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Creating Web Pages For Dummies [Paperback]

by Bud E. Smith
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November 3, 2008 0470385359 978-0470385357 9
It’s easy to design, build, and post a Web page with Google Page Creator or CoffeeCup HTML Editor, but a friendly guide still comes in handy. Creating Web Pages For Dummies®, 9th Edition introduces you to Web design software and online page-building tools, and walks you through the process in record time.

Like its previous editions, this book gives you the skinny on getting Web pages up and running with the least amount of hassle. But not just ho-hum Web pages! Yours will look fantastic and be easy to build, and you’ll even get a trial version of CoffeeCup HTML Editor and visual design tools on the bonus CD. You’ll learn to:

  • Get a simple page designed and online by the end of Chapter 3
  • Optimize photos, video, and audio for the Web and get them onto your page
  • Register for a Google account and use the versatile Google Page Creator
  • Build pages using basic HTML or CoffeeCup HTML Editor
  • Identify and apply elements of design, avoid common errors, and create pages that get noticed
  • Maintain control by creating and editing pages in HTML with a text editor
  • Understand how image file size affects your pages, how to upload photos to Flickr, and how to add sound and video files to your Web pages
  • Develop your pages into a site with CoffeeCup HTML Editor and Visual Editor

You’ll even find out more about blogging and The trial software on the CD is for Windows, but the instructions for building great Web pages work on any system!

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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The authors of Creating Web Pages for Dummies deserve compliments for their refusal to sugarcoat Web page design through reliance upon visual editing tools. They come right out of the gate and teach HTML--a simple, limited subset of the whole language to be sure, but enough of the language of Web publishing to get readers going. Further, this simple but earnest introduction reveals HTML concepts that readers will need to understand before they explore more complicated aspects of the language.

In addition to teaching the fundamentals of page design and creation, Smith and Bebak spend some time explaining how to get pages onto the Web. They detail the mechanics of using no-charge page publishers like GeoCities, then go on to explain how to publish a page on AOL or Prodigy.

One section of this book deals with HTML development tools (the opening chapter is called "Be True to Your Tool"--go figure). The authors cover NaviPress, PageMill, HotDog, and BBEdit in depth, and address a few more development tools briefly. Unfortunately, the reader is left wondering what happened to coverage of FrontPage--a very popular development tool that many people already own.

A companion CD-ROM holds some page-editing tools, including a PageMill demo, a HotDog Demo, BBEdit Lite, and various other software.

If you represent a business, you'll probably want a more comprehensive text that will enable you to project a more professional image on the Web. But if you're a person who wants to publish a home page, this book will serve you well. --David Wall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


“…bulging compendium of valuable site spinning knowledge…” (PC Home, November 2004)

