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Practical Web Design for Absolute Beginners

Practical Web Design for Absolute Beginners

by Adrian W. West


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Learn the fundamentals of modern web design, rather than relying on CMS programs, such as WordPress or Joomla!. You will be introduced to the essentials of good design and how to optimize for search engines. You will discover how to register a domain name and migrate a website to a remote host. Because you will have built the web pages yourself, you will know exactly how HTML and CSS work. You have will complete control over your websites and their maintenance.

Practical Website Design for Absolute Beginners centers around introducing small amounts of new code in short practical chapters and provides many website templates that can be easily adapted for your own websites. Each chapter builds on the templates created in the previous chapter. You are provided with a practical project to complete in most chapters, and taught to produce practical web pages right from the start.

In the first chapter you will install and configure a free text editor, then you will produce the structure for your first web page. You will then gradually learn to create more sophisticated and increasingly practical web pages and websites.

In this book you will be encouraged by means of a series of achievable goals, and you will be rewarded by the knowledge that you are learning something valuable and really worthwhile. You will not have to plow through daunting chapters of disembodied code theory because the code is described and explained in context within each project. Because each project is fully illustrated, you will see clearly what you are expected to achieve as you create each web page.

What You'll Learn

  • Provides instructions for installing a text editor for producing HTML and CSS
  • Shows you step-by-step how to build and test web pages and websites
  • Teaches you how to ensure that your websites are attractive and useful
  • Describes how to make the most effective use of color and images
  • Teaches you the essential features of search engine optimization
  • Shows you how to migrate your website to a remote host

Who This Book Is For

Practical Website Design for Absolute Beginners is for people who want to begin designing their own websites. It uses a highly motivational, easily assimilated step-by-step approach where you will start learning practical skills from the very first chapter. The book is an excellent choice for people who have computer skills but would also like to learn HTML and CSS. For readers who have little or no knowledge of HTML and CSS, the book will teach enough to complete all the projects in the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484219928
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 11/19/2016
Edition description: 1st ed.
Pages: 470
Sales rank: 800,341
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Adrian resigned as a chartered design engineer and has been teaching in one form or another since 1982. He introduced computers into his work place in 1989 and taught the staff how to use them. In his present location, Colyton, Devon, UK, he has designed and produced websites for UK businesses and charities. He served as a computer technician to about 100 locals. He stopped visiting and teaching IT five years ago so that he could concentrate on his favorite occupation, designing websites. To avoid disappointing his former clients, he launched his free computer help website, Coly Computer Help. He also writes a monthly computer help page in a local magazine.
Adrian has produced and maintained websites for 15 years through his website-design business, AM Web Design.

Adrian produces an on-line course for students who wish to learn how to design their own websites from scratch. The work sheets from that course and the helpful feedback from the students form the basis of this book.

Adrian is the author of:
Practical HTML5 Projects; Apress May 2012; ISBN-13: 978-1-4302-4275-8
Practical PHP and MySQL for Website Databases; Apress Dec 2013; ISBN-13: 978-1-4302-6076-9

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Start Creating Websites

Chapter 2. Create Your First Website and Add Hyperlinks

Chapter 3. Styling Your Website with CSS

Chapter 4. Create Web Pages with Three Columns using CSS

Chapter 5. Create Web Pages with Four Columns using CSS

Chapter 6. Add Pictures to Websites

Chapter 7. Enhance the Website

Chapter 8. Roll-over Menu Buttons

Chapter 9. Using Color Effectively

Chapter 10. Screen Size and Resolution, Templates, Rounded Corners

Chapter 11. A Vertical Menu with a Picture Gallery

Chapter 12. A Horizontal Menu with an Enlarged Picture Gallery

Chapter 13. More about Website Images: Create a New Appearance with Tiles

Chapter 14. Vertical and Horizontal Menus on the Same Page: Colored Columns

Chapter 15. Create Tiles: Use Two New Tiles: Float-drop and the Box Model

Chapter 16. Create Tables for Data

Chapter 17. The Secret of Attractive and Useful Websites

Chapter 18. Design a Feedback Form

Chapter 19. Search Engine Optimization

Chapter 20. Positioning Elements on a Web Page

Chapter 21. Save Time and Reduce Tedium

Chapter 22. More on Using the PHP include

Chapter 23. Receive Emails from a "Contact Us" Page

Chapter 24. Add Slideshows and Videos

Chapter 25. Create a Tab Menu

Chapter 26. Design a Drop-down Menu

Chapter 27. Drop Shadows

Chapter 28. Username and Password for a Members' Page

Chapter 29. Create a Printable Order Form

Chapter 30. Add a Search Field to Your Website

Chapter 31. Styled Bullet Points

Chapter 32. Indicate Which Horizontal Menu Button has been Clicked

Chapter 33. Indicate Which Vertical Menu Button has been Clicked

Chapter 34. Creating Multi-Row Menus and Picture Galleries

Chapter 35. Building Responsive Websites for Mobile Devices: Part 1

Chapter 36. Building Responsive Websites for Mobile Devices: Part 2

Chapter 37. Building Responsive Websites for Mobile Devices: Part 3

Chapter 38. Building Responsive Websites for Mobile Devices: Part 4

Chapter 39. Avoiding Some of the Pitfalls of a CMS website

Chapter 40. Going Live and Validating your Website

Chapter 41. Quick Reference, Resources, Graphics Programs

Chapter 42. Installing and Using Text Editors

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