Classes, Workshops, Tutoring and Educational Materials for Budding Web Designers

Resource Site for Open Source Software, Tutorials, Worksheets and more for students taking classes and workshops.

Hosting services:


Assisted startup

Hands-on development


Web Design Reference Materials: Planning and Research

Planning a Website:

CMS Links

Content Management Systems

CMS Demo Site Info on AB Server

Link to Wordpress Platform #1
Login #1
username: students1
Pwd: (same as old site)

Link to Wordpress Platform #2
Login #2
username: students2
Pwd: (same as old site)

Link to Wordpress Platform #3
Login #3
username: students3
Pwd: (same as old site)


OVERVIEW steps 1-4
See Worksheets and checklists

STEP 1 Goals for your website: Define what you hope to achieve with your website. See goals section
STEP 2your audience: Who are you trying to reach? Profile your desired visitor. See audience section.
STEP 3 Your competition: Who are your competitors? See competitive analysis.
STEP 4 Identify keywords : Keyword selection is critical to your online success. To show up in a search, your web site must include the right words and phrases. Start creating keyword palette. See keyword identification.

Strategy Log Worksheet. Creating a strategy for your website using planning worksheets.

Drupal vs Joomla vs WordPress Open Source CMS Comparison

Static websites vs CMS great article, explains it all well.

Color Palette (see colorpicker: or there's a nice color theme picker at )
Emphasis color:
Color for tints/backgrounds: (besides black, you should choose no more than 2 colors)

Gathering content for your website: A fabulous "template" (really a set of suggestions) complete with pre-writing questions.

Creating a Planning Document for your own website

Website Production Task List (PDF)

Creating a Timeline and Budget

We've got an app for that!

Quick Web Apps:
Notepad ++ a powerful code-based program for editing html files
IrfanView -a very fast, small, compact and innovative graphic viewer for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7.
FileZilla to put your files up on the server

Top Reference Link:
HTML Tutorials

HTML Color Chart

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