- Basic web design – learn HTML or CSS (or both)
You can’t really learn one without the other. Well you could, but it wouldn’t be terribly useful.
wwaswas – some people like to do things like that to learn though; it’s not always about the quickest and easiest way. I could have built websites in various tools in the mid-90s but hand coded to learn.Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
some people like to do things like that to learn though
This is true.
But the OP specifically asked about building a basic website and whether WordPress was suitable. If they’d asked about learnign HTML/CSS as a skill for its own sake I woudl have answered differently. As it stands they’re probably better spending time focusing on content and understanding SEO etc.Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
I did pretty much exactly the same as back2basics. Wasn’t to tricky. I think overall it is the best way to go. I have a WordPress based site as well. That one is more complex and easier to edit but the one I have written myself gets better Google ranking as I have a bit more control over everything.Posted 4 years agoLabMonkeyMember
I know nothing about web design, I know very little about coding, but I would like to build a very basic website.
Is it worth learning HTML, CSS, or a bit of both?
I have also heard that you can do nice things with wordpress as well.
Any comments/experiences would be greatly appreciated.Posted 4 years agomeribelmtbMember
What back2basics and nickjb said. Get a Webdesign for Dummies book and go from there. Anything you don’t understand google it and you’ll find a solution.
Alsp I’d agree with Nickjb about the SEO/Google rankings of a self built site. It all takes time but once it clicks it gets easier and easier.
Once I had the basics of CSS etc I found using a grid system like 960.gs was really helpful as the layout of the basic structure of the site was there for me to manipulate.Posted 4 years agorogerthecatMember
I’d agree with WordPress or Joomla.Posted 4 years ago
Get the web developers tool for Firefox (called Firebug) which will let you identify bits of the site and see what is controlling it.
If you do go WP or Joomla it would also be worth understanding a bit of PHP too, just so you know what makes it tick.
Just using a CMS without any knowledge of HTML and CSS is a bit like having a car but no knowing a thing about how it works. Good to have an idea even if you don’t do the work yourself.LabMonkeyMember
Thank you all for the responses, as always, very helpful.
So, WordPress or similar is the easy option, but learning HTML/CSS might be a better long term solution as the final website will have a commercial aspect and google rankings may be important. Also, I like learning new things.
The University where I work is running a free (to me) five day course on HTML/Dreamweaver and this prompted my question. Mainly as a colleague suggested that CSS was more useful. But, it sounds like a bit of both will be useful.Posted 4 years agocreameggMember
I taught myself HTML and CSS using Dreamweaver by following some free video tutorials on Create the Net.com. You need to keep following the videos, even if they don’t make sense at first, but after a while it all falls into place.
Ive got a few basic websites up now. It started to get beyond me as soon as I was getting into php, but if all you need is a basic (static) website then it’s all fairly straight forward.
Edit. Create the net has a website and loads of videos on you tube.Posted 4 years agodannybgoodeSubscriber
Definitely you should learn the basics if only to have a working understanding of any templates you use.
Its not complicated at a base level – not too many commands etc to get to grips with.
It can also get quite addictive (if you like that sort of thing!).
Danny BPosted 4 years agotor5Subscriber
You’ll learn a lot from looking at Twitter Bootstrap which is effectively all you need to know to put together your own custom, responsive site.Posted 4 years ago
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