Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2011
Pages: 584

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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    5.0

    Excellent resource for beginners

    By Cole

    from Grand Rapids, MI

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

      I had some familiarity with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript before I read this book, but it was a pretty minimal familiarity (mostly playing with them as an occasional hobby), and I hadn't worked with any of the languages for nearly a year. So, while I wasn't a complete beginner when I read this book, I was pretty close.

      I used what I learned in this book to create a great website for my small business. Reading this book also gave me the gentle introduction I needed in order to understand more advanced web design and programming books and tutorials later on, and now I build websites for small businesses and individuals professionally. This book didn't teach me everything I needed to know in order to become a professional web designer, but it was simply the most helpful starting point I know of.

      The book gently introduces new concepts and skills slowly enough to make sense to beginners, but quickly enough to maintain the sense that you're really learning something cool. The JavaScript section is minimal, but the book doesn't claim to be a resource for learning JavaScript programming (and the introduction it gives is plenty for the beginning web designer--you at least learn how to use pieces of JavaScript found online). The HTML and CSS covered in the book is thorough and very useful for real-world applications. By the time you're halfway through this book, you should be able to follow online HTML and CSS tutorials to perform whatever little web design tricks pop into your head, and to get creative and explore on your own.

      If you are a regular computer user who understands the basics (opening programs, saving files, browsing the web) and you follow the exercises in this book mindfully and diligently, you'll learn basic web design. It's as simple as that. I wish I could have read it a decade ago.

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      2.0

      Horrible javascript section

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      from San Diego, CA

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      It explains some basic things and then just skims a bit on what topics remain in a particular chapter. I'm sure it's not easy to cram in just one book everything that needs to be said to make a good website, that's why I think they should've left out the javascript section all together and use the space to dwelve a little bit more on the topics of the previous chapters. A thing such as a "light" intro to javascript is worthless and it only discourages the readers. For this reason I do not recommend this book as a starter book to build a website, you defnitely need some previous knowledge; if you have previous experience, then this book will reinforce it, just be warned that it's not a "starting from scratch" kinda book.

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      5.0

      This is the all around book you need

      By afluhrer

      from Los Angeles

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

      I have a few other books and this one brings a lot together. This is a great resource, written well and with a lot of good technical hints.

      As another reviewer said, it's a big book, yes it is, it covers a great deal of material. It is written in a way that will appeal to beginner and advanced users. It gives you a good lay of the land for developing sites, with or without tools. After reading this, you feel you have a great knowledge base to go forward. Whether doing it yourself from scratch, downloading a free tool, or buying something you'll need. Either way you feel you have the knowledge to make the right choice. The reference to external tools, web sites, reference points, is fantastic, and makes this alone, worth having this book.

      Other topics that are helpful include publishing your site, getting found on line, blogs, etc. Unlike other books that discuss just creating a website, this one addresses the next steps you would have, which is helpful in considering all the things needed to get your site up and running. They really did their research and it has been a big help.

      When looking at web creation and publishing books you will have a lot of choices and will probably need to buy a few books. Start with this one and you will have a great deal of tools from the start.

      If you do it yourself, as I have, you will appreciate the depth and breadth the book has at each subject along the way.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      More than a how-to guide on HTML

      By Pasan Wijesinghe

      from Sri Lanka

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition:

      Rather than been an inhuman how-to guide, Mathew MacDonald has effectively maintained the tone of this book as that of a geekish teacher who shares his experience of years in a friendly and easy to understand tone. Ultimately the reader ends up not only knowing how to create a web site, but also about fine tuning and marketing it to match its requirements.

      Apart from the technical lessons on HTML, CSS and Java script the author has focussed a great deal about achieving what is expected from the web site. How Google finds our site, how to improve the visibility to search engines, how to put advertisements without distracting viewers and how to advertise using adsence are some examples. The gravity of these facts did not grab my attention until I read them in this book.

      Attracting new visitors and keeping visitors returning is one of the key goals of any web site. This book includes a great amount of trips and tricks to achieve it. The introduction about the traffic virus, forums, and mailing lists serve this purpose.

      Concluding the review, this "missing manual" is highly recommended to a novice to learn the art of successful web site development by herself. Yet it is equally effective to somebody with roots on the internet- to modify, promote and fine tune his already running web site or blog.

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