Book Review - Web Site Cookbook by Doug Addison
When you run a web site, there's always "one more thing" you have to take care of. Web Site Cookbook by Doug Addison can help you figure out what some of those things are, as well as how to fix them.
Contents: Web Server Startup; Site Planning and Setup; Page Design and Navigation; Formatting Text and Code; Formatting Graphics; Displaying and Delivering Information; Interacting with Visitors; Promotion and E-Commerce; Maintenance and Troubleshooting; Index
This is an O'Reilly "Cookbook" title, so it follows the standard format for the series. You get a Problem, a Solution, a Discussion of the solution, as well as a See Also section if there's a source for additional information. The pros and cons of books like this are that not all of the problems will apply to you, and you may feel like you didn't get your full money's worth. For instance, if you already have a domain name and a site, the recipe for Registering A Domain Name doesn't help you out at all. However, if you run a PHP site and you want to incorporate the use of captchas to foil automated bots, then the recipe for Using A Graphical Character String For Form Authentication might be all that you need to make this book worth buying. It's really hard to predict whether any given person will value the material. On the other hand, all the recipes in the book *are* well written and do what is intended by the author.
So, I like the book, but I'm aware that there might be differing opinions on how good it is. Basically it comes down to what you're looking for. If you get a chance to scan the book before purchasing, it might help you make your decision...