Before you begin to create a web page you will need these three things:

  • content
  • any graphics that you intend to use
  • an idea

Next, you will want to consider:

  • Who is your target audience
  • What are you going to say, or communicate, to that audience
  • What will be your goals and objectives

Now, turn to practicalities:

  • Surf the web to get ideas
  • Select a good software program.  Macromedia's Dreamweaver is good, but it does have a steep learning curve.  Netscape Composer is pretty easy to use (and it is free).
  • Decide how much of the design you will do yourself and how much help you will need
  • Review the principles of sound web page design
  • Have a reference source available for when you get stuck, either a good book (see Jud's webliography) or an online source
  • Do some preliminary planning, a storyboard or a layout sketch will help enormously

In reality, beginning to create a web page is not much different than approaching The Blank Page when trying to write something.

So get started.  Remember you are going to be making a lot of changes and revisions along the way.  Just get started.  You will want to:

  • Occasionally look at your page as if you were a user/viewer
  • Constantly make sure that the information you are providing has relevance
  • Continually refine and revise your page.

Let's look at an example.

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