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Creating a Website: The Missing Manual (English and English Edition) [Paperback]

Matthew MacDonald
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May 13, 2011 144930172X 978-1449301729 Third Edition

Think you need an army of skilled programmers to build a website? Think again. With nothing more than an ordinary PC, some raw ambition, and this book, you’ll learn how to create and maintain a professional-looking, visitor-friendly site. This Missing Manual gives you all the tools, techniques, and expert advice you need.

  • Plan your site. Create web pages by learning the basics of HTML and HTML5.
  • Control page design with CSS. Format text, images, links, tables, and other elements.
  • Attract visitors. Ensure that people can find your site through popular search engines.
  • Build a community. Add forums, fresh content, and a feedback form to encourage repeat visits.
  • Get smart. Use free tools to identify your site’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Create your own blog. Post your musings with a free blog-hosting service.
  • Bring in cash. Host Google ads, sell Amazon’s wares, or push your own products.
  • Add pizzazz. Include audio, video, interactive menus, and more.

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About the Author

Matthew MacDonald is a developer, author, and educator in all things Visual Basic and .NET. He's worked with Visual Basic and ASP since their initial versions, and has written over a dozen books on the subject, including The Book of VB .NET (No Starch Press) and Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook (O'Reilly). He has also written a number of Missing Manual titles on Excel 2007 and Access 2007 (O’Reilly).

Product Details

  • Series: Missing Manual
  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Third Edition edition (May 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144930172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449301729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. He's particularly known for his books about building websites, which include a do-it-from-scratch tutorial (Creating a Website: The Missing Manual), a look at cutting-edge HTML5 (HTML5: The Missing Manual), and a WordPress primer (WordPress: The Missing Manual). He's also written a series of books about programming on and off the Web with .NET, teaches programming at Ryerson University, and is a three-time Microsoft MVP.

In everyday life, Matthew is endlessly amazed by the odd, unusual, and just plain bonkers workings of the natural world. Those who don't have tech problems to solve can check out Matthew MacDonald's science books, where he debugs the quirks and complexities of the human brain (Your Brain: The Missing Manual) and body (Your Body: The Missing Manual). Both books include a mash-up of full-color pictures, trivia, and philosophical head-scratchers. Matthew lives in Toronto, with his wife and two daughters.

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book AFTER Head First HTML June 22, 2011
I'm a newbie. I bought Creating a Website. At about chapter 8 I realized that reading the text, trying to follow the examples but then having to review the solution html was not sticking in my head. The book, to me, is not didactic for a newbie.

So I bought Head First HTML & XHTML with CSS. **AWESOME newbie boodk**

After completing, literally, that whole Head First book, I'm enjoing Creating a Website.

Think of it like HTML & CSS 101 and 102!

If you are a beginner, get the Head First book first.
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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What it is and what it isn't April 12, 2012
By J.K.
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Let's say, theoretically, you actually want to create your own website about...something. You have no idea what to do, you have no formal background in computer science, and you're looking for a place to start.

You go to the bookstore or to Amazon looking for one book that will do it all for you, because if you actually want to create your own website, you certainly don't want to pay a lot of money to have a professional do it for you, and why spend hundreds of dollars on your own education in books and materials when you can do it for less?

And here it is, all-in-one and ready to go. The blurb on the back proudly announces: "Answers found here! Think you need an army of skilled programmers to build a website? Think again. With nothing more than an ordinary PC, some raw ambition, and this book, you'll learn how to create and maintain a professional-looking, visitor-friendly site. The Missing Manual gives you all the tools, techniques, and expert advice you need." Clearly, this book will slice, julienne, and make brunoise for you.

I think that blurb is the single biggest exaggeration I've ever read in publishing.

There are two kinds of readers who will enjoy this book and find use in it: amateur and early-stage professional website developers who are looking to take their skills to the next level, and fully-fledged professional front-end website developers who are interested in specific parts to enhance their understanding of the bigger picture. If you are the theoretical reader I postulated at the beginning of the review -- this ain't the magic book, bub. It certainly wasn't for me, either.

