Book Review: Website Owner's Manual by Paul Boag

Sep 09, 2010
Let me start by stating this is a great book. Chalk full of pertinent and valuable info about the entire web development process. The author, Paul Boag, entitled it "Website Owner's Manual" gearing the content to the individual or group that manages a website but there is more to offer here. From planning and conceiving to managing and maintaining post launch.  I must admit I was really looking forward to this book coming out since we started the blog Website Owner's Manual. I’m regular listener to the author’s very popular podcast about web development and couldn’t wait for book that could potentially solve all our problems in the industry. Yes these were high expectations. 

I was interested in this book on how it could benefit our clients who care after the website once we've helped them build it. What I found was that the author presented the content in a non-technical and easy to read manner with simple illustrations and very little geek speak making it a great read for our keen clients packaged in a nice and succinct book.boag book illustration  
It really covers the gamut of the development process with focus on the non-technical aspects of what it takes to build a website and more in line with the process for the non-expert. Really about managing and maintaining and planning for the future. 
What I found particularly useful were the chapters Stress-free planning (2) and creating killer content (5) because there is often the biggest gap of knowledge for our clients taking on the task of redeveloping their web presence. If only our customers read this before engaging in selecting a web development firm then we would spend significantly less time educating and explaining and more time planning, crafting and building. 
This was a book that I will not only give out to our clients when wrapping up a project but also a good hand out to our staff for some great and valuable all round reading! 
I recommend the book to webmasters and those individuals in charge of building a website. This book won’t explain the ins and outs of how to code a website and doesn’t attempt to be that because it assumes the reader is leaving that to the professionals. Definitely worth the time and money.    
From the Publisher
Many of the people responsible for a website don't have a clue what's required to build one and keep it up and running. The job of planning, launching, and managing a site often falls to people who have little or no experience in web design or development. Website Owner's Manual is for the thousands of marketers, IT managers, project leaders, and business owners who need to put a website in place and keep it running with a minimum of trouble.
Using clever illustrations, easy-to-follow lists and diagrams, and other friendly touches, Website Owner's Manual helps readers form a vision for a site, guides them through the process of selecting a web design agency, and gives just enough background to help them make intelligent decisions throughout the development process. This book provides a jargon-free overview of web design, including accessibility, usability, online marketing, and web development techniques.
Using Website Owner's Manual, readers master the vocabulary and concepts they need to discuss how a website dovetails with the needs of a business. This book will help them work confidently with the designers and developers building and maintaining a site so they can concentrate on what your website needs to do.
Format:Trade Paperback
Dimensions:296 Pages, 7.38 x 9.25 x 0.6 in
Published:November 23, 2009
Publisher:Manning Publications
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Tony Tullio

Tony Tullio is a veteran in the interactive business and Director/Founder at Inorbital and always looking for great web apps and useful websites. Let us know what you think about this topic by commenting or rating or connect with him via Twitter  LinkedIn