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All web browsers let you open two or more windows at once. Use the
File menu and choose "new window". You can tell the browser to open
a different website in each window.
Each window is listed at the foot of the screen. In our illustration we see the BBC weather page and the IAC website. To switch from one to the other, click on the name of the one you want to see.
Why have two views of the web?
So that you can read these notes in one window, while creating your new website in the other.
Desperate for Print ?
Do you prefer instructions on a printed page?
OK. We have printable versions of these notes. They are in the common pdf form, which means they look and print out the same on every system. Click here to get the printable notes.
Your computer probably already has a pdf reading program on it. If not , you can download and install one free of charge. The people who invented pdfs are Adobe and you can get their reader program here. My personal preference is Foxit Reader which is much smaller and quicker than the Adobe version - click on its name to get it. Both are free. Take care to untick the boxes beside any extra toolbar or program offers when you download and install them./big>
Copy and Paste
It is often useful to copy text and pictures from somewhere and paste them into your website. For example you might draft the text for a page on a word-processor. The simplest way to do this is to click your mouse cursor just before the start of the first word, keep the mouse button down and drag the cursor along to the end of the last word. That selects the text.
On a PC you then hold down the key marked Ctrl and press C to copy it. Click to the window with your website design on it, click where you want the words to go, hold down the key marked Ctrl and press V. (Logically it should have been C for copy and P for paste, but the P was already being used to mean print.)
For Mac users it is almost the same but instead of "Ctrl" key use the Command key (marked with an apple or four scrolls making a square) and press C or V.)
Producing a website is an iterative process batting ideas back and forth. But you have to start somewhere so that others can react. Also you might be impatient like me - so I suggest we make a start right now. Once your first rough website is up ... then have a planning session and adapt the website to fit. That way your group has something to start from. And you have proved that you can do it.
|You can spend hundreds on professional web creation tools. You can download
umpteen free web making tools. Guess which type I suggest? Neither!
For this course we will use Weebly. Yes, it is a silly name. Yes, it is full of American enthusiasm. Yes, it keeps inviting you to pay for the "pro" version but with the free Weebly system you can build attractive websites quickly. Using a common system allows us to give specific notes instead of vague generalised ones.
And no, we don't get paid by them for recommending you to try Weebly!
Any website must be "hosted" (stored) on a computer which is always on and always linked to the internet.
It is not practical to do that on your own home computer, so you keep a copy of the website on a computer owned by a specialist company.
Companies which supply this service are called "web hosts". You can find companies to host your website for a fee. Some host free but usually with adverts.
Weebly is unusual in being both free and without adverts.
|One small problem
Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser (version 6) sometimes has problems with Weebly websites. We do not regard that as a big issue. In Autumn 2010 between 5% and 10% of web users worked with that version of the browser and the percentage is dwindling sharply. Most people have moved to later versions of Internet Explorer or use other browsers.
|That is the background information, next we make a start on a website. Click here for part 2 - signing up to Weebly|
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