Chapter 10. Creating Your Home Page

In This Chapter

  • Deciding what to put in a home page

  • Starting your page

  • Getting your META tags right

Creating your Web home page is a lot of fun — and may be the occasion for some anxiety. After all, your home page will be published on the World Wide Web — it's like putting something you wrote in your diary onto a billboard on the busiest street in town!

Knowing what to say on your home page can be hard, but we give you some ideas in this chapter. Luckily, the mechanical part — creating your first Web page and putting it on the Web — is fairly easy. This chapter tells you how to create the page itself; the next chapter tells you how to add graphics. Other chapters tell you how to improve your page further. In Chapter 16, we tell you how to publish your page on the Web.

What to Put in a Home Page

Many people think the most important thing about publishing their first Web page is learning HTML. They may take an HTML course, or pick up a book like this one, and feel ready to create their first Web page. Only then do they find out that the real problem in creating their first Web page is knowing what to say!

The “what to say” problem is easier to solve if you think of your Web page as a set of blocks of content. Each block covers a specific thing you want to describe on your Web page. For instance, a set of links relating to your hobby is one block of content; your résumé can be another block. By figuring out which blocks of content you want to put up first, ...

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