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These days, it is almost impossible to find someone who is not ‘heard of Internet. Businesses to create websites before making business plan. Political activists to skip the debate and trash-talk their opponents online. Even technophobic grandmothers already spend hours emailing old friends (and sales the odd family heirloom on eBay). The Internet has also changed our language: Google and friends are now verbs, for example, and tweet has nothing to do with birds. As you surely know, you can establish a web presence in many ways. You can chat with friends through a Facebook page, share pictures with the photographers who share Flickr, put your home videos on YouTube, or write short blurbs diary-style on a blog hosted by a service like Blogger. But if you’re ambitious enough to have picked up this book you’re after the gold standard of the Web: a web site in good faith to call their own. What can you do with a website that you can not do with email, social networking, and other web-based services? In a word: nothing. Your personal site only a permanent place to store your resume or hub an inventory of e-commerce site that sells personalized underwear? (Hey, is made more a millionaire.) The point is that a personal website gives you the power to decide exactly what it is-nd the control to change everything on a whim. If you are already using other web-based services such as YouTube and Facebook, you can do them part of your website, as we shall see in this book. For example, why not put YouTube videos of your cat to play pool in your website, next to your cat custom merchandise? Of course, with great power comes great responsibility-if you decide that EANING to build your site, it is up to you to make sure that does not seem as hokey 1960 2 Creating a website: The Missing Manual Introduction yearbook portrait. And that’s where this book comes in. With this book by your side learn how to: • Create web pages. HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the language of Internet. Over the last decade, a modernized version of HTML, called XHTML (Extensible HyperText Markup Language), HTML gradually eclipsed, and now joins another new version known as HTML5. In this book, you can sort through these standards and learn how to write the most up-to-date, reliable web pages. • Create pages look good with CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS takes where HTML leaves off, adding muscle formatting that can transform the drabbest Site pages in a family of coordinates that look like they were professionally designed. Best of all, once you understand the right way to use CSS, you will be able to apply a new look to your entire site by editing a single file. • Put your site online. largest site in the world is not very good if no one