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    Please rate my site

    Do you think i have the potential to become a web designer?

    I created a sample website for a school project, that i spent so many hours on. The website I have created is not anywhere near done, but i would like to get some people opinions on my website, and I would like to know if you think I have the potential to become a professional web developer. Everything on this site was typed, not copy and paste.. I'm 17 years old by the way. Here's the link to my site:

    http://my-fashionz.webs.com/index.html

    I created by background image, tabs, graphics, and photos in gimp.

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    Doesn't look that good for a designer. I could design that and I'm not a designer.

    If you mean a developer, then with a bit of work you could name yourself as one. You need to start using xhtml, don't use absolute positioning for layouts, test cross-browser, don't use inline styles.

    Just because you've done 1 site (is it 1?) doesn't make you a web designer/developer. You become one with time, experience and lots of headbanging against a wall when you go mad due to seeing code 24/7

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    I wasn't trying to classify myself as a designer. I was only asking a simple question to whether or whether not you think i could have the potential to become one. I know i'm far from experienced. But like i said i'm a 17 yr old student in highschool, and this was only for demonstration for a project.

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    it is decent looking but it could be alot better if you put more time into it

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    Hi,
    I think you meant to ask "do you think I could become a developer" not a designer...for your first site, its a good start. what you need to concentrate on is xhtml, CSS and also start looking in to using JQuery, this is a very good addition to your skill set, however....you will bang your head against a wall for the next few years whilst you get your ahead around being a developer....and it doesnt stop there, you need to decide if you want to be a front end developer or a back end developer. Back end developer would not do any of the pretty stuff, they would write code using ASP.NET, C#, VB, Java etc etc
    Front end is the guys who do CSS, XHTML.....

    thats just a few pointers for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightfire View Post
    Doesn't look that good for a designer. I could design that and I'm not a designer.

    If you mean a developer, then with a bit of work you could name yourself as one. You need to start using xhtml, don't use absolute positioning for layouts, test cross-browser, don't use inline styles.

    Just because you've done 1 site (is it 1?) doesn't make you a web designer/developer. You become one with time, experience and lots of headbanging against a wall when you go mad due to seeing code 24/7
    Good grief! Talk about bitterly critical! My mother-in-law wouldn't try to be so confidence knocking as that ... and she's a real *****! The question was:

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    Do you think i have the potential to become a web designer? .. I'm 17 years old by the way.
    As far as I can tell, as someone who has built more than 300 websites (not all great I must admit!), if you're 17 and this is your first step in to web design then you're doing okay.

    Doing all that with Gimp is not going to help with the final finish! You'll find your own favourite tools as time goes on and checking out some CSS menu examples would really improve what you've already done and doesn't take much learning.

    Find a few more people to build sites for, try totally different things with each and get their feedback about what they like and don't like about it before taking on a commercial client. If you start with mom and pop businesses looking to spend hardly anything on a simple "about us" site you can build your way up the chain.

    Be aware though, that speed is important so design can't simply rely on huge flashy images. The page needs to load fast.

    Good luck!

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    I don't think it is too bad for a first start. Indeed, I seem to recall professional sites looking a bit like that say five years ago. (The 'P' word is more significant in that statement than the number, 5 )

    Anyhoo, you need to read up on 'semantics'. Your list of links, at the top-right, should be in a list rather than in a row of 'a hrefs'

    You'll need to learn how to write even cleaner good code. test it throughout development at validator.w3.org and see how your page is marked. 29 errors currently but that is much fewer than some of my clients sites - where they paid a professional company to build it before coming to me. some had as few as 269 errors on their home page.

    As a beginner - great start. Have you the potential to become a web developer? I think you could. If someone else is to write the page code and you are going to specialise in graphics and css, then I reckon you could do OK.

    But, have you the potential to become a web developer - who makes the site and writes the server-side code? I can't say because I don't know that your example page uses any server side coding.

    But; you only asked about web design so I hope my answer helps.

    bazz
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