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Part III: Linking to Stuff > Using Links to Build a Web Site

Hour 12. Using Links to Build a Web Site

There are pages, and then there are sites—groups of pages linked together. (The term Web site is also used to refer to the server on which those pages are published; see Hour 21, “Finding Webspace”.)

Without carefully created links and targets, a set of Web pages is no site—it's just a bunch of individual, unrelated pages. Link those pages in just the right way, and they become a cohesive site your visitors can explore to enjoy all that's offered on every page.

In this hour, you'll revisit the various ways a Web site can be structured (first introduced in Hour 1, “Understanding Web Authoring”) and learn how and when to deploy each method in your own projects. At the end of the hour, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • How do I link my own pages, to tie them together into an integrated Web site?

  • Can I link from one page to a particular spot in another?

  • What tips should I apply to make sure that my site is attractive, logical, and easy to use?

  • For each type of structure, what links (and sometimes targets) do I need to insert to link my pages properly?

  • How do I choose when and whether to build my site as a linear, hierarchical Web, or other site structure?

What separates basic Web authoring tools like Composer from big leaguers like Microsoft FrontPage or Macromedia Dreamweaver? Well, other than a few bells and whistles, the most important difference is that pro tools include site-management features.

With site management, you can display a diagram of all the interlinked pages in a Web site. You can add or delete pages or move pages around, and all the links among pages are automatically adjusted so that they still lead where they're supposed to. You can apply a theme to a Web site so that all its pages share a common style.

Starting out, creating single pages and basic Web sites of maybe five pages or so, you don't need site-management capabilities. But as you move up to bigger, more complex sites, you should start hinting that, for your next birthday, you want a Web authoring program with site management.



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