Website Basics

Before trying to make your own Web page and launch it on the Internet, first you need to know how Web pages work. The server receives the request for a page sent by your browser. The browser connects to the server through an IP Address; the IP address is obtained by translating the domain name. In return, the server sends back the requested page.

Web pages are written in HTML, Hypertext Markup Language. A markup language is a computer language that describes the layout, format and content of a page. The Web browser renders the page according to the HTML code.

In OU Campus, Web pages are created when you publish a pcf (page control file) which renders the Web page in aspx format (Active Server Page Extended file), which displays in your Web browser. See "OU Editor" image above.

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