A lot of people want to learn web design these days. The process has become easier because advanced tools have automated much of the process. Still, there are elementary concepts that all web designers should know. These form the basis on which more skills can be built. If you are just getting started in web design, read this article for an introduction to the basic concepts that you should get familiar with.
Every website needs to have its own domain. This is the web address that is unique to every website, much like how you have a unique address for your home. A domain name must be registered with a domain registrar. Because a domain name must be unique, there is chance that the domain name that you want may be in use already. If that is the case, you will have to come up with another name. The domain registrar can tell you if the name is taken.
When you have name that is available, you can proceed with registration. You will have an online form to fill out. You will be given a choice for the duration of the registration. The domain name registration is not for life. The term is limited, and you must renew your registration before the term expires. If you allow your registration to expire, your domain name will return to available pool and someone else can take it. If you value your domain name, be very diligent to not have the registration expire.
You should learn the basics of HTML. A lot of tools tell you that you can build a website without knowing how to code in HTML. However, they do not tell you that you will limit yourself in flexibility if you do not know. Yes, you can build a website using only prefabricated templates. However, if you do not know enough HTML to customize it, you are stuck with just a few designs.
The same goes for coding in CSS, or cascading style sheets. CSS controls how your page looks in terms of layout, colors, font size, etc. If you have a firm grasp of HTML and CSS, you have 80% of web design conquered.
If you have selected a web design software to use to build your websites, learn its features thoroughly so you can use it with proficiency. Read the documentation and make a few test web pages. You can only learn if you get hands-on experience. So, experiment with the tool and get comfortable using it.
Your web design project will be done entirely on your computer. Therefore, make sure that you have good equipment on which to work. You can use a PC or a Mac. You have to make sure that the web building tools you want can be installed on your platform. You should have a fast and reliable Internet connection because you will be transferring your work files from your computer to your live website.
Learning web design is not hard; it just takes the right mindset. There are no shortcuts if you want to learn the right way.