Web Design in Easy Steps
By Sean McManus
The book Web Design in Easy Steps teaches readers what they need to know about creating websites that are both effective and easy to use. It takes readers through the whole process of building a website, starting with planning the site and its goals, through sourcing appropriate content, designing the layout and look and feel, promoting the site, and ultimately measuring its success.
Along the way, the book introduces practical tips and tools that can be used, so that readers can quickly learn the easiest way to add a video to their site, to add a game or integrate with Facebook (among other things).
Whether you intend to build your site yourself or commission a freelance web designer, Web Design in Easy Steps gives you the knowledge you need to make sure your site is effective and easy to use.
Preview the book
The sampler below includes the covers, table of contents, index and Chapter 4 in its entirety. Chapter 4 covers layout and design, including fixed versus flexible layouts, grid-based layouts, alignment tips, organising information, choosing a colour scheme, and using fonts. You can enlarge this sampler to view it full screen and turn the pages.
"Sean has a nice way of teaching... He is neither overly complex in his wording, nor condescendingly simplistic... This book covers a lot of material. For a 240 page book to be covering 15 chapters in such areas as Shopping Carts and Content Management Systems as well as promoting your website really blew me away... As such, this book does more than simply starting you off with a basic website... The book teaches foundation skills very well, but also dangles a few carrots for the user to research further. That, to me, is a fine way to tempt the reader's taste buds and encourage their future development. Illustrations are clear and in full colour, helping to drive home many of the points made in the book... If I had been given this book when I started out, then I'd have been designing and developing better sites in a much shorter period of time."
- Ben Avery, Software Latest
What's in the book?
The book's chapters are:
- The web design challenge
- Planning your website
- Creating effective website content
- Layout and design
- Designing effective navigation
- HTML: The language of the web
- CSS: Giving your pages some style
- Audio, Video and Flash
- Tools for website design
- Adding a shopping cart
- Adding a social dimension
- Content management systems
- Testing and launching
- Promoting your website
- Measuring Success
You can view the examples used in screenshots and find the tools and other links here. I've also included some links to extra resources not explicitly mentioned in the book which I think you'll find helpful.
About the author
Sean McManus has been writing about business and technology for over ten years. He has written for magazines including Internet Magazine, Personal Computer World, Internet Works, Marketing Week, Start & Run Your Business, and Business 2.0. His websites have been featured editorially by The Times, The Daily Mirror, BBC Click and BBC Radio 2.