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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.