INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING A WEB SITE
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Introduction 5 Getting Started – Creating Your Site in Word 5 Defining the Web Site Goal 5 The Components of a Web Site 5 Chapter 2 - HTML Coding 6 Creating Pages as HTML Documents 6 Designing Pages as HTML Documents 6 Saving Pages as HTML Documents 6 Additional Page Edits 6 Revealing the HTML Codes 6 Editing pages in the Future in HTML mode 6 Chapter 3 – Navigation and Graphics 7 Navigation 7 Defining Navigation Buttons 7 Design and Placement of the Buttons 7 Graphics 7 Inserting Graphics 7 Using Captions 7 Framing the Text 7 Chapter 4 - Google Account 8 Sign-up 8 Create Your in Google Sites 8 Chapter 5 - Manage Site 9 Creating the Web Site Index 9 Web Site Maintenance 9 Web Site Tools 9 Chapter 6 - Glossary 10 Chapter 7 - Index 11
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Chapter 1 - Introduction t his manual is to be used by both technical and non-technical users to provide a simple easy method of building and maintaining a Web site using Microsoft Word 2010. This Word-to-Google setup is not the ideal way to develop a Web site; however, it will suffice as a simple example for a personal site for displaying family or hobby information.
Getting Started – Creating Your Site in Word
Microsoft Word 2010 offers a variety of options for creating a new Web site, and is one of easiest programs with which to design a site. It allows for customization and easy formatting that translate well into an html or xml page. The user can simply open and start a new blank document or a new blank Web page, use a template, or use one of the Word wizards.
For the purpose of this user guide, we will instruct you how to use Microsoft Word 2010 to create a four-page information-only Web site with a menu that appears on every page. No e-commerce features will be included.
Open Microsoft Word 2010 by clicking on your desktop shortcut or selecting it from the programs list under the start menu. Choose a template if you desire or start with a blank document.
Design your page as a word document. Format headings, paragraphs and graphics as you want them to appear on your Web site.
Preview the documents and fix any formatting issues. Change the margins if necessary to fit text into a single line.
Click on the home button at the top of the document. Choose "Save File As". Choose the type of Web page that you would like to save.
Create additional Web pages that link to your main site. Change any hyperlinks to reflect the correct page that they should open.
Save all of your pages in the same Web directory. Check with your school or workplace about using hosted directories before uploading live pages.
Defining the Web Site Goal
Define a clear goal for your Web site. It should be evident of who your target audience is depending upon the nature of your site. State exactly what you are offering, advertising or informing. Ultimately, by knowing your goal, you will be able to define the action your audience needs to perform on your Web site. It is the only or primary action you want your visitors to do. This can range from contacting you, signing up for a newsletter, newspaper, magazine, etc., downloading/buying software to buying an e-book. Bottom line, your Web site goal is your reason for have a site.
The Components of a Web Site
To build a successful a Web site, you must have some basic components to ensure your site has value for its visitors. This is possible if the site comes up in the top search results of search engines like Google when a potential visitor types in keywords related to the Web site's content. In order to achieve this…