What is Web Design? 

Web Design is the process involved in creation of standard websites. A standard website has two major sides, namely: Front-End and Back-End

In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee at CERN - The European Organization for Nuclear Research proposed to develop a project called: a global hypertext project, then it later became what we now know as: the World Wide Web - WWW.

The web browsers at that time could read Text-only pages, one of them is called: Simple Line-mode Browser. Later In 1993 Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina, created the Mosaic Browser which was a more advanced web browser at the time.  

Advantages of Studying Web Design: 

1. It helps students to gain both Web Mark-up Skills and Programming Languages skills. 

2. It helps students to be able to create responsive websites. 

3. It helps to gain necessary skills for building user-interacton interfaces for websites. 

4. Web design is a useful skillset for individuals, professionals, businesses and entrepreneurs. 

5. Studying web design helps students gain other design skills such as graphic design.

6. Web Design creates job opportunities and serves as source of self-employment for web entrepreneurs and freelancers. 

Features and Benefits of Web Design: 

1. Web Design helps to beautify web pages on the internet.

2. Web Design is easy to maintain and co-ordinate. 

3. Web Design helps to put our brands and businesses on the internet. 

4. It improves user interactions using mobile responsive technology, because users can now browse web pages conveniently with their mobile phones. 

5. Web Design plays a big role in boosting business visibility on search engines.

Web Design Components: 

Web Design focuses more on the Front-end side which encompasses several aspects including:

1. Webpage Layout,

2. Content Production,

3. Element Placements and

4. Web Graphics.

The Back-End encompasses of:

1. Server-side Queries and

2. Database Management. 

The Front-End part of Websites are created using Web Graphics, a Markup Language called HTML - Hypertext Markup Language and XHTML - eXtensible Hypertext Markup Language. The elements within a webpage are typically defined using CSS - Cascading Style Sheet. The website behaviour and interactivity are defined by JS - Javascript.

In other words, Web Graphics is for Images such as logo, banners, buttons etc, HTML is for content and layout, CSS is for element and layout styling and then JS is for defining page behaviours and user interactions. 

There are two major ways websites can be designed or created: It can be created:

1. Statically - Static Website

2. Dynamically - Dynamic Website

A Static website contains static HTML and CSS pages including images that are locally stored and presented by the browser each time they are requested by users. Static pages are created only once by the designer and are presented locally when requested by the user via the browser. The benefits of a static website is that they were simpler to host, and the servers hosting them only need to serve the static content once and not need to execute server-side scripts each time requested. This can help save load time and reduces server overloads. 

A Dynamic website is generated on the go or on the fly and fully uses server-side technology to generate and display the webpages. They basically extract their content from back-end databases, this is because dynamic pages or content are first stored in database tables and are presented by the browser when requested by users. Dynamic websites generally requires more server capacity, because each request by the user or browser requires a database connection but with the introduction of Web Caches and CDN - Content Delivery Network. Dynamic websites are sure to load even faster than you can imagine. 

Some of the things you will learn in this course include: 

Dreamweaver, which is a web design/development editor by Macromedia Inc. It offers a more user friendly interface for web designers and developers. It presents interface for HTML, CSS and JS Coding in an easy to understand format and also makes it possible for web designers and developers to preview the results of their work in real time. 

Adobe Fireworks, which is a Bitmap and Vector Graphics editor, used to enhance the graphics work of a website. This module will expose you to the world of graphic design especially relating to website graphics. 

The HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) course module will help you understand HTML Coding, Syntax, Keywords and their functions and how to make use of them in various forms and dimensions. You will learn how to insert headers, adjust header sizes, insert links, images, tables, title pages, home page, linking one web page to another pages within the same website and also linking to another website.

The CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) course module helps you to understand styling of web pages and how to integrate CSS function into HTML. The CSS helps the website to be adaptable and flexible for viewing on any device ranging from desktop computers to laptops, mobile phones, iPads etc. You will also learn how CSS works independently.

The JS (Javascript) course module which gives you basic understanding of building web page behaviours and modifications. 

The Web Hosting, includes how to make choices like hosting service and servers to use, hosting plans to pick and how to upload and launch your website on the internet. Others include: Domain names, subdomain, types of domain such as generic domain, country code domain etc. 

In the Full course, you will learn everything you need to know about Web Design, you will be a competent Web Designer with Diploma Certificate to showcase your knowledge and competence. 

Web Design Course Outline:

Web Design - Dreamweaver CC

Web Design - Adobe Fireworks

Web Design - HTML

Web Design - CSS

Web Design - JS

Web Design - Web Hosting

Web Design - Exams and Certification


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