“Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.”
I remember my first steps into the world of web design like it was yesterday. Using a second rate web builder which offered limited themes, pretty much 0 control over the site and would take a lifetime to load. Ah! Good memories. In 2021 though things are completely different. Now I have my own design studio working alongside incredibly talented people in all things web design from SEO experts, to lead generation experts, professional designers and the list goes on. Now that’s all well and good but how does that help you? Well, to keep it real simple I understand what it’s like to be in your shoes and I want to offer 5 easy to follow tips that should greatly benefit you and get you on the right track to becoming a web design warrior. Remember this is for beginners so if you’ve got some experience these tips might not be for you but then again they just help, especially tip no.4. Now let’s continue!
1 – Get the right Tools
No matter the industry you’re getting into there’s only so much you can do without the correct tools. If you’re new to web design you might be looking into coding and whilst that’s the most conventional and possibly even the better option for further down the line. You can use a CMS (Control Management System) like WordPress. KGStudio builds all of its sites using WordPress, we find it incredibly practical and makes for a much smoother development process. It allows us to focus on design and the actual user experience. Whilst we do occasionally use code on our sites. They are almost always built on WordPress. And the good news is it’s 100% FREE!
Now continuing with the WordPress theme. We use the page builder Elementor which as a design-focused team has honestly been a game-changer. We can build beautiful websites quickly and with ease. This tool allows you to make all adjustments and see changes in real-time. It’s honestly ideal if you’re just getting into web design and want to improve your design skills without the need for code. The best part of this! It’s FREE! Although there is a premium version (which I use personally). It is a little pricey but you can easily justify the cost of the plugin especially if you manage to secure some clients to essentially cover the cost. If you want to learn more about Elementor click HERE to read our post dedicated to it.
Thirdly and indeed maybe most importantly is your hosting choice. Cheaper is never better! Whilst we understand you’re new to the game getting quality hosting should always be a priority especially when you’re planning on getting clients. I made the mistake of getting poor quality at the start of my web design journey and paid the price once I put clients on those plans. The website speed was incredibly slow, it would crash far too often and client emails would always take forever to come through. Since you’re new however you don’t need an ultra-premium hosting service but something more in the mid-range. I would highly recommend the service I used to use myself. Namehero! Their hosting service is both affordable and is good quality. I’ve built a good few A speed (https://gtmetrix.com/) sites using the hosting service. Feel free to go check out their services using this link.
2 – Follow Upcoming Trends
As with everything in the world of technology keeping up on trends can be difficult but is typically incredibly useful. Especially within the world of web design! Not only will it give you inspiration and motivation to really experiment with your designs and build process it’ll also give you a glimpse of what both clients and web users expect of you (depending on your niche). Plus you can always take the best parts of certain and use them for yourself (but you didn’t hear that from us)!
Here are a few sites I recommend you check out: awwwards | Behance | Dribble . Remember as a beginner you shouldn’t expect to be making such high-quality sites just yet but please use them as motivation and as a learning tool. You’ll find that as a designer deconstructing website designs will be an incredibly useful skill throughout your entire journey.
3 – Learn Basic SEO
Search Engine Optimisation might be something that you’ve heard of before. But what exactly does that mean? Well in short it means getting your website on the front of search engines like Google, Bing and the rest. If you’d like to learn more about SEO consider reading our post about it HERE.
So why should you learn basic SEO? Well frankly it’s appetizing for future clients and you should learn the basic practices so you can bring in organic traffic to your site. By providing quality content, improving your site’s performance and optimising your site for various platforms you’ll improve your chances of landing on the front pages of Google and beyond.
4 – Improve Your Communication Skills
This one should go without saying! No matter the field you’re in you should always seek to improve your communication skills and web design is no different. Very rarely will you go without communicating with others on web design projects. At the very least you’ll be speaking with your client on the project and more often than not you’ll be collaborating with other designers and developers too. I can’t emphasize this enough! Get working on your communication skills and you’ll almost instantly reap what you sow! Now for our very last tip!
5 – Fail Fast & Seek Criticism
Now depending on how new you are to the world of business, you may have heard the expression “Fail Fast”. In essence, this means go out there and experiment with as many new ideas as you can so you can fail at the ones that won’t work and succeed with those that will. It’s about actually taking action with your ideas and not letting them just fester in your head. It’s practical advice and one you can 100% take as a web designer.
Seeking criticism isn’t something a lot of people consider doing. Simply because most like to think of their work as a piece of art that is perfect. In almost all cases it isn’t perfect and you’re going to have to let your emotions out of it. Ask other designers their opinion of your work, ask friends & family their honest opinion of your work. Don’t let your ego stand in the way of improving your skillset as a designer.
Whilst becoming a web designer might be a little more work than some people expect, it isn’t outright impossible. The fact that you’ve read through this article is proof enough that you’re willing to learn and we promise you with that attitude you’ll make it in this industry. Our blog offers plenty of tricks, tips and straight-up quality advice to get you through your journey. Plus if you’re looking for an answer to something specific you can book a free consultation with us so we can discuss the best route for you to take. We hope the 5 tips in this article will hold you in good stead for the future and of course. We wish you the best of luck going forward!