Are you considering learning web design in 2021? Ignore the sceptics; it’s hard but not as hard as they make it look. It’s one of the skills you can learn fast and advance in no time.
There are tons of web designers out there who learned web design and made a career in six months. Unlike some other skills, it is way easier to learn and grow in, as long as you are “committed”. Hence, the key in learning web design fast in 2021 is commitment.
Asides that, you have to know what kind of web designer you want to be. There are two pathways to becoming a web designer; the next few lines covers them.
PATHWAYS TO BECOMING A WEB DESIGNER
2. Use a design platform
If you want to be that designer who delights in writing code to design an entire website, this is the pathway for you. While most people run away from this, some follow this path and design outstanding and remarkable websites for themselves and their clients.
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is a markup language that helps set the structure of web pages. It’s like the skeleton of the web page.
CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) helps to style the web page to make it presentable. It is technology is used to create the look of the website. CSS is sometimes, used in creating stunning web animations that make your website look cooler.
2. Use a Design Platform
There are hundreds of design platforms out there that eases you off the stress of writing the code for your web design. They are tens of authentic drag and drop page builders that you can use on these design platforms. Our recommendation for design platforms CMS are WordPress, Weebly, Wix, Shopify, and Squarespace.
These platforms takes the stress of writing code off your hands. With simple drag and drop technology, your page can be designed and set up within few minutes, literally. Well, that’s a big step for web designers. While sometimes writing the code for a page design is inevitable, page-builders and pre-made customizable designs do the work 90% of the time. How amazing!
So if you’re a bit of a scaredy-cat when it comes to writing code, this is your pathway.
Lets now go on to see the STEPS TO LEARNING WEB DESIGN (using the second pathway).
STEPS TO LEARNING WEB DESIGN
1. Pick a Design Platform.
Seeing that there are so many options to choose from, we recommend the following: WordPress, Weebly, Wix, Shopify or Squarespace.
We advise that you try each of them out and see what works best for you. But for the case of this article we will go with WordPress. It allows a large number of options for page customization. Plus, it also allows various useful plugins that enhance the design and capabilities of your website.
Still on the topic of Plugins, the drag and drop plugin we recommend is Elementor. It is a great tool when it comes to designing pages on WordPress. It’s drag and drop technology allows you to decide the structure of your web pages, the features, animations, text customization and a ton of other stuff. There seems to be no limits as to what Elementor can do.
2. Educate yourself about that tool.
You don’t expect to create stunning websites when you don’t know the basics of your tool. Immerse yourself in content that had to do with the tools you choose.
Learn the ins and outs of the tool and learn it’s limitations (if there are). Look up some stuff that other designers have done.
Jump straight to practising with your chosen tool. It is a great way to kick yourself out of interest in web design and start web designing.
3. Choose an area of specialization.
You would agree that gynaecologists and surgeons don’t do the same things, but they’re both called doctors. When it comes to web design, it is also a good idea to choose an area of specialization (a niche).
The page structure for different niches are different. Shopping sites look way different from a service company’s site, therefore require someone who is already into the field to create something outstanding and be at the spotlight.
Since page structure differs according to the niche, it is advisable to pick one or two categories to specialize.
You’ve picked a tool, you’ve studied, you learnt. Jump into action and practice.
Until you can honestly and confidently tell yourself that you’re an expert, you shouldn’t stop practising. And even when you become an expert, practice is twice as important.
Remember “Commitment”? Here is where you need it. The more you practice, the more your skills improve.
We hope you become an excellent web designer!