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Creating a Website: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Matthew MacDonald
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Think you need an army of skilled programmers to build a website? Think again. With nothing more than an ordinary PC, some raw ambition, and this book, you’ll learn how to create and maintain a professional-looking, visitor-friendly site. This Missing Manual gives you all the tools, techniques, and expert advice you need.

  • Plan your site. Create web pages by learning the basics of HTML and HTML5.
  • Control page design with CSS. Format text, images, links, tables, and other elements.
  • Attract visitors. Ensure that people can find your site through popular search engines.
  • Build a community. Add forums, fresh content, and a feedback form to encourage repeat visits.
  • Get smart. Use free tools to identify your site’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Create your own blog. Post your musings with a free blog-hosting service.
  • Bring in cash. Host Google ads, sell Amazon’s wares, or push your own products.
  • Add pizzazz. Include audio, video, interactive menus, and more.

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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: 17958 KB
  • Print Length: 584 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 144930172X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (21 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005011IRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creating a Website: A missing manual 15 Jun. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I borrowed this book from the local library in October 2011 and found it quite usuful in outlining basic html structure and formatting techniques. As a result, I bought a copy. The book is reasonably in depth - it won't describe every html element, although sometimes goes off on a tangent away from raw html, like using Web Page Editing software such as Dreamweaver. I have always believed that it is far better to learn the nuts and bolts of html rather than use a piece of software to generate it - when you run into problems or need to edit your code, unless you know the underlying html, you're stuffed.

The book does go into reasonable detail describing current HTML5 syntax ie. tags which are accepted under the standard and only briefly mentions ones which are not supported. In that respect, this book is up to date and informative. It is also well written and easy to read, without being laborious. It does have some black and white illustations which help to break the dull text.

My only criticism of the book would be that it could be improved by using a working web site throughout the book rather than disparate examples. That way, the user would see their creation being built from scratch, instead of by ad hoc pieces. Apart from that the book is quite informative and very useful for a beginner to html.
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By bernie VINE VOICE
Of course this review is written for the third edition, I have earlier editions. By now there may be later editions. Why all versions will work there is always something new and a different way to tackle "Creating Web sites"

The nice thing about this missing manual is that they assume you are starting from scratch and bring you up to snuff before describing the more exotic parts. The manual is not just a technical manual but covers the philosophy and purpose of websites.

I came to this book a tad backwards. I first read The Missing Manual on HTML5. Then I realized I needed this book to fill in the blanks.

I cheated and started a website with my eyes closed. Now a am using this book to go back a flesh it out.

Even if you know what you are doing it is always nice to see from a different angle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview - I recommend it 10 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you want a good overview of how things work, this is recommended. Sure, you may know some of it, but I bet the average reader will find many useful insights, particularly if you're new to the nuts and bolts of ads, search rankings, etc.

I bought this (the Kindle edition - for use on my PC and Android phone) after reading the paperback copy from my public library. Now I just need Santa to deliver a PaperWhite Kindle for Xmas :)

The Missing Manual series - and, as mentioned in another review, especially this author (Matthew MacDonald), are books I trust.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says 20 Jan. 2012
By Chris G
Does what it says "The missing Manual" Well written and comprehensive. Covers all you need to get going with creating a website and explains the various technologies and how they fit together, HTML, CSS, JScript etc. Would recommend to beginner or intermediate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.. 29 Jan. 2013
By Cliff
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Very informative and easy to read and follow example coding. Good all round book for beginning website creation and also reference to fall back on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 18 July 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just bought so cannot say more than it looks impressive and particular to my needs for creating a website. Looks easy to follow.
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