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March 2, 2011
This introductory course is designed for beginners who need a web site or who need to fix up and improve an existing site.
By the time you complete all the lessons in this course, you will have a small, attractive web site and all the skills needed to maintain, update and modify it. You will never need to hire a web designer again, nor struggle with locating a suitable design template and spending hours modifying it to meet your needs.
Lesson 1: Getting Started
Welcome to the course!
Exercise #1 - Prepare your Dreamweaver Site
Web Design Princples - Elements of a well designed page.
Elements of Well Designed Web Pages
Website Planning Tools
Exercise #2 - Building your first page
Optional Exercise - Use a tracing image to layout your Dreamweaver pages.
Design Principles: Choosing Site Colors
Exercise #3 - Applying Colors and Sub-elements to Your Page.
Lesson # 1 Summary
Lesson 2: Formatting Tiltes & Headings
How Search Engines Find Your Web Pages
How Search Engines Work
Optional Exercise - Discovering Your Keywords
Exercise #4 - Adding Doc Titles & File Names
Exercise #5 - Adding Site Titles & Page Headings
Supplemental Reading - Introduction to SEO
Supplemental Reading - How Search Engines Work
Lesson 3: Adding & Formatting Text
Exercise #6 - Adding Text Content
Introduction to CSS - Styling Text using the Properties Inspector
5. Watch a Video: Exercise 17: Styling your Menus with CSS
Supplemental Exercise: Customizing Link Colors with Compound Selectors
Lesson #8 Summary
Lesson 9: Publishing & Maintaining Your Website
Exercise 18: Building Out Your Website
Moving, Renaming, & Deleting Site Files
Checking Links & Fixing Problems
Finding a Host Provider for Your Website
Exercise 19: Connecting Dreamweaver to Your Host Server
Supplemental Exercise: Finding a Domain Name
Exercise 20: Transferring Files to Your Host Server
Conclusion & Where to learn more
Lesson #9 Summary
James has been teaching Design and Digital Communication classes for over 15 years. Over the years, he has taught thousands of students from all over the world how to design, build, promote, and maintain web sites.