Revised 1997 JAN 22

How to Build Your Own Web Site

Perhaps everyone reading this already knows how to write web pages. If you want us to give more information, please send an email to We are using Netscape.

1. First spend some time on the internet to get an idea of what you might like to put in your homepage and site. The paragraphs below demonstrate you don't need HOT DOG, any books, or special programs to write a web page. After reading below, do some planning, write something, then edit and edit until you have a quality page. Learning all this takes just a few hours.

2. Notice that when you are viewing a page, you have an exact copy of the remote page. Click on FILE, file upper left corner of screen, and you can save As: c:\hompage\sample01.htm or whatever you want to name the file (faster: alt-f-a). Notice that web pages are just ASCII text with HTML tags added. Use Netscape Editor (just clink on EDIT), or EDIT of MS-DOS, DirMagic, or any word processor to view the file (source code). You will notice that every page starts the same, but has different title and other text. Note the keywords are listed quite early in the file. Web crawlers copy those keywords and report them back to the search engine for each page of your site. To insert keywords for any page just click PROPERTIES; DOCUMENT and use Tab.

3. Writing your home page is simple. If you know the html tags, you can use a word processor such as EDIT and modify a sample home page to fit your needs. A simple approach is to use a page writer such as Web Wizard (shareware). Just type in the answers to a few prompts and your page is done.

I prefer to use the editor of Netscape. Since the various clones are similar to Netscape, I will use Netscape as an example. At the top of the Netscape browser find the word "EDIT" and click it. The screen will change and at the top you will Netscape Editor and untitled which means you have have not yet saved a file. Just press some keys, type a few lines, click on the big A and little A at the left and notice the white number changes (this text is size zero). Type some letter of different sizes. See which sizes you like. Moving to the right notice the three letters "A" which are toggle keys click on all three and notice how they are light color when activated. They are set bold, italics, and monospace looks like typewriter. Click on the color palatte and select a color then click on OK And you will then type in many colors.

Now practice a Hyper-text Link. Do that by clicking on the chain (means link). Up comes a table, use use tab key or click mouse on the various white spaces. I will put a link here to the bottom of this page (linked to wrong text). I then moved to bottom of page and put cursor on www sites and held down mouse button and dragged across the line (it turned blue) I could have held down shift key and used the right arrow key to highlight the target. Now while the target is highlighted. Click on the target in the tool bar. Now I went back to the link "bottom of this page" by clicking on it. Then I clicked the link (chain) icon and in the link dialog box clicked on the target for this link (all the targets will appear in the box.). also click "current document" at right of the targets.

Practice using the other items in the tool bar, using help as desired. Now we can save this page of junk as junk.htm by clicking on file or pressing alt-f-a. You can now proceed with a page for your website.

4. I save all my htm files (site pages) in c:\aamysite directory. I practice using my pages there to make sure all he links work. Then I use ftp to move them to indiana_biolab is the name of a directory on my ISP's server. He set it up, just as you use md to make a directory. You don't have to use ftp, but that is how professionals move data on the internet. We will be using ftp when we import genome data from national data bases in the genome pages of this site. Most people use WS_FTP a shareware program which runs under windows.

5. Additional points: You can view the source code any time by alt-V-S or click on View at top of page. Some functions work only on saved .htm files. The middle line of tools set bullets, and justification as shown by their respective icons. You can jump from editor to browser by clicking on the steering wheel or pencil icons.

6. Using templates (This link needs repair)can save lots of work. You can have lots of templates, and use the one best suited for the page you plan to write. I want all my instructions pages to have the same look (heading size, etc) because they will be easier for students to comprehend.

7. Once your web site is in good condition, you can register it with AltaVista, and others, online. Their crawlers will visit your site within hours and list your site in accordance with a researcher's Boolean request.

WWW sites which offer information on HTML and writing web pages. (Those in blue are linked to this page; just click on them)

Background Pages

This is left over junk from my template. I left it here so you can see how templates speed writing when you have lots of pages to write. ....I should have put in links in the lines below within my template... Instead, I will now have to write the links, copy them to clipboard, and paste them to every page that needs them...A little more planning would have saved lots of work...

You should read these pages before you try the above experiment because these include safety and experimental information not repeated above. Those in blue are completed and linked from this page.

Pages on WWW Linked to This Page

You may click on these

Microbiological Safety Precautions

See our safety page... More junk left over from my template ( template1.htm)

Using templates can save lots of work. When I complete a page and have the links finished, I first save the page, then I delete some text and save the parts I need for future pages as "template2.htm".

If you isolate your own bacteria for experiments, avoid environments where pathogens are common. Indiana Biolab offers a kit of four normally harmless species, culture tubes, dry GST medium, and printed guides for $10, postpaid. A kit of 8 species and suitable dry media and other items for experiments are $20 postpaid. We make no guarantee that the bacteria can't cause infection. We require the order include a signed statement that you have read and understand our safety page. If the order is from a student, parents must include a permission statement. Teachers need only order on school letterhead. Include your e-mail address if you have one.

Written by Harold Eddleman, Ph. D., President, Indiana Biolab, 14045 Huff St., Palmyra IN 47164
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Copyright 1997 by Harold Eddleman. Copyright law permits you to use this material in teaching and self-study. If you intend to use this material in teaching, please acknowledge the author and the source of the information. When you give your students the URL, you enable them to get updates.
Last modified 1997 January 13.
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