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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

http://examples.oreilly.com/creatingwstmm/creating_web_sites.zip

Chapter 1. Preparing for the Web

The history of the Internet
www.isoc.org/internet/history
www.walthowe.com/navnet/history.html

Internet Explorer (browser)
www.microsoft.com/windows/ie

FireFox (browser)
www.mozilla.org/products/firefox 

Netscape (browser)
http://channels.netscape.com/ns/browsers/download.jsp

Opera (browser)
www.opera.com

Safari (browser)
www.apple.com/safari

Summary of Mac browsers
http://darrel.knutson.com/mac/www/browsers.html

Spybot Search & Destroy (spyware removal tool)
www.safer-networking.org

Microsoft AntiSpyware (spyware removal tool)
www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware

Lavasoft Ad-Aware (spyware removal tool)
www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware

Online community of diary writers
www.opendiary.com 

One of many free blogging services (see the Chapter 17 link list for more)
http://spaces.msn.com

Personal blogs of Microsoft employees
www.microsoft.com/communities/blogs

A fee-based service for testing a Web page with different browsers
www.netmechanic.com

What not to do in a Web page
www.angelfire.com/super/badwebs 

The ultimate examples of bad Web design
www.webpagesthatsuck.com
www.worstoftheweb.com 


Chapter 2. Creating Your First Web Page

Java checkers
http://thinks.com/java/checkers/checkers.htm

ActiveX virus scanner
http://housecall.trendmicro.com 

Flash games
www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal

XHTML tutorial
http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_xhtml.asp 

XHTML validator
www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/validate.cgi


Chapter 3. Putting Your Page on the Web

Domain Direct (Web host)
www.domaindirect.com

Brinkster (Web host)
www.brinkster.com

Insider Hosting (Web host)
www.insiderhosting.com

Pair Networks (Web host)
www.pair.com

Sonic.net (Web host)
www.sonic.net

Yahoo GeoCities (free Web host)
http://geocities.yahoo.com

Angelfire (free Web host)
http://angelfire.lycos.com 

Tripod (free Web host)
www.tripod.lycos.com 

AOL Hometown (free Web host)
http://hometown.aol.com 

Web Host Checklist
http://examples.oreilly.com/creatingwstmm/web_host_checklist.pdf 


Chapter 4. Power Tools

ZDNet (shareware)
http://downloads-zdnet.com 

Download.com (shareware)
www.download.com 

Tucows (shareware)
www.tucows.com

NVu (HTML editor)
www.nvu.com

HTML-Kit (HTML editor)
www.html-kit.com
www.chami.com/html-kit/plugins/info/hkh_w3c_offline

Coffee Cup (HTML editor)
www.coffeecup.com

FrontPage (trial software)
www.microsoft.com/office/frontpage/prodinfo/trial.mspx

Dreamweaver (trial software)
www.macromedia.com/go/trydreamweaver


Chapter 5. HTML Text Tags

Learn about the semantic Web
http://logicerror.com/semanticWeb

Special characters in HTML
http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/reference/special_characters


Chapter 6. Style Sheets

Browser usage statistics
www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

CSS compatibility tables for different browsers
www.corecss.com/properties/full-chart.php
www.quirksmode.org 

Web safe colors
www.w3schools.com/css/css_colors.asp

Online color pickers
www.webtemplates.com/colors
http://mediagods.com/tools/rgb2hex.htm
www.colorschemer.com/online.html 

Information about font support on different operating systems
http://web.mit.edu/jmorzins/www/fonts.html
www.upsdell.com/BrowserNews/res_fontsamp.htm

Detailed information about CSS typography
http://usabletype.com/css


Chapter 7. Adding Graphics

Overview of photo editing software
http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/pixelbased/a/bybphotoeditor.htm

Free backgrounds
www.grsites.com/textures
www.backgroundcity.com
www.backgroundsarchive.com

