The Online Editor can step you through the process of creating your first
Web page. Even if you have no experience in creating a Web page, the Online
Editor can create a page for you in minutes. The following procedure explains
how to use the Online Editor to create a Web page.
In the Online Editor, click the link Don't know where to start? You can
create a basic page here. The "Make Your Own Web Page" screen
Click the box for Your Name or Alias. Enter your name, as you want
it to appear on your Web page.
Feel free to use a "Screen Name" or nickname here.
Click the box for Your email address. Enter the email address you
use to receive email.
Be careful that the punctuation and spelling in your email address is correct.
This will become a "link" on your finished Web page, and visitors
will be able to click on the link to send you email.
Click to choose a Background Color for your Web page. This is the
color that will be the overall background of the completed page.
The default setting is white. Choose any of the colors as appropriate for
the theme of your Web page.
Click to choose a color for the Text that appears on your page. This
is the color that will be used for all of the text.
The default setting is black. Be sure that you do not choose the same color
for the text as the Background Color: if you do, the text will be invisible
against the same-color background.
Click to choose a color for the Links that appear on your page. Using
a different color for the Links helps to show visitors that the Link is available
to navigate to a different part of your Web site.
The default setting is dark blue. As with the Text, be sure that you do
not choose the same color for the Links as the Background Color.
Click to choose a color for a Visited Link. The Links are set to
change color automatically after a visitor has clicked to explore the Link.
This helps make it clear what parts of your Web site have been explored.
The default setting is a dark red. As usual, you should pick a color that's
different from the background color.
Click to choose a color for a Link to flash when clicked by a visitor. This
helps a visitor to determine that they've clicked a Link.
The default setting is bright red. The usual caution about the Background
Color applies here too.
Click the Text box, and compose the text contents of your Web page.
As prompted, feel free to "write your heart out!"
You can use carriage returns to separate paragraphs. On the completed page,
only one space will be used between words, and only one space will separate
sentences, so don't try any fancy formatting with the space bar.
The next section is enables you to provide Links for up to three
of your favorite Web sites. If you're new to the Internet and don't have any
favorites yet, you can skip ahead to step #12.
For your Favorite Links, be sure to enter the complete address of the Web
site, including all of the "http://www...:" and etc. As with your
email address, pay particular attention to punctuation, and that you've included
the complete address.
In fact, it's a good idea to bring up your favorite Web site in another
window, use the Copy command to copy the complete address, and then use the
Paste command to paste the exact address of your favorite site.
Advanced Users: You can use these Links for linking to other pages
on your own Web site.
When prompted for the Name of that Link, you can enter anything that describes
your favorite Link. You don't have to enter the exact name of the Link. Be
creative. Surprise your visitors!
Click the Go Ahead, Make My Page! button. A sample of your Web page
appears on the screen.
If you're satisfied with the appearance of your new Web page, its text content,
and its links, click the Save my page button.
If you'd like to make some changes, click the Back button on your
browser. This returns you to the "Make Your Own Web Page" screen,
where you can make changes as necessary.
You are prompted to enter a name for the file you've created. Since you're
creating your first Web page, the default name "index.html" is just
Click the Save Page button to proceed.
A prompt appears, noting that your page was successfully saved on the RootsWeb
Click the Return to the File Manager button to proceed.
You are returned to the Online Editor.
Note that the file you created appears in the list, including the date the
file was created (or modified).