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What is this tutorial?

Simply, it's a few pages with lots of links to some very useful reference sources.
It started life as a set of bookmarks in my Mozilla 'hosting' folder.
On a couple of occasions I was away from my main computer and wanted those bookmarks so I put them up as a page on my web site - mobile bookmarks if you will.
It then became a lighthearted 'post' in a webmaster forum, labelled as 'a job description of a webmaster' as both a contribution to my community as well as a call for help.
It's presented in a narrative form describing my journey and some of the potholes I've encountered.

How up-to-date is the detail?

The bookmarks where created in mid 2003 and some of the reference sites date back quite a long way. These pages were created in mid 2004. [I intend to annotate pages as I see fit with editorial comment such as this, but do not plan to delete content.]
I'm trusting that most of the links in this web site will remain in tact for some time to come (and I run this fantastic free link checker from time to time - the provider of this free software also has some interesting political comments).
Most of the links are to large scale organisations that are at the core of the web and the internet and therefore we hope and expect they will be around for a while. Unless of course if Bill Gates has his way!
The world wide web is, by nature, an evolving beast and therefore some of the information found at the links will become obsolete. The technology will still exist and will function but it will be outdated by newer (and in most cases we hope better) technologies. Also, at times I have referred to particular versions of technology, because that is what I used at that time.
I do link to the occassional personal or 'shareware' etc sites but I have avoided using links to sites that employ pop-up ads. Again, things change and regrettably, sites that use these types of techniques appear to be increasing.
Also, sometimes sites need to supplement their meagre incomes with advertising similar to those you will see throughout this tutorial.

Feed me

I offer this site for educational purposes and for criticism, to be shot down in flames by you or your mentors if it be so. I hope I make someone else's life a little easier with some of the tips (or at least the links to the tips) you will find here.
And, of course, I also hope that if you decide that becoming your own webmaster is just a little bit more that you're prepared to take on at the moment, you might consider using bpresent's services.
I have produced another tutorial (What is a web site?) which provides information on the structure of a simply web site. If you're new to the web you may find that tutorial more helpful as a starting point.
If you feel so inclined to correct me, please go ahead here's my email address or you can use our contact form. I love to learn, so be my guest.
[Content of this page last reviewed: 12-Jun-2004]
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