Relearning HTML and building a site: start from scratch, utilize a template, or learn Dreamweaver?
February 18, 2010 10:48 AM Subscribe
Best way to make a web site: (re)learn HTML from online resources, then make a site from scratch, find and modify a pre-made freebie template, or learn DreamWeaver?
posted by moira to Computers & Internet (16 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
My husband and I are working on a web based project. He has the technical skill to configure the back-end software and he knows how to make pages, but his expertise is not in layout and design. It falls on me to make something far prettier and more user-friendly. I'm excited to do this, and I want to do a great job.
Years ago, I had enough familiarity with HTML and CSS to heavily modify pre-made templates for Blogger blogs and play with some basic stuff on my own. That was a while ago, though, and I would need to relearn and update most of what I knew.
I want to make something solid. I'm willing to learn to make a site from the ground up, but I wonder if starting with somebody else's work as a base or reference point would be a better way to go. I have an old copy of Dreamweaver that I've never used, and I wonder if it would be a worthwhile tool to learn.
Hubby is doing the back end. All I need to do is create representative HTML with example content. He will configure the back-end to produce the same HTML with the database-driven content. We would like the site to look good in all the latest browsers, and to be readable on, say, an iPhone.