How to build a website?

Reply Fri 7 May, 2010 12:54 pm
Hi, I just got a job! But now I have to learn to build a website...
Anyone know of some good sites where I can learn how to do this. Or
perhaps the best html editors and the like.
This job will have me designing all kinds of printed materials and building a customer base. I took a course for all this 10 stuff years ago but never used it, and well, I've lost it.
I plan on picking up a bunch of books, specifically on web sites and marketing, any recommendations?
I'm kind of walking into the unknown and any helpful hints would be very much appreciated.
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Reply Fri 7 May, 2010 01:55 pm
Ah, I have been doing the same this past month, except without the paying job part.

The books I've been using, and the order in which I've read them:
  1. Avinash Kaushik’s Web Analytics 2.0
  2. Andy Harris's HTML, XHTML, and CSS All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
  3. Sue Jenkins's Web Design All-in-One for Dummies
  4. Michael Fleischner’s SEO Made Simple
  5. Google Advertising Tools
  6. Designing for the Social Web by Joshua Porter
  7. Lynn Beighley's Drupal for Dummies

#1. You may not think you need this, but you do. You need to be able to measure outcomes, and you should be doing it from the get-go. Google Analytics is free and very easy to use, and the book is extremely well-written.
#2. Yeah, it's a Dummies book, but you're writing code by page 10. Another well-written book.
#3. Not a great book but it does give some ideas that #2 does not. You might want to go with a more advanced design book once you get this far, plus look online for free public domain themes under a creative commons license.
#4. This is for getting your site onto Google and getting good page rank. A very fast read.
#5. This enhances #4 (you can probably skip this one if you wish); it's more for if you want to go the paid search route.
#6. This one can also be skipped if you're not building a forums-type site.
#7. This one is skippable if you're not using Drupal.

Hope this helps. All are available on Amazon.
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Reply Fri 7 May, 2010 04:11 pm
The Newsletter from this site may be of some assistance to you. http://www.logicalexpressions.com/pr10-04.htm
Reply Fri 7 May, 2010 04:18 pm
Thank you so much Jespah... This is a great start for me.
I will definitely be getting these books. I plan to do some heavy reading this weekend and this will absolutely put me on the right path. Do you use an editor? or any sites to help you build your websites? Paid or otherwise??
Reply Fri 7 May, 2010 04:21 pm
Awesome Thanks Dutchy. I just signed up.
I really appreciate the help.
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Reply Fri 7 May, 2010 05:17 pm
I use Notepad ++ (it's free, and it shows you some basic things in your code).

You need to be writing for, heh, every kind of browser out there. Which is a massive pain. I need to run and have dinner but you might want to start to Google things like XHTML strict and css (cascading style sheets).

I warn you, I'm no real designer. I can't really make it super-pretty. But I can make it work.
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