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phatlewt404
11-19-2005, 02:44 AM
Hi I am new here. I started learning HTML about a month ago and since then I've delved into JavaScript and a wee bit of XML. I used Frontpage 2003 to make my website, http://mrgpage.earth.prohosting.com/home.htm. All that I need is some advice on design, layout, etc.

Also, I need to know how to include my site in search engines (besides the <meta keyword= > tag). If you could help me with either of these issues, I would be very grateful. Thanks!:D

mlseim
11-19-2005, 03:44 AM
Include your site in search engines?

You've already started by having a link on this site.

Have other people link to your site too.

You can submit to Google also ...
http://www.google.com/intl/en/submit_content.html

Give it a week or so and check by searching for your name on Google.

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This is just my personal opinion, but you might be better off getting
rid of FrontPage and coding your sites by hand (Notepad) using
CSS style sheets. You're talking about XML anyhow. Your template
site is not very appealing, but hats-off to you for diving into this at 14.
You'll learn things fast and soon will realize what I'm talking about with
MS FrontPage.

I did a search on "HTML beginner" and got about 13 million hits ...
http://www.google.com/search?q=html+beginner&btnG=Search

You might want to spend more time teaching something that hasn't
already been flooded with tutorials. If you can find the right "niche",
you'll get not only respect, but lots of people interested in what you
have to offer.

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I try to offer this advice to "youngsters" ... learn databases, like
SQL (PHP/MySQL) ... learn them and get good at them. Utilize
MySQL with both PHP and Perl. That's where the future needs are.
People want dynamic sites with flash and databases. And learn
scripting on both UNIX and Windows Servers (ASP .net, etc.)

But have fun at whatever you do. (that's most important).

missing-score
11-19-2005, 11:56 AM
I try to offer this advice to "youngsters" ... learn databases, like
SQL (PHP/MySQL) ... learn them and get good at them. Utilize
MySQL with both PHP and Perl. That's where the future needs are.
People want dynamic sites with flash and databases. And learn
scripting on both UNIX and Windows Servers (ASP .net, etc.)

But have fun at whatever you do. (that's most important).

In my opinion, you don't want to take on too much at once. Maybe after a few months of becoming familiar with HTML (I would reccomend STARTING with XHTML though, as its the current standard) then you could move on to some database and server side coding.

phatlewt404
11-20-2005, 10:29 PM
Thanks to you both, but what is the point of learning about databases if I don't really have anything to put into one... Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you guys were talking about so please don't flame me. :confused:

missing-score
11-20-2005, 11:23 PM
On the web there are many uses for databases. (Well, theres always many uses but they seem to be more used on the web, is what I mean)

For example, this forum uses a database to store posted messages, user accounts, the style of the forum and pretty much everything else about the way it looks and (in some cases) works.

However, as I said, unless you want to make a dynamic site XHTML/CSS is a much better place to start.

mlseim
11-21-2005, 02:33 PM
You're 14 and you've taken a lot of interest in HTML, Javascript etc.

If you're steering yourself in the direction of Computer Science, now
would be a good time to find a host that offers MySQL and begin
learning about it. It's not that MySQL is a big deal, it's just that it
can used for free with most webhosts. It's already there for you to use.

All of the programming languages have some similarities and the most
important part is the program structure and how the programs function.

Most 14 year olds don't write tutorials on HTML ... so I'm guessing you
have some interest in this stuff beyond "lookin for somethin to do".



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