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The book takes readers from the basics to the more complicated concepts of WordPress without expecting a lot of technical experience. While it does not teach server-side programming in depth, it does teach enough PHP for readers to customise WordPress themes and understand core concepts like variables and loops. WordPress: Design & Development uses the same graphical approach that was adopted in HTML & CSS which has proven very popular with readers. The examples and sample themes used in the book are of the same quality as commercial themes (not just proof-of-concept examples), and achieve the same kinds of things that WordPress users pay for in commercial themes. The title also makes use of lifestyle photography to inspire the reader and make the skills taught by this book feel aspirational. Along the way, readers are given tips on developing WordPress sites for clients, and managing the ongoing needs of the client. The book covers: Creating Content: Posts & Pages Administration: Tools Creating and Updating Content Understanding Theme Files Displaying Single Posts Displaying Single Pages Home Pages & Section Pages Headers, Footers, & Menus Galleries, Audio, Video Sidebar & Widgets Reader comments Functions.php, Actions, Filters, Hooks, & Shortcodes Plugins Custom Posts & Taxonomies Install, Backup, Moving, Optimizing
Learn how UX and design thinking can make your site stand out from the rest of the internet. About This Book Learn everything you need to know about UX for your Web Design. Design B2B, B2C websites that stand out from the competitors with this guide Enhance your business by improving customer accessibility and retention. Who This Book Is For If you're a designer, developer, or just someone who has the desire to create websites that are not only beautiful to look at but also easy to use and fully accessible to everyone, including people with special needs, UX for the Web will provide you with the basic building blocks to achieve just that. What You Will Learn Discover the fundamentals of UX and the User-Centered Design (UCD) Process. Learn how UX can enhance your brand and increase user retention Learn how to create the golden thread between your product and the user Use reliable UX methodologies to research and analyze data to create an effective UX strategy Bring your UX strategy to life with wireframes and prototypes Set measurable metrics and conduct user tests to improve digital products Incorporate the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to create accessible digital products In Detail If you want to create web apps that are not only beautiful to look at, but also easy to use and fully accessible to everyone, including people with special needs, this book will provide you with the basic building blocks to achieve just that. The book starts with the basics of UX, the relationship between Human-Centered Design (HCD), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and the User-Centered Design (UCD) Process; it gradually takes you through the best practices to create a web app that stands out from your competitors. You'll also learn how to create an emotional connection with the user to increase user interaction and client retention by different means of communication channels. We'll guide you through the steps in developing an effective UX strategy through user research and persona creation and how to bring that UX strategy to life with beautiful, yet functional designs that cater for complex features with micro interactions. Practical UX methodologies such as creating a solid Information Architecture (IA), wireframes, and prototypes will be discussed in detail. We'll also show you how to test your designs with representative users, and ensure that they are usable on different devices, browsers and assistive technologies. Lastly, we'll focus on making your web app fully accessible from a development and design perspective by taking you through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Style and Approach This is an easy-to-understand step-by-step guide with full of examples to that will help you in creating good UX for your web applications.
Are you really into cooking? Playing football? Doing fun and fancy crafts? You can design a website around whatever it is you love most! Learn how to set up a website of your very own in just a few simple steps. Then discover how to safely share your site with others and get lots of visitors to your new online site. A helpful Website Checklist at the end of the book has even more handy tricks to help you master your digital creation. Are you ready to make an awesome website? Let's get building!
Most organizations, businesses, and schools, and even many individuals, have their own websites. Building a website draws on a number of different skills, and thus can be a valuable learning experience for students. This book introduces readers to the fundamentals of planning, designing, building, and launching their own websites. It simplifies complex concepts and encourages website creation and experimentation. It updates an earlier website-building edition with new guidance on cutting-edge technologies, including those for the mobile platforms that are more important than ever. Readers will also benefit from new content that acknowledges the importance and impact of social media.
A helpful book-and-video package for building and maintaining a successful Web site How do you know that you've done everything possible to create a unique, enriching, and successful Web site, particularly when you're hiring others to do it? With Website Design and Development, you'll feel confident that you’ve exhausted every facet of building a Web site. The clever question-and-answer format walks you through easily overlooked details, acting as a virtual consultant. You’ll get clear, easy-to-follow advice on everything from finding a host, design and layout, creating content, marketing, to staying secure. Each question features a rating as to how critical it is to the welfare of the site, allowing you to pick and choose where to spend your time and money, and the answers contain helpful illustrations as well as action points. In addition, your learning experience is further enhanced by the high-quality accompanying video. Contains professional advice for creating—and maintaining—a successful Web site Features an accompanying video that offers additional examples, commentary, and advice for each question. Lists questions you should ask yourself or your web developer and then presents clear, concise answers as well as helpful checklists Rates each topic as to its importance in the grand scheme of your Web site so that you can determine how to spend your time and money Website Design and Development answers the essential questions that need to be asked before creating a Web site.
