What to learn in web design?
You can just become a good writer if you are updated with daily technology news and if you have basic knowledge. Marketing, Traffic generation, Information architecture, Graphic design, Production, Usability Copywriting etc. techniques you can learn self, if you implement your learning you will never forgot that thing in whole life.
Start with HTML and CSS. Your first task should be open notepad and write tags in <html> </html> then save it and test on your browser. Most of the websites are built using HTML, you can ensure it using view source click. When you become familiar with HTML, go for CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), you can reuse this code multiple time on page, so it reduces time, CSS generally is used to improve font and style of your web pages text.
Keep in mind that site structure, alignment, typography, styling, navigation help, links and graphics plays important role in designing enhanced good looking acceptable website.
You can also use web editors to try practical web designing. There are some good free web development IDEs ,
For Linux : Kompozer, Aptana studio, BlueFish.
For Windows : Adobe Dreamwaver, Aptana studio (also for Mac).
Some of the online resources to learn web designing :
- Smashing Magazine
- HTML Dog
Some tips for developing creative and worthy web pages:
- Adopt Iterative Designing approach to improve your Web Site, you should be consistent !
- Keep simplicity in your code and design, so that you can self debug your code efficiently, if any bug founds.
- Create innovative home page which should reflect your business logic on first view only.
- You should follow scientific approach while designing your web site, if any technology is needed, then only add it else no need to waste your space, same for code !