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|By John Peralta on Wednesday, October 04, 2000 - 06:04 am:|
This Message board forum is terrific! I have another question that was asked of me earlier today. Most of us have visited sites that have music added to the page... I believe they are called MIDI files. I don't have music on my site, but I have a friend that is interested in installing one on a page he is creating. He is a musician and wants to play his "own" songs and lyrics on his site. Is there an inexpensive or free way to "record" your own music to a MIDI file and upload it to a web page?
|By John Peralta on Wednesday, October 04, 2000 - 05:31 am:|
Thanks Dave! Your suggestion is very much appreciated. It never occurred to me to try putting the text onto an image. Clever idea. I'll try it. I discovered a rather interesting site that seems to work like PaintShop Pro. There is no download or anthing required to use the free service. You can edit photo images (resize, crop, add text, etc.) ... all on-line. I'll try using this service to make the images that include the hypertext on the image itself. If anyone else is interested in using this Service... just go to http://www.gifworks.com
And if anyone is interested in checking out my web site... just email me, and I'll be happy to share the location. Thanks again Dave!
|By twpmarket on Tuesday, September 12, 2000 - 09:52 pm:|
Ok, For those of you who are ready to build your own webpages. I use Netscape and I will try to restrict my hints to things which work with both Netscape and IE.
Link Control Commands
There are several ways to make a link on your page. The Primary question to ask about the link is: "Do I want the reader to leave my site when they click on it?".
The answer is almost always NO. But you do want them to see the information from the link.
If the linked page is on your site, you can open the new page in the SAME window, overwriting the current content.
If the linked page is from another site, you want to open a NEW browser window, leaving the original window (pointed at your site) still open.
How to do this? Use the html 'target' attribute. Both Netscape and IE will allow you to add 'extra html' to any link (text or image).
The extra html for this command has several possible parameters. I will mention only two here, which will do the necessary job.
There is the code:
Note the underscore characters and the double quotes, they are required.
The first command '_self', tells the browser to display the new content in the currently open window (overwrite everything). The user can Usually (but not always) press 'back' to return to your window.
The second command '_blank', tells the browser to open a NEW browser window and display the new content in it. This leaves the original window (your site), undisturbed. The user can now switch back and forth between your page and the new page. This great for cut and paste operations.
Ok, information overload right? Questions?
|By Tom on Wednesday, September 13, 2000 - 04:16 am:|
How can I control the size of the window that opens using your tip? Please answer in newbie-speak.
|By twpmarket on Saturday, September 16, 2000 - 05:09 am:|
Here's another tip, Courtesy of Martin Pickering of the UK.
Create a new page on your site, called something like 'searchenginepage.html'. Place links on this page to every search engine you can find.
This page is 'spider food'. Spiders are the site search software used by search engines to index every page of your site. Spiders like to see a link to themselves when the visit your site.
This serves to increase the rating they will give your site. Higher rating means a better chance that your site will be listed with that search engine.
You can see an example of this on my site:
You are welcome to copy all these links to a page of your own.
|By John Peralta on Monday, September 18, 2000 - 09:38 am:|
I have a tip for users of Internet Explorer. When I am editing pages I am often transferring information from one page to another, clicking back and forth with the same browser window can get confusing real quick. On the top left hand corner of your screen is the icon "File" ... it's next to "Edit"..."View"..."Favorites"...etc If you left Click the "FILE" icon... you will see "NEW" as the first one when the list pops down...put your cursor on the "New" icon and another will box will scroll out to the right of the box. You should then see the "WINDOW" icon. Left click on that and a New Browser window will pop-up duplicate to the original screen you are on. This comes in handy when you want to edit from one page to another, or you want to have a "saved" page that is left untouched just in case you mess-up the one you are editting.
|By Evelyn on Monday, September 18, 2000 - 12:50 pm:|
I am totally confused about this business of linking to other sites. I know you have to copy and paste the URL. However, I don't understand anything beyond copying.
Would someone please explain in "newbie speak" entire procedure.
|By Dave on Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 06:15 pm:|
To create a link, you place some code 'behind' the text which the user sees. All web page creation programs will allow you to 'create a link'.
The code 'behind' the link is pure html code and is very easy to type. Here is an example of such code:
<a href="http://www.newbieclub.com">This is a link</a>
Notice the URL inside the double quotes, you can place any valid URL here.
You should know that some page design software (Netscape Composer is one which I use) makes it simple to create a link, without all the extra symbols and characters.
With Netscape Composer, you type the words 'This is a Link', then highlight those words. RIGHT CLICK your mouse on those highlighted words and select the menu option for 'Create Link using Selected'. Now enter the URL only (the part in double quotes, above). This will create a link that looks like this:
This is a Link
Notice how your browser shows you the URL when you hover the cursor over this lnk (try it). This is one way to tell that the text is a link.
Another way to identify a link is by the color and the underscoring. However these characteristics can be changed, so not all links are colored and underscored.
Hope this answers you question. If you want more specific details, I recommend these websites for tutorials:
|By dreuby on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 - 11:36 am:|
Another good site for tutorials on creating web pages is http://www.pagetutor.com/
Plain english and learn-as-you-create!
|By Evelyn on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 - 10:43 pm:|
Thanks Dave and Dreuby: Please correct me if I am wrong. You are not able to put a link onto a web page that is already on the internet. In other words, you have to create the link while you are creating the page and not afterward. Therefore, if the page is already written and on the internet, you must have to have a way of getting at the page.
So, if you are not able to edit your page you are not able to add a link. Is this correct?
I hope this isn't too involved to understand.
|By John Peralta on Monday, October 02, 2000 - 07:00 am:|
I am trying to create a page for my site that gives HTML tips. The problem I am having is putting HTML code inside of my text/content without having it affect the actual page itself. My question is how do I "deactivate" the HTML so that it shows up as actual "text" and not "script" when the page loads. Each attempt I have made to do this has either resulted in an error as the page loads ... or a blank page.
|By Dennis on Monday, October 02, 2000 - 11:29 pm:|
Yup. That is correct. Once you "upload" the page from your harddrive onto your ISP's (internet service provider's) server, or onto any "web-host server", it cannot be modified there. And this is good, because you wouldn't want me to be able to come onto your site and change it all around, would you?
Chnaging your site content can usually be done one of two ways. First, change it in the file you have offline, then upload it and it will erase the file of the same name that you already have on the web. Or, second, delete the file you have on the web before uploading the new version (I like this better because I have encountered some slight problems the other way).
Glad you asked an easy question, because I am no expert, even though I now have about 20 webpages out there that I built myself.
|By DaveBrooks on Tuesday, October 03, 2000 - 06:34 pm:|
This is to John Peralta. Your question is a tough one. I've run into this problem myself and have not found a satisfactory (meaning easy to do) answer.
The way I have done it it to use an image editor (picture editor) and create a picture containing the html text (like a banner). This means that the code is not seen by a browser as hypertext, but only as pixels on the screen. Then you must place the image on your page (I assume you already know how to do this).
Hope this helps, but there is not easy way (that I know of). Maybe someone else here can suggest a better way?
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