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  I have created this page to help anyone get started  building web pages. Because the Reb is notoriously cheap, all of these programs come with a free personal use version, as well as a free demos of their professional versions. All professional versions are well worth the money. Try them and see for yourself. I am not being paid to promote them. It is just my way of saying thanks for making it possible to create my own site and save you time looking for programs that work the best. All programs listed below are linked to their home pages. Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not against bribes, it's just that no one has offered! 
  I create all of my web pages in "Microsoft FrontPage 2003". It is a good program and many people already have it on their computer. If you do, then use it. If you don't already have "FrontPage", you can try other html editing programs that you can download for free, from several sites such as CNET, TomaWeb, Webattack, Simtel Top 100 Downloads, and my favorite Special Thanks! ZDNet (same as, just to name a few. A word of caution, some of the other programs on these  free sites are "Spy Ware and Profilers" that put hidden marks on your computer to track you and design advertisement and junk mail to fit your individual profile. I recommend that you set up a hotmail e-mail account (it's free and scanned for virus) to use when needed to register any program. I will list spy ware detector programs below to free your computer of spy ware that is probably already on your computer. Some html editing programs (such as FrontPage) are called "what you see is what you get programs. This means that you don't have to know html (Hypertext Markup Language) to write a web page. It is much like writing an e-mail or a text document in "Words". If you know how to write in html already, then you can use "notepad". At some point you will need to learn html, because "what you see is what you get programs" sometimes make mistakes and can only be corrected by clicking on the html tab, and actually correcting the html. There are many free web sites that you can learn html from, but you will learn from your program by checking the html tab every time you make an entry from your normal view tab. Don't worry, if 'The Reb' can do it, so can you! Just remember the number one rule in web building, Have Fun!
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4  Special Thanks! Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove a multitude of adware files and modules from your computer. Spybot also can clean program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful if you share your computer. Modules chosen for removal can be sent directly to the included file shredder, ensuring complete elimination from your system. For advanced users, it allows you to fix Registry inconsistencies related to adware and to malicious program installations. The handy online-update feature ensures that Spybot always has the most current and complete listings of adware, dialers, and other uninvited system residents. Version 1.4 has the first native multi-installation scanner, is noticeably faster than version 1.3 during scans, and has improved the tools and updated the interface.

Ad-aware   is designed to provide advanced protection from known Data-mining, aggressive advertising, Parasites, Scumware, selected traditional Trojans, Dialers, Malware, Browser hijackers, and tracking components. With the release of Ad-aware SE Personal edition, Lavasoft takes the fight against Spyware to the next level.

WinPatrol  Special Thanks! uses a heuristic approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others download new reference files.
Spychecker A small download that you can use to check on any program to determine if it is spy ware before you download it. Easy to use and it's free.
EasyCleaner is a small program which searches Windows' registry for entries that are pointing nowhere. EasyCleaner also lets you delete all kinds of unnecessary files like temps, backups etc. You can search for duplicate files (advanced users only!) and you can view some interesting info about your disk space usage! You are also able to manage startup programs, invalid shortcuts and add/remove software list.
Cursorarts  Special Thanks! On this site you can download a program called "ImageForge". It is a great program for editing images of any format. They have a free for personal use version (with limited functions but no time limit) that is great! The professional version is really awesome! It comes with so many features such as building animations, web photo albums, and you can even write web pages in it. At a fraction of the cost of  other picture editing programs, It's a real deal. It has so many features you'll have to check it out for yourself. The best thing about ImageForge Pro. is that it is less than 22 megabits, and has every feature you will ever need to create, edit, and view any image. Also checkout "IconForge" (demo version only). You can create and edit any icon. You can create a favicon.ico (my rebel flag that appears on my homepage) which is a custom icon that appears in the search field instead of the 'Internet Explorer' icon. For more details check out their website. Special thanks to Cursorarts for donating a copy of  ImageForge Pro. to build an online photo album for my 'Dogs of War Press' web site. Helping our veterans to heal from their experiences in combat. Special thanks to Cursorarts for supporting our vets!
Irfanview  Special Thanks! This is also an image viewing and editing program that supports all formats. It is free for personal use and is a very small download. This program come with many free plug-ins. It's Great!
FTP stands for File Transport Protocol. FTP allows you to transfer files to and from a remote server. This is done using an FTP program. You need to enter your username and password to your ISP account, and the program your ISP uses (e.g.: uses, Prodigy uses to be able to publish your webpages to the internet. You should be able to get this information from your ISP's home page. If you transfer files to your web site, you must upload them into the "www" directory (root directory) in your account. I use Ipswitch's WS_FTP Professional but below are some with high ratings from you can try.
SmartFTP 1.5.990.26 Download it from License: Free - Requirements: Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server. SmartFTP allows you to transfer files across the Internet. It features an Explorer-like, customizable interface and supports drag-and-drop functions. Multiple FTP connections can be opened at the same time, and you can copy files from one remote host to another (FXP). Remote-host directory information is cached for future viewing, and FTP URLs are supported. Other features include a Favorites list; the ability to resume broken downloads; a global history; background transfers; proxy support; a passive transfer mode; and the ability to perform recursive downloads, uploads, and deletes, Note: This program is free for private, noncommercial use only.
FileZilla Download it from License: Free - Requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP. FileZilla is an FTP program for file uploading and downloading to and from your FTP site, server, or host. The program lets you transfer files and navigate among folders, Web sites, and your computer. This software enables you to perform multiple file transfers simultaneously.
Extreme-Tracking  A very useful, and detailed  free log for tracking hits on your webpage. This is the best log-tracker I have found. No pop-ups or advertisement, just a small image to click on when you want to view your log.
Dreambook  This is the free "Guest Book" that I use because you can get very creative with it, and no pop-ups or advertisements so far. You can use your own logo with it. There are many free "Guest Books". Check this one out at
Digital Counter  This is a free counter that I use on many of my other websites  I used "java scripts" to setup a cgi-bin folder for most of my sites, but it's a little advanced for the average beginner, and that is what this page is created for. There are several good free counters to choose from on the net. Take your pick.

