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Old 08-02-2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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Im a cartographer (map design) and trying to get into web design (due to web mapping being the new trend in cartography)

I know some basic HTML/Javascript and ive done some VBA/VB.NET so I think ive got a good head for wed development. Im also semi-aware of current web technologies such as AJAX/SPRY, DOJO, etc, but have no idea about using them.

Dreamweaver I have no idea about - doing some googling for tutorials at the moment, might see if libray has book on CS3 available.

Anyhow, ive jumped in already and told a friend that I could help setup a website for his new business - a cafe in northern england.

Hes sent me his logo, menu, and few other bits and bobs and im trying to put together a crude website with all the essentials. I then hope to use this as a template to work around and end up making a really nice website for him (hence joiing this forum for some help/pointers).

So - words of wisdom, guidance, tips, links to good starting guides, etc, please let me know.

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Old 08-02-2008, 12:13 PM   #2
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Anyhow, ive jumped in already and told a friend that I could help setup a website for his new business - a cafe in northern england.
Hi, welcome to the DWC forum. That's a brave move indeed but I'm sure you'll be fine if you follow the advice and tutorials here.

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So - words of wisdom, guidance, tips, links to good starting guides, etc, please let me know.

OK, don't use tables or frames for your design. Jump in and learn CSS and Div Tags. Tables seem the easy way to start but, believe me, it just makes it harder to move to CSS when you realise that tables are not a good idea afterall.

Try the adobe tutorials for a grounding in CSS

http://www.adobe.com/devnet/

and ask as many questions as you like here. There are some very knowledgable folks on DWC.

Good luck
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:50 PM   #3
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Welcome,

I highly suggest posting questions here, because like Corrosive said there are extremely intelligent people here. It has increased my knowledge alot and it is a very friendly place to post and noone will give you a hard time about your questions. I know that first hand lol.

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Old 08-02-2008, 03:23 PM   #4
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thanks for the initial pointers.

I know starting from he ground up is the sensible way to begin learning, but id like to download a html template to base my friends site around - This way it will give me something good to work-around and perhaps see how the template is constructed and have a look at the code behind it.

I was aiming to get a site up and running within a week or so, and then concentrate on geting a 2nd phase of the site up a month or so after that.

Any thoughts on using templates and resources to get them from? Take into account that this will be a business website, with only 3 or 4 pages. Might link to Google Blogger as well but thats not relevant here.
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:31 PM   #5
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thanks for the initial pointers.

I know starting from he ground up is the sensible way to begin learning, but id like to download a html template to base my friends site around - This way it will give me something good to work-around and perhaps see how the template is constructed and have a look at the code behind it.

I was aiming to get a site up and running within a week or so, and then concentrate on geting a 2nd phase of the site up a month or so after that.

Any thoughts on using templates and resources to get them from? Take into account that this will be a business website, with only 3 or 4 pages. Might link to Google Blogger as well but thats not relevant here.
Just type 'free dreamweaver css templates' into Google. You'll find thousands. No harm in starting by pulling apart someone else's work. Good to see how it all works.
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:03 PM   #6
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Just type 'free dreamweaver css templates' into Google. You'll find thousands.
ur right - thanks.
any chance you lot have some preferred sites for css templates that you have bookmarked?
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:21 PM   #7
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ur right - thanks.
any chance you lot have some preferred sites for css templates that you have bookmarked?
Not really. I think most of us here would start from scratch.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:19 PM   #8
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there's some open source templates here as an example http://www.oswd.org/
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:58 AM   #9
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there's some open source templates here as an example http://www.oswd.org/
That's a good source dave. safe and simple designs for newbies, nice one.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:40 AM   #10
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an additional one here http://www.opendesigns.org/view-designs/
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