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Putting a Web Page Online
How to Put Web Pages Online
At some point in your career as a graduate student in the School of Information, you will need to make a web page. Maybe you’re asked to post a paper you wrote for your Information Technology class. Maybe you want to put your resume online, so potential employers can access it. Maybe you want to start an online journal or weblog to record your graduate school experience. Maybe you want to post some digital pictures to share with family and friends. Creating a simple web page is incredibly easy, and there are many tools to help you with it.
Creating a Web Page by Writing HTML
Creating a simple web page by writing HTML code is easier than you might think. You can write HTML code in a text editor, such as Notepad or BBEdit (for a Mac). You will save this text file as an html file (example: index.html), and then upload it to your server space (see below for information on how to upload your file). Check out our tutorial on Basic HMTL, which covers basic html formatting tags, how to create links, and how to add images. Once you’ve mastered that, move on to the Even More HTML tutorial, which covers how to create a digital resume using html.
Creating a Web Page with Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver is a web development tool that is available on all of the computers in the IT Lab. It can also be purchased for about $100 from the Campus Computer Store. For creating a simple web page, it may have more functionality than you really need. For large sites, however, the many features of Dreamweaver are invaluable. Check out our Introduction to Dreamweaver tutorial, which covers the basic functions of this program. To learn about even more advanced Dreamweaver design functions (including how to use Dreamweaver to create an online photo album to showcase your digital photos!), check out our Even More Dreamweaver tutorial.
Creating a Web Page with Mozilla Composer
Need to create a simple web page, anxious about learning HTML, and unwilling to fork out the money to buy Dreamweaver? Mozilla Composer may just be your answer. Mozilla is an open source suite of applications used for web browsing, email, or creating html pages, which can be downloaded for free from the Internet (http://www.mozilla.org/). Mozilla Composer is the web development tool of Mozilla. All of the computers in the IT Lab have Mozilla Composer on them, and it is very easy to download it on your home computer. For more information about how to use Mozilla Composer, check out the Creating a Web Page Using Mozilla Composer tutorial.
Posting Your Web Page to Your School of Information Server Space
Now that you have your html file, how can you share it with the world? In order for your html file to be viewed by the public, it must be put on your server space. If you’re using a PC, you will use the SSH Secure File Transfer Program. With a Mac, you will use Fugu. In either program, take the file and drag it into your public_html folder. Then open a web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla, and type in the url for your page. If your file is named index.html, then the url will be http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~your_user_name/index.html.
If your file does not appear, one of the following things might be wrong:
1. Check the name of your file. Does it exactly match the name you’re
typing into your web browser? It’s a good idea for your file names
to be simple as possible – all lowercase, all one word, and with
3. Right-click your .html file, and choose “Properties.” Is the permission mode “755”? If not, change it. This allows your file to be seen on the Internet.
After checking these three things, go back to your web browser and hit “Refresh.” You should see your very own webpage!