Building a Web Site For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

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A good Web site is a wide open door to all that the Internet has to offer: the potential to connect with people all over the world, attract others with similar interests, and even run your own business. All you need for online success is that door—a site combining clarity of purpose with a well-organized and handsome interface—and you’re on your way to a whole new world of possibilities!

Building a Web Site for Dummies gives you everything you need to take a beginner’s knowledge of the Internet—you know what HTML is, you know how to surf, you can use a computer—and develop it into a mastery of your own cyber-domain. You’ll start from just about scratch and soon be able to:

  • Determine your Web site’s theme
  • Choose the right structure
  • Choose and use the best construction programs
  • Plug in scripts and applets
  • Get great graphics
  • Add other sight and sound fe atures
  • Gather feedback from visitors
  • Make money on your site—design for e-commerce, handle online payments, add value to your site, and more
  • Publish and publicize your site

Building a Web Site for Dummies is more than a construction manual. After all, HTML coding and graphic formats are only the beginning of a good site. Rather, this book provides in-depth insight from two seasoned experts on technical issues, as well as discussing:

  • The real secret to Internet success (and it’s not any “new economy” malarkey either!)
  • What makes a site truly a site
  • Affiliates programs
  • Online resources for advice and help
  • The Zen of sites
Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned pro with many sites already under your belt, or a rank amateur who’s just hooked up the new cable modem, Building a Web Site for Dummies offers you the tools to get started, as well as refine your approach and philosophy once you’re up and running. With a CD-ROM including design software, graphics, browsers, and other assorted goodies, this book is your ticket to Internet success.

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If you're just getting your feet wet in Web site construction, the first big hurdle is figuring out where to start. Building a Web Site for Dummies lightens things up with humor and makes the challenge of building a site far less daunting.

This book doesn't zoom you right into coding HTML, although it covers the markup language quite well. Instead, it offers a much higher-level look at site design by examining the general questions of navigation principles, affiliation possibilities, building communications with your users, and other wide-ranging topics. For this reason, the book covers a lot of ground and offers a broad perspective on site design that transcends simple page coding.

A couple of the more useful sections on Web site tools and e-commerce cover useful utilities, such as NetMechanic, Statbot, and Spinwave. The chapter on e-commerce helps you get to know the ropes of selling stuff online, and points you to online malls, fulfillment services, and currency converters.

The companion CD-ROM contains evaluation versions of useful tools, such as Paint Shop Pro, HomeSite 4.5, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver. You won't find all of the knowledge that you seek to become a Web site guru in this book, but you will gain perspective and learn tons of useful tips and tricks. --Stephen W. Plain

Topics covered:

  • Designing a Web site plan
  • Web page construction 101
  • Using scripts and applets
  • Site navigation
  • Graphics handling
  • Multimedia
  • Site tuning
  • Using content providers
  • Message boards
  • E-commerce
  • Affiliates programs
  • Publicity

From the Back Cover:

Go from Web surfer to site developer with this friendly guide!

Includes tips and tricks to jump-start your site development

Size up your site needs and create a functional building plan
Did you know that the Web is about 15 million sites strong today -- and growing? Get it on the action using this friendly guide. Inside, you'll find helpful explanations and shortcuts on creating, publishing, and administering your site, from creating cool graphics to finding free Web space.

Discover how to:
* Register your site name
* Find server space
* Create eye-catching pages
* Set up a commerce site using the latest tools
* Promote your site on the Internet
all this on the bonus CD-ROM
* Evaluation versions of Paint Shop Pro and HomeSite 4.5 for Windows
* Trial versions of Fireworks and Dreamweaver from Macromedia, Inc.
* Statbot Micro by Moorglade Design Group

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