Let’s make a simple homepage together!

I presume that you use Netscape. The hints are based on using Netscape Composer. I hope you can use this program.

Starting    Paragraphs and headings    Targets and links   Design (images, backgrounds)    Saving    Publishin

Let’s start!

Think a bit, what you want to say to other people and to write on your homepage!
Start Composer – Command can be found from Menu Communicator or use shortcut Ctrl+4 or click the last button in the upper right corner of the status bar.

Now a new window will open for you the beginning with its buttons looks like this.


  1. For writing the heading, choose paragraph style Heading 1 or Heading 2 instead of  Normal, and write your heading. For instance – Welcome to my homepage!
  2.  Next there might be the Table of Contents indicating what can be found on your homepage.
  3. You can separate the Table of Contents from the main text by a horizontal line. After the last item of your Table Contents, click Enter, then use the button H.Line, and then Enter again.
  4. Now comes the main text in paragraphs following the Table of Contents. Each paragraph might start with Heading 3 or Heading 4. Then Enter, and the content of the paragraph follows.
  5. You can separate different paragraphs by a horizontal line or an image line. We’ll deal with adding images and page design later.
  6. When you are ready with the text about the topics given in your Table of Contents, it’s time to start working with page design, targets and links.
  7. Let’s start with targets. A target or ‘anchor’ is the site where chosen links should take you. It may be in the same file or in another. The target should be set in front of a paragraph. In order to do so, take the text cursor in front of the paragraph where the link should be. Click the button Target and now dialog window is opened where the name of the target should be written. This has to be unique in the range of this file, short and clear for you for linking. You may use abbreviations like target1 (siht1), target2 (siht2), etc. Important is that you can later connect them with the links.

  8. When you are ready with your targets, you can start creating links. A link is linking to a new paragraph of the same file or some other file. For this, block or select the first item of your Table of Contents and click Link. A dialog window opens where you can indicate where the link has to reach. In the given example you choose target1 and so it comes to the command line Link to as you can see in the picture. Then choose OK.

  9. But if the target of the link is in another file, the real location of the file should be written to the Link to line. E.g. http://www.oesel.ee/~toni/Teeme.html#siht1. In the same way all the items of the Table of Contents have to changed into links. The other parts or files in your own text can also be linked.

  10. If you want that visitors can send you e-mails about your homepage from your own homepage, create a link for this. Write ‘Letter to my mailbox’. Select it and click the button Link. On the line of ‘Link to’, write – mailto:your-mailaddress. It is important to write your e-mail address in full. Here is an example with my mail address: mailto:toni@leisi.oesel.ee
  11. It is also possible to create links for quicker movement within the file (Forward, Back, Beginning, End) using the already created targets. Also images can be made into links. Click the image and choose the button Link. Then as the text links
  12. For designing your homepage, you can add images of yourself, your friends or of what- or whoever. You can also add animated pictures that can be found from different Internet addresses. The background may be just some colour or also an image. This image should of course be quite discrete in order not to hide the text or info. How can you add the image? First you have to have saved the chosen images/pictures in your file. You can save a picture found from the Internet in your file by clicking the right key of your mouse on the image and choose Save Image As from the menu. For saving indicate your file’s location. To add an image to your homepage lets do like this – choose the button Image. A new dialog window opens where you can show your image file name, if it will be used as background (Background), or it will have original measurements (Dimensions), what’s its positions (Text alignment and … ), what free space will be around the image (Space around image). After marking everything necessary, determine the target (Target). In order just to add colour background, choose Page Colour and Properties from the menu Format. Then, in the dialog window choose the suitable background colour (Background).

  14. If you haven’t done it earlier, it’s the high time to save what you’ve done. Save the file in a certain file under a short name. To avoid any future failures, do not use letters which you can’t come across in the English Alphabet in your file name, and limit to one word. E.g. My.html or Index.html. The last one is suitable if you have your own home file in some server and it includes file public_html. In this case a visitor could reach using www.domen.ee/~user/ After / you don’t have to write the file name. Before saving your file, be sure that the file you created looks as you pictured
  15. When you have saved your file, it should be made visible (to publish) or transfer to a public web server. Some public servers offer this service. E.g. hot.ee. You can try to publish your file using the Composer (you must be online). Choose the button Publish and a dialog window opens where there is your file name on the page title already. You’ll have to indicate the public location in the server (my file location is given in the example, you’ll have to indicate yours), your user name and password. Lower all the names of image files of this file can be found. When you have filled in the lines, OK. Another option is to use Ftp service. If you still have problems, ask somebody smarter. E.g. network administrator.

  16. Now it should be ready!

To the beginning!
Starting    Paragraphs and headings    Targets and links   Design (images, backgrounds)    Saving    Publishin

Homepage was made in October 2005 by  Toni Erin

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