WebSite Version 1.1
COMPUTER SOFTWARE REVIEW
Title: WebSite Version 1.1; O'Reilly & Associates Inc.;
Manual in Paperback, ISBN: 1-56592-173-9, 494 pages,
1996; Program and Manual Price: US$499.00 CAN$599.00
Reviewers: A.T. Connellan, and Mark Grant, "Now every
man/woman can take charge, thanks to O'Reilly's
follow-the-bouncing-ball WebSite Version 1.1."
A web site for every man/woman
Those who have entered the World Wide Web via a page
on their Internet server are astounded by its power as
a marketing platform. On the WWW all businesses
compete on a level playing field.
For some the only frustration may be in a counterproductive
address. Entering the awkward;
can discourage many an eager potential customer.
Combine this with the problems created by the current
amalgamation craze and the maneuvering of,
Cable, and other interests as they attempt to "move
and shake" their way to a position for dominance
in the cyberplace.
Too many of us are being lost in the shuffle as domain
names, monthly charges, and terms of service are
arbitrarily altered. What can the little guy do? Well, why
not take charge? Become a server!
When WebSite 1.0 hit the marketplace a year ago
it represented a price breakthrough. At US$499
it quickly became a best seller, and things changed
dramatically. Now with the introduction of WebSite
Version 1.1, a good thing just became one heck
of a lot better. Operating safely behind an
unchangeable, simplified, domain name,
http://www.little_guy.com is now in control.
"Building Your Own WebSite," by Susan B. Peck
and Stephen Warrants, is the 494-page manual
that augments WebSite 1.1's substantial on line help
and makes installation almost child's play. Using
the one page checklist of required configuration
information, and guided by an install wizard,
WebSite 1.1 loads in under 10 minutes.
The program runs equally well in Windows 95 or NT3.5
or higher, on either a dedicated or shared work station.
On Windows NT, the program offers an additional
level of security by running as a system service, allowing
the program to start up without a user logged on.
Putting web pages into a simple directory, and then
running the program makes them accessible to the web
world. The use of Windows 95 or NT also means that
site authors can have multiple programs running,
local networking and Internet access, and
most importantly, long file names.
Creating and maintaining pages is raided by several
innovative programs. The web index builds a searchable
list of every word on the site. Image map editor presents
a simple way to add interactive graphics to the site, and
using Visual Basic to create interactive forms allows the
to enter data, ask questions, or send responses.
The advanced Perl language allows the little guy to
process data retrieved or to perform maintenance scripts.
Collectively, the use of these tools and others included
in the package, or those available from the O'Reilly
WebSite, gives the little guy a straightforward method
to design, produce, and maintain web pages that will
create a powerful impact in the cybermarket.
O'Reilly and Associates Inc. has built a solid reputation
with their line of books, and WebSite 1.1 continues
the tradition with software. When our installation disks
arrived damaged, ORA's excellent customer service
not only returned our telephone call, but also allowed us
of down load the original software instantly, and
Later, when another problem arose, once again they
jumped to produce the solution. Microsoft
could take lessons from this group.
Look out world, here comes the little guy!
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