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How This Book Is Organized

Building Web Sites All‐in‐One Desk Reference For Dummies is split into nine minibooks. You don't have to read it sequentially, you don't have to look at every minibook, you don't have to review each chapter, and you don't even have to read all the sections in any particular chapter. (Of course, you can if you want to; it's a good read.) The Table of Contents and the Index can help you quickly find whatever information you need. In this section, we briefly describe what each minibook contains.

Book I: Preparations

This minibook covers all the things you need to do before you start actually creating a Web site. The topics of planning, managing your project, flying solo on a project, and assembling and managing a Web design team are all covered here. We've also included information about creating a site that portrays the client and her organization in a flattering light while providing visitors with content that keeps them coming back for more.

Book II: Site Design

Site design is about the nuts and bolts of how a site works and about making the visual aspects work within the technical needs — this minibook helps you make these two worlds come together. In short, if you're looking for information about creating layouts and planning site structure, implementing appropriate design, and collecting and using feedback, you'll want to read this minibook.

Book III: Site Construction

Book III takes you into the hands‐on creation of your site. The minibook begins with an overview of the tools and materials necessary for Web design; other chapters introduce you to graphics and Web design software before delving into the details of preparing a site to go live. Book II is about being an architect and designer; Book III is about being the crew that gets the job done.

Book IV: Web Graphics

A Web site without graphics is text, which won't keep a visitor interested for very long. Book IV begins with a section on finding inspiration. After you're inspired, it's off to the races with information on how to create graphics in Photoshop and Fireworks.

Book V: Multimedia

Book V shows you how to add multimedia content to your designs. We start out by showing you how to incorporate Flash elements into your designs. If your client wants music or other joyful noise on her Web site, read Chapter 2 of this minibook. If it's full‐motion video your client is after, we show you how to add it in Chapter 3 of this minibook. If your client has copious amounts of images to display in a short amount of space, check out Chapter 4, where we show you how to add a tres‐cool slide show to a Web site.

Book VI: Audience Interaction

Web sites come in many flavors. If your client has the need to give and receive information via the World Wide Web, this minibook is your Rx for Web interactivity. If your client's site needs forms, see Chapter 1. In the latter chapters of this book we also show you how to incorporate additional interactivity, such as databases and pages that change depending on the needs of the visitors. We end this book with an introduction to other forms of interactivity, such as blogs, forums, and other such delights.

Book VII: E‐Commerce

If your client wants to take his local, bricks‐and‐mortar business worldwide, we show you how to accomplish this feat in Book VII. E‐commerce is indeed complex, but we do our best to simplify it for you. First, we explore basic concepts such as credit card packages, secure Web sites, and PayPal. Then, we move on to the technological and legal considerations of an e‐commerce Web site. Last but not least, we show you what you need to consider when building and maintaining an e‐commerce site.

Book VIII: Site Management

If you build it they will come. Not. The only way to get people to flock to a Web site in droves is to promote it. We begin this book by exploring methods you can use to promote a site and get it recognized by the search engines. Of course, after the site has a steady stream of visitors, you or your client will need to maintain the site. And if the site really catches on, your client will probably need you to revise or redesign the site. We show you how to maintain and expand a Web site in Chapters 2 and 3 of this minibook.

Book IX: Case Studies

The final minibook of this lofty tome is four chapters of case studies. We learn a lot by surfing the Net and dissecting what's good, bad, and downright ugly about what's out there. You can too. To give you an idea of what goes into planning and then creating a site, we explore the needs of four different clients and the resulting Web sites.

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