Intro to design
Designing a web page can be a lot of fun, but it can also be very intimidating. We'll help you tackle HTML, graphics, and everything else you need to learn to design good pages.

Before you begin, you need a few tools!

Most important, you need a good graphics program. We recommend Paint Shop Pro (for PC users) Paint Shop Pro is a very good, user-friendly graphics program. It's also inexpensive. If you want a more powerful graphics program, Adobe Photoshop is the best out there, but it comes with a hefty price tag.

You'll probably also want an HTML editor,although you can use a
program like Notepad to do your coding. There are two types of HTML editors, WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) and plain old HTML editors.

WYSIWYG editors have you work in a graphical interface instead of working with HTML code. This is easiest for beginners, but you won't learn your HTML too well, and WYSIWYG editors are infamous for writing poor code. Front Page Express (comes with IE 4.0 and later) and Netscape Composer (comes with Netscape) are both decent free WYSIWYG editors, but if you want something more powerful, we recommend Macromedia Dreamweaver or Frontpage 2000. In normal HTML editors, you work directly with HTML code, but there are a lot of features which save you time as compared to writing all of the code by hand. The best is Allaire Homesite.

Now you are ready to start designing!


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