If you were to ask most website owners (keep in mind that we’re not necessarily talking about professional web designers or other IT professionals here) what the best way is to learn web design, they would say that they found website design tutorials to be the most helpful resource. Like any other kind of tutorial, they are designed to take you step by step through specific tasks so that you can see just what you have to do to get from beginning to end.
A lot of people prefer using tutorials on website design rather than using a book on a specific programming language, a piece of software or taking a series of web design classes since a tutorial’s approach to instruction is a more concrete, easy to use set of information. Each step is a specific action which you can do immediately; a tutorial teaches you how to perform complex tasks by breaking them down into a series of simple tasks. With a little repetition, it’s easy to master many things (including some aspects of website design) this way.
Another advantage of using tutorials to teach yourself website design is that a tutorial gives you just what you need to know right now. You don’t have to learn everything there is to know about, say, the Perl scripting language in order to do one small job when you could read a tutorial about exactly what you need to do at the moment. It is very difficult indeed to find a situation that someone else hasn’t already run into and written a tutorial about, at least in the field of web design.
Tutorials also allow you to learn whenever you like and at your own pace, unlike traditional classroom instruction. Whether the tutorial in question is a book, an article on a website or a video, you can read, watch, or listen to the tutorial whenever you like and if you’re trying to come to grips with an especially complex or difficult task, you can take all the time you need to master each step of the process before you move on to the next.
When you’re trying to learn web design or to solve a particular problem you’ve run into along the way as you build or maintain your site, chances are that you’d like to be able to overcome whatever hurdle you’ve come across so that you can move on to the next challenge. That’s where website design tutorials really excel. Since they’re generally short and focused on a particular issue, they are a great way to not only learn how to solve problems which you can’t find a solution to on your own, but if it fits with your learning style, to learn web design in general. If you enjoy problem solving, you can always teach yourself, turning to tutorials only when you’re truly stumped.
Many of us learn best from tutorials, since they allow us to see (whether in pictures or words) exactly how it’s done – and when you’re able to see something for yourself, you’re much more likely to understand and remember what you’ve learned
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************************1. Create templates************************
Now a, a big problem that I see with business owners and like clients that hire me and, and other WordPress web designers is for every page, they’re designing like, a new page. You know, it’s like well, we need to add a new page to our website. It’s like, oh great, I gotta design a whole nother page.
Now it doesn’t work that way, you need to be creating templates and a lot of website, website themes today support a template based system. So what we do is we create a series of templates that you can now export to the rest of your pages. But it’s still important that those templates.
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First of all, and of course, you know, like you’re, you’re always, this could be your social media links up here. This could be like your phone number, or an email button.
You know, having those, always able to contact me, buttons, I think is a good idea. Up here you’ve got your navigation tabs. Now, when I first started in this, it was kind of like the thinking that you should have seven navigation tabs. I don’t agree with that anymore.
I think that you need to have like four or five, tops, and they need to be very simple. Every single one of them should be directed at converting a viewer to sale. So you don’t need one of these navigation tabs to say home. Right? Cuz typically your logo will lead you home.
You, you need it to say something like, About Us. What we offer. How to work with us. And our blog. Something like that.
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Designing a top level web page template
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I believe in side bars. Some people are doing like this whole page design, that’s okay. That’s fine. If that’s the, the intent of your site. I like side bars because it enable me to, to engage with the viewer in different ways.
Use related pages for your web design- It might be helpful to have YouTube. You know, YouTube marketing. Landing page videos. Video production. Video bumpers. You know? Maybe even a tag that says, what are you looking for? And then underneath that I have a little circle there. Which I typically use to represent a testimonial. So maybe you’ve got.
A WordPress testimonial widget right in there, where it’s, every time it’s refreshed, a new testimonial pops up, right. So you’re engaging with the viewer that way. You might even have like social media links on, experimenting with an Instagram box. We’ll see how that turns out. Let’s go to your, I’ll come up to the main page last, go to your footer.
Your footer here is a huge resource. I like to have a three or four box footer that maybe has, like, you know, a summary about us, maybe our social links and then, maybe, like, a schedule, like schedule with me, or a work with me, right. And this could be an image.
Maybe it looks like a contact box, but it’s an image, and when you click it. It will go back to that work with us page, see. And then maybe in here you’ve got something you like your blog roll. Right? So your, your latest and greatest blogs. Or maybe it’s like your most popular blogs which you know, you can, you can work that out with some plug ins.
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In your main page or top level design page, your main body, let’s go back to that. Okay, we said about 400 words. But look at how I have it structured. I have an image up at the top and then I have some text right next to it. Now underneath that I have more text.
Underneath that I have some bullet points. So basically what you have here is you’ve got, you know, everything you really need to convert that viewer. Right up here, right up there. And then you’re gonna say something like let’s dig into that a little bit more because you don’t want them necessarily moving off of your page, right?
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