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Monday, July 9, 2012

HTml & css Book: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites

Html & Css Book: Design and Build Websites

This book is for designers and programmers, Online editors and content editors, Marketing and e-commerce teams, Bloggers and hobbyists.

You’ll learn to write HTML5 and CSS3 Structure web pages and sites, prepare images, audio, and video. Control typography and layout.

Welcome to a nicer way to learn about HTML & CSS. Whether you want to design and build websites from scratch or take more control over an existing site, this book will help you create attractive, user-friendly web content. We understand that code can be intimidating, but take a look inside and you will see how this guide differs from many traditional programming books. Each page introduces a new topic in a simple, visual way with straightforward explanations accompanied by bite-sized code samples. You will also find practical help on how to organize and design the pages of your site so that you can create websites that look stunning and are easy to use. No previous experience needed!

My Thoughts*

This book takes an entirely new approach to HTML and CSS. There are different types of people who would like to learn how to design with HTML and CSS without having to learn everything there is about programming.

Most HTML and CSS books are hard to understand for normal people like you and I. They are dry and impersonal, so it is harder to learn. This book has full color on every single page, so not only does it make it more interesting, it also makes it easier for visual learners to comprehend.


This educational book is one that you will enjoy picking up, reading, then referring back to. It will make you wish other technical topics were presented in such a simple, attractive and engaging way!

This book breaks down every aspect of HTML and CSS, and puts it into easy to understand chapters. On every single page of the chapter, it has different aspects of HTML or CSS, on the adjoining page, it shows how the HTML or CSS would look if you make it live.

This makes it so much easier for me to understand, because I can see the HTML on one side, and what it will look like on my website or blog on the other side.

This book is so beautifully constructed. The text is large, so it’s easier to read when your sitting it beside your computer and writing the HTML. It’s easy to thumb through when you’re in a hurry because of it being broken down into chapters.

When you AREN’T in a hurry, you can sit down and read this book. I have already given this book it’s own binder and sat down and wrote notes for every single page.

I am not new to HTML and CSS. I have had my blog for over 3 years, and I love to re-work it in any way that I can. Now that I am interested in designing blogs and websites for others, this book has become something of a golden ticket for me.

I have read more than a dozen books on learning HTML and CSS. Some of them did teach me what I needed to know, but some of them were duds all together. When a book is written in a textbook type format, people usually don’t want to read it. They think that it will be too hard to start and finish from a book like that.

I am a learner at heart. I am always trying to learn something new and exciting. Whether it be history, science, crafts, writing help, or designing websites. So I have read the textbook type formatted books as well as the simpler versions.

This book is WAY better at showing and explaining all the different elements and styling that come with HTML and CSS. It even explains older types of HTML and CSS just in case you run upon it, you’ll know what to do.

The best thing about this book is the way it’s structured. Every page is built for visual learners. The pages are colored, which make it stand out. It has the HTML version of the website and the what you would see if you saved the HTML and viewed the webpage.

I think that this book is going to be HUGE. When people look at how simple designing and coding actually are, all of us will have a run for our money. =)

Other books can’t even TRY to compare to this one. I am absolutely in LOVE with this book. I will always keep it as a HTML/CSS encyclopedia, because that is what it is.

I have never had the advantage to read ANY book or any article online about HTML and CSS that could have taught me as much as this book has in the last month since I have had it.

I praise the author for letting us newbies and bloggers learn what he has known for most of his life. He has been designing and building websites longer than I’ve had access to the internet.

If you are interested in learning HTML and CSS- for blog design, website design, or just as a hobby- I TOTALLY recommend this book.

You can buy this book on Amazon HERE for less than $20.


About the Author:

Jon Duckett has been designing and building websites for fourteen years. He has worked with small startups and global brands, and has written more than a dozen books on web design, programming, usability, and accessibility.


Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, all products were sent for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own and not influenced in any way.





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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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