3 online resources to start learning web design today

 

 

There are several reasons why it might be a good idea for you to start learning how to design a website. If you own a company having a strong online presence is often crucial for the success of your business. I needed to learn some of the basics to keep my blog up and running. It also ensured that I knew how to give it the professional appearance you’ve come to know. Web design is also a profitable business that is only growing, and if a career in this industry interests you then there are a few things that you’ll need to know.

 

While I don’t pretend to be an expert when it comes to web design, I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to research. After trying out several online sites and quickly learning that many of them are pretty useless, I did find three resources that gave me the basic skills I needed for my website. While I probably won’t be writing major code anytime soon or building a website from scratch, I did manage to learn enough to design what I needed. Here are the three online resources that I found particularly helpful when I wanted to learn web design.

 

Tuts+

One of the best aspects about this online resource is that it is free. There are well over 20,000 tutorials for you to take advantage of, including some that go beyond the basics of coding. If you have the time and patience to work your way through all of the tutorials by the time you are finished you might have learned enough to become a “webmaster”. Most of the basic information that I picked up came from browsing through this impressive resource. They also offer learning plans for a fee, but I haven’t had any experience with these.

 

Codecademy

While there is a small fee associated with this online resource, I found that the information I received was well worth the small price. It covers every aspect of coding from the basic up to advanced, and with over 25 million online users worldwide I think that this site does live up to its stellar reputation.

 

Dev.Opera

This site is also free for users, and it is filled with great articles and tutorials. It is a great resource if you are just getting started in web design or are looking to expand your existing skills and knowledge. It covers almost every topic that you can think of, including a few that you might not even know that you need. I still visit it whenever I run into a problem.

 

You can also find your online resources just by entering the keywords “learn web design” into your favorite search engine. If you find any that are especially useful, I hope that you will feel free to share it with me in the comment section below.

 

 

How to cook perfect Ratatouille

 

 

Since my move to Provence, France I have started trying to cook some of the local dishes, with varying degrees of success. While I’ve had plenty of interesting failures and a few that were just scary, one dish that I have managed to perfect is Ratatouille.

 

The best way to describe this dish is as a “comfort food”. It is warm, filling and reminds most native Frenchmen of home. What chicken soup and macaroni and cheese is to Americans, ratatouille is to the French. In the time that I have live here I’ve found several recipes, but the one that is my favorite is also one of the easiest. If you want to learn how to cook perfect ratatouille I suggest you follow this simple recipe.

 

 

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need, and it is important to use all of them or the overall flavor of the dish will be off.

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups small diced yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups medium diced eggplant with the skin on
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup diced green bell peppers
  • 1 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1 cup diced zucchini squash
  • 1 cup diced yellow squash
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

 

After you assembled the ingredients you will also need a large 12” saucepan. Place the pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. When it is hot stir in the onions and garlic. Once they are lightly caramelized it is time to add the eggplant and thyme. After letting the eggplant soften and cook for 5 minutes, the peppers, squash and zucchini should go in the pan. Once another 5 minutes has passed toss in the tomatoes, parsley, basil, salt and pepper. This should be allow to cook for an additional 5 minutes, and then serve the ratatouille hot to your guests.

This recipe only takes about 25 minutes to cook and requires even less prep time. Not only is it easy to make, you’ll also have enough ratatouille for up to 6 generous servings. Who knew that cooking perfect ratatouille could be so easy. This might be one of the reasons why the French consider this simple and delicious dish one of their favorite comfort foods. I’ve also learned that the ingredients can change slightly, depending on the region. If you have a favorite ratatouille recipe that you would like to share, I would love to read it. I’m always looking for new dishes to cook in the kitchen.