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What platforms do you use for creating websites? I'm looking to move off iWeb but with countless options, I don't know which one is worth learning, not just for myself but also as a marketable skill.

Graphic designer with marketing and management experience.

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  • April 4, 2012
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  • David J.


    David J.

    Pixels Etcetera

    Top Contributor

    Why not learn html, css and learn to build sites properly instead of relying on a crutch? Then the platform largely becomes irrelevent because you have skills you can apply anywhere on the web.

  • Erik H.


    Erik H.

    Contract Ebook Developer at Disney Consumer Products

    HTML and CSS are both pretty easy to learn. You don't have to even know all of it in the beginning. Get a book to learn the basics and have a cheatsheet on hand. You'll be typing out tags and hex colors before you know it. Once you've got that down, you can move to JavaScript and PHP. Now you'll be able to make custom WordPress themes for clients with interactive components.

    After that, you'll be able to pick up most anything else a front-end designer would be expected to know.

  • Megan G.


    Megan G.

    Creator and Designer of Incahoots- Creative Identity Design

    I started with Web Plus by Serif. Its super easy to learn and you can view the HTML of what you are doing, so you can learn the code.

  • Mitchell S.


    Mitchell S.

    Senior Web Designer at VentureTech Solutions

    Basics, basics, basics ... HTML and CSS. Start there. Like David said, once you've got those down, platform becomes irrelevant. You're then adaptable to ANY platform available.

  • Bruce B.


    Bruce B.

    Digital Communications, UX, UI, Creative Direction, Marketing, Project Manager, Front End Web Dev. and Graphic Design

    Any "platform" is just a content management tool. If you can code then you can use any platform. iWeb is a great way to learn bad design.
    Dreamweaver is a good tool. Although I personally learned by hard coding in a text editor. Knowing Photoshop and possibly Fireworks ( personally hate FW) will also enhance your skill set. Consider taking a basic HTML class at your local college or going to
    Since you are in Chicago you should have many options.
    Oh and you should consider reading "About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction Design"

  • Tom P.


    Tom P.

    Freelance Graphic Designer

    Hi Patricia. Dreamweaver is apparently the industry standard for professionals. Photoshop and Fireworks are for pure design, when it's possible to hand off to the codemonkeys (I guess that's called "back-end" design??? I'm fuzzy on that terminology, if anyone is willing to educate me). Most templates seem to come as layered PSDs, which seems like a good way around the whole issue for print-centrics like me.

    In the rare instances I really need HTML and CSS from scratch, I turn to free WYSIWYG platforms like Seamonkey or its illegitimate children, NVU and KompoZer.

    As I admit above, I don't know web on a professional level, and need to fill my wide gaps. Please be kind ;o)

  • Patricia H.


    Patricia H.

    Graphic designer with marketing and management experience.

    I was afraid you'd agree on HTML & CSS!

    I don't want a crutch and I DO want to invest the time to learn so, on to face my coding fears.

    Thanks everyone!

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