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What web design language should I learn?

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07-25-2011, 12:44 PM
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Do you want to design the whole website using coding? If you have a photoshop template or have a designer who provides you with .psd templates then at first it'll be better if you'll learn HTML&CSS (once you get familiar, learn PHP).

If you'll be looking to create far more complicated templates after HTML&CSS then try converting your theme to Wordpress. There are many video tutorials which show how to do this.

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Originally Posted by newkid View Post
But what about the design aspect of it all. So far you guys have only been talking about programming languages and etc.
There are only two web design languages - HTML and CSS.
Everything else mentioned is an extra.
Javascript / JQuery for special effects and interactions, PHP for programming to talk to a database, or provide common include files.
Just using a CMS is for those who what a quick fix or have a client who wishes to be able to edit their own site (or a so called designer who can't actually design and uses existing templates for a CMS)

Admittedly some people then specialise in one or two areas - creating templates for Wordpress, or creating database driven web sites, or making graphically rich web designs, or JQuery plug-ins.

But if you can't use HTML and CSS then you are not a web designer in any way or form. Because web pages are written in HTML and CSS.

If you think you should start by learning PHP for example, you are totally wrong. Because the PHP is used to write the HTML! So you must start with HTML, then CSS to style the HTML. You have no choice in this, unless you wish to use someone else's templates and never edit them in any way.

08-02-2011, 09:12 PM
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Learning php would never hurt.

and most cms scripts are based on the php language.

So I vote Php

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I'll repeat what everyone else is saying: Learn HTML and CSS at the same time. Learn to be semantic and try to take the time to not cut corners. I'd also learn about accessibility and meta information like how a webserver works and all of that good stuff. Try to understand more than just HTML and CSS.

Also, learn JavaScript early. Don't rely just on jQuery, and try not to use plugins. Different browsers support different JavaScript functions, and jQuery just creates a bunch of functions that make sure that when you do something it's supported across the board. This is nice, but more functions means more processing, which means a slower experience.

If you have the time, challenge yourself, it'll make you a much more competent developer, which will give you the ability to take on much more advanced jobs (which pay more, IMHO). Making my own slideshows, validators and other helpful "plugins" really helped myself understand JavaScript as I had learned jQuery first. Don't make the same mistake that I did.

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I also vote for PHP, the combination between HTML, CSS and PHP is perfect for almost any web task , easy to use and learn.

Best regards
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09-27-2011, 02:51 PM
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HTML and CSS, the only building blocks for any super awesome website!
Of course jQuery (javascript) and flash will make it even look better .. but using HTML/CSS you can easily make classic and web 2.0 website.

You can google about CSS website inspiration, there you will find superb HTML/CSS website which do not use javascript or flash!

Also with introduction of HTML5 and CSS3 websites can now have effects which were earlier only possible with javascripts.

Hope this helps

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I suggest going for HTML and CSS.

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Hi,
You could learn ASP .NET with c# which is what everyone is doing right this moment at the best universities.
The second option is XHTML, PHP, Javascript and XML.
Third option is CMS + templates (for which all these years of study were worth nothing)

cheers

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Learn Photoshop and see how you can make a beautiful design. There are too many 'developers' who can't find a good color combination, but claim they are excellent designers. After you can create a decent layout in photoshop, you need to know HTML/CSS to slice it and make it work.

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But what about the design aspect
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