Lesson 1 - Basic Skills and Webmaster Tools
Your Computer Skills
Fortunately you need very few basic computer skills to learn creating and publishing websites and probably you already have these. You need to know how to ...
1. A Simple Text Editor
The most basic software you need to write HTML code is a simple ASCII text editor like NotePad, the one which is installed on almost every computer. It cannot be WordPad or Word as these text editing programs use proprietary text formatting codes and therefore would mess up your HTML code.
Much better and user-friendlier than NotePad is a text editor called TextPad.
You can download this software at
Downloads.com or directly from TextPad.com.
You get the full version of the software for an unlimited time evaluation period.
However, if you will be using it regularily, you should buy a license and support the creators of this excellent
software ( it costs only about 30 $ ).
2. A Good Free HTML Editor
While you can write HTML code with a simple text editor, there are many time-saving functions that only an HTML editor has built in. One of the best free HTML editors (not only in my, but also in many other people´s opinion) is 1stPage2000 from Evrsoft. It´s very easy to use, has many time-saving functions and a complete reference of all HTML elements and more.
I have included this tool and some other tools on the HTML Tutorial CD ROM tutorial, so you don´t need to download it. You find it inside the folder software. To install it, simply double click on the file 1stPage2000.exe. This will launch the installation shield which guides you through the installation process.
But before you install 1stPage2000, please read the following carefully to avoid any confusions:
UPDATE: In January 2006, Evrsoft released their new HTML editor 1stPage2006. The basic
functions are the same as in 1stPage2000, but the reference is more extensive, the interface is
a bit difference and it has some more features than 1stPage2000. Also, the free version keeps nagging you to buy an upgrade. Nevertheless I have still included
the old version (I´m still using it, too) as the videos are recorded using 1stPage2000 and
most people feel more comfortable seeing exactly the same software interface.
3. FTP (File-Transfer) Software
FTP stands for "file transfer protocol". In lesson 17 I´ll show you how you can publish your website on the internet and the most easiest way is to use an FTP software to "upload" your webpages. There are many different FTP software tools available on the market, most of them have only a free trial version of 30 days, others are only free for non-profit organizations and other free tools are ad-supported.
I´ve searched pretty long and reviewed many different tools before I found a truely free, clean (i.e. ad-free) and user-friendly FTP software - FileZilla. I´ll show you step-by-step in lesson 17 how to install, configure and use it to publish your websites to the internet right from your desktop.
Alright, let´s get started now and learn the basic structure of an HTML document ( = the "source code" of a webpage) and the meaning of its different elements.
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