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    A little advice?

    Hey all I just need a little advice..

    I'm a very inexperienced webmaster I've had my website online for about a month now and I'm still on the learning curve I've learned HTML CSS and a little bit of PHP associated with wordpress and also got pretty decent at making wordpress themes. Since my site is online I need to update content in order to keep the tiny bit of traffic I got growing but I also still need to add things to the site to make it more developed and at the same time try to create backlinks and market my website, while trying to learn php, javascripts ajax and jquery...so my question is this, if theres one specific part I need to focus on what is it? or do I just need to stick it out and try my best? I'm very commited to being sucessful any advice is greatly apreciated!

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    Focus on your girlfriend.

    If you have to do web stuff for a living,
    schedule it for a normal 8hr time period.
    Shut the computer off after 3PM.

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    lol relationship advice on a tech forum....must be a first!

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    Nothing about web design or development is worth destroying a relationship.
    If he wants to spend the rest of his life alone with his "hand", I guess that's
    up to him

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    Quote Originally Posted by teedoff View Post
    lol relationship advice on a tech forum....must be a first!
    I think your missing the point...all you saw was that 1 sentence about my gf.. and I edited it btw I was asking what should I focus on more when it comes to developing my website the content, the design, or marketing? cause it feels like I'm trying to do them all at the same time and its hard and feels like I'm not getting anywhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoeG View Post
    cause it feels like I'm trying to do them all at the same time and its hard and feels like I'm not getting anywhere
    Welcome to the next several years of your online existence. Design is the last part. As long as it is viewable in all clients, that's enough on the design side for the time being. Focus on content primarily. That's your main requirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim View Post
    Nothing about web design or development is worth destroying a relationship.
    If he wants to spend the rest of his life alone with his "hand", I guess that's
    up to him
    No cost, no aggro. Tough choice. Twenty hour days it is then...

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    she wouldn't leave me for real anyways I'm working about 10 a day now..thanks for the advice matt

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    NoeG ...

    Put some focus on the back-end development using PHP/MySQL/Java, etc.
    The use of mobile online apps (as opposed to native apps), is a constantly
    growing need. It's more about information, and less about desktop web pages.
    Native Apps for Mobile (iPhone, Android, etc) ... is a whole different ballgame than
    making online web applications.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim View Post
    Put some focus on the back-end development using PHP/MySQL/Java, etc.
    The use of mobile online apps (as opposed to native apps), is a constantly
    growing need. It's more about information, and less about desktop web pages.
    Funnily enough, just been discussing something similar on a different tangent. The question was: Is it possible to...? It's akin to to that in that my answer was, data is data. It's always the same data regardless, it's merely how you format or serve it which differs.
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    Matt ...

    I agree. WordPress is a good example. Same content, but 1000's of themes.
    Several company owners that need website work, are looking for ways their
    customers can check orders, reservations, misc. things ... using their mobile
    PDA's or iPhones/mobile phones. So, the website itself doesn't have to exist
    to do that. It requires the company's database, and some PHP to handle the
    exchange of information to the customer. The GUI is pretty much JQuery or
    JQTouch. That sort of throws the web page designer stuff out the window.
    The designer now has to deliver small-scale rendering, and ways to interface
    efficiently with the hand-held customer.

    There will always be the need for web pages (in the desktop/laptop world),
    but the information system now takes the developer down two roads, not one.

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    Focus on the content. I've never shared a link to something with horrible content because the CSS and PHP were nice (unless it was to show an example of CSS or PHP on here) but I do share links to great content even if the site sucks. You're always going to be learning new tricks, just implement them as you learn. It's good that you're using CSS and PHP because you'll be able to update all your pages with your new knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlseim View Post
    Several company owners that need website work, are looking for ways their customers can check orders, reservations, misc. things ... using their mobile PDA's or iPhones/mobile phones. So, the website itself doesn't have to exist to do that. It requires the company's database, and some PHP to handle the exchange of information to the customer. The GUI is pretty much JQuery or JQTouch. That sort of throws the web page designer stuff out the window. The designer now has to deliver small-scale rendering, and ways to interface efficiently with the hand-held customer.

    There will always be the need for web pages (in the desktop/laptop world),
    but the information system now takes the developer down two roads, not one.
    That sums it up perfectly. It is quite an easy thing to overlook/forget when doing the web developing too. One tends to get into the mindset that the front end is the important part rather than thinking of it as merely what it is, namely one means of many to access the necessary information. An easy trap to fall into on occasion.

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    Right content first got it second so MattF and mlseim your sayin that I should look into back end stuff php, java, mysql jquery and then learn how to make online apps for future clients..Thats good cause I got a year subscription to lynda.com and they have loads of awesome info on there..their site cleared up all uncertintlys of wordpress in a full day watching their video tutorials so I have no doubt I could learn all that java,mysql apache in the remaining time I have the subscription hopefully lol fingers crossed...

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    You didn't mention what your graphic (photoshop) and design skills were at.
    In most cases, we are not proficient at BOTH design and development ...
    but merely, one or the other. That's where you focus on your interest and
    partner with someone that is good with the other.

    I personally like the back-end stuff, since I can't do a lick of Photoshop.
    So, I have "graphic artists" that I can partner with for certain projects.

    Don't get Java and Javascript confused. I would like to learn Java one day.
    From reading about it, that seems to be a hard language, but very powerful.
    PHP (along with MySQL), have a ton of online support and tutorials.

    You will gain a wide range of knowledge and then focus on a particular niche.
    You'll find your favorite thing ... and that's what you'll get good at. Don't expect
    to work alone -- you will never be an expert at everything.


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