohar Amihud is a web developer and a Microsoft Certified Professional.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     11
Building a Web Site
How to Begin Building a Personal Web Site     19
Why a personal Web site?     19
Mom and Dad     20
Materials     20
Before you begin     21
Where can I find these programs?     21
Text Editor     21
Internet browser     22
Windows Explorer     22
File extensions     23
Identifying your operating system     23
Writing Your First Web Page     27
Creating a new folder     28
Creating a new Web page     29
Opening your Web page in the browser     30
Viewing the source code of the HTML page     30
Writing a basic Web page     31
Viewing a Web page in the browser     34
Playing with Text     35
Formatting headings and paragraphs     36
Preparing empty lines for writing tags     39
Formatting text     40
Bold format     43
Bold text     43
Other formats examples     44
Building a new HTML page named homePage.html     45
Adding a Link     53
Link a text to an image     55
Link to an Internet address     59
Building a new HTML page named links.html     61
Adding an Image     69
Add an image to homePage.html     71
Add an image to about.html     73
Link an image to an image     74
Playing with Color     77
Background color of a Web page - homePage.html file     78
Background color of a Web page - about.html file     80
Background color of a Web page - links.html file     81
Using a Table     85
Create a new HTML page - books.html file     86
Create a table     89
Creating the first row of the table     90
Creating the second row of the table     92
Creating the third row of the table     94
Creating the fourth row of the table     95
Tips     97
Add an image to a table     100
Create a new HTML page - friends.html file     102
Create a table     104
Creating the first row of the table     105
Creating the second row of the table     106
Creating the third row of the table     106
Additional layout designs     107
Add a column to the table      108
Using a Table for Page Layout     111
Creating a Menu and Completing Your Web Site     117
A menu     118
Creating a menu     119
Create a new HTML page - menu.html file     119
Embedding HTML pages     122
Some minor improvements     124
What Next?     129
Building Your Own Web Site     131
Checklist for building your Web site     132
Choosing a subject for your Web site     132
Collecting and preparing material     135
Design your Web site     137
Building your own Web site on your PC     138
Applying minimal loading time     139
Upload your site onto the Internet     139
Maintenance     139
Summary     140
Web site Hosting
Making your site LIVE!     143
How to find a free storage site     144
How to upload a Web site onto the Internet     144
I have more questions     145
Selecting a Web Hosting Server     147
Some things you should know     149
If all the information is on the internet, why do you need to continue reading?     150
How do you search for free Web Hosting Services?      150
How to register to Web hosing service?     151
What is a Web hosting server and why is it necessary?     151
What is a domain name?     153
Selecting a domain name     154
Sub-domain     156
ReDirect to the address     156
Buying a domain name     157
How much does a domain name cost?     157
Where do I buy a domain name?     157
How to purchase?     157
Finding a suitable Web hosting server     158
What are your options?     158
What types of Web hosting services exist?     158
Servers that charge a fee, or What you won't get with a free server     164
Why is it worth choosing a Web hosting server that charges a fee?     164
Safety and security     165
Technical support     165
Files     165
Connectivity and reliability     166
What is the price and how is the calculation made?     166
Free Web Hosting servers     169
Free on the Internet     169
Is it true that it doesn't cost any money?     170
What else does this "freebie" cost?     171
Why and for whom is it worthwhile to use a free Web hosting server?      172
What are the services that you will receive for free?     172
Uploading files to the Web hosting server     175
Uploading files by FTP     175
Uploading files by means of the browser (form)     177
Tips for effectively uploading the Web site     178
Copyrights on the Internet     180
Building a site by means of a wizard     181
Conclusion     182
Promote your Web site     183
The Web site is on the internet - now what?     183
Forums (chats)     184
Banners     185
Web site rings     186
Written and broadcast communications     187
Advertising by e-mail     187
Change line, change banner     188
Guest book     188
Registering the Web site in the search engines and indexes     188
Staying in touch with visitors     191
Conclusion     191
Index     193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005


    ***** This is an EXCELLENT guide for beginners! I had my niece come over for a weekend to try it out. Following the step-by-step directions, we created a simple, free web site. Nothing fancy, but plain either. This book begins the creating of a site OFF the internet. In simple words and terms the first few chapters get the 'newbie' (for lack of a better term) used to the computer, its files/folders, and inner workings. My niece is around ten-years-old and had only a few problems. I believe that kids around third grade could successfully use this guide. But if you are an adult who is new to computers, this book is perfect for you as well. .............................. The newbie will learn to create a folder on the hard drive at first. Do not worry, there are clear illustrations throughout the book to show you EXACTLY what should be on your monitor. (Added tip for newbies: Put a Notepad short cut on your desk top for easy access.) ................................ Next you will learn about open and closed 'tabs'. You must understand this part. One error and the page will not work or look correctly. Again, the book CLEARLY shows what you should see. From here on, things get easier. If you do not understand something, go back. If everything is clear to you, then the rest will be a cinch. By now you are in chapter three or four. You will learn about formatting, viewing sources, adding images, links, color and different font types. Next comes cells, tables, how to embed an HTML page within another HTML page. Illustrations show you the way through it all. ............................... From here the book will explain things that you should NOT publish on your web site for all the world to view. This is followed by how to register with free web hosting sites. (Added tip for newbies: Consider using Geocities for your first site. It is easy, free, and gives a good amount of space.) All-in-all, we found this book to be very easy to understand and follow. I highly recommend it for all beginners. *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    I did it, at my late 60's

    I tried to do it myself, something for the family: to tell about myself and origin and about the children and grandchildren. It was also a way to spend my time in some useful tasks, not just playing cards or walk arround with friends. And, althogh I am not a proffessional, my family was very surprised to see my achievements! I have built a web site almost like a professional.

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