Building Web Pages

Building Web Pages

Having a website has become standard practice in businesses, and individuals are also using this media as a way to share interests. No matter what your reason is for wanting to design a website, you should approach it the correct way. A poorly designed website drives away visitors instead of attracting them. When people see your website, they form an impression about you. A good website will give them a positive impression. If that is important to you, read the following article for some advice in how to design a website that people will enjoy.

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A website is built upon a set of HTML codes. In the old days, you have to learn this coding language thoroughly and code web pages by hand. Nowadays, there are user-friendly website builders that do not require a lot of knowledge in coding. These are based on templates that you can customize and populate with your own content. If you are just starting out, this may be a good way to get started. Once you get the hang of building web pages by using templates, you can learn more about coding so you can customized these templates in the way that you want.

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Just where can you learn web design skills? Community colleges usually have low-cost classes that you can take. Sometimes you can find a workshop organized by your local community center. This is a good way to learn if you like instructor-led classes. If you are more independent, you can look for classes that are offered online. These are usually self-paced, and communication with the instructor is mostly through email or class forums.

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There are hundreds of books written on the topic of web design, for all levels of experience. As a beginner, you should look for books that explain the web design process, step-by-step, so you can see how a site is put together from concept to production. Try to look for books that have examples and exercises for you to try out. Just reading about web design is not enough. You have to get hands-on experience to start building up your skill.

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When you look online, you will probably many tutorials as well. These are not as structured as an actual online course; rather, they are snippets of instruction that teach one or two basic procedures in website creation. This is good if you have some knowledge of web design already, but just need to sharpen your skills.

Exercises

There is nothing better than to dive right in and create a website Web Designto practice. You can sign up for free web hosting that provides limited resources which you can use to make your practice websites. Be adventurous and try out your new skills as you learn them. Do not worry about messing up because this is how you explore to learn more.

Hands On Experience

This is basically a very simple and effective approach to learning web design. Just give yourself time to build up your skills, and you will surprised at how much you can accomplish.

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20 Responses to “Building Web Pages”

  1. Will Colleges Be Impressed With A Website? I’m in high school and I want to put things on my college application to help out my chances. I know html, css, php, and some java, sql, and a few others. I kind of just did this as a hobby, but I really don’t think I want to go into a major with computers. Say I wanted to go into mechanical engineering or something. My web design skills are kind of irrelevant to my future studies. Will colleges only consider these things in admissions if I’m going into computers, or will they help my chances at getting in somewhere?

    • I don’t know if those things will help you on your college applications, but they sure will look good on your future career resumes.

      it can’t hurt to mention them because computer skills are very relevant to almost all occupations.

  2. NavyFootball94 Reply

    Where Can I Find Private Web Design Classes? I am 14 years old and will be a freshman in high school thins year. I would like to start picking up some web design skills and learn ASP.NET 3.5 using C# and AJAX. Does anyone know where I can get private lessons in Houston Texas, and for how much?
    Thanks

    • Information is below about private web design classes in Houston./

  3. Something Reply

    What Is A Good Method To Learn Basic Computer Programing And Web Designing? I am basically asking what are the best web sites and more specifically best books to learn computer programming language and skills in conjunction with web designing skills. I currently work in the finance industry, this is for my personal gain and to improve my intellectual capital. How are the “dummies” books, never used them?

  4. Kern Reply

    Are There Any Ways For A 15-year-old To Make Good Cash? I’m pretty much broke, and I don’t earn allowance. I’ve been trying to think of a way to get myself some quick cash instead of relying on my parents to lend me the dough, but my choices are limited. I have graphic designing and web design skills, but who’s going to pay for non-professional work? Anyway, I just need some ideas, and any suggestions are appreciated.

    • To be honest…you can do anything.

      What you need to consider it to make real money is to multiply your time. If you’re going to mow lawns, the best way is to schedule yourself 100 lawns to be mowed at a certain price (say $15 a 1/4 acre per mowing.) and get others your age who need cash to go mow those lawns for you at a rate of $10-$11 per mowing). If you do nothing else you’ll make $400-$500 per mowing schedule just for being a good scheduler. Plus you’ll make 5 other guys your age pretty happy to make $200 or so each.

      Same can go with babysitting…or some other service oriented business that most 15-year olds do.

      Whatever you decide…multiply your time by being the boss, getting all the business and spreading it among friends.

      The final word on this is: Integrity. The moment you don’t pay one of your employee buddies or someone’s lawn doesn’t get mowed, then you’re back to begging your parents for $5 for taking out the trash.

      The world is yours….

  5. Got some whipped cream? Reply

    Whats The Difference Between Web Design And Graphic Design? Is there a difference?

    • Web design is a process of conceptualization, planning, modeling, and execution of electronic media content delivery via Internet in the form of Markup language suitable for interpretation by Web browser and display as Graphical user interface (GUI).

      Graphic design is the process of communicating visually using typography and images to present information. Graphic design practice embraces a range of cognitive skills, aesthetics and crafts, including typography, visual arts and page layout. Like other forms of design, graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated.

  6. Jxj1326 Reply

    Is It Necessary To Know Web Design Skills As A Motion Graphics Designer?

    • Web design *IS* graphics design. The only difference is the tools – you use a graphics program instead of a paint brush or charcoals. Converting from print art to web art is just learning to use a few new tools.

