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Create a website without code: my advice

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In the past, when creating a website, you had the choice between designing a blog or creating a more professional website. With a blog, the possibilities are limited, while a professional site always required a professional. Those days are over! Today, even beginners can create a successful website and blog. Maybe you are even one of those beginners? Do you aspire to become a professional web designer?

How to create a site without code?

You have a wide range of choices between the different CMS and online editors that exist: Wordpress, Wix, Webflow...

I understand that you are still hesitating which one to choose. I too had some doubts at the beginning. However, I assure you that once you start, nothing and no one can stop you. This is the beginning of a great adventure!

In short, I advise you to choose your tool according to your project. Ask yourself why you want to create a site without code. Is it for personal reasons, for :

  • present some information (showcase site)
  • showcase your achievements (portfolio or CV)
  • promote interaction between users (forum or blog)
  • etc.

Or rather, with a specific professional goal? For example, you want to become a web designer? Or maybe you are already one, but you want to improve yourself even more.

Apart from all this, there are other factors at play:

  • when do you need the site ready?
  • Do you plan to learn how to code one day or just create sites without code?
  • And many others...

Depending on your objective, you will know exactly which tool to use to create a site.

In any case, I recommend Webflow (whether you are a beginner or not). To create a site without professional code, there is no better in my opinion.

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Why Webflow for a site without code?

When choosing a website editor, we generally focus on these three criteria:

  • technical difficulty
  • time
  • cost

Personally, Webflow satisfied me in every way!

It is very easy to use. Even beginners can get through it without any problems! I even know of beginners who have managed to create a site without any breathtaking code. Just imagine what a professional can do.

Moreover, Webflow also allows you to create or modify the layout of a site, directly on the page. You just have to click on the elements (titles, images, texts...) to resize, move them...

And if you are curious by nature, Webflow can push you to go further. Although it is a tool to create a site without code, it allows you to learn coding languages (HTML, CSS and JavaScript). At the beginning, I didn't know anything about codes. One thing leading to another, the more I got familiar with Webflow, the more I understood how these languages work.

Secondly, since it has a very intuitive interface, designing a site will not take all your time. With my clients, it usually takes me 2 months to create an (average) site, with all the features they need.

Finally, for the price, Webflow is well worth it!

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"The result matters just as much as the site creation process itself."

Hence the interest in establishing a precise and detailed process. For example, I create a website in 5 steps. Respecting such a method not only helps me save time, but also to organize myself well to deliver my clients' projects on time.

It's like cooking. When you stick to a specific recipe, you can expect a delicious result! Of course, improvisation does not only bring bad things. However, it does not necessarily rhyme with success either.

Here's an example: if you plan ahead to create a site without code, you can decide which sections or content to highlight. You will also know what to expect from the beginning of the project. If it's not important to you, it's important to your clients.

Everyone has their own way of doing things. I would like to share with you a very popular method in the web world: mind maps. If only to get a first idea of what your site will look like.

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Create a website without code: design is the key

Creating a website is one thing, thinking about its design is another. You don't just create a site for yourself or for your client; you do it first and foremost for Internet users. You have to make sure that the site in question interests them. For that, you have to focus on its design.

Moreover, the design of a site is closely related to SEO. The more attractive a site is, the more visitors it attracts, and the more search engines notice it. But then, what are the rules of design to create a site without code?

I couldn't possibly list all the rules. There are so many, but here are some of the most important ones:

  • All the colors chosen must go together.
  • Don't use too many colors.
  • Also for the typography, don't choose too much. A consistent format and style is also necessary.
  • Don't forget to consider the design on mobile, it's very important!
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Other interesting tips

Before starting anything, I usually look for inspirations (be it for the colors, the typography, the structure of the site...). It's only afterwards that I let my creativity speak. But I must admit that this first step is difficult, especially if you don't have any reference yet. That's why throughout my career, I have gathered all my sources of inspiration in one place. And I am not stingy :) I share this little secret to those who want to go further in webdesign. Click here if you want to access it.

This dashboard saves me a lot of time! Instead of browsing the internet, looking for interesting design sites... I simply enter my login and password, and I have access to a whole bunch of inspirations.

I have also opened a private group for my students. Those who have difficulties on their project just have to ask for help to the others. A real community of mutual aid! What more could you ask for? Yes, I give a Webflow training. If you want to join us, the Webflow training is here...

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Come back to this page whenever you want. Did you find any ideas that I forgot? If so, what are they? Leave a comment below or send an email to hello@happydesk.be
Kevin Palombo, Manager of Happydesk
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