Becoming a web designer is a long term commitment. There is no easy way to do it because of the many technicalities present in the profession. Over the last few decades, web design has slowly progressed from web pages being a single text file to every website being a theme park filled with animated transitions, interactive content that can make it as if you’re immersed in a new world, and so much more potential that waits to be unlocked as time goes on.
The web design industry is currently booming at a rate of 8.8% and is expected to reach a global valuation of $2.7 Billion. Although this boom can be accredited to the need for digital business processes caused by Covid-19, the web design industry has been growing at a reliable rate ever since the inception of the internet in June, 1983.
Looking at the previous track record of the web design industry, it is safe to say that there is no lack of demand. However, there is a lack of supply even though it might not be obvious. According to daxx.com, the number of yearly CS graduates is 400K per year while the amount of unfilled CS jobs in the US is close to 1.4m. And because of this, there is a big opportunity presented to aspiring programmers and people who want to learn a new and high-paying skill.
Today, we are going to discuss the most recent languages and frameworks that have been developed in the world of Web Design. We have spoken to both freelancers and experts at Designs Raptor to help us understand what we are about to tell you today. So let’s get started!
What is Web Design?
Web Design is known as a certain school of programming that deals with the creation of interactive web pages for a number of purposes including but not limited to:
- Informing readers or people looking for information
- Promoting brands online
- Providing digital services or online software
- Creating connecting people through social media
Typically, a web designer will use their skills to give web pages a certain appearance and to give them a definite layout that can automatically adjust itself according to the size of your screen or window.
What’s a programming language?
Machines communicate or think in terms of 1’s and 0’s, while humans communicate using English. To help these two species understand each other there are a number of translators and compilers working in between. Essentially, a programming language is the framework in which humans can enter commands or instructions on a computer to get a certain result that could be as simple as 2+2, or could be as complicated as predicting the next stock to go down the drain. Web Designers use programming languages to tell your browser what it should display and where it should get certain resources like images and web applications from.
Basic Programming Languages
There are 5 basic web design languages that create the basis for more advanced frameworks.
- HTML — Deals with basic layout of website elements
- CSS — Describes all font sizes, colors, and other styling elements present in a web page
- Java — Helps websites handle massive amounts of data
- Python — Used for automation and data science, as well as developing web applications
According to experts at Designs Raptor, a leading website design company in the US, “there is no way that a company would ever think of hiring a web designer if they aren’t at least fluent in these 5 languages”
Web Design Frameworks
Frameworks are compiled pieces of code that can be used to make sure that you don’t have to start your web designs from scratch every time you open a new project. They are built by experienced programmers so that they can be used to complete every function of their base languages and much more.
Using frameworks for web design and general programming is useful because it:
- Is time efficient
- Helps in the debugging process
- Is constantly being improved by a community of programmers
- Is more secure than using complete languages
However, we don’t recommend installing a framework until you are completely fluent in the programming language it is based on because a basic understanding of how a certain language works and what it can do is going to helpful in the event that your chosen framework becomes outdated.
As we’ve said before, learning web development is a long term commitment with very few shortcuts. But for the ones willing to tough it out, we estimate that there is an opportunity to make upwards of $77,000 annually. To learn it candidates will have to undergo rigorous practice and many hours of using the logical side of their brain to debug their code and make it run eloquently.