Becoming a freelance web developer is recently high in demand, but the question is where to start and how to make a successful start on becoming a freelancer. If you’ve chosen this career path, by now you should already know how to code, and you would’ve learnt most of the necessary skills it requires. Now the only thing left to do is to make a start. Below are some tips to help you get on track.
1. Pick a Niche
There are probably thousands of web developers out there, so to make yourself different from the rest, it might be ideal to choose a niche that you are very good at. While you’re at it, be sure to upgrade your skills along the way. People who are an expert in a particular area usually has a higher value in the long run. Being an expert also means that it’s easier for you to advertise yourself as you have strong skills and lesser competition.
2. Start creating everything or anything
Once you’ve chosen a niche, it’s time to start creating and building up your portfolio. As you are a web developer, it is preferable to create an online portfolio that you can easily edit throughout your career. Your online portfolio will showcase your work and skills, therefore, making it easy for potential clients to see. Be sure to fill your portfolio with the best works you’ve done.
3. Be organise!
Mastering a skill on organising is essential to being a freelancer. As you may know working for yourself means that you are your own boss. Keeping on top of everything will lead you to success. A good idea would be to find a tool that will help you manage and organise everything. Read more
SEO stands for search engine optimisation and is used in web designing to lure more traffic. This is a vital part of publishing your website. That’s why all web developers will always need to look at factors that will create an SEO friendly website. Factors to consider are as follow:
1. Neat web codes –
The search engine can only read an HTML. Therefore any other code that isn’t HTML won’t be picked up.
2. Minimise heavy graphics –
Visitors loves a speedy website that loads in an instant, and almost everyone wouldn’t have the patience to wait for a site that’s loading for more than 5 seconds. Reducing heavy graphics like a large HD image may help with fast loading, but keep in mind to not sacrifice one of your best contents. Balance is key.
3. Lesser code –
Be sure to have short or tighter codes for embedding because less code means faster loading time.
4. Convert text to image files –
Search engines do not read images, so by converting text to images you are preventing duplication penalties especially if your text comes from a tagline under your logo. Read more
What is web design? Well, this can be answered in several ways. Generally, web design consists of creating both the structure and visual look of an online site. The primary purpose of web design is usually to showcase an individual or a company’s content by gathering related ideas and organising them in a way that’s neatly presented and suitable for their audience to access easily.
It really is combination of technical knowledge and creative visual flair, so not many people possess exactly the right combination of traits for the job, but it can come from experience. When it comes to the design aspect, there are many factors to consider including visual elements like the colour, layout, graphics, contents and fonts. It is important that all these elements are balanced and well-thought out.
Let’s start with colour; be sure to pick a colour scheme that represents the business or an individual, and contributes to the overall message and desired action for your audience to take. For the layout to work, all the graphics and content need to be laid out logically and assist people moving from one area to the next. Images, logos, icons or video clips must be positioned correctly ensuring they fit the whole theme and layout. From there we move onto the fonts. Be sure to pick a font that renders well in a web browser at different sizes, and is generally easy to read. Last but not the least is the content. Both content and design must both work in sync together, making sure you have the ideal content that matches your purpose and your preferred style. Read more