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If you need free stock images for your website, blog, presentations etc. then the best free site around is stockXchng. StockXchng has been around for some time but really seems to have come into its own over the last year. They claim to be the “leading free stock photography site” currently listing 313484 free images [...]

I was reading an article on creating Favicons on HarpzOn.com, something I had been meaning to do for some time. Whilst HarpzOn shows where to download a professional icon generator in which you can edit images, I have always preferred to use Favicon From Pics. The reason I prefer Favicon From Pics is that it [...]

If you are looking for free web design tools then look no further than here: The Peoples Toolbox The peoples toolbox lists hundreds of free tools to assist in designing your website. Some of my favorites include: The Color Scheme Generator The name says it all, this site helps you select complimentary colour schemes for [...]

Once you have got the hang of using XHTML along with CSS you will probably want to develop your skills further and learn one of the many programming languages available for use within Web Applications. Programming is very different to XHTML and CSS, using logic, as opposed to simply describing a document. For example programming [...]

A common question asked by beginners is “what books should I buy”? My answer is initially, none, save your money! There are many free tutorials available, my favorite is W3C schools. W3C is the organisation that sets the standards for the internet, so what better place to learn. They have many tutorials on other languages [...]

The fact that there are two distinct disciplines begs the question how do you integrate the two? This has proven a difficult problem to solve, and has resulted in the development of technologies such as JSTL (Java Standard Tag Library), frameworks and completely different architectures for web applications. What these technologies aim to do is [...]

It is possible, but you are likely to become a jack of all trades and master of none. Graphic design and programming are very different skill sets. Both take a long time to learn and are equally difficult in their own way. It is rare that someone has an aptitude for both. A graphic / [...]

Web design is really associated with the use of: XHTML (Extensible Hypertext Markup Language) CSS (Cascading Styles Sheets) JavaScript Graphic design (X)HTML and CSS are languages of a sort. They are not programming languages as they do not control logic or process data. Instead these languages tell a browser what to render on screen. JavaScript [...]

In another post I mentioned W3C tutorials. W3C stands for the World Wide Web Consortium, they set the standards for XHTML and CSS. If your code is W3C valid, then it ‘should’ work well in any browser. To help you create valid code, W3C have created an online validator, which you can either pass URL [...]

How to learn web design

This is a commonly asked question, the answer to which is not simple as there are many different technologies used to create and deploy websites, however the essential technologies are: XHTML (Extensible Hypertext Markup Language) CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) JavaScript (almost essential, you’ll definitely want it, but we’ll leave this for later) XHTML is a [...]