Here are a few questions that you might have about web design, as well as their respective answers.

So, you think you want to be a web designer. What’s the first thing to do?

Well, as boring as it may sound, the first thing you need to do is to read a lot and to research a lot. Reading into the basics such as HTML, CSS, and PHP. You see, while there will be those who will tell you that you can very well skip this part and move on to the video tutorials, you’ll end up understanding the process better if you learn to be patient with the basic stuff.

How important is creativity for website designers?

Creativity plays a very important role in web design. By creativity is meant the capacity to see things in a new light, and to create or portray them that way, even in terms of design. The way you envision your design actually reveals the depth of your capacity to get creative with your design. Needless to say, creativity does not have to mean that you can just carelessly place irresponsible stuff that spark your imagination. Pay attention to the need to make everything hang together.

How does one get inspiration for web design?

As a designer, it’s your job to make sure that everything in the design hangs together, which means you will need a regular dose of inspiration for it. This is especially true when you’re still starting out and you don’t know what to do. Stand on the shoulders of champions, work like those who have come before you and have succeeded.

You’d like to sell some stuff on your website; what should you consider?

In that case, you might want to consider turning your website into a store. Or at the very least, you will need to think about (and figure out) how you’re going to make those products available for your clients to purchase. Some people prefer having a store with a hosting service, the more popular of which are Amazon, Cafepress, and Society6.

What is CMS?

CMS stands for Content Management System. A CMS basically helps you out in giving you several templates from which you can choose, in the area of website design. A popular example is WordPress. While WordPress isn’t the only one, it might actually be a good place to start.

What is the top concern if you want to hire a web designer instead?

Well, you must look out mainly for track record, which means you have to look into the portfolio and other performance indicators of the company or the person. Check if what they have done so far matches your need and your preferences.