Geek-Free, Commonsense Advice On Building a Low-Cost
Publisher: Top Floor Publishing
Author: Peter Kent
Are you new to the Internet? Do you want to set up a site for your
business? Do you want to sell products online? Are you confused as
to what you should and shouldn't do? I'm sure you are to a certain
degree. There are so many people out there telling you that you need
so many megabytes of this or that they have a super-duper blazing
connection to the Internet so your site will be fast. Which, if any
of these is important, and which can you avoid?
Peter Kent, the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Internet,
has written his own book called Poor Richard's Web Site, Geek-Free,
Commonsense Advice On Building a Low-Cost Web Site. In this book,
he attempts to answer these questions and more. Mr. Kent uses a straightforward,
basic approach to the topics he covers, which include:
Do You Really Need a Web Site?
An Introduction to HTML
Taking Orders On-line
Registering Your Web Site
Electronic Press Releases
Each chapter and topic is presented in a logical order starting at
the basic, explaining how the feature works, why it is important,
and where you can go to get more information. His approach is not
tarnished by a bias to one product or another. He just presents the
facts as they are.
Mr. Kent uses a very down-to-earth writing style that makes you feel
you can trust him. Several times in the book he presents an idea,
but then warns you that, "The Internet is a giant jobs program
for computer geeks" (in other words, you probably don't need
this feature). The book is full of these types of "warnings".
Mr. Kent could have written the whole book telling you that you must
have an Internet presence and all the things that go along with it.
Instead he chose to tell you the advantages of being online, but also
warns you about being taken advantage of. Other warnings he gives
If you don't know what it takes to set up a Web server, don't
The Number one complaint by World Wide Web user is slow page
loading, not lack of video.
The Internet is not a multimedia system.
In the Web-design world, stay a couple of steps behind.
Java, ActiveX, and all sorts of other geeky subjects. But not only
don't you need to understand these things in order to set up a Web
site, you can read a dozen books and you still won't know everything
you need to do." This book doesn't attempt to tell you how to
do everything. It just explains why you might consider a feature and
where to get it.