Need tools for website design

Discussion in 'Web Design' started by andreabrown, Aug 6, 2009.

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  1. andreabrown

    andreabrown New Member

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    I am a newbie in website design field and am learning tools which would help me make better and attractive web sites. Can you share some tools which I should look at to make an attractive website?
     
  2. ben123

    ben123 New Member

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    If you're learning web design with a view to doing it as a job then it's probably best to use industry standard tools like Adobe's Web Suite. If you're looking at design rather than coding then Fireworks or Photoshop would be a good start. For coding you should look at Dreamweaver although I'd advise getting a thorough understanding of html and css first so that you don't have to rely on Dreamweaver to write code for you. To add further enhancements like animation, advanced interface elements etc you should look at Flash.

    In all cases though it's not as easy as finding the right tool. Good design is not about tools but about having good ideas which can then be realised by using certain tools. Take a look at sites you like and try and deconstruct the elements that make them work visually. Maybe look at grid layouts and colour theory. Then get your ideas down using a pen and paper before starting up your computer.
     
  3. JMeZigns

    JMeZigns New Member

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    Look into getting an IE Tester. IE is the bane of designers. I don't know where I heard it but I once heard an experienced designer say .. "Design for Firefox and fix for Internet Explorer".

    Either way, cross browser compatibility is a big deal.

    Make sure you download a version of all the major browsers. And test your site in each. You can check browser statistics here

    I hope that helps you out.
     
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  4. weblite

    weblite New Member

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  5. Blue Archer

    Blue Archer New Member

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    If you are new to web design then I would recommend using Dreamweaver.
     
  6. JMCDesigner

    JMCDesigner Member

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    If you want to make better and attractive websites you should really have a good sense of Graphic Design. If you don't have this, no program will make attractive websites for you.
     
  7. james0123

    james0123 New Member

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    I was searching for the same solution about Need tools for website design and finally i found you through Google search :) mind blowing!.
     
  8. besteast

    besteast New Member

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  9. zartwork

    zartwork New Member

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    I would invest in the Adobe Creative Suite which encompasses basically everything you will need to design for the web.
     
  10. PixelPusher

    PixelPusher Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The Adobe Suite is the best software available, but it does cost a deceny amount (work every penny though). They have free trials on their website, so you can see what you are going to get prior to buying.
     
  11. nimmysnv

    nimmysnv New Member

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    Hi,

    I suggest you to first start with Dreamweaver, as this is a popular tool which is used by every one for creating a web site. else it is important to learn HTML and PHP which is used for creating web site.


    As most of the web sites are created by using HTML which is the basic requirement.

    Thanks!!:)
     
  12. andreabrown

    andreabrown New Member

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    I agree with this. yes, I can safely say that I do have a good sense of graphic design and I am glad with all your valuable inputs. I however, would like to make an interactive web site. Any suggestions
     
  13. joankoikai

    joankoikai New Member

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    I kind of agree with you Andrea. I am currently just browsing the web for something similar, like I want to use Flash but make it SEO friendly as well. I will keep you updated on this
     
  14. andreabrown

    andreabrown New Member

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    Yes, I am looking for something on similar lines....looking forward for more posts :)
     
  15. JMeZigns

    JMeZigns New Member

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    Many, many cool tricks can be pulled of with jQuery. Alot of them are SEO friendly as well. The article linked here touches a bit on how jQuery can help with SEO problems often associated with JavaScript.
     
  16. jsingh

    jsingh New Member

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    Its all about creativity

    Website designing is all about being creative with the tools. I know designers who work wonders with simple applications like Notepad and Paint. As far as commercial tools are concerned you can use Dreamweaver for coding as other respected members have suggested above.
     
  17. arpowers

    arpowers New Member

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    Check out the Trans CSS Framework for adding transparency to your design with CSS classes.
     

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