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  1. #1

    Need Help Creating Website

    One of my hobbies is called Nerf - it's kind of like paintball but it's safer and WAY cheaper, and you don't need a specific field to play it on.

    I would like to make a website or two about Nerf. One would be for my group of friends (our Nerfing "Clan") and the other just a public Nerf website.

    I have no previous experience whatsoever with creating websites, and I am only 13 years old. I am intelligent though, and am pretty good with computers.

    I found a host, I will either go with Hostultra, Doteasy, or Web1000.

    I don't know what languages to learn. It is going to be a basic website, but hopefully a good one. I am going to try the "clan" website first, and use that as my first website to learn off of, then when I'm better at making websites I'll do the other one.

    It seems to me that HTML and XHTML only deal with the text portions of a website. How do you get images to go in a certain place? How do you make a navigational bar?

    Any help is appreciated.

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    All the content that you see on a webpage is written in HTML/XHTML. Other things (such as flash, etc.) are also plugged in to the webpage using HTML.

    Remember that browsers only understand a few things (HTML, Javascript and CSS). The rest of the stuff requires additional plugins. So, to place images on a webpage, you use HTML. You use CSS to style elements and also for layout.

    I would suggest you visit w3schools to find out more about HTML. Good luck
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    www.htmlgoodies.com

    I self taught myself there about 6 years ago, and it has only gotten better since.

    Go through the HTML: Primers section first, then jump down to HTML & GRAPHICS Tutorials.

    once you've gone through all of them you'll be pumping out html pages like you've done it for years.

    then when you want to learn stuff that actually makes pages good (javascript, php, css, etc)... check out the sections on that site for that stuff too, but you'll ultimately have to look elsewhere to get proficient.

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    Okay, here's a drawing in Paint that I made in a couple minutes that shows (roughly, and crappily) what I want my website to look like, only hopefully not that crappy.

    I'm confused, if I want different images as backgrounds in different places, how do I do that? And I want a navigational bar on the right or left. I don't know how to make one, and how do I make one that's not just basic text? Like, I want stuff behind the text to make it look more prettyful. I know the <onmouseover> tag exists, but I don't understand how to use it. If I want an image to appear to the right of text on mouse over, and the image to go away when the cursor leaves the area, how could I do that?
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    hehe, nice drawing.

    Here's a good start.

    Code:
    <html>
    
    <head>
    <title>The Ultimate Nerf Site!</title>
    <meta name="description" content="The Ultimate Nerf Site!">
    <meta name="keywords" content="nerf, fun, yay">
    </head>
    
    <body>
    
    <table border="1" align="center" width="100%" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" style="height: 100%;">
    <tr>
    <td align="center" valign="middle" colspan="2">
    This is the Title Image
    </td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center" valign="top" width="20%">
    <a href="menu_link.html">Menu Link<a><br>
    <a href="menu_link.html">Menu Link<a><br>
    <a href="menu_link.html">Menu Link<a><br>
    <a href="menu_link.html">Menu Link<a><br>
    <a href="menu_link.html">Menu Link<a>
    </td>
    <td align="center" valign="middle" width="*">
    Body text<br>
    Body text<br>
    Body text<br>
    Body text<br>
    Body text<br>
    </td>
    </tr>
    </table>
    
    </body>
    
    </html>
    Copy/paste that into a new text document and call it "yay.html". Open it.

    Now, mess around with all the different elements by opening the .html document in notepad. Save when you've done something you want to see. Reopen the .html.

    Make seperate images for your title and menu. Insert them in where I have the text "this is the title image" and "menu link" by typing

    Code:
    <img src="YOURIMAGENAME.jpg">
    make sure this image is in the same folder as your .html. If it's not, add a directory before the image name... such as if it's in a folder called "images" which is a folder within the folder your .html is in, it would be:

    Code:
    <img src="images/YOURIMAGENAME.jpg">
    good luck!

    -Rad

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    Wow, thanks so much!

    What exactly is a template?

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    Why not get a host that offers pre-installed CMS scripts, then you have a fully dynamic website with little effort. Most of the designs on the modern CMS Portal sites are nice too.


    Have a look at Mambo CMS... It is free and a lot of hosting companies will install it for free for you if you have no clue how to do this.

    http://mamboserver.com

    Note: I am not affiliated with Mambo, just wanted to make a suggestion to someone regarding this software since it could make their life easier rather then struggling with design and coding for the first time.

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    I think that you will be better off learning html before you use a CMS. HTML will give you a better base for you to go off of when you get into more advanced websites.
    I self taught myself how to code websites several years ago when my uncle asked me to figure out how to write a website for his photography business. I didn't even have the internet when I started but I got on his connection and learned html. Then a while later, I started to look into more and started to learn PHP and then now starting into CSS.

    Go visit sites like:
    http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/
    http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/
    http://www.htmlgoodies.com/
    http://www.w3schools.com/

    Good luck!
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