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Chapter 16. Hosting a Web Site > Creating a Web Site

Creating a Web Site

Although the development of the Hypertext Transport Protocol (HTTP) provided the underlying communication structure for the World Wide Web, the authoring language used to create Web pages is the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). HTML consists of embedded tags that tell a Web browser how to display or act upon information found on a Web page.

Your Web site, no matter how modest, will typically consist of multiple Web pages; the home page, which is the main page for the site, will provide the table of contents for the site. Each additional page on the site will be referenced on the home page by a hyperlink. A hyperlink is basically a pointer that allows you to refer to other local Web pages, graphics, and multimedia content on a page. When a hyperlink is clicked in a Web browser window, the user is taken to that page or a particular event is activated (such as the playing of video or audio content or the displaying of a picture). Hyperlinks can also be used to refer to remote Web pages or other locations, such as an FTP site.


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