View Full Version : best way to learn web-design?

January 7th, 2009, 12:44 AM
so i want to make my own website...

nothing fancy or extremely difficult but i want to know if there are any good tutorials or anything about making websites look appealing

also what would i need to know besides xhtml and javascript


January 7th, 2009, 12:55 AM
Depends what you want to do with it really.

If you want eye candy, just use jQuery. It makes everything so much easier.

If you give us an idea of what you're after, we can suggest other stuff you might want to look into.

January 7th, 2009, 01:10 AM

January 7th, 2009, 01:15 AM
htmlgoodies.com is outdated, but a great place to go for beginners. It's where i first learned.

then look into javascript (i second the jquery vote) for user interface stuff, and PHP for small server side stuff.

if you really just want something basic, you only need to know (x)html and css. try to avoid tables for layout.

January 7th, 2009, 01:17 AM
well first id make a "family website" for practice that i would never put up...then i would just make a collection of tutorials (linux and programming wise on stuff that i found was difficult to get a good explination for)

January 7th, 2009, 01:26 AM
best thing to do then is just start coding. get a goal in mind and start to go for it. don't be surprised if you get stuck.

I say, find a site that you like (hopefully a simple one), look at it's code and see if you can make sense of it. If you can, then start to make your own.

Don't use sites with flash or other plug-ins as examples, they are going to have embedded things in them that won't show off their source.

If you need help with a specific question, google it and try to solve it. Your first website will probably be pretty gross (code wise), but don't worry.

Just know that you should aim for seperation of content, scripting, and style (XHTML, java script, and css)

January 7th, 2009, 03:00 AM
also what should i learn next? (i know css, xhtml, and javascript)

January 7th, 2009, 04:05 AM
For a good first lesson try
then check out the others at

January 7th, 2009, 05:57 AM
First html, then css and javascript, after that some javascript library, like jquery.
Then go for the server side.
And like kcode says look at http://www.w3schools.com/ , great for tutorials and references.

January 7th, 2009, 06:27 AM
HTML, CSS, and JavaScript should allow you to make a website look exactly as you want it but you could learn some PHP for more functionality. Also look at websites and templates to get an idea of what looks good. Open Source Web Design (http://www.oswd.org/) has a lot of good templates to take a look at. Last, don't forget the DOCTYPE declaration (http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_DOCTYPE.asp) to save yourself some headaches when creating cross-browser compatibility.