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First off I'd like to say you guys and gals have an awesome forum here, a real one stop shop full of info ~ Thanks.
I am relatively new to web development having just learnt the ins and outs of HTML, so I guess my question is "Where do I go from here ?"
Any advice, pointers and experiences will be very welcome :-)
Different people think differently, but HTML is the first thing, which you've got.
1. HTML > CSS to get to W3C current standards
2. Put the JS and DHTML on temporary hold since a lot of that is cosmetic, and
3. Get some degree of familiarity with your choice of scripting languages, at least to where you can work with existing scripts to use on sites. That would be Perl, PHP or asp depending on which platform you choose, IIS or *nix/Apache.
I believe optimization is best built into the structure and form of the site. Get to know the search industry or partner up with someone who knows and is good and maximize the sites you create, to their fullest potential from the structure on through.
Know that content rules. Either wear all the hats and forget the rest of your life or partner up with folks who are very good at what they do such as copywriters. Content works itís way through a whole site. Itís the thread that holds it all together. We carry it out into advertising and promotion.
Know that navigation is more then moving from one page to the other and create paths that make sense more than as a pattern. Think about each link and ask yourself why itís needed. Put it through a little test and if it passes Ė then link.
Learn about themes, and niche and targeted traffic. These are important keys to structuring a successful site.
I suggest in your spare time you learn about Crosslinking, Interlinking and Reciprocal Linking [webmasterworld.com].
Read, research, test and remember there is no such thing as a bad question around here. You just have to know the right place to ask it. It that vein I hope you read this Welcome to Webmaster World [webmasterworld.com]. Nothing beats these forums for current and timely information. The level people take it to share is incredible.
Peace be with you and happy learning.
I am slowly realizing that it is important to manage the development process as well as acquiring the requisite technical skills.
I believe that defining the project and developing site structure should indeed come first before the actual visuals, I therefore plan to integrate this in my developmental process, thanks for the heads up :-)
3. affiliate marketing
6. graphics (distant last yet still important)
really hard to prioritize these but many are so much tied into the other that they need to be learned in tandem. paynt makes a great point about SEO and site architecture/html . You have a huge advantage if you can design a site ground up with SEO as a priority.
Everyone's priorities will differ based on what segment of the industry they are in and what your goals are.