Do you know that in order to speed up, you need to take things slow? That’s right, before running, it is smart to warm up and prepare – check the map, put on the right running gear, and put a drink in your backpack!
You don’t just start coding a website right off the bat, right? Before you create a website for a client you probably send them a questionnaire, discuss the details and draft a contract outlining what you agreed too, right?
Even if you design a website for yourself, don’t you write down what the end result will look like?
Don’t you sketch or create a wireframe before you start coding?
Well, you can choose to skip the preparation stage in the hopes of getting your project finished sooner, but you will likely waste a lot of time if you don’t have clarity and run into creative blocks!
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
And we are doing exactly that with you! Let’s quickly return to check the foundations and basics again – before you speed up! And I can bet even the most advanced web designers and freelancers will learn a new trick! And maybe we will remind you of something you that used to be part of your process, but now you skip.
This happens to me all the time, what about you? You read the same tip several times, but still don’t take the time to include it in your workflow!
You notice what you are doing only when you take stock and pay attention to what you’re doing – this is the time to:
- document and assess your daily workflow
- acknowledge and correct bad coding practices
- question time-consuming parts
- think about how you can save time by having a good system, or automation
- start noticing when you are the most creative and how to get there again! Work smarter!
On 1WD we will be focusing on covering the basics for the next three months to help you become a – FIRST WEB DESIGNER!
We will use already published content and put the most useful articles and videos on a separate page for beginners – Web Design 101, Freelance 101, WordPress 101! Then we can move to new, shinier things!
And no worries – it will be a healthy mix of basics and controversial thoughts about the happenings in the web design industry, like the State of WordPress themes!
In this video you will learn what you can expect from 1stwebdesigner now and in the near future. If you really want to change and make an impact to what articles and content you see here, it’s time to step up and say so!
Let’s focus on building a great foundation and let’s enjoy being part of the community and stop being alone! We are here and waiting for your feedback, questions, comments and concerns!
The best stuff happens in the comments! It’s place where you meet other like minded people, start developing connections and engage with us too!
I am waiting for your brilliant comments! Especially, I would love to read your answer to these questions:
- What is the one thing you absolutely love on 1stwebdesigner and would love to see more of?
- What is the one thing you really don’t like or miss here, something we can improve upon?