I became an ambassador for Coffee Cup Software before my page was even on the web. I help promote Coffee Cup Software and attempt to help people to make their web pages better. My page is still growing, and I am still learning myself....
If you are interested in making your own page - check out the people at Coffee Cup Software, you can even download versions of their software for free!
Below is a list of the various sources I used to develop my website (besides various internet sources). If you are planning to create a site, want to improve your site or just want to learn HTML, these books are great ones to get you started.
Web Design Before & After
The book is written by Richard Wagner, a web site designer & web tool inventor.
This book is great - it has complete makeovers for websites, as well as tweaks for individual pages. Topics covered include layout, text, & graphic makeover's. The downloaded files include both before and after examples, so you can see exactly what has changed and why.
The book gave a great makeover on how to make Google's blog your own page - by following his instructions, I had a blog on my page in very short order. Much of my current web page is based on information obtained from this book. I was lucky enough to find it at my local library (along with many others!).
The book is published by Wiley Publishing Inc. and is available for purchase at their website, wiley.com (ISBN 0-471-78323-4)
CSS Web Site Design
I picked up this book at my local library. This book is written by Eric A. Meyer, former Webmaster for Case Western Reserve University & writer of many books on the subject of CSS.
This book was very helpful for me to understand "floats" and positioning of graphics using CSS. A CD comes with the book that includes all of the sample files. The Cd also includes training videos on various subjects.
This is a lynda.com book published by Peachpit Press. It is available online from peachpit.com (ISBN 0-321-29391-6)
CSS The Designers Edge
This book I also picked up at my local library. The book is written by Molly Holzschlag, a renowned web designer and Education Director for the World Organization of Webmasters. This book is easy to follow with good information about how to make layouts using CSS.
The book is full of examples (that are also available for download). One section of the book covers changing a table based layout to a CSS based layout. The author also deconstructs some sites to show how the designers used CSS to acheive their design.
This book is published by Sybex Inc. - it is available online from Sybex.com. (ISBN 0-7821-4184-6)
My Website is Better Than Yours
I bought this book from Coffee Cup Software a few months back. Coffee Cup Software is also where I purchased my first HTML editor. I figured that if they put out some really great software, they are bound to put out a good book - I was not disappointed. The book is well written by Nick Longo, founder of the company (it was a real coffee house!).
When I first bought this book, my understanding of CSS was very limited. Even after learning HTML, I still did not understand (or care to understand) about CSS. This book changed all that - I understood CSS for the first time after reading this book. A section on optimizing your site to help search engines find you is also included. The last section of the book is devoted to deconstructing various websites such as CNN, Amazon, Ford, etc. so that you may understand how they were created and how they work.
This book is published by CoffeeCup Software and is available for purchase at Coffeecup.com. (ISBN 978-0-9767569-0-3)