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GCMW 115

WordPress - Web Pages

2 Units - WordPress is a content management and blogging software utility that has become extremely popular, because it allows individuals who don’t know much about Web design to maintain a Web site. WordPress is freely available and extremely easy to use. It’s flexible and it has great support among Web hosts and the developer community.  There are many users and many free add-ins available. Beginners can use it to create and maintain a complete Web site, as well as to maintain a blog very quickly and easily.

Web design professionals are often called upon to setup and to customize WordPress sites for clients. It’s important for both professionals and users to know how to setup and optimize WordPress sites so that their sites can have the features and design that they desire..........More about GCMW 115

GCMW 102

Dreamweaver - Page Layout for the Internet I - Online Class:

4 Units - In GCMW 102 you will learn the basics of Web design: how to create your pages, how to optimize your graphics for use on your pages and how to upload them to a server so that they will be available for everyone to see. We will use the state-of-art Web Design tool used most often by Professionals, Adobe Dreamweaver. For our graphics we will use Adobe Fireworks, a program that is part of the same Adobe suite and that was created just for the needs of Web designers. In addition we will cover such topics as how to create interactive Web forms, how to find a host, how to register a domain name, and how to get your site listed in the search engines. There is no prerequisite for this class.......More about GCMW 102

GCMW 202

Page Layout for the Internet 2 - Online Class:

4 Units - In GCMW 202 we will continue learning about how to create pages for the Internet. This class will cover some of the advanced capabilities of Dreamweaver. It will also concentrate heavily on learning how to use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets effectively, as well as on some of the newer developments in HTML and CSS.......More about GCMW 202

GCMW 112

Web Design for Mobile Devices

2 Units - In GCMW 112 we will learn to create Web pages that look good and function well on mobile device screens, as well as the larger screens of computers.......More about GCMW 112

GCMW 220/221

CSS - Designing for Web Standards and Best Practices for Web Design:

4 Units - GCMW 220 and 221 will be taught as one class, with two tracks. There will be a beginning track and an advanced track. The beginning track will focus on the basics of good CSS design and layout for the Web. The advanced track will focus on the newer and more advanced features of CSS, and will also learn to design your own layout for a WordPress site. Students may register for either class and all students will have the option of taking either the beginning or the advanced track.........More about GCMW 220/221

GCMW 217

Shopping Cart - Online Store Design - Online Class:

4 Units - In this class, we will explore the wide variety of shopping cart options available for selling online and the factors that will help you determine which solution to choose. We'll have hands-on practice in setting up a few sample stores and examine ways to drive customers to your online store. Some of the topics discussed will be cart design, site usability, shopping cart location, payment options, shipping options, managing the store, and marketing the site.. .......More about GCMW 217

GCMW 216-226

Dreamweaver - Web Database Design Online Class:

4 Units - More and more, cutting edge Web sites are using databases to accept input from their visitors or to supply the content for their pages. When Web pages can draw their content from databases, it simplifies and speeds up both their creation and their maintenance. It can also greatly improve the usefulness of the site and reduce the number of pages to maintain, since the same page can be used to display any of the records in the database. Common uses for databases are to supply product catalogues and shopping carts, accept customer input or conference registrations, provide the content for press releases or articles, and supply lists of events, people, resources and more. Databases are also used to provide password protection for pages that are not open to the public.

Until Dreamweaver added it's database capabilities, it was necessary to learn to program in ASP, PHP or some other server-side language that could communicate between the Web page and the database. Now however, you can use Dreamweaver to write the server side code for you in a variety of server-side languages. In GC 216, you will learn to use Dreamweaver to make your Web page communicate with a database. You'll also learn some database basics and how to set up administrative pages that allow site owners to update their own content by filling in simple Web forms. These are necessary skills for today's Web designers.

Students often repeat the class, taking it first to learn the basics, and then again to strengthen their understanding of Dreamweaver's database capabilities and to work on more advanced projects. Students will no longer be able to repeat classes at Palomar, so, if you have completed GCMW 216 already, you should register for GCMW 226.... More about GCMW 216 and 226

GCMW 232

Web Accessibility Design Online Class:

1 Unit - Gain insight into what visitors experience on the Web due to individual physical and cognitive differences. Develop and maintain sites that are engaging, while communicating your message to visitors with disabilities. This course is a MUST for anyone involved with the administration or development of Web sites to the public (such as schools or government institutions and organizations). Administrators and developers will take home new skills and information. Anyone responsible for commercial sites will also gain tools that will target a larger potential customer base by including disabled visitors........More about GCMW 232