Web designing for a beginner can be quite intimidating and even if you have little knowledge about the same, you would still be intimidated with the plethora of information being thrown at you. Today we would thus like to share with you 6 simple tips on getting started with web designing.
You need to get familiar with the web editor to begin with. If you check online, you would find many web editors to help you. But all of them have their own pros and cons, so you will have to do your research to know which one would best suit your needs. In short, familiarize yourself with an editor that would teach you “something”. There are many budget friendly editors available out there; ad the most recommended one by webmasters across the globe would be NVU. But if you have the cash to spare, you should then go for “Dreamweaver”. Every bit of the dollar you spend o this baby is worth it, because whatever you wish to achieve it will do it for you. It also allows you to customize many features it offers; hence setting up your most used commands wouldn’t be tough. Irrespective of whichever editor you decide to use, don’t forget to get tutored on it. Use the net to find video tutorials to begin with and to familiarize yourself with the basics of web editing.
The basics of CSS should be learnt. Cascading Style Sheets as it is also known as helps one to achieve different styles for the website you own or intend to build. Just because the acronym says CSS, do not be scared, it’s much easier to learn than you think. With just a single style sheet you can decide what the consistency of other web pages on your website would look like. For example, with CSS one can decide the style of fonts, size of fonts, colors to be used for hyperlinks, colors for the background etc, just with a single file.
Get a good design template. You can buy one from “Dreamweaver” or check online for attractive one’s that come for free, the choice is yours. But always ensure that you use a template which has CSS, this is if you don’t want to go through the trouble of making paged right from scratch. When you get a template of your choice, use the editor to open it and don’t forget to make a back up of the original template, just in case you aren’t happy with what you did and want to start over again.
Basic file management should be learnt. What are websites, they are nothing more than a file series in order kept in a server somewhere. Irrespective of whichever editor you choose to use, do not forget to get the files for your website organized. This will help you manage them well and wouldn’t let you throw all files in one folder haphazardly.
Its all about FTP. Yes, another acronym, but not a googly!! It means file transfer protocol and helps with transferring your pages from local to web servers, which is the hosting account.
You need to have a good image/graphic editing program. You don’t have to be a honcho at web designing for that. All you need to know is how to do touch ups and resizing for all your graphics. You could use Photoshop or even Gimp for the same.
So folks, here you are, we have told you six simple steps about web designing. Best of luck!!