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Create Your Own Website (4th Edition) Paperback – August 29, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0672330025 ISBN-10: 0672330024 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 4 edition (August 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672330024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672330025
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Create Your Own Website is author Scott Mitchell’s eighth book; his others are Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days (Sams); Designing Active Server Pages (O’Reilly); ASP.NET: Tips, Tutorials, and Code (Sams); ASP.NET Data Web Controls Kick Start (Sams); Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 24 Hours (Sams); Teach Yourself ASP.NET 2.0 in 24 Hours (Sams); and Teach Yourself ASP.NET 3.5 in 24 Hours (Sams). Scott is a regular columnist for Microsoft’s MSDN Magazine and has authored more than 1,000 online articles on his website, Scott’s nonwriting accomplishments include speaking at numerous technical user groups and conferences across the country. Scott also teaches web technology classes at the University of California–San Diego University Extension. In addition to teaching and writing, Scott is a software developer. He works as an independent consultant and has authored and sold several commercial software applications.

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Welcome to Create Your Own Website!

As the popularity of the Internet and the World Wide Web have risen since the beginnings in the early 1990s, virtually all businesses have established an online presence. Many individuals, too, have left their imprints on the web, creating a website for their family or posting pictures of their vacations. If you want to join the millions of people who have created websites but fear you lack the background or expertise for such an endeavor, this book is for you!

In this book you see just how easy creating a website can be. The CD included with this book contains professional website templates and a free web page editor. With the web page editor, you can quickly and easily customize the provided templates into your very own personal websites. Using the web page editor is as simple as using a word processor program. It's just point and click!

Since there are a number of different types of websites on the Internet, this book's CD includes templates for different types of sites. Specifically, the provided templates let you quickly create the following types of sites:

  • Family websites—With a family website, you can share pictures of you and your family with friends and members of your extended family.

  • Hobby websites—A hobby website allows you to share your hobbies with others who have similar interests.

  • Community websites—With a community website, your church, club, bowling team, or other group or association can post information, schedules, pictures, and other pertinent information.

  • Online storefront website—Sell products online by accepting credit card payments with an online storefront site.

In addition to showing you how to build your own websites from the ground up, this book includes chapters on how to use existing web-based services to quickly create common websites. Specifically, you'll see how to

  • Sell products at eBay Stores—eBay Stores are a quick and easy way to start selling products online. With eBay Stores, your products are listed on, and payment processing is handled for you by eBay. You simply list your products for sale and ship them when purchased!

  • Publish content online with a blog—A blog is a type of website designed to allow users to quickly and easily publish content online. Blogs are springing up all over the World Wide Web, used by both individuals and businesses alike.

  • Share your digital pictures—You've just gotten back from your vacation to Tahiti with gobs of digital pictures. How do you easily share these beautiful pictures with your friends and family? Digital picture sharing websites make it easy to upload your pictures and share them with select friends and family.

  • Create a home page on MySpace—MySpace is one of many "social networking" websites, where visitors can stay in touch with friends, meet their friends' friends, and make new social contacts. In addition to maintaining and growing your network of friends, MySpace makes it easy for you to create your own web pages, post pictures, share music, and host a blog.

  • Share your videos on YouTube—With today's video cameras, it's easy to upload your home videos to your computer, where you can watch or edit them. Once a video is stored on your computer, you can upload it to YouTube and share it with a world-wide audience.

  • Build your social network with Facebook—Facebook is another popular "social networking" website, like MySpace. Unlike MySpace, Facebook allows users to join one or more networks which are organized by facets like geographic region, employer, and school. It's a great site for catching up with old friends from high school or college, as well as an excellent resource for making new friends at your company or in your neighborhood.

Whether you want to build your own, unique website or use a pre-existing web application, you learn everything you need to know to start building your own website today with this book. Get ready to see just how fun and easy it is to create your own website!

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More About the Author

As editor and main contributor to, a popular ASP/ASP.NET resource Web site, Scott Mitchell has authored several hundred articles on Microsoft Web Technologies since 1998. In addition to his vast collection of online article, Scott has written numerous books on ASP/ASP.NET as well as articles for Microsoft's MSDN Magazine and PRO.

Scott's non-writing accomplishments include speaking at numerous ASP/ASP.NET user groups and ASP.NET conferences across the country. Scott has also taught numerous classes on ASP.NET and related technologies at the University of California[md]San Diego University Extension. In addition to teaching and writing, Scott also is a software developer. He works as an independent consultant and has authored and sold a number of commercial software applications.

