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Paul Mcfedries

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Sept. 6 2004 Complete Idiot's Guide to...(Computer)
Average people, not just programmers and web designers, are overcoming their digital fears and are clamoring to spin their own little webs. Some people are tired of being passive consumers and want to produce content rather than merely digest it. Others have information - essays, stories, jokes, diatribes, shopping lists, etc. - that they want to share with family, friends, and the world at large, but never had the opportunity before. "The Complete Idiot's Guide[registered] to Creating a Web Page and Blog, Sixth Edition", will help anyone build and maintain an Internet web site or blog. Coverage of this title includes: straightforward, step-by-step instructions for building a basic web page or blog from the ground up; copious examples that illustrate each new concept; coverage of all the important HTML tags; tips on using fonts, colors, images, and writing for the web; extensive blog-specific information to introduce readers to this new and exciting technology and medium; simple, non-technical instructions for incorporating tables, forms, style sheets, and JavaScripts; and, a 'Webmaster's Toolkit' on a companion CD-ROM, providing everything the reader needs to get started, including all of the example files used in the book.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 6th Revised edition edition (Sept. 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592572677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592572670
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 640 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #243,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited, and he has written over 40 books that have sold nearly three million copies worldwide. These books include many titles in the Complete Idiot's Guide(r) series, including The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Windows and, of course, the previous editions of The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Creating a Web Page, as well as Special Edition Using JavaScript. Paul is also the proprietor of Word Spy (, a blog devoted to recently coined words and phrases, and to old words that are being used in new ways. Word Spy generates over a million page views each month, has won numerous awards, and has been mentioned or featured in such august publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (don't ask). Paul lives in Toronto with his wife, Karen, and their dog, Gypsy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great source of web and blog wisdom June 8 2005
By H. Grove (errantdreams) - Published on
The point of this book, as is true in general of the Complete Idiot's Guide series, is to give a gentle, non-intimidating, and often humorous introduction to its topic. It's meant to help people who really know nothing about the web and about blogging create something that looks nice and accomplishes whatever purpose they have in mind for it. And in this, I believe this book succeeds beautifully.

Since you can so easily find a listing of book topics in the information Amazon provides, I'll just mention some of the things that particularly caught my attention in this book. One of those was the section on blogs. None of the other HTML books I've read have discussed the issue (probably because this is the most recent of them, put out in 2004). Not only does McFedries get into the how of blogging, but he also gets deeply into the social and historical details. There's plenty of information on formatting, programs, services, etc., but there's also great stuff in here about finding and building your audience, focusing on a topic or two, deciding on your posting frequency, writing interesting entries, getting along with other bloggers, and so on. I read this section with rapt attention.

Some CIG and For Dummies books make the mistake of providing what I call "perishable resources." That is, they tell you about a couple of specific hosting providers or whatever. I refer to these as perishable because by the time you read the book those companies have probably shut down, been bought, or changed enough that everything is different. For the most part McFedries doesn't make that mistake. Instead he tries to tell you how to find this sort of information on the web yourself, so you'll be able to figure out who is most currently a good choice.

There's a chapter in here on "the elements of web page style." Before I got to this chapter I was a little worried (this is where that intro line about the review score comes in). There are a lot of sites out there on the web that go crazy with wild fonts, bold and italics all over the place, frobbies that only work on one browser type or another, lots of huge images that take forever to load, horrid noises that play without asking first and scare your cats off of your lap (okay, I have some personal pet peeves here), and so on, and it seemed to me like all of McFedries' enthusiasm for the web tools at one's disposal could contribute to that. But then he wrote this wonderful chapter in which he explains things to help you make your web page appeal to visitors, and he covers a lot of these things in there.

I think this is a fantastic introduction to web site and blog creation--in particular the wide world of blogging, since there are so few other resources on that subject. I hope that McFedries continues to do revised versions of this book as the need arises, because this is a valuable resource.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best book of its kind April 25 2006
By JackOfMostTrades - Published on
I tried a bunch of the basic books on website and blog creation which covered the same subjec matter and content, and this one was definitely the best. McFedries presents his info in clear, precise terms. He seems to know what is important to learn and what isn't for the beginner/intermediate web designer. He is also funny (which all the idiot and dummy books are designed to be) but he is appropriately funny without being condescending or using really lame humor as some other books in these series tend to do. Also recommended at this level are Learn HTML in a Weekend and Blogger (which only covers the google Blogger program).
41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creating a Webpage & Blog Aug. 8 2005
By Charissa Bear - Published on
This is a great book for beginners looking for information on how to start a website or blog for the first time. Paul McFedries walks you through step by step into HTML basics, a necessity for web page and blog structures. If a reader is wanting to learn HTML, basic web site knowledge, and javascripts this is the book to read. Paul McFedries is funny, knowledgable and, easy to follow.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Build a Pretty Web Page Using Only this Book! Feb. 26 2008
By Adina Cappell - Published on
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I was afraid that, since it was published in 2004, this book would already be outdated. However, it provided the perfect step-by-step instructions that I needed to build a basic web page from scratch (and to even make it pretty with frames, colors, and tables!)

One minor complaint is that it took me a LOT of extra time and phone calls to the web hosting company even once my HTML was all in place and my web page was ready to go. I had to coordinate for the domain name, web server, and ftp program to all be in sync with one another to actually get my page to show up on the net, and that is more difficult than it sounds for a neophyte. In the next edition, I would make that part a bit more comprehensive, perhaps better showing step-by-step how to get all those elements coordinated.

I would also maybe give provide suggestions on where I could find good beginner's resources for building common specific functions that require programming, such as message boards or info that comes up based on "drop- down" menu choices. I know that programming was outside the scope of the book, but it is very difficult for novices to figure out where to go next to implement simple programs, without wading through an endless sea of java text information sites geared towards experienced programmers.

All in all, I was VERY satisfied with the amount of useful, easy to understand info I was able to gain in a short time by reading this book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Above the rest! Dec 7 2007
By MParmelee - Published on
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page & Blog, 6th Edition (The Complete Idiot's Guide)

I can't say much more than the other reviewers, but I will say this:
Having very basic knowlegde of HTML and scripting, and after reading the first couple of chapters, I was able to start setting up my "practice" page. It's kind of a rush seeing what you created in a web browser, pre-publish of course :), and I'm only on Chapter 5. McFedries book is very page-by-page, with good explanations of the what's, why's, and how's. I actually look forward to each new step in the creation process. I have a couple of other books, and they have mispelled words, improper grammer, etc., point being McFedries and his team pay attention to detail. I highly recommend this book to anyone that thinks coding is beyond their reach. (Guess I had more to say than I thought)

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