Web Design from the Ground Up

Learn web design online: Everything you need to know about XHTML and CSS, the basic building blocks of web design.
  • Lectures 38
  • Video 10 Hours
  • Skill level all level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
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Course Description

Web Design is one of the fastest growing, and best paid fields in the world today!

In this highly informative web design course, veteran web designer and developer Steven Taylor takes you through the entire process of building a complete website from scratch.

Starting with nothing but a blank page on Note Pad, Steve shows you step-by-step how to build a beautiful, fully functional website, while teaching you everything you need to know about HTML and CSS, the basic building blocks of the web.

But that's not all you will learn in this exciting online web design training: introduction to Photoshop and JavaScript are also covered, along with a complete tutorial on integrating PayPal's popular eCommerce solution into your site.

Whether you are starting a career in web design or just want to build your own website, "Web Design from the Ground Up" will give you the essential tools and information you need to create beautiful, intuitive sites using the latest web standards.


What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 38 lectures and 9.5 hours of content!
  • Introduction to HTML and XHTML including the most commonly used elements like linking,
  • Introduction to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) for working with fonts, colors, and complete layout control
  • Web Graphics and Image manipulation with an introduction to Photoshop!
  • Introduction to JavaScript with practical applications including script tags, alert boxes, form validation, and much more!
  • Domain name registration - how it works, pointing your domain to your site, best practices and much more!
  • How to put your site on the Internet, including choosing a web host, working with FTP, and much more!
  • Accessibility - make your site visible to all users!
  • Ecommerce with PayPal - setting up a shopping cart, integrating PayPal, making money with your site!

What is the target audience?

  • If you are an "absolute beginner" this course is just perfect for you. However, if you have a basic understanding of HTML and even a little CSS, this course would also be appropriate. You should have a working knowledge of computers and an interest in the Web. You do not need to have any prior "programming" knowledge or experience - just a desire to learn.

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219 pages
The acclaimed text book that accompanies the online course, "Web Design from the Ground Up."
Section 1: How the Web Works

A brief introduction to the first chapter


Our course starts off with an introduction into how the web works. You don’t need to be an IT professional to understand the basics of how information flows over the Internet, but it is important to have a solid working knowledge of the concepts. Websites contain information, and this section gives you a clear understanding of how that information gets to the users who need it.


A brief summary of the first chapter.

Section 2: Introduction to XHTML

A brief introduction to chapter 2.


What is XHTML and how is it different from plain old HTML? Why is it better? This class is vitally important because here we learn the latest markup language that drives the web, XHTML. In this part of the course we begin building our project site using XHTML and web standards laid down by the World Wide Web Consortium, an international community that develops standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. You will be amazed at the power and simplicity of this easy to use markup language!

Classes Cover:

  • Most commonly used elements
  • Linking
  • Lists
  • Tables
  • Forms
  • Much more!

A brief summary of chapter 2.

Section 3: Your First Web Site

A brief introduction to Chapter 3.


Now that we have an understanding of the basics of XHTML it is time to jump into our first real web site!

Over the next few chapters we are going to build a site for our fictitious web design business, Maui Webtronics, where potential clients will find information about our company. The new site is going to have the following features:

  • A "Home" page introducing the company and welcoming the visitor
  • An "About Us" page to display in-depth company information
  • A "Contact Us" page for contact information (no big surprise there)
  • A "Proposals" page where prospective clients can tell us about their project
  • A "Products" page where people can buy a t-shirt with our logo

A brief summary of chapter 3.

Section 4: Gotta Have Style

A brief introduction to chapter 4.


In this chapter we learn about casscading style sheets or CSS. CSS is a language that allows us to change elements such as font, text color, background, borders and the position of elements on the page. CSS was designed to keep the content of web pages separate from the presentation or layout. By using CSS you can change the way your pages look without ever having to touch your content.


A brief summary of chapter 4.

Section 5: Designing Your Layout with CSS

A brief introduction of chapter 5.


In the early days of web design CSS was used primarily to style text on the page, while other methods were used to control layout. Modern web browsers, however, all support the full capabilities of CSS, which makes it easy to create borders, backgrounds, and position items anywhere on a document.


A brief summary of chapter 5.

Section 6: Tables

A brief introduction to chapter 6.


What is a table? A table is a method of arranging data into rows and columns of cells. If you have ever looked at a calendar or used a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel then you are familiar with this concept. In this chapter we learn how to create tables with html and style them with css.


A brief summary of chapter 6.

Section 7: Working with Images

A brief introduction to chapter 7.


