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This might be naive of me to say, but I assumed what they are asking me to do would be done by a website programmer and not a graphic designer.
More like a front-end developer. Most people who have little knowledge of the web industry tend to misunderstand the role of a designer in regards to building websites. I would would recommend hacking something together in good ol' DW for now. Its going to be impossible to learn all the things a front-end developer would know in two weeks. Let alone handle both the design and client side programming.
You better watch out and make sure they aren't expecting a easy way to manage content also. If they are then your probably in a world of misery because then we begin talking about actual programming not just HTML and CSS. Which does not fall under the responsibility of the designer but back-end programmers.
Maybe its time to talk to your employer and rethink the deadline and/or expectations based on your current skill level.
However, if this site is something simple like 1-5 pages static then two weeks should be more then plenty even more someone just starting out. If they are expecting something more along the lines of a Web Application that would require dynamic features then its going to take much much much longer. Anywhere from a month to a year depending on the site requirements. Its difficult to gauge time unless you have a concise list of requirements. This something you should ultimately discuss with your employer/boss before you even begin jumping into Photoshop or coding.
I was wondering if you could give me some advice one some aspects of website designing.
My work is expecting a website from me over the next 2 weeks or so and frankly its an area where I'm very weak in.
Whenever we did this in college I wasnt that interested in it, and we almost always did website projects in groups so it ended up me not learning too much about it.
Im mainly pertaining to the coding of HTML and CSS. I'm very good in photoshop so thats not a worry, its just the coding.
When I open dreamweaver I just panic as I dont know what I'm doing, when I did website work previously I had alot of help aiding me, in this case I have none.
Someone suggested w3school.com? ...
I'd need the know the basics upwards to be honest, this is something I know I need to knock on the head, even for the sake of my own website which I'll need to do eventually.
Ouch! You just shot yourself in the foot! Trust me, you can be a photoshop master and it wouldn't help you with css/html at all because that's exactly what I used to be! Anyway, check out this tutorial. It might save your job! lol Don't even try to attempt to slice up an intricate PSD file and use this tutorial because you'll make things harder on yourself and you won't make your deadline. I suggest that you make a nice looking header in PS and use bg colors for the rest of the sections as shown.
Thanks for all the words of advice and encouragement guys...
I also dont have that many people to get critiques off. I suppose I expected to hit the ground running with this, but alas it hasn't happened.
Today I did the first draft design for the website. They told me that they liked the layout and composition, but the content wasnt correct (of course it wouldnt, they gave me nothing to go on from the start, I assumed the various aspects that would be implimented on this sort of webpage.
So..Im doing 2 more concept mock-ups , then they'll choose which one they prefer.
I know Im going to be pulling my hair out with this one, but I know that I need to learn this information if not for the sake of the job, but for the sake of my own abilily to create my own website and my new job venture I'm doing on the side.
>Thanks for all the words of advice and encouragement guys...<
You might want to consider using something like Joomla. I had dabbled in CSS and HTML for a few years. I had wanted to build my own website, and got into Joomla a few months ago. There are a lot of templates you can take and modify. Some people think it's harder to modify existing templates vs. starting from scratch. I see benefits both ways, but was able to edit one of the default templates that comes with Joomla. There are a lot of add ons for Joomla. Just a thought if you are in a time crunch.