If you are looking to become a web designer you will fist need to undertake some training in order to understand the basic principles. Once you understand the basics theories behind designing web sites you can then progress on to more advanced aspects enabling you to create functional database driven sites.
So, before you begin on the path to a career as a web designer you first need to decide which web design courses you wish to take. The options available to you include:
To start with it would be well worth your time taking a basic HTML (HyperText Markup Language) course where you will learn the fundamental principles behind web design. HTML is a markup language that web browsers use to interpret and compose text, images and other material into visual or audible web pages and therefore it is essential to have a good understanding of it before you progress your learning any further.
Adobe Dreamweaver is one of the most popular tools used by web designers to create professional websites. Dreamweaver offers you the choice of designing a site in code view or Design View (WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get). Dreamweaver offers great flexibility allowing beginners to easily create websites while still being powerful enough for web designers to create advance database driven sites. If you attend a Dreamweaver web design course you may be entitled to receive a discount on your purchase of the Adobe Dreamweaver software.
Although Adobe Flash is declining in use (due in part to the lack of support on some platforms and the introduction of HTML5) it can still be worth understanding how to use it in your designs and there are plenty of web design courses available that concentrate solely on or incorporate teaching of Adboe Flash software.
Many of the world’s most popular sites have been built using Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. In total these CMS are used by over 15% of the world’s one million biggest websites. These CMS are popular due to the fact that they are relatively easy to install and customize and at the same time they are very search engine friendly. It is therefore a good idea to become acquainted with at least one of these content management systems if you plan on working as a web designer.
When thinking about becoming a web designer many people neglect the fact that if they wish to create aesthetically pleasing sites they will first have to understand the basics of graphic design. Graphic design will be what differentiates your site from others. In some circumstances the graphic design for a web site will be carried out by a different department to those who are coding the site. However if you plan to work freelance or for a small design firm you will be expected to be competent in both the coding and design of web sites. There are many programmes available to create designs and logos for your sites, but the most popular are Adobe Photoshop, Fireworks and Acrobat. Undertaking courses in these will ensure that you have at minimum a basic competency for graphic design. Obviously the greater you breadth of knowledge the better your career prospects will be. Those with knowledge that comprises html, css, CMS,graphic design and database development can command the highest wages or even can establish their very own web design agency and essentially can become their own boss.