Though informative, relevant text is essential to any website, a picture is still worth "a thousand words." The Web would be a pretty boring place without images, which not only make your site more exciting, but also easier to use. In this chapter we will learn how to manipulate images using Adobe Photoshop, and the best practices for utilizing those images in our site.


A brief summary of chapter 7.

Section 8: Getting Input from Users

A brief introduction to chapter 8.


Anyone who has ever purchased a product, signed up for a newsletter, or created any kind of account on the Internet is familiar with forms. Forms are special web pages that collect data such as "Name", "Address", "Email", etc., and send that data to a server for processing. With forms, we create two-way communication on the Web. Every time you enter information in your Facebook account, or buy something on Ebay, or even Twitter, you are using a web form.


A brief summary of chapter 8.

Section 9: Introduction to JavaScript

A brief introduction to chapter 9.


What is JavaScript? JavaScript is an object-oriented scripting language that lets you make your pages interact with your users and respond to what they do. You can do some really amazing stuff with JavaScript, and we're going to look at the basic building blocks in this chapter.


A brief summary of chapter 9.

Section 10: Putting Your Site on the Web

A brief introduction to chapter 10.


We have our site files all ready, working well and looking good. How do we put our creation on the Internet? Before we go into the specifics of launching our site, we need to do a quick review of how the Internet works.


A brief summary of chapter 10.

Section 11: Ecommerce with PayPal

A brief introduction to chapter 11.


PayPal offers web designers and developers many different tools to accept credit cards online, and we will take a look at integrating PayPal into our project site.


A brief summary of chapter 11

Section 12: Where to Go from Here

A brief introduction of Chapter 12


You just made it through this book/course and developed your first website. What is the next step?

Section 13: Course Materials
2.36 MB

Source code and project files for Web Design from the Ground Up.

8.16 MB

Downloadable PDF version of the text book.

Instructor Biography

Steven Taylor , Web and Mobile App Developer

Steven Taylor taught himself web design before there were any formal courses in the subject. Over the last 10 years he has designed over 250 sites, and developed countless web, mobile and desktop applications. He is the co-founder and CTO of the Yoga Learning Center (www.YogaLearningCenter.com), founder and President of the media and design company SteveWare Labs (www.SteveWareLabs.com) and the author of the best selling eBook, "Web Design from the Ground Up" currently available in all major eBook sellers including Amazon and iBookstore. (The book is included in the course)

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    • Michael Pierre

    Concise and informative

    I had read HTML for Dummies, but I was still unsure of how to proceed, but Mr. Taylor explained it all step by step, clearly and for the layman programmer which I still am :)

    • Colin F

    Mediocre, Outdated

    Instructor is ok, if a bit dull. Course is outdated and based on a 7 year old pdf that isn't relevant. Not useful in the modern era of HTML5

    • J M

    good beginner course

    I liked this course. It is a good beginner course and it will help you learn html but it will not be the end of your html journey. No course will do that. You will need to continue practicing the lessons. You should practice as much as possible. I did run into problems and I reached out for help and he responded. I also liked it provided a project to complete.

    • Jim Filippi

    All the Escentials

    It starts out a little slow but gets very deep into the critical areas anyone would need to know when developing a web site. Excellent presentation. Easy to follow and clear examples.

    • Charles Reavis

    Web Design from the Ground Up is very well organized and easy to follow. It gives me a good basis for taking the other courses I intend to complete. I really like the companion text.

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Evolution of Web Design

The first-ever website. You might describe it as humble, modest, and lackluster; certainly it's a far-removed iteration of the websites seen today. But in 1993, this first website was described as something else: groundbreaking. When CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee introduced the World Wide Web, it was impossible to foresee the impact this one unassuming page of text and links would have on the future of interconnectivity as we now know it.

Over the years, web design has progressed quickly and continues to evolve. Cinematic photography, interactive multimedia, and parallax effects now offer immersive experiences that can be optimized for every screen. It's the type of technology that Tim Berners-Lee could have only dreamed of.

Many websites have come and gone since 1993. Others have managed to change with the times - take, for example, the White House. This website is the pixelated face and virtual handshake of the United States government - talk about an important first impression! It's no surprise then that the White House has stayed abreast of best practices in web design since first going "live" in 1994. Watch as over two decades of White House web design flash before your eyes:

So how exactly did we get to where we are today? Unlike our White House animation, the evolution of web design didn't happen in a matter of seconds. Rather, it developed in very distinct phases over time. Check out the infographic below to learn about the defining characteristics and features of every phase of this digital journey.