Scott can be reached at; his blog is available at www.ScottOnWriting.NET.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Baltes on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Reading this book allows someone to create five different styles and types of Websites by walking the reader through accessing Composer and desired templates, altering the text, color, and photos to personalize each Webpage, obtain a host provider, register a domain name, and publish each Webpage to a Web server.

* Chapter 1 introduces the basic functions of what a browser and Web page are, while showing the reader how to down load a free software program provided with the book.

* Chapter 2 describes the logistics of setting up a public location for viewing Web pages on the Internet by locating a host provider.

* Chapter 3 discuses customizing a Family/Personal Website template by using Composer like any other word processor, adding or deleting pages, and saving with a URL to the same folder located on the reader's computer.

* Chapter 4 continues with detailed items in "Creating a Hobby Website" by scaling images, changing existing hyperlinks, adding rows, discussing anchors, and the effect they have on sharing information with Website viewers.

* Chapter 5 "Creating a Website for an Organization" introduces obtaining a map from the Internet to replace the templates generic sample, offering email access to customers, and providing additional tips.

* Chapter 6 "Creating an Informational Website for Your Business" shows how to customize color within cells, add tables for creating coupons, and setting navigational hyperlinks.

* Chapter 7 "Creating an Online Storefront" deals with how to implement an e-Commerce Website by merging with "Creating Paypal Merchant Account" Website.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2004
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Mitchell gives us a breezy, confident approach to making a website. He emphasises that, within reason, you can do it all by yourself. With the aid of this book, naturally.

He walks us through the templates on the CD that comes with the book. The general thrust is to show how if you can read and write, well, then you can make a website. There is certainly more involved than in merely using a browser to peruse the web. But the book gives a total absence of HTML tags, until the last chapter. Instead, Mitchell lists 3 web authoring tools - Microsoft's FrontPage, Macromedia's Dreamweaver and Mozilla's Composer. These handle the grungy details.

You can regard this book as an independent validation of the claims made for the above tools. Indeed, no programming appears to be necessary for a simple website.

Along these lines, the chapter on making an online storefront is well done. The example storefront is actually quite limited. But even so, to have it running without programming is impressive.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Frank Rubio on May 26, 2005
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I just purchased Microsoft FrontPage 2003 and FrontPage Step by Step. There was no help in creating a website to sell items in the help section of FrontPage or in the book FrontPage Step by Step. After reading this book, I had an item up for sale on the internet within thirty minutes. Great book! No programming in HTML required. Just copy and paste.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Michalak on February 11, 2008
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The book is what I expected, but may be a bit less. I thought it would tell me some of the basics about how to put things on the web and then highlight one web development software program and go from there. It got into the web development software faster than I thought and I still had a lot of basic questions about how to put things up on the web. Having said that, however, it did point me in the right direction and I think I feel better about choosing a web development program now than I did before I read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 6-stringer on December 16, 2008
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If you want to create your own website, this is a very good reference. It tells you what you have to look for and be aware of when looking for a web hosting company. This book also gives you a number of references and recommendations as to what tools to use in creating your own website. All in all, it's a very good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Perna on November 28, 2009
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For anyone who has never come into contact with any kind of web technology but has acquired some practice with switching a computer on and off and with any word-processing application, Scott Mitchell's book represents a friendly hand leading its readers into the practicalities of how to go about building a web site.

This book is composed of eleven chapters, the last of which, appropriately entitled 'Bonus Material', is in my view a token of Scott Mitchell's thoroughness as an extremely competent and gifted teacher/communicator as well as practitioner of web programming. In particular, here Scott masterfully explains how the internet works and how to optimise pictures for the web.

Throughout the preceding chapters, the book puts the readers through their paces by proposing eight web projects for them to choose from: a personal web site and an e-commerce web site, both of which to be built from scratch using a free editor, i.e. SeaMonkey, which is provided in the CD-rom that comes with the book, as well as other projects which are built by using the facilities offered by well-known sites such as e-bay, Facebook, and YouTube.

In addition to a detailed hands-on approach, the reader will also benefit from several bits of jewels scattered throughout the pages, such as expert advice and other useful resources to be found on the web.

To conclude, this is one more product of Scott Mitchell's mastery of both web technology and clear communication, which will be invaluable to the absolute beginner who by following the steps contained in it will end up with a functioning and attractive web site as well as, and perhaps more importantly, with an enormous curiosity about what lies beyond the book, e.g., html code, stylesheet and programming languages.
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