Guest Author - Stephanie L. Watson
If you are new to the world of web design, you might be wondering if it is possible to learn to do it on your own, or do you need several expensive college classes to do it “right?” While it is certainly true that the process of learning how to do something well is streamlined in a college course, it is not impossible to learn web design from books and various online courses and tutorials. Quite a few successful designers have learned the basics and a few advanced techniques just from following some well-designed tutorials and courses online. But which are the best and where do you find them?
If you are interested in learning about many various website coding concepts, try Quackit.com’s free webmaster tutorials. This is an excellent website for a crash course in HTML coding, with a wide variety of examples as well as some pre-made code for such websites as MySpace. If you want to learn about CSS and XML, there are some brief, yet descriptive lessons on these as well, along with a section on databases and how to make use of them. This is a very concise website that covers the basics, and is a good place for a beginner to start with the various tools of web design.
The website is so comprehensive, they have recently put out a book with all the information online that some courses are using as a textbook. However, all the information is available online. The website is essentially an online textbook and it truly the best website out there. Some of the concepts make use of definitions that might not be immediately clear to the very new beginner, but all of their lessons are meant to be easily followed and few people have reported any problems.
Whichever method you choose to learn online about web design, know that your options are wide and varied. Some options are good, some are not, but you will find that it is entirely possible to learn to code and design webpages with online tutorials, nearly as well as the experts.