You too can become a web guru, start your own web development company and become involved in e-commerce development; the first step is understanding and developing skills in the two most important computer programming languages; HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
Knowing the basics of coding in HTML and CSS is a good start, but to be excellent at it, you need to go past the basics. We have some pro tips and hacks for you.
- Take Lessons and Tutorials: Tips and tools are useless if you do not know the basics. Go on YouTube, search for videos that explain gradually the process of web design. There are so many coding gurus who offer lessons and useful tips on their YouTube channels. Advanced lessons and tutorials are all over the internet from web development companies and the likes, enrol with one, under study them and get better.
- Grasps the Fundamentals: do not be in hurry Code (Rome) wasn’t built in a day. Most times beginners are in a hurry to run through the basics of programming. It might seem like you’ve got it all figured out, but you have to take your time to prevent you from getting stuck
- Learn to simplify your codes. Programming is already as technical as it can be, do not make it more difficult. The idea is to create something that can be easily read and understood even by non-programmers. Make your codes readable. Readability makes codes to be reusable. A code that was written months or years ago can be reused if the programmer simplified it and made it easy to understand. To ensure this, always add comments to your codes. Comments make it easier to understand a code even after a long time has passed.
Readability also makes it possible for other programmers to reuse a piece of code you had written in the past. The false narrative is that the harder it is to understand the code, the geekier it is. That narrative has been debunked as we are beginning to see that codes do not need to be solely understood by the techies.
- No Idea is Original; feel free to use templates and borrow from already existing designs on the web. There is no need to always attempt to make something abstract and different. No one is asking you to steal, or copy and paste other people’s work, but it’s ok to get inspiration from these places.
- Use Free Tools and Resources: Grab at free stock photos and every other visual element you can lay your hands on. You do not have to build all your codes from scratch, feel free to take from already existing templates and guidelines. There is a wealth of content out there on alternate online resources, you would need to seek out more online resources and materials from web development companies.
- Play around with fonts; fonts are one the most important visual elements of web design. Choosing the right fonts for your web pages could make or break your design. There are many sites online to add from to your default fonts. Typeface is a very important aspect of HTML and CSS scripts, you see codes, the end user see text. What the end user sees, is so very important.
- Use a Framework: this would make your design easier and a lot faster. Get the work done in the shortest timeframe possible.
- Use shorthand CSS: coding is a very long and difficult process, so whenever you come across a tool that makes the work faster and easier without reducing the quality of output, it is a great thing. Shorthand CSS even makes the job look cleaner and easy to understand
- CSS Debugging Tools:Firefox web developer, internet explorer developer toolbar and firebug are examples of CSS debugging tools you can install on your browser, get instant previews of your work before applying them to your webpage. This would enable you to detect errors and take them out quickly
- Understanding Positioning: the coding environment contains different elements, and the quality of a code written is determined by how these elements are able to place side by side without looking clustered and scattered. Keep your codes clean and not to appear messy
- Write your code first, add your tags before adding styles
- Test: before deploying, check for how your website appears on different web browsers
- Show and share with fellow designers for critiquing. Getting your peers to tell you what they think about your codes is an important way to learn and get better and HTML and CSS. If your fellow programmers have a hard time understanding your code, you should investigate and find out why.
- Understand different media types