Feel stuck after learning HTML&CSS? Here’s how to create websites on your own

You have read a few books on HTML & CSS and know how to create websites yourself.

You know how to find the resources you need (when you don't know what to do).

The thing is, you are not sure where to go from here.

Every book and article you read is just the same stuff: explains html, tags, and css selectors, properties etc.

More front-end matters and less what you truly feel missing… an answer to the question that made you reach for books in the first place.

Now that you know HTML and CSS what is the next step to actually start creating websites yourself?

Do you have to learn how to:

  • lay them out
  • design them
  • put everything together?

Or is there something else?

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Interested in web design, where do I start?

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Your desire to try your hands at web design leads you to search “how to create a website”. Google says one of the most popular approaches are(amongst dozens of others) to learn HTML or learn to use Photoshop.

Not in the mood for coding, you fire up Photoshop… 40 minutes later you feel you lost your time choosing the right typeface, placing text where it “exactly” needs to be, wondering how to create containers, learning how to move containers, sizing containers…

“It is not done yet,” you say to yourself.

“I’m not sure if this really should be here…” you think.

“Hm, maybe the font has to be darker and I should try changing the color of the buttons a bit”—you mutter. This is your last effort to make a website out of the mess of layers and objects … and you feel overwhelmed.

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I’ve got my portfolio and website online. What is the next step to attract new clients?

So you’ve had several freelance gigs and have sorted out your website. You’ve got most of your previous jobs through services like oDesk or through meetings in-person. Now that you are happy with putting yourself out there you want to know the next step as to attract new clients.

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I quit freelancing—How I created a profitable software product to escape “clients from hell” and their boring, crappy projects

Summary: Many freelancers are having trouble with clients. I was one of them. I got so fed up with the fact that I went on to fire all my clients, brute forced trough my insecurities and created a digital product which replaced my freelancing entirely. Moreover—it became a source of more freelance work that I can easily tap into, in case I want to go back.

This is my story:

How I succeeded in the world of OpenCart extension/theme developers without prior experience

For the first year out of the university I had been freelancing full-time as a web designer—mocking up sites in Photoshop and later building them in HTML. Sometimes even going further down the road to WolfCMS, but nothing more complicated than that.

I wanted to earn $1000 per month. Most of the time I was short of reaching that goal. I decided I should put more work in.

After working gruesome 16 hour days and feeling the burnout and disappointment, the thought of "This is not the way to go…" started creeping in.

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