Build a Website for Free (2nd Edition)

Build a Website for Free (2nd Edition)

Build a Website for Free (2nd Edition)

Build yourself a state-of-the-art website. It’s incredibly easy…and it won’t cost you a dime!   You need a website. But you don’t need the hassles that usually go with building one or the expense of hiring someone else to do it. Here’s your solution: Build a Website for Free! You’ll learn how you can use new Web 2.0 technologies to create a site that’s impressive and effective. And here’s the best part: You’ll do it all with software and tools that won’t cost you a di

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  1. 17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    It would be hard to produce a professional looking website with the free tools, May 18, 2011
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    T. Anderson (PA USA) –
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    This review is from: Build a Website for Free (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
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    In the Introduction to Build a Website for Free, the author, Mark Bell, notes there are two primary reasons for buying the book: 1) you don’t know anything about websites but you want/need to build one or 2) you know something about websites but you want to know more about the “free” part. Build a Website for Free is written in the “for dummies” style–lots of rudimentary information presented in short paragraphs with prominent headings. This book is great for someone in category 1…I’m thinking of passing it on to my Dad who keeps threatening to “learn computers.” For those in the fairly savvy but thrifty category (that’s me), there are plenty of references to free products/services…BUT…the old adage “you get what you pay for” applies. These free tools are great to build a site for the little league or your annual family reunion, but if you are starting a business the “free” route is probably not going to produce a website of the caliber you will need to be taken seriously by the average internet consumer.

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  2. 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good for beginners. Nothing new for professionals., May 12, 2011
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    Lincoln (Arizona, USA) –
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    This review is from: Build a Website for Free (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
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    To give a little background for myself, I’ve been designing websites since 1994. In 1999, I started a website design business where I created and operate online stores, corporate websites, and personal websites. So I have some experience in website design and related technology fields.

    This ‘Build a Website for Free’ self-help book is written for the new-to-web-design, know-nothing (or very little) type person… a “newbie”. For this purpose the book is helpful. This book does basically one thing, and it does it quite well: it tells you where to sign up and download free software for website design, as well as website hosting. Each recommended software or website contains a description, it’s pros and cons, and a quick “how to”. The book can be read in an afternoon. It’s more of a “go here and try this” rather than a “how to create a website” guide. Basically, the author went online, read other people’s blog and forum recommendations for free website stuff and put it in a book.

    What you won’t find is instructions of how to actually create a website using cascading style sheets, HTML, JavaScript, Flash, CMS, etc. The author does dedicate a few pages to introduce these things, but you won’t find adequate instructions to create your own website from the ground up.

    This book is written for the mass public who wants a website, but doesn’t require the website to reach an audience, generate sales, leads or income, or perform any advanced functions. You won’t find design strategies, SEO, marketing strategies, or online sales methods. This book is basically a list of “go here and try this” free online resources.

    If you are a bit lost on where to begin and how to do it cheap, then this book will help you to get your foot in the door. But don’t think it will make you an expert or train you how to write HTML.

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  3. 6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Search “Create Free Website” and Push Enter, September 22, 2011
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    S. H. Wells (Tulsa, OK United States) –
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    This review is from: Build a Website for Free (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
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    I work for a used bookstore and we had put together a website using Microsoft Publisher. It worked ok, but Publisher does not create web 2.0 compatible websites (basically, if any one tried to view the website using anything other than internet explorer, the website would not display well or wouldn’t work at all). So we searched for a solution, and I came to this book.

    I wanted this book to be great. How do I build a unique website on a budget–one that will play nicely with firefox and safari? Well, the answers in this book are about the same as if you were to google “create free website” (yes, google is one of the places that has free website design tech). The book does give you a break down of exactly how “free” different services are… but at the end of the day, there are no simple ways to build a FREE website because:
    1) either only parts of the web design program are free, and after a trial, or to unlock certain features you must pay
    or
    2) you are not free to do much. You must conform to very rigid templates (or pay lots) and sometimes you cannot even use your own domain name (unless you pay).

    To be fair “Build a Website for Free” does warn readers of these pitfalls. Unfortunately, most of these schemes are readily available for free with a quick google search.

    At the end of the day, there is no free website construction set. We are slowly trying to learn Dreamweaver / CS5.5 (these are not newbie-friendly programs) in order to create a web 2.0 compliant website.

    If your website design needs are very simple, and very static perhaps you will find one of the schemes in this book useful. But honestly, you’ll find these programs easily by googling the info.

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