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Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Matthew MacDonald
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Think you have to be a technical wizard to build a great web site? Think again. If you want to create an engaging web site, this thoroughly revised, completely updated edition of Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual demystifies the process and provides tools, techniques, and expert guidance for developing a professional and reliable web presence.

Whether you want to build a personal web site, an e-commerce site, a blog, or a web site for a specific occasion or promotion, this book gives you detailed instructions and clear-headed advice for:

  • Everything from planning to launching. From picking and buying a domain name, choosing a Web hosting firm, building your site, and uploading the files to a web server, this book teaches you the nitty-gritty of creating your home on the Web.

  • Ready-to-use building blocks. Creating your own web site doesn't mean you have to build everything from scratch. You'll learn how to incorporate loads of pre-built and freely available tools like interactive menus, PayPal shopping carts, Google ads, and Google Analytics.

  • The modern Web. Today's best looking sites use powerful tools like Cascading Style Sheets (for sophisticated page layout), JavaScript (for rollover buttons and cascading menus), and video. This book doesn't treat these topics as fancy frills. From step one, you'll learn easy ways to create a powerful site with these tools.

  • Blogs. Learn the basics behind the Web's most popular form of self-expression. And take a step-by-step tour through Blogger, the Google-run blogging service that will have you blogging before you close this book.

This isn't just another dry, uninspired book on how to create a web site. Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual is a witty and intelligent guide you need to make your ideas and vision a web reality.

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Think you have to be a technical wizard to build a great web site? Think again. For anyone who wants to create an engaging web site--for either personal or business purposes--Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual demystifies the process and provides tools, techniques, and expert guidance for making your ideas and vision a reality with a professional and reliable Web presence.

About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Web novices can tiptoe out onto the Internet with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. HTML fans can learn about the cutting edge of web design in HTML5: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all description can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11362 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043GXMQG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #513,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for novice website builders 9 Dec. 2005
This book is a great starting point for people wanting to set up their first website, or even weblog.
The book is broken up into four sections, covering how to plan your site, find a good webhost and register your funky new domain name, through to a primer for HTML and CSS and web graphics and finishing off with some excellent advice on how to attract visitors to your site, and how to get them to stay! The final section looks at 'web frills', adding javascript, audio and video to your site.
The book is firmly aimed at the web-novice - some of the sections on html and css are fairly basic, but cover the material well, staying clear of the too much jargon pitfall that dogs other books on the subject. Even so, there are some excellent tips and examples which taught me some new things!
As with all O'Reilly books, the style is clear and concise, with clear examples and pictures illustrating key points.
So. Recommended for beginners and worth chccking out for those past the first steps in building a website. Overall, a fine book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 19 Jun. 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book last year when a friend was building a website for me. I didn't want to be able to build it myself, just to follow what he was doing and learn a bit more about websites and the internet. But I actually think that I would have been able to build my own site with the guidance given in this book, it is so well written and takes you through step by step. And I have no IT knowledge, other than how to do the usual stuff of switching on, doing emails and using various Microsoft Office programmes.
One of the reviewers has criticised the book for the use of IT terminology but in fact everything is explained as you go along. There is an excellent index and HMTL glossary. I didn't even understand what HTML stood for when I opened the book and now I am sufficiently confident to do basic HTML stuff on my website. This has certainly given me enough knowledge to enable me to run my site without bothering my tecchie friend too often!
The best thing about the book is that it covers all aspects of creating a website, including SEO techniques to get traffic and using Google ads to generate a bit of income from the site. I regularly pick it up and re-read sections when I need to remind myself of something! Well worth the money!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, excellent, easy to understand 22 Nov. 2007
This book is really good if you're new to website design and blogging. As usual, the missing manual series has debug website design in easy to understand manner, and with less jargon. It takes one through the very basic website design method, lays down the tools you need and how to use it. This is a must read book if you are new to web design and want to learn from scratch. It can't get better than this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners 28 Nov. 2009
By BVLenci
This book provides a good basic introduction to the creation of a web site. Little or no prior knowledge is assumed; in fact, the earlier chapters were a little too basic for me. It doesn't cover any topic in depth, but covers the basics of xhtml, design tools and editors, CSS, frames, tables, menus and buttons, and javascript. Some of the topics, such as publicizing your web site, were of little interest to me. Others, such as the chapter on blogs and the advice on choosing a web site host, even seem a bit off topic.

If you're starting from scratch and want to create your own web site rather than use one of the canned ones offered by many providers, this book should be sufficient. The resulting code will be much cleaner than that produced by some of the more basice web page design packages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Some booktitles do not always correctly reflect the contents of the book in question.
This one does! "Creating a website - The missing manual" gives you exactly that - all the
missing information you have been trying to dig up from software manuals, internet instructions,
library books. All to no avail, until you get your hands on this book. It will force you
to accept the unescapable disciplines of XHTML and CSS as well as good planning. Some important
items however are hidden, as well and you have to look for them. Such as the item concerning
"not to save" standard pages made up in Word or other programs as a web page in HTML (page 86).
This should have been in CAPITALS. Another one is that ALL web-page-elements are in escence
images, including most text elements. Boy, have I been wasting time in trying to get made-up text
into a number of "easy" WYSIWYG software packages. I am not overly keen on the "tips" in the book
being printed white on a grey background. Doesn't make for easy reading, especially when you're a bit older.
Otherwise, this book IS the missing manual that you need at the side of your computer, whilst constructing a website.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted 31 Mar. 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is just what I have been looking for. It takes you from the basics of using XHTML to putting together a quality website and getting it online. Author uses really clear language and doesn't go over your head or talk down to you. It's approach is to teach you the PROPER way to write web pages, i.e. in XHTML, rather than showing you the quickest way. That way you get a good foundation and skill set for future development and you understand how it all works. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
wasn't really what I needed
Published 7 months ago by Lynn Hillier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
This book is brilliant if you are totally new to creating a website. You do not need to be a computer whizz to follow the chapters. Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by Gummy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Starting Point
Excellent starting point for creating a website, learning HTML, learning CSS and the components used to make a website. Read more
Published on 6 April 2011 by Angry Sid
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!
This book was very helpful! It really does include everything you need to know in order to create a website. Read more
Published on 29 July 2010 by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good manual
This is an easy and plain explanation at introductory level. It has the capacity to give you an overview of the problem with the real possibility to create something good.
Published on 15 Jun. 2010 by Alberto Maria Grippa
2.0 out of 5 stars **IM NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE** LET DOWN **
If You want to trawl through 500 and odd pages for an all round basic introduction, "then you may like it"... Read more
Published on 14 Dec. 2009 by Wafeeq B
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A brilliant book that gave me loads more understanding than other books I've looked at.
Published on 8 Dec. 2009 by Mrs. Julie D. Potts
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good starter
An excellent introduction to the subject that looks at HTML, XHTML, CSS etc and also covers the commercial aspects of website creation ie how you can attract visitors to your site... Read more
Published on 29 Nov. 2009 by Stephen Arnott
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning to web site building
This book starts from basics but contains a lot of interesting information, so much so that I have not investigated all of it. Read more
Published on 27 Mar. 2009 by T. Swindley
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