Well, I'd say you've had just about enough prelude and general fooling around by now. In these first three chapters, you've learned what the Internet is, what hardware and software you need to get on the Internet, how to find and choose your Internet provider, and how to get connected.
That's all the preparation you need ”it's time to start browsing. You'll do that in Chapter 4, "Basic Browsing."
Chapter 4. Basic Browsing
Whew. You've made it through the first three chapters, which are full of all the necessary ”yet occasionally mundane ”details that provide the background of Internet usage. Alas, you can now rest assured that the remainder of this book will be nothing but fun, fun, fun!
Well, that might be stretching it a bit. But the fact of the matter is that with this chapter, you begin to get into the meat of why you wanted to get on the Internet in the first place ”browsing the World Wide Web. The Web is one of the two biggest reasons that the average Joe hops online; the other is email (which is covered in Chapter 5, "Sending and Receiving Email").
Over the last six
About Your "Home Page"
Most Web browsers are configured to go automatically to a particular Web page as soon as you
. A Web page a browser is configured to go to automatically when you open it, to provide a starting point for your Web
Note that "home page" has two meanings in Web parlance: It also describes a Web page that serves as the main information resource for a particular person or organization. For example, www.toyota.com may be described as Toyota's "home page."
For example, if you get Internet Explorer directly from Microsoft, it opens at the Microsoft Network's home page at www.msn.com (see Figure 4.1). If you get Netscape Navigator directly from Netscape, it opens automatically to a similar startup page at Netscape.
Figure 4.1. Your browser goes automatically to its home page. The home page might have been selected by the browser maker or by your Internet provider.
However, if you get your software from your Internet provider, your browser might have been reconfigured with a new home page, one that's set up by your provider as a starting point for its subscribers. This home page also serves as a source of news and information about the provider and its services.
You don't have to do anything with your home page. You can just ignore it, and jump from it to
Often, you'll find a great selection of links on your home page to other fun or useful pages. If your home page happens to be one set up by your local ISP, the page might even contain local news, weather, and links to other pages with information about your community. Now and then, before striking out onto the Web, be sure to give your home page a glance to check out what it has to offer.