Where to Start
In general, I find that most people have a difficult time in the
beginning, mostly because they don't have a basic understanding
of how the internet works. The first thing to do is get
down some basic concepts that will help you with almost everything
else you might encounter.
If you are really serious about learning enough to build and maintain
a business or personal website, or even learning HTML and becoming
a proficient web developer building other websites,
REMEMBER: You will NEVER know it ALL.
You will NEVER 'finish' your studies,
but will be learning continually, all the time.
Everything you do will teach you something.
Everything in the computer software (and hardware) industry is in
state of flux. There is always the NEXT
NEW THING. The challenge is to try to learn
(at least SOME of) the new things
as they come out...
Sometimes when I am
having a hard time with something, I table it for a while, and
go work on some other section of the site. Often the answer will
come to me as I'm working, (perhaps relating to the other task
I'm working on), and I can then go back and improve on the piece
that gave me the original problem.
The MAIN thing is NOT to 'GIVE UP' -
but taking a break now and then can be VERY beneficial.
Some Important Tips:
you can't find the answer here in this book, do some searching
on the internet for answers to your questions. There are many
generous individuals out there that can help you, and gigabytes of
information already posted on the internet.
(I'll provide you with a useful and interesting set of links
at the end of this manual.)
be afraid to tackle new things, even if you don't get it the
first time around, you will learn something that will help
- Remember: You don't always have to be able to WRITE a certain
'code snippet' in order to USE it.... You just need
to know HOW and WHERE to copy and paste it.
you are using a Macintosh, you might eventually want to get
a PC. I'm not saying you can't do this work with a Macintosh,
just that the PC is more flexible, more configurable, costs
less, and more files on the internet are PC/Dos/Windows file
extensions. Even using email and sending attachments between
Macintosh and PC can be very confusing for a 'newbie'.
- Speaking of 'Newbies' - go and visit http://www.newbieclub.com/ . Even
though most of the information regarding computer settings
is written for the PC, it does contain a lot of excellent general
information about how the Internet works which will
surely be useful to you.