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Just cause you can?
Published on March 28, 2011 By PlainJane55 In Internet

Just a quick question. How many of you make your own web site just cause you can. I dont mean on the internet, but maybe for your local network? I'm no programmer, I don't even "know" HTML but you can google everything. For example yesterday i was making a chore list for my family and I threw tags on it so it could be in a browser (and hijack my familys internet activities). Last week I threw together a very bare chose your own adventure game, but without words, I used animated gifs as the links to click. It was very entertaining to kids 4 and 5.


What about other not so techy people? What do you make a web site for.? other then business of course.

on Mar 29, 2011

I've only set up one "LAN-only" website: a private discussion site for some of my coworkers which ran off my work computer.

I've found W3schools.com to be a decent reference for learning basic HTML.

Part of the challenge for people learning HTML is choosing/configuring a webserver.  While it is possible to run a website entirely off your computer using a slew of hard-coded "FILE://" links, its not a good way to go.  For Windows, the easiest webserver I've ever used was AnalogX SimpleServer:WWW.  It doesn't handle any dynamic languages like PHP, but it's great for running a series of static webpages (eg pages written entirely in HTML).  I don't recommend using SS:WWW on any Internet-facing site - I've seen it crash because it couldn't handle various malformed requests that were sent by botnets looking for other vulnerable webservers - but I regularly use it for quick tests instead of more powerful and more complicated webservers like Apache or IIS.

Another tool to help learn HTML is a decent HTML-focused WYSIWYG editor.  I use KompoZer, especially when fiddling with CSS layouts.  If nothing else, KompoZer (or similarly FrontPage, if you can find it) will help you learn HOW to do some things in HTML: create a basic page with indents, lists, different fonts and font-sizes, and then study the underlying HTML code that makes it all work.

As long as we're talking editors, I also recommend Notepad++.  My day job is writing/maintaining websites, and I use Notepad++ for everything.  It doesn't have some of the fancier features of other more-focused editors like TextMate (for the Mac), but they syntax highlighting, tabbed sessions, and integrated file browser (via the "Light Explorer" plugin) fulfills my every need.

on Mar 29, 2011

I built a website with a WebTv set top box the first time I ever got on the internet...piece of cake!