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This page is a compilation of Frequently Asked
Questions from AOL users. Because so many new internet
users come from AOL, and because the AOL properties are unique
(as in proprietary) to AOL, users often have frustrating
experiences on the "wide web"! Frustrations can be avoided or
kept to a minimum by following some simple advice which I offer
on this humble page... =) Have fun and feel free to
write to me if
you have more questions.
God bless! Tinidril (aka DearHeart)
The browser AOL gave you is fine for use on AOL properties, but because it is an altered version of MS Internet Explorer, it doesn't always allow you to experience or use the internet the way others do.
For example, the AOL browser can read an image with the file extention .art, but other standard browsers cannot. So you go about your business of making your site and admiring your work only to have visitors ask you what's the matter with your images... they're just broken image icons (or little red "x"s)! Or you are using someone else's computer and suddenly see that your images "don't work". When you downloaded someone's graphic, the image compression settings on your AOL browser converted the .gif to .art (or corrupted the file)!
So, here is what you should do: Go to either the Netscape home page to download Netscape Communicator (which includes Messenger and Composer) or to the Microsoft home page and download Internet Explorer with the full internet tools package (which includes Outlook Express and FrontPage Express). It would be best to download both.
Once you have a standard browser installed on your computer you are ready to begin your adventure.
Connect to AOL as usual with your AOL-issue browser open, but minimize it. Then open your standard browser using this to do all your web creation work.
In your experience with AOL, you may already have had to download some other common internet tools like an FTP program, a Zip compression program or an HTML editor. If not, then please be sure to read the Adding Images and Music section.
With permission, copy the images/music files by placing your cursor over the image [music link], RIGHT-click and choose "Save Image As" ["Save Link As"], choose a place on your hard drive to save internet downloads. It is a good idea to create a special folder for this purpose.
When you have the files you need on your hard drive you are almost ready to make a page on which to put them. Some programs which you will find very helpful for making web pages are:
Paint Shop Pro and FrontPage Express are optional, but handy to have. The other programs I highly recommend you download in order to make your web page creating experience happier... =)
A note about FrontPage: special FrontPage extentions are supported at GeoCities.
Now you'll be ready to learn HTML or to work with a web-page making program. A good place to start learning HTML is HTML Goodies where you will find tutorials for just about everything!
Your URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the basic GeoCities address with /YahooID tacked onto the end:
http://www.geocities.com/YahooIDSubstitute your actual Yahoo ID for "YahooID" above.
POP3 access, (if you agree to allow them to send you "special offers" via email), but you must have an email "client" to download your mail from the Yahoo email server... your AOL reader won't work for this purpose. If you downloaded Netscape Communicator, it comes with NS Messenger for receiving and sending email. If you downloaded MS IE with the full internet tools package, it came with Outlook Express. Or you could use a different program such as Pegasus Mail (freeware). If you have any trouble or other questions about email, just ask me.
When you have a POP3 compliant or web-based email we can use for learning HTML, and a standard-issue browser, let me know and we can begin at the beginning with a some basic lessons.
God bless! Tinidril
Last updated: October 22, 2002.