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I am getting more deep into website making and am finding I dont know jack about it... SSL... DNS... etcc.. etc... it might as well be in german...
Anyone know of a good site with all that jazz?
I have Dreamweaver MX and have a few publications but sheesh....where does one start? A whole new language. I'm pretty computer literate but this seems somewhat challenging. I've never been on the development side. I'm a mortgage banker and want to begin branding myself with a website. I'm considering having a freelancer do the site for now and I'll continue learning so I can manage the site. Suggestions are welcome.
joined:Apr 13, 2002
Best decision you can make. Make sure they write clean code. I know a dot com casualty who took his stock option funds and bought a brick and mortar business from an acquaintance in San Francisco.
The new owner thought the existing website looked unprofessional so he redesigned did it himself. His current website blows up in 800x600 and has the garish colors of a late-nineties crack site. I've been told that new clients have virtually disappeared, and the business is limping along on past clients.
Amazing how fast someone can come in and destroy a 25 year old business with a highly visible brand name by "doing it himeself."
Be wary of graphic designers who also do web design, as their methodology often revolves around comping something in Photoshop then slicing it up into a graphics heavy disaster.
The sad thing about the more expensive web design shops is that these people are trained for PRINT, not web. Even worse, pick up most any web design or web redesign book today and it's quite often written by Graphic Designers who were trained for print design.
A florist came to me last year. She had a beautiful website- trouble was, all her text was in gifs. I told her to demand a refund from the GD or have him redo it at his expense. The graphic designer redid the entire website.
As far as WHERE to learn it, I would suggest a good book or two as a reference, and then just dive in and try it. Plenty of good books out there, just log on to Amazon and do a search for HTML and you should get hundreds. Read the customer reviews for one that fits your learning style.
Once you learn the basics, I have yet to find a better resource than this forum! The people here are fantastic, and will answer just about any question you can come up with. I guarantee you will have quite a few! Best of luck!
Contrary to what some others have said, I would start with Netscape Composer.(Free, part of Netscape/Mozilla) It is WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) and you can create a webpage is about 10 seconds. It is just like creating any other document. Type, cut and paste, drag and drop, etc.
Once you have your first page done then look at the html code for it and tweak it. This is how I learned and how I still do a lot of pages.
One and a half years ago I knew nothing about web design.
After reading the books and practicing, I am making decent money running a web design company.
It also helps to practice. When I want to learn how to do something new I jump right into it.
Anyway, there is no risk, you can practice for free with a free host or on your own computer.
Please explain and s-a-y i-t r-e-a-l-l-y s-l-o-w because apparently I'm not as bright as I thought I was.
Thanks -- and to reiterate what others have said, this is a GREAT site!
Are you using Internet Explorer? This frequently occurs in my Internet Explorer (it's something to do with cache limits or something).
Clear your temporary internet files (tools->internet options-> delete files) and try again.
Your best bet is to try running through the tutorials at www.w3schools.com to get a basic idea and then looking around at sites like webmoney and such. www.wdvl.com is also a decent resource for finding out more about these technologies, if not for actual tutorials.