Web design is a popular field. Businesses and individuals alike want websites to be created. This is where a web designer comes in. He can take input from his clients and translate them into a beautiful website.
In order to get into in this line of work, you have to start with a good foundation of web design skills. There are basic things that you need to know before you advance into building more complex websites. The following article will talk about what you need to know in order to become a good web designer.
An important job of a web designer is managing domains. A domain is the unique address of a website. If a web designer has many clients, he may also have the job of managing these domains. He will have to make sure that the registration of these domain names does not expire. This can be tricky because the expiration depends on when the domain name was registered. It is up to the web designer to keep track of these expiration dates and to make sure that the domains are renewed on time.
Know your HTML. This is the code that marks up text for display in web browsers. These consists of mark up tags that the web browser interprets in order to render the web page properly. You have be familiar with these tags in order to mark up your page correctly.
A lot of website building tools say that you do not have know HTML if you use their tool. However, that means you can only use their limited offering of templates. When you master HTML, you will not need to rely on templates to design your pages anymore.
CSS, or cascading style sheets, is another set of codes that you should learn. CSS controls how your content is style. Colors, backgrounds, font sizes, column widths are all determined in the CSS. Again, tools that are template-driven do not require you to know much CSS. However, if you want to become a skillful web designer, get a good command of CSS.
Many years ago, hand-coding a website is the only way to mark up a page with HTML code. Nowadays, there are web authoring tools that streamline site building without a lot hand-coding. This is not to say that you do not need to HTML. You still have to understand what the mark up language does. However, web authoring tools have these tags pre-coded, so you do not have to type them out. Web authoring tools range from free of charge to the very expensive. It all depends on what features you want from the tools.
Keep your content fresh and post new information periodically. This lets people know that someone is actively managing it. No one wants to read old content. So, figure out what you need to do to keep your websites fresh.
The web design field is competitive. However, if you know your stuff, you can stay ahead of your competition.