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Building a Web Site For Dummies Paperback – June 21, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470560938 ISBN-10: 0470560932 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470560932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470560938
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Web building demystified! Here's what you need to know to create a great site

Back by popular demand and fully updated — here's the fun, easy, straightforward way to build a cool Web site, even if you've never done it before! Learn Web lingo, master HTML tags and WYSIWYG editors, make your pages look cool with graphics, add a blog, and attract an audience. You'll even be able to get an e-commerce site open for business!

  • Brush up on basics — see how basic HTML works and compare different types of editors

  • Get that look — arrange your text for easy reading with tables, frames, and framesets, and keep everything up to date with cascading style sheets

  • What's in a name — choose and register a domain name and select the best host for your site

  • Worth a thousand words — learn where to get free graphics and how to edit and include them in your pages

  • Dress it up — explore tricks for adding image-based buttons, audio, and video to your site

  • Mean business — discover how to set up a site for your online business, connect with search sites, and link your site to others

  • Get paid — obtain a merchant account, register with PayPal, and learn to protect yourself from credit card fraud

Open the book and find:

  • Site planning tips

  • How to create a basic page in Dreamweaver

  • Inexpensive ways to get your site online

  • What you need to know about graphics

  • How to put forms on your site and process responses

  • Helpful tips for a successful business site

  • Ten great places to get advice

  • Some super e-commerce tools

Learn to:

  • Plan and design a great-looking Web site

  • Work with HTML, CSS, and navigation plans

  • Collect and create content thatgets attention

  • Take your site online and attractvisitors who come back

About the Author

David A. Crowder is a professor in the School of Languages at the University of Antioquia in Colombia. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 books, including Google Earth For Dummies and previous editions of Building a Web Site For Dummies.

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I love to explore things. Ever since I was a little boy, I would poke my nose into every corner where it "didn't belong" just to see what I could find. This attitude served me well in later life as I began to explore the limits of the developing field of computer technology.

When I had mastered that and written several books about it, I began to look beyond into other areas that, in my opinion, needed further investigation. This led me to my current explorations of art and of ancient American history.

When writing my books, I have always striven to create "the book I would want to have on my desk" when I was doing whatever the topic was about. And, in fact, I DO actually use my own books as my favorite references; all false modesty aside, after all, they're the best ones I know of on the topics in question. I would never have signed my name to them otherwise.

If someone else has already done a good job on the topic, I walk away from it; I never have and never will write a book that just recaps what someone else has already done. As when I was a boy, I surrender to my need to explore, and if there is nothing new to explore, I'm just plain not interested.

If there's an unwalked path, however, you can be sure that I will soon set foot upon it and lead you to places you'd never find with any other author.

Customer Reviews

Better off to hire someone to do the web site.
LAWRENCE JOHNSON
Maybe it was the cute cartoons which were still not worth the twenty dollars I paid for the book.
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If I already had that, I wouldn't need this book!
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314 of 326 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
When the "Dummies" series books first came out, they were truly for "dummies". Apparently not so anymore. Right on the cover of this book is the phrase "Go from Web surfer to site developer". Well, web surfer I am, and what I was looking for was a book to give me the ABSOLUTE BASICS about creating a web site. This book assumes that you as the reader, already know how to create a web site!! HELLO!! If I knew how to create a web site, I wouldn't need the book, thanks. Page 2 "Foolish Assumptions": "We figure that you have some kind of experience with creating web pages." WHAT?! I thought this book was going to turn me from a surfer to a developer. Page 27: the first line of chapter 3 reads "This chapter's here just in case you need a refresher on basic web page building before..." CHAPTER 3! Refresher! This book obviously should be titled "Enhancing Your Web Site for Dummies". This book does not even explain to a "Dummy" how to create the file necessary to create a web page. What a waste of twenty bucks.
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151 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Water Monkey on October 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
Read the title! This is not an HTML book. If you are hoping to be able to code your first web site after reading this book, you might struggle a bit.
This is a decent book on how to construct a web site. As with most "Dummies" books the explanations seem to drag. However, I have found that they can be a good introduction to a subject, if the reader is truly "in the dark".
If you have never written any type of computer program, or if you struggle with using your computer, and are still set on creating your own web page (go for it; they aren't that tough) buy this book and "HTML for Dummies". The combination of the two will get you up and running.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By "foxyroxychick" on April 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you are looking to code a webpage or site, buy this book along with HTML 4 for the WWW by E. Castro. Castro's book is easy to follow and deals with multi-browser webpage construction. This Dummies book does give you a good feel about the practical things to consider when constructing a website. Not just about creating a page with links and pictures, but about practical navigation construction and how to build websites for a particular audience (ie. websites for your family versus an e-commerce site). Some useful info here, but they should not jump into HTML without creating a good feel for it in this book--try Castro's or HTML for Dummies--becuase this book could have served one better if it stuck with the key ingredients for a decent site, then had a small primer for HTML or recommended good HTML books. For other website design books, try Web Usability by J. Neilsen. This is an ok book that deal with the problems associated with website construction--Web Usability has color pictures and is not dependent on any one design software package.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Guillaume Drucy on December 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book in October 2003 and, even though I was a total beginner, I quickly realized that it is completely out of date!! DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK TODAY. This book was published in October 2000, and web programming and publishing programs have evolved so much since that there is barely anything relevant in this book anymore. After some further research, I decided that the best way for me to build my website was to learn one of the 'HTML visual editor' programs, and I purchased a recent book on DreamweaverMX which has all I need.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Danielson on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Just read the 7th edition--it only took a couple of hours to go through it. It is a schill for AOL and Geo-Cities. It also pushes Netscape Composer which is probably an out of date web design package. Briefly describes HTML in a very very basic manner. You will not be able to get a web page up with what is published in this book. The book convinced me to get a copy of Frontpage.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bill on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Yesterday I spent a half-day with Building a Web Site for Dummies - 4th Edition. The book is so bad, I am in awe.

First: a bit about me. I put up my first web site in 1998. I now have a half-dozen sites, but my skill-set is old. I do not use layers, I've never used the span command, and I've never used CSS. (Typically I hire a designer to polish my creations.) So I thought that I might gain something from this book.

This book is bad. And I think I understand why it's bad. It really feels like it was written in the late 90's. The problem is that simply fixing errors does not make an old web book current. There's a half-page that talks about ten search engines, including Excite and Alta Vista. Huh? In 2010, to mention any search engine other than Google, Yahoo and Bing is silly.

In the first chapter, there's a suggestion to email competitors and ask to see their log files, because "most Webmasters aren't the slightest bit security conscious about their customer data..." Equally strange. And unethical too.

I could go on, but - bottom line: I was appalled! If you are looking for a book to help you understand what's involved in creating a site, keep shopping!
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By E. Jason King on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the worst Dummies book I've yet read and am seriously irritated that I didn't spend more time browsing its contents. This book is essentially an amalgamation of shameless promotion with just enough filler between the sponsors to afford this giant pop-up ad the euphemism "book."

The author spends the majority of the book telling you to go elsewhere for tools and content. On hindsight, a great idea! Just save the money you're contemplating wasting on this drivel.

Another major problem is that the website you'll end up with will, in all likelihood, look hopelessly outdated. I'm still searching for a good book on web publishing that isn't technical (I'm not going to learn code!).
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