“…a valuable resource addressing all site-crafting competencies…” (Web Pages Made Easy, August 2004) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 9 edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470385359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470385357
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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101 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Makes A Great Starter (And Finisher)! April 10, 2002
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Don't be fooled by the title "for Dummies". This book includes everything you need to know about creating your own Web page with all the knowledge and software you'll need. You will need to invest some time in this project - but it is worth every minute! It's a simple, step by step process and you will need to take it slow if you're an average creator.
First you'll learn all about Web Publishing Basics, Website strategies and just enough HTML to get started (it's not that hard!). Besides creating your first Web page, you'll learn how to get the darn thing published on the WWW! That's half the battle, but worth the effort! There's lots of information on what to avoid (before you go there) and what makes the best Web page. Before you know it, you'll be upgrading your Web page all the time. You'll never get bored updating and changing your page until it's just perfect!
The book includes an invaluable CD that is useful for Windows and MAC! It contains Microsft Internet Explorer, Netscape Communicator, Dreamweaver (great design tool!), Frontpage Express, HTML conversion tools for Word (nice short-cut), BBEDIT, GraphicConverter (MAC), Homesite HTML Editor (MAC), Hotdog Express (for Windows - great tool!), SiteCheck utility, an Internet service provider software (if you don't already have one - most likely you have a sufficient one), HTMLValidator (catches errors), WEB Wizard (a nifty quick-and-dirty page maker), Reptile (for making cool backgrounds) and Paint Shop Pro, which is my favorite tool. There's plenty of other stuff too that I just can't get into detail here.
Once again, this does take a little bit of effort, but of all the books I have perused, this one seemed to be the best value for the money. It's all here and updated annually. It is worth every penny. Get your Web site up and running in less than a weekend (even though the book says one day). You'll feel smart when you're done! Enjoy!
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for beginners! December 18, 1999
By A Customer
If you have no experience with web publishing or you have only created a web page with those wizards that don't use HTML this is definitely the book for you. It was a very easy read for me. I read this book in only 2 days. If you know anything about HTML I wouldn't really recommend this book because it will state what you already know. I considered myself a beginner but I was somewhat familiar with HTML and web publishing. To my surprise a lot of it I already knew. However, it still was very helpful to me. It talked about areas such as creating a web page that is friendly to all browsers...something I wouldn't have thought of without this book. It includes very useful URL's and has screen shots of examples of the things they are talking about. It also comes with a cd-rom that includes freeware and shareware stuff that I found very useful for myself. In one of the appendixes are very useful HTML charts, but they could ahve explained the tags much better. Overall its definitely a great read for a beginner!
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start if you want to build a web site. November 23, 1999
By John H.
If you want to build your first web site and you don't know where to begin, read this book. The authors address all the key issues and tools that you will need to understand to get started. Smith and Bebak help you to plan your site design. They then explain ISP's and the major content sites, and they show you how to get started without spending a lot of money - or none at all. A basic introduction is given to HTML tags. They teach you about broswers and all their versions and how this affects your web pages. Even Web TV is addressed. Both PC and Mac spoken here. Elementary web page creation tools are discussed along with web page design techniques and strategies. This book covers all the issues that the web beginner will encounter.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for beginning Web-makers May 18, 2000
Every once in awhile a neophyte Web user who had never done any Web authoring asks me to recommend some books to get them started. These days, I suggest Creating Web Pages for Dummies.
What I liked best about this book was that it more or less stuck to the basics. There is an awful lot to know about creating the Web; so much so, in fact, that it is easy for a knowledgeable author to overwhelm the reader. The other extreme, of course, is skirting over fundamental areas. Creating Web Pages for Dummies pretty much covers everything in enough depth for someone to put together a personal Web site fairly quickly.
Creating Web Pages for Dummies starts out by explaining the fundamentals of HTML and the Web, and then moves into more complex topics, such as how to pick an ISP. One of the great strengths of the book is its focus on a range of simple WYS editors. Web-makers who are just starting do not have to go out and buy a $200 or $300 Web editor; there are a number of very good and very usable tools out there that don't cost a dime.
This book is only a beginning; if you want to get serious about Web design, you'll have to move onto other, more advanced books. But Creating Web Pages for Dummies is an excellent introduction to the subject.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SOLID INTRODUCTION FOR BEGINNERS March 11, 2000
By A Customer
This book provides a good foundation for Internet beginners. It explains very clearly all aspects of the Internet and HTML language, including important information on graphics, Web publishing protocols, etc. However, this is definitely a book for novices. If you already possess some knowledge of Web publishing, you might find this book too basic. I also think this book is more ideally suited to designing personal Web pages, not professional ones. Further study is certainly needed after this book is finished. But like all "Dummy" books, it is very easy to understand.
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Published 4 months ago by Robert Brandt
3.0 out of 5 stars Very elementary. Does not explain markup languages
I was misled into buying this book, although it may have been my fault for reading the book description too cursorily. I need a guide to html5, css, and related markup tools. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Herbert Gintis
3.0 out of 5 stars gift....didn't see the book.
this was sent directly to someone else....was a gift so I can't really rate it.....suppose it was ok. no complaints.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for first timers
I brought this book just as a supplement for a web page class i was taking. Having no prior experience in creation of web pages, I brought this book to supplement the textbook we... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dmitriy Zak
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
hard to understand unless you read it start to end then use as reference guide. a must have when creating web pages when you haven't attended classes for it. Read more
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Published 21 months ago by Linda Derych
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for Dummies at all
People buy this book to learn how to create webpages from the beginning, and I am one of them. But after studying whole book, I still have no idea how to start my webpages. Read more
Published 22 months ago by polar bear
3.0 out of 5 stars have not fully use this product yet
I recently order this product because i intend to build a website. Hoever, i do not have enough usage to give an informed review. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Jawara
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate these books.
The "dummies" series of books is really for dummies. They talk to you like a child. I get frustrated with how stupid they assume the reader is. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by Shank314
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift
Bought this as a gift for my brother and he seemed really happy with it. All the other reviews by other purchasers seemed really great, which led me to buy this particular book... Read more
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