Student Web Pages

A quick guide to establishing yourself on the web

This sheet provides basic instructions to help you create and publish pages on the World Wide Web. If you're new to the web, we recommend spending some time browsing with Mozilla to get a sense for how the web works. Before you set out to publish web pages, you should also visit the pages at the URL given below, where you'll find guidelines, resources, and policy information that you should be aware of.

Creating Web Pages

There are two ways to create web pages, depending on your interests and inclinations:

Learning HTML

If you're interested in serious web page design, you should learn HTML (HyperText Markup Language), which are the languages most web pages are written in. There's no space to teach it to you here, but there are dozens of good HTML guides and tutorials on the net. You can find pointers to such guides at the URL given above.

HTML Editors

If you just want to create a basic web pages without worrying about the technical details, you can use an HTML editor, which writes the HTML code for you. The Macintoshes and PCs in the public labs have access to a program called Macromedia DreamWeaver, which is a good tool for creating basic web pages. DreamWeaver has good online help, and you can check out a manual from the SCIC.

When creating web pages with either of these methods, just keep in mind that all web page filenames should end in .html, and the filenames should not contain any spaces.

Publishing Your Web Pages

Once you've created a web page or pages, you'll have one or more HTML files and probably some graphics files. Making these files visible to the world is a very easy process:

1. Log in to your Netware account

If you're not familiar with the process of logging in to your Netware account, pick up a copy of the Using Netware booklet. You'll need to be able to use your Netware account in order to publish web pages.

2. Find your web folder

Everyone has a webpub folder in their Netware home directory. To begin publishing on the web, place an HTML page called index.html inside your webpub folder. To view your index.html page on the web, then, point your Web browser at:
where ~yournetid is your Carleton NetID.

You may, naturally, copy other web pages into this folder. E.g., if you copy samplefile.html in, it will become visible at:

If your pages include images, don't forget to copy the image files as well. You'll need them in the same place as the HTML files.

That's all there is to it!

Maintained by Mark F. Heiman/