Part of the Series:
How To Build a Website With HTML
This tutorial series will guide you through creating and further customizing this website using HTML, the standard markup language used to display documents in a web browser. No prior coding experience is necessary but we recommend you start at the beginning of the series if you wish to recreate the demonstration website.
When building a website, you may want to have more than one webpage. If you want to add and link to additional pages, you’ll need to first create a new
html file in your website project directory. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create and link to an additional webpage on your website
Our demonstration website includes an “About” webpage. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the process of creating and linking to an “About” webpage, but you may change the title and the content of this page to fit your needs.
To add a new page to your website, create a new file named
about.html and save it in your project directory
html-practice. (If you have not been following the tutorial series, you can review instructions for setting up a new
html file in our tutorial Setting Up Your HTML Project.)
Note: If you decide to choose your own name for the file, make sure to avoid character spaces, special characters (such as !, #, %, or others), and capital letters as these can cause problems later on. You must also include the
Next, you’ll need to format the file by adding information that will help the browser interpret the file content. To format the file, add following code snippet at the top of the document:
<!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <title> About </title> </head> </html>
Make sure to change the highlighted text with a title you want for you page. For an explanation of each of the HTML tags, please visit the earlier tutorial in this series Adding an HTML <head> Element To Your Webpage. Save the file before you continue.
Before adding any content to this page, let’s walk through the steps of adding a link to this page on your homepage.
First, return to your
index.html file and add the following snippet below the subtitle of your site and above the closing
... <p style="font-size: 20px; color:#1F9AFE;"> <a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/Webpage FilePath";> About this site </a> </p> ...
Change the highlighted file path to the relative file path of your “about.html” file. The relative path refers to the file location relative to the current working directory (as opposed to the absolute path, which refers to the file location relative to the root directory.) If you are using the Visual Studio Code text editor, you can copy the relative file path by
CTRL + Left Click (on Macs) or
right-clicking' (on Windows) on the file icon and selectingCopy Relative Path.`
Note that we have also specified a font-size and color using the
style attribute. Save your
index.html file and reload it in the browser.
You should now have a link that directs to your
about.html web page like this:
If you receive an error, make sure that your file is in the same project directory as your
index.html file and that there are no errors in your project path.
You should now know how to create and link to a new webpage on your website. You can use these same steps to create and link to additional webpages on your website. You can also add content to any new webpage in the same way you are learning to add content to your homepage.