Google image search (pictures are not necessarily free to use)
http://images.google.com

Stock.XCHNG (free pictures)
http://sxc.hu 

Overview of places to find free pictures
www.masternewmedia.org/news/2005/04/01/where_to_find_great_free.htm

Free clipart
www.grsites.com/webgraphics
www.clipartconnection.com
www.myfreeclipart.com 

Microsoft Office clipart
http://office.microsoft.com/clipart


Chapter 8. Linking Pages

Link checker
http://validator.w3.org/checklink


Chapter 9. Page Layout Tools: Tables and Styles

A huge catalog of style-sheet layout examples
www.csszengarden.com

CSS tutorial
www.w3schools.com/css

Style sheet templates
www.bluerobot.com/web/layouts
http://glish.com/css

CSS resources
www.westciv.com/style_master/house


Chapter 10. Frames

How to force frames with JavaScript
http://javascript.about.com/library/blframe.htm


Chapter 11. Attracting Visitors

Web Ring services
http://dir.webring.com/rw
www.bravenet.com 

The Open Directory Project
http://dmoz.org
http://dmoz.org/add.html (submission rules)
http://dmoz.org/guidelines (editor guidelines)

Google Directory
http://directory.google.com

Yahoo (submission guidelines)
http://docs.yahoo.com/info/suggest
www.apromotionguide.com/yahoo.html (unofficial)

Looksmart/Zeal (submission guidelines)
www.zeal.com/guidelines/user
www.apromotionguide.com/looksmart.html

How Google works
www.akamarketing.com/google-ranking-tips.html
www.markhorrell.com/seo/pagerank.html
www-db.stanford.edu/~backrub/google.html

Google (submission)
www.google.com/addurl.html (submit a site)
http://services.google.com/urlconsole/controller (remove a site)

Search Engine Watch (industry news)
www.searchenginewatch.com

Webmaster World (industry news)
www.webmasterworld.com

Google AdWords
http://adwords.google.com

AdWords information
http://searchenginewatch.com/sereport/article.php/2164591
www.iterature.com/adwords

Wayback Machine (archived Web pages)
www.archive.org

List of Web robots
www.robotstxt.org

Overview of free log analysis software
www.thefreecountry.com/webmaster/loganalyzers.shtml

Overview of free hit counters
www.thefreecountry.com/webmaster/loganalyzers.shtml

StatCounter (free hit counter)
www.statcounter.com


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

Community building on the Web (book excerpts)
www.naima.com/community

Lyris (professional software for groups and newsletters)
www.lyris.com

CGI introduction
www.cgi101.com/book

ASP and ASP.NET introductions
www.w3schools.com/asp
www.w3schools.com/aspnet

HTML Forms tutorial
www.w3schools.com/html/html_forms.asp

Google Groups
http://groups.google.com
http://groups.google.com/intl/en/googlegroups/about.html

Examples of discussion groups on the Web
www.microsoft.com/office/community/en-us
http://p085.ezboard.com/bsurvivorsucks
www.officefrustration.com
http://forums.delphiforums.com/LibertyBooks


Chapter 13. Making Money with Your Site

Google AdSense
www.google.com/adsense (sign up)
www.google.com/services/adsense_tour
www.google.com/adsense/taxinfo
www.google.com/adsense/policies 

Amazon Associates
www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/?node=3435371 (sign up)
http://associates.amazon.com (log in)
www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/?node=3435371 (payment rules)
http://associates.amazon.com/gp/associates/network/build-links/banner/main.html (banners)

PayPal
www.paypal.com
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/seller/ChargebackRisk-outside (about chargebacks)
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=p/gen/protections-outside (seller protection)


Chapter 14. JavaScript and DHTML: Adding Interactivity

JavaScript tutorials
www.w3schools.com/js
www.echoecho.com/javascript.htm
www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/jsp
http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/programming/javascript

