Books about web design

If you are thinking about beginning your own website it's always a good idea to prepare yourself and do a bit of reading before you start out. Even if you are planning to hire someone to design a website for you. After all, you don't want to end up in the list of worst websites ever here on Ugliest Site In The World. A good suggestion here is to develop your site with WordPress, free, professional and relatively secure because of its automatic updates feature: check out some books about WordPress to get you started. If you don't have any web design or programming skills you can always get help at Fiverr to get professional help starting at $5 (for WordPress services click on Programming & Tech > WordPress).

If you think you need a more advanced CMS, check out some books about Drupal to find more about a CMS that might deliver what you need.

You can find some of the current bestsellers about web design here:

Web Design Book Bestsellers

Product picture for Clean Architecture: A Craftsmans Guide to Software Structure and Design (Robert C. Martin Series)by Robert C. Martin
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Practical Software Architecture Solutions from the Legendary Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”)   By applying universal rules of software architecture, you can dramatically improve developer productivity throughout the life of any software system. Now, building upon the success of his best-selling books Clean Code and The Clean Coder, legendary software craftsman Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) reveals those rules and helps you apply them.   Martin’s Clean Architecture doesn’t...
Book cover from Python Crash Course: A Hands-On, Project-Based Introduction to Programmingby Eric Matthes
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Python Crash Course is a fast-paced, thorough introduction to Python that will have you writing programs, solving problems, and making things that work in no time. In the first half of the book, you’ll learn about basic programming concepts, such as lists, dictionaries, classes, and loops, and practice writing clean and readable code with exercises for each topic. You’ll also learn how to make your programs interactive and how to test your code safely before adding it to a project. In the...
Book cover from The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Editionby Don Norman
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Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious—even liberating—book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other...
Book cover from Learning Python, 5th Editionby Mark Lutz
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Get a comprehensive, in-depth introduction to the core Python language with this hands-on book. Based on author Mark Lutz’s popular training course, this updated fifth edition will help you quickly write efficient, high-quality code with Python. It’s an ideal way to begin, whether you’re new to programming or a professional developer versed in other languages.Complete with quizzes, exercises, and helpful illustrations, this easy-to-follow, self-paced tutorial gets you started with both...
Book cover from Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Productsby Nir Eyal
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How do successful companies create products people can’t put down? Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Model—a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior. Through consecutive “hook cycles,” these...
Book cover from Dont Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter)by Steve Krug
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Since Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject. Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic–with updated...
Book cover from HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websitesby Jon Duckett
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A full-color introduction to the basics of HTML and CSS from the publishers of Wrox!  Every day, more and more people want to learn some HTML and CSS. Joining the professional web designers and programmers are new audiences who need to know a little bit of code at work (update a content management system or e-commerce store) and those who want to make their personal blogs more attractive. Many books teaching HTML and CSS are dry and only written for those who want to become programmers, which...
Book cover from Automate the Boring Stuff with Python: Practical Programming for Total Beginnersby Al Sweigart
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If you’ve ever spent hours renaming files or updating hundreds of spreadsheet cells, you know how tedious tasks like these can be. But what if you could have your computer do them for you? In Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, you’ll learn how to use Python to write programs that do in minutes what would take you hours to do by hand—no prior programming experience required. Once you’ve mastered the basics of programming, you’ll create Python programs that effortlessly perform...
Book cover from Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creativeby Austin Kleon
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You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side. When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech...
Book cover from Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery Setby Jon Duckett
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A two-book set for web designers and front-end developers This two-book set combines the titles HTML & CSS: Designing and Building Web Sites and JavaScript & jQuery: Interactive Front-End Development. Together these two books form an ideal platform for anyone who wants to master HTML and CSS before stepping up to JavaScript and jQuery. HTML & CSS covers structure, text, links, images, tables, forms, useful options, adding style with CSS, fonts, colors, thinking in boxes, styling lists and...

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