Web Page Development Environment

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This might not be the right forum, but none of the others seemed to fit either.

Does anyone here do any web page development? I've done a couple of rather simple ones in the past using just HTML and few other tools. Now, I'd like to set up a real development environment and experiment with building pages, simply as a retirement hobby pastime.

My ignorance of the subject is boundless. I've done a bit of searching and reading on the web and watching videos. I've become a bit befuddled by information overload, I think.

I plan to start out using Wordpress (free) for generating web pages, and Xampp web server. The UIs for those tools seem to be ok for editing, but I also plan to use notepad++ or something similar for an editor. I plan to use a drive attached via USB for all the tools and files. What, if any, other tools do I need for a development environment? Do you have any recommendations for tutorials or books on the subject?

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I have moved this topic from 'Other Software' to 'Web Development'.
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Sorry, Hans. Age has impaired my attention it seems. :scratch:
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BobH wrote:
17 Jul 2023, 20:54
Does anyone here do any web page development? I've done a couple of rather simple ones in the past using just HTML and few other tools. Now, I'd like to set up a real development environment and experiment with building pages, simply as a retirement hobby pastime.
Hi Bob. I develop web pages for my two domains.

I do it using my home-grown web compiler.

Back in 1997 I met Word97’s saveAsHtml in the file menu, and noticed that it produced overly complicated files.
I used NotePad to build a simple web page (attached) and chose to write my own compiler.

Translating MSWord document text to HTML is not dificult and can be automated.

I need a CSS (style sheet) (attached) to map my MSWord styles to an html-compatible form
I learned how to implement images and downloadable files and the dear old mailto: doo-dad.
I learned how to do file transfers with FTP, but you can do that manually with an application such as FileZilla.

Assuming that you have a domain, I’d recommend that you use an FTP program (such as FileZilla) and upload my attached file to your domain. Then change the contents of my html file and re-upload it. Then start adding bits of HTML as you go.

I like my web compiler. I point it at any document, and it follows the hyperlinks until it has traversed all related documents, and wherever a document has a later date than its corresponding html file, it translates the DOC to HTML and uploads the updated HTML.
This is a great time-saver because I can make a one-minute edit to a web-page MSWord document, save and close the document and get on with my life, knowing that the next time the compiler crawls my drive, all outstanding updates will be implemented.

I hope that this helps
Chris
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Thanks Chris.
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Chris, who hosts your domains?
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BobH wrote:
21 Jul 2023, 00:43
Chris, who hosts your domains?
Hostgator out of some forgotten corner of the USA.
But like all good entities in the USA they sprang from a point further east than that :smile:
I chose Hostgator based on the recommendation of my canoeing buddy, Fred, who was in the turnkey-website business at the time.
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Cheers!
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