Stop Building Ugly Web Sites, Read “CSS: The Missing Manual”

Let’s face it. There are PLENTY of ugly websites out on the Internet today. Don’t add to the mess! You can build an appealing web site that is maintainable. By learning CSS you can improve your website designs and ease your maintenance efforts. CSS is a deep topic that requires some focused effort to understand and put to use. One of the best resources I have found to assist you in this effort is CSS: The Missing Manual.



It took me years to come to the realization that the web sites I built suffered from a severe affliction. They were ugly! I had never claimed to be a graphic artist and I convinced myself that if the site was somewhat usable then it was good enough.

Eventually I came to the realization that my designs were not up to snuff. I had to learn how to deliver more appealing web sites or suffer the loss of countless users. I had seen sites with designs that truly impressed me. All of the designers of those sites swore by CSS.

I decided I had better get up to speed on it.

In the past I read other books in the “Missing Manual” series and had found them helpful in understanding technology topics. It was on that experience that I based my decision to purchase “CSS: The Missing Manual”. I am very glad I did.

This book starts you off with the very basic topics of CSS. It does not assume any pre-existing knowledge of CSS. Because of this the absolute novice to CSS can feel comfortable that they will be able to pick up this book and get started with it.

From that beginning the author builds on the topics presented in an order that logically progresses you to more and more mastery of the topic.

In addition, the author explains best practices when implementing CSS in your designs. This means you not only get a box of shiny new toys you also get the guidance needed to put them to good use in your site designs.

By the end of the book you will be comfortable in your new level of expertise in CSS. You will have no trouble implementing it in your sites. This will not only improve the look of your sites but will also simplify the maintenance of your sites.

I highly recommend “CSS: The Missing Manual”. It provides a solid foundation of knowledge in CSS by leading you through the topic in a logical, progressive manner.

Question: What weaknesses do you recognize in your web site designs?

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