Where to Learn More about Web Design and Website Development

If you’re looking for a book on web page building, look for one that matches the tools and technologies that you’re going to be using. Tools include: HTML editors (eg FrontPage or Dreamweaver) Graphics editing software Database software Technologies include things like: HTML/XHTML CSS JavaScript VBScript Flash ASP PHP CGI This might mean buying several books to cover everything that you need to know, but don’t overwhelm yourself with more than you need. If there was learning required, then you should have built the time required for it into your project plan. If you didn’t, you’ve already come unstuck and need to think again. If you did, make sure you stick to your schedule! You need to make sure that at least one of your books covers design issues. This is extremely important, and must come first when you begin to construct the pages. Layout, colour, navigation and font selection are all important decisions that need to be taken from an informed viewpoint. Look at other websites that you like, look at websites that you don’t like, and work out how you can be more like the former. The following books are very much my personal recommendations on the topic of web design and web development. Designing with Web Standards – Jeffrey Zeldman Eric Meyer on CSS – Eric A. Meyer PHP and MySQL Web Development – Luke Welling, Laura Thomson Don’t Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability – Steve Krug You might want to try some of the following websites, which provide a mixture of tutorials from beginner to advanced levels, and also free...

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