This book assumes you don't have anything more than a reasonably up-to-date computer and raw
Once you master the basics, you're welcome to use a fancy Web page editor like FrontPage or Dreamweaver. You'll learn how these two leading programs work and you'll see a great free (!) alternativein Chapter 4.
No one owns the Web. As a result, no one has the responsibility to teach people how to use it or how to build a home for
One of the best things about the Web is that it truly is World Wide: Wherever you live, from Aruba to Zambia, the Web eagerly awaits your company. The same goes for whatever kind of computer you're using to design your Web site. From an early model Windows PC to the latest and greatest Mac, the tactics, tools, and tricks described in this book can be implemented with pretty much whatever kind of computer you might have. (Of course, there are a few programs that favor one operating system over another, and you'll hear about those differences whenever they come up.) The good news is that this book is usable and suitable for
On occasion, you'll see a keyboard shortcut mentioned to help you perform a quick maneuver like saving or printing a document. When these occur, you'll see the Windows keystroke listed first (with + symbols, as is customary in Windows documentation); the Macintosh keystroke
This book is divided into five
Part 1: Welcome to the Web . In this part, you'll start planning the Web site you want (Chapter 1). You'll learn the basics behind HTML, the language of the Web (Chapter 2); and you'll put your page online with a reputable hosting company (Chapter 3). Finally, you'll look at how you can simplify your life by using Web page editing software (Chapter 4).
Part 2: Building Better Web Pages . This part shows you how to use Web page essentials like pictures, links, and tables. You'll learn your way around the CSS standard, which lets you add fancy colors, fonts, and borders (Chapter 6). You'll master slick layouts (Chapter 9 and Chapter 10), and create an entire Web site with linked pages.
Connecting with Your Audience
. The third part explains how to get your site noticed in popular Web search engines like Google (Chapter 11), and how to foster a community by making your site more interactive with features like discussion
Web Site Frills
. Now that you can create a professional, working Web site, why not deck it out with fancy features like
At the end of this book, you'll find two appendixes. The first gives you a quick reference for HTML that explains its tags and points you to more detailed discussions in the various chapters of this book.
The second appendix lists a pile of useful Web links culled from the chapters in this book, which can help you learn more, get free stuff (like pictures, Web software, and handy examples), and sign up for services (like Google's ad program and PayPal's shopping cart tools). Don't worryyou don't need to type this information in by hand. It's all waiting for you on the "Missing CD" page at www.missingmanuals.com.
Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly))
Learning Web Design: A Beginner's Guide to (X)HTML, StyleSheets, and Web Graphics
CSS: The Missing Manual
The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design (Web Designer's Idea Book: The Latest Themes, Trends & Styles in Website Design)