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Becoming a Web Designer

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Hello everyone, this is my first post here so it's great to meet you all! I came to this forum as I am really motivated to become a web designer. I did it in college using HTML and I was good at it and loved it. I would just like to know where exactly do I start? I was thinking of using Dreamweaver. If anyone could give me a handy alternative I am all ears!

 

I just need to know where to start and what I need to do to freelance web design. My girlfriend and I are looking to move abroad next year and I would absolutely love a stay at home job that I can do anywhere on the planet and this seems perfect as I enjoy it, passionate about it and I am willing to learn and work hard.

 

Thank you so much!

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Firstly I'd ask if you want to design or develop as even if you wanted to freelance, you'd need to choose one or the other to start with. But since you did mention Dreamweaver, I'd suggest you learn the basics of HTML and CSS to start with and stay away from Dreamweaver and any other WYSIWYG based program.

For the very basics, I'd probably start here Devtips  more specifically Design + Code my personal website

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Morning,

Fuzzy is spot on, the biggest divide is design or develop, I prefer develop over design as I feel more comfortable. As for Dreamweaver I use it but simply as a IDE, just like how the interface looks but it's a dated version, never use WYSIWYG mode, if tempted use a different IDE which doesn't have that option.

Career wise it rocks for flexibility, a buddy of mine coded for uk clients whilst travelling across Thailand, Indonesia etc, ended up coming home with spare money :D 

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19 hours ago, Andrew_Jack said:

Thank you for the swift reply, Fuzzy! I might lean toward design, but I am uncertain at the moment. I will surely put your advice to good use, cheers!

Even here you need to consider what you want to design. The idea that you create a PSD or some other illustration to demonstrate the site layout have long gone (except as a very basic desing tool). Design is now a much more collaborative activity where you work on the customer journey, the UI/UX, navigation systems, content creation, marketing integration and so on. I gave up designing a while back as it became harder and hard to make any money. Development is where the money is.

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That's good.

All you need to need to do now is decide what sort of development you want to do. There's a huge range of specialism to choose from. For example, JavaScript is rapidly becoming more and important if you want to do any webby.

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2 hours ago, fisicx said:

For example, JavaScript is rapidly becoming more and important if you want to do any webby.

I'd go as far to say it's crucial if you want to work on the web. If you're building for the web, not having JS knowledge nowadays is a massive disadvantage. Even backend developers that don't use Node often have experience in JS.

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