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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS6

Understanding the Internet and web sites


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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS6

with Paul Trani

Video: Understanding the Internet and web sites

I'd like to start off by giving you a good foundation of what the Internet is, what web pages are, websites, mobile sites, how it all works together as well. Starting with the Internet, it really is a global system of computers linked together by a vast network. Oftentimes these computers are called servers, because not only are they linked together, but they serve up and carry data, most notably in the form of web pages, websites, emails, things like that. But you take a web page, well, what is a web page? It's basically a document with formatting instructions known as HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language.

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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS6
2h 48m Beginner Aug 30, 2012

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Join author Paul Trani as he shows how to create a web site step by step with Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, one of the industry's leading web authoring tools. But not just any web site. A responsive HTML5 web site that works across multiple browsers and devices, complete with rich imagery and text, a robust portfolio, video content, and even a contact form. This course covers how to use web standards such as HTML5 for structure and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control colors, fonts, navigation, and more. The course also demonstrates how to test across multiple browsers and devices and upload your new site to the web.

Topics include:
  • Understanding basic web principles
  • Adding content to a web page
  • Linking to web sites and email addresses
  • Styling content with CSS
  • Creating a layout that fits multiple browsers and devices
  • Building an HTML5 layout
  • Inserting images and video
  • Adding a menu bar
  • Creating a contact form
  • Integrating a Twitter feed
  • Uploading and testing a web site
Subjects:
Web Web Design
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Paul Trani

Understanding the Internet and web sites

I'd like to start off by giving you a good foundation of what the Internet is, what web pages are, websites, mobile sites, how it all works together as well. Starting with the Internet, it really is a global system of computers linked together by a vast network. Oftentimes these computers are called servers, because not only are they linked together, but they serve up and carry data, most notably in the form of web pages, websites, emails, things like that. But you take a web page, well, what is a web page? It's basically a document with formatting instructions known as HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language.

So you can see there are some plain text here as well as these tags that make up this HTML page. Luckily, browsers render that out, and I get a different experience as a user. Nonetheless we have that web page and these web pages are then linked together to form a website. All linked together, there's our website. Going beyond that, when I go to that website, the computer would see that HTML, and it would render it out appropriately, and give me the right experience.

So this is what I would want to see as user, as opposed to the HTML. So that's how all of that works. Even going beyond to that for mobile devices, it renders up that same HTML, we just need to do some different formatting for that smaller size. Luckily, we have something like Dreamweaver, which really makes it possible for us to easily create these websites. So we don't have to type in all of that HTML, Dreamweaver does a lot of it for us. We can easily insert the images and create something beautiful without having to deal with the hassle of all of that HTML and writing it by hand, even though Dreamweaver will actually let me do that as well.

Going beyond that, once the site is created, you can go ahead and publish it or upload it to a web server, which then can be viewed by the rest of the world. So that's where it will live on a web server, and that website that lives on that web server will be accessed through a web browser, such as Google, you use some web address or search engine, it will go out get the site and return it to you. Now that's the basics for how websites work, including the Internet.

Now what you can do is take that information and start to develop your own websites, start to plan it out.

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