Basic: How To Get Started in Web Design

Posted on May 2, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

Starting a new business can be tricky, especially if you are planning on working for yourself as a freelancer. One of the fastest growing industries at the moment is in web design – every business these days needs a good website, and as designing them is something that can be done from home, most people with a basic knowledge of computers have thought about going into design at one point or another. This means that, though there are myriad opportunities for designers, if you want to get the work you have to be a cut above the rest.

Getting Started

First, you need to make sure you have the basics. Of course a computer and an internet connection are required, but you will also need to have a pretty decent graphics card, a text editor, an FTP programme and more. As your reputation grows and you begin to be taken on by bigger and bigger companies you will need more, but to get you started those are the basics.


There are thousands of video tutorials online dedicated to teaching you how to design the best websites. My advice would be to watch several and take the best knowledge from each, without simply following one individual system. You want your work to be of a high quality, but you also want to stand out, and that won’t happen if you just follow somebody else’s strategy.

Knowledge of Coding Helps

Having at least a rudimentary knowledge of front-end code is essential, and is something you should constantly be learning and improving as your business grows. Whilst some successful web designers have little or no knowledge of HTML or CSS, it will give you an advantage and enable you to produce superior work.

Amazing Portfolio

Having an impressive, well-rounded portfolio is also a must. When you are first starting out, it is a good idea to contact some local businesses or charities. Either offer them a discounted rate, or even do a couple for free, on the proviso that you will be able to include the finished website in your portfolio. One piece of advice though – if you are working for free, don’t spend weeks contriving a huge website; a few pages of well designed content will be enough.


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Make sure you only select your very best work for your portfolio – five or six amazing websites are more impressive than twenty mediocre ones, and better alone than buried in amongst a mountain of less striking sites.

Be Social

Finally, when starting out, take full advantage of social network sites such as Twitter – these can provide invaluable advice from innumerable sources, and are a useful platform for testing out new ideas.


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Fast FWD Web Design Birmingham can offer you plenty more advice, and links to many well designed sites for inspiration.


About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.


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