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As most of you know, I am involved with the SCA. As is common (I have found) in groups that do not exist entirely or mostly online but do desire an online presence, a person with even basic design skills (like me) becomes a valuable commodity. As such, I offer my help where I can with web-based SCA projects.

The other day, I got asked a bafflingly simple question, but I really don't know the answer to it, and it's one of those questions where experience with the subject involved really counts for something. So I thought I'd ask you all:

I'm looking for a "gateway" tool - I've inherited [a website], and it needs an overhaul, but I don't know html yet. Do you have any preferences for tools that are relatively easy to learn and that will build pages I can upload?


So ... do you all have any recommendations? :^D

I hand-code all of my pages. So while I know the existence of programs like Front Page and Dreamweaver, and I could Google for free versions of similar programs, that doesn't do much to tell me which is easiest to use for someone just getting started in web design. Any thoughts or advice would be most welcome, with many thanks in advance! :)
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Since I've been knee-deep in web design projects for more than a month now, I've discovered that there are certain resources that make my life much, much easier. They're too good not to share, so all you other design geeks out there can enjoy them as well. And if you have any favorites that you'd like to share ... I'm all ears. :)

On a personal note, I'm catching up on comments on some of my older posts and haven't read my flist in a depressingly long time. I miss you all ... I should hopefully be around more soon, once I get the Wild Monster that is the SWG site more at a reasonable status quo.

My Favorite Web Design Websites )

Speaking of web design, I am currently reading PHP and MySQL for Dummies because *cue dramatic music* next month, I am going to start getting the SWG archive underway. And I'd like to have half a clue how PHP and MySQL work; Lenine has offered to help me, but I'd like to avoid embarrassing myself by asking her questions addressed in Chapter One of a For Dummies book. Today, I got almost through MySQL; it seems familiar to some of the (basic) programming work I've done in the past and, of course, Microsoft Access, which uses SQL, I have since learned.
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It Worked!!!

Feb. 7th, 2006 11:20 am
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One of the biggies on my to-do list has been getting at least a basic homepage for [livejournal.com profile] silwritersguild written. Since beginning this rollercoaster of a project back in September (and having a page complete at one point), I came to work today with absolutely nothing to show for my agonies. So I cleared my desk, hunkered down with a pile of nerdy books on XHTML and CSS, and got to work.

And....

It worked!!!


My web experience can be summed up by doing neat little HTML designs in LJ and a "webpage" for my D&D group. I once tried to make a homepage for my unit with an external CSS stylesheet and it totally failed...although, in retrospect, I think it was more my out-of-date browser than anything else. Not that I looked into it much. I decided that I wasn't going to design webpages for the crappy salary that I receive.

But today it worked! Style sheet and all! Now I just have to add some text beyond "test" and "This is a test of the SWG stylesheet."

How nerdy is it that I literally feel like doing a happy dance?
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