Microsoft Expression Web - New Website


In the previous chapter, we have installed Microsoft Expression Web and now we are ready to start working on it. In this chapter, we will learn how to create a new website from scratch.

Create a Website

To create a new website, let’s open Microsoft Expression Web.

Create Website

Next, you need to follow the steps given below.

Step 1 − Select Site → New Site… menu option.

New Site

Step 2 − It will open the following dialog from which you can create or import different types of website.

One Page Site

Step 3 − For simplicity let’s select General → One Page Site.

  • Specify the location or you can browse to the location where you want the new website to be created.

  • Type in the name of your web in the name field and click OK.


Step 4 − The new web will be created with one page named default.htm. Let’s rename it to index.html with a right-click on the file and clicking on the Rename option.


Step 5 − The default doctype used in Expression Web is −

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<html xmlns = ""> 

You can see it by just switching to the code view.

Code View

You can change the doctype from Tools → Page Editor Options → Authoring.


Step 6 − Now, let’s add <h1> tag inside the body tag and some text as shown in the following code.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" 
<html xmlns = ""> 
      <meta content = "text/html; charset = utf-8" http-equiv = "Content-Type" /> 
         This my first Web page 

Step 7 − To see our web in a browser, let’s go to the File menu and select the Preview in Browser → Any browser, let’s say, Internet Explorer.

Preview Browser

It will open our web in Internet Explorer.

Open Web