Online Resources for Building Websites - dummies

By David Karlins, Doug Sahlin

Part of Building Websites All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Amidst all the clutter on the web lie valuable free online resources for building essential elements of an inviting and accessible website. So that you don’t have to sift through the clutter, here are some of the best. provides the most extensive online library of code resources, but that library can be overwhelming. The following links take you to some useful landing points to get started:

The following resources can help you with e-newsletters, blogs, and more:

  • For organizing contact lists and sending out e-newsletters, the most powerful tool is arguably Constant Contact, but you can use an almost as powerful, and free (for the first 500 contacts), e-mail manager at MailChimp.

  • The best option for a custom search box for your site is FreeFind, which generates search tools for your site, without using or selling data on who searches for what at your site.

  • Need a blog? Google’s Blogger is free, easy to set up, and allows you to moderate posted comments.

  • A simple (and always free) option to link to a map to help clients, customers, and visitors find you in the real world.