This online guide is for assisting the
students, faculty, and staff of MTSU with web page development.
It is specifically for account holders on frank and the MTSU
academic server; it may not benefit others. Information in the
online guide includes:
Before you can start creating your own web
pages, you must have an account on frank. If you are an MTSU
student and need an account, visit "
Get an MTSU Student
If you are MTSU faculty or staff and need a
frank account, complete a form at the Information Technology
Division, Cope Administration Building, Room 3. Or download the
form in pdf (This
requires the free
Acrobat Reader from Adobe Systems Incorporated.)
- A feature of Netscape which enables you
to mark web pages of particular interest to you for future
reference and easy access.
- A program that helps users work with the
web by displaying documents and making links between
computing sites. A graphical web browser such as Internet
Explorer or Netscape can display web documents in hypermedia
format; that is, it can be used to view text, images, and
video and to listen to audio.
(FTP) File Transfer Protocol
- A communication standard which allows
you to send and retrieve files over the Internet.
- GIF (Graphical Interchange Format)
- File names normally have .gif suffix.
Can use up to 256 colors. Compresses files without loss of
information. Compression is best for images with areas of a
- Home Page
- The initial entry point into a web
document. The home page may also serve as a main menu and
contain references to related documents.
- HTML: Hypertext Markup Language
- HTML is the method an author uses to
markup a document so that it can be displayed on the
- HTML Editors
- Programs that help you develop web
pages. A GUI-based HTML editor such as AOLPress provides an
intuitive point-and-click interface.
- HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol)
- Used to transfer hypermedia, such as
text and audio or text an images. Compare to
- A method for linking documents together
- The Internet is a vast network of
computer networks which was originally developed as a
governmental experiment in the late 1960's. The Internet
works by using a common transfer protocol between computers.
This enables many different types of computers to
- A programming language written by Sun
Microsystems for the Web. It is designed to create
interactive applications on the Web.
- JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts
- File names normally have .jpg or .jpeg
suffix. Can use many colors. Best for photographic or painted
images. You can specify amount of file compression. Some of
the information is lost during compression.
- A text-based web browser.
- A graphical web browser that can display
Web documents in hypermedia format; that is, it can be used
to view text, images, and video and to listen to audio.
- URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
- Specifies where something is on the
Internet. It takes this general form: <method://<host
computer>/<path name>> This first part specifies
the access method used to retrieve the document such as ftp,
gopher, telnet, or http. The host computer identifies a
machine and the path name specifies a directory and filename.
Your URL on frank will be
- WWW (World Wide Web)
- A vast series of electronic documents
called web pages or web documents that are linked together
over the Internet. Also referred to as the web.
Planning and Designing Web Pages
Since you have made it to this point in the
guide, you probably have already formulated some ideas about
your future web site — colors you will use, information
and images you will include, and links you will make.
Before you finalize your planning:
- Spend some time browsing the web. Search for well
implemented sites that you would like to emulate. Look at
their page source and see how they achieved their look.
- Consider your audience and the purpose of your web site.
Be sure that your content supports both.
- Gather the content for your site. Get together documents
like resumes, course materials, etc. that you wish to
- Sketch a diagram (below) of the pages you want to start
with. Think about the content you will include on each
Draw arrows to display how visitors will navigate your
- Consider color schemes that you would like to use.
Gather images that you wish to include.
Navigation diagram for Web Pages
Note:Faculty and staff may contact ITD:
Academic & Instructional
Technology Services for assistance with any web-related
question or problem.