About the course
When you hit ‘publish’ that first time, when you realise that a thing you made — out of fresh air — is suddenly out there in front of four billion eyeballs, it’s an unforgettable moment.
But how do you get to that position? In this course you’ll see the Web in a new light, you’ll begin to understand the machinery that makes it tick, and you’ll design, build and publish a web page with HTML and CSS… armed with just your bare hands and a couple of bits of free software.
Absolutely anyone can learn the basics of web design with this course. We cut through the complexity and jargon and concentrate on hands-on learning by doing. If you want to show off your creations, your business, or your hobby online, there’s no better way to take your first step.
Who is the course for?
The course is perfect for absolute beginners and assumes no knowledge beyond basic competency with computers and familiarity with surfing the Web.
- A working knowledge of how the Web actually functions
- Basic familiarity with the HTML and CSS languages that form the basis of most web pages
- A passion to take your newfound knowledge further, and and idea of where to find more good learning material
A laptop (Mac, Windows or Linux) with:
- A decent text editor. We recommend:
- Windows: Notepad++ (free), EditPad Lite (free)
- Mac: Text Wrangler (free), Sublime Text (free), Coda (££)
- Linux: Bluefish, KompoZer (all free, of course)
- An up to date web browser. We recommend Firefox, Opera or Chrome, but Internet Explorer and Safari are fine.
Your tutor: Chris Mills
Chris used to work for Opera and W3C and currently enjoys playing heavy metal drums and drinking good beer. He lives near Manchester, UK, with his good lady and three beautiful children.