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Overview

  • Through stunning four-color images that demonstrate how nondescript "before" situations gradually become astonishing "after" results, this book offers readers simple steps to achieve unique outcomes
  • Readers learn how to incorporate the latest Web-building techniques on their sites, redesign a site for optimum usability, limit user bandwidth needs, keep user experience consistent with CSS, and manage content
  • The medley of makeovers includes: full-site makeovers (user speed, color themes, improved accessibility), page makeovers (page sizing, working with tables), text makeovers (font selection, graphic alternatives), image makeovers (incorporating text with images, file sizing), navigation makeovers (improving navigation bars, menu additions), content makeovers (better Web writing, enhancing the home page message), and an extreme makeover (combining several smaller makeovers into a major site overhaul)
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Honestly, now: Are you happy with your web site? Is it showing you off the way you’d like? Or did it stop being competitive in, say, 2001? Richard Wagner proves that upgrading your site needn’t be horrifically complex or expensive. His book focuses on simple, valuable upgrades that work. Creating more compelling home pages. Improving navigation. Speeding page loads. Adding site search. Useful stuff -- taught through hands-on projects, not blather.

Want more contemporary navigation? Wagner walks through creating effective top and sidebar navigation using CSS, and building a “quick links” drop-down combo box. There’s a full chapter of simple page element makeovers: tweaking HTML tables so they work more effectively as part of a coherent, attractive layout; using CSS to “make sure each element stands alone yet plays well with others”; and packaging content with iframes.

You’ll learn quick ways to supercharge your home page by clarifying whom you’re targeting, making sure your content meets their needs and adding dynamic content to keep them coming back. Speaking of content, you’ll learn how to write web-savvier text (and improve text and links you already have). Have forms? Wagner will help you make them consistent, attractive, and intuitive.

Next, he turns to improvements in site functionality that are surprisingly easy from a technical standpoint: making your site friendlier to search engines; adding maps and directions; even integrating blogs and podcasts. There are some nice small touches, too: for instance, customizing your own Favorites icon, and editing email links so they won’t attract spam.

All the before-and-after makeover files are downloadable. And while Wagner’s partial to Dreamweaver and Photoshop, this book’s projects are flexible enough for your favorite tools, whatever they might be. Bill Camarda, from the July 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471783237
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/8/2006
  • Series: Before & After Makeovers Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Wagner is an experienced Web designer and author of several Web technology books, including Yahoo SiteBuilder For Dummies, XSLT For Dummies, XML All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies, and JavaScript Unleashed. He is the former Vice President of Product Development at NetObjects and inventor of the award-winning NetObjects ScriptBuilder Web tool. In his non-tech life, Richard is also author of C.S. Lewis & Narnia For Dummies, Christianity For Dummies, and The Gospel Unplugged. His online home is at Digitalwalk.com.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1 MAKEOVER ESSENTIALS.

Macromedia Dreamweaver: Your Command and Control Design Center.

Adobe Photoshop: Your Visual Sidekick.

Web Browsers: Your Test Suite.

Web Developer Extension for Firefox: Your Interactive Debugging Environment.

2 PAGE LAYOUT MAKEOVERS.

Moving from Table Layout to DIVs.

Boxing in Your Page’s Content.

Adding a Page Heading.

Centering Your Pages.

Adding Curves to Your Edges.

3 NAVIGATION MAKEOVERS.

Reorganizing Your Site for Easier Navigation.

Creating a Top-Level Menu Bar.

Creating a Vertical Navigation List.

Adding a Pathway to Your Pages.

Adding a Quick Links Drop-Down Menu.

4 PAGE ELEMENT MAKEOVERS.

Enhancing the Look of Table Borders.

Offsetting Page Elements to Avoid Eye Competition.

Using iframes to Package Your Content.

Bringing iframes to Life.

5 TEXT MAKEOVERS.

Selecting Fonts that Complement Your Site.

Replacing Normal Text with Anti-Aliased Text.

Replacing Plain Bullets with Images.

6 IMAGE MAKEOVERS.

Creating an Image Rollover.

Cropping Images to Shed the Useless Stuff.

Thumbnailing Images.

Displaying Multiple Images with an Image Scroller.

Displaying a “Lightbox” Overlay Image.

7 IMAGE PERFORMANCE MAKEOVERS.

Resizing Images Yourself.

Reducing Your Image’s File Size, Not Its Quality.

Preloading Images.

8 HOME PAGE MAKEOVERS.

Messaging Your Home Page.

Making Your Home Page Feel Alive.

Adding a Splash Introduction.

9 CONTENT MAKEOVERS.

Writing Web-Savvy Text.

Creating Intuitive and Usable Links.

Adding an Alternate Print Version of Your Web Page.

Adding an Alternate Print Version of Your Web Page, Technique II.

Adding a Subject and Message to a mailto Link.

10 FORM MAKEOVERS.

Validating Your Forms.

Controlling Tab Order.

Using CSS to Transform the Look of Form Elements.

Creating Graphical Buttons.

11 ADD-ON MAKEOVERS.

Adding Maps and Directions.

Adding a Site Search.

Making Your Blog Part of Your Web Site.

12 SITE MAKEOVERS.

Linking to Other Sites without Losing Your Visitors.

Creating Your Own Favorites Icon.

Improving Your Search Engine Ranking.

Converting Your Web Page to XHTML.

13 EXTREME MAKEOVERS.

Allowing Visitors to Adjust the Font Size.

Scrambling Your E-mail Links to Avoid Spam.

Displaying Different Content Based on the Frequency of the Visitor.

Adding an RSS Feed to Your Web Site.

INDEX.

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