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Novice Web Designers

Novice Web Designers

Since people have so many options to choose from when they surf the internet, it can be a difficult thing to make your own website stand out and appeal to people. Many times websites will just get lost in the shuffle. To increase your chances of getting noticed, make sure you don’t make any mistakes that many novice web designers make while creating their websites.

Coincidence

Think about some of the most popular websites in the world. One thing these websites all have in common is that they have really simple URLs that are easy for potential visitors to remember. This is not a coincidence, it’s by design. Creating a URL that is overly complex and difficult to remember just makes it so people are more likely to forget how to get to your website. Try to make a name that is unique and simple so that people will remember it for a long time.

CompetitoWeb Designr

Have you seen websites from the mid 1990s lately? They’re almost always very plain and they have ugly graphics and design techniques used on them. There’s a reason that these techniques became out of style, people flat-out do not like them anymore. Some of these techniques include animated images and messages that scroll across the screen. No visitor to your website will be impressed by the fact that you understand the “marquee” HTML tag. All it does is make your content more difficult to read. Avoid outdated style choices like these.

Designers

No matter how good your content is, visitors will hate your website if the content takes forever to load. You don’t want your website to look bland, but you also don’t want your website to be so complex that each page has a high load time. Chances are that you will have some competitor websites and your visitors will just visit one of those more efficient websites instead of yours if you insist on having long load times.

Load Time

You are going to want to create a solid sitemap and make a website that is easy for visitors to navigate. One pitfall that many web designers run into is that links head in many different directions and sometimes just aren’t labeled that well. You want to make life easier on your visitors. If you have to sacrifice some aesthetic qualities of your website to make it easier to use, more often than not that sacrifice will be worth it.

Marquee

People don’t want to have to squint when looking at a website. Don’t use bright or unconventional colors for your text and links. Generally websites use dark easy-to-read colors for their text so that people are not blinded. You should take that into account.

Mid 1990s

Before you put in the money, energy, and time into creating a website, you must first know basic web design principles.. Be sure to avoid making the mistakes you just read about in this article and you will be on your way to getting your new website off the ground floor.

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    • Scarlett V
    • December 27, 2013
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    How Do You Set Up A Website Where You Pay To View Galleries…? Does anyone know how you make a page where people can buy a password or membership in order to view certain pages or content?

    Namely, does anyone know how to do with when you already own the site domain (through go daddy.com)

    I looked at their shopping cart thing but it’s realyl expensive.

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      • Admin
      • December 27, 2013
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      Recently, I purchased Godaddy’s Shopping cart plan plus the website tonite feature. It cost around $600. Being somewhat of a novice with computers in general I could not figure out how to make it work and hired a local web designer. –
      http://www.samwilson3d.com

      Within 3 days he logged into my Godaddy account and got me a $600 refund and only charged me $475 to build my website.

      I recommend his services wholeheartedly and I wish I had saved myself days of frustration by just letting someone do this who knows what they are doing.

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    • Dave
    • February 17, 2014
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    Video Editing, Software Designing, Web Designing, Photo Editing Or 3D Designing? I am going to learn one of the above categories by tutorials. Which one would be most easy to learn and most fruitful??

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      • Admin
      • February 17, 2014
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      Fairly subjective, but here goes…

      In order from easiest to hardest:
      – Photo editing
      – Video editing
      – 3D designing
      – Web designing
      – Software designing

      In order from least fruitful to most fruitful (used simplyhired.com):
      – Photo editing
      – Video editing
      – 3D designing
      – Web designing
      – Software designing

      Notice a pattern here? Note that compensation is largely based on skill level/experience. Someone extremely skilled at photo editing will usually make more than a novice software designer.

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    • Eric Q
    • February 22, 2014
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    Voice Recorder For Website? I saw someone had it on their website and it was great! but i dont know the name. it is a widget i think, you click a button, speak, then others can hear what you just said, they too have the option to record their voice for others and i to hear. all i know was that is was free, i hope someone will help, i dont ask questions without at least finding 2 other questions to awswer myself. much appreciated!

