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CSC 112 - Lesson 1

In order to produce and maintain a web site, you need to be aware of the role and purpose of all the links in the chain that make it possible to publish and view your web site.

Not only do you need a computer to access the Internet but also the proper software (browser). Yet this is still not enough. You must subscribe to some type of service to receive the data. Most users use a dial up connection over the phone line but many are also using DSL and cable modems. Access can also be made through a network.

Commonly, users access the Internet through a service provider like AOL or CompuServe, or they use the services of an IP like earthlink.com, shout.net, or advance.net.

In order to publish web pages to your web site, you usually create the html code on your local computer, then upload the content to a server via FTP. In this class, we will primarily be using the built-in FTP feature of Dreamweaver to upload and update our pages.

A web site is comprised of a related group of web pages that is usually loaded on one server and one domain.

By using tools like Dreamweaver, we can make managing a web site much easier. Tools like "global replace" help us to save time by automating tasks that would normally be time consuming. It can also be used to edit CSS information for formatting the style of an entire site or just one page. We also moved pages and graphics by dragging and dropping them into new folders. Dreamweaver updated all of the links for us.

We use hyperlinks not only to connect to other web pages on and off of our web sites, but they are also used to locate information from within the same page through the use of anchor tags. Hyperlinks can also be used to trigger JavaScript behaviors within a page.

Anchor tags can be used to index information on a web site. Typically at the top of the page there is a "table of contents" or "index" that uses anchor links directly to go to more detailed information or definition further down the page. Even though anchor tags are commonly used on a single web page, they also can be used to directly access sections of other web pages that are hyperlinked to the page.

The index concept we discussed above is not to be confused with the concept of the index.html or index.htm page. The index.html page is always the default page in any directory. In other words, when you type in http://robhiggins.com, you are really accessing http://robhiggins.com/index.html.

This is the same in any directory. When you type in http://robhiggins.com/parkland, you are actually seeing http://robhiggins.com/parkland/index.html. The index.html page is the page that the browser goes to by "default" if another is not specified. The index.html page is case sensitive so don't use any capital letters or change the spelling in any way. (Example: index3.html)

For security reasons, you should always add an index.html page to each of your directories so users can not see the default index of files that are in that directory. If the directory is used for images or other files that do not contain any html pages, you might consider installing an index.html with a "push metatag" that will direct the user to the main index.html page.

The code is:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="Refresh" CONTENT="1; URL=http://robhiggins.com/ ">
<BODY BGCOLOR="#0080FF" TEXT="#000000">

This code will send the user to the url: http://robhiggins.com/ after one second.