Build Your Own Web Site Paperback – 1 May 2003
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From the Back Cover
Stop dreaming and start building that Web site! This one-stop resource demystifies the process, showing you step-by-step how to plan for, construct, and publish your own Web site. Connect to a remote server, get a domain name, and gather content. Then, construct pages using a variety of tools. Learn to use pictures and graphics, format text, create links and animation, take advantage of interactivity, and input forms. Build Your Own Web Site is a complete and illustrated step-by-step guide to the skills, tools, and accessories you'll need to produce professional-level Web sites in no time.
-Establish a domain name and secure server space
-Determine which Web site building tools work best for your needs
-Use Dreamweaver, FrontPage, GeoCities, and other Web site authoring tools
-Prepare text and photos for the Web
-Create graphics, animation, sound, and other exciting Web features
-Enhance your site with interactive search boxes and input forms
-Use link-testing tools, hit counters, and online mail list managers
-Increase traffic by working with search engines
About the Author
David Karlins (Berkeley, CA) is an author, Web designer, and teacher who creates Web sites for theaters, concerts, production studios, non-profits, and other clients. He teaches Web design at San Francisco State University's Multimedia Studies Program. Karlins is co-author (with David Elderbrock) of FrontPage 2002 Bible, which has sold over 110,000 copies in the past two editions. His other books include Teach Yourself FrontPage in a Week (over 25,000 copies sold).
Top Customer Reviews
I never realised how scared I was of Frontpage, so I compensated by buying way too many books. The good thing is that I am now in a very good position to tell you which books are worth your while and which are rubbish.
I was right in that one can publish your own website for a lot less than I expected. I was wrong in that of all the books I'd bought, I only needed one. You guessed it.
"Build your own web site" makes publishing a web site ridiculously easy. I am serious. The other books all have these clinical, corporation-type covers, so I looked at them first, and started building my site. For some reason, I was put off this book somehow. As if I thought, if the others have these professional looking covers, they must be the better books. How wrong I was.
This book is divided into three parts. The first part deals with how to prepare - how to decide what goes onto your site, how to plan, how to put everything together et cetera. How to design your site. I followed it to the letter and it worked.
Part 2 is subdivided into subsections, each dedicated to a different type of web development programme (such as Dreamweaver, Frontpage etc). I only read the Frontpage bit and that is how far I got. Because by that time I knew everything I needed to build great websites!
The money I spent on the other books is wasted money. This book helped me tremendously, and in record time. I might put a link to my site in my "About You" area, so you can see for yourself.Read more ›
The book caters for all. It doesn't matter whether you're from a technical disposition or a beginner. One nice aspect about this title is where it gives you a critical evaluation of the web authoring tools available e.g Macromedia, Frontpage, Geocites pagebuilder.
Various issues like security (e.g SSL, password protection), costs etc are covered as well as registering that domain name. A lot of internet terminologies is also covered and explained very well (e.g I didn't know much about CGI and SSL before reading this book)
There's a lot of emphasis on how to add bells and whistle to your site e.g adding pictures, movies and audio files.
To sum this all up. If you are looking for a book on how to build a professional website this is the book. This book tells you all you need to get started. I'm definitely keeping this book for future reference. Hence not even my best friend going to borrow this book. So what are you waiting for, go and buy "Build Your Own Web Site" and start working on your dream website now.
The book itself is a one-stop resource for what is needed to start building your first website and without this book there would be many areas that i would have overlooked.
If your looking for a book that tells you how to write your site then this is not for you, however if you want a step by step guide of what goes into making a website, from buying a domain name to submitting your site to search engines then this is for you.
If you ever wanted to build your own website then this is a good starting point and reference guide.
Also very interesting to read, this book is an absolute must for those looking to build a website.
I already knew some basics, so now I will look for something a bit more advanced.