Web Development Fundamentals

What You'll Learn

Before you start designing websites, it's best to understand the technologies that make the web work and what acronyms like HTML, FTP, and CSS mean! This workshop will introduce you to everything you need to think about BEFORE you begin designing a site. Starting right will save you hours of time and trouble later!

We'll talk about information architecture - what should go where and why. We'll discuss how to keep your site from turning into a birds' nest of folders and hard-to-decipher files. You'll learn about hosting and maintenance along with user support from the design phase up to helping your users take over a site after you've built it.

This workshop will cover:

  • FTP and why it should be the first tool in your web developer toolbox
  • HTML basics and the building blocks of a web page
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and how they control the presentation of HTML
  • Javascript and its role in user interaction
  • Flash and what role it plays in presentation, interaction, and the ups and downs of using it
  • Very general intro to server-side programming such as PHP or Ruby on Rails for dynamic pages
  • Content Management Systems vs. static sites

What to Expect

Who Should Take This

Anyone who wants to build a website but doesn't know where to begin - or even what questions to ask! You should have a sound working knowledge of either a PC or Mac.

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Instructor was entertaining and he has a lot of knowledge.Grace
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Comments For: Web Development Fundamentals

Doug Wray is incredibly insightful and knowledgeable. With his years of experience in the web development field, he was able to answer all the questions asked in class, and had a great way of connecting the dots for us.Rob on 7/26/2016
Doug was great! He is passionate about what he does and wants to make sure his students understand what he is teaching. He is funny and engaging.Laura on 4/8/2016
This was my favorite class I've taken at BDA so far and it really made me excited about entering a career in web development!Emily on 9/3/2015
The instructor was enthusiastic, in-depth and used his own work as examples this made it all topical.Jessica on 12/15/2014
Great general overivew, definitions, and examples. I definitely left having learned new things.Brandy on 12/15/2014
The class was very helpful. I wasn't sure how much depth he was going to cover each topic in but I left feeling like I could start writing basic HTML at the very least. Doug provided us with a ton of resources to get started.Caitlin on 11/18/2014
This was a great class. Douglas Wray is extremely knowledgeable about web design. His teaching is well-organized and humorous. I especially enjoy the historical perspective he brings to the topic. This is the second 3-hour class I've taken with him, and I now feel ready to get started with my own website. I look forward to playing with the web design tools he introduced. I highly recommend Doug Wray as an instructor, and the BDA classroom as a good learning environment.Anita on 10/20/2014
This class was full of great information and I feel like I have a lot to work with.Elizabeth on 8/8/2014
Find a way to make program entertaining.anonymous on 7/9/2014
Split the class in two & build a basic site from scratch to exemplify topic. Tons of good resources offered for future learning on own time.Jennifer on 7/9/2014
I enjoyed this class. It offered a lot of good resources as well for future learning on my own time.Jennifer on 7/7/2014
Loved the class and instructor!Leslie on 2/25/2014
"Explain better overview and nothing is taught specific."Mike on 2/25/2014
This class provides a great overview of web design. The instructor is very knowledgeable. The class helped me to understand how web pages function. I can't wait to dig deeper and learn more.Elizabeth on 12/1/2013
The instructor was helpful and amazing. I learned so much about web page development.Aviva on 11/27/2013
Great class, dived right in medias res which I personally appreciated a lot. Left with a smoking brain and lots of incentives to follow-up work and deepen knowledge+skills (links, tutorials, more bda classes). Doug is a great and very knowledgeable instructor.Olga on 10/9/2013
