learning web design in 2019 is simpler and faster than ever that doesn’t mean it won’t take a lot of work it just means that it’s a lot easier than it used every other web design blog will tell you to do things like learn coding and programming and server management or they’ll tell you it’s too late to become a web designer and instead we should prepare to bow to our AI powered robot overlords I’m not going to tell you any of that nonsense although the jury is still out on those robot overlords instead I’m going to share a simple five-step process this process will get you prepped and ready to start your very own web design business in no that is if you actually follow the process to a team let’s start with number one pick a web designer the truth is that the barrier to entry for web designers has never been easier the web design process has been dramatically streamlined with the rise of drag and drop website builders at this point there are literally dozens of website builders available to you for the purpose of simplicity we’re going to limit our options to the 8 most commonly used website builders keep in mind that nearly all of these website builders have a free trial version so try them all out for yourself and figure out which one makes the most sense for you there are no wrong choices here it just comes down to personal preference I’ve ranked these in no particular order but I will share my personal opinion of each one as we took a long time let’s dig in first off we believe I have a soft spot in my heart there a big reason why I now have a successful web design business today how is right where you are now when I first started out on my web design journey I knew nothing about coding and programming servers and nonsense I didn’t even know anything about the fundamentals of web design things like user experience performance optimization and clear calls to action but I knew small business owners were desperate to get online fast and affordably we’ve Lee gave me the tools I needed to learn the basics of web design without worrying about all the technical stuff I used Weebly to start from zero working my way up to dozens of clients builds and hosted on their property eventually as my knowledge experience and skills improved by outgrew Weebly and transitioned to WordPress plus Elementor but if you’re a complete noob like I was Weebly is a great place to start your web design journey our second website builder is Wits Wix is easily in the top three most popular website builders they went on a commercial tear a couple of years ago but since then I’ve been rather silent probably because they’re content with the tens and millions of sites they host with regards to their products from the limited experience I have with it it works just fine my main issue with Wix is there are parent performance issues many websites have seen built with it you don’t seem to load very quickly of course that may not be an issue with Wix itself but rather the people who built it don’t blame the tool and blame the man wielding it another big concern is the fact that you can’t seem to change themes once you’ve begun building the site if you choose to change the theme it resets everything forcing you to rebuild from scratch that’s a problem for me the third website builder is Squarespace surely you already know all about these guys they’re everywhere podcasts youtubers blogs billboards TV radio in your shower wherever you are Squarespace will find you I personally find Squarespace to have a very limited and boring aesthetic with their website templates it actually drives me kind of crazy they market themselves as the be-all end-all of website builders for all types but most of the examples on their website never stray far in the hipster fashionista Instagram influencers I’ve but they do have idris elba in their corner so I’m sold the fourth website builder is Shopify if you’re doing e-commerce Shopify are the guys freedom Shopify have mastered the art of selling things everywhere and not just your website either Shopify will help your clients and sell their products on their website blog social media chat box retail stores and more and shot a fight easily integrates with the myriad of apps and platforms making things like shipping payment processing and order fulfillment and breeze you could even argue that they pioneer the entire drop shipping business thanks for the drop shipping bros and my youtube ads Shopify they also have a robust partner platform with multiple channels for web designers to build their business offer if your main clientele will be ecommerce businesses you simply cannot ignore shopping the fifth website builder is WordPress WordPress is the king of websites so much so that over 30% of all web sites are run on WordPress and for good reason WordPress can be whatever you want it to be it is a fully functional CMS with an endless array of plugins to customize your website to your exact needs that of course comes with some increased complexity but if you can master WordPress your opportunities for running a successful web design business will expand drastically in addition there are a handful of CMS plugins that make building websites with WordPress easier and more fun let’s take a look at these options our sick website builder is wordpress plus Elementor Elementor was a game changer for wordpress designers and the website industry as a whole never in my life have I seen a product that makes designing gorgeous websites so easy and so stinking fun and that’s such a ridiculously affordable price too if it’s not obvious yet WordPress plus Elementor it’s what I use to build all of my websites these days I love Elementor with everything in my being and the developers continue to make it better every month with new releases and updates and they have a free version so you have no excuse not to try it out for yourself and see what I’m talking about our seventh website builder is wordpress plus beaver builder I’ve never used beaver builder before but I hear good things about it and what I particularly love about it is that it’s tiny beaver builder is made up of three guys just doing something they love I strongly identify with that you could argue that beaver builder is the OG Elementor it was around way before and its founding principles are very similar Elementor is simply built off of Beaver build and made something better the student becomes the master our eighth and final website builder is wordpress plus digi now Divi has been around a bit longer than the rest for beaver builder in Elementor Divi popularized the idea of integrating a simpler CMS on top of WordPress but some would argue that Divi has become a bit of a dinosaur in this day and age over time and has slowly become bloated with unnecessary features and integrations however the big players always have their fair share of detractors and here’s Diddy is still one of the most popular CMS in the world so don’t write it off too quickly step number two in our process consume all of the content around that tool so you picked your go-to website