Whether you're looking to learn more about VCU-specific resources or web design and development in general, these resources should point you in the right direction. Are we missing something that you'd like to see added? Email us!
- A List Apart
- W3Schools Online Web Tutorials
- Webmonkey: the Web Developers Resource
- World Wide Web Consortium
- Designing with Web Standards by Jeffrey Zeldman & Ethan Marcotte - A classic among web design books
- Web Developer toolbar: One of the most useful browser-based tools for web development
- Google Page Speed: A Firefox/Firebug plugin from Google that evaluates website performance and provides suggestions for improvement
- HiSoftware Cynthia Says: Test your site for web accessibility compliance
- Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
- Accessibility Guide at Penn State
- WebAIM: Introduction to Web Accessibility
- 456 Berea Street - Accessibility blog
- Colour Contrast Check: Useful for checking the amount of contrast between foreground and background colors
- Vischeck: View your site through color-blind eyes.
- Building Accessible Websites by Joe Clark
- One of the fundamental books about web accessibility
- Let's make the web faster (from Google)
- Web Page Analyzer: This tool will analyze your site and let you know where your speed issues may lie.
- Website Optimization: Speed, Search Engine & Conversion Rate Secrets by Andrew King
- An extremely useful resource for website optimization
- useit.com: Jakob Nielsen on Usability and Web Design: Jakob Nielsen is one of the earliest and most vocal advocates of web usability. (Disregard the terrible design of the site; the content is good.)
- Usability.gov Federal resources on usability
- User Interface Engineering Features great content in their blog and articles
- Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
- The quintessential book on web usability.
Mobile Development Resources
- W3C: Mobile Web Best Practices Provides a good overview of best practices for developing for mobile devices.
- W3C MobileOK Checker Provides a helpful overview of potential issues with your mobile website
- mobiReady A useful tool for testing your site for mobile-readiness - provides more comprehensive feedback than the above W3C checker
- Designing for the Mobile Web A quick overview of the basics for developing mobile websites
- Mobile Usability Helpful look at the usability issues inherent with mobile devices
- Mobile Web Design by Cameron Moll
Though it's now a few years old, this book covers a lot of the basic information well.