This course will teach you how to create a website and make it available to the world. It will not teach you how to use DreamWeaver or FrontPage. It will teach you how to set up web pages yourself and link them together as you wish. This means you understand what's going on and can fix problems. There are lots of very pretty websites out there which have been professionally and expensively designed, but the owners have no idea how to update them — or every time they try, something goes wrong. I won't leave you in the lurch like that!
For dynamic web sites, in addition to all this I use Microsoft's ASP (Active Server Pages) or ASP.NET, and if I need a database I use Microsoft Access or Microsoft SQL Server, though there's no problem using other standard databases. I won't be covering any of this on the course — let me know if you want a separate course!
I've run this course three times at Letchworth Settlement which is not a high-tech teaching environment, so you won't be trying things out on a PC during the class unless you bring your own laptop, but there will be some written exercises and homework. Notes will be available on my website after each session. The Settlement say they don't have enough people interested to warrant running it again, so I don't know when and where I will next get to teach it — I'm open to offers!What do you want the site to do, and who is it aimed at? Content and Layout. Website structure and navigation.
The WebEdit program.
Images. Linking pages together. Building a Menu.
Browsers. Web Hosting: Free and cheap.
Padding, Border and Margin properties.
Menus and CSS. Block and Inline elements. DocType. Updating the menu structure.
Grabbing stuff from other people's websites.
Displaying tables with CSS.
Menus and Frames. Menus without frames.
Server-Side Includes. Columns. Deprecated HTML. Font sizes. Z-Index.
Running Dynamic code on the server.
Music and Videos