EMS Free Surfer Companion  Special Thanks!(fsc) is the best surfing tool available for Internet Explorer, including intelligent popup stopper, complete cache cleaning and managing, advanced and easy-to-use quick search from favorites/cache, site info manager and hosts file editor.

AVG Anti-Virus System  Special Thanks! This is a free for personal use anti-virus program that is as good as anyone you can buy! I don't know of any other free anti-virus program available. The thing about this program is that it's as good as the other two big names (and you know who you are). Easy to use, automatically updates, and terrific help files (a free education in computers). Sometimes 'The Reb' goes where no man has gone before, but not without my AVG Anti-Virus System!
Sygate Free Firewall Special Thanks! This is a free for personal use Firewall that I use. I think there is a new version 5.6 Build 2808 that is out now, so you'll just have to check it out for yourself? If you use Windows XP don't install a firewall, just use the one that comes with it because the other firewall will conflict with the one that already comes with Windows XP.
METoolBar  You have to check out this free download! 27 useful features for web builders. Many advanced features, all in a very small download. A very poor help section, but somewhat self explanatory. You do have to check this one out!
NecroFile  This is a great free program that cleans your delegated files and programs to free up space on your hard drive and protect your privacy! I have used it for 2 years and no problems so far. Many other free programs for program developers. Cool guys over there.
ieSpell Special Thanks! is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries). Even if your web application already includes spell checking functionality, you might still want to install this utility because it is definitely much faster than a server-side solution. Plus you get to store and use your personal word list across all your applications, instead of maintaining separate ones on each application.
Ie Translator This is a spell checker and a translator that is activated by a right click on any web page or online form. This program has way too many features to mention, try it.
dBpowerAMP Music Converter - Convert from one format to another, just about every audio type is supported: mp3, mp4, Windows Media Audio (wma), Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Monkeys Audio, FLAC and many others [Codec downloads], whilst preserving ID Tags.
Matt's Free Perl CGI Scripts - Matt's Script Archive. Offering free CGI scripts to the web community since 1995!
Font Magic This program will make a 3D logo out of any text you type in it, using any font on your computer. It will also make animated logos. It's really great and its free and not spy ware! Easy to use, small download, and many cool effects, try it!
For free fonts use these links:
All programs come with "The Reb's Personal Guarantee"   " If it breaks, you get to keep all of the pieces!"

Helpful Online Free Sites!

FOLDOC - Free Online Dictionary Of Computing. Learn computer language. Other useful things on this site as well.

NCSA-A Beginner's Guide to HTML. A free online printable manual to learn HTML. This page has everything you need to learn HTML, and then some!

Helpful Hints For Beginners Only:

(1) The first page of any web site should be called index.html because all of the big search engines use robots to look for new webpages. when you have an Internet Service Provider (,,, prodigy.whatever etc.) you have space on their computer where they store your e-mail before you download it and where they keep your web pages for your site, things like that for your account. In that same spot is where your web pages are stored once you upload them to the internet, they are not floating around in space. When you submit your pages to the search engines (Google, Alta Vista, AOL, AlltheWeb, Yahoo ( you have to have a free account with Yahoo to submit your web site) etc.) you have told the robot for each search engine that you have a web page that you would like to have added to their index of web pages and where your pages are located. when the robot finally gets around to it, it will go to your ISP's computer, your user name and look for a file that is written in html and the name is index. You have to have every picture sound file already on your ISP's computer or they will not show up on the internet. So the robot only reads .shtml or .html, files and is looking to index your home page (index.html). Your second page can be called "anything.html" (no spaces or / or \ in the name).

(2) You should only have to submit your index page to the search engines because the index page should have robot instructions written in the <HEAD> of your html document to index all other pages that are connected to your index page.

(3) When building a web page use "true type" fonts. If you use fancy off the wall fonts, other peoples computer can't read them and the will appear as their default font.

(4) If you use pictures on your webpage, use the .jpeg or .jpg format. They are smaller files than .bmp files and .jpg files load the quickest.  You can use .gif files also, they are small files also but poor quality and less colors. Try not to use too many pictures on a page, and if you can, keep them small.

(5) Many monitors screen are 800 pixels wide but use 100%, table width to avoid creating a slide bar on your page. The Reb really hates those!

To read the html of any web page, right click on a clear spot on any page and choose "View Source" or get it from the "View" tab in the top toolbar.


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