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    Smile New to Web Design (And Development ...)

    Hey guys =] this is my first post =DD

    I'm pretty much an amateur designer that's trying to understand a bit more about code, and the basic principles of SEO and web management. I'm a bit of a rookie at the moment o_0 lol

    I've dabbled in little bits of HTML and CSS. I know the basics of how they both work together. I also know the theory behind scripting languages, the basic aspects of optimization, and a really small amount about server management (e.g. ftp, domains, different kinds of hosting, etc)

    Sorry if this is a typical "newbie" post, but there seem to be a lot of experts on this board, and I just wanted some responses firsthand ^_^

    I had a ton of questions, this list is by no means exhaustive! =P lol

    How much is there to learn with CSS and HTML? Doess the w3cschools website really contain everything? Any advice on getting better? Is inline and "head section" css obsolete? Or do all css methods/tags have some strategic use?

    Web standards (which ones should I learn? And why?)

    What should be included in any basic "head" section in HTML

    Basic design standards and layout principles (like ideas for arranging css code/classes/ids, standard size nowdays for elements/containers on a page etc). Box Model? Borders vs outlines? What's the point of Borders?

    Tips and tricks for compatibility in different browsers

    Inspiration for design/tips on getting better/where to get new designs from

    About the design process and "wireframing" websites


    Tips on getting started with Javascript and the DOM

    The pros and cons of different ServerSide scripting languages/any suggestions

    How SEO works/meta/backlinking/how to use/collect/monitor/apply keywords

    Any paid optimization software that is worth a look (I had my eyes on one called gShift. Any opinions?)

    The basics of how to setup and get a website online using a domain and servers

    Different types of social media/RSS, etc. + social strategies/calls to action

    CUSTOM EMAIL ADDRESSES/email servers/how to manage

    How and why to use content management systems like WordPress. How do they help designers?

    lol sorry if I got a little carried away ahaha =] I'm just motivated by what I don't know =] Maybe we can make this a thread for anyone that wants a crash course in web development or managing a website =] Pick and choose any topics, I'd be grateful for any responses ^_^

    Thanks very much for the help guys =]

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    Some of these questions are very general and would take a lot of time to answer. Lacking time I’m just gonna address a few of them.

    How much is there to learn with CSS and HTML? Doess the w3cschools website really contain everything? Any advice on getting better?
    There is a lot to learn but many things you won’t need very often. The best is to just dive in and learn on the way. There are so many sources on the internet you can refer to when you’re stuck or unsure. However, more than knowing all the plain code it’s important to understand how to use it effectively. The important keywords here are semantic HTML and progressive enhancement which includes the separation of content and presentation and unobtrusive JavaScript. If you understand these concepts then you’re half there already.

    Is inline and "head section" css obsolete? Or do all css methods/tags have some strategic use?
    Yeah, following the concept of separation of concerns basically inline CSS and internal stylesheets are obsolete but there are still times where it doesn’t hurt to have or is useful. For example, if you have a very simple single page you need to style, it’s simpler to just put the CSS in the head rather than a new file. Or, if someone is using a WYSIWYG editor (such as the reply field here in this forum) and applies a certain style to a portion of text (e. g. different color), inline styles are the way to go.

    The basics of how to setup and get a website online using a domain and servers
    CUSTOM EMAIL ADDRESSES/email servers/how to manage
    Both of these questions can be answered with one reply. You get a hosting plan with a professional hosting company and there you go. Usually you have some kind of control panel with your hosting package where you manage your domain/server/e-mail addresses. Which hosting company and plan to get is another subject and depends on your specific requirements.

    How and why to use content management systems like WordPress. How do they help designers?
    “How” depends on each system and you’ll have to find that out yourself once you have decided which CMS to use. “Why” is also a pretty general question but basically, a CMS makes it easier to manage content since you don’t have to change code everytime you want to make a change on your website. CMSs don’t help designers, they help editors, people that aren’t interested in or able/supposed to write code but to manage and edit content since they automate the internal processes that are required to do so.

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    Hey Stephan, thanks for the response It was a really good insight, the Wikipedia links in particular were very helpful =) I'm Sorry about the reckless nature of these questions o_0 lol

    I really wanted to just get everything I don't know off my chest and hope that someone would point me in the right direction. Like I said, I'm really a bit of an amateur at the moment. I don't really know what I'm doing all too well lol I'm still hoping to develop my skills in CSS and logo designs. I also need to learn the entire book on SEO. Looks like I've got a long way to gooooooo lol

    I think I've still got some more questions, but I think I'll post some of them individually in the right forum sections, I figure I might get some more responses that way (this post was probably a bit too long anyway lol).

    Thanks again for taking the time to give a proper response


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