Learning web design is simpler and faster than ever

Learning web design is simpler and faster than ever. That doesn’t mean it won’t take a lot of work. It just means that it’s a lot simpler than it used to be.

Every other web design blog will tell you to do things like learn coding, programming, web development and server management. That you need to take a web design course in order to learn web design properly.

Instead, I am going to share a simple 5-step process with you. This process will get you prepped to become a web designer or even start your own web design business in no time at all.

Weebly

I have a soft spot in my heart for Weebly. They’re a big reason why I now have a successful web design business today.

I was right where you are now when I first started out on my web design journey. I knew nothing about web development, coding, programming, servers and all that stuff.

I didn’t even know anything about the fundamentals of web design. Things like user experience, performance optimization, graphic design and clear calls to action were foreign to me.

But I knew small business owners were desperate to get a website fast and affordably.

Weebly gave me the tools I needed to learn the basics of web design without worrying about all of the technical stuff. I used Weebly to start from zero, working my way up to dozens of clients built and hosted on their platform.

Eventually, as my knowledge, experience and skills improved, I outgrew Weebly and transitioned to WordPress + Elementor.

But if you’re a complete newb like I was, Weebly is a great place to start your web design journey. Their user interface is by far the simplest and easiest to use.

Wix

Wix is easily in the top 3 most popular website builders. They went on a commercial tear a couple of years ago, but since then have been rather silent. (probably because they were content with the tens of millions of sites they host)

With regards to their product, from the limited experience I have with it, it works just fine.

My main issue with Wix is their apparent performance issues. Many websites I’ve seen built with it don’t seem to load very quickly.

Of course, that may not be an issue with Wix itself, but rather the people who built it. Don’t blame the tool, blame the man wielding it, as they say.

Another big concern is the fact that you can’t seem to change themes once you’ve begun building the site. If you choose to change the theme, it resets everything, forcing you to rebuild from scratch. That’s a problem for me.

  • Consume ALL of the content around that tool

So you’ve picked your go-to website builder. Now, it’s time to learn everything and anything about it.

  • Web design blogs, Web design YouTubers, web design podcasts, web design books, and much more are all available for your consumption. Much of it for free.

It’s time to lock yourself in your mom’s basement and get to nerding.

Weebly Blogs And YouTubers

Here are some resources to get you started with Weebly:

Wix Blogs And YouTubers

Here are some resources to get you started with Wix:

Squarespace Blogs And Youtubers

Here are some resources to get you started with Squarespace:

Choose a web design niche

The web design industry is ultra-competitive. It’s gonna be very difficult for you to stand out from the pack and carve your own piece of the pie.

One of the most tried-and-true marketing strategies is to identify a low-competition web design niche, then make yourself the expert of said niche.

It’s not enough to simply tell people that you make beautiful websites. Millions of web designers do the exact same thing.

   Practice, practice, practice

You’ve picked your favorite website builder, consumed all of the content you could find about that builder, and chosen a specific niche for your web design business.

Now, it’s time to get to work.

When someone decides they want to learn how to play the guitar, they don’t expect to become Jimi Hendrix overnight.

So why is that so many wannabe web designers are so impatient?

Learning web design is the exact same as learning anything else. It takes time, patience, commitment and consistent practice.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to take anywhere close to 10,000 hours or hundreds of dollars in web design courses to learn web design. Thanks to many of the tools and resources we looked at before.

One of the simplest ways to get in some good practice, and possibly even make a few bucks, is to use Google Maps to find website clients.

  1. Get on Google Maps and pull up your neighborhood. Then find all of the restaurants, dental offices, retail stores, nail salons, and barbershops and check out their profiles.
  2. In it, you will find a link to their website. (Or you won’t find a link at all, which is even better. That means they don’t even have a website!)
  3. If their site is garbage, pull as much of the content from it as you can, then rebuild it for them. No, I’m not kidding.
  4. Then, once you’re done, email them with a link to their brand-spanking-new website, and ask for their feedback.
  5. If they love it, sell it to them.

By using this method, you’ll be able to gain tons of valuable experience building websites for your specific niche.

Eventually, you’ll streamline your process to the point where you’ll be able to build an entire new site in just a few hours.

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