Day One - The Outline
Here are the first three HTML tags for making a page!
To begin, open a Notepad window, and save it right now (even though it's empty) as 'index.html' somewhere on your computer. Maybe on the desktop, or maybe you'll want to create a folder somewhere called 'my html' or something. Just remember where exactly you've saved it, so you don't lose it on your computer.
Start off with the <html> tag. The signs, < and > , tell the browser that it is reading a language, and to follow the commands of the language, not to display it as text. The html tag tells the browser, 'This page is written in HTML; get ready to read this particular language.' Hit the enter a few times (say, 6 or 8), and write the </html> tag, between carrots. The slash means 'close', so the tag reads 'close HTML'. This tells the browser, 'All done!'
One line under the open html tag, write <head> . Hit enter twice (to leave a blank line) and then type </head> . This defines the header of the page. Later, we'll put things in this space like page titles, meta tags (for search engines), and copyright information. That is stuff that needs to be included with the file, but not stuck in the body of the document for everyone to see.
Hit enter three more times, and type <body> . Then go down to the line above the </html> tag and type </body> . And always remember the carrots! The body space is what goes on the screen of the webpage. All the stuff you see on a page, all the stuff you click on, all this happens in the body of the page.
Now you have outlined your page! Remember: save early, save often.
Day Two: Titling the page, and claiming ownership.