So you want to start a career in web design but don’t know what to do. Over the coming weeks I will give you some excellent valuable tips, tutorials and resources to get you started from the very beginning. I will first start with a newbies guide to web hosting and the various types of hosting on offer.
HTML5 and CSS3 have been known to web designers for many years but due to the lack of browser support, it hasn’t been wildly adopted up until the release of Internet Explorer back in 2011. Internet Explorer 9 still doesn’t have complete support for HTML5 and CSS3 but IE10, which hasn’t been released yet, will support more elements including CSS transitions, transforms and have full support for offline web applications and form validation. Other browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera have better support but as yet there is no browser that has full support yet due to the fact that the specification is still a working draft itself and is estimated that it will not be reaching full specification until 2014. However don’t let this deter you from using it, you can start using HTML5 right now so kick it off with some valuable resources.
Have trouble finding a web app to use? Fed up of having to refer to your bookmarks to access them? I have recently come across a wonderful web design app from Coded Bits that groups together other web apps to make a great productive environment and all within a click away. A great time saver for any web design enthusiasts and novices alike.
Web design on Linux is possible although Microsoft and Apple computers are no doubt the web designer’s choice when it comes to creating websites. Adobe software has become the niche and the creative professionals favourite for many years. Linux on the other hand has improved considerably over the past few years and now it is possible to create beautiful websites with the plethora of tools available. Here are a few of those tools to get your creative juices flowing.
Everybody needs a little inspiration at some point in their lives. Have you ever visited a friend’s house, admired the decor, then go home and make changes to your own home or have you longed for a living room like one in a brochure. Here are a list of websites to get your inspiration from. Enjoy!
In this second part of tools for a web trade we feature CSS optimisers, cleaners and frameworks. Font testers, burners and converters. Browser testing suites and online tools.
This is the first part in a series of posts that shows some very useful tools and resources for the web. In this part we feature colour tools, cheat sheets and bookmarklets.
Form processing is widely used and there are plenty of scripts available out there. This experiment was to take three scripts with spam prevention, form validation and the ability to redirect the user on successful or error user submission.