How to build a Professional Web Site: a very comprehensive, simple, practical, "hands-on", step-by-step Web Design/WebMaster course, structured by Carlo Scodanibbio, international consultant and trainer, replicating - identical in its content - the "Real World" course he has conducted at the University of Cape Town for many years. The main objective of this course is to make you well acquainted with HTML and XHTML, the universal Internet languages. You'll learn basic and advanced concepts of the languages "the hard way" and, gradually, you will become a Professional Web Designer, capable of grasping any secret of the Net and of building dynamic, interactive, traceable, useful and "usable" Web Sites filled with live content.
Exercises come with the majority of Lessons. Solutions come with the next Lesson. Main topics covered in the Course:
*Lessons 01 to 05. Basic HTML Tags: HEAD, TITLE, BODY.Page Background Colour - Textured background. Manipulating Text: Font type, size, colour - bold, italic, underlined text, centred and aligned text. Formatting Text - Line Breaks and Paragraphs - special characters - other Formatting Tools: BLOCKQUOTE - PRE-FORMATTING. Unordered and Ordered Lists - Definition Lists.
*Lesson 06. Coding to the new XHTML Specifications - Downloading useful/free SW from the Net - SW for manipulation of graphic images.
*Lesson 07, 08. Images: types and size, making your own and downloading, importing, converting Images - Text/Image alignment. "Transparent" and animated Images.
*Lesson 09. Links: types of Links - e-mail Links - making an Image a Link - Thumbnails.
*Lesson 10. Publication: first, organise your work - Do you have a Web Site? - Do you need a free Internet Site? - pro's and con's - Uploading Pages to your Site: FTP Programs - Checking the results - Intro to WebMastery.
*Lesson 11, 12. Tables: the secret of every Professional Web Page Designer.
*Lesson 13 to 15. Frames basics: how to frame your Page - Linking frames. Inserting Images into frames - Magic Targets for superior linking. Image Mapping - pro's and con's.
*Lesson 16, 17. Fill out Forms: making interactive Pages - Input Fields (Text - Textarea - Radio - Check Box) - CGI Scripts. Pull Down Lists, Pop Up Menus, Scroll Down Lists - Guest Books.
*Lesson 18 to 20. Dynamic HTML. Java Scripts and Applets. Other effects: New Browser Windows - Pop-Up Windows, Flying Windows, etc. - where to find free Java Scripts. Miscellaneous effects in pure HTML: Scrolling and Blinking text - Inserting Music and Movies in your Pages - Creating "Transitions" and customised "Error Pages" - About META Tags and their function.
*Lesson 21 to 25. Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 1: Inline, Document Level and External Styles. Analysis of all CSS Properties. Practical applications of CSS. More on DHTML and CSS.
*Lesson 26 to 28. WEBMASTERY. Web Protocols, Web Hosting, Housing and Domains - Monitoring "traffic" - Registering a Domain - types of Domains - pro's and con's. Search Engines and Directories: promoting your Web Site and getting "indexed" by SE, making them work for you and "rank" high - "Talk" to E "Robots" - Monitor your status - Get "listed" in Directories, Portals and Vortals. Planning/organising Web Sites - Maintenance tips - Monitoring "impact" - planning for high "usefulness" and "usability" - organising downloadable content - Copyright protection - Restricting access to certain Web Site areas.
*Lesson 29. Intro to XML - All on XHTML - Validate your pages.
*Lesson 30. The "E-Economy", its 10 Core Principles. E-Commerce (B2C, B2B), E-Business, E-Trading, E-Marketing, etc. - opportunities and threats - technical issues related to commercial Web Sites - promotion, marketing and CRM (Customer Relationship Management).