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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.

Subscriber Reviews

Average Rating: 3.8 out of 5 rating Based on 5 Ratings

"Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual Second Ed." - by netstat123 on 30-JUN-2012
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Good book for me, had what I'm looking for at my advanced beginner level.

Lots of examples of markup that can be done by me in a basic text editor that allow me to play with the markup and change things. I learn that way

Good download site for the examples, don't over look it. The examples give me practice material and that keeps me off of this site, crying about poorly conceived and written books that waste time.

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"Quick to read, well organized, no nonsense book" - by Johny Debel on 12-MAY-2010
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This book is exactly what I was looking for.

Recommended for beginners and intermediate web designers.

It shows how structure and good writing contribute to understanding and the speed by which you can go through the information.

My suggestion is to read it beginning to end in browsing mode, depending on your prior knowledge this can be done rather quickly.

After one read through, it is very easy to come back to any point that needs further exploration. No need to summarize, or bookmark.

The sample code and examples are very easy to understand. Mostly due to clear text accompanying them, and a good choice of illustrative implementation.

And the jokes in this book are scarce, which is good!!
When the writer does use them they mostly serve to make a point, usually in examples. This helps memorizing some techniques.

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"Good Book (Especially For A "Beginner" Like Me)" - by barsook8 on 15-MAR-2010
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Not much more I can add to the title.  Have really enjoyed this book.
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