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Hello Forum u wise old lot! - Part 2

Discussion in 'CIW Certifications' started by Vik777, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Vik777

    Vik777 New Member

    Hey everyone

    So I'm new to the forum and need some advice/pointers/opinions on how to become a Web Designer.

    I've been reading thru a few of the posts on the forum and have already learnt so much. My background is actually working in DVD QA, so I'm very familiar with multimedia design and aspects of programming/authoring. I've a good eye for design and I'm competent with plenty of programs such as Avid, Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, encoding softwares, etc - but I couldn't write a program or even start to build a website for love nor money!

    I've spoken to Computeach - a rep came round yesterday and tried to sell me a Web Designer course for an ENORMOUS amount of money, £5000 +. I don't have this money so thats out the window!

    I've also realised that I don't need to pay an extortionate amount of money for training/distance learning when with a great deal of effort, determination and hard work (and guidance from my new forum friends :D ) I can do things myself.

    So what is the best route for a beginner? My ultimate aim is to be proficient in Flash, Dreamweaver and the like, even get to the point where I'm a qualified CIW Web Designer/Master. But I dont want to run before I can walk, and I know theres a long hard road ahead to get there.

    Do I need to start out learning HTML? What books / online courses are the best for doing this? Can I get certification to prove I have accomplished skills and so it looks good on the CV too.

    What else do I need to know? Do I need Microsoft certification for certain things.

    I've also looked at CIW courses, but how effective are they and at what stage should I be considering taking them.

    Any guides, pointers, help, anything at all would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for your help in advance, and sorry for the long 1st post pals... :biggrin

  2. Stoney

    Stoney Megabyte Poster

    Hey Vik,

    I would suggest reading this post because the advice remains.

    Definitely consider a self-study route and if you want to get in to Web design you need a s**t hot portfolio.

    Hope this helps, :biggrin

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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

    If you want to learn Flash and Dreamweaver, I suggest goto you local college or nip down to you local library. They always have books there on Flash and web design.

    Also WHS have webdign magazine and books with free demos of Macromedia stuff.

    Also Check out this website


    It's got tons of stuff about web design and multimedia
    If you select the Authoring section it shows you how to setup tables on a website, how to HTML and loads of other cool stuff.

    Also for Fireworks a add on for Dreamweaver theres this site:-

    Firework zone

    and DWtutorials

    The other sites are under Ultradev, but this advanced stuff so it's probably better you learn the basic before going onto Ultradev.:biggrin
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  4. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Welcome to CF :)
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  6. Vik777

    Vik777 New Member

    Thanks man, I'll spend some time looking at Webmonkey and will take your advice on books and other stuff too. Cheers!

    Keep the replies coming all... :)

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    Vik777 New Member

  8. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

    I would recommend getting Dreamweaver (trial version) and a book about HTML (O'Reilly is good). Familiarise yourself with HTML and Dreamweaver first then when you have a bit more knowledge you'll see where you want to go.

    Once you have the basics under control you'll find yourself in CSS territory in no time.
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  9. Vik777

    Vik777 New Member

    Thanks Nugget, where would I get a Dreamweaver trial version -download from the website?

    O'Reilly is presumably the name of the author of the HTML book... whats the book called?

    What about HTML 4 for Dummies - any good?

    Cheers dude, Vik :)
  10. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    O'Reilly is a well known publisher (but obviously not well-known enough!) of mostly very good computer-related books.

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  11. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

    Here's the link to O'Reilly.

    Here's one about HTML to get you started but it's very comprehensive. You might also want to get the HTML for dummys as well.

    Dreamweaver you can get from the Adobe site as a 30 day trial version.

    You might also want to look around some of the more popular download sites like CNet, tucows or file forum. They'll also have some alternatives to dreamweaver.
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