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Free Downloadable 330 Page Guide to Building Web Sites

Here's a great freebie for Gizmo's Freeware readers.

You may not know it but our Hot Finds Editor Robert Schifreen is a well known UK IT commentator and security specialist. He's recently written  a 330 page PDF book on how to  create web sites and applications with HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and MySQL. 

Robert has kindly made the PDF version of the book available to our readers for non-commercial use. Commercial users such as web hosting services and ISPs can apply to Robert for a license.

Here's how he describes the book:

"The Web Book is written for people with an interest in creating web sites. Whether you want a couple of pages for your personal site, or perhaps a site for your school, college or club, this book will tell you what you need to know. If you want a full-blown site for your small company, perhaps with added features such as a customer mailing list or a picture gallery, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve tried my hardest to keep everything non-technical. If you’re "into" computers, you should be able to follow.

Unlike many books on the subject that were written some years ago, The Web Book teaches you up-to-date methods. Follow the instructions here and you can be confident that you’re doing things in the right way, rather than using old-fashioned techniques that are now frowned upon..."

You can download the complete 330 page PDF file from here:   (9.94MB)

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by bebobalouie on 4. May 2012 - 17:31  (93035)

I clicked on the link and it opened a page in where I was offered the option to download it at a price. Where is the free download. What am I missing?

by Anupam on 4. May 2012 - 17:43  (93036)

This was an old offer, and is not valid anymore.

by bebobalouie on 4. May 2012 - 18:42  (93039)

I don't remember where I got it now, but I thought it was today. Oh well, it's not happening anymore.

by Axel (not verified) on 6. July 2010 - 12:11  (53845)

Downloaded A4 format quickly and completely using Chrome browser of course (what else?)

by F W (not verified) on 4. July 2010 - 16:49  (53744)

Verified, concur with Mike S. comments; I too got kicked off!

by joe 3 (not verified) on 6. July 2010 - 5:22  (53823)

took me not even 15 seconds to download

by Mike S (not verified) on 6. July 2010 - 8:51  (53832)

So What. Did you even read the post you commented on?

I was connected for 14 minutes but this wasn't long enough to get more than maybe 2.5MB of the 9+MB needed. If you got 9+MB in 15 seconds that tells me you have a fast connection which is precisely the point.

by Mike S (not verified) on 4. July 2010 - 3:06  (53714)

This ebook may or may not be any good, the link stopped (for me) after 10 minutes of downloading, I'm on dialup. I wasn't disconnected at my end it looks as if the site got rid of me after it deemed the time was long enough. Oh well, I don't like that this guy has such a tight hold on the link, offer a direct link, make the downloader agree to whatever, but the redirecting link with no visible direct link is simply over done for a free ebook. I'll pass.

by foto (not verified) on 4. July 2010 - 13:36  (53735)

I just down loaded it in less than 1 minute, the link was easy to follow and the DL was flawless.

by Mike S (not verified) on 4. July 2010 - 19:11  (53748)

foto, you need to read more closely.

The link was easily found, that wasn't the issue for me. The site seems to make the assumption that everyone has a fast connection, in your case I'm guessing you are downloading at roughly 300kbs, for me it's maybe 3.2kbs. It would take me an hour to get the file assuming I didn't get disconnected.

A direct link or resumable link would be great, the site don't provide one so I will move on. No big deal.

by play8oy (not verified) on 3. July 2010 - 14:48  (53693)

Downloaded and opened with success. Thank you for sharing this guide. :)

by wsedmark (not verified) on 3. July 2010 - 3:45  (53669)

Firefox had no problems downloading the book. It looks very good. Running Ubuntu 10.04 with no problems. Thanks for the link and information!

by gpc111 (not verified) on 2. July 2010 - 16:53  (53638)

The download page worked fine. I downloaded and opened the file with no problems. I use Firefox 3.6.6 and Nitro PDF. Make sure you click the right link to download and good luck. Thank you for the heads up about what looks to be an informative book.

by Anonymoussss (not verified) on 2. July 2010 - 16:25  (53636)

Too much good free stuff on the web now, just not enough time. :(

by Mohammed Sarhan (not verified) on 2. July 2010 - 15:02  (53631)

Good book
only downloadable by IE8

by HeWhoRocks on 2. July 2010 - 15:05  (53632)

I just downloaded it with Firefox with no probs.

Thanks Robert:)

by RogerC (not verified) on 2. July 2010 - 21:55  (53655)

No problems downloading with Chrome. Looks good and an easy read.

by Roman (not verified) on 2. July 2010 - 13:18  (53623)

When I clicked on the download link for A4 pdf - I got a screen full of unprintable characters and Firefox hung! Tried it several times with same result.

by Anupam on 2. July 2010 - 13:25  (53624)

Which pdf reader are you using on your system? It might have a plug-in installed on Firefox for reading pdf files on the browser. You should disable that plug-in... because it is trying to open the pdf file for reading on browser, whereas you want to download the file. That's why Firefox hangs, because the pdf file is being opened for reading.

by Connie Schroeder (not verified) on 2. July 2010 - 13:06  (53621)

Are you sure this download link still works?

by Anupam on 2. July 2010 - 13:25  (53625)

Yes, the download link is still working.

by Anonymous on 9. November 2009 - 6:31  (36246)

Thank you, Mr. Schifreen, for an excellent book. Exactly what I was looking for!!

by robert.schifreen on 6. September 2009 - 9:24  (32220)

Thanks to all 7400 of you who downloaded the book. I've just uploaded a new edition, with loads of minor corrections. If you're currently reading the book, you might want to download the new file and switch to that version instead.

Rob Schifreen
Author - The Web Book

by Anonymous on 27. August 2009 - 17:22  (31664)

downloaded it with IE8...tq

by robert.schifreen on 27. August 2009 - 10:06  (31639)

Thanks for the comments, guys. We've had more than 4000 downloads in just 3 days, which is great.

Yes, the preview version is the same as the PDF. If you want to browse the content online, rather than downloading a 10 MB PDF file, then you'll find it useful.

If you can't download, mail me at and I'll try to help. But PLEASE let me know which browser you're using.

Robert (author of the book)

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 19:23  (31579)

I posted the first reply and having read the others that followed I retried it. I had been using Download Manager which has always worked. When I disabled that I could then open the pdf and saved it afterwards.
To the respondent about the download and preview being the same thing they are the same document, but you can preview the file without downloading it. Try looking on the rest of the website before you respond.

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 18:31  (31573)

thanks for the link, downloaded, and works find

by JPBanks on 26. August 2009 - 16:52  (31566)

Download did not work with IE8 for me, but worked fine with Firefox.

by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 14:57  (31563)

Oi, thanks much, fellas. Doing some sites is in my cards for the near future, so this is timely, timely, timely. Gizmo strikes again!!!


by Anonymous on 26. August 2009 - 14:20  (31561)

The download and preview are one in the same.
Both work.