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HTML is often referred to as a computer
"language," but it isnt really. Especially at the
basic level, its merely a series of code words surrounding
text. For example:
A partial list of the wide variety of programs available is posted in "Doing Business on the Internet" (JofA, Mar.96). The list is always growing and the price of being on the Web is always shrinking. At the end of this sidebar is a very select list of resources that will be helpful in building your site and mastering HTML; there probably are scores more out there equally as good. Be sure to buy at least one HTML book for reference and keep it handy.
If you register your firm, Smith & Jones, with Acme Web Service, your address might look like this: http://www.acme.com/~smithjones. Since your name is part of your servers name, you have no registration headaches. However, this is long and not very memorable. More important, if you want to leave Acme for another server, youll have to change your address. To get your own name, you have to register with InterNIC, a sort of Internet clearing house. The home page guides you through the process. The cost is $50 a year to keep your own name, with the first two years payable in advance. Go to NetScotts Domain Registry for advice on how to register. Remember: you will probably rent space on someone elses computer, or server, to store your site for some time. Make sure your server, or host, can let you register your own name and allow you to make changes with instant uploads whenever you want (as opposed to sending your changes to someone who will post them at his or her convenience).
Below is a list of every resource mentioned in this article, plus a few others. The Web is a friendly place: these sites usually have free advice and connections to other resources. E-mail queries are usually welcome.
FREE AND LOW-COST RESOURCES
Langley Computer Services Free Graphics
Iconzs Free Images
Jelane Johnsons Free Graphics
Fairys Free and Easy to Download Icons
Cherishs Best of the Web Image Archive
Web Instruction and Software
Mike Lindsays Site
The Willcam Group
Mary Browns Home Page
Kent Information Services
NetScotts Domain Name
Domain Name Query
Advertising and Marketing
Harcourt Brace Professional