Take your Web design skills to the next level Whether you want to work as a freelance Web designer, join a Web development team, or build websites for your organization, this course will give you the advanced tools you need.
In these lessons, you will learn to write HTML code for page content and CSS code for page styling. you will master cutting-edge techniques that take advantage of HTML5 and CSS3, the latest versions of the languages used to create modern websites.
With the help of step-by-step instructions, you will build interactive websites that collect information from visitors through email signup and feedback forms. In addition, you will learn the latest and most effective techniques for presenting layouts and video that work in any browsing environment from a desktop computer to a mobile device. Along the way, you will explore aesthetics, color scheming, and accessible Web page design.
And do not worry if you have only the most basic exposure to Web design! This course walks you all the way through to purchasing and uploading your site to a remote server. You won't need any special software, eitherâjust the text editor that comes installed with your computer.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced Web designer wanting to update and enhance your skills, this course is perfect for you. In just a few weeks, you will be designing state-of-the-art websites that offer all the sophisticated elements that today's Web users expect to see.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits
How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you are encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Lesson 01 - What Is Advanced Web Design?
If you want to take your Web pages from okay to wow, its time to move up to Web 2.0. In this lesson, you will explore the core elements of advanced Web design: interaction, animation, and page design that is flexible and accessible to visitors on any device.
Lesson 02 - Creating Your First CSS Style Sheet
Today, you will enter the world of advanced Web design by building your first CSS style sheet. When you are done, you will link this style sheet to an HTML page and discover how you can instantly make changes to that pageâor even to a thousand pages at the same time. In addition, you will explore some key elements of Web page design.
Lesson 03 - Formatting Your Text
Your website text is not just a collection of wordsâits also a design element that can tell your visitors what you are all about! In this lesson, you will find out how to specify the appearance of your text using your CSS style sheet. We will talk about setting your font size, color, line spacing, alignment, background, borders, margins, and padding.
Lesson 04 - Designing and Formatting Links
Links are a key part of any Web page, and there is more to designing them than you might think. In this lesson, you will learn how to create links that suit the purpose of your site, the technological sophistication of your audience, and the image you want to portray. In addition, We will raise that controversial question when it comes to link design: to underline, or not to underline?
Lesson 05 - Formatting Selected Text and Creating Content Boxes
Today, you will expand your horizons by learning how to format selected page content. After that, you will take a big step into advanced design by discovering how to use class styles to design content boxes. In the process, you will learn all about two powerful Web design tools: div tags and span tags.
Lesson 06 - Creating Containers, Headers, and Footers
Each Web page is unique, but three elements are almost universal: a container, a header, and a footer. In this lesson, you will build these three elements by combining a new toolâID stylesâwith div tags. In addition, you will find out how to embed div tags within containers.
Lesson 07 - Adding Columns and Interactivity
Today, you will take your layout to a new level by adding columns to your Web page. you will discover how to place multiple columns on a page, how to pad your columns, and how to create an attractive column layout that is easy to read. In addition, We will make your columns interactive.
Lesson 08 - Making Your Pages Look Great on Any Device
Do you use a mobile device to browse the Web? More and more people doâand to keep them happy, you will need to provide mobile-friendly content. But how can you do that, and still design a page that works on a big screen? Today, you will find out how to create Web pages that look different, but still great, on both full-sized monitors and mobile devices.
Lesson 09 - Designing With HTML5
Web designers always need to be thinking about the futureâand that future will include HTML5. In this lesson, you will learn all about the advantages of this up-and-coming coding language, and you will add HTML5 elements to your own Web page. In addition, you will find out which environments currently support HTML5 and which ones do not.p class="lesson-bluetxt">Lesson 10 - Embedding Video in Your Web Pages
A great video can increase your website traffic, sell your products, or even make you a superstar. But hereâs the big issue you will face as a Web designer: Not all video formats work with all browsers. In this lesson, you will learn how to overcome that problem as you master simple tricks for embedding videos that will play in any browsing environment.
Lesson 11 - Creating Forms
What do you need to know about your websiteâs visitorsâtheir names, their email addresses, or maybe even how they rate your site? Today, you will find out how to collect information like this (and much more) by adding forms to your pages. In these chapters, you will build your own form, add form fields, and define where your collected data will go.
Lesson 12 - Uploading and Fine-Tuning Your Pages
Youâve mastered it allâinteractivity, animation, and accessibilityâand you are ready to call yourself an advanced Web designer. Now its time to take the next step and reveal your site to the world. Today, you will learn how to upload your site to the Web and how to check your spelling, links, accessibility, and browser compatibility. And hereâs the great news: you will do it all for free.
Subject Matter Expert
David Karlins is the author of more than a dozen books on Web design that have sold over a million copies worldwide, including HTML5 for CSS3 for Dummies. His articles have appeared in publications ranging from Macworld to Business Week. He has taught Web, graphic, and interactive design at San Francisco State Universitys Multimedia Studies Program and the University of California, Berkeley, Extension division. His Web design and consulting clients have ranged from Hewlett Packard to the Himalayan Fair.
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