Web design is something that people of all ages can get into. Students at schools are creating basic designs for class and for fun. Many other people do web design as a business. If you are just starting out in web design, you need to make sure that you have a solid foundation of the basics. Read this article for a brief discussion of what basic information you should know.
You should understand what a domain is. Every website has a unique server address on the Internet. On the technical side, this is called the IP address. To the public, this address is represented as a domain. The domain name of a website is what people type in into the address bar of their browser when they want to get to a website.
The domain name has to be purchased and registered at the domain registrar. There are many businesses who serve as a domain registrar. When you register a name, your choice is checked among the domain names that are already taken to make sure that it is not a duplicate. If the domain name that you desire is still available, you can purchase it for a period of one year to multiple years. Registrations do expire. For instance, if you purchase your domain for five years, you will need to make sure that you renew your domain before your five years are up. If you allow your registration to expire, your domain name becomes available for purchase by someone else.
You should learn the basics of HTML, the coding language that marks up content for display in a web browser. Even though advanced website builders now enable people to build websites based on templates without much knowledge in HTML, you should still familiarize yourself with the code that is the backbone of these templates.
There are many web authoring tools on the market that can help you build the website that you want. You can find basic tools available for free, or you can find other more advanced tools that are rich in features, which come at a higher price. Think about what type of website you want to build and what type of functions you want to include in your website. Read up on the various tools available. Many web design software distributors make evaluation copies available for free, so this is a good way to test drive a tool before you make a purchase decision.
You can build websites on any kind of computer that has web access and which is compatible with the web authoring tool that you want to use. Be sure that you have adequate memory and disk space installed.
The other part of web coding is the cascading style sheet, which determines the design elements of the web page. Think of HTML as the coding for the content and CSS as coding for how the content should be displayed. You should learn as much CSS as you can because this is what you can use to customize the look and feel of a page to be exactly the way you want.
Understanding these basic concepts in web design will give you a good start in your own project. Continue to increase your learning and your skills, and you will have endless possibilities in your web design project.