Tips On Teaching Yourself Web Design

In today’s every growing fast-paced internet world, the growing need to be able to run your own website, and to create enticing content, is key to a successful online business or charity. It can be used for anything from your local book club meetings or key events in local neighborhood watch programs. There are so many services online to order yourself a nice professional with the skills to not only create a beautiful layout but also with the skills to rob your wallet of money you want to keep. Therefore, instead of shelling out those hard earned dollars, teach yourself the basics and beyond of web design.

An individual can learn today’s web design on their own time and at their own pace but must realize that the process will never be fully over as it is an ever changing field that grows with time. New technologies and programs become available at an alarming rate which must be kept up with consistently. Formal education is advised if you want a business in web design but is not necessary to get started as long as you can produce a portfolio of your work to potential clients. Show not tell.

There are several key tips to begin learning web design. There are extensive books and hundreds of web pages to read out there, but just a few things need to be understood to begin:

XHTML/HTML:

Without learning the very basics of HTML code, you will find yourself floundering in the water very quickly. There are amateurs in the design world that use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editors and think they know how to do it all. This is so far from reality. It is a cheat sheet only. You can write very nice websites with it but you won’t be able to cater to real clients that have more extensive demands without this knowledge. You need to be able to write the coded language to make your page do what you want and how you want it. You want to be able to stand out above the average person using editors. In the beginning, it is an invaluable resource to look at the source code of a favorite website layout. This is done in various ways through different browsers but is a good way to look through and see how the designer arranged the code to make an element work.

CSS:

CSS is short for Cascading Style Sheets. This is to be learned after the HTML is mastered to a level where you are comfortable writing language code to create a basic web page. CSS is used to give the designer much more control over how exactly a web page is displayed. When performing the code within your web page it is important to test out your creation using different browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer to make sure that the code works good on all.

GRAPHICS SOFTWARE:

Hardly any professional looking website that are out there are all text based. To be visually appealing, graphics and pictures will make the page look appealing , welcoming and certainly more user-friendly. A good way to be able to incorporate the best photos and images into your website is to invest time in learning one of the popular graphic software programs out there. Two of the best known ones are Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro. When you start out on these programs, it is fun to take a few family photos to practice on with wonderful results that make your family albums stand out whilst learning the new skills needed for your projects in web design.

PRACTICE:

Getting up and running with proficiency in the early stages of learning the skills for designing requires trial and error and is very much hands-on with different techniques. There are a lot of resources out there for free and tutorials with examples on many different sites catering to learning it. The most important thing is to begin by having fun with it (and wowing a family member or two), understand ing that there are many steps to becoming an expert. Practice different codes for different effects, copy some code from the sites you love and see how they work by tweaking it to your own desired outcomes. It can be fun and exciting learning the new skills.