Hi there! My name is Denise and I decided to focus my blog, denisejones.me, on topics centered around building and coding websites, as well as creating graphic designs for your site.Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s a lot of information that will help you build a successful website.
Other attributes of building a website will be covered, such as Web Promotion and Monetization, but there are three main areas that I will focus on: Website Design, Website Development, and Graphics Design. Here’s a breakdown of each section when you subscribe.
There are many website templates out there that provide basic layouts of a site so you can immediately use it for your own purposes. Using a template that hundreds of people have used, makes it difficult for you to stand out from the rest of the crowd. When you subscribe to my site, you’ll see various examples on how to create the layout and design of a website, allowing you to be unique. You can look forward to the following:
- How to layout the look of your site
- Create your own navigation design
- How to add specific designs to all 5 sections of a site
- Design an attractive Contact Form
- and more
In each website design tutorial, I’ll be using Photoshop and Illustrator to create the layouts because these are the tools I use and am very comfortable using them. You may have your own specific program and as long as you follow the steps I provide, you can achieve the same results.
Here are two examples of what I’ve created:
After spending hours creating the layout of your site or a few minutes downloading a template, you’ll now need to make it a functional website. To do that, you’ll need to learn Web Development which requires some scripting languages that will transform the website design into an a website viewed on the Internet. These languages include:
- HTML (code to organize your website content)
- CSS (code to make the content stand out – bold, italicize, color, etc.)
- PHP (code that runs “behind the scenes” – contact form submission, search results, etc.)
Whether I’m creating a website or a blog (there is a difference between the two), I use Dreamweaver to type my code and check for errors. Which ever web development software you have, the coding practices I provide will work the same. Take a look at some of the code I’ve written for my one page website Red Moon Creations and see how it affects the layout of a page:
HTML Source Code for Red Moon Creations
HTML Website of Red Moon Creations
CSS Code for Red Moon Creations
I have to be honest. I’ve never been formally trained in Graphic Design. My training lies in coding (which I really love!) but I decided some time ago that it would be beneficial to my marketability if I were attuned to the graphic design world.
Graphic Design and Website Design are different entities in that one is for print (graphic) and other is for the Internet (website). That means the tactics used to create the finish product will be different. When you subscribe to my blog, you’ll learn how to make designs for:
- and more
My go to tools for making graphic work are Photoshop and Illustrator but as mentioned in the website design section, the tool you’re currently using should produce similar results as you follow along in the tutorials.
Here are two examples I’ve created:
As I mentioned earlier, my name is Denise Jones and I became a lover of computer programming after taking my first computer course in high school. I earned my Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked as a computer programmer/unit tester for varying agencies.
After working in this field for a few years, I decided to go back to school to learn multimedia at the International Academy of Design and Technology. From there, I became an educator teaching students how to code websites, create animations, and learn how to stage, record, and edit film for 6 years.
Currently, my goal is to merge the gap between web development and design by providing detailed tutorials explaining how to perform basic and essential tasks to build a website and demonstrate the steps needed to promote it once completed.
If you’re interested in learning how to build a website for your passion, subscribe to my blog below and be informed of the latest posts. Thank you for reading my about me page!