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Building Websites All-in-One For Dummies

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Blog Design Journal

Ten minibooks in one! The perfect reference for beginning web builders

This hefty, 800+ page book is your start-to-finish roadmap for building a web site for personal or professional use. Even if you’re completely new to the process, this book is packed with everything you need to know to build an attractive, usable, and working site. In addition to being a thorough reference on the basics, this updated new edition also covers the very latest trends and tools, such as HTML5, mobile site planning for smartphones and tablets, connecting with social media, and more.

  • Packs ten minibooks into one hefty reference: Preparation, Site Design, Site Construction, Web Graphics, Multimedia, Interactive Elements, Form Management, Social Media Integration, Site Management, and Case Studies
  • Covers the newest trends and tools, including HTML5, the new Adobe Create Suite, and connecting with social media
  • Offers in-depth reviews and case studies of existing sites created for a variety of purposes and audiences, such as blog sites and non-profit sites
  • Walks you through essential technologies, including Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and more

Plan, build, and maintain a site that does exactly what you need, with Building Web Sites All-In-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition.

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  1. R.G. Edmonson says:

    This is a disappointment I always assumed that ‘for Dummies’ meant for beginners, novices, rookies. This book is for the intermediate level web designer who’s willing to make the software investment to go pro. I stretched the budget to get my domain name and web hosting. The book devotes many pages to the use of Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Photoshop, and barely mentions using content management systems like the one I get from my host. Those three Adobe products would cost me another $1,000 – and don’t get me wrong, they’re excellent, but I can’t justify the expense. I am a beginner who only want one website that looks good and runs well. If you’re like me, find a different book.

  2. Greg Foreman says:

    It really is all-in-one Wow – there’s a lot packed into Building Websites All-in-One for Dummies. This book provides a fairly comprehensive survey of the topics important to those creating modern websites. If you’re a novice web designer/developer who’s building a reference library and looking for a book from the For Dummies series to add to your collection, then this is the one. It touches on all aspects of the process, teaching you all the things you may not have known you needed to know. If you’re just looking to put up a simple website and nothing beyond that, then steer clear of this and go find a free theme on Google Sites or WordPress instead (actually, this book even has a chapter about WordPress). But, if you are becoming a serious hobbyist or are looking to start a career in the field, then this book will cover all the bases and introduce (in varying levels of detail) the areas you need to focus on in order to learn to build professional-looking websites from scratch.Value is also here for the experienced website builder looking to get up to date on HTML5, CSS3, and Adobe CS6 (a little on Photoshop and Fireworks, and a lot on Dreamweaver). Also, those who manage the development of websites or who purchase web design/development services from someone else will benefit from the this book since you will learn the language of those you’re managing. And, if you are looking to incorporate e-commerce or social media into your existing site, you will find useful info here. The experienced web developer who’s mainly worked in the back-end coding aspect of website creation and who’s looking to learn more on the upfront design aspects or what’s involved in launching and maintaining a site will find several informative chapters on those topics as well.Most topics get fewer than 3 of 4 chapters of coverage, so what this book is not is a detailed reference on any one subject. You won’t become a PHP or Javascript expert after reading the chapters that cover those subjects, but you will gain enough understanding of the topics so you know if you need to purchase a book or take an online course that will give a deeper dive. I think that is what the authors intended, so this is not a negative.This is all based on what I’ve gleaned from my initial slow scan through the book while reading several chapters and dog-earing pages along the way to mark places I’m anxious to return to. If I have any complaint so far it’s that the companion website for the book is a little lacking. There is a cheatsheet of useful info and links, as well as downloadable code examples, but I guess I’ve gotten spoiled by some other books that have really good companion sites (e.g., ). However, I think this is consistent with other books in the For Dummies series, so this really doesn’t detract from the book.Once I’ve had more time to fully explore this massive reference, I will return to update this description if my opinion has changed. For now, though, it gets 5 stars from me.

  3. Blake Hutchinson says:

    Good for beginner web designers using Adobe products I give this book 3 stars. The book is good for those starting out with web design and development using Adobe products, Dreamweaver primarily. I used to work with Dreamweaver. It’s an excellent WYSIWYG. However, I wouldn’t recommend this book for those who want to learn how to manually code in HTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, PHP, ActionScript, etc. as it just skims the surface of coding in those languages. Twelve years ago I learned Dreamweaver 3 with , which was more hands-on with projects to do. While it’s good to know Dreamweaver, it’s much better to know how to hand code HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and so on. This book may be good for designers, just not so much for budding developers who want to learn how to code by hand. I got a refund for my Kindle copy as it wasn’t what I was looking for.UPDATE: For those who want to learn how to hand code HTML5, CSS3, and basic JavaScript, I highly recommend . The Kindle version is currently about $10 cheaper; I just don’t know if it has an index or not. However, I refer to the book every now and then and the index is a time saver. Highly recommended!With that said, it doesn’t go into the AUDIO or VIDEO tags, but there are books and websites which do, so this is just a minor quibble.

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