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Website Design Classes Online

On our site, the focus is to show you how to design simple websites that get listed on search engines, and are able to generate a cash-flow within a few months.

Web Development: HTML + CSS
by Bradley Berger, Learn Web Dev By Doing
14.9K students 981 active students (157 Reviews)

Website in 1 Week with HTML5 and CSS3
by Ryan Bonhardt, Online Learning Enthusiast & Teacher at Maker-Based
12.4K students 2.2K active students (95 Reviews)

Learn HTML5 Programming
by Eduonix Learning Solutions, The Knowledge Edge
133K students 7.4K active students (975 Reviews)

The Basics of APIs
by General Assembly, Campus for Technology, Design and Entrepreneurship
14.1K students 495 active students (26 Reviews)

php & MySQL

Beginner PHP and MySQL Tutorial
by Infinite Skills, High Quality Training
65.5K students 4.6K active students (271 Reviews)

Practical PHP: Code Dynamic Websites
by Brad Hussey, Pro Web Slinger at Code College
8.3K students 1.2K active students (108 Reviews)

MySQL Database
by Bucky Roberts, Computer Programmer and Developer
94.3K students 3.7K active students (887 Reviews)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Advanced SEO: Tactics and Strategy
by Moz, Learn SEO quick, easy, and best of all, free!
13.5K students 543 active students (64 Reviews)

SEO Introduction from an ex-Googler
by Amitabh Verma, Ex-Googler, Founder AMP Digital
1.1K students 187 active students (4 Reviews)

SEO Link Building Basics
by Jon Ball, Co-founder and CEO of Page One Power
3K students 299 active students (5 Reviews)

Javascript jQuery

Learn Javascript & JQuery From Scratch
by Eduonix Learning Solutions, The Knowledge Edge
26.4K students 2K active students (210 Reviews)

Introduction to Flash

Introduction to Open Education

Data Visualization


HTML Examples
HTML tutorial HTML5
HTML Reference

CSS Cascading Style Sheets

CSS Examples
CSS Tutorial, CSS3
CSS Reference

JavaScript Tutorial

JavaScript Examples
JavaScript Tutorial

php programming

php Tutorial
php Reference
AJAX Examples

ASP.NET programming

ASP.NET Examples
ASP.NET Reference
ASP.NET Tutorial

SQL database calls

SQL Tutorial

Designing Your Own Website

The first goal is to offer the visitor a single purpose, whether that's to sell something, educate or entertain. The second goal will be to guide the user through that experience. No flash introductions, no blinking buttons, and no clutter of words. Good website design is the same thing as good page design, like you see in a magazine. If you understand the elements that make up good page design, you'll end up with a web page that works well. Page layout can be restricted at first to a header, a two or three-column main body, and a footer. Menu choices should highlight your main offerings, and make it easy for your viewers to find the rest of your site.

Some of the design skills for making websites do not change much over time, but other critical areas, including market research, search engine optimization, and conversion optimization, are constantly shifting as new tools become available. Today, you can research a market, identify exactly how much traffic we can get, evaluate the competition in detail, and publish a website to address what the market wants. Please browse the following split-screen example pages from, where you can see changes that you make to your page in real time, thus learning quickly via hands-on work. Following each example set, try taking the 20-question quiz on the same subject. When you've finished reviewing your results, browse the reference pages, and save the links as a resource, for when you are making your own site.

Success is governed by two main factors, visitor traffic and sales conversions. How many of the right people can you attract to your site, and how many of those people can you persuade to take the action that you want them to take? Learn more about making money from websites on our eCommerce pages. Not only can you practice making your own websites to earn money, but if you focus your talents, you can find part-time employment designing websites for small businesses and individuals. A good portfolio often is the deciding factor in getting a job. Students interested in graphic design programs should take basic courses in studio art, computerized design, commercial graphics, or website design.

HTML validate

e-Commerce Sites
Free Datasets
RSS Feed-Sources
Page Rank, Keyword Lists
Keyword Density, Incoming Links
Search Engine
Open Directory
Adsense, Analytics, Adwords

The following test has 10 questions, to review your knowledge of HTML, CSS, and basic web page design concepts:

Website Design - Test 1

Color and Images

There are many publishing and blogging platforms around today, like Word Press, which mean that almost anyone can publish online within minutes. Website design is a new field, and it's constantly changing as cloud programming and open source enables new design software.

Live Color Palette
Stock Photography
GIF Animation

Domain Name Registration and Renewals

By December 2009, there were 192 million domain names registered. A large fraction of them are in the .com TLD, which as of March 15, 2010, had seen 84 million domain names in use, including 11.9 million online business and e-commerce sites, 4.3 million entertainment sites, 3.1 million finance related sites, and 1.8 million sports sites.

Domain Names
Website Hosting
Free Blog

The right to use a domain name is delegated by domain name registrars. In addition to ICANN, each top-level domain (TLD) is maintained and serviced technically by an administrative organization operating a registry. The domain registry is responsible for maintaining the database of names registered within the TLD it administers. The registry receives registration information from each domain name registrar authorized to assign names in the corresponding TLD and publishes the information via the 'whois' protocol. Registrars charge a yearly fee for the service of delegating a domain name to a user and providing a default set of name servers. GoDaddy is a popular discount registrar, charging about $10/year to register a domain name. For hosting, you can try BlueHost, which we have had good luck with over the past year.

