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Designing websites

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Greybeard, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Greybeard

    Greybeard Junior Member

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    Are most website designers self-taught, or have they taken classes? Or both? I've gotten more and more interested in learning website design and I want to start doing it, but I'm not sure where to start. Probably I should start teaching myself things, and then maybe take a class?
     
  2. adhept

    adhept Junior Member

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    Mix of both.

    I can design pretty good sites, I literally learnt by getting a copy of dreamweaver and playing around with it until good stuff came out.

    Youtube is your friend. Seriously, there isn't anything related to coding or design that someone hasn't uploaded a tutorial for.
     
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  3. Greybeard

    Greybeard Junior Member

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    Cool, that's good to know. I'm going to start messing around with stuff myself, first, and see what happens. No need to pay money if I can figure out what I need to know for free!
     
  4. SEORocks

    SEORocks Junior Member

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    I also use Dreamweaver, there is an easy way to learn if you want to self teach in my opinion.

    Find a WordPress site that you like and load it to your server. Now use Dreamweaver and download the entire site to your computer.

    Start re-writing the php or css to learn what different things do.

    Once you do that for a while, you can actually learn how to use most code pretty quickly, if you can retain what you learn.

    Now a lot of people will say why learn when there are so many free templates out on the market today, but I love being able to see something I really like but it may be missing a few things and once I tweak it a bit, it is perfect for what I would like to do.

    Just remember this, to be successful online you DO NOT have to know how to do everything, but you do need to know what you can do, what makes you money and when to not take up your valuable money making time with things you should outsource, such as website design.

    I wish you well.

     
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  5. artizhay

    artizhay BANNED BANNED

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    Started teaching myself in 5th grade. Never taken a day of formal training; well technically I took two years of web design in high school, but my teacher saw that I was well ahead of his curriculum and put me in independent study and just sent me clients so I could do whatever I wanted lol.

    Also would suggest hand-coding, but that's just me. I hate using WYSIWYG editors; more control writing the markup on your own.
     
  6. makinbuckz

    makinbuckz Junior Member

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    I learned HTML at html clinic dot com.

    Do a search for a free Dreamweaver alternative if you don't have it.

    Find some tutorials on Youtube and you should be well on your way.
     
  7. tony-raymondo

    tony-raymondo Junior Member

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    i'm self taught

    whatever you do, do NOT apply to one of those stupid fake "college" schools of design -- where you give them 20,000 dollars and they teach you "the latest in media"

    blaaaaaaah

    most of those are a total joke.

    just get xampp installed on your PC. And get a copy of WordPress. If you need help, start participating in a forum. Or, in your city, go to Craigs List and put out an ad for a "tutor" -- someone who will come to your house and show you how to do things.

    Its one-on-one education for a fraction of the price of those mega schools.