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How to best learn web design?

Discussion in 'Graphic & Web Design' started by Toastking, Jan 20, 2014.

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    Edge

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    If you are happy playing around with code then that might work out for you. If not then it's a sure fire way of creating a dog's dinner. It only saves you money if you can do it quick.

    Plus 1 for Sublime text.

    DW is nice if you you just use the code editor and want ftp integrated. I like being able to ediit code and press shift CTRL U and it's uploaded - gives me a nice fast workflow. Another little thing it does is open up any associated assets for a page in separate tabs so you don't have to hunt around for them. But it's a lot of money for that convenience...

    Plus 1 for Treehouse tutorials too. You can switch your subscription on and off. I think W3C schools is OK as a reference maybe but not first port of call for learning.

    There's now a lot of WP premium themes out there that are set up so that they can be modified. If you get the right one they can be very good value for money. I you get the wrong one you might be tearing your hair out.

    If you want to develop for the Windows platform then Umbraco is very nice but doesn't have anything like the billions of plugins available that WP does. It's more of a lean CMS letting you do all the extending yourself but you need to be a decent .NET developer to do that.

    If you are not designing sites but apps then look in to Laravelle as a PHP web development framework and Phone gap for developing mobile apps.
     
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    I found W3 Schools great in learning more about HTML, CSS and all things that can be useful for web design. For anyone looking for a 'first step', I'd recommend that site.
     
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    I think for my next few projects I am going to work with Wordpress and a simple html editor - but base my sites heavily on some solidly chosen templates from somewhere like theme forrest. I'll pay 15-50$ for a decent one but if chosen well they can be central to good design moving forwards.

    I can do most of what I need to do in segments, my issues come to light mainly in getting suitable graphics and creating an overall design, so using these ready-make templates avoids the bits I most struggle with and is seemingly able to remove a lot of my needs to learn.
     
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    You can learn Coding Part HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript from w3schools.com
    It is the best site to learn the basic. As DreamWeaver you can use Notepad++. It is also good to use for coding. I like to use notepad++ for coding. I am a professional designer but not very good at spamming.
     
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    mrs orangetree

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    You can knit your own jumper but you do run the risk of looking like your nan dressed you.

    HTML is easy, CSS is easy. Good website design is a long learned craft.
     
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    There are tons of tutorials online, just do a simple Google search and follow each stage. The best way to learn is by doing it.
     
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    You could learn to do it online but honestly if you are looking at doing it at a professional level in and out, your better off taking up a course since it's not something your going to learn instantly and more than likely you may need assistance if you have no previous IT experience.
     
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    *If* there was a course available which had up to date content. However too often the higher education institutions are far, far behind and default to telling students to open up Dreamweaver when most pros wouldn't dream of using that.

    For me getting up to speed on user interface design for the web (sites & web based apps) requires an eclectix mix of subscribing to magazines like .net to keep up with what's new, participating in developer and designer forums, buying 1 or 2 newly published books, reading online articles (e.g. list apart), subscribing to sites like Treehouse and getting your hands dirty by doing it. Too many people think a course or just one of the above is like a silver bullet - ultimately it will be your own fanatical desire to learn and improve your skills that will get you there.
     
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    Although this is true with some institutions it doesn't reflect for all of them, many university's nowadays actually teach programming and web design at a much higher and advanced level than you'd find from any other kind of course/program. But again research is key.
     
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    I've been teaching myself web development and design over the past few years but it's something of a pandora's box. Each time I feel I've got my head around something I find there's another layer to uncover and understand. I'm currently digging through an SQL query builder for an small eCommerce site I run and feel like I'm banging my head against a wall. You can see why people require constant development, particularly in the face of changing technologies. I suppose it all comes down to the level of commitment you are willing/able to impart.
     
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    Stuart Mcguinness

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    Actually, In my morning frustration dealing with SQL, I've come across this visual sql query builder from Datapine. I've got a feeling this is going to make my life a WHOLE lot easier. Take a look. http://www.datapine.com/sql-query-builder
     
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    First learn basics in w3cschools, next make a practices in codeacademy. Then download one website templates modify all design, add more drop down etc.
     
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    Best place to learn web design w3schools, codeacademy, udemy and tutorialpoint.
     
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    Nice shearing thanks (y)(y)(y)
     
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    I think you would love to be a web developer and you wanna an be expert on that area. Here below I have mention few suggestion for you:

    #Learn all basic staff by googling
    #Apply these in testing project
    #Try to work in few CMS project like WordPress
    # Now you should go for some paid course from udemy
    $ If you still not satisfied then finally take an expert help.

    Best of luck!
     

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