Content Writing

- WordPress Themes & Plug-ins
- Woo Themes
- The THESIS Theme
- Color Palette
- How to Start a Blog
- eBooks & Kindle
- ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse
- Moonlighting on the Internet by Yanik Silver
- Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
- The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
- Audiobooks
- Authorship
- Blogging
- Copywriting
- Dramatic Tension
- Personal Branding
- Public Domain Content

Images & Copyright Law

- iStockPhoto
- Flickr Creative Commons
- Digital Photography
- Sell Stock Photography
- Sell Stock Photos
- iStockPhoto Affiliate Program
- Photoshop
- Image size, clarity
- Google image search, tags
- Backlinks

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

A/B testing
Affiliate Programs
Anchor Text Variability
Authorship, Authority Sites
Backlink Analysis Tools
Backlink Growth over Time
Bad Neighborhoods
Beal, Andy
Bing Search Engine
Blog Directories
Body Copy, Sales Copy
Broken Links
Browser Detection
Case Studies
CGI scripts
Claiborne, Scottie
Clickthrough Rates
Code-to-Content Ratio
Content Creation
Content Distribution
Content Indexing
Content Management Systems (CMS)
Conversion Tracking
Copywrited Content
Crawl Phase of Search Engine Indexing
Data Mining
Database Output Visualization
Deep-linking, Internal Pages
Directory Submission
Domain Name Servers (DNS)
Duplicate Content
Dynamic Sites
Dynamic Text Replacement
Error Handling, Database Errors, Server Errors
Error Pages
Exact Match Domains
Facebook Likes
Firefox SEO Tools
Flash, Mixing Flash with HTML
Form-based Navigation
Forums, Bulletin Boards
Geo Targeting, Localization
Google Analytics Tracking
Google Authorship
Google Blog Search
Google Chrome Browser
Google Search by Image Search
Google News RSS feed
Google News Search
Google PageRank
Google Plus
Google Trends
Grehan, Mike
Hagans, Andy
Headers, HTTP Headers
Headings, Headline Copy
Heiman, Stephen
High Rankings
Hosting Issues
Human Edited Directory Dmoz
HTML Compliance, Errors
HTTP Acceleration
Hubs and Authorities
IE Browser, SEO Tools and Services
Image ALT and TITLE text
Indexing Sites, How Content is Indexed
Internal Links, Menus, Breadcrumbs
IP Cloaking
IP Delivery
Jarboe, Greg
JavaScript menus
Keyword Discovery
Keyword Hierarchy
Keyword Metrics: Competition
Keyword Phrases & Modifiers
Keyword Positioning on the Page
Krug, Steve
Landing Pages, Doorways
Link Baiting
Link Building, Articles, Relevance
Link Directories
Link Farms, Link Spam
Local Search, LocalRank
Long Tail Search
Mailing Lists
Mapping Search Phrases to Content
Meta Tags
Microsoft Bing Ads
Migrating Domains
Mobile Sites
Mozilla Firefox, SEO Tools
Multiple Domain Names, Multiple Web Sites
Negative Matching
Network Optimization
Optimizing Web Pages
Organic Search
Page Layout, Tables, CSS, Page Elements, Images
Page Size, Image Size, Loading Speed
Page Title, 1 Title to a Page, 1 Page to a Topic
Parker, Roger
Parsing and Caching
Patel, Neil
Pay-Per-Click, Google Adwords Paid Search
Personalization for SEO
Phrase Matching
Press Releases
Prioritization, How Search Engines Prioritize Results
Processing of Queries
Product Listing Pages
Professional Associations
Public Domain Content
Rackham, Neil
Rand Fishkin, (Link Baiting)
Rankings, How Results are Ranked and Retrieved
Reviews, Social Impact
Rewriting Content to Improve Rank
Rich Snippets
Robots Meta Tag
RSS Feeds
Sanchez, Daniel
Sandbox Effect
Sant, Tom
Screen Size Detection
Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Conference
Search Engine Roundtable Conference
Search Engine Spiders
Search Engine Watch
Search Queries, How Queries are Processed
Search Terms, Stop Words
Seed List
Semantic Web
SEO Centro
SEO Factors
SEO Periodic Table
SEO Tools
Server Issues
Shopping Carts
Singular and Plural Terms
Site Credibility
Site Navigation, Crawlability
Site Relevancy
Site Reviews
Site Speed, Compression
Sitemaps, Robots.txt
Slade, John
Social Indicators
Sponsored Listings
Subdomains, Add-on Domains
Synonym Matching
Targeting Audiences, Headlines, Description
Testing Landing Pages
Third-party SEO Apps
Thurow, Shari
Townes, Frederick
TRAFFIC Conference
TrustRank, Hubs
Usenet Newsgroups
Website Design, Search Considerations
Whalen, Jill
Wordtracker Keyword Research
Yahoo! Search Engine
YouTube Video Search

Content & Programming Outsourcing

- Elance
- Odesk
- 99Designs
- SpeechPad
- Virtual Staff Finder
- Open Source


- 3D Animation
- Audio Files, .wav, mp3
- Flash Animation
- Java Applets
- Video Production
- ScreenFlow (for Mac users)
- Camtasia for PC
- Omnidazzle
- Bamboo Pen and Tablet
- SplashEO
- LeadPlayer
- YouTube Marketing

PPC Advertising

- Facebook Ads
- One-page Sales Site
- Text Ad Design
- YouTube Advertising

Monetization Methods

- Google Adsense
- Advertising (high traffic sites)
- Graphics vs Text Ads
- Recurring Memberships (dating sites, for example)
- User Databases, Mailing Lists
- Sales' Lead Widgets
- Sale of eBooks
- Shopping Carts
- E-Junkie
- Clickbank
- LeadPages
- Squeeze Pages
- Sales' Pages

Free Website Tools

For layout, just use one of the many free template sites found via a Google search. A live color wheel and color lab can be found at, and graphics work can be done on the Free Photoshop Trial offered by Adobe. Learn more from the Photoshop Tutor.


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