Microsoft Expression Web – Quickstart Guide
In the short time we have together, we'll explore the basics, including how to
create a new Web site, create new HTML pages, create styles with CSS, and
preview a Web page in a browser.
Before we start, you should know that there are many ways to create a Web site
– some, like the static HTML page we’ll create together today, are relatively
simple, others are more complex. For example, you can us Expression Web to
create ASP.NET sites and to work with XML and RSS.
Although we will be building a relatively simple site in this lesson, rest assured
that everything you learn in this introduction will apply to more complex site
development as well.
Starting a New Site
Before you start creating HTML pages, it’s best to start by creating a new Web
site in Expression Web. Here’s how:
1. Choose New
2. In the New dialog, choose the Web Site tab at the top of the dialog
3. Choose General and then choose Empty Web Site.
You want to select the Empty Web Site option if you plan to create a new site
with more than one page. When you select this option, Expression Web creates
a new blank folder where you can save all of the files and folders in your web
When you first create a site like this you have a chance to name it. If you don’t
give it a name, Expression Web will assign a name for you, such as Web 1, Web
2, etc. If you’re only working on one site it doesn’t matter too much, but if you’re
working on multiple sites, it’s easier to keep track of them if you name them
something that has more meaning to you. You may also want to change the
location where the new folder is created. You can use the Browse button to open
any folder on your computer where you want to save your new site folder. Click
OK and then add a name for the folder.
It’s easy to miss where to alter the name, but if you want to specify a name
yourself, you simply need to select the automatically generated name at the
bottom of the New Site dialog and enter a new name to replace it. For this
example, I’ll call this site "Harbor Seals."