Finding a Good Web Designer

Everyone wants a nice, professional looking website, and by hiring a really good web designer, you could get a great site which functions perfectly for you!

Begin searching online for local web design companies. You could expand your search to country wide if you aren’t fussed about them being nearby!  Take a look at a few of the companies which pop up in your search and read about them.  If you find yourself attracted to any particular sites, this is a good sign – you probably like their web design style!

Read up on any package information, if the company supplies web design packages.  Some companies offer more than others as part of their web design services.  Some might include SEO, others may not.  It is worth comparing what different companies offer!

Be cautious of any designers who offer “per page” design.  They should be expected to quote for a whole site, rather than a fee per page.  This can work out very expensive in the long run.

Check up on who would own the intellectual property of this site – you should be given ownership of your site so you can update/modify it without having to trace the original designer every time you wish to add something!

Learning to Be a Professional Web Designer

Web designers and developers are often highly sought after, and their career is often very well paid!  It is not that easy to become a web designer or developer though; there are lots of skills and knowledge to be gained beforehand.  Here are some of the steps involved in becoming a designer.

One of the first things you can do to begin learning web design is take a look at a broad range of sites and make a note of how they are laid out, what sort of effects are used and how menus are laid out.  This research will help you to create your own ideas later.

Having the right tools at your disposal is important – a good way to learn about graphics on websites is through using programmes like Adobe Illustrator.  Many web designers sketch out their ideas using vector graphics programmes such as this!

There are a range of skills you would need to become a web designer, including:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Bootstrap

There are a whole range of websites which offer online learning in these skills, so you can learn them at your own pace and in your own time.