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Technical knowledge, such as coding, often stands in the way of non-software engineers from building a website. But what if there was a way to bypass all the technical complexities and still have a well designed website? If you want to do that then this is the book for you. Author Steven V Taylor says it simply, and makes it easy for the reader to follow instructions. You will not need a web guy to build that long-awaited website; that first crucial step to flourish in the ecommerce industry.

Content

At the very outset, the author makes it clear whom the book is intended for. He then takes the readers through a step-by-step process of building a website using WordPress. The book comes as a complete guide on using WordPress and bypassing coding and other technical knowhow to build one’s own website. The reader is guided on how to choose a domain name and hosting provider. Next, comes getting content and ideas organized. All this has to be in place before the actual WordPress part comes into play. The chapters on installing WordPress, and how to effectively use it, contain important pointers for readers. The book helps readers navigate through WordPress, and its various settings.  Finally, it is time to build the website, and here too, the ensuing chapters are exceptionally detailed. Right from building the Home, About Us, Contact Us pages tp picking logos and setting up payment accounts, the author tells you everything and a lot more.

The book serves almost as a tutorial as it highlights shopping cart integration with WooCommerce, product reviews, collecting money from PayPal, and search engine optimization.

Author

Steven V Taylor has designed numerous websites in his capacity of a professional web and mobile application developer.

Starting his career during the dotcom bubble of the late 1990s, Taylor has founded SteveWare Labs, a software company based in Maui, Hawaii. He is also the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of the Yoga Learning Centre which is a novel online yoga instruction site, along with being the CEO of Web Schools International, and author of Web Design from the Ground Up with XHTML, CSS and Web Graphics.

Pros

The book is a detailed ‘how to’ guide on designing a website without hiring a professional. Written in a simple, friendly and easy-to-follow manner, Taylor, makes the reader feel comfortable with the various instructions. Replete with handy tips, this book is a treasure trove for those looking to design their own website. The author’s directions are not convoluted by unnecessary jargon,as he imparts knowledge in the way that a good teacher would. What makes the book reader-friendly is the author’s wit. His explanations and instructions are often tinged with humour, which make this self-help book a delight to read.

Cons

This book may not be sufficient for someone looking to design something sophisticated. It allows readers to create a well designed, but otherwise basic website. For a top class website, professional help and that web guy could just be needed.

Conclusion

The book is highly recommended for ecommerce business owners and professionals, and also for people who want to foray into the space on a tight budget. For people, who believe in DIY (do it yourself), this book is a ready guide. Written in a simple manner, this book is great for first-time ecommerce entrepreneurs and startups. It is also a great learning tool for anyone who wants to understand WordPress, and basics of designing a website without getting into the nitty-gritty of coding.

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