Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way (Book review)

Finally a book that teaches beginners how to build websites with modern methods. An entire book that does not recommend layout tables, spacer GIFs or invalid code is a fantastic thing. And yes, it is a beginners’ book. Keep that in mind before buying it.

You may know the author, Ian Lloyd, from his work with and for being a member of the Web Standards Project. Both accessibility and web standards are of course very important parts of building a website the right way, so Ian certainly has the knowledge required to write a book like this.

Being a beginners’ book, Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way Using HTML & CSS is not meant for web professionals who already know about web standards. It is the kind of book you can refer web design novices to without being afraid they’ll learn something outdated that they will later need to unlearn. It is also useful as a starter for people who are familiar with old-school web development methods and want to catch up with standards-based web development.

The book starts with the basics. The very basics. One of the first headings in the book reads “What is a Browser?”. Don’t worry though, it gets more advanced than that later on.

After that very basic start, Ian explains the basics of everything you need to know to create your own website. Everything from XHTML and CSS to getting your site online and setting up a blog is covered, all in a very friendly voice that makes even difficult subjects easy to understand.

Something that can come in handy even for more experienced web professionals is the XHTML reference in the back of the book. It isn’t intended to replace the full W3C recommendation, but it explains in plain English how most elements and attributes can be used.

Thanks for writing this book, Ian. Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way Using HTML & CSS should immediately be made required reading for every single course on web design or web development across the world.

As with all SitePoint books, there are sample chapters you can download to find out if the book is right for you.

Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way Using HTML & CSS
Author: Ian Lloyd
ISBN: 0975240293

Posted on July 15, 2006 in Reviews