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    *advice Wanted*

    Hi I am new here. I started learning HTML about a month ago and since then I've delved into JavaScript and a wee bit of XML. I used Frontpage 2003 to make my website, http://mrgpage.earth.prohosting.com/home.htm. All that I need is some advice on design, layout, etc.

    Also, I need to know how to include my site in search engines (besides the <meta keyword= > tag). If you could help me with either of these issues, I would be very grateful. Thanks!

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    Include your site in search engines?

    You've already started by having a link on this site.

    Have other people link to your site too.

    You can submit to Google also ...
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/submit_content.html

    Give it a week or so and check by searching for your name on Google.

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    This is just my personal opinion, but you might be better off getting
    rid of FrontPage and coding your sites by hand (Notepad) using
    CSS style sheets. You're talking about XML anyhow. Your template
    site is not very appealing, but hats-off to you for diving into this at 14.
    You'll learn things fast and soon will realize what I'm talking about with
    MS FrontPage.

    I did a search on "HTML beginner" and got about 13 million hits ...
    http://www.google.com/search?q=html+...er&btnG=Search

    You might want to spend more time teaching something that hasn't
    already been flooded with tutorials. If you can find the right "niche",
    you'll get not only respect, but lots of people interested in what you
    have to offer.

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    I try to offer this advice to "youngsters" ... learn databases, like
    SQL (PHP/MySQL) ... learn them and get good at them. Utilize
    MySQL with both PHP and Perl. That's where the future needs are.
    People want dynamic sites with flash and databases. And learn
    scripting on both UNIX and Windows Servers (ASP .net, etc.)

    But have fun at whatever you do. (that's most important).
    Last edited by mlseim; 11-19-2005 at 02:47 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim
    I try to offer this advice to "youngsters" ... learn databases, like
    SQL (PHP/MySQL) ... learn them and get good at them. Utilize
    MySQL with both PHP and Perl. That's where the future needs are.
    People want dynamic sites with flash and databases. And learn
    scripting on both UNIX and Windows Servers (ASP .net, etc.)

    But have fun at whatever you do. (that's most important).
    In my opinion, you don't want to take on too much at once. Maybe after a few months of becoming familiar with HTML (I would reccomend STARTING with XHTML though, as its the current standard) then you could move on to some database and server side coding.

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    Thanks to you both, but what is the point of learning about databases if I don't really have anything to put into one... Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you guys were talking about so please don't flame me.

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    On the web there are many uses for databases. (Well, theres always many uses but they seem to be more used on the web, is what I mean)

    For example, this forum uses a database to store posted messages, user accounts, the style of the forum and pretty much everything else about the way it looks and (in some cases) works.

    However, as I said, unless you want to make a dynamic site XHTML/CSS is a much better place to start.

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    You're 14 and you've taken a lot of interest in HTML, Javascript etc.

    If you're steering yourself in the direction of Computer Science, now
    would be a good time to find a host that offers MySQL and begin
    learning about it. It's not that MySQL is a big deal, it's just that it
    can used for free with most webhosts. It's already there for you to use.

    All of the programming languages have some similarities and the most
    important part is the program structure and how the programs function.

    Most 14 year olds don't write tutorials on HTML ... so I'm guessing you
    have some interest in this stuff beyond "lookin for somethin to do".


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