A quality Web design course can arm you with the skills and knowledge for making big money as a Web designer, or just give you the confidence to build your own fabulous site with ease. But you don’t have to spend big bucks and years of your time on a college degree to become a first rate Webmaster.
In fact there are multiple online Web design courses that will give you a basic, intermediate, and even expert level of skill in the Web development arena. Some of these courses are available in the form of free tutorials on public pages, others are accessible in video format via secure member’s area, and still others can be downloaded and studied in PDF.
Some Web design courses are free, and others require a nominal investment. The thing to remember is you often get what you pay for online, and any free course on something as complex as Website design is not likely to be well-organized and comprehensive.
This is not to say there are no good free courses available. There very well may be but it’s best to select a program based on the quality of the content and presentation rather than the price tag.
You’ll already be saving big money by not taking a college Web design course. You can find a variety of great programs for less than $ 50, and instead of gambling on a set of freebie tutorials with zero backend support I advise you invest some cash into an option that gives you at least basic follow-up instruction.
For example, a downloadable Web design course might cost between $ 25 and $ 40, and this price includes free lifetime expansion modules. In other words you pay one fee up front and you receive every updated version of the course material for the rest of your life.
The very valuable skill of Web design and management is certainly worth a little money. And again, by investing with a professional company you’ll get at least basic ongoing support and be able to ask a few questions if you get stumped.
Regardless of how much you budget for your Web design course, you should select a program with a good amount of positive, public feedback. This can be in the form of customer testimonials, informal reviews posted at forums and/or blogs, or any other form of consumer input you can find on the matter.
The idea is to find out what previous users have to say about the Web design course you are considering. This kind of social proof is priceless, and will give you an idea of how real people responded to the course material.
Did many people find the lessons too complicated? Or do previous users report the course was easy to understand and learn?
Do the course chapters provide great detail and accuracy? Or do people complain that many important points were left out of the material?
If most of the feedback you can find is in the positive, you should feel comfortable moving forward. On the other hand if loads of people complain, you may want to look elsewhere for a Web design course.
Also, any good digital information product should include a money-back guarantee. This statement usually infers that you can request a refund for 30 to 90 days after purchase if you aren’t satisfied with the content. Such a guarantee is a solid courtesy that should never be abused; only exercise your right to a refund if you find the material is seriously lacking and not worth the price you paid.
Finally, the ideal Web design course should be open-ended. This means the creators should make clear that new material is added on a regular basis.
Web development is a skill that changes with time. The course you choose needs to be flexible and ready to add new content as needed; ideally you should get free access to future additions when you pay the entry fee.
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quick mockup using hv-desing’s tutorial (they’re quite good, if you know photoshop and a bit of golive or dreamweaver). i had to design our company website and stationery – first big one in my life – so i though, why not to try make up something for myself too. i hate all those css/html authoring programs, as my knowledge of html is very poor and prefer to leave it to the pros, but after taking advice from hv-designs i decided to learn how to design the whole lot in photoshop and import the layers to adobe golive cs2. it’s not prefect, but after adding some extra meta tags etc. it does the job. i think i will eventualy make my personal website on my own, just how i like it.
hv-designs, thanks mate for the tutorials