We’ve spent a good deal of time putting our own two cents forward to help new website designers and their clients learn the ropes for the best possible business results. But, there’s so much more to learn!
This article will help you know what to look for, if you’re interested in learning much, much more about the many topics related to online website design.
Basic HTML Guides Online
Many a professional web designer got his or her start with a simple, effective tool: View Source. From there, the mind catches fire, and we start wanting to know what all those mysterious and powerful tags were doing to put forth such powerful global publication.
If that sounds like you, then your next stop will be an online web design reference site. Some of our favorites:
- W3Schools.com: An excellent first stop when you need to look up any specific HTML tag, any CSS attribute, and more. Each tutorial and reference page includes a live “try it yourself” tool, where you can tweak the code right online and see how it plays out in a real website design.
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): For the ultimate online web design resource, there’s no beating the authority. W3C.org is the official website of the development body which oversees HTML technology, and has for more than a decade. You can learn the deepest level of “guts” behind website design and publishing here, plus gain valuable looks ahead into the next generation of internet technology.
With those three collections of online web reference available for free, you might never need to buy a website design book in your whole life.
Advanced Website Design Resources Online
For those of you who move beyond learning the basics and start craving pro tips, there are some other sites online that satisfy the need.
The best and probably most famous of these is “A List Apart,” where the authors have seemingly hacked at every single possible website design strategy, and come out of each encounter with a handbook of solid web design gold.
Another educational, and very amusing site is Web Pages That Suck. This online magazine is the sister to a book of the same name. The goal and their motto: “Learn good web design by looking at bad web design.” Sometimes, there’s no other way to avoid a mistake than by seeing how it plays out. For seasoned professionals, this site is about as amusing as an eyesore can be. And yes, their own website design looks horrible.
Finally, for even more advanced topics, there’s Mashable. Mashable deals with ways that programmers and designers can combine online web development resources, most of them 100% free to use, and create extremely powerful, feature-rich websites.
Mashable is where you’d go to learn how to use Google Maps to show where all the members of your forum live, or how to automatically pull pictures and commentary from Amazon for any publication you mention in an article. Mashable is equal parts online magazine, and website design and development resource.