What software do you need for web design?
A simple text editor like notepad will do, however you would be better off using a more advanced editor that colour codes your syntax, it makes it much more obvious when you have made a mistake. There are some free (WYSIWYG) editors available such as:
If you use a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor, you will have the ability to build pages without writing any code by hand, fantastic!! Well not necessarily:
- You will not learn
- WYSIWYG editors often add unwanted code
- WYSIWYG do not render CSS layouts very well
If you use an editor like NVU, use it in code view and only use the GUI (Graphical User Interface) when you donâ€™t know how to do something, then immediately switch back to the code view and see what the editor has done.
In short LEARN THE CODE, if you donâ€™t learn the code you will never move beyond â€œbeginner statusâ€.
Starting with WYSISYG editors can be a good way to learn as you donâ€™t have to keep referring to tutorials, just donâ€™t get lazy and rely too heavily on the GUI.
Finally, the real bugbear of web design, different browsers work in different ways. You can spend a long time designing a page and have it all looking nice it all perfect in Internet Explorer only to find it doesnâ€™t work properly in Mozilla Firefox.
You need to test in these two browsers (as an absolute minimum, there are many others) as you go along, making sure they work in both browsers.
If you download firefox it is also worth installing the “Web Developer Toolbar” plug in, along with this Alexa Plug In
Validating your XHTML is a massive help in getting your site working in all browsers.
And finally, for those who read all the way down this post, my favorite link of all The Peoples Toolbox contains literally hundreds of Free Web Design Tools, fantastic!
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