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Where do I go from here ?



4:22 am on Jun 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi everybody !

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 ?"

My study plan has the following sequence: HTML -> Javascript -> CSS -> DHTML -> XML -> ASP

Any advice, pointers and experiences will be very welcome :-)


4:43 am on June 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi Descartes, and welcome to the board.

Different people think differently, but HTML is the first thing, which you've got.

I'd say

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.

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What about graphic design? It helps to know about color combos and layout. A good Graphic Design magazine does wonders for stimulating the imagination.


4:53 am on June 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Marcia,

I've looked at some books on PHP and it looks like the route that I might venture first. Your advice on Javascript/DHTML is also spot on (although I never looked at it that way)



5:10 am on June 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Very true martinibuster,

Good color design is of the essence, I have already bookmarked two threads on this website that have boatloads of info on color. I will make good use of them.


6:49 am on June 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Welcome Descartes, to Webmaster World and thanks for posting.

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.


12:35 pm on June 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks paynt,

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 :-)


4:31 pm on June 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I would say these are the priorities for me:

2. SEO
3. affiliate marketing
4. usability
5. content
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.