Good high-level info to help get going on further learning.Leanne on 8/13/2013
Good overview of components, tools, & resources.Caitlyn on 8/13/2013
Gave a more in-depth explanation to what I sort of knew. Instructor was great, definitely knows what he is talking about.E. Kurtis on 8/13/2013
Excellent instructor! Very helpful!Anne on 6/18/2013
Instructor was clear and concise.Sara on 6/18/2013
In-depth backbone of web design. Really gives the whole scope of web design. Instructor is fun, energetic, and knowledgeable! Brought it down to my level.Arielle on 6/18/2013
Instructor is very knowledgeable. Content was really useful and interesting. Very well-organized.Ann on 6/18/2013
I liked his examples and sharing what to do/not to do. Very knowledgeable and experienced, very helpful.Trula on 6/18/2013
Good overview of inner workings of the web. [Doug] was very approachable &moved at a good pace.Lindsay on 4/24/2013
Doug was truly on fire this evening. Mind boggling adept brilliant, gifted, and fast - He covered so much material.Nadia Eve on 4/24/2013
Good overview of info which gave me the big picture of what I need to learn.Nola on 2/27/2013
Helped me understand what I need to know for actual hands-on skills.Jane Morton on 2/27/2013
This class was very helpful, I feel prepared to move onto further classes.Chad on 2/27/2013
Great intro to web design.Electra on 2/27/2013
Great introduction to all of Fundamental of Web Design info!Tara on 2/27/2013
My brain is full! Great resources and information. Helped me know what I need to learn, a good place to begin in a more methodical way.Louie on 2/27/2013
The instructor was really good about answering questions and also staying on track.Maggie on 1/2/2013
Connected a lot of the dots.Katie on 8/29/2012
It has been a few years since I designed... This was a good refresher. (Instructor Doug Wray) was very nice and very helpful.Shad on 7/5/2012
Instructor was entertaining and he has a lot of knowledge.Grace on 7/3/2012
So concentrated! So dense with good information! Packed! I need to take this class about seven more times! (Instructor) Doug Wray is so steeped in knowledge, historical and cutting-edge, and so generous in conveying as much to us as we are capable of absorbing. His classes are truly a pleasure, always.Nadia Eve on 7/3/2012
I now understand a lot more, with enough drive to come back for more!Amy J on 5/3/2012
The instructor was super-knowledgeable and went at a great pace.Nadia Eve on 5/3/2012
Gave me a good foundation of the basics regarding web design.Laura on 5/3/2012
Now I know what I need to learn...a lot.Hunter on 3/7/2012
The workshop filled in some holes in my knowledge. The instructor was great.Marjorie on 1/4/2012
Great intro class. Great overview for a newbie. Thanks!Kira on 10/5/2011
I definitely know much more than I did prior to attending this class. The instructor was very personable and obviously knowledgeable.Laura on 10/5/2011
Instructor encouraged questions and was very knowledgeable.Scott on 6/22/2011
I now have a basic idea of what our website is comprised of. It will be helpful in my role as webmaster...this was my first class experience. Very enjoyable & helpful.Angie on 1/5/2011
The instructor was really good at making the complicated easy to understand.Leslie A. on 10/6/2010
Filled a lot of gaps in my knowledge.Mark on 3/18/2010
Lots of material covered and covered very comprehensively even for novices.Pauline on 1/6/2010

Chapters for Web Development Fundamentals

Chapter Name Start Time (HH:MM:SS)
Introduction 00:00:00
What We'll Cover 00:02:18
How the Web Works 00:03:35
Web Servers 00:14:16
Basic HTML (static and PHP-generated) Pages 00:20:34
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) 00:29:32
FTP Tools 00:39:12
FTP Workflow 00:46:34
WYSIWYG Editors (visual editors) 00:47:35
Plain Text Editors (hand coding) 00:51:59
HTML Basics 01:00:29
HTML Page Elements 01:10:18
HTML Code 01:14:13
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 01:30:01
JavaScript Basics 01:37:11
Where JavaScript "Lives" / JavaScript Frameworks 01:46:08
Flash 01:50:00
Dynamic Content 01:54:44
Information Architecture 01:56:42
Learning Resources 02:06:42
Content Management Systems (i.e.: WordPress) 02:18:13


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