  7. Sporkatron Reply

    What Are The Most In Demand Skills In Web Design? I’m thinking about changing my university course from programming (C++ is downright horrific) to web development / design. I love using (x)html and css and I quite like javascript, and php is tolerable, though I think it is liable to grow on me more when I’ve learnt more about it. I would also really like to teach myself to use flash and actionScript.

    So my question is pretty much – are skills in these areas enough to be able to get me a job in web design someday, or am I better of learning another technology such as java (I’ve a friend who works in java)? Can you recommend the best language(s) to focus on learning?

    • If you are looking at C++ as a daunting task then it might be time to look at a language that has a framework already built to program in. C++ is for building application from scratch. It has huge flexibility but you have to essentially build your starting point. A framework gives you a lot of the basic (and advanced) functionality already and frees you up to build from a much less involved point.

      There is a transition happening with web development getting closer and closer to desktop and vice-versa. So the real question is do you like to design good looking things or do you like build functionality?
      Although these are not mutually exclusive, it might give you an idea of where to head.

      Undeniably in the next few years the .NET framework is going to be a big player so learning ASP.NET may be more what you are after. While you are at it maybe look at WPF. WPF is a new desktop app programming platform that uses styles and markup language and is trying to bring designers and programmers closer together while bridging the divide between browser and desktop.
      There should always be work for a php programmer too and it is very similar in concept to ASP.NET (both generate an html webpage from code) but without the corporate adoption that .NET holds because Microsoft = .NET
      There is also a C# language in .NET that is similar in structure to C++ but has a framework so that you don’t have all that nasty build-from-scratch work.

  8. Anonymous Reply

    What Does Web Design To Do For You ?

    • Web design is the skill of designing hypertext presentations of content that is delivered to an end-user through the World Wide Web.

      The process of designing Web pages, Web sites, Web applications or multimedia for the Web may utilize multiple disciplines, such as animation, authoring, communication design, corporate identity, graphic design, human-computer interaction, information architecture, interaction design, photography, search engine optimization and typography.

      Involved technologies may include (see Web development):

      Markup languages (such as XHTML and XML)
      Style sheet languages (such as CSS and XSL)
      Client-side scripting (such as JavaScript and VBScript)
      Server-side scripting (such as PHP and ASP)
      Database technologies (such as MySQL)
      Multimedia technologies (such as Flash and Silverlight)

  9. David c Reply

    Web Design Questions? Im interested in pursueing web design as a career, and i was just wondering if you guys had any web sites that list skills that i should try and build up that would help me. also, if any of you out there are web designers, how much do you generally make, like is it by commission or what? thanks in advance

    • Web Design is a good career to go for. There are tons of jobs for people out there in this field. Here are the main skills you will need to focus on at first.

      HTML
      CSS
      Javascript

      a server side language (PHP, Ruby, C# for ASP.NET)
      PHP is the most common and probably the best for beginners.

      You should also be familiar with the following software too.

      Photoshop
      Illustrator
      A decent Text Editor (Sublime, Textmate)

      There are some great tutorials online to follow. Here is a list of websites you should be following daily.

      Smashing Magazine (a blog about web design and development and best practices)
      http://smashingmagazine.com

      Tutsplus (A blog with tutorials on Photoshop, Illustrator and web development)
      http://tutsplus.com

      Shay Howe – Learn Web Design (A tutorial site on Web Design HTML and CSS best practices)
      http://learn.shayhowe.com/html-css/

      I would also like to recommend a book called ‘Above the Fold’. If you can get your hands on this book this will go over the surface of web design. It explains all the areas of Web Design and will give you a good grasp on what it really takes to build a well branded website that meets the needs of the clients.

      As for how much a web designer can make it really varies. I started out at 20 an hour and now I make anywhere from 30-40. I am still learning myself as I am not at the elite level in my area.

      I also want to add something. If it seems that there are no jobs or you are having troubles finding jobs, then you will have to create the jobs you work at. A lot of companies don’t even have an online presence yet and it will be your job to find them and help them take their business to the next level online.

  10. Sporkatron Reply

    What Are The Most In Demand Skills In Web Design? I’m thinking about changing my university course from programming (C++ is downright horrific) to web development / design. I love using (x)html and css and I quite like javascript, and php is tolerable, though I think it is liable to grow on me more when I’ve learnt more about it. I would also really like to teach myself to use flash and actionScript.

    So my question is pretty much – are skills in these areas enough to be able to get me a job in web design someday, or am I better of learning another technology such as java (I’ve a friend who works in java)? Can you recommend the best language(s) to focus on learning?

    • If you are looking at C++ as a daunting task then it might be time to look at a language that has a framework already built to program in. C++ is for building application from scratch. It has huge flexibility but you have to essentially build your starting point. A framework gives you a lot of the basic (and advanced) functionality already and frees you up to build from a much less involved point.

      There is a transition happening with web development getting closer and closer to desktop and vice-versa. So the real question is do you like to design good looking things or do you like build functionality?
      Although these are not mutually exclusive, it might give you an idea of where to head.

      Undeniably in the next few years the .NET framework is going to be a big player so learning ASP.NET may be more what you are after. While you are at it maybe look at WPF. WPF is a new desktop app programming platform that uses styles and markup language and is trying to bring designers and programmers closer together while bridging the divide between browser and desktop.
      There should always be work for a php programmer too and it is very similar in concept to ASP.NET (both generate an html webpage from code) but without the corporate adoption that .NET holds because Microsoft = .NET
      There is also a C# language in .NET that is similar in structure to C++ but has a framework so that you don’t have all that nasty build-from-scratch work.

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