Practical Web Design for Absolute Beginners

Authors: West, Adrian W.

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  • Demystifies HTML and CSS using short step by step projects. Each chapter contains practical projects for creating customized websites, and the book provides many useful web page and website templates that can be easily adapted for use by the reader
  • Avoids chapters of code theory and takes the approach of placing the code and its explanation within each project where it is most relevant. The book gives advice on the design aspect of web pages, with one chapter on producing attractive and useful websites and another on Search Engine Optimization
  • Includes a full description of how to migrate a website to an external host, an important subject that is often omitted in other manuals    
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About this book

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.

About the authors

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: 978-1-4302-4275-8Practical PHP and MySQL for Website Databases; Apress Dec 2013; ISBN-13: 978-1-4302-6076-9

Reviews

“This work focuses on teaching coding and effective web design through HTML5, CSS, and PHP, with minimal use of JavaScript functions. … Clear language and an easy pace make learning both understandable and economical. … A helpful index and detailed table of contents provide quick access to individual segments…. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (S. G. Almquist, Choice, Vol. 54 (10), June, 2017)


Table of contents (42 chapters)

  • Creating Websites

    West, Adrian W.

    Pages 1-12

  • Create Your First Website and Add Hyperlinks

    West, Adrian W.

    Pages 13-18

  • Styling the Website with CSS

    West, Adrian W.

    Pages 19-26

  • Create Web Pages with Three Columns Using CSS

    West, Adrian W.

    Pages 27-33

  • Create Web Pages with Four Columns Using CSS

    West, Adrian W.

    Pages 35-41

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-1993-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $39.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4842-1992-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Practical Web Design for Absolute Beginners
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-1-4842-1993-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4842-1993-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4842-1992-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVII, 470
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations, 192 illustrations in colour
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