Chapter 1. Web Publishing Basics

In This Chapter

  • Getting started with Web publishing

  • Putting together a Web page the easy way — and the easier way

  • Examining types of Web sites

  • Reviewing Web page guidelines

The Web is an incredibly easy way to get your message — any message — out to anyone in the world who's interested in it. By putting up a Web page, you can stay in touch with friends and family, entertain people, help yourself get a job, or help yourself do your job. You can start a business, grow a business, or just have fun expressing yourself.

Nearly a million people have purchased this book since its first edition more than ten years ago, and our readers have used every technique we describe in this book, and more, to get their first Web pages up and running. By reading this book, you're starting on a path that many, many people before you have followed to Web page success.

Web Basics 101

You may have begun using the Internet and Web without really getting a chance to learn how they work. Knowing how they work can help you become a better Web publisher. Here's a brief, to‐the‐point description. For more information, you can search the Web; the World Wide Web consortium site at is a good place to start.

Understanding how the Web works

The Web, formally called the World Wide Web, is a collection of a bunch of text and graphics files (plus some other stuff) that make up Web pages. Web pages are combined into linked sets of pages called Web sites. People often use the term interchangeably, ...

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