Although you can buy an existing home, it's more fun to build one from scratch. You have total control over the structure and design. Of course it might take more time and effort, but you'll truly understand how the home is constructed if you do it yourself. The same is true of web design. Raw coding will take more time, but it will also help you understand every aspect of website construction. Once it's done, you'll be able to expand or enhance every aspect of the site.
In this section of the website, you'll learn to build web pages using HTML. Once you've learned the basics, then it's time to consider larger scale projects where a web development tool will save you time. In larger scale projects, you'll use your HTML skills to tweak and refine your website. Consider starting with the creation of a simple, personal web page.
Please Note: You will be using NOTEPAD (Windows) or TEXTEDIT (Mac). Do NOT use Microsoft Word! You need a place to create raw text to generate clean HTML documents.
To create web pages, you'll be using raw HTML coding. You may or may not already have background in HTML programming. Use the following resources to learn or review the basics.
- Document Structure
- CSS Styles
- Media Elements
- Formative Evaluation
There are lots of great resources on the web to help you produce web pages. Keep in mind that some of the following sites focus on older versions of HTML. A few of these are listed below:
If you're an IUPUI student, explore some great web development resources at IUPUI's website.
Boxes and Arrows - Great articles on web design and development.
Getting Started with HTML - A great guide to getting started totally from scratch
HTML Goodies - Primers, tutorials, and more
W3Schools - The best set of tutorials
WebMonkey - Lots of great resources for web developers
WebStyleGuide - Provides a style guide for design and development.
About: Web Design - Lots of advertising, but also lots of good stuff.
BareBones Guide to HTML - Great guide to view or screen or print
Beginners Page from Web Developers Virtual Library - Good stuff but lots of ads
CodeHelp - Do a search for a term or tag and get an explanation.
Digital Web Magazine - Information architecture articles
eFuse - Great pointers on web design
Guide to HTML by Kathy Murrell - Guide for using HTML (dated)
How Web Pages Work by M. Brain from Howstuffworks - Have you ever wondered how a Web page works? Have you ever wanted to create your own Web page? If so, then read on...
HTML Code Tutorial - tutorials and help
HTML Station - Links to tons of tutorials, demos, codes, and techniques.
HTML With Style by S. Piperoglou from Webreference - Good but lots of adds
WDVL: Intro to XHTML - Provides information about XHTML and examples.
WEBalley - Web publishing made easy - offers HTML tutorials on how to use tables, fonts, and meta tags. Look for Web Design Articles; Web Tools And Resources; and Web Master Resources with links to graphics and software.
Web Developer - Lots of resources for basic and advanced users.