Chapter 9. Choosing Your Tools

In This Chapter

  • Comparing WYSIWYG editing to plain text

  • Using SeaMonkey Composer

  • Using a text editor

You can use online tools, such as those we discuss in Chapters 2, 3, and 4, to create your initial Web page using a template. However, at some point, you will probably want to go further with your Web page than a template allows. To go beyond templates, you have to move away from the online tools and create your own Web page on your own hard disk. Then you can upload tried‐and‐tested Web pages to any number of different Web hosts, including Yahoo! GeoCities and AOL.

This chapter describes how to create your initial Web page locally, on your own hard disk. The next few chapters describe how to improve your Web page and how to extend your Web page into a multipage Web site. Chapter 16 tells you how to publish one or more Web pages that are on your own machine onto the Web.

This chapter helps you choose the approach you want to use and then shows you how to create your initial Web page.

Yahoo! GeoCities and AOL each have advanced tools that let you go pretty far with your Web page. However, these tools lock you into having your hosting done on the service that provides them. If you feel comfortable keeping your Web page on the same host for a long time to come, you may want to continue using these advanced tools. The approach we describe in this book, however, gives you more opportunities to keep costs low and flexibility high.

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