Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Dec 30, 2008 - Computers - 608 pages
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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.


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User Review  - Nigel Francis - Goodreads

Filled in a few holes in my overall web knowledge and will get you up and running fast. But, the book is now becoming a bit dated and could do with a makeover. NF. Read full review

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User Review  - John Moretz - Goodreads

Highly recommended. Very good introduction to CSS and HTML. Read full review


Preparing for the Web
Creating Your First Page
Putting Your Page on the Web
Power Tools
XHTML Text Elements
Style Sheets
Adding Graphics
Attracting Visitors
Letting Visitors Talk to You and Each Other
Making Money with Your Site
Adding Interactivity
Fancy Buttons and Menus
Audio and Video
XHTML Quick Reference

Linking Pages
Page Layout Tools
Multipart Pages
Useful Web Sites

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Matthew MacDonald is a developer, author, and educator in all things Visual Basic and .NET. He's worked with Visual Basic and ASP since their initial versions, and written over a dozen books on the subject, including The Book of VB .NET (No Starch Press) and Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook (O'Reilly). He has also written Excel 2007: The Missing Manual, Excel 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual, Access 2007: The Missing Manual, and Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual, all from O'Reilly. His web site is http: //

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