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I think "save for web" is to compress (optimize) images to make them smaller to load faster on the web.

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I think "save for web" is to compress (optimize) images to make them smaller to load faster on the web.

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You are correct, save for web is for compressing images, for a smaller file.

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You are correct, save for web is for compressing images, for a smaller file.

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holy crap people, i know this, but if you actually try doing it, you will see that you can change it to an .html file and save it....as a web page

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Im also just getting into the swing of things as far as making a website goes. Luckily, i had some old computer parts.. an old 2ghz celeron, 512mb of DDR ram, a backup motherboard, and an extra harddrive... i just bought a cheapo PSU and case and bam - ive got myself my very own server. Set up gentoo linux on it and install PHP and MySQL and SSH and i just use my desktop to text-edit the files. Its really simple, just takes some getting used to.

 

Now, i just login to the SSH and go to my directory and "vim index.php" and "vim layout.css" and i can easily edit my CSS file (the design layout for the website) and my index file (the 'html' document). In my opinion, this was a very constructive way to learn how to make a website, because CSS is where its at... as a photoshop designer as you said, CSS would be very useful to you. Learning to type HTML and CSS is much more useful than dreamweaver or other programs that type it for you... its much more open. Theres tons of tutorials for how to use CSS and HTML, i used the w3schools.com to get the commands.... heres how it runs down...

 

Lets say you want to make a header, you type in your CSS document :

 

#header {

text-align: left;

width: 500px;

height: 100px;

}

 

This specifies the variable (# = variable) header will have the text aligned to the left and the width of the box will be 500px and a height of 100px... you then extrapolate this to all the boxes you want... have one main box ( i call it 'wrap') and put the header, content, and navigation bars in that.. and then blah blah blah.. the HTML to inccorperate this would look like... (where the CSS file is named newlayout.css)

 

<html>

<head>

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="newlayout.css" />

<title>

</title>

</head>

<body>

<div id="header">ROAR!</div>

</body>

</html>

 

 

A lot of formalities there, but basically just spend some time looking at other peoples web pages (right click--> view source) and tahts basically how i learned HTML.

 

A cool website is CSS Zen Garden, they have TONS of examples of how you can manipulate the same HTML to look TOTALLY different by changing the .CSS file. Check it out, they provide examples of all their CSS and HTML documents.

 

Good luck.

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I don't know if I feel like spending the time to master html. I know a little bit already and it seems like it would be alot easier to make website using dreamweaver rather than typing them. I'm just not quite sure how to get started in dreamweaver.

 

side question:

 

How do I "publish" my site to the web using dreamweaver or an FTP program. Do i just load the files into the correct folder and it does it automaticly?

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I'm just not quite sure how to get started in dreamweaver. 

Dreamweaver should come with a bunch of templates.

 

side question:

 

How do I "publish" my site to the web using dreamweaver or an FTP program.  Do i just load the files into the correct folder and it does it automaticly?

When you use an editor to make a web site, it works in a file format unique to the program. It's a blueprint for the site, not the actual site, with filepaths to images in your computer. When you "publish", you create an .html file, and images are "gathered" to make an actual complete site. Some programs publish right to the host via a built in FTP client, but you can also publish the .html file to your "c" drive. The editor should have a default place it publishes to, probably it's own program files. You can then connect to your host with the FTP client of your choice and upload the site, all or in pieces, as you wish. At least that's how my editor does it. :)

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I don't know if I feel like spending the time to master html.  I know a little bit already and it seems like it would be alot easier to make website using dreamweaver rather than typing them.  I'm just not quite sure how to get started in dreamweaver. 

 

side question:

 

How do I "publish" my site to the web using dreamweaver or an FTP program.  Do i just load the files into the correct folder and it does it automaticly?

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all you have to do is type in ftp://www.yourwebsite.com then put in your username and password, you can get this from 1and1 under ftp access section and then just click and drag. pretty simple really.

my advice to you is to just start going to some websites and learning, your definately not ready for the kind of website i think you want. somone mentioned w3schools, that is a good place to start, you can also google dreamweaver tutorials. basically, if you want a good site, you have to take your time with it, and do it right, you just cant throw something together and publish it, and expect people to go there. For example myspace, i cant stand that place because the peoples pages are so visually obnoxious you cant read anything, they got static backgrounds and scrolling pages bleeeeehhhhhhhh. first impressions are everything with websites. tae your time and do it right. dreamweaver is not that bad, you just have to learn how to drive it.

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Alright thanks guys... I'm just gonna be messin around with dreamweaver for awhile. I think it was am istake for me to purchase hosting.. I should have waited. Oh well.. hopefully I pick it up quick...

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