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    12 year old, would like to become website designer

    Hello CodingForums,

    I'm 12 years old, and I want to become a website designer. I know 12 years old seems way too young to become a website designer, but I know some website languages, like:

    • HTML5
    • CSS
    • PHP
    • CSS


    I'm very good in all of those languages, I've learnt mostly from HTML.com, W3Schools.com and Quackit.com, but I've also picked up some bits and bobs from people on YouTube. I'm also very good at Photoshop, I have a 30-day trial on my computer that I keep reinstalling, and I'm also in the middle of making a website for my school. My family is almost desperate for cash, I have enough pocket money to get webhosting and a domain for a year and I just want to make some money for myself and my family.

    Would you be able to suggest to me some tips and that for it? I'm just starting the design from scratch (you know, the bare coding necessities) and my Dad, my Mum and my younger brother (7) are supporting me on this. So what do you think?

    ~ RyanB2013

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    Well, you're off to a good start with the proper grammar and such. Does my heart good.

    Anyway, to make Web Design your official career path, here are some suggestions.

    1.) CODE. I know it sounds dumb, but there is honestly nothing better than constantly coding and keeping up to today's web standards.
    The more you code, the better you will get. It is as simple as that. You cannot get worse with practice.

    2.) Google it and ask questions. I've been coding for multiple years now and still get bamboozled every once in awhile. Google and forums such as this, along with Stack Exchange and just other tutorials are going to be your best friend.

    3.) Do free projects for some people. As long as you are good at coding, go to churches, local charities and nonprofits, and local businesses. Ask them if they would like to have a free website coded for them as long as they can host it. This will go into building your portfolio.

    4.) Build a portfolio! Use the websites from step 3 and make a website detailing your works! This will show people that you are serious about web design and that you know what you are doing. You can use it later on to actually get a job.

    5.) Take all available computer classes. You can always benefit from some professional or experienced advice, so look at your high school, community center, and online courses to sharpen and practice your existing skills and learn new ones.


    Anyway, I hope this helped. Let me know if you need any specific help or more advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerevarine View Post
    Well, you're off to a good start with the proper grammar and such. Does my heart good.

    Anyway, to make Web Design your official career path, here are some suggestions.

    1.) CODE. I know it sounds dumb, but there is honestly nothing better than constantly coding and keeping up to today's web standards.
    The more you code, the better you will get. It is as simple as that. You cannot get worse with practice.

    2.) Google it and ask questions. I've been coding for multiple years now and still get bamboozled every once in awhile. Google and forums such as this, along with Stack Exchange and just other tutorials are going to be your best friend.

    3.) Do free projects for some people. As long as you are good at coding, go to churches, local charities and nonprofits, and local businesses. Ask them if they would like to have a free website coded for them as long as they can host it. This will go into building your portfolio.

    4.) Build a portfolio! Use the websites from step 3 and make a website detailing your works! This will show people that you are serious about web design and that you know what you are doing. You can use it later on to actually get a job.

    5.) Take all available computer classes. You can always benefit from some professional or experienced advice, so look at your high school, community center, and online courses to sharpen and practice your existing skills and learn new ones.


    Anyway, I hope this helped. Let me know if you need any specific help or more advice.
    Thank you . I'm doing my first portfolio template right now. I've decided to maybe call it BlueWallDesigns. I got the idea from looking at a blue wall in my bedroom, LOL . When I go into secondary school year after next (I'm over in Ireland, but I am English), they give you choices on what to study, so I'm going to study computers and web design.

    I Google loads of things for the languages, and I'm currently learning about Javascript, so hopefully I will be able to get the hang of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanB2013 View Post
    My family is almost desperate for cash, I have enough pocket money to get webhosting and a domain for a year and I just want to make some money for myself and my family.
    I’m sorry for your financial situation and am happy that you want to make something out of your life. However, there are some legal issues you have to keep in mind. Where I am from there are laws regarding child labor, regulating how much a minor is allowed to work; I’m sure similar laws exist for your jurisdiction. Also, you are probably not fully sui iuris at the age of 12 so I recommend you familiarize yourself with the laws of your country regarding a web designing career.

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    I have enough pocket money to get webhosting and a domain for a year....
    If your thinking about getting a website to show off your work there are free web services you could use. Each one has their own rules and resources. I have used them in the past to show people my work. Check them out, here's a partial list: Top 10 Free Web Hosting sites

    If your just going to use it for yourself you might want to look into WapServer to put a server on your computer.

    Good luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanB2013 View Post
    Hello CodingForums,

    I'm 12 years old, and I want to become a website designer. I know 12 years old seems way too young to become a website designer, but I know some website languages, like:

    • HTML5
    • CSS
    • PHP
    • CSS
    At the age of 12 only, I can see your maturity and the will to help your family. It's nice to have it but you need to learn something more about designing and get expertise to complete your project for school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIPStephan View Post
    I’m sorry for your financial situation and am happy that you want to make something out of your life. However, there are some legal issues you have to keep in mind. Where I am from there are laws regarding child labor, regulating how much a minor is allowed to work; I’m sure similar laws exist for your jurisdiction. Also, you are probably not fully sui iuris at the age of 12 so I recommend you familiarize yourself with the laws of your country regarding a web designing career.
    I don't think that there are any laws restricting the hours that a self-employed person (even a child) can work. Like Nerevarine I am gratified to see that you can spell, punctuate and use English grammar correctly. That will give you a head start in almost any occupation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip M View Post
    I don't think that there are any laws restricting the hours that a self-employed person (even a child) can work.
    And I don’t think it’s that easy. I suppose in most industrialized countries, at the age of 12 you aren’t even allowed to sign contracts, either at all or at least without approval by a legal guardian. Likewise, and in conjunction with this, you can’t open a bank account to receive/deposit payments (which I suppose is a common method nowadays). So, the chances to be legally self-employed as minor are already limited.

    But that’s where I am from and different countries might have different regulations, although I don’t think it varies drastically.

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    It sound Interesting, that your are 12years old and know so many good languages. If I'll say you can be best of best designer. I'll appreciate your knowledge and learning ability.


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