Free Web Building Tutorials.
February 22, 2002 2:05 AM   Subscribe

Free Web Building Tutorials. This site seems like a great resource for people wanting learn about making their own website. My brain hurts already and I'm on "How does the WWW work?". Anyone else have good educational sites for a novice Webmaster?
posted by sadie01221975 (13 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
posted by monkeyJuice at 2:17 AM on February 22, 2002
posted by AFrayedKnot at 2:59 AM on February 22, 2002

learn the latest standards at http
posted by twistedonion at 3:06 AM on February 22, 2002

If you're looking for a good all-purpose, no-nonsense HTML reference book, I'd recommend Jennifer Niederst's Web Design in a Nutshell, published by O'Reilly
posted by AFrayedKnot at 3:07 AM on February 22, 2002

Sadie: Once you get a little more used to things, I'd suggest heading over to A List Apart and digging through the archives. It's not really a beginner's site, but more of a great reference once you start running into browser quirks, or get curious about stuff. The articles are usually written simply enough that anybody can follow along with the topic.

Also, reading the actual specifications from the W3C is a good idea. The ones for CSS are actually quite readable, and have a lot of information on the particular details about the cascade that may not be obvious if you just try to do something and it works in a totally different way. Unfortunately, the site itself can be really confusing to navigate. Somebody needs to just overhaul the whole thing.

Twistedonion: Um..did you bother following the post link?
posted by Su at 3:26 AM on February 22, 2002 has some good tips & tools.
posted by davidmsc at 3:51 AM on February 22, 2002

Warning: self link

Many good links.
posted by bjgeiger at 6:11 AM on February 22, 2002

confounding technical detail available at read a bit, then start dropping acronyms into your conversation randomly; you might not be any wiser, but people will think you know what you're talking about (as long as they haven't got any idea what you are talking about).
annoying/innovative design at a place to see websites that are pushing back the boundaries of design (ahem). also a good place to find websites that require broad-band, the latest plug-ins and sound.
posted by asok at 6:22 AM on February 22, 2002

Shirley Kaiser's WebSiteTips.Com is a great clearinghouse of information and links to all manner of resources. Highly recommended.
posted by Dreama at 6:32 AM on February 22, 2002
posted by mimi at 7:08 AM on February 22, 2002

Glassdog's Design-O-Rama

(how could you go wrong with a name like that?)
posted by SpecialK at 7:58 AM on February 22, 2002

SitePoint and WebReference.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:21 AM on February 22, 2002

I just learned HTML myself. The best way to learn, without a doubt, is to right click on a web page and select "view source". From there you can check out how people have built the web pages you like. I suggest using someone else's code as a template at first. Figuring out the quirks in someone else's code is a much faster way to learn HTML than trying to make a page from scratch.

Also - goto and download a good HTML editor for free. They'll have plenty of them. Past your copied code into the editor - it should highlight the tags, making them easier to see and understand. The editor is also good for catching small errors, like a typo that makes for a broken tag, that can make learning much less frustrating.

It helps, I think, to be making something, as oppossed to just rotely running through the tutorials. Most web developers don't understand or remember the tags and scripts they use. They keep a library of code they've found that they copy and past from.

Good Luck!
posted by xammerboy at 2:06 PM on February 22, 2002

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