Getting Started with the Web

Getting Started with the Web

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Want to build your own website—one that represents you, your cause, or your organization—without outside help? With this free guide, Shelley Powers quickly teaches you the basics: you’ll learn how to use HTML, CSS, and other web tools to create a simple site that works on both traditional computers and mobile devices.

It’s never been simpler to create your own place on the Web, but there are still lots of details to sort out. This short book walks you through each step, from working with content and adding style to getting the word out and building a following. Why wait? Pick up this book and get going. Right now.

  • Pick a domain name and sign up with a web hosting company
  • Learn how to structure web pages with basic HTML elements
  • Add unique style to your website with CSS stylesheets
  • Work with web forms, incorporate multimedia, and use semantic HTML5 elements
  • Help people find your site via a search engine or social media
  • Add a blog or other dynamic content to generate a loyal following
  • Dive into advanced web technologies, including the Cron job scheduler, and the SSH/SFTP secure shell

Shelley Powers has been working with, and writing about, web technologies for more than 20 years—from the earliest releases of HTML, JavaScript, and CSS to the latest mobile and cloud-basedtechnologies. Her recent O’Reilly books have covered JavaScript, Node, HTML5, Android, and various web graphics technologies.

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Shelley Powers

Shelley Powers has been working with, and writing about, web technologies--from the first release of JavaScript to the latest graphics and design tools--for more than 17 years. Her recent O'Reilly books have covered Node, the semantic web, Ajax, JavaScript, and web graphics. Shelley is also interested in food safety, sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, and writing. Her primary web site is at