DIY Web Design

Learning HTML, graphic design, and cloud based web design tools

It varies a lot from person to person on what it takes to learn the tools necessary to build a nice website. But there are 4 things you have to know how to-do for DIY Web Design.

You have to know how buy a domain name and setup and hosting account with a company like Godaddy or Google. Go daddy is the most popular one stop shop.

After you have purchased your domain name, and have a hosting account setup, you can either use the “NON-Hmtl” tools that help you build a website with zero coding, aka computer programming. While most of these sites look nice in the commercials, almost every FYI web design projects I have seen has turned out pretty bad. It’s difficult to make a site look nice with these tools., and they are not Search Engine Friendly. But if you can build an OK looking site these days without a knowing any coding. I recommend using Godaddy as they are a one stop shop, cheap, and most important you can call them on the phone. Also be cautious about using other smaller shops and buying your domain name thought them. Some of them will only “rent” you the domain name after you “buy” it from them, and sometimes won’t let you transfer your domain off their system. Godaddy charges about $10 year to own the rights to the domain name.

Let’s say you decide to FIY Web deign it the fancy way, and build a website with html. Where do you begin.

  1. You need to build your logo and graphics, I use Photoshop. I would say it takes about 8 hours to get the basics down of this tool. Once you learn it, It’s all sorts of fun to make cool graphics. Photoshop is the tool I enjoy most on a computer. You can actually build your entire website in Photoshop, and have that program export it html. But the html is not SEO friendly, nor does is it responsive and won’t look nice on a phone phone.
  2. The second tool you need to master is some sort of html editor. I use Dreamweaver. You will need to know some html and CSS to build your site. I learned the basics of html in about a week, but that was in the early days, and I was young and motivated. I would think it would take about 20-30 hours to get the basics down.
  3. One you build your site, you have to upload it to the web server, so all can see it on the Internet. This is done via “FTP”, or more common these days SFTP. This is the easy part, and it shouldn’t take more than an hour of so to master this.

 

Tips for DIY Web Design:

  • Keep the deign simple.
  • Visit some of the template stores for ideas, or if budget permitting buy one and start from there.
  • Make sure you build a responsive deign website. Responsive design websites change how the look and the browser gets smaller. They “respond” to the screen size. This is a must in today mobile first Internet.

Cloud Provider for DYI Design

Gooday Website builder
Google Website builder
Wix
Quickbook’s system

Good Coding Tutorials: – Coming Soon

Good luck to all you DIY Web Designers. And if you get tired of it, contact the Webmasters to build you a nice website for a reasonable cost.