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I will add tips as I keep learning. These are things I had trouble with and had to learn by trial and error.

Adding Images to Your Website

Dear Possible Future Webmaster,

I am not an expert on the computer. I am only a beginning webmaster with lots to learn. And that is the beauty of it! I want to convince you that if you have basic computer knowledge and can get around on the internet, that you can be a webmaster too.
A year ago I never dreamed I could do this. I want to give you some tips to give you courage.

1. Go to an office supply store and look at their instructional books. An employee at my local office supply store helped me find a book that I liked. It is called Easy Web Pages, Second Edition, by Gina Carrillo, Copyright 2000 by Que Corporation. It is just the kind of book I like, explaining step by step with illustrations. I imagine there are many other books on creating web pages. You can find the right one for you.

2. You probably have a program right on your computer for making web pages. Click on Start, Programs, Internet Explorer and finally FrontPage Express. If you don't have it you can download it off the internet. Of course there are other programs as well.

3. Have fun. Start designing your webpage, experimenting with every color, every font, graphics, music, everything. Just have fun. You will learn a lot.

4. I suggest that you learn a little bit about HTML. You don't know what that is? Use your mouse and right click now. Click on View Source. This is what HTML looks like. These are instructions the computer uses for formatting and designing your page.
You don't need to know much HTML, but it is good to know what it is and how it works. Here is a great place to learn a little bit about HTML. It is called

The 24-Hour HTML Cafe

5. Do you have a lot of printed material that you want on your website, but it is not on your computer? You need to invest in a scanner. You can scan printed material, transfer it to a word-processing program to edit it and then use it. You can also make your own simple drawings, transfer them to your Paint program, edit them and use them. (A very strange thing, I scanned my drawings as text and they came out better than when I scanned them as pictures.) You can also scan photographs, etc. A scanner is a good investment.

6. It would be a good idea to have an e-mail address specially for your website. You can get another e-mail address from your internet server, or you can get one from a great many places, such as hotmail, yahoo, angelfire, etc. That way any contacts because of your website will be immediately identifiable.

7. Finish designing your website. You will need a home page and links to your other pages. You can look at all your pages and experiment with them on Explorer and Navigator without ever being on-line. When everything works just the way it should you are ready to get a server and put your web-site on the internet.

This made me very nervous. This is the big plunge into the water. But it was easier than I thought it would be. Once you sign up you will choose a name for yourself and have a password. Your server will have instructions to take you through the steps to get going. You can transfer your web pages, and image files, and music files, etc. just the way they are. All you will have to do is change the names of some files so that all the links will work.

8. After you are on-line you can still learn new and better things to do for your web pages. You will be able to add and subtract and change things. Getting ready was fun, but now the real fun begins.

At the bottom of this page I will add things that gave me trouble and how I solved them. I am still learning.

Sincerely,

Lois

Adding Images to Your Website

I had trouble with my very first images. One of my images looked very nice and crisp. The others looked blurred around the edges. My nice image was a GIF file. The blurry ones were JPG files. I will explain how to get a GIF file as I had trouble figuring it out.

                   
      This is a GIF file. See how nice it looks?               This is a JPG (or JPEG) file. See how it has blurry edges?

I started with a drawing in the Windows Paint program. Put the dotted lines ( the edit icon) around your drawing. Then right click on the image. A window will come up. Click on COPY TO and save the file as a 24 bitmap. Now it is a file that you can insert into FrontPage Express. Click on the Insert Image icon and a window will come up and let you browse for your 24 bitmap file. Insert that file. When you save your FrontPage Express file a window will come up and ask you if you want to save the image. Save it as a GIF file. You can now delete the 24 bitmap file if you want. You no longer need it.

If you simply copy your drawing and then paste it into FrontPage Express it will be saved as a JPG (or JPEG) file. As you can see from the two exact drawings the GIF file looks much nicer. JPG files are better for photographic images.

If you have more than one image and you want them close together, you can put them in a table. The table does not need borders and you will be able to arrange images and text to go with them.

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