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Build a Website for Free, 1st edition

  • Mark William Bell

Published by Que Publishing (January 23rd 2009) - Copyright © 2009

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ISBN-13: 9780768687149

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Build a Website for Free


Build yourself a state-of-the-art website.It’s incredibly easy... and it won’t cost you a dime! You need a website. But you don’t need the hassles that usually go with building one, or the expense of hiring someone else to do it. Here’s your solution: Build a Website for Free! You’ll learn how you can use new Web 2.0 technologies to create a site that’s impressive and effective. And here’s the best part: You’ll do it all with software and tools that won’t cost you a dime!

•        Plan, organize, and design a site that really works, using tools you can find for free

•        Discover the simple secrets of writing pages people want to read

•        Use video on your site—and get someone else to pay for hosting it

•        Add an easy-to-update blog and start building your own web community

•        Quickly and easily handle “nuts and bolts” tasks, from getting your site name to uploading your

•        Get your site picked up by Google, Yahoo!, and other search engines

•        Adapt your site for easy viewing on cell phones


Mark Bell is a Ph.D. student in the Indiana University Telecommunications department. He studies virtual worlds and mediated trust with the Synthetic Worlds Initiative and has spent 15 years in the computer industry. Mark created his first website in 1992, ran a web design company in the ‘90s, and consults on several academic web projects.


CATEGORY:  Internet/Web


Table of contents


Part I: The Basics

Chapter 1 The Order of Things

The Website Creation Process

    1. Planning

    2. Design

    3. Building

    4. Testing

    5. Promotion and Maintenance

Chapter 2 Choosing a Location for Your Site

Web Hosting

What Is a Web Server?

Determining Your Web Hosting Needs


    Technical Knowledge Required

    Maintenance Needs

    Storage Space


    Bandwidth Needs

    Domain Name Service

Hosting Options

    Home Hosting

    Free Online Hosting

    Online Hosting Service

    Professional Hosting

    Commercial Hosting

So What Works Best for You?

Working with Different Types of Hosting Services

    Free Services

    Low-Cost Commercial Sites

    Other Resources

Part II: Plan and Prep

Chapter 3Planning Your Site

What Type of Site Do You Want to Build?

    Types of Sites

Learning From Sites You Go To

Website Goals

Organizing Websites

    Organizing the Site

    Organizing the Pages

Best Practices of Website Organization

    Keep Your Website Simple

    Keep Your Website Consistent

    Keep Your Website Easy to Maintain

Chapter 4Designing Your Site

I Can’t Make a Website That Looks That Good!

Content Before Design

Overall Design

    Design Ideas

    Central Image Design


    The Magic Four

    Hex Color

    Color Schemes

    Color Blindness


    System Fonts

    Fonts as Images

    Fonts and Color


Cascading Style Sheets

Design Best Practices

    Keep It Simple

    Don’t Use Attention Grabbers

    Be Consistent

Chapter 5Gathering Your Deve

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