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  • Web Developer's Handbook5 out of 5 - absolutely the best collection of links for Web site programmers.
  • W3Schools4 out of 5 - Full Web development tutorials for free.
  • Web Site FAQ4 out of 5 is a nice collection of short but useful tips about all aspects of Web site creation from coding to legal to promotion.
  • evolt.org is a blog for serious Web developers.
  • BigNoseBird4 out of 5 has free scripts, graphics, fonts, Web traffic report, HTML tricks, tutorials, MIDI files, etc.
  • Web Wiz Guide - Web development forums, ASP tutorials, Web dev book reviews, etc.
  • 8 Sites with Quality HTML Coding Examples from the folks at MakeUseOf.
  • Don't Fear the Internet is a collection of tutorial videos that show you beginner HTML and CSS.
  • Tutorial Links from Westciv.
  • WebDeveloper has some tutorials, articles on Web servers, tools, etc.
  • dZone is a blog for developers.
  • Web Reference4 out of 5 is a very good all purpose Web page reference site, especially for the more advanced Web developer, which includes material on forms, DHTML, XML, Perl, scripting, etc.
  • HTML Help - Web Design Group Web Tools - Web page validators, CSS checker, CGI debugger, etc.
  • Essential Tools for Web Developers - Web based tools.
  • HTML5 Templates This article contains a few sites that give you a good start in coding with HTML5.
  • BoilerPlate is a set of HTML5 code that helps you create your own web page. The code includes CSS and javascript.
  • allaboutyourownwebsite has information on designing your web page, reviews of Web software, tutorials, color wheels, etc.
  • The WWW Help Page is a collection of links to various topics related to Web page building. Includes style sheets, background colors, CGI, etc.
  • Color Chart - color chart showing names and hex equivlents. Web safe colors are identified but other colors are also listed.
  • Web Colors - in the Wikipedia, shows the hex, decimal triplet, and color name.
  • Color Matters is all about color and its effects on the perceiver. Dicusses what colors to use in your page.
  • Symbolism of Color includes some discussion of emotional reaction to colors as well as discussion of color palettes with plenty of examples.
  • Colorlab lets you select from the 'color safe' palette and shows the colors that you select within each other so you can see how they'll look together.
  • Web Safe Colors is a great explanation of safe colors from the Web Developers Journal.
  • Color Schemer - color scheme creator
  • Color Selector - color selector page - mix colors to see who they will look together - table of Web safe colors with hex codes and names.
  • Color Palette Inspiration - lots of samples of graphics using minimal number of colors in palette.
  • Browser Safe Color Chart gives the hex codes for browser safe colors.
  • Visibone Color Swatches has some great resources for using color on the Web including a palette for Paint Shop Pro.
  • Browser Safe Colors translates the named colors into hex.
  • Colorzilla is an add-on for Firefox that gives you a dropper which can tell the color of any object on the screen. Useful when developing sites.
  • ReallyBig.com has a little bit of everything for the Web page builder including graphics, hit counters, scripts, code, etc. It is very big.
  • Andover Update's Web Traffic Report can tell you if the jam up is in the Web or in your intranet.
  • Web Developer's Notes - lots of tips and tricks associated with Web page maintenance including tutorials on HTML, Javascript, Flash, and SQL.
  • Think Vitamin has Web developer forums, advice, reviews of Web software.
  • Digital Point Forums - forums for Web developers
  • go4expert - programming and Web development forums.
  • Web Dev Forums - for Web developers.
  • Webmaster World4 out of 5 - has forums and a nice collection of posts that are highlighted due to their highly interesting content.
  • GoodDocuments contains "how to" material on writing and creating easy to read Web pages.
  • SearchTools.com is a great site for information (sometimes very technical) on supplying search tools for your site.
  • FrontPage World is associated with FrontPage.
  • Free Center - free scripts, graphics, software, html checkers, forms, counters, fonts, midi, contests, links to other free stuff sites - with ratings
  • Web Page Design has some pretty good links to Web development resources.
  • Web Design References is a rather large collection of links to design tools sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • DreamWeaver FAQ
  • DreamWeaver Tips & Tutorials
  • So You Want to Make a Web Page has tutorials on tables, forms, and frames.
