It’s no secret that web design is a fast-growing industry. Virtually every type of business is in need of a quality website. There are opportunities at the large agency level down to freelancers developing small-business websites from home.
So how do you break into this exciting field? With little or no experience creating websites, getting yourself up to speed can be a daunting task. There are so many different avenues of design and development to explore. Which way should you go first? Which skill sets suit you the best?
We aim to give you an overview of a few things things that are essential to a well-rounded knowledge of web design. These are starting-points, if you will. Below each item, we’ve listed additional resources for you to continue on in your learning process.
Before we get into it, heed one important lesson: You can’t become a professional web designer overnight. It takes years to reach an expert level in any aspect of the field. But everybody starts somewhere, and there’s no better time than the present begin your web design education.
These are the building blocks of every web page you see. Yes, HTML and CSS are two different things, but they are completely dependent on each other. You can’t learn CSS without understanding HTML. You can’t build an HTML website without using CSS. Let me explain:
HTML is short for “HyperText Markup Language.” It makes up the building blocks of a web page. The language is composed of “tags,” which define various elements on the page. For example, a paragraph of text is wrapped in a paragraph tag, like so: