The first time you use Tripod you will be getting used to the interface and this may seem a little confusing. Relax, have fun, and enjoy this assignment - we are all new to this medium. Please complete steps 1-5 before the first time class meets in the lab. How to build a webpage using Tripod: 1. Go to http://www.tripod.com ( to get to the World Wide Web, double click on the Microsoft Internet Explorer icon. When Microsoft Internet Explorer opens, type http://www.tripod.com in the location box.) 2. Go to the green box located in the top left corner and click on "it's fast and free." At the next screen, go to Quick Page and click on "First time builders wanted." When you reach the next screen, go to the beige box and click on "not a member." Lastly, go to the box that says "sign me up" and "click here." 3. Start with step #1 and fill out the member form. When you have filled out all of the information click join. At this point, Tripod will send you your Tripod member password to your email account. (note: while you are filling out the member form you will be asked to pick a username for Tripod. You cannot change this name after you are assigned one. It will become part of your web page internet address. Some of you may experience a problem choosing a name that has already been assigned. If this happens, you'll be asked to click on the "back" button of Explorer and choose another name. Be patient and try to use a combination of letters and numbers such as your birthdate and middle or last name.) 4. To get your Tripod membership name and password close out of Microsoft Internet Explorer and check your email for a message from Tripod. 5. Read the email from Tripod and write down your password and username exactly as it appears. This information is case sensitive so be sure to write it down correctly. Put your username and password somewhere you can easily access it and bring it with you to class. Building a web page using Tripod continued . . . 6. With your username and password in hand, go to Tripod's web site (http://www.tripod.com). 7. Click on "First time builders wanted" 8. Click on "Quick Page Builder" and enter your Tripod User name and password. Caution: your username and password are "case sensitive." This means you need to type them in exactly the way Tripod asks you. 9. From this point on, read and follow the simple directions on the screen to build your web page. You'll notice that the first step is to establish a file name. Tripod will ask you if the file name "index.html" is okay. Click on "use this filename" and proceed to follow the directions. Tripod will help you through every step. You can work on your Tripod webpage anywhere you have web access - on or off campus. Also, take the time to read each of the directions and steps that Tripod is leading you through. You'll notice that every time you do something new to your page, Tripod will ask you to click on "save the page." It's very important that you do this otherwise the changes that you make will not be saved! Every time you add or delete something from your web page Tripod will give you the option to view the changes you have made. If you make a change to your page, and then view your page in Netscape, be sure to click the "reload" button in order to view the changes. To work on your page after today, go to the Tripod web address www.tripod.com, go to housekeeper and click on "Edit/update your site and upload new files." When you reach the list of files in your Tripod directory, click on "edit" next to your "index.html" file. This will allow you to continue to edit your page. You can work on your webpages anywhere you have web access. If you want to do something on your page but you don't know how, refer to the Tripod "housekeeper" or to the help commands on Tripod's homepage. Adding Graphics to your page To add a picture or graphic to your page, click on one of the five sections of your web page template, then click on "An Image." Tripod has some images ready for you to use in their image library. When you see one that you want to add to your page, double click on it and it will be uploaded to your page. Downloading Graphics To download a graphic, image, or background you want to "borrow" from the Net: Surf the Net and find a graphic you want to put on your web page. When you find one that you like: put a disk in the A drive, and using your "right" mouse button, click on the graphic, a box will appear, click on "save image as", make sure you save the image to the "3 ½ " floppy a drive", you have just downloaded a graphic from the web! The graphic has been saved to your disk as either a gif file or a jpeg file. To upload the graphic to your Tripod web account, go to one of the five sections that Tripod provides and click on "an image." Next, scroll down and click on the browse button. The computer will give you a screen asking you which drive you want to browse in, click on "3 ½ " floppy a drive," and make sure you click on "all files," at the bottom of this pop-up screen. Look for the gif or jpeg you downloaded from the Net in the box that appears and double click on it. The graphic will be uploaded to your Tripod directory. If you are not successful uploading a graphic to your page, click on "homepage housekeeper" in Tripod and follow their on-screen directions. Also, see the "Read Me" help files located on the Tripod main page.