[OTish] Recommendations for a book about coding web pages?

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Andrew Sayers, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. Hi

    I've never got into doing web pages, other than simple html stuff in notepad, but I
    now find I need to have a web site for a business my wife & I are setting up. We only
    need a web presence really, as we're trading from a physical premises, but I'd like
    the facility to be able to offer customers the ability to order over the web, should
    they choose to do so.

    I'm pretty experienced with generally, both in hardware and software so I'm no
    newbie, but I've never got into web design before.

    I'd appreciate any recommendations for a book (or books) that would enable me to code
    up a decent web site, allow (possibly) a walkaround of a virtual gallery, and
    eventually allow me to take orders online.

    Thanks again (in advance) to the knowledgeable folk in this group
    Andrew Sayers, Oct 16, 2006
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  2. Dreamweaver is a WYSIWYG editor, but allows complete comtrol of the code at
    the same time. The learning curve is a bit steep at first, but after a few
    days it's really easy to get into advanced stuff once you get the hang of

    I started off with these two books:

    Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

    Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual

    I didn't get more than halfway through them before I found I knew what I
    needed to know, and now I just ask specific questions regarding CSS in the
    newsgroup macromedia.dreamweaver (they have their own newsserver). There
    are lots of websites that help with CSS stuff as well.

    There are also Dreamweaver magazines, including those really thick special
    editions exclusive to WHSmiths.

    Synapse Syndrome, Oct 16, 2006
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  3. BTW, there is a free 30-day trial of Dreamweaver available for download. It
    also comes with a lot of those magazines I mentioned. 30-days is more than
    enough time for you to get pretty good with it and realise how much you like


    Synapse Syndrome, Oct 16, 2006
  4. Thanks - I'll grab that tomorrow
    Andrew Sayers, Oct 16, 2006
  5. Andrew Sayers

    M Guest

    I would consider getting a book on PHP / MySQL. HTML / CSS is easy to pick
    up and there is loads of stuff you can copy from the web, but if you are
    going to consider displaying products / allowing on-line purchasing etc,
    then you really need to develop a dynamic site (i.e. contents driven from a
    database) rather than static html pages.

    You can either build your own online shop from scratch (a lot of work but
    you build something that meets your needs 100% - v.important if aesthetics
    are important to you) or buy a ready made solution with its own templates
    (e.g. Actinic - but you are then tied into it's functionality / look & feel
    etc). I was in the same position 2-3 years ago and decided to do it all
    myself - a lot of hard work, but it pays off for when we want to add new
    features that set us apart from our competition.

    M, Oct 17, 2006
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    jas0n Guest

    I dabbled with some web shops and I found osCommerce
    http://www.oscommerce.com/ to be useful - I was only testing at the time
    but it looked promising.
    jas0n, Oct 21, 2006
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