Where should I start learning web design and development?

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  1. JBMedia

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    I'm planning on starting to learn web design and development and mainly by teaching myself. Now I know of w3schools, but I was wondering if anyone had any other sites that they knew had accredited resources for self-teaching on these topics of interest. If so, I'd highly appreciate it.
     
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    Soon as i seen this topic i was going to say w3schools. Anyway, well when i first started what I did was that helped me the most was going to websites that allow free download of basic CSS websites. One good one is http://www.freecsstemplates.org/.
    I would go to sites like these and download a few random templates and basically just study the files, see where things go, and just follow things back to each other and you can see what does what and it helps you learn why it's doing it and if there's something in it you can see what its doing but now why then you can simply just google it 99% of the time.

    You could also by some for "For Dummies" books on html, css, web design, etc. They're actually pretty good if you just started learning.
     
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    Thank you both for the insight. From what I understand, the general order of things to be learned is to do HTML first, then CSS, then you can start learning Java and other sorts of things? Does anyone know of a particular order in which I should start learning these languages?

    Also, to be a successful web designer don't you also need to learn a little bit about graphic design such as Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks? Thanks for any answers.
     
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    HTML and CSS become one. You learn them both together, really. CSS styles your HTML so you don't really learn one first but if you did it would be just the basics of HTML. The basic structures, etc.

    After them, don't be mistaken and start learning Java, you mean JavaScript. Then of course there is PHP, which is very powerful language.

    I wouldn't say you NEED to be good with graphics but it does help. A lot of web designers sub contract for there graphics which works great. Obviously if you can get good with graphics you'll earn more money and save you some hassles.

    Hopefully this cleared that up for you, if you have any further questions, I'm happy to help answer.
     
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    JBMedia if I was you I would specialise in either website coding or graphic design, I wouldn't try to learn the two of them, at least at the start. Focusing on one of these areas will allow you to be the best you can be at that, rather than being a jack of all trades.

    As karoshio said, website builders can outsource their graphic design work to specialists in that area, plus really good graphic designers can get plenty of graphic design work without ever having to code a website. If you decide on website coding I'd suggest the following order - HTML, CSS then PHP.
     
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    I would always suggest choosing one first and concentrate on it. It will be easier that way.
    And regarding reading and learning materials, I know there are lots of online sites but you don't want to damage your eyes from reading on your monitor so I suggest buying any "... for Dummies" book related on the subject you want to learn. It's always better to read on printed materials rather than on a computer screen. You could find these books at ebay or amazon wherein you can choose if you want a new book, or a used one to save a couple of bucks.
     
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    I'm no expert, but I know a lot of HTML and CSS. You learn them together naturally, as you tend to have to use CSS a lot. I used to just simply Google everything - online tutorials are absolutely fantastic. I myself bought quite a few books and just read through them, as admittedly it did take me quite a while to pick it all up.

    Good luck with your experience. :)
     
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    There is a lot of places where you can learn coding and web design. You can start with simple tutorials, then move to for ex. tutsplus (they have lots and lots of great tutorials!), you can buy yourself a few books, and then start practicing, which is the most important thing.
     
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    Thank you all for this advise. I am planning on starting to learn html and css first. However, I need to put it on the backburner until I get my blog(s) caught up and start up my idea for my content business.
     
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    There are few as good as w3 schools, so id stick with them as thats where i learnt css html and js
     
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    If you ever need help with HTML or CSS feel free to send me a PM on here and I will help out however I can.
     
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    Thank you, that's awfully kind.
     
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    The dummies books could also be useful for you. HTML 4 for dummies is a good place to start then follow it with CSS Web Design. Then you can look into Java, Ajax, PHP and MySQL.
     
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    w3schools is the best site for me, it's like package in one. All I need is there, HTML, CSS, XHTML and many other useful tutorials. I have here other site but it's for HTML only, tizag.com. It helps me a lot too.
     
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    I would head over to www.sitepoint.com. They have good books and resources there.
     
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    W3schools is the best site for learning designing and development
     
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    web design and development these two different subjects i suggest you should pick one of them you can take online video classes or join a training center. but start making your own website and experiment on it when you learn some thing new.
     
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    Many Times I found the Question Asked with Forums . As Most of Experts Suggested for the W3School as best resource for learning HTML/CSS Online , Also go with . It has Excellent tutorial help that helps beginner . Web Design and Development is most growing industry All over World .
     
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    W3schools is a good place to learn the basics on HTML. And sites can't live without HTML.
     

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