Web Site Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for Building and Administering Your Web Site (Cookbooks (O’Reilly))

The total number of web pages today has been estimated at over 3 billion, spanning millions of individual websites. Not surprisingly, there is tremendous pressure on web developers and designers to remain current with the latest technologies.

The Web Site Cookbook from O’Reilly covers all the essential skills that you need to create engaging, visitor-friendly websites. It helps you with the practical issues surrounding their inception, design, and maintenance. With recipes that teach both routine and advanced setup tasks, the book includes clear and professional instruction on a host of topics, including:

  • registering domains
  • ensuring that hostnames work
  • managing the directory
  • maintaining and troubleshooting a website
  • site promotion
  • visitor tracking
  • implementing e-commerce systems
  • linking with sales sites

This handy guide also tackles the various elements of page design. It explains how to control a reader’s eye flow, how to choose a template system, how to set up a color scheme, and more.

Typical of O’Reilly’s “Cookbook” series, the Web Site Cookbook is written in a straightforward format, featuring recipes that contain problem statements and solutions. A detailed explanation then follows each recipe to show you how and why the solution works. This question-solution-discussion format is a proven teaching method, as any fan of the “Cookbook” series can attest to.

Regardless of your strong suit or your role in the creation and life of a website, you can benefit from the teachings found in the Web Site Cookbook. It’s a must-have tool for advancing your skills and making better sites.

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  1. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty Good book, December 25, 2013

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    This review is from: Web Site Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for Building and Administering Your Web Site (Cookbooks (O’Reilly)) (Paperback)
    Good overview of websites. About what I expected, I had seen it on an online sight. I bought it for a friend who wants to setup a website.
  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    good reference, April 22, 2006
    M. Shuff (GA) –

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    This review is from: Web Site Cookbook: Solutions & Examples for Building and Administering Your Web Site (Cookbooks (O’Reilly)) (Paperback)
    I skimmed through the book, and I know I will find it very useful. It points out many things that web developers will want or need to do at some point and provides easy information on how to make them happen.

    The one issue I have with the book is that it is about 70% PHP and Apache Server, which I don’t use. This isn’t a problem with the book, I just didn’t quite realize this when I bought it. But, regardless of the language you use to program, even the PHP examples are useful as they show you the methodology to implement solutions in a clear, concise, and easy to understand way. It is also a good reference if you’re considering using PHP or use it a little bit.

    I have purchased hundreds of technical books, but I never purchased an O’Reilly book before – they just seemed to be too sparse, where I was looking for more in-depth instruction. However, now I know why they are so popular. I think you can learn more from a good example…or a good solution to a problem…rather than reading many chapters of most other books.

    This book is definitely for people with some experience and again, I would just stress that it is mainly a PHP and Apache Server reference.

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