It’s easy to design, build, and post a Web page with Google Page Creator or CoffeeCup HTML Editor, but a friendly guide still comes in handy. Creating Web Pages For Dummies®, 9th Edition introduces you to Web design software and online page-building tools, and walks you through the process in record time.
Like its previous editions, this book gives you the skinny on getting Web pages up and running with the least amount of hassle. But not just ho-hum Web pages! Yours will look fantastic and be easy to build, and you’ll even get a trial version of CoffeeCup HTML Editor and visual design tools on the bonus CD. You’ll learn to:
Get a simple page designed and online by the end of Chapter 3 Optimize photos, video, and audio for the Web and get them onto your page Register for a Google account and use the versatile Google Page Creator Build pages using basic HTML or CoffeeCup HTML Editor Identify and apply elements of design, avoid common errors, and create pages that get noticed Maintain control by creating and editing pages in HTML with a text editor Understand how image file size affects your pages, how to upload photos to Flickr, and how to add sound and video files to your Web pages Develop your pages into a site with CoffeeCup HTML Editor and Visual Editor
You’ll even find out more about blogging and Blogger.com. The trial software on the CD is for Windows, but the instructions for building great Web pages work on any system!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
The authors of Creating Web Pages for Dummies deserve compliments for their refusal to sugarcoat Web page design through reliance upon visual editing tools. They come right out of the gate and teach HTML–a simple, limited subset of the whole language to be sure, but enough of the language of Web publishing to get readers going. Further, this simple but earnest introduction reveals HTML concepts that readers will need to understand before they explore more complicated aspects of the language.
In addition to teaching the fundamentals of page design and creation, Smith and Bebak spend some time explaining how to get pages onto the Web. They detail the mechanics of using no-charge page publishers like GeoCities, then go on to explain how to publish a page on AOL or Prodigy.
One section of this book deals with HTML development tools (the opening chapter is called “Be True to Your Tool”–go figure). The authors cover NaviPress, PageMill, HotDog, and BBEdit in depth, and address a few more development tools briefly. Unfortunately, the reader is left wondering what happened to coverage of FrontPage–a very popular development tool that many people already own.
A companion CD-ROM holds some page-editing tools, including a PageMill demo, a HotDog Demo, BBEdit Lite, and various other software.
If you represent a business, you’ll probably want a more comprehensive text that will enable you to project a more professional image on the Web. But if you’re a person who wants to publish a home page, this book will serve you well. –David Wall
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