If you’re anything like I was before I learned web design, you might be overwhelmed at the idea of building a website. So many moving parts, so much code, so many headaches…
Whenever anyone talked to me about web design I would think back to the scene from the Matrix where Neo speaks with Cypher about the code of the matrix.
Neo: Do you always look at it encoded?
Cypher: Well, you have to… You get used to it. I don’t even see the code. All I see is blonde, brunette, redhead…
Staring at a black screen with cryptic letters I have to somehow learn how to translate?
No thank you!
Thankfully, web design is nothing like that at all.
In fact, it’s actually not that hard to learn if you are willing to put in the time and effort to do so.
I can tell you firsthand that I have very little coding experience and yet I have built dozens of websites and made a killing thanks to my expertise as a web designer.
If you have no experience building websites and are looking to get into web design, then here are some helpful tips on how to do so quickly.
Build Your First Website Using WordPress
If you’re thinking about getting into web design, then I suggest building your first website using WordPress.
WordPress is one of the best content management systems around and is super easy to pick up.
As a freelance web designer, I’ve built all of my websites in WordPress and wouldn’t even think of using another CMS.
To create your first website, all you need to do is buy a domain, a hosting server, and install WordPress in the cPanel area.
In my opinion, the best way to learn anything is by doing, so if you haven’t played around with WordPress yet then I recommend doing that before reading any more articles.
Create Projects for Yourself
I learned how to build websites by creating website projects that had specific purposes for me.
My first ever website was a fan site for the show Pretty Little Liars.
The show was extremely popular at the time, so I wanted to make an affiliate website that advertised PLL merchandise.
While the site did make me a few dollars, it didn’t take off like I wanted it to – and that’s OK.
I learned a lot through this experience, including how to install themes, plugins, and make edits to things like CSS files and header.php files.
Plan out what kind of website you want to build, whether it be an affiliate website or a blog, and get to work creating it.
Having a project in mind rather than arbitrarily building website will help you focus and finish what you start.
As you finish your projects, you’ll be able to look back and see how much you’ve learned along the way!
Block Out Time Each Week to Learn
Got an hour or so each day to spare?
You might not think you do, but in reality, we all have at least an hour or two to spare to spend time intentionally learning something.
Rather than spending time watching YouTube videos mindlessly in bed, why not spend an hour playing around with WordPress?
When I first got started building websites, I spent a good couple of hours each day on my websites.
I took breaks not nearly as often as I should have, but I don’t regret it now since I have so many logged hours to work off of at this point.
If you really can’t find time each day to spend on building websites, just use a good chunk of your day off.
Sure, it’s your day off, but how successful you are is determined by how much time you’re willing to put in.
Read Tons of Articles
In between the time you spend building websites, spend time reading articles from reputable sources on things like WordPress, web design best practices, SEO, etc.
I’ve also read plenty of one-off articles I’ve found from Google that answers my questions.
As I mentioned, the best way for you to learn anything is by doing, so while reading articles is great don’t let it steal time away from taking action.
I’ve learned an incredible amount of web design and SEO knowledge from YouTube.
If you’re trying to figure out how to do something web design related, it’s a lot easier watching a video explaining it rather than reading an article.
Just don’t get sidetracked by cat videos – it’s happened to me too many times to count!
Use Free Coding Websites
Sites like Codecademy are truly a godsend when it comes to learning HTML and CSS.
While it’s not completely necessary to know HTML and CSS to build sites with WordPress (particularly if you’re wanting to build websites for local businesses), it can save you a lot of headaches having some basic knowledge on these two topics.
I recommend going through Codecademy’s free HTML and CSS courses just to wet your pallet, then try to learn on your own.
Even if you have no experience as a web designer, there are still several ways to easily get started in the industry.
While you won’t be working for a Fortune 500 company as a web designer or building websites for local businesses overnight, you can certainly start building your own websites right now!
If you invest the time and effort needed to succeed, there’s no doubt you can become a web designer.