My Proven Process for Building Beautiful Websites (In Plain English)
Being an amazing graphic designer, check. 👌
Totally rocking design tools and creative vision, check. 😎
Harnessing your design superpowers and designing awesome websites… *crickets* 🦗🦗🦗
Believe it or not, you’ve already got the foundations in place to be a rockstar website creator and add another valuable skill to your toolkit.
You can do this even if you have no idea how websites work or even if you consider yourself a bit of a technophobe.
If you’re an awesome graphic designer who feels like building websites is waaaaaay over your skill set, allow me to show you how it’s well within your reach.
Here is my proven process, the complete roadmap if you will, for designing websites without a developer. By a graphic designer, for graphic designers and minus all the tech lingo.
Go From Graphic Designer to Web Dev Superstar in No Time with these 9 Steps!
Here’s a quick breakdown…
1. The Goals
Every design project starts with a clear outline of the goals and website projects are no different. Make sure these are clearly defined from the start.
2. The Goods
Once goals are clear, outline your site and start gathering the content and materials needed to bring it to life.
3. The Style
Define the style of your site and create a style guide to determine the essentials like colour scheme, fonts and images.
4. The Foundations
Set up solid software foundations for your site. Yes, you’ll need to switch on your techy brains for this step but it’s much easier than you think!
5. The Tools
Getting the right setup of your WordPress website is important. Think of it the same way you do when you set up and modify your fave design tools to help get your creative flow going.
6. The Secret Weapon
Setting up the right theme/page builder will be your ultimate secret weapon that’ll turn you into a web dev ninja in no time!
7. The Build
With the help of your secret weapon, you’ll be at pedal-to-the-metal web dev speed sooner than you think. At this point, the keys are in the ignition and your fuel tank is topped up. Time to hit the accelerator!
8. The Fitout
Time to crack your creative knuckles and have a blast designing the look and feel of each page on the site. Design and build on the fly. It’s as easy as that!
9. The Tune-Up
Last, but not least, make sure you have all your i’s dotted & t’s crossed. Check the site and also keep in mind logistics like security and speed.
Keen to dive deeper into my process? Discover exactly what I do in each step as well as the tools, themes and plugins I use and why.
About the author
Hi! I'm Emma. I’m a graphic designer turned web designer on a mission to teach others how to build beautiful & professional websites with WordPress. Through mentoring and my online courses I teach other graphic designers and entrepreneurs how to build their own websites using my 9-step process. In my spare time I love writing about my freelance life, creating pretty things and hanging out with my fiancé & fur-babies. Find me on Insta & in my Facebook Group