Learn to create web pages


Explore different methods of laying out an HTML page. Investigate some of the techniques employed by web developers to Navigate between web pages. Experiment with the use of images and background images on web pages. Use style sheets to change the look and feel of a web page. Build a web site based on a client design specification.

Work in Web Site Development

This course is designed to provide the student with a "starting point" for understanding the world of Web Development. It will provide sufficient training for you to start producing your own HTML pages and publish them to the Internet.


There are 8 lessons as follows:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Page Layout
  3. Navigation
  4. Images and Page Weights
  5. Colour and Style
  6. Designing a Web Site
  7. Building and Testing a Web Site
  8. FTP, Appendix 1 HTML Tag list, Appendix 2 Colours



  • Understand the basics of HTML and create your first HTML Page
  • Explore the use of HTML tables to layout a web page
  • Recognise the many different types of HTML links used to navigate a web page and web site.
  • Understand the importance of navigation in relation to people browsing your site
  • Learn how to add images to a web page and understand the importance of page weights and download speeds
  • Understand the web safe palette and the use of style sheets to control the look of a web page
  • To be capable of designing and planning a basic web site that satisfies a client requirement
  • Explain the importance of interpreting web site specifications in the planning and constructing of a web site
  • Make your web site visible to the outside world



HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. An HTML page is a text file that contains special characters called markup tags. The tags describe how the page should be displayed when you view it via a browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Netscape Navigator.

HTML works in a very simple, very logical, format. It reads like you do, top to bottom, left to right. That's important to remember. HTML is written with plain (or raw) text. What you use to set certain sections apart, such as bigger or smaller text, bold or underlined text, displaying a picture or table of information, an hyperlink to another document or resource, is a series of tags.

What is a Tag?   

Think of tags as commands. HTML tags are just simply text, but so the browser can understand that the text is a tag and not text to be displayed, all tags are contained between opening < and closing >, for example: <title>. The text between the arrowheads is the HTML keyword and must be one of the many defined HTML tags.

Let's say you want a line of text to be bold. You will put a tag at the exact point you want the bold lettering to start and another tag where you want the bold lettering to stop, for example:    <b>This text is bold.</b>



It has become fundamental for a business to have a website. For businesses that don’t have a physical retail front, websites are the main interface between businesses and prospective customers. Websites need to captivate the visitor or prospective customer within seconds of them landing on a page, if you want to keep them on the site. You must also encourage them to click through to other pages, ultimately leading them to make a purchase. 

Website design can therefore have a significant impact on business. If it is difficult for customers to navigate through your website, many will leave before finding a product to buy. If web pages load too slowly you may also lose visitors. If your website looks to boring or old-fashioned customers may turn away.

Web developers who can write the code and produce a site will always get work; but the person who can also apply an understanding of internet psychology, may do much better.

Being a good developer is all about getting results for your clients. If they want lots of visitors; you need to be able to achieve numbers. If they are more concerned about sales or getting a particular type of person to visit the site; you may be trying to achieve something different to just a sheer volume of traffic.

Many web developers never reach their full potential because they don't understand that they need to do more than just program. If you want to be a successful web programmer; you need to begin with development of basic programming skills through a course such as this; but expand and deepen your skills after you graduate; through experience and further study (formal or informal -doesn't matter). Become a good communicator with your clients. Network with colleagues. Never stop learning.



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