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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Omaima, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. Omaima

    Omaima New Member

    Hi i just joined this forum and was wondering if anyone could help me on how to get into web design which route should i take. ive been advised by a friend to get books on dreamweaver and just start practising myself and do the exams rather than doing it with a company that charges loads.
    Is there anyone who could help??
    Certifications: BSC hons Computer Studies
    WIP: web design
  2. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    Welcome to CF :)

    Webdesign is not my area of work, but I believe there are many people here who will be able to help you. :)
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Hi Welcome :)
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    How to get into Web design? Learn how to design Web sites. There's plenty of resources out there to teach you how... no reason to pay tons of money to a training center unless you just learn better that way.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  5. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

    Welcome to CF! 8)

    I don't do webdesign myself but you may find something useful in the CIW area of the site.
  6. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome to CF!::D

    As the guys have said there are plenty of resources out there to use.
    I've found lynda.com to be pretty good for web stuff.

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  7. harpistic

    harpistic Byte Poster

    Hi and welcome! :D

    It depends a lot on which route you're interested in going down - design vs development, and HTML vs content management systems. I switched from HTML to CMSs a few years ago and haven't looked back 8)

    If you're going to get some books, then to start with the fundamentals, you'd need HTML, CSS, Javascript, Dreamweaver and Photoshop.

    I swear by content management systems now because of the functionality, and also because I see more of a future in them. The opensource ones use PHP and MySQL (and also some HTML and Javascript), though it's up to you how dirty you get your hands with them.

    Can't think of more - my brain is cooked by PHP :blink
    Certifications: Pet Geekery
    WIP: cure for insomnia
  8. Omaima

    Omaima New Member

    Hi, Thanks for all ur replies, Specifically speaking, I want to start front end web design in Dreamweaver. Which is the best version software i should get and which books could you recommend to get me started? Im going to do self study at home and hopefully take the exams when im ready to take get the right qualifications. I havent had much experience in web design Ive only done one module whilst completing my degree, of simple html in notepad and simple php, only designed one website.

    So can anyone help??
    Certifications: BSC hons Computer Studies
    WIP: web design
  9. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Whoa! Slow down. You need to learn the basics before you start getting tools like Dreamweaver. Do you know basic HTML, CSS, and any JavaScript? If not, you'd better learn those first. There are plenty of good texts out there that will teach you those skill sets and all you need to start building some basic sites to practice besides a few texts is a text editor such as notepad.

    I was in a job a few years ago that required I know basic web design and I barely had a clue. Fortunately, I was in a position to teach myself on the job and got these two books to help me out:

    Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day (5th Edition)

    Sams Teach Yourself CSS in 24 Hours (2nd Edition)

    While I still consider designing web sites more of a hobby for me than a career (I'm a technical writer and author by trade), those skill sets continue to come in handy on a daily basis. I'd say get a couple of books like this and just start practicing. Once you've mastered the basics, then worry about more advanced topics. Keep in mind that tools like Dreamweaver are terrifically expensive and although they can make fancy web design really easy, they won't do you much good if you don't know what you're doing at the foundational level.

    Good luck.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  10. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    Take the advice from the seasoned folks.
    Learn to crawl before walking and running.
  11. Omaima

    Omaima New Member

    ive done basic html in notebad before so i sort of know the basics. but that was about 2 years ago so i mite need to refresh my memory. But im going to do the CIW masters in Web design programme.
    Certifications: BSC hons Computer Studies
    WIP: web design
  12. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forum Omaima, good luck with the web course!
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP, MCDST, MCSA 2K3, MCTS, MOS, MTA, MCT, MCITP:EDST7, MCSA W7, Citrix CCA, ITIL Foundation
    WIP: Nada
  13. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Recently Mitzs posted this about W3School they do free tutorials and there's an option to get a cert from them also. Have a look and see what you think.

    Welcome to CF :)

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    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  14. PhoenixAngelique

    PhoenixAngelique Byte Poster

    50% of the way through that one personally, so shout me if you need a hand :)
    WIP: CIW Master Website Design Manager
  15. Omaima

    Omaima New Member

    hi thanks for the advice on W3schools. Ive contacted one of the IT companies to do a CIW masters in web design but its costs alot, but the training is provided so im a bit confused of whether i should do it or not. Ive been advised to learn myself and then do the exams but im not sure wot if i need help and get stuck? can anyone help?
    Certifications: BSC hons Computer Studies
    WIP: web design
  16. PhoenixAngelique

    PhoenixAngelique Byte Poster

    Good lord where to start, there's loads of stuff the course covers - it's like a 6 page syllabus alone, that's both sides btw
    WIP: CIW Master Website Design Manager

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