  • Webby Awards have links to the best designed Web pages.
  • A Search Engine for Your Site is a collection of search engines. Some sites supply code that you can include in your Web page.
  • Bookmarklets These are little utility programs disquised as bookmarked sites. You can put their links in your toolbar and click on them whenever you need them.
  • Site Search Tools has links to sites that will index your page so that you can offer a search capability to visitors to your site.
  • A List Apart is a e-magazine and site for Web site developers.
  • Cookie Central tells you all about cookies.
  • Webmaster Toolkit has a bunch of tools: menu generator, metatag generator, site analyzer, etc.
  • 404 Errors is a collection of links to error pages that people have created which are displayed when the URL you entered doesn't exist.
  • Frequent Questions Answered is a cute presentation of Web site development technques. You hover over the answer to see the question.
  • Code Guru is a site for Web site developers. Has info on IIS, SQL Server, etc.
  • IIS FAQ - excellent info broken down into categories.
  • WebTalk Guys - Web talk radio show - listen to short presentations on topics related to the Web including reviews of sites.
  • Your Complete Guide to Effective Web Design has a bunch of info - mostly more advanced stuff.
  • Top 20 Web-Building Sites
  • Five Tips for Optimizing GIF Files
  • Web Design From Scratch4 out of 5 Very nice tutorials, Web design book reviews, etc. One section is a very interesting exercise where a 50 Web pages are completely redesigned to make them better. In each separate article, the author explains their improvements.
  • Stand Alone Programmer is a good article that includes tips on how to maintain your edge when doing a lot of programming on your own.
  • WebDesign References - put together by University of Minnesota Duluth - is a collection of sites that have information on Web design including HTML, CSS, script, color, etc.
  • Web Style Guide - has some great material on designing a Web site - no code.
  • Cheat Sheets for Web and other programming languages.
  • Add a Search Engine to Your Site
  • How to Install XAMPP This software loads Apache and MySql on your local device so you can host Web sites from your local network.
HTML and Web Pages
CGI, Java, ASP, etc.
Publishing and Promoting Your Web Page
  • PromoPhobia has links to sites that promote your web site. They will gladly do the work for you for a price.
  • Self Promotion is a free promotion service that submits your site to various search engines.
  • Web Pages That Suck intends to instruct by showing bad page designs.
  • Getting Your Site on Search Engines
  • Bobby is a program that displays your Web pages as they appear through various browsers. It is slow.
  • NetMechanic gives you feedback on Web site load times, spelling, GIF resizing, etc. Link testing, HTML validation, and monitoring for your website (Results sent via e-mail - or leave email box blank to get immediate results.)
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  • AddMe submits your Web page to multiple search engines to make sure that others have a chance to appreciate your talent.
  • NetNames - find out if your domain name is taken.
  • Host Search helps you search for a host service provider.
  • The Hosting Chart ranks the top ten hosting services.
  • Web Host Magazine has reviews of hosters, advice, forums, etc.
  • Web Hosters - reviews of hosters, FAQ, advice, news, etc.
  • Weebly has customizable site templates so you can build a rudimentary site pretty quickly.
  • Wix has customizable site templates so you can build a rudimentary site pretty quickly.
  • How to Build a Web Site is a review of quick and easy Web site options.
  • FindMyHosting - how to find the best hoster for your site.
  • Host Search - has advice, articles, and forums.
  • Web Hosting Info - has advice, articles, and forums..
  • Web Hosting Chat- Web hosting forums.
  • Uptime is a chart of hosting provider failures for the top 100 hosting services. The site has a treasure chest of other information about hosting providers.
  • The Free Site has links to free counters, free tracking services, etc. "Free" means that you put their ad banner on your page. Site includes links to some free graphics and sound files as well as other free stuff.
  • Buy.domains will register your domain name for about $16 per year.
  • Domain Name Registrars
  • Homestead is a hosting site that has an easy to use tool to help you build your own, small Web site.
  • Bigstep - commercial site builder (small business).
  • Network Solutions is a domain registrar.
  • Register.com is a domain registrar that has a useful name search function.
  • Dotster is a domain registrar that is cheap and lets you 'park' a simple page on their server as you build your production Web page.
  • Blogger vs WordPress compares the two blogging platforms.

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