Where do you start when creating your first website? It’s not as hard as it used to be. One of the easiest and quickest ways to get a website online is to use pre-formatted templates. These allow users to see sample layouts, including linked pages, which can all be modified with the user’s own content. This way, nearly anyone can create an attractive website in less than a couple of hours!
One company offering this is 1&1 Web Hosting, which is the company I’m using for this website. Their prices are very competitive, their pre-designed templates are excellent, and the range of services available (useful as you grow) is vast. Go to my portfolio home page to see one of the dozens of templates available in use!
If you’re ready to go the next step and do some real web design, I recommend trying a new Open Source free program called N-Vu. This is very powerful software for web design, and it is available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems. This comes from the Open Source community of developers, the same type of community that created the Firefox web browser and the excellent Microsoft Office free alternative, Open Office.
For the professional that can justify spending hundreds of dollars for a truly professional software package, Adobe Dreamweaver is very hard to beat. There is definitely a learning curve to master Dreamweaver, but it is worthwhile if Web Design will consume much of your time.
I am teaching Dreamweaver as part of my class, Web Design/Interactive Media, offered at Morningside College. A lot of online tutorials and classes are available, which I will summarize in another blog entry.
E-mail if you have any questions about these or other tools for web design!