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View Full Version : A beginner at HTML, looking for a little bit o' guidance.



andromeduscloud
02-27-2011, 05:45 AM
Hello fellow Coders!

I read up on posting rules, and I could not find anything about not making a thread if you have not posted on other threads first. So here goes!

My goal is to hopefully gain enough know-how to design/build my own web pages. I have no prior knowledge of coding, but am highly motivated and computers come naturally to me. I have come to the conclusion that learning even just several aspects of web design will have me bending over in frustration. But all in a days work! Even though I am a full time college student, I still have ample free time to learn and work at my newly attained skills, practicing and honing until one day I can successfully build and run my very own web site!

My first question is this:

Where do I start!?

I have browsed and caroused through some pages of content but am not finding any basic basic stuff... pretty much all that I find assumes you already have prior knowledge of basic coding technique and therefore this content primarily tackles specific questions about coding. Any suggestions?

Do I need software? If so, can I find free software on the Web?

Again, I am not familiar with everything that goes on backstage.


That's all for now. I do appreciate any little bit of advice or point in the right direction. I realize a lot of this is going to be trial and error. You never know until you try!

NoeG
02-27-2011, 06:13 AM
Start learning xhtml and css those two are easy and if motivated one could learn them easily in a few weeks time, if you learn them you would be able to do the very minimum which is code the front end or design of the site. Download notepad++ and use it to edit your files offline while practicing what your learning the only free graphic software is gimp but I do recommend purchasing a copy of Adobe Photoshop good luck

ausnit
02-27-2011, 09:02 PM
http://www.w3schools.com - a very good website for learning HTML/XHTML, CSS, etc...

Also, you don't need any software to build a website, I've built websites with notepad and microsoft paint, easy! If you need any help at all whats so ever, please PM me and I'll be happy to answer any of your questions.

killjoy
02-27-2011, 09:35 PM
If you're looking for an HTML editor that's free, I recommend Ace HTML Freeware. One place you can get it is at:
http://acehtml-freeware.en.softonic.com/

It's true, you don't need any software to build a website, .... but it helps if you can actually see it before uploading it to your webpage. The program has an editor and a viewer. It works great on Windows XP, Vista, 7. Don't know how it would work with a Mac.

coothead
02-27-2011, 09:36 PM
Hi there ausnit,

http://www.w3schools.com - a very good website for learning HTML/XHTML, CSS, etc...
This site...
http://w3fools.com/ (http://w3fools.com/)
...is not particularly happy with w3schools for various reasons.

Instead they recommend these sites...

HTML Dog (http://htmldog.com/)
Opera Web Standards Curriculum (http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/1-introduction-to-the-web-standards-cur/#toc)
Google's HTML, CSS, and Javascript from the Ground Up (http://code.google.com/edu/submissions/html-css-javascript/)
SitePoint Reference (http://reference.sitepoint.com/css)
The MDC (Mozilla's Doc Center) (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs)

...as being more reputable sources. ;)

coothead

ausnit
02-27-2011, 09:44 PM
Hi there ausnit,

This site...
http://w3fools.com/ (http://w3fools.com/)
...is not particularly happy with w3schools for various reasons.

Instead they recommend these sites...

HTML Dog (http://htmldog.com/)
Opera Web Standards Curriculum (http://dev.opera.com/articles/view/1-introduction-to-the-web-standards-cur/#toc)
Google's HTML, CSS, and Javascript from the Ground Up (http://code.google.com/edu/submissions/html-css-javascript/)
SitePoint Reference (http://reference.sitepoint.com/css)
The MDC (Mozilla's Doc Center) (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs)

...as being more reputable sources. ;)

coothead

Wow, you're right. Thanks for pointing that out!

NoeG
02-27-2011, 10:28 PM
that site is totally right I learned from w3schools first but had to relearn stuff I learned from w3schools because certain things were wrong or could have been done differently...thats crazy

LearningCoder
02-27-2011, 11:13 PM
Hmmm, re-thinking visiting w3schools....The best source of knowledge to learn from would have to be a good old book. I've been on many sites relating to HTML CSS but none of them go into the depth that I was looking for. If you're serious about learning HTML and CSS, I'd definitely go out and buy yourself a couple of books on each. Persevere with the books, as I found that I was not suited to some of the authors techniques of teaching.

If you want a very basic understanding of HTML and CSS use the websites, but if you'd like to become somewhat more than mediocre, I can't stress enough the value of having a few books.

NoeG
02-27-2011, 11:54 PM
i think there are very reliable sources to learn html and css on the web for free.. html and css are really easy to learn and IMO its not worth it to spend money on something that you dont really need to

andromeduscloud
02-28-2011, 08:43 PM
thank you all. incredibly helpful input to jumpstart me in the right direction!!

NoeG
02-28-2011, 11:18 PM
and if you ever need help alot of us in the community are willing to lend a hand..just let me know if theres anything I could help you with personally.

carlos4147
03-01-2011, 04:17 PM
http://www.thenewboston.com


thats where i started, all his tuts are free and very very very easy to follow, he is really laid back and will talk you through the most basic of things in his videos, have a look at his xhtml html and css videos, then as you progress use

http://net.tuts.com if thats not right then google "nettuts"

good luck



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