HTML and CSS are the workhorses of web design, and using them together to build consistent, reliable web pages requires both skill and knowledge. The task is more difficult if you're relying on outdated, confusing, and unnecessary HTML hacks and workarounds. Author Ben Henick shows you how to avoid those traps by going beyond the standard tips, tricks, and techniques to connect the underlying theory and design of HTML and CSS to your everyday work habits. With this practical book, you'll learn how to work with these tools far more effectively than is standard practice for most web developers. Whether you handcraft individual pages or build templates, HTML & CSS: The Good Parts will help you get the most out of these tools in all aspects of web page design-from layout to typography and to color. Structure HTML markup to maximize the power of CSS Implement complex multi-column layouts from scratch Improve site production values with advanced CSS techniques Support formal usability and accessibility requirements with tools built into HTML and CSS Avoid the most annoying browser and platform limitations
Learn the HTML5 and CSS3 you need to help you design responsive and future-proof websites that meet the demands of modern web usersAbout This Book• Learn and explore how to harness the latest features of HTML5 in the context of responsive web design• Learn to wield the new Flexbox layout mechanism, code responsive images, and understand how to implement SVGs in a responsive project• Make your pages interactive by using CSS animations, transformations, and transitionsWho This Book Is For Are you writing two websites – one for mobile and one for larger displays? Or perhaps you've already implemented your first 'RWD' but are struggling bring it all together? If so, Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3, Second Edition gives you everything you need to take your web sites to the next level.You'll need some HTML and CSS knowledge to follow along, but everything you need to know about Responsive Design and making great websites is included in the book!What You Will Learn• Understand what responsive design is, and why it's vital for modern web development• HTML5 markup is cleaner, faster, and more semantically rich than anything that has come before - learn how to use it and its latest features• Integrate CSS3 media queries into your designs to use different styles for different media. You'll also learn about future media queries which are evolving in CSS4.• Responsive images allow different images to be presented in different scenarios. We'll cover how to load different sets of images depending upon screen size or resolution and how to display different images in different contexts.• Conquer forms! Add validation and useful interface elements like date pickers and range sliders with HTML5 markup alone.• Implement SVGs into your responsive designs to provide resolution independent images, and learn how to adapt and animate them• Learn how to use the latest features of CSS including custom fonts, nth-child selectors (and some CSS4 selectors), CSS custom properties (variables), and CSS calcIn DetailDesktop-only websites just aren't good enough anymore. With mobile internet usage still rising, and tablets changing internet consumption habits, you need to know how to build websites that will just 'work', regardless of the devices used to access them. This second edition of Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3 explains all the key approaches necessary to create and maintain a modern responsive design.The changing way in which we access the web means that there has never been a greater range of screen sizes and associated user experiences to consider. With these recent trends driving changes in design, typical desktop-only websites fail to meet even minimum expectations when it comes to style and usability, which can be vital when your website is central to yours or your client's brand. Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3, Second Edition is an updated and improved guide that responds to the latest challenges and trends in web design, giving you access to the most effective approaches to modern responsive design.Learn how to build websites with a “responsive and mobile first” methodology, allowing a website to display effortlessly on every device that accesses it. Packed with examples, and a thorough explanation of modern techniques and syntax, Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3, Second Edition provides a comprehensive resource for all things 'responsive'.This updated new edition covers all the most up-to-date techniques and tools needed to build great responsive designs, ensuring that your projects won't just be built 'right' for today, but in the future too.Chapter example code is all hosted on rwd.education, a dedicated site for the book, built by the author, using the approaches and techniques championed throughout.Style and approachThis book should be useful in two ways: as a 'read from the beginning and learn as you go' resource but also as a reference you can come back to in the months to come – when trying to remember this or that syntax or look up a link that may help you out of a development hell-hole.To this end, rather than follow a single design through from chapter one and build on it incrementally until the end of the book, each chapter exists in relative isolation.This means that code and examples are particular to each chapter and don't need to be considered along with what has gone before or after.That doesn't mean that each chapter's techniques won't work in unison; the reference site for this book, rwd.education is an example of them all working in harmony.However, by limiting the chapter examples to the topic at hand, it should be simpler for you to understand and reference the essence of each example and topic in the future.