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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O'Reilly Publishing provided me access to an electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Matthew writes this book as if the reader has no previous experience with coding and even no experience ... Read full review

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The issue of website creation has baffled me for years. I have not been able to make use of the internet simply because I lacked the technical skils to be able to create a site.
One needs to be
able to create a large site or create a one page landing site to bring visitors to and give them the content that they are looking for. This must be done at the click of button. Can this manual help you do that?
Does this missing link manual address the questions that I have outlined?
For me the prove of the pudding is in the eatin, I would therefore like to read the manual and try it for myself. Please e-mail me a copy so that I can walk through the entire website creation process and give you proper feedback.
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E-mail me the missing link manual at Once I have read the entire manual which I will do over one weekend. I will put what I know and learnt into practice and give you my honest feedback and critique.


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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