Are you eager to learn web design so you can make a new blog or setup a web page for your business? Everyone should have a good and respectable website to showcase their business or blog. I have worked hard to build my website and others. These are some tips to get you started learning all you can about web design.
Go To College
You can go to college to learn how to do web design. If you have the time you should take a few relatable courses. I recommend taking some courses in a few programming languages (The most basic ones are HTML, CSS, Java, and PHP).
There are too many different languages to name, but you should make sure you at least have a basic foundation and know what you want to do. You can use the time in the classroom to master your craft. Make sure you ask plenty of questions while you have an instructor.
Once you get into the real world you will have to prove yourself if you want to make this a career. Don’t just do enough to pass, do enough to excel.
Take a Web Design Course Online
You may want to take some web design courses online. College is not an option for everyone. You may not have the time or money to go to college. Luckily, there are courses all over the internet that you can take online and learn all you can. Some courses you do have to pay for. This option is still cheaper than college.
The biggest benefit of taking an online paid course is that it’s at your pace. You have someone available to answer your questions and help you have a strong understanding of web design.
There are some free courses out there that are some great options as well. I have taken a few at Codecademy and I would recommend it. The only downside to free courses is there is usually less support than the paid courses. If you are trying to save money this a good option to learn web design.
Do Some Research
You have an unlimited source of information on the internet to take advantage of. The best way to be successful is to do lots of research. You will need to build a habit of doing research because web design is constantly changing.
I learned a lot of information about web design from simple google searches. You can use this to learn as much as you can and also to sharpen your skills when you are stuck and need some information.
When you are googling you may find a couple of blogs from other web designers. Follow other web designer’s blogs and learn all you can from the pros. If you leave the bloggers feedback they will usually be happy to answer your questions and help you.
Be active in a Facebook group or online community that has other web designers. It is hard to do web design with no direction or support system. To maximize your learning experience, network with other web designers and learn all you can. You know what they say?
Surround yourself around like minded people.
If you surround yourself around great web designers, you will become one.
Watch YouTube Videos
YouTube has a how-to-video for anything you can think of. If you are like me, you learn better from seeing something done than just reading about it. I have discovered that watching YouTube really filled in some gaps for me.
When I did a course and research, YouTube helped me understand things more clearly. I would not try to learn web design from YouTube videos alone, but I would use it to supplement the other resources you use.
Practice, Practice, Practice
You have to practice in order to be good at web design. This is the most important thing you have to understand. You will learn this by doing it. The information you read and the videos you watch won’t be enough without practice.
The more you practice the more you discover new challenges. This will help you retain everything you learn and this will make you more of an expert. When you practice and make mistakes it will make you better at trouble shooting.
You can make a test site on your computer to practice. I recommend downloading notepad++ to write your code for very basic websites. If you want something a little more advanced you can download WAMP for Windows and MAMP for Mac. When I practice with these tools, I look at other professional websites and see if I can copy them on my test server.
You can ask a friend or associate if you can build a website for them for free or exchange of a service they can offer you. If you get lucky someone will pay you to practice building them a website. Just make sure you are upfront and honest about your level of skill. You don’t want to build a reputation of being dishonest.
Learning web design won’t happen overnight and it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. Make sure you stay focused and try to be the best web designer you can be. Your hard work will pay off if you stay consistent. I’ve had many sleepless nights because I was determined to finish a project or learn something new. I can honestly tell you all the hard work is worth it. Even if you don’t want to be a professional designer, everyone should have a website and it would be great to be able to do it yourself.