Understanding Web Design Programs

If you have made up your mind on becoming a professional web designer, then it is time to incorporate training into your busy schedule. Websites are all created with the use of web design programs yet which ones should you be an expert at? There are literally hundreds of institutions that offer courses, certifications or even complete degrees yet you have to know which programs you would actually need.

As a web designer, you would need basic know-how on programming languages. For starters, you can concentrate on HTML or HyperText Markup Language coding. HTML is basically the building block of every website that you have ever seen. In order for you to understand the very core of web design, you have to have knowledge of HTML. If learning HTML is a bit complex for you, another program the WYSIWYG program, was designed to bring editing to an easier level. Such is the case with programs such as Dreamweaver 8.

Advanced languages in web design programs include XML, CSS, JavaScript, and many more. For you to come up with a professional looking website design you should know the techniques involved in creating a site. A website needs to be coherent and visitors of the site should know how to navigate the features in a matter of seconds.

To achieve this, you should basically know how a computer functions. To be able to set up or modify any website, you should know how to use FTP or File Transfer Protocol. This is a basic knowledge of adding pages and making site changes.

For graphic designer wannabes, it is imperative to learn raster and vector graphics. Raster graphics (grids made of tiny-pixels) rely on the resolution and dimension of the image. Vector graphics, on the other hand, makes use of coordinates and geographical points rather than pixels. The resolution of the vector graphics images is clear no matter how much you resize them.

When it comes to selecting the right fonts or typefaces, it is typography that you need to learn. Learning page layout means knowing how to mix texts, images, links, and pictures on a website. Learning these web design programs is vital since you will be tasked to create a pleasing overall design.

For you to find out which among these web design programs would suit your needs, you have to know your skills, your strengths as well as your budget. After all, your future career greatly depends on how well you chose from among the roster of available programs!

A Web Design Tutorial

Congratulations! You now have webhosting and now all you need is a website. Here’s the question that every potential webmaster wants to know: Do you need to be a programmer to have a website? The answer is “kind of”. Here is today’s web design tutorial.

The web is made up of many different programming languages. HTML and CSS make the web look good while PHP, ASP, and Javascript are the nuts and bolts that make the web do more advanced functions.

(There are many more languages but these are the most popular) The good news is that there are many programs out there that allow you to design a website using an interface that requires no programming skills.

As you create your website, these programs translate your work in to HTML and CSS. The answer to our first question is that you don’t need any programming knowledge for that.

One of the most popular is a program called Dreamweaver which is available at any computer store or as a download from Adobe.com. While this program will do just about anything you would ever need to build a website, there are some drawbacks to it:

• It’s expensive. Purchasing Dreamweaver will set you back at least a few hundred dollars but there is some good news. If you are a student, an educator, or a non-profit organization, you can purchase Dreamweaver for a fraction of the retail price. With a school id, you should be able to purchase it for no more than $99.

• There’s a steep learning curve. If you are serious about learning to build and design websites, it is worth your time to learn this program. Many of the best known web designers program using Dreamweaver.

Once you learn it, it will be your best friend in the web hosting world.
Other than those two drawbacks, this is easily the best program on the market.

As part of our web design tutorial, you should know that programs like Dreamweaver allow you to design a site and make it look good without any programming knowledge at all.

If you need your site to do anything other than look pretty, you’re going to need some advanced programming knowledge. The best way to accomplish this is to hire somebody to do it for you. You can find people to do this for a relatively small amount of money so don’t get too worried.

Finally, if your goal is to have a very simple web presence and don’t plan to make a career of web design and management, there are plenty of free web templates where you only have to fill in your personal information.

There are also programs like WordPress which are free and come with a website already built. For your first site, keep it simple, clean, and without a lot of bells and whistles. There will be plenty of time for an award winning website in the future.

If you’re worried about your lack of programming skills, here’s the truth: As you spend time managing your website, you’re going to learn programming skills very rapidly. Languages like HTML are not difficult to learn and you’ll be surprised how fast you pick up on the language. Buy an introductory book about HTML and give it a try.

Check out another one of our articles in the web design tutorial series.

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Web Design As a Newbie

Attempting web design for the first time can feel like a huge endeavor. There are so many websites, so many different ways to approach your design, not to mention all of the other nuts and bolts needed to create a functioning site. As a newbie to the process, it’s important that you have a clear plan or outline, so you’re able to break through all of the distractions and get your site built – without being an expert in HTML/CSS or other web design programs!

The first thing to prepare, is your “to-do” list. Before even thinking about what you want your site to look like, create a high-level outline of the decisions that you will need to make to design your site. Your checklist should include items such as: web platform, design software, hosting company, domain name, budget, and a time-delivery schedule. Treat your website design like you would any client project – create a project outline and budget, to ensure that you stay on track. And throughout the design process, be sure to keep the purpose and audience of your website at the forefront of your mind.

Once you have a plan, you are more likely to stay focused and start learning the basics for your website design with less brain clutter and distractions. Keeping within your own comfort zone will help you complete your design faster and you’ll enjoy the process more – I promise. If you are not at all familiar with Dreamweaver – don’t worry, it’s not necessary. That is the key here – because there are so many different ways to built a website and design, you can do it with or without software expertise. Programs like Godaddy’s Website Tonight and WordPress.com have very simple platforms that do not require ANY web design or software experience. If you are a newbie, these are the best options for you to start on. While using these platforms, you will also become more familiar with the various web-related tools and keywords, which will help you down the road.

Now onto the design part – keep a sticky note in front of you while planning your website design with the purpose and audience for your site, clearly identified. The “pretty factor” of a site does not necessarily equate to a successful design, site, or business. You need to be sure to include the important marketing elements and basic design elements on your site to resonate with your audience. All of these things should be mapped out on a piece of paper BEFORE you start designing – this will save you several headaches later. Examples of marketing elements include your contact information, your benefits statement, information and details that relate to your audience and your business, a way to learn more and dive deeper, newsletters, press, and so on. Basic design elements encompasses many things, but the main ones to consider are the overall look and feel of your site (modern, simplistic, minimalist, etc.), what you want people to see above the fold, colors, fonts, background, and so on.

These tips should help every newbie get started on designing the website they desire. Remember to break through the online clutter and do a little planning to help you stay focused along the way. You can find more details of items to add onto your checklist and suggestions on how to get started today, at http://loosenyourwhitecollar.com.