The Basics of Web Design

Published On July 13, 2013 | By Kelly Passarelly | Design, Web Design

If you are on a budget or if you just want to try your hand at web design to see what you are capable of creating, this article will help you understand the basics of web design and show you where to find needed tools and assistance.

You do not have to be a computer programmer or a graphic artist in order to create a sleek and sophisticated webpage. There are several “click and point” free and reasonably-priced software programs that practically do the work for you.

First, let’s start with what you will need in order to create your page. Before you begin to toss design ideas around in your mind, you will need to come up with a name for your website, if you haven’t already, and then register it to keep other people from using the same name. One of the most popular domain registration websites is Godaddy.com. Assuming that the website name you have chosen is available, you will then need to buy it. You will be able to choose from a variety of time frames (e.g., one year, five years, ten years, etc.) for which you want to have exclusive access to the domain name.

The second thing you will need to do is to decide if you are truly ready to take the plunge and design your own webpage. If so, there are some very good free and novice-friendly web design software programs that will help you get the ball rolling. For example, CoffeeCup provides users with a relatively painless platform on which you can try out designs ideas before you commit to one. If you would like to try a software program with more bells and whistles, then Dreamweaver by computer graphics titan Adobe may be just what you are looking for. Adobe provides users with video training tutorials, which is a necessity for novice designers.

On the other hand, if you are not quite ready for a DIY webpage, you can always pay someone to do the work for you. As of the date of this article, Godaddy can help you here as well. Simply email staff and let them know what you are looking for and you can have the webpage of your dreams at a price you can afford in a matter of days. Godaddy staff will maintain your website for you, so you don’t have to worry about figuring out how to handle server or security issues.

Lastly, to help you get an idea of what features your webpage will need, start visiting similar websites and take note of the home page and features. What stands out about the page(s)? What seems to be lacking? These are questions you should ask yourself before you begin to design your page in your mind.

Now that you have a general idea of what’s out there, all you need to do now is pick a program that suits you and then go to work on your new webpage.

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