I can’t tell you how often I find myself wishing I could design my own web pages. Or even tweak things like WordPress templates. It’s a skill that I’ve wanted to work on for a long time now.
I actually started digging into this almost a year ago, when my sister and her husband visited, although things have been busy and I have abandoned it for some time now. Christian is really into web programming, and is also quite patient when it comes to sharing his knowledge. He suggested checking out a couple of books to get started:
I’ve started with the first two, just working through the examples. I don’t think of myself as a total tech dummy, but I have to admit – I have very little knowledge of the inner workings of websites. It’s actually a lot of fun to go through these books and see what’s going on in the background – so complicated, but so logical.
A couple of other things to mention: Although it would be pretty awesome, I can’t actually afford the Adobe Design and Web premium (even though it’s on massive discount for students – I will have to get it before I graduate!) In the meantime, I’m happy to explore what my options are in the land of open source. I found what seems to be a great alternative to Dreamweaver – it’s called Aptana, and it’s totally free! It also directly links up to Firefox’s Firebug debugger, which is handy. Of course, never having used Dreamweaver, it’s tough for me to give a fair comparison. But it’s working just fine for me now.