Review of "Web User"

published 14/04/2001 | brianlfc
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Oh well, thought I'd pop by to see how all you folks are doing :) Kate is now 9 months old and is a little darling :)
Pro Very easy to understand, only 99p, some great tips, very easy read
Cons No free Cd's
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"The Internet in PURE ENGLISH"

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a new magazine on the shelves, that looked very familiar to the mega successful Computer Active, it was called Web User, So I took a quick look at it, whilst my Girlfriend was doing a bit of shopping, I didn’t bother buying it, as for the last few months, whenever I have bought a computer magazine, they end up just lying around unread. So I gave it a miss.

Over the last week or so, I have seen several reviews on this magazine, all recommending it, so the other day I thought, what the hell and bought it, apparently it IS written by the same people who write Computer Active, which is a MASSIVE plus, the reasons for this I’ll will explain below.

What is Web User?

Well I thought that would be obvious, but here goes, Web User is a magazine, that will guide you around the complicated world of the “World Wide Wait” (The Internet), it is in exactly the same format as Computer Active, in other words, it is written in PLAIN ENGLISH, no computer jargon’s or complicating words, just easily to understand writing. It costs 99 pence, although this is a trial price, similar to when Computer Active arrived on the scene, so one would expect the price to rise to £1.20 after a few Issues and it is out every fortnight.

What is in Web User?

Workshops: I find these are excellent pages, especially for the beginner, and contain various subject and full instructions on certain tasks, in the issue I bought, these include: How to add a new ISP, Building Web Pages, Uploading Web Pages, etc.

Readers Hints and Tips: This is basically what you get in other magazines, it is just a load of letters sent in by fellow readers, that will share their tips on various internet subjects like Search Engines, How to print a framed web site, etc.

News: All the latest news and information on various things to do with the Internet, and the latest technologies.

Best Websites: In here, you are given a comprehensive list of new or revamped web sites that you should look out for, they also give each site a rating, there are one or two very decent and useful sites shown here.

Net Calendar: On this page, you are given all the latest dates for various LIVE events which are due to be aired over the Internet, such as live chat discussions and other topical issues.

Shopping News and Shopping Challenge: All the latest prices and bargains to be found on the Internet. Whilst The Shopping Challenge, consists of a search spread right over the Internet, to see where the cheapest prices can be found, on a certain thing, that is suggested by fellow readers, in the issue I have, they actually found a Samsung DVD player, for £42 cheaper than could be found ANYWHERE on the high street.

Consumer Champion and Shopping test: This is where you go, if you have experienced any problems whilst purchasing things over the Internet, things like, unable to acquire you’re money back, things never arriving, etc, they will investigate it for you. Whilst the shopping test, is where they rate commercial web site, and give you an unbiased view of them, and which are the more reliable.

Site test and Smarter surfing: Site test, is just what it says, they test various websites, and give you feedback on things like speed, usefulness, etc and Smarter surfing is just a load of tips on how to speed your surfing up.

There are various other sections in this magazine, like letters columns, 50 of the most useful websites, etc and many useful hints and tips, which will come of use to almost anyone.


Well as you can expect, with the magazine being made by the Computer Active team, it is a very easy read, and there are not too many adverts, to which you find in other magazines, and you get a real unbiased point of view on things, so I would recommend it to any internet addict, and for 99 pence, you couldn’t really ask for more.

Web User also has its own web site, which can be found at, so go and take a quick look at things you can find in the magazine.

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Comments on this review

  • perox published 11/10/2003
    This has actually been out for a couple of years now despite still claiming to be new. At 99p it's definitely worth it though they're not as mac-friendly as they were at first.
  • LouZ published 23/04/2003
    Sounds like just what I'm looking for. Many thanks Brian. P.s. I suppose the lfc a Liverpool reference? Are you from up there or a distant supporter? I'm from Southport, so just up the road!
  • BadBoy published 16/02/2002
    brill op! , thats all, jmk1
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