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      • Admin
      • February 22, 2014
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      The Online Voice Recorder provides and easy and effective way of adding high quality audio to your web site. It’s simple installation allows even the novice web designer to be up and running in minutes, or we can install it for you.
      The Online Voice Recorder is web product. Our Web Design Group offer you this applet. It can be added to an admin area to provide web site owners complete control over the content. The Online Voice Recorder This would allow the web site owner to record, modify, delete, reassign messages to products and much more.
      http://www.onlinevoicerecorder.com/
      Cathy

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    • Oldcoldtater
    • February 26, 2014
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    What Is The Purpose Of Firefox Error Console? Just trying to get it straight in my mind. is the error console specifically for web designer use or is it something that a novice user should be concerned with? i have searched other forums but still need a simple answer. thanks in advance for any info to clarify this.
    thanks to john doe for the quick response to my question. been worrying about it for a week. i appreciate it.
    thanks just “jr”. i think i understand that the error console’s purpose is for web developers to tweek the code for their web pages. is that correct? i appreciate the reply. i am awful dense but am trying to learn. thanks again.
    thanks to Namibnat.

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      • Admin
      • February 26, 2014
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      It’s for web designers. Well made web pages aren’t supposed to have any errors, and in that case the novice user wouldn’t have anything to read there. Unfortunately, most web pages are made by amateurs.

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    • Anonymous
    • March 1, 2014
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    Novice Web Designer, Charging For Services? I have been working with HTML and CSS for a while, and have worked on a couple projects. I need to start saving money for school and paintball, and am thinking of starting a small website offering my services.

    What should I charge per page? I am ‘novice’ but can make a clean website.

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      It all depends on the “page”. Simple html pages (no asp/php) shouldn’t be more than a 20$-50$, over that include a generic design that will be more or less the same on every pages (top banner, navigation, bot page etc…) around 200$ to 500$ depending on complexity and the material your given (photos, logos etc). The best trick is to keep count of the time you spend making it, with time, you’ll be able to estimate a job before you do it. Usually, double the amount of time it will take, this will usually be used for modifications, communications and meetings. Make sure you get at least 15$-20$ an hour because you need to pay for your software (even if you haven’t paid for it, you should!). Also evaluate the visibility factor, a website that doesn’t pay much compared to the time spent, but that will put you on the map is worth it…while a website that makes you more money but will never be in your portfolio (your aunt’s favorite cat pictures for example) is not as interesting since you want to climb the ladder and start making websites @ 80$ an hour (it may seem much, but this is realist after a couple of years in the domain as you’ll soon realize!).

      Last but not least, never underestimate a client’s capability to wine about everything, when someone pays you for a website, they have a perfect vision of what it should be, and in their minds, there’s no problem with that but you should always make sure they are okay with the design before starting or you’ll end up backtracking for hours loosing that profit you needed for paintball ?

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    • Roya67
    • March 3, 2014
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    What Is The Best Tool In The Market For Web/UI Design? I am a complete novice in web and UI design and want to know what’s out there before I invest my money in anything. Thank you for your answers.

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      I completely agree with the previous answer but I want to piggy back off of it…

      It also depends what languages you want to learn and use. Dreamweaver is the industry standard, especially if you are doing PHP. One the other hand, if ASP.NET interests you, absolutely start with MS Visual Web Developer Express, and once you need more programming capability invest in Visual Studio.

      Also, regardless of programming language or environment, every good web designer should also have skills with Photoshop or GIMP.

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    • Sweetie
    • March 9, 2014
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    Web Designer? I am trying to start a Slide Show/Wedding Photograraphy business and I am looking for a Creative Web Designer who can create a web site from scratch.
    I need someone that is affordable!

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      The easiest way for a novice to build a web site is to start with a web template. Web Templates can be customized and you can use the layout but swap the graphics etc…. this will get you comfortable with basic HTML design and an HTML editor (like Dreamweaver).

