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The Top Skills That Are Needed For Web Design In The Market

Updated on June 15, 2014

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Top Skills Needed For Web Design Today

We all wonder what are the essential web design skills and qualifications that are needed in the market place today. Whether you are looking for a job or looking to just be an excellent freelance web designer, here are the top 4 skills you will need to achieve success.

Skill #1: Knowledge of HTML and CSS

Knowing HTML and CSS for building websites is like knowing how to use bricks to build a wall. These are the basic BUILDING BLOCKS of all websites! This is why it is critical to know HTML code and there is no doubt about why. Even top businessmen such as Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerburg have said that knowing code is something we should all know! Knowing how to use tools such as WordPress and Joomla will only take you so far if you do not know how to code. This is because there are certain changes that can only be modified with code and not some option on WordPress. This is the exact skill that makes the difference between the average web designer and a professional one.

Skill #2: Knowing How to Use Content Management Systems

Over 15% of websites run on some kind of content management system! Whether it be Joomla or WordPress, these are extremely helpful systems that you can learn in order to manage your websites. It makes regular tasks that would be hard to do with plain HTML, very easy. In fact, it is so easy that many people that don't know much code still use CMS for their websites. It is a well known fact that many popular websites such as Time.com and Facebook Newsroom all run on some kind of content management system. Knowing how to use a content management system is a must with the 21st century online world that we live in. Many corporations will look for web designers that are experts managing content management systems as part of their skill set. This can be a skill that is highly valued among employers and customers in today's world.

Skill #3: Experience in Search Engine Optimization and Ranking Websites

You might be wondering, why would knowing how to rank in Google be important for web designers today? Well it is part of the skills for web design that is essential for any website. Many employers look for people that are familiar with SEO because they want to rank their websites on top spots in the search engines. This is simply because they want more traffic and sales to their websites. If you have in-depth knowledge of search engine optimization, then you will stand out among other web designers in the field. You will show that you not only know how to build excellent websites but you also know how to increase traffic to those websites. This skill can not only help you with getting a job but also with building websites that get A LOT of traffic.

Skill #4: Having an Excellent Sense of Design

Having a good design sense simply means that you know how to produce the right web design that accomplishes the desired result. Knowing how to achieve the goals that are put in front of you as a web designer is extremely important. This is because you will be looked as the expert on how you can achieve the results that your customer or employer wants you to achieve. This skill comes with practice and patience. This is kind of like shooting a basketball. It takes many practice shots before you start consistently scoring. A great tip for this skill would be simply practice designing websites with different goals in mind. You will eventually achieve the desired results!

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      Punye 3 years ago

      Hi Evie, This article is really informative, comprehensive and a great help.

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