Tags are what you use to tell a browser what you want to appear. The ***advertisement*** coding that you have to have on every page is a tag; so is <img src=image.jpg>. There are loads of HTML tutorials on the web. (Tutorial, I've found, is a very useful term when trying to find information in a search engine.) A couple good ones are http://www.htmlgoodies.com
. For examples, right-click on any page and click on Source Code to figure out how someone did something you like. Think before you copy and paste, however! A lot of source code is copyrighted.
Comic size: It's polite to have the comic small enough to fit horizontally on the screen. More than that, you'll find people unwilling to come back if they have to scroll horizontally, although vertical scrolling seems to be okay. The smallest resolution these days seems to be 800 pixels wide, and that's rare. The next size up is 1024 pixels wide. (I might only think that 800 is rare because very few people with 800x600 resolution visit my site, because I regularly have stips that are 900 pixels wide by 300 high.) Also, reduce the file size as much as you can without lowering the quality a lot. There's a balance to achieve between making it quicker to download and not destroying the readability.
A quick trick to designing your page: first make a mock-up in a graphics editing program. Realize that with tables, everything will be squared off, and it can be difficult to make it look round. Draw a bunch of rectangles where you want everything to be and in what colors. Remember to include space for the banner ad. Perhaps use a comic that you consider typical to design around.
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Mon ami, you should have something better to do than make things up all the time.