I often get asked, “How did you get into web design & learn to build websites?” I never have a very good answer other than good old-fashioned trial and error. I had little idea of what I was doing when I first started my business in 2010. I started building small sites for clients and was learning as I went along. I also had a marketing job where I was able to dabble with the companies’ website.
I had no formal training until 2014 when I completed a web design certification at a local college. I wanted to not only learn more about the web design/development process but also boost my confidence. It was more about validating what I’ve learned on my own after years of winging it.
While I did learn a lot through attending formal classes, there is no better way to learn than doing something yourself. You learn through problem-solving and figuring out why certain things work/don’t work. To me, it is the best way to master your craft.
I’ve built countless websites over the years from basic static sites to E-commerce shopping sites. I’ve done a lot of Google-ing and YouTube-ing to help me when I ran into issues. The best thing about it is that I was usually being paid to learn- which helped when dealing with frustrating issues.
There’s been plenty of times that I’ve gotten stuck on a website build project and think that I would not be able to complete it due to feeling overwhelmed or not capable. I’ve crashed sites, majorly screwed up code, and ran into a million other obstacles. That’s when the trial and error sets in. It’s stressful and time-consuming, but once the problem is solved, I feel a sense of empowerment. It’s a fulfilling part of the job!
Over the years, I’ve taken some measures to avoid running into the same problem twice. I take notes, document processes, and bookmark valuable resources. This allows me to refer back to past experiences and make the process of building websites better and faster.
No matter what you want to learn, there are so many free resources out there to help you learn and master a new skill. It takes time, practice, and a lot of trial and error! Don’t be afraid to make decisions and act on them, even in the face of uncertainty. These lessons are essential to success.
“Life is trial and error. Not everything is meant to work out the way you want. Sometimes you are just meant to learn the lesson.”
Thanks for Reading,