Web Page Instructions

Netscape 4.7

If you are creating your web page for the first time, it is recommended that you go to each of the sections in the order they are presented below.

Creating a new page and adding text

  1. Open Netscape Composer by going to Start, Programs, Netscape Communicator and clicking on Composer . This will open a blank page as shown below.
    Netscape 4.7 Composer Window
  2. Put the cursor in the blank page and begin typing.
    Netscape 4.7 Composer Window
  3. To format the text, highlight it and use the buttons on the formatting toolbar (shown below).
    Netscape 4.7 Toolbar

The Formatting menu will allow you to change the format of your text to headings, bulleted text, etc.

The Font Type will allow you to change how people view the fonts on your page. Tip: Leave it as Variable Width. If you change this setting people may not be able to view the font you specified.

The Size menu will allow you to change the size of the text.

The Color menu will allow you to change the color of your text.

The Style menu will allow you to change the style of your text to bold, italics or underlined . The fourth button in the Style menu will remove all style from the selected text.

The List type menu is used when you want to create a bulleted or numbered list.

The Alignment menu is used to increase or decrease indentation and also to change the alignment (left, right or centered).

The example below shows the previously typed text "My Web Page" with formatting and style settings:

Netscape 4.7 Composer screen with heading

As you can see, the text is now in Heading 1 format in dark blue italics and it has been centered.

There are a few different types of links. You can have a link to a different page in your account, a completely different page on the Internet, or to a different section of your current page (commonly known as targets or anchors).

To link to another page you've created:

  1. Highlight the text you want linked (as shown below).
    Netscape 4.7 Link Text
  2. Then click on the Link button on your toolbar.
  3. You will be shown the following screen. To link to another page you've created click on Choose File.
    Netscape 4.7 Composer Link Properties Window
  4. You will see the following window. Choose the file and click on Open.
    Netscape 4.7 Composer local file window
  5. You will see the file show up in the Link to field.
    Netscape 4.7 Link to page properties window
  6. Click on OK. You will see the text you selected is now hyperlinked.
    Netscape 4.7 page with Link

**Please note: For the link to work properly, you will need to publish the file you have linked to. Please see the Publish section for instructions on how to do this.

To link to an external page:

  1. Highlight the text you want linked.
    Netscape 4.7 Composer External Link Text
  2. Click on the Link button on your toolbar. You will see the following window.
    Netscape 4.7 Link Properties Window
  3. In the field under Link to, type the full address of the page you want to link to.
    Netscape 4.7 External Link Properties Window
  4. Click on OK. You will see the text you have selected is now hyperlinked.

To link to another section in your page:

To do this you will be using both Targets and Links. Targets allow the page (whether inside the same document or a linked document) to be repositioned when the user clicks on a link. For example, a table of contents at the top of a document can be composed of a set of links. If the user clicks on one of those links, the document will quickly be repositioned to the appropriate part that the user is interested in reading.

First you need to create your target:

  1. Determine where you want your target placed. Put your cursor at the beginning of that line.
    Netscape 4.7 Window with Anchor Text location
  2. Click on the Target button on your toolbar.
    Netscape 4.7 Target Properties Window
  3. Enter a name for the target. **Tip: Use one short word in all lowercase letters.
    Bookmark Name
  4. Click on OK. You'll see a little icon show up where you placed your cursor.
    Netscape 4.7 Composer Bookmark Example
  5. Now you need to create a link to the target. Insert your text and highlight it as shown below.
    Netscape 4.7 Window with link text highlighted for bookmark example
  6. Click on the Link button on your toolbar. You will see the following:
    Netscape 4.7 Link Properties for Bookmark window
  7. Under Select a named target in current page (optional): you will see the name of your target. Click on the name of your target and click on OK. You will see the text you selected is now hyperlinked.
  1. To insert an image first you need to put the cursor where you want the picture to show up.
    Netscape 4.7 Insert Image Example
  2. Click on the Image button on your toolbar and you will see the following screen.
    Netscape Image Properties window
  3. Click on Choose File...
  4. Select your file and click on Open.
    Netscape local file search for image
    You will see the filename show up in the Image location field.
    Netscape 4.7 Image Properties file selected example
  5. Click on OK.
    Netscape 4.7 Composer window with image example
  1. To create a background for your page click on Format and click on Page Colors and Properties. You will see the following screen.
    Netscape 4.7 Page Properties screen
  2. To select a background color, click on the button to the left of Background and you will see a color palette to choose from.
    Netscape 4.7 Color Palette window
  3. Click on any color. Click on OK . (In the example below, I chose gray).
    Netscape 4.7 background color example

To select a background image:

  1. To create a background for your page click on Format and click on Page Colors and Properties. You will see the following screen.
    Netscape 4.7 Page Properties window
  2. Under Background Image, click on Choose File...
    Netscape 4.7 Local File window
  3. Select your image and click on Open . Click on OK. You will see your background image tiled, as shown below.
    Netscape 4.7 Compose Window with background image example

    **Note: As you can see in the example above, using an image as a background can make it considerably harder to read the text on your page. If you'd like to use an image, try a background image with color and texture, but nothing too bright or distracting.

One of the most important steps to creating your page is saving it. To save your page, click on the Save button on your toolbar.

The main page that you want people to go to should always be named index.html. Your other pages can be named anything, but it's best if you use just one word, all lower-case letters with no spaces.

The first time you save your page you may get a window that asks you for the Page Title.

Netscape 4.7 Page Title screen

You can enter whatever you'd like here -dashes, spaces, commas, etc. When you access your page on the Internet you'll see the title in the top left-hand corner of your screen. When you're done, click on OK.

When you are finished creating your page, you need to publish it to allow others to see it on the Internet. Do not use Netscape Composer's FTP because it is not secure which is required by our server. Be sure to save the document to your computer.

For directions on how to publish click below.
www.nova.edu/help/sftp/index.html