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    I have looked around my area for web design courses and the two i have found are for learning using the dreamweaver software. Is it a good idea to learn just to use one piece of software or is it a better idea that i learn a general understanding of html first. I know there are loads of resources online but i need discipline if im going to learn it. Any help would be appreciative

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    Heya!

    Dreamweaver is a pretty good thing to get you going, actually. Use it to build the basic things but make sure you read the code to see how its done it. then play around with the raw HTML in order to figure out how to change it to do things differently.

    It's great to build a good base for you to expand on

    I'd say yes go for Dreamweaver, I acctually learnt html/css myself before getting Dreamweaver but it does help and it's a good starting point

    It's not difficult to code you just need to keep at it and keep practicing, you'll get ****** of after coding for hours to find you missed a

    Original Poster

    its only a 15 week course so i might go for it, its a start at least

    To design web sites I would say you need to know the following:

    1) A knowledge of web DESIGN. How to design a site, what makes it attractive, what makes it work, what makes it easy to use, what makes people want to come back to it. This includes the use of colour, fonts, images and so on.

    This is nothing to do with HTML or CSS or Dreamweaver, more about WEB DESIGN.

    2) A knowledge of HTML and CSS. Vital if you are going to be good at web design (even if you use a GUI tool to design it you still need to understand the HTML & CSS )

    3) A knowledge of graphics like JPEGs, GIFs, PNG etc and using a graphics package (Photoshop?).

    4) A knowledge of a design tool like Dreamwever (probably the market leader).

    5) Finally there are all the other thing to learn about like javascript, back end databases, and so on.

    Its a big subject.

    Original Poster

    thanks guilbert, just looking for somewhere to start at the mo

    How expensive is the course?

    Presumably quite expensive....I took a course using a dreamweaver/flash etc. and found just buying a book and going at it from that angle was much more practical and effective...

    there are also SOOOOOO many tutorials online that you can access for a small fee if not free.

    Listen to this guy! This is great advice!

    I'd add that you'd be better doing a Basic/Intro website design course, than a dreamweaver course. I'm a graphic and web designer and I don't use Dreamweaver at all! The basics you'd learn on a web design for beginners course would far outweigh learning to design in a very expensive application.

    guilbert53;5770019

    To design web sites I would say you need to know the following:1) A … To design web sites I would say you need to know the following:1) A knowledge of web DESIGN. How to design a site, what makes it attractive, what makes it work, what makes it easy to use, what makes people want to come back to it. This includes the use of colour, fonts, images and so on.This is nothing to do with HTML or CSS or Dreamweaver, more about WEB DESIGN.2) A knowledge of HTML and CSS. Vital if you are going to be good at web design (even if you use a GUI tool to design it you still need to understand the HTML & CSS ) 3) A knowledge of graphics like JPEGs, GIFs, PNG etc and using a graphics package (Photoshop?). 4) A knowledge of a design tool like Dreamwever (probably the market leader).5) Finally there are all the other thing to learn about like javascript, back end databases, and so on.Its a big subject.

    have a look here webthang.co.uk/got…ls/ - some good tuts, not as many as there were before it got updated. I used this all the time to learn ASP, HTML etc.

    It maybe a good start for you

    my recommendation is DON'T go for a course.... they are outdated and a waste of cash

    spend the time on your pc / using a book.... thats how i learnt

    [url]www.w3schools.com[/url]
    [url]www.tizag.com[/url]
    [url]www.htmldog.com[/url]

    that should give you a kick start, some say use dreamweaver but i have never felt the need, i hand code all of my work using notepad2 (google it).
    If you do use dreamweaver, then don't use the wysiwyg tools, use the code view...

    it might take you a year to learn everything about css/ html & a scripting language such as php but you will feel glad you did, i spent loads on the different books and they are so handy for having around when im stuck

    the best languages to learn are css / xhtml / javascript / php & mysql / also get a copy of photoshop

    also look at using cms' as thats where web design is heading. the best known are modx, joomla, drupal, wordpress

    Original Poster

    The course is £170, thanks for the advice i wanted to learn the actual code and not use a software program that would just do it all for me. i got my html/xhtml/css for dummies book so will work my way through that. Rep left for all
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