September 9, 2019
Beginner’s Guide: How to learn web designing (2020)?
Well, these might be a common question “How to learn web designing with simple and easy step?” to someone like you who wants to step into the website designing.
Every other course (Be it some kinda pottery or origami or website designing), it has some technical part and some non-technical part.
And to design the best website, you need to have a perfect blend of both!
These are the simple steps that you can follow to start website designing!
I have divided the learning steps into three parts: Basics and advanced.
1. Just do it
The first step or first tip that I can advise is to DO IT. Whenever you wanted to start something, you may read several blogs, watch videos, buy a book and then do it like for 2-3 days then you stop.
I would really recommend that first of all you should be determined enough to complete it. You should ask yourself a question, do I really want to learn website design?
If it is yes, start its straightaway!
There should be no room for errors and excuses! Once you start, you should stop only when you are capable enough to design a minimum of 2 websites in 8 hours.
2. Learn technicalities
Just like every other course, website designing has also its technicalities.
There are 5 basic or I can say 5 pillars of website designing, they are:
HTML, or hypertext markup language, is a fundamental of website designing. It is the HTML is the backbone that helps you understand the structure of the website. You can learn how the button, the links, and the basic things on the website work.
Now, there will be several resources available on the web regarding website designing, many tutorials, blogs ebook, and a lot more. I would suggest you head on to W3schools.
It is one of the best web tutorials where you can learn HTML from scratch. You can see the examples, and try the programming on their online editor. By doing this, you can exactly know how a particular tag works.
Cascading style sheets (CSS) describe how elements should be rendered on screen, on paper, in speech, or on other media. It beautifies the HTML.
Putting in simple language if HTML is the skeleton, then CSS is the muscle.
As its name suggests, it defines the styling. The font color, font family, spacing, styling of button boxes, and a lot more things. CSS is solely responsible for how your website will be visible on the screen.
CSS is really a crucial part of website designing.
And to learn CSS, I would suggest you to W3 schools only.
In case you get tired of w3 schools then Code Academy is also one of the good options!
As you have seen, with HTML you have created the framework, with CSS you have enhanced the look and feel of the website.
Basically, these two tools help you to make the static website. Whereas JS makes the website dynamic.
It is used when a webpage is to be made dynamic and add special effects on pages like rollover, roll out and many types of graphics. It allows the user to interact with the website.
Bootstrap is the most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile-first projects on the web. It’s basically a combination of HTML, CSS, and JS.
You must have heard about WordPress. If you didn’t, let me tell you it is a free content management system. Using WordPress anyone can easily make websites.
You’d be surprised to know that 24% of the website worldwide are made using WordPress.
Once you are a PRO with the basics, working with WordPress will be a piece of cake for you!
F) ADD ON: Photoshop/Sketch
One of the important components of website designing is logos and graphics. For that, you can learn Photoshop. It is a software that is used to create (pixel-based) images as well as vector graphics.
One such similar software is Sketch. It is a vector-drawing tool for Mac that makes it easy to create design elements. A lot of designers are turning to Sketch to create UI elements and repeating design blocks.
So, this was all pretty much about technical stuff.
3. Research (Daily exercise)
Once you learn all these things, implementation is important. I would suggest studying any 5 websites every day. Explore the websites about anything that you like: be it food, fashion, gadgets or anything. Sort out the 5 websites. Do the inspect element of the website. (Press ctrl +U) and see how the elements on that particular website are appearing.
While learning the language, keeping these practices will help you to a great extent.
Now, you are all acquainted with the technicalities. But how to know whether how well you’re learning’s. For that, you should implement all your learning. You can consider developing a website. Adding different components as you learn.
This is how you can learn website designing in the right way.
When you get the expertise in all of the above-mentioned things, you should then focus on start learning some advanced skills on how you can promote a new website.
1. User Experience design
User experience is the key to website design.
Let me explain to you by a very straight example. Think of the website that made you fill the form or click on the subscribe button.
Now, think of that particular website, If there would be lots and lots of text and only one button or CTA at the end of the website, would you click that?
The designer has kept the CTA’s or buttons smartly which makes it more CLICKABLE. This all accounts for user experience. We as a designer have to consider this aspect very well.
The colors, the text size, the position of the button, each and everything.
It’s not the visitor who decide what wants to read, it’s the designer who develops it.
Here’s a video that will explain the term user experience in a better way.
Well, today a website without Search Engine Optimization is equivalent to not begin a website.
The main focus area of website designing is responsive web design If you want to make it SEO friendly.
Responsive design is something that your website is looking great on every platform like mobile, laptop, tablet.
Responsive design can help you in your SEO and reduce your 30% of the work.
If you learn the basics of SEO tactics, then it will help you go get a wider perspective of different elements of a website.
Learning SEO will benefit you in many ways. As you will not only be able to develop a website but you will also know how to drive traffic to that.
In a nutshell, it would be a cherry to your cake.
3. Be in the know of “TREND”
Last but not least is keeping up with the latest technology in this faculty. Change, and development is a never-ending process. In our field, there’d be N number of trends, tools being introduced every day.
To be a master at website designing, you gotta keep a check on what is in and what is not.
Depending on that, you should also adopt the latest trends in the industry and you can refer my latest article on the most popular website design topics to watch in 2020.
Start anything is not difficult but to stick on that is very difficult so my last and final advice would be to stick on what you have started.
Ultimately if you want to learn web designing or any kind of skill you have to be consistent and implementing your learning on a daily basis.
All the best for the new step you have taken towards your goals and keep crushing it with consistent.
Well, this was all about how you can start website designing from scratch and master it. If you are reading my blog and following these steps then let me know if you’re stuck anywhere and would be happy to help.