Lessons 2 & 3 (Web Design Fundamentals)

So today’s videos and absolutely no hands-on stuff for me to do, so I didn’t actually do anything but I did gain some resources and information (as well as advice) on becoming a new web designer.

Prior to watching these videos, I had heard the terms front-end, back-end and full stack developers but didn’t really understand what those meant. In lesson 2, that was one of the things I went through in understanding what a web designer is. Front-end deals with the more visual side of web designing while the back-end is more programming. We didn’t really go over full-stack, my assumption is their kind of the “jack-of-all-trades.” Full stack basically has a deeper understanding of multiple layers in both the front-end aspect and the back-end of web developing.

That being said, there are still many other aspects of web developing such as UX Designers who deal with study of human behavior and tendencies and design accordingly, Motion Graphic Designers and CMS (Content Management System) Specialists to name a few others.

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While choosing one pathway as a focus gets my foot through the door to web developing, it’s important to realize that I may have to add another skill set that belongs to another pathway or focus like motion graphics, maybe some understanding in human behavior on the Internet and even content management for the website.

Lesson 3, was all about getting started with the website, and the easiest (and fastest) way to do that is by choosing a blog site. Of course they’re are free blogs out there (I’m using one now), and while they can give you immediate online presence, they do have their limits.

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When creating  a website, James pointed out that one of the most important decisions to make is choosing your web host. To choose, I need to understand what are the needs of my site, what will it be used for and how will its needs grow in the future. A web host that James recommended was Bluehost.

Price isn’t the only thing I need to pay attention to. Other important things to be aware of is the uptime of the web host, data transfer, storage space. If I’m hosting a site that will have heavy traffic, what is the web host’s policy on how much bandwidth they’ll allow before charging extra.

Another resource that could help with one these is to measure the site’s uptime with UptimeRobot. Don’t expect 100% uptime, that will NEVER happen, but it is reasonable to expect 99.9%. If they don’t meet your expectations, don’t use it.

Another thing that’s important is the domain name of the website. If it’s for a company, realize that the company’s name may already be taken as a domain name for another website, so be flexible when creating the domain name. Have other options.

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