Getting Started in Web Design

If you’re able to find your way around the internet and use word processing programs, then you should be able to create your own website. The mistake that most novice web designers make is in trying to make things too complicated.

Learning enough web design to build a web site can seem very intimidating if you’ve never done it before. But if you’re able to find your way around the internet and use word processing programs, then you should be able to create your own website.

The mistake that most novice web designers make is in trying to make things too complicated. Even if you know a lot about computing, you should take your time and learn the basics first. If you try to do too much, you’ll end up with a site that looks unattractive to the end users, and may be difficult to navigate.

There is a lot of software out there that will help you get started; some of them say things like “have your own site ready to go in minutes!” Frankly, that’s a bit misleading; it takes longer than that to learn how to design a site properly. One of the best ways to learn is to start with premade website themes that allow you to customize. This is a great way to start with something that is already set up to look good, while still giving yourself the chance to learn html and the basics of design.

- Dr. John Elcik, the Pragmatic Web Designer

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