Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stuck and Need Help? Google is Your Friend.

We all get stuck when it comes to creating webpages, whether it’s related to programming, or something isn’t working quite right. That’s when you turn to Google. There is an abundant supply of resources online just waiting for you to find them.

The W3C has an extensive website with resources on every programming language out there (web-based anyway). Whether you need help understanding HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP or ASP, their website can help you out. They break down every element of the code, tell you what it does and gives you examples of how to use it. Some of the pages even have a section where you can test it for yourself in real time. It’s a great resource if you’re just learning or don’t understand a certain component of any type of code.

Message boards are beyond helpful when it comes to troubleshooting. One that I keep going back to when I need help is DaniWeb. They have categories beyond programming, such as Internet Marketing and Business Exchange. You can search for your problem and see the answers people have come up with for similar issues. It might help you realize what you did wrong, or what you can do to fix it. You can also Google your issue and other message boards will come up. One thing to note about message boards - sometimes you need to check the date on when the issue was solved to make sure it’s still relevant to you. You might come across a posted that sounds like it will work, but then see that it was dated 5 years ago and is in the wrong version of what you’re working on. StackOverflow is another message board that tends to turn up a lot of helpful answers. This message board also covers just about every topic imaginable.

Other websites can also help you with developing your own site. Say you go to a website that has a feature you really like. You can right click on the page and select “View Source” and you can see ALL of the code for that page! You can find what you want and copy/paste the code into your site. You may have to make some modifications to get it working, but it’s a good way to learn code and get some cool features on your website.

Google in general is a good resource for troubleshooting. Just type in your question and you are supplied with pages of potential answers. Just make sure you sift through them to get what you want or need.

If you have any questions, ask away in the comments!

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