Wanting to do a web page and not knowing the first thing about it I was pleased when I saw in the newsagents a magazine called Web Pages made easy. It also had a free CD on it which said it contains your complete web creation kit. Although this magazine was, what I think anyway, expensive, I thought the £4.99 would be well worth it if I had a good web page at the end of the day. The magazine advertises the best web site building software such as dreamweaver, and web editor. It has articles for Beginners, making a simple web site, constructing your site and getting your site on the net. Improvers - exploring photoempact7, making a logo, getting your site listed by search engines and creating a web photo gallery. Advanced - build a great site with Golive and stylish sites with dreamweaver. eBusiness - creating a centre of excellence and a web catalogue. With all this surely I could not go wrong. So armed with the magazine and the web CD I start to give it a go. I managed 1 - 5 which was a great heading and then things started to go wrong. The screens that were supposed to come up didnt and I could not find the ones that should. I tried for a couple of hours. After restarting and going through it all again I still got no further. I will do a website but think I will give up on following the instructions for it in this magazine. It does feature sites that other readers have done but they dont necessarily say that they were done with the magazine from scratch. On the other hand perhaps it can be done and I will do it. If anyone like me has been to the website of friends reunited - schools - there is a very good item on the man behind this site which was also web site of the year. The reviews of hardward is very good and thorough in this magazine. It gives a write up and The Verdict with 1 - 5 stars on price, features, ease of use a nd if its value for money. The magazine is all about web site building and that is the articles you mainly get. Having read it through, even though I didnt do the web site, I do feel that it could be worth the money I paid for it in the long run.
What attracted me to the magazine 'Web Pages Made Easy' was the last two words of the title. The idea of anything being made easy appeals to me. The edition I bought had another appealing caption on the front cover that stated 'Build Web Pages In 20 Minutes'. This had me reaching in my pocket for my money. I couldn't resist the idea of creating a web site easily and in such a short time. The cover design, therefore, had done what it was supposed to do. It made me want to buy the magazine. The magazine cost £3.99 which is not exactly cheap for only 100 pages. Of the total pages 29 were taken up with advertising leaving me 71 pages to actually read. That's nearly 6p a page, not exactly good value. But built into the price are the 'free' CD's that come with the magazine. So I was really paying £3.99 for a magazine and two CD-Roms which now sounds a much better proposition. As I have recently been battling to get the hang of HTML, which is the language normally used for creating Web Sites, I was surprised at how little of the magazine was actually devoted to this. There were two pages entitled 'An A to Z of HTML' and three pages explaining the way to create 'Cascading Style Sheets' using HTML but not much else. I was a little disappointed about this at first. My disappointment faded when I started to get to grips with the CD-Roms. Who needs HTML if you have a CD described as 'The Easiest Web Site Builder We've Seen'? This was called 'Web Artist' and about 14 pages of the magazine tied in with the CD's explaining, in a very simple way, how to make a basic Web Site in under 20 minutes. No knowledge is required of HTML at all. It's a matter of designing your Web Site, with the aid of the CD, and that's it. The CD converts everything to HTML for you. Now this definitely is Web Pages Made Easy. I made a Web Site with a fancy background, titles, columns, links, sounds, different style buttons, signs, dividers, clip art and as much text positioned exactly where I wanted. It was also easy to add lots of different pages with the appropriate links. I'm sure that some readers may not be impressed with this but after struggling with making columns and tables in HTML this was like a dream come true. Even if I didn't get anything else from the magazine this was excellent value for £3.99 as far as I was personally concerned. The rest of the magazine I also found interesting and it was all understandable. I didn't feel I was being 'talked down' to but that they were simply trying to demistify the whole process of creating Web Sites. I would say that the magazine isn't for the 'experts' that try to baffle everyone and make things sound more difficult than they are. But is fine for beginners and anyone who likes an easy life. Besides the pages about the CD's there are also sections called Tech Support, eBusiness Made Easy, Web Projects and Webc@st which details news, insights and events. There are also special features such as the one on Domain Names in the issue I have. There were two pages of a Web Glossary and I think the lead-in on this page sums up the philosophy of the magazine, it reads: 'Building Web Pages is fun, but the incomprehensible jargon that goes with it isn't. We tackle the Net babble so you can start having fun again ...'. This way of thinking is fine by me. I like the idea of building Web Pages as being fun and easy so that everyone can join in. This is what the Internet is all about - access for absolutely everyone. Web Pages Made Easy, to sum up, is not for technocrats but is for anyone who may be a bit unsure of what it is all about. I'd recommend the magazine. You can always move on to HTML and more complicated things when you've got the hang of the easier stuff. < br>Web Pages Made Easy is a good confidence builder. Take a look!
Here’s a great magazine for the novice web page builder that will teach you how to use some of the most popular creation packages to build your web page. Every issue goes that step further on the ladder to creating that perfect web page. Normally the likes of Outlook Express & Netscape’s offering are covered in virtually every issue so that anyone who doesn’t want to spend money on or can’t afford a fully featured package can get the most out of Microsoft’s & Netscape’s offerings. There’s tutorials galore every issue & other popular creation packages are covered. There’s everything from laying out you page to making animated Gifs & uploading the finished site. The mag also tries to teach you basic HTML so that eventually you would be able to code your own pages, upload & edit them. Like most PC & Internet magazines you get your usual cover cd. In the case of Web Pages Made Easy the cover cd is completely Internet orientated & you get demos of the latest, greatest & most wickedly priced creation packages as well as the usual mixture of freeware & full programs. All that reading for the mere price of £1.99 an issue. The magazine is monthly so there’s plenty of time to save your pennies for it! In all I buy Web Pages Made Easy because I enjoy the easy user style, good content that doesn’t wander off the subject & because I want to learn a bit of HTML for myself without having to go through some massive book that leaves you wondering whether you should have just bought a WSIWYG Web creation package
I bought this magazine when I first came up with the idea of writing a web site and it definitely helped give me the confidence to go ahead. The tutorials themselves are of limited value for to me as I invariably want to do something totally different to what I'm being shown. I'm not completely sure I'm happy with what seems to be a push for all kinds of software either - sample on the CD, what it can do inside, then go and buy it. However that seems to be par for the course with computing magazines in general. Where it does score is in the examples of other peoples sites and links to all kinds of places you can get goodies and stuff to put on your site. Definitely worth buying a couple of issues, but then then articles all seem to start repeating the same content.
If you want to make a web site but don't know where to start then you must read this magazine. It cover the software needed for making a web site to finding a host and FTPing them to your web space. The magazine is easy to read with all the jargin explained. The cover disk will provide you with demos of the best HTML editors and web page programs. Even if you know how to make a site the magazine can help solve problems such as getting your site registered with search engines.
I buy this magazine occassionally and would recommend it to those who wish to learn how to build websites. It is reasonably easy to understand, although it is better if you have some computer knowledge. The cover CD recently has some very good software on it, such as Dreamweaver 3 trials. On the negative side because the magazine tries to cover a bit of everyting the step by step guides can be a bit brief. The magazine would probably be suitable for both home users and small business users.
The best web page magazine! It was by chance that I bought this at the time I was learning how to build my site. I was umming and ahhing at forking over 3.99 for what appears to be a magazine a bit on the thin side. Well worth it though as this magazine is jam-packed with great ideas and tutorials. I have now been able to put up a chat room and a mailing list on to my site. Also interesting was the dreamweaver tutorial. Web pages have simplified things right down so anyone can understand it. The one disadvantage to this magazine is that although I bought my copy about a month ago, there is still no sign of a new issue!