Start with HTML and CSS
Originally Posted by tlo
If you "hear of a bunch of languages" is because you need to know the very first basics of HTML and alike. w3schools can teach you the basics, and I like them because they actually _convince_ you to adopt standards, and that's a good thing, really. There are html, css, xml etc. tutorials and info on the net (google) as there are stars on the universe
Think of HTML mostly as static things, as the basic, where all other things will converge. CSS is to set up structure and looks of the site easily on one file (this is probably the main purpose), so you can change one file and change the appearance of all the pages that use the CSS file.
Much more advanced (in terms of structure required and also knowledge) there are the server side applications. They are used, for an example, to communicate the site with other things that are not web sites on nature (that is why I use those mainly). For an example, you can use databases and inter-communicate with web pages, as these beeing the "user portal" to change the data.
Sorry if I'm wrong, I'm not a professional web designer, just a curious guy. And you can do everything with the tools available, from the basic basic to the really advanced. I didn't try to cover all aspects and uses, as it would take _some_ time to, but you got the idea.
Start with HTML and CSS, that's for sure, and that's what you will use 95% of the time, on normal, "light" situations.
As a very basic example, I did the following site as a demonstration to someone in a day and also to host my guides (the coding itself and that took only minutes). It is XHTML 1.1 and CSS certified by the W3 Validator. Not beautiful, but useful. Anyway, i did it in a hurry and updated only the info since that.http://geocities.com/davidcesarino/p...ndex-enus.html
Actually, if you try to validate, it won't because Geocities put some very nasty code on the pages it hosts that won't validate even if you try as HTML 4.01 Transitional, i believe, but _my_ code _is_ xhtml 1.1.