Careers in Web Design - Become a Professional Web Designer
By Jennifer Kyrnin, About.com Guide
- Where to Start
- Finding Web Design Work
- Setting Out on Your Own - Freelancing
- What to Charge for Web Design Work
- Contracts and Legal Issues
- Strategy and Web Design Businesses
- Promoting Web Sites
- Administering Web Sites
Where to Start
If you're thinking of becoming a professional Web designer, there are a number of things to consider. Firstly, there are many different avenues you can take as a professional Web developer. You can also choose to go freelance or work in a corporation. And being a Web developer isn't all fun and games - make sure you know what the job will entail. Finally, getting certification or other education is a great way to make sure you're prepared.
Finding Web Design Work
Finding a job is tough no matter what field you're in. These articles take you through some of the requirements needed for Web development and design jobs as well as tips for getting hired.
- Getting a Job as a Web Developer
- Tips for Getting a Web Design Job
- How Much Programming Does a Web Developer Do?
Setting Out on Your Own - Freelancing
If you don't want to live the corporate life, maybe freelance Web design is for you. The tips and advice listed here will help you get started as a freelancer.
- Advice on Freelance Web Development
- Freelance Web Designers - What Does Your Web Site Say About You?
- Is Web Design Limited to Local Markets?
- More Freelancing Resources
What to Charge for Web Design Work
Deciding what to charge or what salary you deserve can be very difficult. It often depends upon the region you live in, what competition you have, and how much other design work you've done.
Contracts and Legal Issues
Contracts are a very important part of a Web design business. And if you haven't thought about the legal ramifications of your career choice, now is a good time. There are privacy laws and copyright laws, and some judges have even made linking dangerous from a legal perspective.
- Writing and Using Contracts
- The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
- The Legalities of Linking
- Copyright on the Web
- More Legal Issues for Web Designers
Strategy and Web Design Businesses
Running a Web business is no different from running any other small business. But getting strategy advice is always a good idea. These tips and articles can help you keep your business afloat and let you design more Web pages.
Promoting Web Sites
One of the keys to keeping your Web business running is getting people to come to your site and the sites you run. And there is more to this than just SEO. Learn the tricks and tips to get people to come to your Web sites and then stay there.
- 6 Steps to Better Page Views
- What is a Web Robot?
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Step-by-Step
- Search Engine Optimization Made Simple
Administering Web Sites
Many Web designers would like to forget about the administration piece of working on the Web. After all, in many ways it's the boring part. Administration is maintenance and statistics and hosting. But if you don't have those things, chances are you won't have a Web business in a year or so. Or if you do, it will be struggling.
- What is Web Administration?
- Finding a Web Hosting Provider
- Before You Commit to a Web Hosting Provider
- Optmizing Download Times on Web Pages