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Everyone knows that you learn from your mistakes, but in Web Pages That Suck: Learn Good Design By Looking at Bad Design, Vincent Flanders and Michael Willis give everyone the chance to learn from other people's mistakes! In this book, based on the award-winning web site WebPagesThatSuck.com, the authors spare no one to help their audience learn everything from the most common mistakes that web designers make to the more subtle aspects of creating a site.
The no-mercy approach that Flanders and Willis take isn't just about cutting down sites. They don't waste everyone's time with cookie-cutter advice. Instead they take the time to examine why the sites don't work — and more important, explain how they could be fixed. The Web is constantly changing, and a staid formula will never work, the authors suggest; there are plenty of fresh approaches to creating an innovative site that will draw in an audience.
Web Pages That Suck doesn't stop with exposing the problems of poor sites. The authors give clear explanations about how to market your site, generate traffic, and make money from online ventures. Since there are many different kinds of audiences out there on the Web, the authors focus on several types of sites. Whether you are targeting a business audience or a nonprofit audience, or you just want to draw people to your own ego site, Flanders and Willis will tell you what steps are necessary.
The authors take readers on a logical path from site design and navigation through content, graphics, site maintenance, and much more. They discuss everything fromthemost basic marketing questions to more specific questions, such as which search engine is most important to register with.
Whether you seek help with a graphic or want to begin or completely retool a site, you'll find everything you need to know in the pages of Web Pages That Suck: Learn Good Design By Looking at Bad Design. The book even comes with a CD-ROM that contains HomeSite 3, Gif Builder, Gifmation, Coffee Cup Stylesheet Maker++, Html Rename!, Web Razor, and more software that doesn't suck!