This tutorial will teach you the basic principles of HTML authoring. You will learn all you need to know to make a basic web site. What software you will need. How to publish your pages to the internet. Can't publish a home page at your own provider? There's lots of other sites where you can have web space for free. Can't be bothered to learn HTML and still like to have a homepage? Try my online monkey proof home page wizard.
Making a web page is not really very difficult. Basic HTML is surprisingly easy to learn. A web page is nothing more than a text file, a HTML file. HTML is a simple computer language, or better: a page description language. A set of codes determining what a page will look like in a web browser. HTML is short for HyperText Markup Language. HTML files mostly have a .html or .htm extension.
Hypertext is a special kind of text. It is not sequential like in a book. If you quickly want to look up something in a book you look at the index or table of contents. Hypertext is much more effective in that respect. You can connect words and pictures to other pages. Pointing your mouse there will lead you to those pages, that may reside on a web server on the other side of the world. This (hyper)linking is the main power of the Web.
Markup comes from the world of printing. It tells the type-setter how to put text and images on a page that will be printed. It contains directions on fonts, character size, spacing, white areas on the page, etc. HTML pretty much does the same, only replacing the type-setter with your browser. In short: HTML is the language that tells the browser how to display hypertext on a computer screen.
So how about learning HTML yourself? I promise you it won't be very difficult. All you will have to do is spend a few hours at this tutorial. I will tell you everything you need to know to make a home page or even a basic web site. Are you ready? Then let's start creating your presence on the world wide web.