Build Your Own Web Page
I. Tables (Guided Activity)
Inserting -- Click
Table/Insert Table and choose the number of columns & rows you want. In the
Layout section, choose the position on the page where you want your table (left, right, or
center). Click OK.
OR You can click the Insert Table icon on the toolbar and pick
the number of rows/columns on the grid. If you choose this option, you should go to
Table/Table Properties and fix the Layout Alignment to left, right, or center.
Properties -- Click
Table/Table Properties and you can customize the table background colors (or image
background) and border colors. (Just choose border because it will change
both the light and dark for you. If you want more than one color, the light border
goes toward the upper left, dark border goes towards the lower right)
You can also tell the table how far across the page to span. Click
Table/Table Properties and click the Specify Width box in the Minimum Width section.
You can choose either pixels or percent measurements.
TIP: Remember that not everyone sets their browsers
the same, so if you choose pixel measurements, think of what others might see on a 640
pixel-wide screen....on an 800 pixel wide screen...In other words, if you set you table
pixels to be 700 pixels wide, it will look fine on an 800 pixel wide resolution, but will
be off the page on a 640 pixel wide resolution...and your page visitor will have to scroll
left and right (as well as up and down) to see your full page.
Cells, Rows, Columns
-- Select a single cell, row, or column by putting your cursor in a cell of the row
or column you want to change and clicking Table/Select Cell (or Select Row or Select
Column). This will highlight the area you want to change. THEN you can click on
Table/Cell Properties and change the background and borders for JUST those cells!
Shortcut to selecting columns/rows: Place your
mouse cursor at the top of a column or end of a row and look for the "fat" arrow
to appear and then click. It will select the whole column/row for you!
You can also set the alignment vertically and horizontally. (How the stuff
you put in your cells lines up) Click in the cell you want to adjust (and click
Table/Select Row or Table/Select Column if you need to!). Click Table/Cell Properties
and then select Layout--Horizontal Alignment to choose left, right, or center. In
the Layout--Vertical Alignment you can select top, middle, or bottom.
If you want a column to take up a particular amount of space across the table,
select the column (either with Table/Select Column or the "fat" arrow).
Click Table/Cell Properties and check the Specify Width box in the Minimum Width
area. Type in the number value for pixels or percent like you did for the table
properties. If done in percent, the value will be a percentage of 100% of
the TABLE width (not page width), so if your table goes 80% across the page, and you
choose 25% on the cell width, you are getting 25% of the WHOLE TABLE (but how much of the
page is that???? Math Test: 25% of 80% is 20%).
If you choose to do the pixel measurements, remember that you total pixels cannot
exceed the pixel width of your overall table measurement!
Use your TAB key to go from cell to cell and add your content. When you've
used up your last cell on your table push the TAB key and you'll get a whole new row of
View HTML -- <TABLE> </TABLE>
<TD> </TD> cells
|100% of table
In the case of the 150 and 300 pixel table divisions above, there were
three 150-pixel cells under the long 450 pixels cell. Click and drag
across the cells you want to merge (combine), then click Table/Merge Cells
and it will create a single cell from the multiple cells that you started
with. You can sometimes fix problems by changing the cell properties of
each individual cell in the table to "add up."
To get out of a table if you're at the end of the page:
Click Ctrl + Enter and your cursor will leave your table and go back onto
the main page.
To move a table onto
another part of the page You HAVE to click Table/Select
Table before you try to click and drag the table to another part of the
page. If you just click and drag over the table cells, it ends up
moving the cells to another column and other weird stuff like that.
This is a very easy trick to make your pages look well-aligned.
It's also good for putting images into a "grid" pattern with a little
space between them.
Click Table/Table Properties. In the Layout section, change
the border size to "0" Click ok. Go check out your table.
While you are editing, there will be little dotted lines to guide you on
Another trick that invisible tables can
be used for is if you have left-margin decorations on your background
image (also called border backgrounds). Set your whole page up
in the right hand cell of the table and make the left cell be only as wide
as the image border--then leave it blank! Your content won't go
spilling over on top of the pretty border!
PREVIEWING THE PAGE: Click on the magnifying glass
Preview button at the bottom of the page or the magnifying glass
over the web document icon on the toolbar at the top to see what your
page will look like when published.
II. Page Creation
1. Find clipart and graphics from free sites on the net and in
FrontPage Publish command
FrontPage has a Publish command that allows you to directly load
a page -- even the whole web file -- onto your domain's webspace.
Click on the stack of moving papers icon on the toolbar or
File/Publish Web from the menu bar. You will have to enter the
address of the webspace where the files are going...make sure you know
your password, too!
Free Host uploading
Many free servers have their own uploading software/program that
is built into their system. Most of these are as simple as clicking
an Upload button and then browsing for your files. After that you
just click OK or UPLOAD. Some also have capabilities of supporting
FrontPage's Publish command...but most of the time, you have to pay for
their "premium" service to be able to use it.
FTP -- File Transfer
If your server doesn't provide a method to upload automatically,
you will probably need some FTP software. There are a couple of free
ones out there. Basically you choose the files and provide the
software with your user name and password so you can "manually" enter your
files into the server.
http://www.vista.ru/2inter.htm (Make sure you get scroll down to
download COMMANDER, not NAVIGATOR -- Navigator's not free)
This is a 30-day demo version of this software. Too keep
using it after that you will have to pay for it -- about $35.
If you have space
available through your local ISP (TStar, 281, Zeecon, etc.), contact them about
how to send your files to their servers.
Instructor: Shelli Spruiell