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There is more than one way to make a webpage. One is by using a program such as 'Dreamweaver' or something else. The best way however (for making simple webpages) is by using Notepad.

This is the best way (in my opinion), since it allows for much greater freedom, is free and gives you a greater understanding behind the working of webpages.

Like a computer program, Webpages are created in 'code'. Unlike computer programs, webpages are a lot less complicated. Most of the 'code' is just simple english, and most of the hard stuff is already done for you.

How to start

I was originally going to explain everything, but I figured it would work much better if I took you through how to make a webpage, step by step.

Step 1: Create a folder someplace on your computer to store the webpage, lets call it CatsPage
Step 2: Open up Notepad (Acessories in the Start Menu)


Step 3: Now You should save the file before continuing on (Despite not typing anything yet).
Step 3.1: File -> Save As
Step 3.2: Change Save as Type to All Files (*.*)
Step 3.3: Change the Directory to CatsPage (the one we made above)
Step 3.4: Put index.htm as the Filename
Step 3.5: Save

Note: The Main Page of your website should always be called index.htm

Step 4: The Framework
There are a few things which are standard to every webpage, so we might as well add them now.
Step 4.1:

<html>
<head>
<title>
This is where the title of your page goes. Whatever you put here will show up on the menu bar 'ie 'Webpage Lessons #1'
</title>
</head>
<body>
This is where your webpage goes.
</body>
</html>

Note: Notice how <title> and </title> surround the title? Like math, certain things have to enclosed so you know where they start and where they end. These are called Tags.
Anything within the < and > is called a tag and is treated like code. Everything outisde of the < and > is treated like normal words.

Step 4.2:

This is what we will put for starters:

<html>
<head>
<title>
Cat's Webpage
</title>
</head>
<body>
</body>
</html>


Note: Not everything has to be on separate lines. For example:

<title>
Cat's Webpage
</title>

Could be written as: <title>Cat's Webpage</title>


Step 5: Time to save. File -> Save


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