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Building a Web Site For Dummies Cheat Sheet

From Building a Web Site For Dummies, 4th Edition

By David A. Crowder

Maybe you’re still in the planning stages and want to make your Web site as good as it can be. You’ve been to Web sites that have all the bells and whistles, and now you can have it all, too. Create better Web sites by using the seven rules of Web site design and other design tips. Get more out of the sites you build by incorporating CGI, HTML, Java, and JavaScript.

The Seven Rules of Web Site Design

Use these rules to improve the basic design of the Web sites you create. Studies have shown that simple, clean designs are the best for drawing and retaining visitors. You want to give visitors to your site good content and plenty of choices, but you don’t want to distract them with unnecessary bells and whistles.

  1. The Web is for reaching out to people.

  2. Keep your Web pages lean and clean.

  3. Don’t make your visitors jump through hoops.

  4. Never make an unnecessary link.

  5. Always group necessary items together.

  6. If you can give visitors an option, do so.

  7. It’s your Web site. It’s your vision. Do it your way.

Tips for Designing a Web Site

Use these tips to make the content of the Web sites you create as appealing as possible. The goal here is to use a simple, clean design for your content, and to make all your pages as consistent as possible. You want to

  • Make your content as useful as possible.

  • Use appealing graphics, but make sure that they support the content.

  • Give your pages a consistent appearance.

  • Install a search feature.

  • Update your pages often so that people have a reason to return frequently.

  • Stick to your topic.

  • Know your audience and strive to please them.

CGI Resources for Building a Web Site

CGI scripts allow you to process Web forms. CGI scripting shouldn’t be intimidating; it’s a relatively straightforward technology. However, if you need help, here are a few great online resources to get the information you need.

Site Name Web Site
CGI Extremes www.cgiextremes.com
CGI Made Really Easy www.jmarshall.com/easy/cgi
CGI Resource Index http://cgi.resourceindex.com
CGI: Why Things Don’t Work www.raingod.com/raingod/resources/Programming/Perl/Notes/CGIDebugging.html
FREEPerlCode.com www.freeperlcode.com
Matt Kruse’s Intro to CGI www.mattkruse.com/info/cgi
Matt’s Script Archive http://worldwidemart.com/scripts
Perl Primer www.webdesigns1.com/perl
ScriptSearch www.scriptsearch.com
WDVL: The Perl You Need to Know http://wdvl.com/Authoring/Languages/Perl/PerlfortheWeb
Perl.com www.perl.com

HTML Resources for Building a Web Site

HTML is the language of the Web. Every Web site is built on this language or on a variant of it. However, HTML shouldn’t be intimidating; it’s a relatively straightforward technology. If you need help, here are a few great online resources to get the information you need.

Site Name Web Site
Builder AU www.builderau.com.au
HTML Goodies www.htmlgoodies.com
HTML Specification www.w3.org/TR/html
HTML Station www.december.com/html
HTML Writers Guild www.hwg.org
HTMLcenter www.htmlcenter.com/tutorials/index.cfm
Index DOT Html www.eskimo.com/~bloo/indexdot/html/index.html
Introduction to HTML www.wdvl.com/Authoring/HTML/Intro
Validome Validation Services www.validome.org
W3C Markup Validation Service http://validator.w3.org
Web Developer’s Virtual Library www.wdvl.com

Java and JavaScript Resources for Building a Web Site

Java applets add power and functionality to your Web site. JavaScript provides enhanced user interfaces and other functionality to create dynamic Web sites. These two technologies help your Web site be all it can be. To use them to your advantage, use any of these online resources to get the information you need.

Site Name Web Site
April’s A1 JavaScript(TM) Resources http://a1javascripts.com
Freewarejava.com http://freewarejava.com
Java Boutique http://javaboutique.internet.com
JavaScript.com www.javascript.com
JavaScript City www.javascriptcity.com
JavaScript Kit www.javascriptkit.com
JavaScript Search www.javascriptsearch.com
JavaScript Source http://javascript.internet.com
JavaScript Tutorial www.w3schools.com/js
WebReference JavaScript Articles www.webreference.com/programming/javascript/index.html
Web Teacher JavaScript Tutorial www.webteacher.com/javascript