This article was last updated on the 21st of September, 2015 by Patrick Carpen.
Have you ever heard the term ‘html’ and wondered what that meant? Chances are, if you are living in the 21st century, you have heard this term many times before. It’s a technical term, yet it is not so technical even for the not-so-technical. In fact, html is one of the simplest web programming languages ever invented.
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Each of these languages possesses very special functionalities and can do unique things. So how do you start? It’s simple. You can create a very simple web page very easily using a very simple software available on almost every personal computer.
How can you build a simple website? It’s simple. Just use the Notepad software. It comes with almost all personal computers. Just click on the ‘Notepad’ icon, or go to Programs>>Notepad. Each computer may have a different way to locate Notepad so I can’t give exact directions, but chances are, you already know about it. Just in case your computer doesn’t have Notepad, just go to Google or Yahoo!, and type ‘download notepad’. It’s free! If you don’t know what Notepad is, read the article below.
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Now that you have Notepad open type the following:
<title>My first Simple Website</title>
<p>I am learning to create a very simple webpage.</p>
Have you done that? You’re a genius!
Let’s go to the next step. On the Notepad program, click on File>>Save As. In the dialog box, name your file ‘index.html’. Click save. That’s it! You’ve created your first webpage. See, I told you you were a genius, but you didn’t believe.
Now go to wherever you saved your html file and click it. It should open in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or whichever browser is your default for opening webpages.
When it opens, see how well you impressed yourself.
Next learn: the meaning of html tags.