Learn to Make Websites
Since I get asked this a lot…
Written by Janice K. Schwarz, B.S.B/e-B.
Many people come to me and say “I want to learn web design, where do I start?”. Well, there are tons of resources out there.
First, let me say this: at least learn some basic XHTML. Sure you can get a web design program, but those programs can make some hideous web sites if you don’t know HTML too. And for the love of all things holy: do not use Microsoft Word to create web pages. Or FrontPage either. Microsoft no longer sells or supports FrontPage, so that’s ancient by web development standards.
As you learn to make websites, make sure you’re using instructors and sites that focus on accessibility, usability, cross-platform issues (especially with regarding to design & dev for phones and tablets), load times, SEO and semantic markup, and designing for your audience/target audience.
Some great online web design and development resources for include:
|HTML, XHTML & CSS||More CSS & Advanced Techniques||Design, Theory, Trends, & Inspiration|
The World Wide Web Consortium
|Web Do’s and Don’ts
A List Apart
CSS Zen Garden
|Web Pages That Suck
Web Do’s and Don’ts
Web Designer Depot
Trust me…you’ll find far more. This isn’t a complete list by any means.
Books and software
These are books I have either used personally, or I’ve worked with one or two in the series and think the rest would be equally easy to work with on that subject.
I am a big fan of the…
- Visual Quick Start Guide
- Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes
….series of books.
I’m not a big fan of the Dummies books…the material is not often covered well or laid out in a way that allows easy comprehension. Admittedly, it’s been some years since I’ve checked out any of the Dummies books regarding various Internet subjects.
You don’t need all of these; one or two per category should suffice for a good foundation to build on. These are primarily beginner books just to get started with. You’ll find a lot more resources once you’ve got a good, working knowledge. And of course, if you can’t afford to go book shopping, then use the online resources. I used those long before I could afford books. I still check in on them periodically to see what’s new or to jog my memory if I’m doing something I haven’t done in a while.
Little of All 3 – HTML, XHTML & CSS
Web Design & Layout, practical uses of CSS, usability, etc.