In this section I would like to recommend few books useful for beginners. If you are complete web design beginner, please start with HTML and CSS books and then proceed to PHP.
HTML and CSS
HTML, XHTML and CSS
Really good book for beginners – it explains everything in very simple way, starting from very basics and then proceeds to more complicated topics. It covers HTML, XHTML, CSS and some XML. (KINDLE EDITION)
I think this book is perfect for beginners who want to learn basics of web designing – lots of pictures, screenshots and very good, simple explanations. It doesn’t explain all the topics in detail, but is excellent starting point for busy people.
HTML & CSS: Design and Build Web Sites
Very modern looking book with very clean layout, very thoughtfully laid out. Information is given in interesting way without over-complicating things. Book guides reader from very basics to advanced topics. I highly recommend it to everyone who want to learn HTML and CSS!
Beginning PHP 5.3
Clear and well written book. First part covers PHP fundamentals, allowing beginners to quickly grasp the basic concepts. Code examples are clear and well explained. Each chapter contains some exercises with solutions in the ending chapters. Basic HTML knowledge is needed. Recommended for PHP beginners.