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To be a web designer you need to know HTML and CSS at minimum. You should know how to use tools such as Dreamweaver and Flash. These things are the “front end” of web design, which is mostly concerned with how the site will look and feel.

I can tell you from experience that when you start out, you will have to learn a lot on the fly, especially back end (programming) stuff like Javascript, PHP, and others.

I work for a small company so we can’t afford to hire a programmer for small projects, so I get to (haphazardly) figure this stuff out all the time, but it’s important because programming makes the site more dynamic and functional to users.

When you first start out at entry level, I would estimate your salary to be around $25-$40,000 a year, depending on the size company that hires you. I live in California, so salary may be less elsewhere.

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Web design is a very competitive field, so you need to know a lot to stand out. You need to know code such as XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript. You also need to learn about web standards, and industry-leading software such as Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop, Flash, etc.

Be careful though. Web design may be fun and all, but it is over-saturated, and it can easily be outsourced. There are plenty of websites for companies to outsource their projects overseas.

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1) Some web designers actually have their own test servers. They would do their development on their servers. When their customers are completely satisfied with the results, they will FTP the files over to the production server. For those web designers that do not have their own test servers, they would just show the results on the production servers.

2) Some customers already have their own web hosting and domain; so, they won’t need to pay “extra” per se. But some do have any web hosting service or domain names; in that case, they would need to pay on their own to get the web hosting service and the domain names. That’s why it would be beneficial for the web designers to either have their own servers or a reseller account to resell web hosting services.

3) That depends on what kind of web site I am doing and also the agreement between me and my customers. Sometimes, I may develop some kind of content management applications that would allow my customers to update their web pages. Sometimes, I may charge them (either a monthly fee or per-change fee) depending on how often they want me to change their web page contents.

I am a web developer by trade and I do own a web design/development business. Please feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

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Netbooks are one option.

I would recommend the T-Mobile G1 phone. It’s a full Internet-capable device with browser, mail, ect. Lots of applications are now available. You can use it with T-Mo’s data service ($25 or $35 per month, based on the text plan you want), or you can use it to connect to wi-fi access points. I’ve known some people who bought the phone, turned the data plan on to activate it (you need a Google mail account to activate the phone), then canceled the data plan and just used hotspots.

The phone is pretty awesome. Full keyboard, camera, music player, bluetooth, etc. There’s an update to the Android operating system on the phone that’s due to be pushed out any day. That update will include video recording, on-screen keyboard, stereo bluetooth capability and a bunch of other stuff.

I travel a lot, and I don’t worry about not having my laptop if I leave it home. This phone does it all.

Plus it’s a phone!

T-Mo is still rolling out their 3G network, but it’s available in many US metro areas already.

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