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Perhaps you want to start a new online business and need a website, or you just want to learn web design as the start of a new career path. Whatever your needs, learning how to design websites can be an exciting endeavor.
In the past, website design was best left to the professionals; however, current technology has included the additional of easy to use WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) design tools has made it more accessible to the general public. While these tools have made web design a bit easier, it is still necessary to have HTML coding knowledge.
Here are a few general tips on learning web design.
Set aside some time each day to learn and practice the basics. While you can possibly learn the basics in one day, by taking a more lengthy learning approach you will retain the ideas and knowledge better. It is advised to take approximately one week to learn the basics and then move onto more advanced skills such as style sheets and Flash.
Check out websites such as dacode.org for more information on learning web design, as well as examples of well-designed sites.
Look for and use free online tutorials and instructional videos that teach both general design as well as web design skills. While you may be learning web design skills, a site that is not visually pleasing and uses poor graphic design elements will not be effective.
Check your HTML code regularly using a text editor such as NotePad. In addition, many WYSYWYG programs have code editors that will allow you to examine your code.