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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (11 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933988452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988450
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Boag

has been guiding clients through the process of developing websites for

over a decade and has worked with a wide cross section of clients from both the

commercial and public sectors. He currently runs a web design company called

Headscape. When not doing client work he speaks on the subject of web design

both in the UK and abroad. He also hosts the longest running and most popular

web design podcast over at boagworld.com. Between speaking enagements Paul

writes articles for a number of web design publications.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. P. Tullett on 19 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
What more can i say about this book that hasn't already been said.

So far i have recommended this book to 3 people who after reading the first chapter have gone out and bought it for themselves.

It's written in a easy to read way and i was able to absorb everything and take on board the advice given. Being a designer i thought i had a clear idea of how websites work and even though this book did go over areas i knew and reaffirmed them about it also opened my eyes to areas i didn't know about.

I'm in the process of buying some more of these to give to new and existing clients as i think they will explain to them far better then what i could and also becomes a reference for us all to refer to.

Buy this book you wont regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Morriss on 15 Dec 2009
Format: Paperback
This isn't a manual for web designers, it's for those people who are responsible for a website in any way. It covers pretty much everything non-technical you need to know - setting up a project, overseeing direction and design, testing, launching and monitoring. From comments I've heard Paul Boag make, as a web designer he wrote this for his clients, so he wouldn't have to keep on answering the same questions over and over!

Each chapter has a helpful introduction, and at the end some actions points as to what to do next. This is useful as there's so much information in each chapter that it can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you've been landed with the job of managing a website without much previous experience. I really can't find much to criticise in this book - it has a really wide coverage of most of the things you need to know about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Sarjeant on 15 Dec 2009
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The website owners manual is an invaluable part of the website process covering everything except how to build the code. Building sites is well documented but here Paul Boag has covered everything else from proposals through to design, testing and accessibility and future steps. Each section is written in a witty but informative style and explains things that most unsuspecting people would not have considered. Whether you are a seasoned designer or developer, you are just starting out in the industry or you are embarking on a project involving a site which you are not building this book will cover all you need to know.

From this book you can easily create a checklist and set of procedures which will ensure any project you work on will run smoothly, I think a list like that was the only thing not covered in the book.
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You can't know everything when running your web site. Even if you do by some miracle know everything about a successful web site, I guarantee you're not putting it all into practice. This is where this books comes in, due to its full scope from planning for a web site to future concepts, there is something in this book for everyone.

If you are a web site owner or manager, it will quite simply make your job a lot easier and you more successful as a result. I really think this book is a must for any person responsible for a website, due to the wide range of topics covered. Although not all chapters will be relevant to all website owners, there will be more than enough for the book to be a really valuable resource. I like to think of it as a fully fledged consultant sitting on my bookshelf.

There were real moments of enlightenment about how I can help clients really grasp the requirements behind an effective site. I hope this will dramatically improve my client communication using Paul's thorough but clear explanations of the concepts required for a successful website.
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By S. Ellis on 8 Mar 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been a long-time listener to the author's podcast ( boagworld.com ), so had heard some snippets from the book already. The final product lived up to its initial promise.

It is for people who will be creating and managing the web sites from the client side point of view - and as such it is a very useful tool fully explaining the entire process of running a website, choosing people to build it for you etc. i.e. it does what it says on the cover.

All the way through there are some (pretty rough looking, hope the second edition ones are better) cartoons that illustrate each point

If you are responsible for your company's website, buy this book -- even if you think you already know it all.
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