Web design in simple words means if you want to build a house then your architect makes a layout or plan of your house first. That layout places Bedrooms, Halls, Kitchen(s), W/B, Doors, Windows etc. Also, it mentions where is your house from all other surrounding properties etc. Then going further you may select a color scheme for your rooms or for outside.
Part 1 – Web Design
Website design is also same. A website designer will create a Plan of your site like Home Page, Product, Services, About Us, Contact Us and other pages per your need.
Then he will take one page at a time and will place the Page Building blocks as below which is called Layout,
Header – (needs to placed on right side of page or left, or top)
Logo ( Logo on header or slider images or static)
Body ( Body part below slider or static images and content)
Side Bar ( if at all you want it on site)
Footer ( Footer with socket or just a footer and content)
The information on the distance between these elements may be given or web developer has to infer it from it.
Part 2 – Web Design
Similarly web designer will design other pages as well. Web designer has to come up with Typography which is nothing but what font family will be used for H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, Body Text etc. This includes if it is bold, normal, or italics.
Also, main thing would be color combination of your website otherwise website will be horrible and ugly. So, color of Logo, Images used on site, Menu color, Image colors, Body text. And overall content on website should match to each other.
Web designer will provide you with color pallet and most probably PSD, PNG, PDF, Sketch (Mac) files. Which Web Developer can slice using Photoshop or Sketch etc. And use it for further development. So once a formal layout is ready then Web Designer uses HTML tags, CSS, Colors to make the layout as designed. This is called Front End Development, or Web Design. The output of this process will be HTML files, CSS files, may be PHP files etc.
Once all of this is ready then a Web Developer takes over and develops website using all of above.
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Part 3 – Web Design
Now, you can make money with web designing. It is an awesome career if someone asks me. Me too is a web designer/developer. Since you don’t know programming it might be slightly difficult but not impossible. With discipline & dedication you can achieve anything.
Now there are various ways which you can use to make money with web designing.
- You can approach nearby shopkeepers or business owners in your locality and offer them a website for cheap rates lets say 5000–6000. The rates are low because you are a newbie in this field and to make a portfolio some clients are necessarily needed.
- You can offer web designing services at freelancing on websites Freelancer – Hire & Find Jobs , Upwork, the world’s largest online workplace Or you can create a gig at Get Everything You Need Starting at $5 – Fiverr
- After you got a strong grip over web design you can start your own web design company and can be on the path of entrepreneurship.
- You can offer custom business cards, logo design services.
- You can start your own blog on a particular topic/niche on which you have good knowledge and can place ads on your blog to earn money.
Also join some affiliate programmes and sell their products on your blog to earn commissions. This is one of the best methods to earn money online. Some affiliate programmes you can join are ClickBank , CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction) , amazon affiliate programme.
These are some of the ways by which you can make money using web design. It will help you.