Text effect examples
www.codejunction.com/detailed/sequential-fly-in-text-effect.html
www.javascript-page.com/tickert.html
www.flooble.com/scripts/animate.php 

JavaScript events
www.w3schools.com/htmldom/dom_reference.asp

EarthWeb (JavaScript samples)
http://webdeveloper.earthweb.com/webjs

The JavaScript Source (JavaScript samples)
http://javascript.internet.com

JavaScript 2 (JavaScript samples)
www.javascript-2.com

Dynamic Drive (JavaScript samples)
www.dynamicdrive.com

JavaScript FAQ
www.javascripter.net/faq


Chapter 15. Fancy Buttons and Menus

Button image generator
www.buttongenerator.com

Other button image generators
http://cooltext.com/ButtonBrowse.aspx
www.grsites.com/button 

Flash button generator
www.flashbuttons.com

Button making software (Windows)
http://free-buttons.org

FrontPage 3D Button Visual Editor add-in
www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=23e6b5ad-c173-4aa4-8348-f400d670e0ac

Navigation bars
www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex1
www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex1/topnavbar.htm
www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex1/topmen3 


Chapter 16. Audio and Video

Winamp (MP3 player)
www.winamp.com

Classical MIDI Archives
www.classicalarchives.com

Audacity (sound editor)
http://audacity.sourceforge.net

WAV/MP3 editors
www.goldwave.com
www.fleximusic.com 

Sound effects
www.grsites.com/sounds
www.freeaudioclips.com

Video Blogs
http://videoblogging-universe.com

Internet Video Magazine
www.internetvideomag.com

Overview of cheap places to store video files
www.internetvideomag.com/ProductReviews/Services/FreeVideoHosting102.htm

Pixparty (free video hosting)
www.pixparty.com

GIF animations
www.gifanimations.com
www.webdeveloper.com/animations
www.animatedgif.net 

Flash player
www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer

Impressive Flash examples
www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal
www.zapdramatic.com

Flash tutorials
www.flashkit.com/tutorials
www.w3schools.com/flash 

Flash introduction generator
www.freeflashintros.com

Flash background music loops
www.flashkit.com/loops


Chapter 17. Blogs

Definition of "blog"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weblog

Popular blog examples
www.andrewsullivan.com
http://dear_raed.blogspot.com
www.wilwheaton.net
www.schneier.com/blog
http://blog.plaxoed.com

Online feed readers
www.bloglines.com
www.newsisfree.com
www.newsgator.com 

Windows feed reader
www.bradsoft.com/feeddemon

MAC feed reader
http://ranchero.com/netnewswire

Overview of feed readers
http://weblogs.about.com/od/aggregators

MSN Spaces (hosted blog)
http://spaces.msn.com

Radio UserLand (hosted blog)
http://radio.userland.com

TypePad (hosted blog)
www.typepad.com

Live Journal (hosted blog)
www.livejournal.com

Xanga (hosted blog)
www.xanga.com

Movable Type (blogging software)
www.movabletype.org

Bloxsom (blogging software)
www.blosxom.com

WordPress (blogging software)
http://wordpress.org

WebCrimson (hosted blog, with the option to self-host)
www.webcrimson.com

Blogger (hosted blog, with the option to self-host)
www.blogger.com
http://help.blogger.com (information)
http://help.blogger.com/bin/topic.py?topic=39 (template tag reference)
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=974 (putting Google ads in a blog)
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=152&topic=17 (create a BlogThis bookmark)
http://buzz.blogger.com/bloggerforword.html (post a blog entry using Word)

Blogger discussion forum
www.bloggerforum.com

Removing the Blogger NavBar (unofficial workaround)
www.diaphaneity.com/layouts/2004/08/how-to-disable-navbar.html

Google Toolbar (for BlogThis)
http://toolbar.google.com

Blogrolling service
www.blogrolling.com

An updated version of this document is kept at www.prosetech.com/CWSlinks.html