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    Learning CSS

    Hello,

    I work for an accounting firm and one of my duties is to update and maintain our website. When I first started here we had a very simple website which I taught myself how to edit and manipulate with HTML. We recently hired an outside web designer to revamp our website, and it is now a lot more complicated that it used to be. Every page has an html as well as a css page, rather than all php pages like we had before.

    I would like to learn how to manage this website as well, but I was hoping to find some guidance on what it would take to do that. I found a few free online training sites (such as Codeacademy), and I have confidence that if I put my mind to it I can learn how to manage this website.

    I guess my questions are - how long did it take you to learn css? And what is the best way of going about doing it? How much training will I need before I can manage a website created with CSS?

    Also, I currently use Frontpage to edit webpages in. What is a good CSS editor?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my questions!

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    Hi Madonnalynne,

    Welcome to the CodingForums.

    If every page has an HTML file and a CSS file then something is wrong. Typically you would see every page as an HTML file and then one (or a few) CSS file(s) for the entire site. If you post a link to your site we can take a look around and offer some suggestions on where to start and what to focus on learning.

    I started learning CSS on the job (newspaper website) 12-14 years ago and I am still learning (now at an insurance company website). Part of the reason is that CSS is still developing. Back when I started learning we had CSS 2 (and had to work around IE6's quirks), now there's CSS 3 with a ton of new features with various support from the different browsers (and still having to support IE8 with little to no CSS 3 support).

    There are plenty of online resources for learning CSS. Look around in the forums here or search online. I've done all the Codecademy.com CSS courses. They're a good starting point, but don't offer a lot of experience with real-world CSS.

    Microsoft dropped support for Frontpage in 2006. The replacement, Microsoft Expression Web, has now also been dropped, though Microsoft has released it for free (with no direct technical support available). Microsoft Expression Web 4 would probably be the best fit for you if your employer will allow it. (There are better editors available, but you won't beat MEW4 with any of the other free ones.)

    Download: Download Microsoft Expression Web 4 (Free Version) from Official Microsoft Download Center
    Community support site: Expression Home (Click on the "Learn" link in the top-left navigation to get to the main content)
    Community forums: Msdn forums - Expression (the link to the forums on the download page is broken)

    There is also a series of video previews/tutorials for Expression Web on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdDeB3FHQXU

    Disclosure: I have not evaluated any of the community website, forums or YouTube videos for quality content. I have downloaded and installed Expression Web 4 to verify that the complete package is available for free and without limitations (other than lacking technical support) and that it can open a relatively modern HTML page and CSS file to edit in design view (HTML) or code view (both).
    Last edited by kansel; 04-29-2014 at 03:20 AM.

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    Sublime Text editor is absolutely brilliant for editing any text files - and there's add ons you can use like SFTP/FTP add on that can be configured so it uploads the file as soon as you save it
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    Thank you so much for the insight and suggestions! Here is the link for our website: index. I did double check to make sure I was giving accurate information, and there are indeed CSS pages for almost every page of the website, a total of 64 of them. Some of them are pretty much the same as each other, such as for our staff bios, which I know I can copy or delete in order to add or remove staff members if necessary.

    I have worked with the developer a few times and he has shown me how to make minor changes, basically just changing text content, which I already know how to do from the previous website. He has told me that he can't show me how to make any other changes besides that, and that it will probably take me many many years of education to get to the point where I would be able to. I don't really believe him. I think it is in his best interest for me not to know how to do these things.

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    I would suggest you to download some tutorials from YouTube, DailyMotion or MetaCafe sites and start learning CSS easily.
    Or not! Because many "YouTube tutorials" are made by the terminally clueless about what they are explaining.


    CSS Tutorial and HTML & CSS - W3C are the places you should start, after that you WILL be able to tell the "experts" from the experts.

    Chris Coyier is one of the experts you should take notice of.
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    To learn CSS you go through w3school.com and tutorialspoint.com to explore yourself in CSS.

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    Hi,
    I will give you the suggestion for good css editor is cgreeno if you follow this editor it benefit for you. You have to learn CSS in 45 days then you become a perfect in CSS.

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    I learn everything in w3schools and tutplus a 30 days HTML and CSS. This is my pattern and guide when I forgot the tags and the code, in w3schools all the basic tutorials and tags are there, sometimes if I feel lazy I use this CSS Generator and CSS3 Generator to create me the unique sliders, layout, menus etc. this my other way, to give me an Idea in Designing.


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