HTML and CSS Reference
on the Web
When you write a book, a paper, an article, or even a memo, you usually
don't just jump right in with the first sentence and then write it through to
the end. The same goes with the visual arts—you don't normally start
from the top-left corner of the canvas or page and work your way down to
the bottom right.
A better way to write, draw, or design a work is to do some planning
beforehand—to know what you're going to do and what you're trying to
accomplish, and to have a general idea or rough sketch of the structure
of the piece before you jump in and work on it.
Just as with more traditional modes of communication, the process of
writing and designing web pages takes some planning and thought before
you start flinging text and graphics around and linking them wildly to each
other. It's perhaps even more important to plan ahead with web pages
because trying to apply the rules of traditional writing or design to online
hypertext often results in documents that are either difficult to under-
stand and navigate online or that simply don't take advantage of the fea-
tures that hypertext provides. Poorly organized web pages also are
difficult to revise or to expand.
The other question you'll want to ask is where your website will be
hosted. In this lesson, I explain how to make provisions for putting your
site on the Web. I describe some of the things you should think about
before you begin developing your web pages. Specifically, you need to do
Learn the differences between a web server, a website, a web
page, and a home page.
Think about the sort of information (content) you want to put on