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> I’m trying to get ideas about what a web designer
> should put on the homepage/site
I programmed B2B and B2C sites for about nine years as a captive employee and everything non-web for about twenty, both captive and consultant. I’ve decided to go freelance, but don’t yet have a portfolio, since everything I’ve done is proprietary to my previous employers. My solution will be to provide samples based on templates that I’ll offer for sale. For a number of different site models, I’ll provide page examples to give prospective customers ideas. A template sale will be cheaper than a full, original design – it’ll take me lots less time to do, once I have the templates available, and I can sell them cheaper.

> Links to other pages (not made the pages yet)
> (hosting/domain name…providers)
Be very sure that any such providers are GOOD. You don’t want to wreck your rep. Also, if you’re “advertising” for providers, see whether you can arrange referral partner status with the providers you elect to link. There could be bonus bucks in it for you.

> Can i be really cheeky and see some of your
> sites (if you are web designers by trade)?
Having only very recently decided to move into the freelance market, the only page sample I have currently, publicly published is at:

http://home.comcast.net/~richarduie/

The page is a very straight, simple links listing for web-geeks. The virtues are XHTML for structure, CSS for appearance, JavaScript for behavior. Separate these aspects to the fullest extent possible.

> Is it ok to use tables instead of frames/nav bar as i hate
> them with a passion?
I actually loved frames, but they’re a really bad model for commercial sites. Frames give web spiders fits, and that’s bad for your customers’ SEO interests. Tables should not, I stress NOT, be used for layout. CSS is hugely more effective, flexible, robust, and standards-compliant. There are potential clients who have just enough wit to check under the hood of your portfolio or sample pages, checking the source. There are fellow developers and designers who might consider farming overflow work to you, who will definitely check your code. You’ll look like an unqualified amateur to anyone who examines your source and sees tables applied for layout.

> Is there any thing in particular i need to add?
Practically, add conventions and standards. Pick an X/HTML document type and code to it (I prefer XHTML 1.0 currently). Validate your X/HTML and CSS, using the W3C validators; this removes the ambiguity of “quirky” browser treatments and evolves your understanding to a deep, correct one with respect to at least one model to which browser manufacturers are expected to become increasingly compliant. Follow CSS and web accessibility (WA) guidelines; find a validator for WA and use it (I recommend one under the “validators” link on the page I offered). Being meticulously rigorous with your code will provide a better, more robust and easily supportable product; those are major factors in retaining clients.

Read lists, articles, and geek sites, looking for new ideas and solutions.

Good luck.

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To be a web designer you need a knowledge of:
HTML
CSS
Flash

& ideally:
Javascript
PHP

You can expect to earn $30,000 at least, after graduating.
Graduates with good programming skills as well, expect $40,000.

Top website graphic designers and Flash artists with more than three years’ experience can earn above $50,000.
As you gain more experience (4 years) you can earn about $60,000.

Senior developers with more than six years’ experience, adding a t least three years on large-scale projects, could earn more than $80,000.

As a guide, programming skills are very useful if you want to work for large companies and/or various advertising sites.


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Great designers (not just web, but all graphic designers) have two tools at their disposal: stock houses, and themselves. http://www.gettyimages.com/ ; http://www.comstock.com/ ; http://www.masterfile.com/ are just a few of the many companies that sell photography and illustrations. If a good designer can’t find a resource that fits his/her need, s/he can create one from scratch. Most graphic work is a combination of both.

http://www.istockphoto.com/ is a good place if you don’t have the resources of a full-time, high-end designer (stock photography can often run more than a thousand dollars per graphic) – iStockPhoto only charges $1-$20 depending on the size and usage.


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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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