Good News Freelancers - No Coding Required for the Modern Day Web Designer

Hosting for Freelance Web Designers – Good News Freelancers – No Coding Required for the Modern Day Web Designer


Good News Freelancers – No Coding Required for the Modern Day Web Designer

Hosting for Freelance Web Designers

– In this video, I talk about the topic of ‘no more coding’ required for the modern day Web Designer. Take advantage of hosted solutions. Its accepted now. And it forces you to focus on more valuable areas of business and digital marketing.

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Good News Freelancers – No Coding Required for the Modern Day Web Designer

32 thoughts on “Hosting for Freelance Web Designers – Good News Freelancers – No Coding Required for the Modern Day Web Designer

  1. Learn HTML and CSS its so incredibly simple it doesn't take years or months to learn. Understand the basics and you can pretty much take off. That being said you need to learn the different drag and drop platforms because some clients ask for them. But if you can understand how CSS works you can take your skills to another level. You will be able to do far more than any vanilla cookie cutter website builder can do.

  2. I went from a full custom site built on WordPress to using page builders and premade layouts for all my smaller clients. All this equals to less time spent and more money in my pocket. BUT! Knowing how to code seems essential to take those pre-made components and make them look something other than a template.

  3. Hi Mike your tips and informations are really useful. Can you shed some light on taking a telephonic interview. I am a UI UX designer working in New delhi.I am looking for new jobs and some companies start with telephonic interview. it would be great if you can give some tips and tricks to nail a telephonic interview.

  4. I would disagree with this point of view, both from the perspective of it being a poor business model as a developer/designer and also providing a client with an incomplete website.

    Looking at it from the business model standpoint, the profitability in web design/development isn't the initial design fee, but the recurring fees (maintenance, marketing, hosting, etc), and by doing this you are giving one of your largest recurring fees to a 3rd party provider. It would be much smarter to host your clients sites and be able to charge them that fee. You're basically getting the design fee and then setting your client free into the world again, client retention is THE WAY to be sustainable in this industry.

    Secondly, hosted solutions like Wix, Web.com, etc are all very limited. The designs are very poor, they are responsive but they don't do it well, they are limited on what you can and can't control on the layout, the maintenance is a NIGHTMARE having to modify each page individually, and you can forget about being able to customize anything for your client, which is the one reason they called you rather than signing up for Wix themselves.

    I tackled this more in depth on my blog, but the gist here is that these services are not intended for professionals, but DIY'ers. They do nothing great, but they do everything mediocre. Here's the link if you want to read more – http://www.ajginteractive.com/blog/developer-vs-diy-services/

    Arthur Guy
    – AJG Interactive
    http://www.ajginteractive.com

  5. Hi Mike, I will agree on what you say with regards to how things have changed when it comes to doing web sites with all those already made templates and providers that make it easier to build sites for clients which also helps when it comes to time in delivering the final product but even though there are thousands ready made design I still see and feel that having coding experience helps because at times tweaks need to be done to adjust parts of those ready made template designs. Yup, today's web design medium continues to be a fast paced area but my friend having coding experience does help, I am sure you will agree , because every client will require something different but yeah it's a fun field to be in. I've been watching for videos since you have started and learn alot from you. Thanks for all your hard work and all the advice and thoughts you out there for people like me that need to hear from others doing their passion work. You are a very clever person. Keep it going bro

  6. It would be a dream! I am a webdesigner, and it always bothered me that we should learn Javascript, Bootstrap, etc, to land jobs, instead of focusing on Photoshop, layout and such. Specially in small companies, where you usually have to do a site from beginning to end.
    I want to try WordPress themes, but I have a friend, who is a very good coder and masters WordPress, that said some WP themes are very hard to customize, and he prefers to code from zero. Any advice about it? Thanks

  7. I hear you Mike and totally agree with you take….i do packaging design, plus more, I get calls from agencies, that have projects and also their clients want htm/CSS skills….lol…it's a spaghetti of odd skill sets …

  8. Thanks, Mike I've been coding for a while and this video helped me bring it home on what I need to focus on. I appreciate you taking the time to make this and I'll be watching more. I'm working on VR and AR , a-frame, and now unity created sites and didn't have a real direction on where I wanted to take it. Now I think I do.

  9. I just have to leave this comment as I think this advice might be damaging. Coding is important it’s the fundamentals, if you don’t understand your platform how can you design for it? I guarantee if you are a UX designer no company will hire you if you say that you can design on WIX etc, that is completely useless to them.

