09-07-2005, 08:50 PM
I have been sitting on the sideline long enough to watch everyone build websites and to see the web development world grow and continue to expand. I would like some guidance how and where I should start in learning how to design/develop websites. I know there are my classes out there and I have taken a few and retained a little. I would greatly appreciate if you can send me an e-mail or share with me on how you started or have any suggestions on how I should start please share. What I would like is to start with some type of application for web development for beginners or maybe there is an online step by step guide I can follow to design and develop my own site. Thank you in advance.
09-07-2005, 09:11 PM
Well, I've always found the best way to actually learn something is to use it in some sort of practical application. You can read all the tutorials you want and stuff but if you don't actually start using it a lot, you'll never retain it for very long.
You might want to consider to start making a website so you have something to work on. Just think of something that you are interested in and that you could make a site about.
www.w3schools.com has some great tutorials on learning (X)HTML and CSS, both of which are the foundation for everything else. You can also look at what other sites have done, how they have been designed, there is a good list of XHTML & CSS sites in the sticky at the top of this forum.
If and when you run into trouble and have specific questions and if you can find the answer by searching the forum or google, don't hessitate to ask.
And don't feel like you need to make this huge, database driven website as a beginner either, that all can come later once you know the basics.
09-07-2005, 09:18 PM
In order to learn web development you need to have passion. In order to have passion you need to have an Idea. And, in order to have an Idea you must have a focus.
What do you like to do? Whatever your favorite past time is make a web site designed around that. This will turn it from "I want to learn" into "I need to learn this to get this part working on my site." This helps provide focus.
Most of all have fun, realize that there is probably going to be a free version of any thing you want to do. Just make it to learn what you need to learn :)
09-07-2005, 10:57 PM
Thank you for your suggestions. I will consider your suggestions and start working on a website to learn.
09-11-2005, 07:44 PM
I have recently started building a website as well and found a free program called trellian webpage to be indispensable. It helps immensely when you are first learning html, etc and does alot of the hard work for you. It has helped me gain a grasp on editing html code as well due to it generating the code automatically and allowing me to see how it should look. It can be downloaded here http://www.trellian.net/webpage/
Hope this helps some :)