Getting Started on ThemeForest and Web Design/Development in General.

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boulevard47
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Hi good people,

I’m really interested in learning how to design and develop web sites/themes, I’m a complete noob, and I don’t know anything that’s related to web. However I do want to mention that I’m good with my Photoshop and Illustrator, say about 90% fluent with PS, and about 60% with Illustrator. Can some one show me a learning curve, what do I have to learn in order to create themes and websites in general? How much time/dedication does it require? I’m really interested in starting at the very bottom basics. I am passionate on creating and selling themes on ThemeForest. Please help me.

I’m sorry if a similar topic has been discussed before, if so, please link me there.

Thanks a lot! :)

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Here’s a great way to get started: http://courses.tutsplus.com/courses/30-days-to-learn-html-css

HTML / CSS is your first journey.

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ThemeProvince
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Remember the people who make the real money here have years of experience but good luck nonetheless :)

“How much time/dedication does it require?”

Its a full time job.

“Can some one show me a learning curve, what do I have to learn in order to create themes and websites in general?”

You need to learn 5 programming languages and be able to design themes to a professional and modern standard without copying other work.

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Remember the people who make the real money here have years of experience but good luck nonetheless :)

“How much time/dedication does it require?”

Its a full time job.

“Can some one show me a learning curve, what do I have to learn in order to create themes and websites in general?”

You need to learn 5 programming languages and be able to design themes to a professional and modern standard without copying other work.

Of course ThemeProvince, I’m not looking for a quick and dirty way to earn money, I understand that good things take time. :) 5 Programming languages? Those are?

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boulevard47
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Here’s a great way to get started: http://courses.tutsplus.com/courses/30-days-to-learn-html-css HTML / CSS is your first journey.

Thanks a lot simonswiss. That looks like a great place to start. :) I’m jumping right in.

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I wrote a Blog Post on that topic recently. (yes, this is a link to my website, I hope it will not be considered as a self promotion)
Hopefully, you will find it helpful :)

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Here’s a great way to get started: http://courses.tutsplus.com/courses/30-days-to-learn-html-css HTML / CSS is your first journey.
Thanks a lot simonswiss. That looks like a great place to start. :) I’m jumping right in.

Jeffrey Way is a wonderful teacher.

Once you are comfortable with HTML / CSS, you can start tacking either:

- jQuery / Javascript if you want to be a front-end developer (not really CMS like WordPress)

- PHP if you want to go the WordPress way.

Then you will need to start learning WP’s APIs, template tags etc via the codex, mostly. VERY time consuming.

Good luck!

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boulevard47
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Here’s a great way to get started: http://courses.tutsplus.com/courses/30-days-to-learn-html-css HTML / CSS is your first journey.
Thanks a lot simonswiss. That looks like a great place to start. :) I’m jumping right in.

Jeffrey Way is a wonderful teacher.

Once you are comfortable with HTML / CSS, you can start tacking either:

- jQuery / Javascript if you want to be a front-end developer (not really CMS like WordPress)

- PHP if you want to go the WordPress way.

Then you will need to start learning WP’s APIs, template tags etc via the codex, mostly. VERY time consuming.

Good luck!

:) Thanks a lot! Looks like a hard journey. Say, 2 years to start making fairly good websites?

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boulevard47
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I wrote a Blog Post on that topic recently. (yes, this is a link to my website, I hope it will not be considered as a self promotion)
Hopefully, you will find it helpful :)

Joomfx, nice! I don’t see it as self-promotion. :P It’s a very concise list for a beginner like me. This should get me started hopefully. Quoting from your post:

“Few years ago, when I decided to try my luck in the Web Design & Development Industry I knew almost nothing about coding. But I was determined to learn all this cool stuff and I was also very curious how the websites are built and how they actually operate.”

Sounds very much like me right now. :) Thanks a lot.

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:) Thanks a lot! Looks like a hard journey. Say, 2 years to start making fairly good websites?

2 years sounds about right :)

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