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Ever wanted to build your own Web site to express your views? Or maybe you want to set up an e-business? Now, not only will you be able to create your own space on the Web, but you can also make it look professional with Building a Web Site For Dummies. This resourceful guide lays down all the basics for getting started with creating a Web site for your club, team, family, or business.

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Overview

Ever wanted to build your own Web site to express your views? Or maybe you want to set up an e-business? Now, not only will you be able to create your own space on the Web, but you can also make it look professional with Building a Web Site For Dummies. This resourceful guide lays down all the basics for getting started with creating a Web site for your club, team, family, or business.

This is the only book that walks aspiring Webmasters like you through all the steps of designing, building, publishing, publicizing, and updating a Web site without concentrating on a single tool. While reading this laid-back and down-to-earth guide, you will discover how to:

  • Make your site easy to navigate
  • Get optimum listing on Google
  • Accept payment for an online business
  • Gain feedback with message boards
  • Add photos, sound, and video to your site

Along with this helpful guide is a CD-ROM that includes many exciting features to give you access to more Web site-creating tools:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS and Adobe GoLive CS tryout versions
  • Trial versions of Macromedia Flash MX 2004, ColdFusion MX Enterprise, Fireworks MX 2004, Dreamweaver MX 2004, and FreeHand MX
  • Hemera Photo-Objects 500 Sampler

Under the wing of David Crowder, author of over 10 books and former Vice President of Data Processing with National Research Corporation, creating your own Web site has never been easier. Building a Web Site for Dummies provides plenty of hands-on guidance to turn you into a Web designer in no time!

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

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If you want to build yourself a web site, but you don’t know where to start, start with Building a Web Site for Dummies, Second Edition. This extremely simple book walks you through everything from figuring out what you want to say through promoting the site you’ve built. Want to create a blog? That’s covered, too -- just one example of what’s new in this heavily updated book. Planning to sell something? You’ll learn how to do that, too -- and, just as importantly, how not to sell online.

David A. Crowder begins by helping you frame your site’s goals, unifying theme, and content. He offers guidance on building a “comfortable” site that visitors will want to come back to; and easy ways to keep your site fresh without investing a fortune in new content.

Next, it’s on to pouring your site’s “foundation” and starting to build some actual web pages. There’s a full chapter on providing usable navigation so folks can find what they’re looking for -- including tips on providing free site search without becoming a programmer.

Once you’re up and running, Crowder shows how to add site features like scripts and applets, video and audio -- without overwhelming your message, that is. There’s a full section on e-commerce, including chapters on taking credit cards; building a site that supports your eBay store; using PayPal; and participating in larger vendors’ affiliate programs. There’s also a chapter on great e-commerce tools, many of them free. Equally free: the CD-ROM full of software and trialware for handling most of the tasks Crowder covers in this book. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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While web developers add pizzazz with Flash and other advanced tools, beginners still need guides on creating their first sites. Enter these two nonthreatening introductions, which assume knowledge of just the absolute basics of HTML. Dummies starts with a nice overview of how and why to plan a site's design and purpose before jumping into page creation, then summarizes HTML basics before moving into ways to make sites look and perform their best. It offers ideas for using easy add-ons like polls or guest books, venturing into e-commerce, and publishing and publicizing your site. Its CD includes trial and freeware graphic and web design software from multiple vendors, a clickable list of URLs mentioned in the book, and photos. Most appropriate for small businesses and others who can't afford professional design yet want to include features that visitors expect and will keep them coming back; recommended for all libraries. The smaller and less-thorough Dave's focuses on the basics. Readers may appreciate its straightforward, how-to approach and clear, concise coverage of using Cascading Style Sheets. "Dave's Advice" sidebars add relevant tips, and the real-world example of planning out and creating a web site for the book's own publisher (as well as nice examples of resolving problems when an initial layout doesn't work as planned) helps relate concepts to real-life situations. For all libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764571442
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. Crowder has authored or coauthored more than 20 books on subjects ranging from computers to historical mysteries, including popular bestsellers such as Building a Web Site For Dummies and CliffsNotes Getting on the Internet. He was selling hypertext systems back in the days when you had to explain to people what the word meant. He has been involved in the online community since its inception and is the recipient of several awards for his work, including NetGuide Magazine’s Gold Site Award.
He is the son of a teacher and a college president, and his dedication to spreading knowledge, especially about the computer revolution, goes beyond his writing. He also founded three Internet mailing lists (discussion groups), JavaScript Talk, Java Talk, and Delphi Talk, all of which were sold to Ziff-Davis. One of his most treasured memories is the message he received from an oldtimer on one of those lists who said that he had never seen such a free and open exchange of information since the days when computers were built by hobbyists in home workshops.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Moving from Web Page to Web Site.

Chapter 1: The Zen of Sites.

Chapter 2: Pouring the Foundation.

Chapter 3: Web Page Construction 101.

Chapter 4: Designing for Site Navigation.

Part II: Adding Sparkle to Your Site.

Chapter 5: Making Your Site Look Great.

Chapter 6: Plugging In Scripts and Applets.

Chapter 7: Web Sights and Sounds.

Chapter 8: Web Aerobics: Tuning Up Your Site.

Part III: Good Content Makes Contented Visitors.

Chapter 9: Letting ’Em Have Their Say.

Chapter 10: Just Plain Fun.

Chapter 11: Using Content Providers.

Part IV: Raking In the Bucks.

Chapter 12: Stalking the Wild Dollar: Internet Commerce.

Chapter 13: Love That Plastic: Taking Credit Cards.

Chapter 14: Examining Affiliate Programs.

Part V: Publishing and Publicizing Your Site.

Chapter 15: Letting the World In: Choosing a Host and Domain Name.

Chapter 16: Publicizing Your Site.

Chapter 17: Keeping in Touch with Visitors.

Chapter 18: Getting Feedback from Visitors.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Great Places to Get Advice.

Chapter 20: Ten Fabulous Tools for E-Commerce.

Chapter 21: Ten More Great Add-Ins.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: About the CD.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2005

    Author assumes too much

    On page 2, the author says he assumes that the reader has some experience creating Web pages. Because he makes this assumption, he does not provide enough basic information. I would not have needed a book on how to build a web site for dummies if I had ever built a web page.

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