This book is a whiz-bang lightning-round introduction to many aspects of basic web development.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
This is the most complete all-in-one manual on website development I have ever read. I was amazed on the amount of information covered in this book, it is almost overwhelming. But, if you stick it out, the end result will be a thorough foundation on website development, community building and, if you wanted to, use your new found knowledge and skills to make money on the web. This book is written, like the title states, in a manual-like style, mixed with step-by-step solutions, simple examples and detailed explanations. And If that wasn't enough already, in the appendix there is a HTML5 reference, and a bunch of website links, grouped by chapters to further extend your knowledge in each subject. I found this book easy to read and understand which is one of the main reasons why I liked it so much. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start a career in web design or development as it will give them a rock-solid foundation on how things work and fit all together. I would also recommend this book to small business owners, or marketing managers as it will give them a complete understanding of the whole development process so they can intelligently discuss their next web project with prospective designers without their eyes glazing over from lack of knowledge. Finally, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone else, who, maybe just wants to start a blog, or make a webpage, or learn how to use stylesheets or javascript in an already existing website -- this is the book for you because you will accomplish that in just a chapter or two and come out ahead with a great reference manual to boot.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few problems, but overall good resource July 11, 2011
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 with really understanding how the web works, i.e. how servers render webpages and understanding how a URL works. So if you have lots of experience with these areas then this book probably isn't for you. If however, you've never designed a webpage before or it's been a long time since you've coded this is the book that you want to pick up. The book is divided into five parts:

Welcome to the web--which covers the basics of how the web works, basic HTML, and uploading your webpage to the web
Building better webpages--covers how to use CSS, add images to the website, and creating pages
Connecting with your audiences
Website Frills--learning and using JavaScript for basic tasks

So by the end of the book the reader is able to know how a webpage works, design their own basic one (and know some good practices for doing so), and learning a little bit beyond the basics with JavaScript. The book is also accompanied by a website for future updates and an appendixes with online resources for learning more HTML and websites mentioned in the chapters for finding additional resources.

Having previous experience designing webpages I started reading and reviewing this book as a chance to find a guide that would be a handy reference or a bit of a refresher course when my mind decided to go to sleep. The good: Each chapter is written in a clear, easy to understand format that covers the basics of getting started. The bad: I did have a few problems with some of the information given and how it was worded.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I like this book. Some parts are a little hard to follow, but for the most part it's really good stuff.
Published 1 month ago by gibsonlespaul2425
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I know how to do web pages!
Very informative! I just let an to setup my first web page! I never thought I would be setting up web pages! ;-)
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to creating a website
Originally borrowed this from the library, and renewed it several times. Finally decided that it was a "must own" book so I purchased it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Falmouth
4.0 out of 5 stars Pitched at the right level..
not simple and stupid, not highly technical but clear and with HTML5 a CSS. This may not be for the stone beginner, but if you have read "for dummys"... Read more
Published 5 months ago by OxyGenius
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for mid-beginner software developers.
It is a great refresher for software developers who are notorious for hating UI.
It might be too easy for professional Web developers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, easy to read
A newbie (like me) would really like (and benefit from) this book. He covers all the important issues in a nice, easy-to-read light-hearted style. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Lamontagne
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed a lot of useful info into a single book.
I was skeptical that someone could pack so much useful information on creating a website into a single book. But I was wrong. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jaewoo Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Beginning with lots of links to more information
Don't get me wrong, it's a great book, with lots of valuable information, but in my cases, I had to turn to other resources to make the site work for me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bruce Deen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for
I needed to create a professional website on which I could list different achievements, contact information, and sources that I've developed. I also wanted it to look nice! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Megan Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Very great Book I have ever read
thank you so much to editor of this book .. He included everything that you need to understand in order to make your website using htmls codes from scratch
Published 10 months ago by Mohamed
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