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How to Make a Web site on Your iMac

excerpted from Chapter 17 of The Little iMac Book, Second Edition, by Robin Williams

ANY iMACS include the software called Adobe PageMill with which you can create Web pages. Look in your little packet of CDs that came with your computer; if you find the Adobe PageMill CD, install the software, then follow along in the tutorial to build a small, personal Web site. I’ll also show you how to get to the more sophisticated tutorial provided by Adobe. (For directions on installing PageMill and setting up a folder for your Web site, see pages 216-218 of The Little iMac Book, Second Edition.)

In this tutorial, you’ll make three Web pages, put text and graphics on each one, link all the pages together, and make an email link so people can send you email from your Web page. When you’re done I’ll show you how to get your site onto the World Wide Web. I guarantee it’s easier than you think.


It’s not possible to explain everything you need to know to create, upload, and maintain a Web site, plus all the information about graphics and Web addresses, etc, in this tutorial. But if you discover that you really enjoy making your own Web pages, get The Non-Designer’s Web Book by me and John Tollett--it does explain everything you need to know, from start to finish, and it’s easy to follow and understand.

Make the first Web page

The first page in a Web site is typically called the “home” page. It’s like home base, or the table of contents in a book. The visitor should know what this site is about, what other information is available from here, and it should be clear how to get to that other information. In this tutorial, you’ll make a small site about yourself, but of course you can change any of the text and graphics to anything you want!

Name your first Web page

Before you type onto the page, you should save and name it. The first page of every Web site in the world always has the same name: index.html (well, there are slight variations, but you don’t need to worry about that). So the file name of your home page will be index.html. Every Web page is considered an “html” page.

  1. From the File menu, choose “Save Page As... .” You’ll get the dialog box shown below, which by now you are surely familiar with.

  2. At the Desktop level, find your Web site folder. Double-click your folder to open it so you can save this page directly into the folder.

  3. Change the name of the file from “untitled.html” to “index.html,” then click the “Save” button.

Save dbox

Title your first Web page

The title of a page is very different from its html file name. The html file name is for the computer; the title is for visitors to the site. The title of the page appears in the title bar of the Web page when someone else sees it on their screen; when someone saves your page as a bookmark, the bookmark will be the title you have chosen for the page. Even if it isn’t quite clear what the title is (don’t worry, lots of people don’t get the concept right away), just trust me and follow the directions.

  1. Just below the toolbar across the top of your new Web page it says “Title,” and inside that box it says “Untitled Document.” Select the text “Untitled Document” and retype it with the title of your page, as shown below.

  2. After you type the title, hit Return! This is very important. If you clicked somewhere else without hitting Return, click back in that box at the end of the title and hit the Return key.

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