View Full Version : Help with deciding upon language!

07-11-2006, 10:05 PM
Hey, im fairly new to this whole web design game. I thought I was fairly competant with it after studying Dreamweaver for 2 terms, but obviously not. Ive been asked by a friend to design a website for a side line business shes starting. The attached image shows the basic layout shes after. As you can see, at first it looks perfect for a frameset, but shes dead set on this 'border area' around the bulk of the site (which i think would be made with <div> tags, no?), and as I understand you cant have a frameset in this layout, at least not with HTML. She would also like a slightly more interactive navigation bar than standard, perhaps something that allows you to hover over a link and then show more subcategories. What I would love is someone to give me an idea on what language/languages would be easiest to design this site on.


07-11-2006, 10:06 PM
You forgot to attach the design. :)

07-11-2006, 10:11 PM
Heh heh, what a muppet :) Done

07-11-2006, 10:13 PM
HTML is the easiest language from making a site
JavaScript is the easiest language for creating interactive client elements
CSS is the easiest language for creating simple visual effects (both dynamic and static)
Ruby or PHP are the easiest languages for adding server-side processing to a site

07-11-2006, 10:21 PM
Can I use all of those? And if possible, could you try to link what different language would be best for each section?

07-11-2006, 10:27 PM
It sounds like what you really need is a decent tutorial.

Check out www.w3schools.com and go through the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript tutorials.

I assure you that you will make leaps well beyond what anyone can do for you on these forums right now. When you have specific questions about things, come back and ask them, but you need to get some cursory knowledge under your belt that WYSIWYGS like Dreamweaver can't give you. The tutorials shouldn't take you all that long, it'll just give you a good idea of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript work together to make a web page.

Only then should consider looking into server side stuff, since the server side stuff simply generates the above code according to logic you write.

Good luck!

07-11-2006, 11:04 PM
Also once you get through those tutorials on w3schools, www.alistapart.com has some interesting articles on different web design topics.

That design, depending on what it actually looks like be be done using XHTML and CSS, no need for a frameset. As for the menu you described, you'll probably need to use some sort of javascript solution.

And like Beagle said, when you have specific questions, we can guide you further in more detail.

07-12-2006, 12:19 AM
Thanks guys for the fast and helpful responces :) I'll be sure to check out those sites, and any sigficant progress I make I'll let you know about.