Can you recommend a good online course for web design and SEO?

Andrea M September 26, 2012
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I work from home building and designing a couple of websites for a business I run with a friend. I would like to learn more about web design and management and especially more about SEO. We have been approached by a variety of businesses offering to do these things for us for a price, but ultimately I think it would be better to learn it for myself.

Because of my circumstances it would need to be an online course that I can do from home. And preferably one that is not too technical in nature, but more geared towards laymen if poss.

Many thanks.

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  1. Tech Nech
    January 21, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Check: http://www.lynda.com
    They have some very good and easy to understand series of tutorials.

  2. Gopal Shinde
    November 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

    w3school.com

    Always for any kind of web Development Tutorials !!

  3. karthik chandrappa
    November 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    By looking at your question I assume that you have working knowledge of HTML , CSS , PHP and others and looking for an insight into Design and Other aspects of site.
    In that case Head First Web Design from O'Reilly Media might be of help
    http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596520311.do

  4. mohit kumar
    October 29, 2012 at 3:46 am

    teamtreehouse.com is a good one.

  5. Bishal Mahat
    October 17, 2012 at 11:07 am

    w3school.com is the best

  6. dhanunjayarao chunduri
    October 17, 2012 at 1:42 am
  7. Pwince Khan
    October 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

    There are many websites for tutorials to learn from.you can search google for courses.. or simply search youtube/dailymotion for a particular topic.

  8. Vipul Bansal
    October 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

    For Web Designing you should definitlely visit http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/
    They have a lot about it in their store with lots of tutorials and workshops.
    For SEO SEOMOZ is the best. However, you can also visit http://www.seocentro.com/tools/seo-tools.html

  9. kalai
    October 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    u can use of this site http://www.about.com

    will resolve ur doubts

  10. Alex Downs
    October 7, 2012 at 4:12 am

    TheNewBoston is a good site with various tutorials. HMTL, CSS, Java, etc.

  11. Michael Lyons
    September 29, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    You tube has some very good tutorial on web design and seo, I use the tube to get tutorials from anything from Photoshop to Dreamweaver and especially web design.

  12. Jake Ford
    September 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Andrea! There are lots of seo and web design tutorials online. Like, SEOmoz.com, searchengineland.com and etc. They provide an in depth knowledge about seo so you better check their website. Or you can visit this website http://www.aranzamendezdesign.com/our-work/seo

  13. Marcus Taylor
    September 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

    On SEO, Google will find you but your site may be sandboxed for up to 18 months, you can submit your site to plenty of other search engines yourself for free.

  14. Marcus Taylor
    September 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

    The best way to design a website is to just get your hands dirty and have a go. Make sure you get decent web hosting as I made the mistake of choosing the first company I came across (123 reg) and lost my whole site after a few months, they didn't want to know. I currently use Hostgator who have been great for the last year, I've wrecked my sites a couple of times and they always help when needed. I'm sure there are other great hosts out there, do your research.
    I've experimented with about 3 building platforms and found WordPress to be generally the easiest and most flexible to get started with. If you go down this route Weaver is a good flexible theme.

    The most important thing of all is good written content, if you don't have that you will get nowhere and your designs will be wasted. Start simple, gradually add and change things as the site develops. Your ideas of a good site and what you want your site to do will constantly change as your skills increase and the content develops.

    You will have to regularly add new content to your site if you want to keep people coming back. Blog about the projects that you are doing or have planned for your business, someone will be interested. The days where you could knock up a couple of well presented pages and expect traffic to flood in are gone.

  15. salim benhouhou
    September 27, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    here is a good course of webdesign called " 30 Days to Your First Website Design " at :

    https://tutsplus.com/course/30-days-to-your-first-web-site-design/

  16. Rob Hindle
    September 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    As regards SEO - commercial SEOs come in two varieties: affordable but if not actually dishonest then certainly pretty useless or expensive and not necessarily much better. I've not used an SEO myself but I've been involved in monitoring the effectiveness for some guys who did sign up. One, a company with a product designed specifically for the UK market and not shipping overseas, had a year one cost of £25,000 for SEO. The SEO made a very few minor tweaks to the web site. As the SEO had promised, traffic to the web site doubled - customer happy. But there was NO increase in sales - customer seriously unhappy. That's when I got involved. Analysed the before and after logs. All the new visits were from India. The implication was that the SEO had bought clicks (yes there's a market, you can buy all sorts of stuff, facebook likes, twitter followers, website visits or for a higher fee website actions - charges depend on what you want but not much, maybe $100 for 10,000 facebook likes). Second guy paid a lot less (I think £600 setup and £50 a month, 1 year minimum). Again only very minor changes to the website then a "didn't we do well" report from the SEO: "You now have 12 search results in the first 10 pages on Google" before they had 2 on page 1 and 1 on page 2. Those were unchanged, the additional 9 were spread across pages 3-10, which isn't such a great result. Again the effect on sales was zero. Don't believe the snake-oil salesmen. Best just try to follow Google's advice: support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35769 Don't get too obsessive about any particular aspect, they use over 200 factors to evaluate a page's significance and each factor is made up of loads of smaller indicators. Rather than try to get a perfect score on one of those 200 better aim to get a reasonable score on lots of them - one small problem being that Google don't tell us what they all are, however the link above does tell you about some especially if you read between the lines a bit.

  17. HLJonnalagadda
    September 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Also check Google Adwords documentation at adwords.google.com to get an idea on how Google indexes keywords. Also check out Webmaster Academy from Google, the information in there is very easy to understand: http://support.google.com/webmasters.

  18. Ahmed Khalil
    September 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    check the official site of wordpress

    • April Eum
      October 8, 2012 at 2:58 am

      wordpress is for beginner/intermediate. if that's what you're looking for then i would agree.

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