website. This process involves much more than just technical knowledge,
and this book provides you with all the information you'll need to
understand the concepts behind designing and developing for the Web, as
well as the best means to deliver professional, best-practice-based
There is far more to building a successful website than
knowing a little Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). The process starts
long before any coding takes place, and this book introduces you to the
agile development process, explaining why this method makes so much
sense for web projects and how best to implement it. Planning is vital,
so you'll also learn how to use techniques such as brainstorming,
wireframes, mockups, and prototypes to get your project off to the best
possible start and help ensure smooth progress as it develops.
understanding of correct, semantic markup is essential to any web
professional, so this book explains how XHTML should be used to
structure content so that the markup adheres to current web standards.
You'll learn about the wide range of HTML elements available to you, and
you'll learn how and when to use them through building example web
Without creative use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), websites
would all look largely the same. CSS gives you the ability to set your
website apart from the rest while maintaining the integrity of your
markup. You'll learn how CSS works and how to apply styles to your
pages, enabling you to realize your design ideas in the browser.
can be used to make your website easier and more interesting to use.
This book provides information on appropriate uses of this technology
and introduces the concepts of programming using it. You'll also see how
where Ajax fits into the wider Web 2.0 picture.
While a website is
being built, it needs to be tested across multiple browsers and
platforms to ensure that the site works for all users, regardless of
ability or disability, and the book explains how best to do these tasks.
Then, it discusses the process of launching and maintaining the site so
that it will continue to work for all its users throughout its
The book concludes by covering server-side technologies,
acting as a guide to the different options available and explaining
differences between available products. With insights from renowned
experts such as Jason Fried of 37signals, Daniel Burka of Digg and
Pownce, and Chris Messina of Citizen Agency, Foundation Website Creation
provides invaluable information applicable to every web project,
regardless of size, scope, or budget.
In this book you'll
the Web has developed and the role web standards play
•Learn how to
plan and manage the building of a website
•Learn how to separate
content from presentation with HTML and CSS
be used to enhance your website
•Learn how best to test, launch, and
maintain a website