Book Review: Creating A Web Site – For the Do It Yourselfer

creatingawebsitebook.gifThere’s 2 ways you can create a web site: You can hire a professional to do it for you or you can do it yourself. If you do it yourself you can use a program such as Adobe Dreamweaver or Coffee Cup HTML, or you can use one of the many dozens of online web site building tools from, Network Solutions, Homestead and many more.
However, if you persist in building your web site on your own, which I don’t recommend, at least read how to do it the right way. There’s many books on the subject, query and you’ll find more than you want. (Scroll down for the pros and cons of web site building)
One new book from O’Reilly, Creating a Web Site: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition is one you might want to look at.
In this new book you’ll learn how to do just about everything that’s need for successful web site development. Some of the things you’ll learn, according to the press release are how to:
Create Web pages. XHTML (Extensible HyperText Markup Language) is the modern language of the Web, and the latest stage in the evolution of HTML. It’s surprisingly easy to use but maddeningly inflexible–violate its strict syntax rules at your own peril. In this book, you’ll learn how to write first-rate XHTML pages and get the most out of the language.

Make pages look beautiful using CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS picks up where XHTML leaves off, adding formatting muscle that can transform the drabbest of sites into a family of coordinated pages that look like they were professionally designed. Best of all, once you understand the right way to use CSS, you’ll be able to apply a new look to your entire site by tweaking just a single file.
Put your Web site online. The world’s greatest Web site isn’t much good if no one sees it. That’s why you’ll learn how to choose the best Web hosting company, pick a domain name, and get your masterpiece online. Don’t panic–there are plenty of cheap Web hosting companies ready to show off your site for pennies a day.
Attract visitors. You’ll learn how to make sure people can find your site using popular search engines and how to build an online community that encourages repeat visits with discussion boards.
Remember though, building a web site is only one part of the equation. You’ve also got to market it and add content.
Check out my 10 Web Site Musts for some great tips on building business class web sites.
Hiring some else to build your web site is going to be an investment. Expect to spend $2,500 or more for a decent web site. On the other hand you know that a professional is building the web site the right way. Building it yourself does save you some money, but you might lose more in time lost trying to figure something out.