Practical Guide to Web Development
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Practical Guide to Web Development

Get a Full Understanding of the Web Development Process and Technologies Used on the Internet Today
4.3 (15 ratings)
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Created by Bob Creigh
Last updated 4/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn Web Design Process
  • Learn About User Interface and User Experience
  • Learn Critical Design Concepts
  • Learn about Website Security
  • Learn about Key Development Technologies
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Want to really understand Web Development but don't know where to start. are you overwhelmed by technical buzz words such as NodeJs and JQuery? 

You probably know the end result you want: To understand the whole enchilada of Web Development.

The Web development arena is vast and it is ever growing. There is no way for any one person to know it all. There is one critical skill and that is a practical understanding of the whole space. It doesn't matter if you are a designer, a content author or perhaps someone that has been tasked to bring the whole thing together. With the knowledge you get from this course, you will have an understanding of all the major areas of Web development and the highly important touch points.

I start you off with some of the key concepts of successful web design. Some of these are often overlooked such as the development lifecycle and Search engine optimization. Others you may know something about but are not sure how it impacts the success of your site. The first section of this course gives you the foundation you need to get your site off the ground

Next, I go over web security and how it has become a major topic of discussion and concern for anyone involved with Internet technologies.

The last section goes over all of the technologies that make up websites and applications. By the end of this course, you will know what each of the technologies are and what they do. This course does not intend to teach you how to write or use any of these but instead gives you enough understanding about each to know where you want to focus your learning next.

This course is all about understanding. Once you have that the rest is up to you. Do you want to learn to code it yourself or farm that work out to someone else. You will have the skills to make that decision and be well on your way to becoming a first class developer.

Who is the target audience?
  • Web Designers Wanting to Understand the Full Development Lifecycle
  • Anyone who wants to understand Web Development Concepts and Technologies
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 38 Lectures Collapse All 38 Lectures 02:05:55
1 Lecture 02:33
Key Concepts
19 Lectures 01:02:03

A Complete description of all the steps necessary in the development lifecycle to ensure a successful website.

Preview 04:51

A quick overview of User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) and what they mean to our customers.

Preview 02:35

A good overview of what the User Interface is and how it impacts a website and it's users.

Understanding User Interface

A good overview of what User Experience is and how important it is to the success of our site.

Understanding User Experience

How we can test our User Interface.

UI Testing

An overview of User Experience testing and why it is not as simple of a task as User Interface testing.

UX Testing

What the 3-Click rule is and why it doesn't matter any more.

3-Click Rule

A discussion on why a consistent look and feel is so important to your users.


A discussion on how simpler is better and how it can make your site look more professional.


A discussion on what Flat Design is and how it is taking over much of the latest content.

Flat Design

An overview of what Landing Pages are and when to use them.

Landing Pages

A very basic understanding of this human interaction principal and how it can improve your conversion rate.

Eye Movement Patterns

An overview of some of the most common design missteps and how to avoid them.

Common Design Mistakes

What Search Engine Optimization is and how it can impact your search results ranking or how high up on the search results page.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

A discussion on how colors can attract or distract your users on your site.


A quick overview of how to use Web Fonts and how they can help and hurt your interface.


An overview of the Mobile First concept and why it is so important today.

Mobile First

A discussion of the Responsive Web Design principal and why it is taking over design in today's web.

Responsive Web Design

A quick overview of wireframing and how it can make our first design mock-up process faster.

Web Security
4 Lectures 15:35

A quick overview of what the Web Security section coverers.

Preview 01:49

A discussion on some key Web Security Fundamentals and why they matter to us as designers.

Security Fundamentals

The importance of protecting personal information and a pointed discussion on whether it should be collected or not.

Personal Information Collection

An overview of some common vulnerabilities and how to mitigate them.

Key Technologies
14 Lectures 45:44

A quick overview of what will be covered in the Key Technology section.

Preview 01:06

A description of HTML and how it is used on the Web.


A description of CSS and how it is used on the Web.


A description of JavaScript and how it is used on the Web.


A description of XML and how it is used on the Web.


A description of AJAX and how it is used on the Web.


A description of CSS Frameworks and how they are used on the Web.

CSS Frameworks

A description of JavaScript Frameworks and how they are used on the Web.

JavaScript Frameworks

A description of Content Management Systems and how they are used on the Web.

Content Management Systems

A description of Web Templates and how they are used on the Web.


A description of PHP and how it is used on the Web.


A description of Ruby On Rails and how it is used on the Web.

Ruby On Rails

A description of NodeJS and how it is used on the Web.


A description of Web Databases and how they are used on the Web.

About the Instructor
Bob Creigh
4.2 Average rating
45 Reviews
3,634 Students
3 Courses
Web Developer, Designer, Photographer and IT Professional

I have been a full time IT professional for the last 30 years, a Web Developer for 20 years and part time Photography professional for the last 10 years. I currently manage a 10,000 sqft data center and continue to develop Web applications and sites. I currently shoot portraits and studio work but I have also shot wildlife and landscapes as well as real estate photos. I have also done software development on both the desktop and on mobile platforms.

I have taught IT courses at the college level and have been a training leader throughout my career. I have a passion for learning as well as passing on my knowledge to others.