It is among UNESCO's utmost priorities to promote universal access to information and to contributeto the strengthening of communication and information capacities. This manual has been written toprovide guidelines for developing websites for the Asia region. Theories, principles, strategies andtechniques are offered in this manual based on decades of experiences of those who have developedwebsites that delivered and met users' expectations. They are also products shaped from words of wisdom generated from in-depth research and evaluation or documentation on the process of websitedevelopment and maintenance.Many materials in various forms, content orientations and presentations have been produced onwebsite development. How different is this manual from the rest?Rather than provide the technical step-by step procedures for creating a product, or how to produce amultimedia shockwave animation, an html file, an online form, or optimize a heavy graphic, usuallyfound in many manuals and handbooks, this manual offers guidelines that are based on lessonslearned and good practices. For example, in making a site more appealing visually and artistically,principles and lessons learned are given rather than the actual process of designing a visuallyappealing website. Instead of demonstrating how to configure the server or upload a website on aplatform, it provides criteria on what server or operating system to choose that will work. Instead of showing how to set up a web-based database and install a scripting language, it explains what are thedifferent database software in the market and their advantages and disadvantages as well as whatscripting language works on which server environment to provide better basis for planning anddevelopment. This way, the manual provides more solid foundation and conceptual grounding thathopefully, will ensure a far more sound approach towards the development of technical skills.