The trickiest part about building a Web site is coordination. To get it right, you not only need the right tools to create Web pages, but you also need to coordinate with other companies to get your Web site onto the World Wide Web and ( optionally ) to give it a catchy address like www.StylinViolins.com . In this section, you'll create a quick Web shopping list that maps out what you needand tells you where you'll learn about it in the rest of this book.
Web pages . Every Web site is built with individual pages. In order to create a basic Web page, you need to understand HTML (HyperText Markup Language), the language of the Web. You'll create your first Web page next , in Chapter 2.
Web space . Creating Web pages is fun, but in order to let other people take a look at them, you need to put them on a Web server. In Chapter 3, you'll consider your options for getting your first Web page online, either through a fee-based service or a free alternative.
A domain name . There's a world of difference between the Web site address www.inetConnections.com/Users/~jMallone012/web and www.JackieMallone.com . You can get your own personalized domain name , if it's available. It's not free, but the cost is usually quite low. If you want to put your Web site address on a business card or a brochure for a small business, there's really no better choice. In Chapter 3, you'll learn how to buy your own domain name.
Web design tools . Creating Web pages from scratch is a great way to learn, but it's far too slow and painful to create a complete Web site that way. To get to the next level, you'll need to step up to a professional Web design tool. If you have a commercial program like FrontPage or Dreamweaver, you're in good hands. Even if you don't, there are many good free and shareware products that can help you out. Chapter 4 explains your options and helps you get started.
Hyperlinks . On its own, a Web page can do only so much. The real magic begins when you bind multiple Web pages together using links. Chapter 8 introduces the versatile hyperlink, which allows visitors to surf around your Web site.