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Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS Paperback – August 2, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0987090850 ISBN-10: 0987090852 Edition: Third Edition

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: SitePoint; Third Edition edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987090852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987090850
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ian Lloyd runs, a web accessibility site that he started in 2002, and has written or co-written a number of web development books. Ian was previously a member of the Web Standards Project and is a regular speaker at web development conferences, including the highly regarded South By Southwest (SXSW) and @media events.

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Really good book for the HTML/CSS beginner.
Jonathan Marsan
This book is so easy to follow, the author makes you feel smarter than you did before and is 100% useful.
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I would recommend this book to everyone wanting to learn HTML.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. O'shea on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to say, from the get-go, I found this book to be FANTASTIC. Clear explanations, an informal, conversational styles, and reiteration of points so as to aid the reader's memory of the multitude of elements and attributes. My HTML and CSS skills have improved dramatically since beginning this book.

HOWEVER, upon reaching chapter 8, I found myself at a bit of a dead end. Chapter 8 focuses on the use of social networking sites and how to implement their respective like boxes and 'follow me' buttons into your new website. This excited me as I wanted to create a site of my own that I could promote through my Facebook page and vice versa. Unfortunately, the instructions for doing so seem no longer valid. Even the source code of the example sites didn't work and brought up an error message. This was especially disappointing, as part of the reason I bought this book was because it was so up to date and included this particular chapter. I had already put in a lot of hard work in building up the example website, so was frustrated at not getting this function to work. I have been on the publisher's forums but there is no mention of how to rectify this problem. I would have assumed an error on my part had it not been for the author's own markup (downloaded from the publisher's website) failing to work as well.

I decided to bite the bullet and try to continue with the rest of the code, but it seems that omitting the Facebook 'Like Box' markup means any following boxes are misalligned. I feel that really I've bought an ALMOST brilliant book, that was let down by this single chapter. In defense of Ian Lloyd, this could be on account of Facebook's habit of continually updating their site and thus rendering the book's markup obsolete.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By SorenTwo on May 21, 2012
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First a little background about me. I have been using computers since 1983, when the IBM PC first came out. Next, I was a database programmer for 7 years, a network administrator for one and a UNIX (AIX to be specific) administrator for one. In 1999 I earned a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certificate. So I'm neither a newbie or a lightweight. Still, I've been out of serious computing since 1996! With that caveat in mind, I had high hopes for this book having read many positive and virtually no negative reviews on

To summarize the volume, it is a recipe book; light on theory, heavy on steps to follow. You build one website in a pretty evenly balanced mix of HTML and CSS ending your work in jQuery, a JavaScript library/framework. So, after going through the introductory chapter one, I began chapter two in the morning. (I read it on my Kindle for PC). It took all day when I realized it was 60(!) hard pages. That was when I knew I was in for a challenge and that the book was not properly formatted or structured. I re-examined the TOC and figured it should've probably been double the number of chapters, from 15 to 30, since it is around 500 pages long.

I also found some problems with chapter two that required rework. But when I found the errata page on the publisher's website, I couldn't access it.

Trudging on, chapters 3, 4, 5, & 6 were a touch shorter. I was usually able to complete them in a day. But chapter 7, web forms, turned out to be a disaster, as they apparently usually are when one wants to actually write form data to a database and then retrieve it. The author, Ian Lloyd, uses a as some sort of intermediate form hosting service but you'll have to provide your own web hosting service for your page, so its kind of weird.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mariam on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I chose to use this book as a textbook for a beginning web design class and I am very happy with it. It explains everything in details and in a good language so that people who are just starting in the field do not get confused. It is also great because it touches HTML 5 basics and gives a good foundation about the overall subject. Though I wish there were exercises there and more complex assignments and solutions to real life problems.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By emloughl on August 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is 30% material and 70% filler.

NOTE: In general, I agree with the 5-star reviews on this book. That is, that it's a wonderful beginner's guide to HTML.

But my only complaint:

It can be WAY too long-winded for what it is. Granted, it's a complete beginner's book. But seriously, half (or more) of the book is filled with pretty much useless screenshots identifying very minor changes, that you could easily see yourself on your own computer screen.

For instance: teaching border types. The author could simply explain how to perform a certain task, and then suggest "try these varations of borders!". Instead, he fills six or seven pages with code which is identical, save the color or border type, and attaching print-screens for each of the results. It's seriously frustrating. I mean, you're supposed to be following along the book by designing the sample site anyway, aren't you? Why not just suggest "try these slight variations!"?

Sometimes I find myself flipping wildly through pages, thinking "yea, yea, I get it." But I'm forced to read each page in case I miss something important. Indeed, important pieces of information are scattered and hidden within the vast amounts of redundant information and screenshots.

I think it's just stretched out simply to justify a higher selling cost.
The book would be much easier to follow if it were more concise.
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