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Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS Paperback – 12 May 2006

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; 1 edition (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975240293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975240298
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Ian works as a senior Web designer for Nationwide Building Society where he's largely responsible for promoting the Web accessibility ethic. Ian is also a member of the Web Standards project which aims to promote best-practices among Web Developers and software companies.


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This is a great book for people like me who have no experience building websites. Don't get me wrong -- it's not a simplistic book, or an easy book to follow. However, I have made more progress in 24 hours with this book than I made in 6 months with a professional web design program which cost me hundreds. The best thing is that I now know that I am on the right path, whereas while I was using the WYSIWYG program I was being pushed in the direction of using tables to structure websites. I now realise this is bad practice. I am half way through this book, and my website is halfway to completion, and already I can see how clean and efficient coding in HTML and CSS is. I don't feel that my pages are bloated any more, and yet I can achieve quite sophisticated effects.

Highly recommended for beginners who are prepared to stick with it. Believe me, I wanted the easy route in web design and it took me much longer to get nowhere.
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If you are interested in learning web design and can't decide which book you should buy first, this is definitely it! It will give you confidence and a solid foundation for further learning.

This is a wonderful book which I wholeheartedly recommend above all others as the first step on the way to learning web design. It is written very clearly in a step-by-step fashion which allows you to build on what you have just learned, and the resulting project web site is much more complete and impressive than I expected it to be.

The dialogue is very friendly and humorous at times and I felt that the author was really guiding me through the exercises. This made the book incredibly enjoyable to work through and I found that time passed by very quickly without studying feeling like a chore at all. The material from the supporting web site along with the suggested web links for further information were also fantastic.

I am very impressed by the author's obvious dedication to encouraging new web designers to follow web standards and to avoid learning bad habits. He is also keen to raise awareness of cross browser and accessibility issues.

I have learned much more than I expected from this book and am now much more confident with understanding and using code. It has also shown me that you don't need to invest loads of money on a WYSIWYG program to make a good web site; a simple text editor will do!
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I am completely new to web design and after trying to work through the tutorials on a well known WYSIWYG program I decided that the best thing would be to just learn HTML and CSS from scratch. This book is a very good introduction although I'm not sure how well I would have got on with it if I hadn't already done some HTML research on the web. I certainly wouldn't say this is the only book you have to read on the subject but is worth reading. The best thing about this book is that it gets you into good habits right from the start. If I hadn't read it I'm sure I would be using tables for web page layout by now. The worst thing about it is that it gives the impression that web design is much more simple than it actually is although a book for novices shouldn't put people off. There are already I pile of questions I have about the way different browsers interpret code and how to deal with different users having different screen resolutions that this book doesn't answer but it never pretended that it would. I have to say though that I do feel inspired by the author to find out as much on this subject as I can and to build high quality websites. Overall I would definitely recommend this to a beginner in web design.
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I have built around 30 fully functional websites using Dreamweaver and although they all worked, i found the process emotionally frustrating and time consuming.

I decided that there must be an easier way of using the code behind dreamweaver to make things run a little easier. This book explains it all.

It takes you from the very begining from opening notepad and saving a file as a webpage right through to linking pages and appling different fonts in just the first 3 chapters. It covers every detail in such detail but still manages to inject a little humour. The sample project is first class and the downloadable code section is easy to find and use.

I have never written a review before but this book is so good i feel it warrants 5 stars. You need to buy this book if you want to learn about websites.
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There's certainly a lot of useful information in this book and you could get a basic website up in no time. However, it misses out some important elements necessary to get a truly useful website running. It's also based on XHTML despite the title and the author tends to be quite patronising. He also makes poor attempts to be humorous which quickly becomes irritating. On the plus side, he is a working web developer and he definitely knows what he's talking about, with the guidleines avoiding the bad practices some other authors teach beginners.
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I buy lots of books but am seldom moved to right a review - however this one is different! Been looking for a book that would take me through building a website the proper way for ages - and this is it. Only got it this morning - read the first couple of pages and already I know that I am in the right hands - it is written an amusing style too! Really looking forward to getting my web site up and running - and will save myself the £'000s that I have been quoted by other people!
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