    I work in UX for a leading online retailer and daily I am needed to code for testing, recently we hired a guy onto the team that has insane coding skills but weak design skills, within a week he started too learn design skills from me and is progressing really fast. Could this happen the other way round? No. Coding takes a lot of time to learn. Now it’s at a point where this new guy can do most things I can do an more, who do you think is more valuable to the company??

    If your a freelancer and you need to get out quick client projects yes use these tools and that’s great, but every day you don’t learn your languages you are falling more and more behind. If you want to go on to work for a company then good luck!

    Yes UX design technically doesn’t involve coding you need to understand your processes more, but someone who is good at UX design is nowhere near as appealing to someone who is good at UX design AND their ability to work front end. And from my personal experience in finding jobs I have ALWAYS lost out to candidates who have more coding skills than me. A company wants someone who can tick multiple boxes not just one.

  10. if you want to work for yourself as a freelancer and work on multiple projects, learn wordpress, webflow or wix. If you want to build and scale software as a service products, learn to code.

  11. Hi ,I am just starting to learn html and css,as a career shift. My background is in Sales and I have no prior coding/programming skills. I'm the newest of the newbies in this realm. Do you suggest I just stop learning to code and instead learn digital marketing?

  12. There are so many good web pagebuilder tools out there. I recently came across one called RapidUI. Basically, it's a design to web platform that turns your PSD and Sketch files into a complete responsive website without the need to code. I haven't tried it out but it looks very promising.

  13. Wow thanks for minimizing us coders. Usually I would agree with you but in this case no. To be a well rounded website designer I feel that you at the least should invest time in understanding the code behind the template structure that you are using so that you can manipulate that code to the clients specific requirements. I have seen a lot of bad development decisions as of late even on large enterprise websites, mainly with huge photographs that embed text as photographs. The whole website was built like this!

    I know there is a press to produce but bad development decisions like these lead to a lot of problems in the end.

    Also the reoccurrence of wix and squareface in our medium really is taking down the quality of our work.

    The most frustrating thing about these platforms is that you can't take the code with you when it's time to navigate to an enterprise level server.

  14. In germany in the past two years the regular jobs increased where you have to be also (very) good at JavaScript & PHP as a webdesigner. It's hard for me to reach that necessary knowledge. But I realize its importance every time I'd like to make a simple contact form fully functional.

  15. What you said so true. Out-of-box best practice now. My earlier web dev skills I thought rare are now out-of-box solutions today. I've continued my degree education in IT and CI. Been following your vids since your first days when i started Web Dev with Fireworks at Dial up ISP – now working corporate utility in IT Project Management – still like to interject my graphic arts and video tuts into this role when I can 🙂 Thanks Mike!

  16. How can you freelance for a client and change the UI/UX/overall design of their product in the digital world if you dont know how to code? Im skeptical with this one. Most freelance jobs require you to be very well rounded. Creating custom solutions that provide great experiences requires code, no way around it unless you hire outside help. I really loved and debated in the comments your video about being a full stack designer, which i am. Ive used code in every project Ive had. If youre making $3-5k for a wix site in LA please email me, ill do it for a fraction of that price haha. No chance this is happening to anyone who has a viable product or business that needs you to create something digital for them. I wouldn't even want to work with clients that would let me charge them $5k for a wix site, they probably dont understand basic business themselves. I think this is great advice for people starting out, but no chance will you be a full time freelancer or even someone who edits WP themes without knowing ANY code. If anything freelancers probably require more code than someone who is just a designer in an organization, no? Help me out here with your thought process.

  17. In the E-Commerce website / online store world are there any hosted platforms that do not require coding? Specifically avoiding having to use / edit existing CSS code to change things like a theme's background color, background image, text color, text size outline shapes, transparency, button colors, border colors, border shapes, hover color, typography, colors for responsive version, etc…

  18. Ugh. I’ve heard such contradictory advice.
    I feel like in a competitive job market a web designer who can code is much more valuable and likely to be hired than one who can’t at all. Web developers are learning more of the design side so that some companies don’t need both a designer and developer. People are learning to be a “double threat” & being a master at both. I guess freelance would be different. Working for a small business owner who needs a quick site vs a brand like Nike per say.

  19. Thanks Mike, really calmed some of my fears about using hosted websites. your advice gives me more confidence to pursue UX/UI design even tho i was trained in school in graphic design. cheers!

  20. I think you are mostly right. Certainly for basic websites anyway. Part of the issue I've come across is in the time spent researching solutions, paying for them, integrating, or realizing it won't work; well, I'd rather just code it myself. It would probably certainly help a hands on business owner though.

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