builder now it’s time to learn everything and anything about blogs youtubers podcasts books courses and much more are all available for your consumption much of it for free it’s time to lock yourself in your mom’s basement and get too nerdy for a full complete list of bloggers and youtubers to follow based on each of these website builders check out the link to my blog post in the description step number three choose a web design the web design industry is ultra competitive it’s gonna be very difficult for you to stand out from the pack and carve your own piece of the pie one of the most tried and true marketing strategies is to identify a low competition web design niche then make yourself the expert of said niche it’s not enough to simply tell people that you make beautiful websites millions of web designers do the exact same thing it’s time to get those creative juices flowing when it comes to web design Nations there are basically two categories one character niches and two industry nations still confused here’s some ideas for you some ideas for character niches conclude fast affordable premium lightweight mobile simple complex minimalist animated 3d even VR and some examples of industry niches can include restaurants dentists optometrists gyms landscapers plumbers roofers surfers bloggers social media influencers startups schools accountants cleaners and on and on and from here you can reach down even further for example why stop at building websites for bloggers why not build websites for personal finance blog do you build websites for restaurants or do you build websites for Chinese restaurants websites for social media influencers or websites for Instagram influencers me Shing down will help you target ultra specific audiences and rank higher for Less competitive keywords remember it doesn’t mean you have to build websites for only this one type of client for the rest of your life niching down is just a great way to get your foot in the door and build a solid foundation from which to springboard to your next niche in the future and you can mix and match your niche as well combining character niches with industry niches to create a hyper targeted call to action is great fun here’s a few quick examples simple lightweight web design for Mexican restaurants powerful minimalist web design for tech startups mobile focus web design for yoga studios the possibilities are endless step number four practice practice practice if you picked your favorite website builder consumed all of the content you can find about that builder and chosen a specific niche for your web design business now it’s time to get to work when someone decides they want to learn how to play the guitar they don’t expect to become Jimi Hendrix overnight so why is it that so many wannabe web designers are so impatient learning web design is the exact same as learning anything else it takes time patience commitment and consistent practice fortunately it doesn’t have to take anywhere close to 10,000 hours to master web designer thanks to many of the tools and resources we looked at before one of the simplest ways to get in some good practice and possibly even make a few bucks is to use Google Maps to find web design cards here’s how you do it get on Google Maps and pull up your neighborhood then find all of the restaurants dental offices retail stores nail salons and barbershops check out their profiles in it you’ll find a link to their website or you won’t find a link at all which is even better that means they don’t even have a website if their site is garbage pull as much of the content from it as you can then rebuild it for them no I’m not kidding then once you’re done email them with a link to their brand spanking new website and ask for their feedback if they love it sell it to them by using this method you’ll be able to gain tons of valuable experience building websites for your specific niche eventually you’ll streamline your process to the point where you’ll be able to build an entire new site in just a few hours and finally step number five sell yourself as an expert of that tool this is the part most of you are gonna hate the most I know I do sales it’s one thing to have the skills and expertise but being able to convince others that you have them is an entirely different challenge I know so many skilled and experienced web designers that are struggling to find work usually it’s because they haven’t spent enough time crafting their brand story think about it there are millions of web designers for your customers to choose from why should they choose you why should they work with you what do you bring to the table who are you you might think you’re boring that you don’t have an interesting story to tell you’re not and you do telling a compelling a story and integrating it into your brand is one of the most important ways to differentiate yourself from your competition give some real thought to your brand what story do you want to here are some books to help you get started with your brand story marketing spark by Mark Evans story driven by Bernadette dois and steal like an artist by Austin Kleon I’ll link to them in description below also build that portfolio the hardest part about starting a web design business is getting those first few clients as it turns out people are rather apprehensive about hiring web designers with zero proof of their skills and abilities go figure getting web design clients when you have no portfolio will be your biggest challenge the good news is it only gets easier from here the truth is you will likely need to do some work for free or at a steep discount this takes all the risk out of hiring a brand new web designer by offering your web design services for free you accomplish six things one you stand up in the crowd because no one is offering free web design I guarantee it to you alleviate all of your clients concern and anxiety by hiring an experienced web designer three you build an awesome website that you can now add to your portfolio drawing in new future business for you gain a new relationship to add to your network for potential future referrals five you get a five star review to add to your Google Places profile and six if you don’t get a five star review you get valuable feedback on why not and improve for next time trust me there is a lot of value in all that so don’t balk too quickly at the idea of working for free in order to build up that portfolio finally take action Congrats you made it to the end which is honestly saying a lot these days recap here’s your five-step plan to the learning web design to fast 1 choose a website building to consume all of the content about that website builder 3 pick a web design piece for practice practice practice and 5 sell yourself as an expert in your niche it’s a super simple plan the rest of it just takes hard work and commitment nothing is going to happen if you spend every evening watching five hours of Netflix and refreshing your Instagram feed I don’t want to hear any excuses gay alright I’m done talking let’s get to work