Corporate Web Design

I’m a CS major, junior, working in QA, getting ready to get married, which obviously means I’m looking at a large financial burden in the very near future. Much to my relief one of the web page contractors approached me today, liked some of the designs I had done for our company (all internal stuff though, nothing big) & wanted to set me up with a small web design offer he didn’t have time to take. Having enjoyed my previous forays into web design, & needing the money, after a bit of thought I said yes. I am of course, terrified. Little pages for internal use at our company is one thing, but a corporate contract is something else. I’ve never even posted online, or connected with a database. & GUI’s weren’t really the focus of our CS education. So as I jump into this new and exciting field, what tips do you experienced guys have? What should I be reading up on, what do you wish you had known? What should I read? What are the useful resources out there? Oh and in advance, thanks Ooh, really? Don’t use Dreamweave? That is what I used in the past, but I have to admit the code itself was rather sloppy, and left some artifacts. But the idea of using ONLY textpad is more than a little intimidating. Anyone else agree with that advice, stick to the text editors? (that is what they always had us use in school). I was so glad to find this — My tips, with 30 years experience in programming, and web coding since it was born. . 1. DON’T use any WYSIWYG editor (such as Dreamweaver). Too long to explain why here.

2. DO use a standard editor for your code (Notepad, Notepad++ are very good).

3. DON’T get involved with any off-the-shelf scripts, such as osCommerce, Miva, Joomla, Drupal etc: it is a waste of time and you will get headaches just trying to adapt the code to your needs.

4. DO Learn HTML, a bit of Javascript, PhP and MySQL. Just write simple stuff to start with. You learn as you go along.

5. DO use www. W3schools. Com, www. Php. Net and mysql for samples, lessons and trials.

6. DON’T buy or read books on the subject: the web evolves faster than the books are printed.

7. BE TWO persons: a Designer and a Coder: they are different people. The designer makes nice static pages. The Coder (behind the screen and not often rewarded for his hard work) makes the site WORK interactively.

8. DO check/debug your site on IE6, IE7, Firefox at least: they make 91. 5% of users.

9. Do check/debug on Opera, Netscape and Safari ONLY if it is a request from your client. (I can’t give a *** for the 8. 5% other users who are probably computer illiterate anyway. . ) 10. DO call back here: there are pros that can help. Good luck.

We are a web design company based in Peterborough and our video production and take on corporate videos are a little different. Fast drawn animated cartoons . . .