Mon 27 Dec 2010
Recently I have had a few friends who have expressed interest in getting more into building web sites. They aren’t sure exactly where to start or where they want to end up, so I put together a list of things to do and tutorials to follow so that they could get a better understanding of all the various pieces of the web ecosystem – hosting, development, design, user interface, content, etc. I am big fan of learning by doing, so have at it…
- Setup a WordPress.org web site, check out TentBlogger’s list of recommended hosting platforms and follow the WordPress Install Guide, also see Mr. Nifty’s post on installing WordPress. If you would rather start out with a local install on your own machine, see Setting Up a Local Development Environment, Part 1 on ChurchCrunch.
- Pick a theme, tons of good free ones out there and lots of awesome premium themes. A good place to start: Smashing Magazine – 100 Free High Quality WordPress Themes: 2010 Edition
- Learn how to tweak your site – Think Vitamin: HTML & CSS
- Additional reading: Digital Pure – Web Design Done Right and WordPress Web Site Design Quick And Easy
What else would you recommend to someone starting off in the world of web work?