- Identify the specific skills you're planning on learning.
Web development has many facets. You may choose to specialize in just one or you may dabble in most of the skills required for it. For example, are you more inclined towards web design? That in fact arguably comprises the bulk of web development. It involves layout, graphics, typefaces, CSS, and HTML, among others. Let's look at this in more detail later on. What about web management? There's also search engine optimization (to make sure that your site comes up whenever a net surfer types in the proper key words), directing traffic to your site, and web content development. The key here is to be specific and to try to learn specific skills one at a time, so you'd have more a more organized search.
- Search the net for free tutorials.
Thankfully, there's an abundance of these free tutorials. For web design, for example, you may opt to key in terms such as HTML and CSS - these are codes that would let you program (although some computer programmers would say these are not programs; let's just use this word loosely) how each web page would look. Remember, designing each page is not like a word document where you just paste in the pictures that you would like your readers to see. You have to speak in codes that the computer would understand.
- Subscribe to relevant e-zines, newsletters and magazines.
Invest time and effort into learning about your craft. Take advantage of each opportunity to do this. Find out new techniques and strategies that enable you to further hone your web development skills; it pays to always be updated and in the know. You may also choose to join online forums so you can widen your network of connections; remember, these are people with the same interest as, and presumably, a higher level of experience than you, who would be more than happy to give you their insights for free.
It doesn't hurt to look into courses that your local college might offer. If you think the investment in your education would pay off, definitely it's a boost to your resume, then go ahead and enroll in the particular course that appeals to you.
- Be more exposed to the net and be observant.
Don't be a passive net surfer; closely look at professional websites with a students' eye. Look at the headers, how the content is arranged, the animation, if it has any, and the download speed. The key here is to be observant so you get to study final products and see if you get your own ideas from them.
As with learning any skill, perseverance, determination and good old common sense go a long, long way. Good luck!