      Here are some resources for free or inexpensive templates that are easy to edit and manage.

      Webmaster Templates – http://www.webmaster-templates.net
      Free Web Templates – http://www.freewebtemplates.com/
      Web Design Elements – http://www.webdesign-elements.com
      Free Website Templates – http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/
      Free Layouts – http://www.freelayouts.com/
      Free Templates Online – http://www.freetemplatesonline.com

      HTML website templates can significantly ease the burden of designing and creating websites by providing webmasters with a ready-made web layout, structure, basic graphics, and color scheme.

      The templates can generally be edited and customized with any HTML editor. The biggest advantage for webmasters using ready-made templates is the amount of time that can be saved.

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    • Digvijay
    • March 10, 2014
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    How To Start Web Designing? I recently developed interest in Web Designing.
    I already know C programming so learning programming would not be a problem for me. The actual problem is how do i start web designing ?
    I Got few answer by friends saying learn HTML5, PHP etc but not really sure about their answer ?
    I also know Photoshop if that helps in web designing.
    So, can someone tell how do i start ? By which language, software and also which book is recommended.
    For a novice to become a professional web designer.
    Thank you in advance.

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      You can start learning Web Designing in many ways.

      You have said that you want to learn ‘Web Designing’ but saying that people have told you to learn HTML, PHP, etc. Do you want to learn ‘Web Design’ or ‘Web Development’?
      HTML is mostly used to develop web pages, sites, etc.
      PHP can be used for both.
      CSS is usually (99% of the time) used for design.

      Also, Photoshop would be used for web design and you would probably use Dreamweaver for web development.

      Anyway, there are more ways to learn these coding languages, no matter what. You could learn online, participate in a online course or do a web development, design course. Also, go to your local library and have a look for any coding books, as I am sure there would be a few. I am not exactly sure what would be best, but maybe go and find what is best for you.

      If there are any other questions, I would be happy to answer them.

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    • Ricky rawhide
    • March 15, 2014
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    Help From Website Designers Please??? Hi,
    If you were looking to set up a q’n’a site like this one what would you need to do/buy and in what order. i’m a novice, i thought you would have to buy a hosting package and domain then buy a piece of software that allowed you to make a bespoke site (i heard actinic was okay). then design your site with the software and then upload it. but what role does cms play and how can you make everyone’s answers to be open to seo.

    any help much appreciated, thanks in advance.

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      If you are a novice, a site like this really isn’t a good place to start. This is a fairly complex site, with a lot of code running both the back end (the database that stores the answers and the information about users) and the front end (the clever pop-ups and fading in/out text etc). If you’re just starting out with web design you need to pick something much simpler for your first go.

      The other thing to understand is that software like Actinic isn’t the right thing for something like this. Actinic and similar software is to allow you to easily set up a basic e-commerce site, ie it does all the programming for your catalogue and shopping cart etc. However, something like Yahoo Answers again is going to be much more bespoke, and really can’t be done via ready-made software.

      You will need to learn a back-end language like PHP or Python, plus HTML and CSS to format the pages and Javascript for the clever effects. Design software like Dreamweaver is much more the sort of thing that you need – but note that this won’t do anything for you, it will just give you the tools to create a site once you understand the languages.

      Sorry to be so pessimistic. It’s good that you’re ambitious but you should start with the basics first.

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    • Chandu
    • March 28, 2014
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    Is There Possibility To Create Free Website, If It Is Then How ?

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      It depends on what you mean by “free”, and what you are okay with using.

      Option 1 is to have a 100% website on sites like wordpress, blogspot, weebly, etc. The sacrifice is you are not in control of the site, and you will have a long domain name that will also include their site like: yourwebsitename.blogspot.com

      Option 2 is to purchase your own domain name (0.99-20) and hosting (4.97/mo+) and build your own website. Many hosting companies will include a free tool to help even the most novice web designer build a great looking site. This option will allow you to retain complete control, plus have the domain name you choose, usually easier for people to remember.

