Web design and development is still a very popular career choice for many. With practically everything being connected to the internet these days, the need for web developers has never been greater.
We’ve taken a look at all of the best web design courses, classes and resources and put them all into one place to make your life easier!
Great! Web design, as you can imagine is very close to our hearts! We’re glad it’s close to yours too.
Finding or starting a course can be really overwhelming, with a bazillion online courses, YouTube videos, PDF’s, and one-to-one training options out there, how do you know which one to pick! Fear not, we’ve scoured the search engines and listed out all of the top places to visit.
Have a think about how you’d like to learn and choose what’s right for you. Would you prefer to watch YouTube videos? Or, perhaps you’d like an interactive course which tells you where you’re going wrong? How about a beginner course? Maybe you are a graphic designer wanting to further your website design knowledge? Or you prefer distance learning?
We’ve got most bases covered, from building a website to learning HTML and CSS in 30 days!
As you would expect, prices vary depending on the type of course you choose. Face to face makes a big difference, courses with certification and more in-depth training tend to be priced higher. Fear not though, there are lots of amazing courses that cost absolutely nothing but time, we’ll get to those a bit further down!
I’ve picked out a few examples to show you the variation in pricing, there doesn’t seem to be an industry-wide pricing structure, so you’re best off looking at real reviews, testimonials and keeping it within your budget.
PLEASE NOTE: We are in no way affiliated with any service provider mentioned anywhere in this article:
We’ve scoured the web for you, searching high and wide to pick out the best courses you can find online and offline. Feel free to skip to a section that suits your needs. This list will get updated whenever we find great courses that make the cut! (Last updated on 8th January 2018)
Here’s our list of what we believe to be the best online web design courses, free and paid!
YouTube is an amazing resource which is not just full of cat videos. There’s some awesome channels, videos and communities dedicated to helping people learn how to create websites. We’ve picked out a few winners sure to get you started on the right track.
Udemy is a mammoth online learning website. Covering pretty much anything you can think of! We’re only on the hunt for web design though, and here are our top 3 Udemy web design courses in no particular order.
We go straight to the source and pick out some great websites dedicated to furthering your knowledge in web development.
Some people prefer to learn in person and to tell you the truth, that’s one of the best ways to learn! Here’s a list of classroom type courses.
We’re based in the UK, so that’s what we know best! Here’s a list of real-world web design courses that you can go and participate in!
We had to include Surrey, as it’s where our offices are based.
We’re well aware that you may not be in London or Surrey, so we’ve found this online tool which is rather good. HotCourses.com lets you search for courses near you. It’s as simple as that really. We’ve tried it in a few areas, and it seems to have most covered! You can also search for online courses too.
We hope that helps you on your way to becoming a web design superstar. Let us know in the comments below if you would like to see more specific course types such as free, certified, or even audio based and we’ll get on the hunt to update our list!
For now though, remember to keep your code lean, and fast and good luck with your training!
In order to promote your business and reach consumers that spend an entire 24 hours a week online, you need to make sure that you have a viable social media strategy in place.
By posting unique and interesting content on your social media platforms, and by actively engaging with followers, you can start to turn this into a funnel for generating leads.
In order to stay on top of your social media strategy, it’s important to have some form of social media management software to do some of the heavy lifting. Software such as this is imperative for scheduling, tracking and monitoring social media content.
At its best, social media management software can help you not only plan your content months in advance, but also remain reactive by letting you tune into ongoing news stories or trending topics.
There are a whole bunch of social media management companies out there and all of them offer roughly the same sort of package but Hootsuite is the only one that offers an actually free service (as opposed to just a free trial period).
They do try to hide it on their website though so make sure you follow this link in order to get to the right page.
The free version of this software lets you:
Of course, there’s also a number of paid-for packages that you can buy from Hootsuite that give you access to a great number of services including higher ad spend budgets, automated post scheduling and custom analytics.
But if you’re a small business looking to get started, the free version of the software should be comprehensive enough to allow you to get your social media strategy in motion.
We’ve said before that the secret to a successful lead generation strategy is to keep analysing and refining your methods. Well, website tracking software is the best way to conduct this analysis.
By digging into the analytics of your visitors’ actions, you can start to gain a better picture of why people come to your site, what they want from it, what they dislike about it and how you can improve upon their experience next time.
There are a wide variety of services that can fall into the category of website tracking software, including heatmaps, funnels, user polls, surveys, visitor recordings and more.
Basically, any kind of software that collects data about the ways in which your visitors interact with your site can be considered website tracking software.
Whereas there are a multitude of smaller software companies that focus in on just one website tracking service, Hotjar offers an array of useful tools.
Hotjar tools include:
Hotjar’s free service is able to collect data from 2000 page views a day and will give you access to up to 300 visitor recordings and 3 heatmaps, forms, funnels, polls and surveys. Unlimited users can be added to your account and Hotjar will also store your data for a full year.
While we’d normally recommend free services when possible, it’s probably worth paying for Hotjar’s Plus plan to begin with.
For just under £25 a month you can collect data from 10,000 page views a day and have unlimited services and reports. Plus there’s even a 15-day free trial for you to test out whether you like their software or not.
Lead generation doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavour.
What’s important is that you put real effort into all of your interactions with potential leads - whether that’s through educational and informative blog posts, social media interactions or even just a chat on the phone.
If you believe in your business’ ability to help its customers then all you have to do is let that shine through.
Ultimately, these tools are just there to help you meet potential leads on their level. The rest is up to you.
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