The technologies you need to master to be a complete web designer.
September 18, 2007
Web design has been transformed over the last many years. In many ways, the skills a web designer needed in 1996 are totally different from the skills you need in 2007 … and the foreseeable future.
I won’t go into what you needed in the past, because it matters not. So let’s talk about what you need to know today, to be a complete and competitive web designer.
The Web Designer’s Study Guide:
I think the first two on the list would make sense to most. But #3 is probably confusing the heck out of some of you, so let me make a few quick points.
WHY WEB DESIGNERS NEED TO LEARN SOME PHP
In a nutshell:
- Most web projects will require some basic dynamic functionality that PHP makes easy.
- Blogs and CMS software – read below.
Today, it is becoming more and more common that web sites are based on a blog or CMS package. For example:
To take full advantage of these, you should be able to dig into the code so that you can make the changes for your clients particular needs. Not all blogs/cms are written in PHP .. but many are, including the ones listed above.
I go into more detail about php for web designers on my dedicated PHP site for web designers: