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Business of Web Design

Does Webflow Spell the End of Web Designers?

November 13, 2017

I got this question recently:

Love the YouTube channel, I just wondered what your thoughts on Webflow are? Will it spell the end of web development as we know it (coding) or will developers have to adopt a more visual approach to building a website with such as platforms like Webflow? I realise that the system is built for designers, however without the need for a developer on a platform such as this, the code is seminally marked up, they keep increasing the features capability and complexity, I ask the question where do we fit in if platforms like this become very popular?

My answer:

I don’t see it as a threat – it is a tool.

A big part of modern web design and development goes WAY beyond code:

  1. Site aesthetic design – pre code design if you will
  2. UX – making the site EASY to use
  3. Information design / architecture, if you will. WHAT to place on the site
  4. Setting up the domain, hosting … the basic mechanics of it
  5. Tweaking – I’ve always found that no matter how good the tool, you will need to know code to tweak it
  6. Then there is consulting on social media strategy, content marketing strategy
  7. Finally, the websites function: do they need an e-commerce setup, wordpress, etc …

So Webflow, if it works as perfectly, can help automate the process and perhaps shift your time allocation (meaning you’ll write less code,) but you will still have plenty of work to do as a web designer/developer.

This is nothing new. In the early 2000’s, we did lots of stuff as web designer / developers that we no longer have to do because of better tools … and it’s a good thing!

Regardless of the tools that come out, it’s still good to know the code behind the pages and to learn how to put things together, because it will make you life easier as a web professional and even as a small business owner.

Stef

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The entrepreneur grind and learning to code

May 15, 2017

You have to like what you do, because you will face the dreaded business grind. Same thing applies with learning to code.

… They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, so my video has 30 pictures/second, and it is over 8 minutes long … imagine the word count!

Because my courses make learning to code fun, you should pick up my web development course training package: https://shop.killervideostore.com/

Stefan Mischook

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Tips in Starting a Web Development Business in 2017

March 16, 2017

Hi!

Web development is a moving target as technology changes. So what are the skills you need to start a web development business in 2017? It comes down to a few things:

  1. Developing the skills of a modern web developer.
  2. Figuring out what your local market is demanding.
  3. Understand what KIND of development work you want to do.

You can watch my video that talks you through it:

Learn web development from a pro: https://shop.killervideostore.com/

Thanks!

Stefan Mischook

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Business of coding tip #1: A great way to improve your coding – take a break!

February 16, 2017

I’ve been building websites and building apps since the early 1990’s. In that time, I’ve learned many different languages, and explored many different strategies when it comes to writing good code.

This is going to be my first blog post on the business of coding. In this series, I will not be getting into the finer details of writing code (I cover that easily in my courses,) instead, I will talking about things that only 20+ years of development experience can teach you. But if you follow this series, you will learn these useful tips much more quickly!

Tip #1: Giving time for your mind to rest will pay dividends in your coding and business career.

Now watch the video.

Stefan Mischook

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A Web Designer Should be On Time!

October 25, 2013

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Hi,

I’ve been building websites since 1994 and commercially providing web design services since 1995-96. As you probably imagine, I’ve picked up a few things along the way!

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My number 1 tip for web designers?

At the end of the day, what you are providing is a service. When I was web programming and designing, the consistent compliment I got was:

“I really like the fact Stef, that you deliver on time.”

Strangely, being flexible for your clients, showing up when you say you will, and delivering when you say you will is HUGE! This goes beyond meeting deadlines …

Show up 5 minutes early!

Never show up late and never show up too earlier – you need to show up just on time. If I have a meeting to get to at 2pm and I know traffic could delay me 20 minutes, I would give myself an extra 25 minutes to get there … just in case. If I actually got there early, I would just sit in the car and wait until it was time.

… I’m sure you can find something to do for 25 minutes!

Clients typically don’t like people showing up late and they don’t like it if you show up early too. Just be on time.

Maybe I should have titled this post:

‘The Little Red Riding Hood of Web Design’

Thanks,

Stef
killerSites.com

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How to Value Domain Names

October 8, 2013

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Hi!

A lot of people still believe that a domain name has some sort of a great value in of itself – this is wrong, and so I keep writing about it.

Check out these domains:

– business.com
– wine.com

These two domains seems very valuable (like some piece of real estate by the sea) … and a couple of suckers have paid huge money for them. Why do I call the people who paid millions for these domains suckers? Because these domains will bring you no extra traffic, no more than any other domain … the following names are arguably just as valuable:

– TotallyMegaBusiness.com
– SuperTastyWine.com

When are domains ACTUALLY more valuable?

The only time to pay up for a domain, is when the underlying website (that sits on the domain) has a lot of traffic and/or makes good money. It’s kind of simple if you think about it!

Is there a difference in value between:

  • .com
  • .org
  • .net

… etc. No difference really. Maybe .com domains are a touch/hair more valuable.

How to choose a good domain for your website?

That all said, it’s a good idea to choose a good domain – it can help. So what are the key factors of a good domain?

  1. Keep it short.
  2. Make sure it is easy to spell.
  3. If it can have some reference to what the site is about – that’s better, but not crucial.

Consider some of the biggest sites in the world:

  • Google.com
  • Yahoo.com
  • Instagram.com

… Do any of these names tell you anything about the underlying website? No. But, they are easy to remember and spell.

Thanks!
Stefan Mischook
killerSites.com

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A Million more Computer Jobs than Students by 2020

March 6, 2013

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The trend is your friend if you are into web design or web programming … going forward, there will be a lot more jobs than web professionals.

This trend means two things for web designers and programmers:

  1. There will be more new jobs created, than new web professionals with each passing year.
  2. Those who are smart enough to become web designers and web programmers, will see their pay go up as demand goes up.

 Why is the demand increasing so much?

 

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Web Design in 2013 … and Beyond!

February 1, 2013

I was meaning to write this in January, but things got in the way! Anyway, here are the web design trends for 2013 …

1. HTML 5

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It think this one is a no brainer … everything and everyone is going HTML 5 and CSS 3:

  • Android (Google)
  • iOS / Mac OSX (Apple)
  • Windows (Microsoft)

… This includes all the major web browsers of course.

When people talk about HTML 5, they are really talking about a group of technologies that work together:

  1. HTML 5
  2. CSS 3
  3. JavaScript

HTML 5 and CSS 3 are basically very powerful extensions to HTML and CSS … and so if you understand the basic principles and techniques of these two foundation web languages, HTML5 and CSS3 should be approachable. That said, the added power does present some head scratching challenges a long the way. No worries though, we have the easy to follow training for you.

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Outsourcing and its’ Impact on Web Designers and Programmers

July 18, 2011

Hi,

The one great fear any nerd has is the specter of outsourcing – will my job be outsourced to some cheaper part of the world?

Yes, free trade is really not free trade, it’s actually opening up barriers to allow big American, Canadian and European companies to ship jobs to much poorer countries so that they can save money on cheap labor.

The people who benefit are:

  • The executives of the big companies, since they can pay themselves big bonuses. Of course, they are the few who WILL NOT have their jobs outsourced!
  • The hard working people in the poorer countries – people of the west should not bear them any ill will. They are simply trying to earn a living like anyone else.
  • Bankers – who see the stock prices rise in the publicly traded corporations. In fact, it seems the big Wall Street banks were the major force behind outsourcing.

… But it is not all bad for SMART web designers and programmers working in the crumbling west. Read on and learn how!

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