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    • Chandu
    • April 4, 2014
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    Is There Possibility To Create Free Website, If It Is Then How ?

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      It depends on what you mean by “free”, and what you are okay with using.

      Option 1 is to have a 100% website on sites like wordpress, blogspot, weebly, etc. The sacrifice is you are not in control of the site, and you will have a long domain name that will also include their site like: yourwebsitename.blogspot.com

      Option 2 is to purchase your own domain name (0.99-20) and hosting (4.97/mo+) and build your own website. Many hosting companies will include a free tool to help even the most novice web designer build a great looking site. This option will allow you to retain complete control, plus have the domain name you choose, usually easier for people to remember.

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    • Flyingdebris1
    • April 20, 2014
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    Best Program/software For Web Page Creation? Can anyone recommend a good and relatively inexpensive web page creating software? I have a basic understanding of HTML and no other script or software knowledge. Which would be a good program for a novice ? Thank you

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      If you want the best bang for your buck, then Adobe Dreamweaver is the way to go. Not only is it the preferred web designer tool of professional web designers, it’s easy to use, allows you to download and install pre-built plug-ins like calendars and photo galleries to use on your website for free.

      You can use Dreamweaver to create and edit sites build in html, css, javascript, php, asp, xml, cgi, coldfusion, and more. Dreamweaver additionally has a built in tool that allows you to easily manage each of your websites from a centralized area.

      You can find less expensive software, but if you are like me when I first started, you’ll pull your hair out trying to figure out how to use them!

      Take it from a professional designer….Spend the $399 and start building professional websites yourself! ?

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    • Debbie h
    • April 23, 2014
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    How Easy Is It For A Complete Novice To Build A Good Web Site With Dreamweaver? I have never made a website and don’t no where to begin. In need of help.

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      I would say borderline impossible, but then, I’m assuming that you also have no training or skills with any kind of virtual media design.

      Ya see the font that this is in? That’s deliberate. Look around the page, see if you can find a serifed font. You’ll likely only see one or two on ANY given page (this one, I see one…and it’s the Yahoo! logo). This is one of the hundreds of little things that you learn when you go for a degree in web design. You also learn about the big differences between print design, and web page design, you learn about why color management is, again, different between the two. You learn about contrast, lighting, perception…and in between all of that, you learn how to code it all

      You also learn how to use the vast array of characteristics include d in a Dreamweaver.

      I am not trying to say that you cannot make a website, or that you should not try. There is ALWAYS a need for more designers (all the good ones are taken up by the big firms, so small businesses get stuck with the leftovers). I am saying this: Don’t underestimate it. If you’re a business owner who is thinking “This can’t be that hard, I’ll just do it myself!”, save yourself the headache and find a good designer to handle it.

      If you want to get into the field, well, like I said: You’ve got a bit to learn. I wouldn’t start with the coding syntax, it’s likely to confuse you. Start with design concepts, learning about why things should look the way they do. As you read through books that talk about design concepts, you’ll notice the code will start to make more sense than if you just dive right into HTML and CSS. Don’t get me wrong though: You absolutely need to have a very very solid understanding of HTML and CSS if you want to be a good designer.

      One book I recommend checking out: The Zen of CSS Design

      http://www.amazon.com/Zen-CSS-Design-Visual-Enlightenment/dp/0321303474

      It is a book that partners with this site: http://www.csszengarden.com/

      The book focuses on the WHY, not the HOW (which is what any budding designer needs to learn).

      You don’t need a degree to be a good designer…everything you need to learn, you can learn on your own. You DO need to learn the art of graphic manipulation…so check out Photoshop, Fireworks and Illustrator while you’re studying the “why”. A great Photoshop book is Studio Techniques, by Wilmore. Quite possibly the best book to learn Photoshop. It also delves into the differences between print and online media.

