Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Web Secret #341: Build Your Own Website
She told me she wanted to build a WordPress website.
"I don't know anything about how to do it, so I got this book. I'm a visual learner, I'm not sure this will do it," she explained, patting a thick paperback "WordPress for Dummies."
Laurie, you should buy Nate Cooper's "Build your own website - a comic guide to HTML, CSS and WordPress."
That's right, it's a comic book! Sort of the 21st century version of the Classic Illustrated comics Baby Boomers read when we didn't feel like actually plowing through Moby Dick.
All you need to do is join Kim and her little dog Tofu as she learns HTML, the language of web pages, and CSS, the language used to style web pages, from the Web Guru and Glinda, the Good Witch of CSS. Once she figures out the basics, Kim travels to WordPress City to build her first website, with Wendy, the WordPress Maven, at her side. They take control of WordPress themes, install useful plugins, and more.
As you follow along, you'll learn how to:
Use HTML tags
Make your site shine with CSS
Customize WordPress to fit your needs
Choose a company to host your site and get advice on picking a good domain name.
It's fun! It's easy! It's perfect for a novice!
And even if you eventually hire someone to build your site, it is really helpful to understand the basics of web building.
PS: From December 17 to December 24, go to http://www.nostarch.com/byow - use exclusive discount code EAPROS and enjoy 30% off the list price of "Build Your Own Website."
In the interest of full disclosure, I was mailed a review copy of this book.