Web Design Academy offers Practical Courses in Web Design. We have courses in HTML and CSS, WordPress, PHP, jQuery, Search Engine Optimisation, Social Media Marketing and more. Web Design in General is categorised in a few different subjects which we will cover in this series of posts.
In today’s Post we are going to start a Series ” Why Study Web Design “. So keep a look out for the next Posts about Web Design Studies. Read on to learn more about Why you should Learn Web Design.
Series Titles To Come
- Why Study Web Design
- Why Study WordPress
- Why Study HTML5
- Why Study CSS3
- Why Study Mobile Website Design
- Why Study jQuery
- Why Study PHP
Why Learn Web Design
Are you a new business owner keen to start a website but have no idea how to go about it? Or if you own a website, and particularly if you are a small business or organization, it behooves you to learn at least a minimum about web design. You don’t have to become an expert, but you at least need to know enough to know who the experts are and whether or not they are trying to pull the wool over your eyes.
Think about it like this: A small business owner needs to be a jack of all trades. The business owner wears many hats, and he or she needs to know just enough about several things to know where to turn for help and who can be trusted with their hard-earned Money. Small businesses who outsource things like accounting, marketing or advertising without knowing what works and what does not leave themselves vulnerable to scam artists and shoddy work. The same goes true for putting their business on the web.
If you’re a print designer or anyone wondering whether it’s worth the investment to learn to code, here’s something for you to consider—HTML and CSS power the content delivery of pretty much every web device. For example, ebooks on the Kindle are nothing more than ZIP files of HTML pages. If you consider what interfaces in cars, televisions and refrigerators in the future will look like, We think you’ll find that HTML will be the display mechanism of choice. Designers need to learn to understand the core languages of the web, because the demand for designers who understand these mediums is only going to grow.
When you learn web design, the greatest “a ha!” moments will come as you realize what HTML and CSS are capable of. No matter what newfangled technology you’re using online, the final output always involves these two basic languages. Knowing some code can help you push your projects to be the best that they can be and not leave your designs at the mercy of developers to interpret and implement. At the end of the day, HTML and CSS aren’t that complex. Once you start understanding the big web concepts, designing for the web becomes an opportunity to stretch your creative limits.
But why not use a free online site builder you may ask?
Our opinion is that a designer/ developer is the right choice for small business owners! Online website builders are very basic- providing a very small site for really made for DIY webmasters or hobbyists. While you can get a website up fast, it is very limited in design elements and functionality.
Extensions like SEO (search engine optimization) are going to cost more, and this adds up over time. Also, here’s what they don’t want you to know about their SEO add- ons: they don’t really work that well. All site builder websites, if you look at the code, have no real content. Search engines don’t care a whole lot about metatags you add to your website these days- it’s all about content to the Google bot!. After all we build websites so that people can find us in search results. If you cannot be found in search you might as well not have a website. With custom websites you stand a much better chance of ranking well in search results.
What is the Perfect Solution for a Small to Medium Sized Business?
WordPress is the development platform you should make sure your designer/ developer is going to use to build your website. The reasons for this are many. WordPress is a free open- source software, meaning it’s developed by many people worldwide on a constant basis, thus always staying updated to web standards. WordPress powers up to 20% of the world’s websites today, and around 60% of the top 1 million websites. It has the most user- friendly CMS out there, with the smallest learning curve for basic site editing. It is easily passed between developers if you need to change webmasters.
Learning HTML & CSS
What is HTML?
HTML is the language for describing the structure of web pages. With HTML you will be able to design a fully functional website with all the most important aspects a website needs today. We use CSS to style our HTML document. Like the fonts, colours, backgrounds etc.
The Introduction to Web Design course will consist of learning HTML & CSS as well as the basics of Dreamweaver. Although you will be able to use any of the free applications we supply if you do not have access to Dreamweaver. We will build a complete website in class.
We provide you with the concepts and skills to use HTML and CSS effectively, with hands-on practice to get the most out of your experience. All our classes are practical, meaning you actually design a website in class after learning all the theory behind web design and the technologies used.