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First of all iPage web hosting and specific Web Addresses? Thanks in advance for any response. Another question on my mind: Hi there,.

First of all I want to say that the guyz on this forum (especially the moderators) always help me out great! Thanx!!!.

Now here's my story, (I'm dutch so dont laugh at my English).

Lately the urge to become a webdesigner has become huge. Im browing the internet everyday, looking for new courses that I can follow..

But I'm seeing that, there are so many different editors builders etc.. and every editor/builder has it's own guyz who are saying that it's the best editor blah blah etc....

Now I was wondering, and I thought I might wanna share it would you..

What is a good way of becomming a webdesigner?.

Im working on a ICT department here in Amsterdam and my boss is giving me the opportunatie to become a webdesigner, I get a whole lot of free time so that I can become a webdesigner, but with all the information and tools available I'm getting a bit confused..

Someone gave me a tip of following a course, wich offcourse my company will pay for, the course contains 3 days of photoshop, 3 days of dreamweaver, and 3 days of flash. Im wondering if I should consider it, I'm a bit afraid that the knowledge I obtain durting the courses will not be off any use I'm my further live as webdesigner, is that a correct thought or what?.

The next thing I would like to know is, what should I do to become a really good webdesigner, and with a webdesigner I mean someone who makes complete websites, containing selfmade graphics, animations, frames tables etc.....

What my question really is, is what steps should I take to become a really kewl and good webdesigner?.

I already know that with being creative your already halfway there, but with all the tools on the market, whats a wise thing to do?.

Should I buy a html learning book, follow the courses so that I know my instruments and also the code that they are genarating?.

Please give me the information, your opininion, and your own steps trough becomming a webdesigner..

Then I would be really pleased, because I'm really serieus in becomming a webdesigner, my age is 19 and I think thats a good age to start with it..


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Good question... I dunno what is the answer. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I discover an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can answer it..

Comment #1

I would say, do all the courses you can, read all the books that you can, and practice, practice, PRACTICE!.

The more time you spend on it the better you will get..

I started learning HTML as part of my degree course 5 years ago, but it only in the last year that I was given the task of producing a company intranet and really got to develop my skills..

I recently did a short course in JavaScript and am now continuing to teach myself from books (and by trial and error!). Don't just read the books, try doing lots of practical stuff, you will learn faster by DOING..

Practice making imaginary sites, and you will learn as you go, and at the same time build up a portfolio of work to show prospective employers..

Good luck!.

It sounds like your heart is in it and determination is half the battle, especially when you get into programming!..

Comment #2

I'd just like to say that I would really love to be in your position..

I think that you should take very opportunity you can, esspecially if your employer is willing to pay for to go on courses..

I'm 18 and am trying to decide what I want to do with my life. I would love to be a web-designer, but I don't really think I have the creativity. And thats it, personally I think creativity is the key. Virtually anyone can learn HTML or how to program, but to really come up with original ideas is quite something. I'm not sure that creativity is something that can be learnt, it is more an in-born ability - some have it and some don't..

It seems that you have your foot-in-the-door, you are working within the IT industry and are being given the chance to further your skills..

As for the tools you use, i'm no expert, but it seems to me that Dreamweaver and Photoshop appear to be the industry standards (someone please let me know if this isn't true)..

Good Luck!!.


Comment #3

If it is what you want to do, go for it. I agree with what Goldilocks said about practice. Press the gas and don't look back. Just play with the stuff. Buying books for reference also helps. I would say that if your company is going to pay for you to learn the stuff, do it.

As my grandfather once said, "If you are offered money (or in this case free education), take it."..

Comment #4

I think that it is important to get the basics down. Learn to hand code HTML, it will help a lot later. If you can take a course for free, do so! Dreamweaver canmake good pages, but you learn very little about coding that way. Also, there a a hundred ways to go AFTER you learn to make web pages. Making web pages is really the beginning of a much larger field...

Comment #5

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.