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Learning website designing


How would a person go about learning to make websites. I have done a couple with editors and premade templates. Any recommendations on books or tutitorials to start with.






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hugo
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bumping for the day crew.





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NawlinsTigah270
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WordPress is probably your best option





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I have done a couple with editors and premade templates.


This means nothing. You'll need to learn the basic fundamentals of computer programming, then learn HTML and CSS to start.






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TigerWerm
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Learn how to code HTML by hand...this takes practice practice practice. Even if you utilize a CMS (wordpress, etc), this is essential to know.

To gain experience, volunteer (i.e. for free) to design websites for non-profit organizations.







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NawlinsTigah270
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w3schools.com has some good, basic tutorials. Start with html, then CSS, then java script





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TigerWerm
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w3schools.com


good resource for beginners

I would agree with the advice to start with HTML and CSS, then Javascript and perhaps even jQuery.

After you have mastered those, and are still feeling adventurous, then look into PHP or ASP.NET.







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ADLSUNSU
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Ive posted before but lynda dot com is a great sote for tutorials





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hugo
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any of ya'll do this as a career or maybe as part time work?





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Gr8t8s
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In order:

- Learn basic HTML and CSS.
- Pick a server-side language (ASP, PHP, etc.)
- Start following design and development blogs to keep up with the latest in design, technology, etc.

These three things will be the backbone of whatever you do from this point forward. If you plan on being a website-only type developer, you can choose ASP or PHP.

If you plan on going to work for the government or a contractor, learn the .NET framework.

If you plan on developing with open-source technologies like Wordpress, Joomla, etc. You need to learn PHP.

Some people go to school, read books, etc. That never worked for me. I started finding scripts online that would do the things that I wanted to do, break them down, see how they were put together, and build my own from there.






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Guessing he'll need to learn design programs as well--such as Photoshop and Illustrator?





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TigerWerm
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any of ya'll do this as a career or maybe as part time work?


I've been a web developer full time (and on the side ) for about 12 years

Mostly on the Microsoft stack -- ASP.NET, C#, SQL Server

also fluent in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery

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In order:

- Learn basic HTML and CSS.
- Pick a server-side language (ASP, PHP, etc.)
- Start following design and development blogs to keep up with the latest in design, technology, etc.

These three things will be the backbone of whatever you do from this point forward. If you plan on being a website-only type developer, you can choose ASP or PHP.

If you plan on going to work for the government or a contractor, learn the .NET framework.

If you plan on developing with open-source technologies like Wordpress, Joomla, etc. You need to learn PHP.

Some people go to school, read books, etc. That never worked for me. I started finding scripts online that would do the things that I wanted to do, break them down, see how they were put together, and build my own from there


Would agree with most of this, except for the part about the .NET framework

many industry jobs require use the .NET framework

I would stay away from classic ASP...old and dying technology






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Gr8t8s
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That's a great point, too. I should have really asked if he wanted to be an actual designer or a developer or a combination of the two.

I think most beginners can get by, because of the advances in CSS, with a working knowledge of Photoshop. For example: manipulating and cropping photos, creating backgrounds, editing logos, etc.

Again, like me, in the beginning, I didn't really know much about Photoshop, but just worked with it a lot over time.






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hugo
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Thanks for all the replies. I really just want to learn for myself and who knows what it may lead to in the future. I have done some with photoshop, but no where near an expert.





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TigerWerm
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Good point, there is a distinct difference between the skill sets required to be a developer vs. a designer.

However, many of us wear both hats, either by necessity or desire to be more employable.

I would advise that you start with the simple stuff -- HTML, CSS, and if you fall in love with it, then the more advanced stuff will feel like a natural extension and you will WANT to learn them.

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photoshop


I started "playing around" with Photoshop about 10 years ago and after many hours of PRACTICE, I can say that I'm *almost* as good as a graphic designer with this tool. I would say intermediate/advanced skills. It's a great skill to have if you want to set yourself apart.






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