- Tutorials and Help - The Basics
Goodies - Free HTML tutorials and help, images, color
codes and more for the web developer. Featuring tutorials
codes and more. Our weekly newsletter provides the latest
information for developers. From newbie
to pro, this site has just about everything you need to use
HTML effectively, and then some.
Home Page - This is W3C's home page for the HTML Activity.
Here you will find pointers to our specifications for HTML/XHTML,
guidelines on how to use HTML/XHTML to the best effect, and
pointers to related work at W3C.
Beginner's Guide to HTML
- NCSA's original beginner's guide to creating and coding
HTML. This is how I got my start.
I followed their tutorial and in a couple of hours I had my
first web page published.
HTML - This easy tutorial goes through every HTML tag,
explains things about it, and it makes you create a sample
- Maintained by the Web Design Group to provide reference
material, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The Web Authoring Reference includes the HTML 4.0 Reference,
the HTML 3.2 Reference, and a guide to cascading style sheets.
The site also offers an HTML validator and a good deal of
information on design elements, including a handy list of
RGB color codes. The FAQ includes general issues as well as
a CGI programming FAQ.
Bare Bones Guide to HTML - this award winning site has
the basics - it lists every official HTML tag in common usage,
plus Netscape and Microsoft extensions. Version 4.0 of the
Guide is designed to conform to the HTML 4.0 specification.
The guide is available to download in several formats (plain
text, html and .zip) and 21 languages.
- Web design articles, tips and tutorials. Creating sites
with templates, free stock photography, info on domain registration,
video courses on HTML.
Before You Leap:
Don't get started without having a look at what NOT
to do. Check out the Top
Ten Mistakes in Web Design and Web
Pages That Suck. WPTS includes the The Biggest Web Design
Mistakes of 2004, and a Daily Sucker feature. There are also
links to tools for fixing your mistakes, including OptiViewQuickScan:
a free 10-page site check for bloated and duplicate images
that slow web page loading and a Browser Cam to check out
how your site looks in a variety of browsers.
Web Design/HTML page offers tools and articles on everything
hosting to articles on promotion and meta-tags. A very comprehensive
resource for beginning and advanced web designers.
The HTML Writers
Guild - Web design training and certification. The guild
has provided online web design training to more than 45,000
individuals interested in web design and development since
1998. Courses cover a breadth of web work, from html to Flash;
from Dreamweaver to Photoshop. Each online web class is taught
by experts and working professionals in the field. You can
sign up for a free trial membership and newsletter. Members
get a discount on classes. There are also mail lists and discussion
groups to put you in touch with others who can help.
Engines - Optimization and SEO Forums
This is the place to start when you want to study search engine
placement. A must have membership. There is lots of good,
free information here and a valuable free newsletter, but
if you are going to be professional, the members only area
is a wealth of information.
Engine Marketing Forums
Discussion of search engine issues among SEO professionals.
great place for those who are new to SEO
SEO, Where Do I Begin? from Jaan Kanellis' Search
Marketing Blog. It covers topics such as internal navigation,
linking, tracking, content structure and other considerations
for the beginning SEO. The page has a nice collection of design
and marketing resources, as well.
- Graphic Design Software
are other graphics programs but none are as powerful as Photoshop.
Even if you only master the basics, you will find this program
invaluable to your website development.
I learned Photoshop, I had to resort to books, and I don't
find learning computer skills from printed matter to be an
easy way to acquire new skills. About.com has made it easier
for you with Adobe
Photoshop Basics, a free online class taught by mail.
If I had to do it all over, this is where I'd start.