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Django for Beginners

Build websites with Python & Django

About the Book

Django for Beginners is a project-based introduction to Django, the popular Python-based web framework. Suitable for total beginners who have never built a website before as well as professional programmers looking for a fast-paced guide to modern web development and Django fundamentals.

In the book you’ll learn how to:

  • Build 5 websites from scratch, including a Blog and Newspaper
  • Deploy online using security best practices
  • Customize the look and feel of your sites
  • Write tests and run them for all your code
  • Integrate user authentication, email, and custom user models
  • Add permissions and authorizations to make your app more secure

If you’re curious about Python-based web development, Django for Beginners is a best-practices guide to writing and deploying your own websites quickly.



"If you’re looking for a guide into the world of Django, then the three-step of Django for Beginners, Django for APIs, and Django for Professionals is ideal: get up and running, get into APIs, which are a cornerstone of modern app development, and then add the bits you need to your fledging app into production, from databases and static files, to user accounts and security. It’s a long road. Will’s books are an awesome companion."—CARLTON GIBSON, Django Fellow and Django REST Framework core contributor

"When readers interested in web development ask me what to read next after Python Crash Course, I refer them to Will's books: Django for Beginners, Django for APIs, and Django for Professionals. I highly recommend you check out his work."—ERIC MATTHES, author of Python Crash Course

"Will's books are a fantastic resource for web development with Django and Python. I highly recommended them.”—JEFF TRIPLETT, Python Software Foundation Director, DEFNA President, and REVSYS Partner

About the Author

William S. Vincent
William S. Vincent

William S. Vincent is the author of Django for Beginners, Django for APIs, and Django for Professionals. A Board Member of the Django Software Foundation, he was previously an early employee at Quizlet and taught computer science at Williams College. He writes regularly about Python and Django at

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • Why Django
    • Why This Book
    • Prerequisites
    • Book Structure
    • Book Layout
    • Advice on Getting Stuck
    • Community
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 1: Initial Set Up
    • The Command Line
    • Shell Commands
    • Install Python 3 on Windows
    • Install Python 3 on Mac
    • Python Interactive Mode
    • Virtual Environments
    • Install Django
    • First Django Project
    • Text Editors
    • Install Git
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 2: Hello World App
    • Initial Set Up
    • HTTP Request/Response Cycle
    • Model-View-Controller vs Model-View-Template
    • Create An App
    • Hello, World
    • Git
    • GitHub
    • SSH Keys
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3: Pages App
    • Initial Set Up
    • Templates
    • Class-Based Views
    • URLs
    • About Page
    • Extending Templates
    • Tests
    • Git and GitHub
    • Local vs Production
    • Heroku
    • Deployment Checklist
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4: Message Board App
    • Initial Set Up
    • Create a Database Model
    • Activating models
    • Django Admin
    • Views/Templates/URLs
    • Adding New Posts
    • Tests
    • GitHub
    • Heroku Configuration
    • Heroku Deployment
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5: Blog App
    • Initial Set Up
    • Database Models
    • Admin
    • URLs
    • Views
    • Templates
    • Static Files
    • Individual Blog Pages
    • Tests
    • Git
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6: Forms
    • CreateView
    • UpdateView
    • DeleteView
    • Tests
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7: User Accounts
    • Log In
    • Updated Homepage
    • Log Out Link
    • Sign Up
    • Sign Up Link
    • GitHub
    • Static Files
    • Heroku Config
    • Heroku Deployment
    • SQLite vs PostgreSQL
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8: Custom User Model
    • Initial Set Up
    • Custom User Model
    • Forms
    • Superuser
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 9: User Authentication
    • Templates
    • URLs
    • Admin
    • Tests
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 10: Bootstrap
    • Pages App
    • Tests
    • Testing Philosophy
    • Bootstrap
    • Sign Up Form
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11: Password Change and Reset
    • Password Change
    • Customizing Password Change
    • Password Reset
    • Custom Templates
    • Try It Out
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 12: Email
    • SendGrid
    • Custom Emails
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 13: Newspaper App
    • Articles App
    • URLs and Views
    • Detail/Edit/Delete
    • Create Page
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 14: Permissions and Authorization
    • Improved CreateView
    • Authorizations
    • Mixins
    • LoginRequiredMixin
    • UpdateView and DeleteView
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 15: Comments
    • Model
    • Admin
    • Template
    • Comment Form
    • Comment View
    • Comment Template
    • Comment Post View
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 16: Deployment
    • Environment Variables
    • Static Files
    • Deployment Checklist
    • GitHub
    • Heroku Deployment
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
    • Next Steps
    • 3rd Party Packages
    • Learning Resources
    • Python Books
    • Feedback

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