How to Learn Web Designing

So, you have come to a crossroad in your life.  Perhaps you are tired of the usual nine to five business hours where you leave home and trudge through your day working for someone else, and you’re ready for a change.  Or, perhaps you’ve started your own business.  It could be a small brick and mortar specialty shop.  Whatever you specialize in, you’ve decided you need a website; but, you don’t know any web designers, or you can’t afford to hire one, so what do you do?

Well, you could learn to be a web designer yourself.  Sounds difficult doesn’t it?  Well, it can be.  There are just so many things to learn, and the industry itself is always changing.  The change comes with every new technological breakthrough in electronic media.  So, let’s take a look at the basics.

Web design is more than just post pretty pictures of things on a website.  While a website should be attractive to look at, it should also be about marketing your product to the potential customers. People like to be interactive with the seller, to ask questions, to pay on line, to be able to understand their policies regarding returns, and other basic principles associated with buying and selling of products.

Another important aspect of web design is the branding of the goods you wish to sell.  It is putting a ‘face’ or name to your product.  It’s making your product stand out from the rest of the thousands of similar items out there.  While it sounds simple, it’s not.  The complexity is in the simplicity, as most people try to overdo, and they lose the essence of the product in the chaos.

Your website will also need to generate traffic.  People may visit your site, but do they buy?  If they don’t visit, then what is missing?  How can you get your website noticed?

A website should be accessible and usable.  In other words, people will not use a web site if it is too complicated, hard to navigate or simply does not work.

So yes, there is a lot to learn about web designing.  It is enough to make one’s head spin just reading the above topics.  Plus, there’s plenty more to learn; like, copywriting, graphic design and production.  So, what is a beginner to do?

Research.  It’s that plain and simple.  Start on the internet.  Look at blogs and tutorials on web design.  There are plenty of them out there on the internet.  Live seminars, sometimes for a fee, are also available.  Check with the local business association to see if any are scheduled nearby. There are books, e-books, DVD’s and other resources you can order or download.

Next, you may want to consider attending a local community college or workshop on how to build effective websites.  The cost of these forums can be relatively low compared to what companies can charge.  Besides, there is the satisfaction of doing your own web designing from the get go.

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