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Web Design The Easy Way – Some Quick Tips To Get Started

By Web design can be quite a daunting prospect if you are new to the Internet.  You would like to create your own site but have  no idea where to start. Html?  Photoshop? Fireworks? FrontPage? Dreamweaver? 1335285303BU42JQThis article will give you some tips and hints on how to get started with web  design – and which shortcuts to take! Tip 1: Learn Basic HTML I can hear you groan. I said I was going to  give you some shortcuts, now I suggest you learn HTML! Unfortunately there is no  way around it. Even if you make use to the shortcuts to web design that I am  going to suggest, learning HTML will still be  the best investment that you can  make. It is really not that difficult and it will greatly aid in your  understanding of web  design. A really good place for online tutorials on HTML can be found here: http://www.w3schools.com/html/ Depending on your enthusiasm and level of technical skill I would also  suggest that you learn a bit about CSS (Cascading  Style Sheets). Cascading  style sheets can assist you tremendously with controlling the layout, colors and  images on your web  page. You can also find good CSS tutorials on the w3schools  website. Tip 2: Use a web template for web design Now this is really a  shortcut to web design! I suggest that you create your first website by making  use of a web template.  There are lots of commercial templates available, and  frankly, they are beautiful, but I am going to give you some hints on  where to  find free web templates. Most people would think that searching for ‘free web  templates’ in Google would be the most  obvious way of doing it – but I suggest  that you rather search for ‘open source web templates’. 1259061785T36uVLHere are some sources with open source (basically – free to use) web  templates. The advantage of these templates is that  they are normally well  designed and will also teach you good web design principles (as opposed to most  of the commercial  templates which, while they are undeniably beautiful to look  at, they are normally not built making use of good web design  principles). My favorite Open Source web design site is http://www.oswd.org This site has over a 1600 free designs  to choose from. Download any design and build your site! Most of these designs  make  use of CSS as well which is why it is a good idea to learn CSS. Another site with lots of free template designs is http://www.daydreamgraphics.com I suggest  that if you are just starting out you stick with the designs made with tables.  These are the easiest to manipulate  and use. The templates on Daydreamgraphics  are not for everyone – they are mostly geared towards a young funky look, so if   you are looking for a design that you can use for your business or company, you  might do better to rather select a design  from OSWD, but if you are looking at  setting up a personal website, a hobby site or a site related to music or  entertainment,  these designs will work very well. 1289689363eJvKKj

Tip 3: Use WordPress or Joomla to create your site This option  is really by far the best way to create your website in the long term.  Theoretically you do  not need to know HTML  and CSS to create and modify your  site but in practice it pays off to learn these skills  since it will help you  master these  tools just so much faster.

1258586655577eCt The steps to creating your website using these tools are as follows: 1. Log into your CPanel control panel (if you are not using a host that  provides you with a CPanel control panel and  Fantastico scripts – frankly, my  only advice is to change to one that does!) 2. Select Fantastico from the control panel 3. Select either WordPress or Joomla from the menu on the left. 4. Install WordPress or Joomla in the root folder. You will have to select an  administrator username and password to access  the admin side of your site. Log into the admin backend (normally /wp-admin for WordPress and  /administrator for Joomla). There are lots of free WordPress tutorials available  – just do a Google search for ‘free WordPress tutorials’ and to get started in  Joomla, do a search for ‘how to use Joomla’. To change the look and feel of your WordPress or Joomla website is really  easy! You simply install a new template. WordPress  and Joomla templates are  specific to these tools (you cannot use any templates). For a guide to where to  find the best free WordPress and Joomla templates you can take a look at these  resources: http://www.tm4y.co.za/joomla-tips/best-joomla-templates.html and http://www.tm4y.co.za/wordpress-tips/wordpress-templates.html I hope that these tips will help you on your way to creating your own website  – web design the easy way!
Christine Anderssen is the owner of Tailormade4you  Web Design where she makes use of Joomla and WordPress to build websites.  While making extensive use of of templates to shortcut the design process she  also designs websites from scratch. Visit her site for tutorials, tips and  tricks on how to use Joomla and WordPress for Web Design
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