Before you begin to create a web page you will need these three things:
- 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
- Continually refine and revise your page.
Let's look at an example.
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