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    • Just Dave
    • May 3, 2014
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    I Would Like To Know How To Create A Web Page In MS FrontPage That Will Resize Its Self To Match Screen Resolu I would like to know how to create a web page in MS FrontPage that will resize its self to match the screen resolution of any browser that is viewing it? Can anybody help? Please keep answer simple novice web designer. Thanks

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      This can be quite difficult for novice designers… for it to work in all the major browsers requires a bit of fudging with various bugs and such. Here is a good link on how to accomplish the effect you’re looking for:

      http://alistapart.com/articles/holygrail

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    • Tasha D
    • May 7, 2014
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    How Can I Get My Foot In The Door To Web Design? I just became certified this January and I have yet to find a job in the field. The classes I took taught me the basics of all the applications that web designers use to create websites. How can I get started in the business? What’s the best way?

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      The easiest way for a novice to build a web site is to start with a web template. Web Templates can be customized and you can use the layout but swap the graphics etc…. this will get you comfortable with basic HTML design and an HTML editor (like Dreamweaver).

      Here are some resources for free or inexpensive templates that are easy to edit and manage.

      Webmaster Templates – http://www.webmaster-templates.net
      Free Web Templates – http://www.freewebtemplates.com/
      Web Design Elements – http://www.webdesign-elements.com
      Free Website Templates – http://www.freewebsitetemplates.com/
      Free Layouts – http://www.freelayouts.com/
      Free Templates Online – http://www.freetemplatesonline.com

      HTML website templates can significantly ease the burden of designing and creating websites by providing webmasters with a ready-made web layout, structure, basic graphics, and color scheme.

      The templates can generally be edited and customized with any HTML editor. The biggest advantage for webmasters using ready-made templates is the amount of time that can be saved.

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    • Bt29 Bry
    • May 14, 2014
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    Can A Novice Learn And Create Web Sites? How can a novice learn and create a web site designed with professional elements? (flash, uploading audio, streaming video, membership or log-ins etc…)

    is it cheaper to pay someone for it? if so, who?

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      It depends on the type of person you are. I have taught web design now at colleges and professional training institutes for more than 8 years, and am an autodidact. Rather than participating in any courses, I tend to become well versed in any subject much faster and efficiently when delving into the subject myself. It is all about recognizing which learning methods work best for oneself and very much related to self discipline and routine. Set up a schedule and goal, and stick to it!

      Even so, it is always important to receive feedback from others – no (wo)man is an island.

      However, I noticed that most people prefer to be taught by others – which is no better or worse, just a different approach to learning.

      So, try to figure out which type of person you are: you may even combine both paths to learning. Html, CSS and general web graphics can be learned within a week or two or three, or less. Do get quality books on the subjects you want to know more about. The most difficult thing about breaking into web development and design is knowing where to start, which topics to cover and where to finish – the field has become extremely broad and particular.

      For most, attending a web design course/school may be best and the quickest way to fame, since you have to focus on just web design and programming.

      I hear some good things about this web development college:
      http://www.iamtraining.com/

      Their program can help you in deciding which subjects you need to have at least a basic knowledge when starting to learn web development and design. (one tip when you are uncertain which kind of topics you need to study, is by visiting schools and universities that offer courses/degrees in the field you are interested in).

      Also, get in touch with local web design companies, and inquire if you could set up an informational interview with one of their web developers or designers. Works like a charm, and you get direct access to someone who works in the field – ask any question! People in general just love to talk about themselves and their work.

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    • Roya67
    • May 30, 2014
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    What Is The Best Tool In The Market For Web/UI Design? I am a complete novice in web and UI design and want to know what’s out there before I invest my money in anything. Thank you for your answers.

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      I completely agree with the previous answer but I want to piggy back off of it…

      It also depends what languages you want to learn and use. Dreamweaver is the industry standard, especially if you are doing PHP. One the other hand, if ASP.NET interests you, absolutely start with MS Visual Web Developer Express, and once you need more programming capability invest in Visual Studio.

      Also, regardless of programming language or environment, every good web designer should also have skills with Photoshop or GIMP.

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