I went on a simple website design course for a couple months where I learnt the basics of web design. Its here I got into Adobe Dreamweaver (a front end visual web page builder).
My first functioning website was called veggiegrow. After the course a client from my parent's business got me into building websites, he provided web hosting and helped me get on my way in the web creation world. I built a few sites which still to this day are online.
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By learning from scratch I dove deep and learnt lots about meta tags, CSS rules, html validation, design limitations, coding from a blank page. I'm so thankful I went this way as it taught me so much.
I can inspect any element of a webpage to understand what is going on - check the colours used, the height of an element, the transition effect.
95% of the websites I made were for local businesses, so I needed to develop SEO - Search Engine Optimisation skills pretty quick. The main goal for these sites was to get their business found, attract enquiries and ultimately bring in business.
Research, developing relationships with local businesses, optimising keywords, tracking statistics, promoting websites, creating engaging content through text and interactive elements. All these had to be taken into account.