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What’s the difference between a Parallax and a Photo row background?

This question has been plaguing people for centuries. Back in 551 BC, the great Chinese philosopher Confucius once asked a group of meditating monks “What’s the difference between a Parallax and a Photo row background?”… and the answer they gave him has been passed down for centuries. It’s been kept and only allowed to be…

Behind The Code Show: Robby McCullough

About This Episode Robby McCullough (@robbymccullough) is one of the three co-founders of the best WordPress website builder named Beaver Builder (@BeaverBuilder) – which is the ONLY WordPress theme / framework / page builder that the Web Designers Academy recommends. For the last few years the entire Beaver Builder team has learned a lot about…

Watch as we brutally kill two WP themes

It’s only 15 seconds, but you gotta watch this video… it felt soooooo good. Clicking the Delete button on those two themes felt like a breath of fresh air. No longer will I have to deal with HUNDREDS of design options in Dynamik Website Builder. No longer will I have to install a plugin to…

We redesigned the entire WDA site (and added a bunch of new stuff)

We just redesigned the entire site… (and added a bunch of new stuff too) December 12th, 2016 I know, I know… we’ve been quiet for a few weeks… but there is a really great reason! We’ve taken the time to completely re-designed the entire WDA website (using an amazing new product that we’ll talk about…

The Always Up-to-Date Guide to The Best Free Stock Photos & Videos

The Always Up-to-Date Guide to The Best Free Stock Photos & Videos In the past, if you wanted to have gorgeous photos or videos for your web project you had two choices: hire a photographer/videographer OR buy crazy expensive stock photos/videos.  Both options requires you to spend some money… however there is now a third…

Behind The Code Show: Shane Walton

“Build a team of talented people which will allow you to focus on what you do best.” ~ Shane Walton Shane is an entrepreneur, marketing genius, lover of hats and overall amazing guy.  He and his wife own Green Vine Marketing which is a Denver, Colorado based digital marketing firm that they have been operating for…

How to easily recreate the slick PayPal design (in about 10 minutes)

From their humble beginning helping eBay sellers unload rare Beanie Babies to spunky stay at home moms, PayPal has changed the way everyone buys and sells things online. Back in the nineties PayPal went against the common understanding that banks control your money.  They gave normal people like you and me some serious buying (and selling) power.…

How to Sell Products From A WordPress Site WITHOUT Creating an Online Store

Retail store owners dream to sell their goods online. Every small business retail store owner I’ve ever met, eventually, bitches about the same certain things in regards to operating a physical retail store. Customers are being rude, waking up early to open the store, have to go to the bank and get enough ones fives and tens, employees stealing from…

Homepages We Love: The Newton (by CloudMagic) Homepage

It makes me happy when I stumble upon a website that understands good design… and the CloudMagic people really get it. This post has nothing to do with the Newton email product itself, but it has everything to do with the design of its new homepage which can be found here). Before I tell you why I…

Save BIG This Month Only: Announcing The September Savings Event

10/1/2016 UPDATE: Offer extended until October 5th! It’s that time of year again. Summer is over, students are back in school, leaves are changing color, pumpkin spiced lattes are coming to a coffee shop near you and snow is on the horizon for much of the USA… and today we’ve got some awesome news. This month…

Copy & Paste FAQ: How did my WordPress site get hacked?

This is part of an ongoing series of FAQ questions that web designers can copy and paste into their website to help save time answering common customer support questions. See All Copy & Paste FAQs / Read The Announcement Q: How did my WordPress site get hacked? A: When your website gets ‘hacked’ it’s a very unfortunate…

5 Insightful Lessons For New Web Designers

Ever have those thoughts where you go “If I could just do it all over again, I would…” and then you come up with some Einstein-level idea that would have made your life so much better if you only did that thing when you started? Well today, I had that thought. I thought to myself…

Copy & Paste FAQ: How do I login to my WordPress website?

This is part of an ongoing series of FAQ questions that web designers can copy and paste into their website to help save time answering common customer support questions. See All Copy & Paste FAQs / Read The Announcement Q: How do I login to my WordPress website? A: In order to change text, add photos, etc……

Copy & Paste FAQ: How do I add a photo to an existing NextGen Gallery?

This is part of an ongoing series of FAQ questions that web designers can copy and paste into their website to help save time answering common customer support questions. See All Copy & Paste FAQs / Read The Announcement Q: How do I add a photo to an existing NextGen Gallery A: Login to your website and look…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a college degree needed to design a website?

No, not at all.  It's a skill that anyone can learn.  In fact while both Ian & Amy did attend college, neither of them have a degree in web design.

What do I need to get started designing websites?

First of all you need to have a good understanding of the very basic concept of a website like of how a domain name connects to a web server and how files on that web server are "served" to the people that visit the website.

That might sound scary and complex but it's not once you start

Thankfully we have an entire section just for people that are brand new to web design, it's call Web Design 101 and you should check it out.

Is this just for Web Designers or for anyone who wants to make their own website?

It's for both types of people.  The art and science of designing a website is essentially the same whether you are building it for a paying client or for yourself.  Creating a full width layout, adding interactive elements, installing plugins, etc... is all the same.

Where things get different is when we talk about ways to effectively manage clients or how much to charge for building a website.

If you are building a website for yourself, we recommend y0u start with Web Design 101 and keep going until you get to a point where the information isn't applicable to you anymore.