4.0 out of 5 stars
Good ROI on this book, Dec 17 2003
from a review I wrote for DMXzone.com
The title of this book is both accurate and simultaneously misleading; it does teach how to make web sites on a shoestring, but it also suggests it's going to tell you how to use that copy of FrontPage that you got with MS Office, together with some clipart and animated GIFs in order to make a table-heavy, midi-muzakked "killer homepage".
I believe that, at some point during the writing, it was codenamed "how to make a site on a shoestring that looks a million dollars" which would be more accurate (although a little cumbersome and too big to fit on the book's spine!). It's a book for web designers with a low budget (whether in the public sector, freelancers or - let's be frank - practically everyone these days).
This book definitely does what it says on the cover and more; the sites you'll create if you follow its advice will be better looking than the majority of current web sites out there on the web. Even if you are an experienced developer or designer, there's sure to be some useful tips you'll pick up.
It's nice to see New Riders publishing practising what their author preaches; the book is cleanly and carefully laid-out in black and white (to keep the cover price down, presumably) and lacks the typographic excesses that polluted some previous books like blink tags on a Geocities web page.
This slim book doesn't feel very big, and it isn't cheap at $24.99, but that's much cheaper than most computer software available and will certainly impact as much on your quality and productivity as most labour-saving software packages do. I recommend buying a copy, as it is full of good ideas, links, tips and project management suggestions that is almost certain to save you several multiples of the cover price.