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Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual

Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual

By Matthew MacDonald

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Example Files

Chapter 1. Preparing for the Web

The history of the Internet

Internet Explorer (browser)

FireFox (browser) 

Netscape (browser)

Opera (browser)

Safari (browser)

Summary of Mac browsers

Spybot Search & Destroy (spyware removal tool)

Microsoft AntiSpyware (spyware removal tool)

Lavasoft Ad-Aware (spyware removal tool)

Online community of diary writers 

One of many free blogging services (see the Chapter 17 link list for more)

Personal blogs of Microsoft employees

A fee-based service for testing a Web page with different browsers

What not to do in a Web page 

The ultimate examples of bad Web design 

Chapter 2. Creating Your First Web Page

Java checkers

ActiveX virus scanner 

Flash games

XHTML tutorial 

XHTML validator

Chapter 3. Putting Your Page on the Web

Domain Direct (Web host)

Brinkster (Web host)

Insider Hosting (Web host)

Pair Networks (Web host) (Web host)

Yahoo GeoCities (free Web host)

Angelfire (free Web host) 

Tripod (free Web host) 

AOL Hometown (free Web host) 

Web Host Checklist 

Chapter 4. Power Tools

ZDNet (shareware) (shareware) 

Tucows (shareware)

NVu (HTML editor)

HTML-Kit (HTML editor)

Coffee Cup (HTML editor)

FrontPage (trial software)

Dreamweaver (trial software)

Chapter 5. HTML Text Tags

Learn about the semantic Web

Special characters in HTML

Chapter 6. Style Sheets

Browser usage statistics

CSS compatibility tables for different browsers 

Web safe colors

Online color pickers 

Information about font support on different operating systems

Detailed information about CSS typography

Chapter 7. Adding Graphics

Overview of photo editing software

Free backgrounds

Google image search (pictures are not necessarily free to use)

Stock.XCHNG (free pictures) 

Overview of places to find free pictures

Free clipart 

Microsoft Office clipart

Chapter 8. Linking Pages

Link checker

Chapter 9. Page Layout Tools: Tables and Styles

A huge catalog of style-sheet layout examples

CSS tutorial

Style sheet templates

CSS resources

Chapter 10. Frames

How to force frames with JavaScript

Chapter 11. Attracting Visitors

Web Ring services 

The Open Directory Project (submission rules) (editor guidelines)

Google Directory

Yahoo (submission guidelines) (unofficial)

Looksmart/Zeal (submission guidelines)

How Google works

Google (submission) (submit a site) (remove a site)

Search Engine Watch (industry news)

Webmaster World (industry news)

Google AdWords

AdWords information

Wayback Machine (archived Web pages)

List of Web robots

Overview of free log analysis software

Overview of free hit counters

StatCounter (free hit counter)

Chapter 12. Letting Your Visitors Talk to You (and Each Other)

Community building on the Web (book excerpts)

Lyris (professional software for groups and newsletters)

CGI introduction

ASP and ASP.NET introductions

HTML Forms tutorial

Google Groups

Examples of discussion groups on the Web

Chapter 13. Making Money with Your Site

Google AdSense (sign up) 

Amazon Associates (sign up) (log in) (payment rules) (banners)

PayPal (about chargebacks) (seller protection)

Chapter 14. JavaScript and DHTML: Adding Interactivity

JavaScript tutorials

Text effect examples 

JavaScript events

EarthWeb (JavaScript samples)

The JavaScript Source (JavaScript samples)

JavaScript 2 (JavaScript samples)

Dynamic Drive (JavaScript samples)

JavaScript FAQ

Chapter 15. Fancy Buttons and Menus

Button image generator

Other button image generators 

Flash button generator

Button making software (Windows)

FrontPage 3D Button Visual Editor add-in

Navigation bars 

Chapter 16. Audio and Video

Winamp (MP3 player)

Classical MIDI Archives

Audacity (sound editor)

WAV/MP3 editors 

Sound effects

Video Blogs

Internet Video Magazine

Overview of cheap places to store video files

Pixparty (free video hosting)

GIF animations 

Flash player

Impressive Flash examples

Flash tutorials 

Flash introduction generator

Flash background music loops

Chapter 17. Blogs

Definition of "blog"

Popular blog examples

Online feed readers 

Windows feed reader

MAC feed reader

Overview of feed readers

MSN Spaces (hosted blog)

Radio UserLand (hosted blog)

TypePad (hosted blog)

Live Journal (hosted blog)

Xanga (hosted blog)

Movable Type (blogging software)

Bloxsom (blogging software)

WordPress (blogging software)

WebCrimson (hosted blog, with the option to self-host)

Blogger (hosted blog, with the option to self-host) (information) (template tag reference) (putting Google ads in a blog) (create a BlogThis bookmark) (post a blog entry using Word)

Blogger discussion forum

Removing the Blogger NavBar (unofficial workaround)

Google Toolbar (for BlogThis)

Blogrolling service

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