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Aug 20, 2009, 08:45 #1
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Training/education for a web entrepreneur? Tips?
I've been involved in web development and design for just over 10 years now - half of that time being employed and the other half being self-employed. I really enjoy being self employed but I feel like my skills are limited and outdated and I'd like to improve them before I jump back into that world again. The problem is, I'm not sure which skills I should work on first and how I should go about doing that. I originally picked up a book to learn HTML and took some formal Photoshop classes many years ago. The rest of my skills have been a trial-by-fire sort of experience. I'm naturally artistic and design comes easier to me than others I suppose. But I've never really had any formal "web design" or "scripting/coding" training.
My goals are to keep building sites that provide income (not to get rich - though wouldn't that be nice?!?!). I don't see myself being a contract web developer/designer outside of side jobs, but I'm sure any improvements I make to my skills will always keep this option open to me for side business. The problem I keep running into is that my skills aren't strong enough to allow me to take my ideas on paper and turn them into fully functioning websites. I envision continuing to work with platforms like Joomla, Wordpress, vBulletin, and other PHP-based scripts as starting points and modifying them to get to the final product, which is a site that includes stock built-in features (like user registration), giving me the ability to spend most of my development time on the custom features and functionality that I can't achieve through free plug-ins and add-ons. I'd like to be able to write my own custom plug-ins and add-ons and be able to look at these scripts and understand how they function to better write those plug-ins.
With that said, I have picked up a few books but am having a hard time forcing myself to learn PHP/MySQL from a book. I tend to like the Visual Quickguide Pro books (from Peachpit Press) and the Sitepoint books. I'm finding that I'm more of a visual learner though and that a structured training course might help me learn faster. I've recently taken an online web course for an Adobe product and found that it was pretty helpful. But I'm hesitant to go out and take a college course knowing how generalized they typically are. I don't like wasting time learning about things I have no use for.
Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated. I've never considered myself a natural programmer, but I love creating things, and creating websites has been pretty fulfilling so far. I just feel like I need some advice from some professionals who have the skills I need to learn to be successful at what I'm trying to do.
Aug 23, 2009, 15:02 #2
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I guess perhaps the smooth, at-your-own-pace structured training course is your preferred style of learning then? There aren't many courses that I know of locally but online there is always the O'REILLY School of Technology.
- Client-Side Programming Certificate
- PHP/SQL Programming Certificate
They can help along with the reading from the books you have. It's slightly touchy for me to help, you don't want to go into a career with this but you want to know about it, so I don't know what path would be best. But by the sounds of it, what I've suggested should help, hopefully lol.
Also, my take on the being lazy part is just needing the motivation to do it. I wouldn't say you're lazy but I don't know you personally either. Get motivated to carry on with your learning and I'll be expecting to be reading about you in a few years, having created some awesome Website making tonnes of cash .