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do's and dont's in web development?
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 2:23 pm on Oct 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Hi, a newbie here. I don't have my own website yet but I want to have one, I don't have knowledge in PHP or MySql but I know how to use html. Can you advice me on how to get around in web development. What's the best thing to do for a newbie like me?

I am hoping for your kind response

[edited by: mack at 5:09 pm (utc) on Oct. 20, 2009]
[edit reason] No links please :-) [/edit]



 2:34 pm on Oct 20, 2009 (gmt 0)


Welcome to WebmasterWorld

You are at right place , i wished i had knew about WebmasterWorld when i started learning this stuff :)

Here is the thread just for you to get along web development.


Cheers !


 3:46 pm on Oct 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

One non-technical advice - before you start to actually do anything make sure you are 100% sure what you want to do.
Do not hire a programmer to build your website unless you already have each and every page of your website-to-be drawn by a designer. It is much more expensive to change IT things than to make another drawing.


 6:17 pm on Oct 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

I second benevolent001's link, it's a matter of coincidence that mack just posted that a few days ago.

Another, if you haven't built your site yet, or even considered the concept, start with this question:

What problems will my web site solve for my visitors?

It doesn't matter what the problem is - boredom (youtube) buy something (ecommerce), sell something (craiglist,eBay) - if your site doesn't solve visitor's problems it will fail.

Source, and much more good advice on what NOT to do: webpagesthatsuck.com [webpagesthatsuck.com]

Most site owners get this backwards - they start with the design, the look. Visitors don't come to your site to ooh and awe at your design, they come to solve a problem. Crack this nut and it will all start to work for you.


 2:16 pm on Oct 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

On another forum I regularly see requests for recommendations for web design software. I always post back "pencil and paper".

In this sense I am thinking of the logical structure not the decoration.


 3:28 pm on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

It is pretty tough to sum things up here in this small space. But, most importantly never allow someone to spam your website. That is the most important thing to do.

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