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5 Website-Related Skills Your Clients Should Know

A big part of web design is in implementing creative solutions. One area that requires a lot of attention is in making things easier for clients to manage. This often comes with the use and customization of a CMS such as DNN. But fully autonomous websites aren’t really a thing yet. So, no matter how much customization we’ve done, clients are still going to need to do some things for themselves. There are a number of tasks that they just can’t escape. That’s why it’s vital for them to have at least a working knowledge of some common skills. Just as important, we need to communicate these requirements and, if necessary, help guide them on the path to learning. After all, they may not even be fully aware of what’s involved. With that in mind, here are five such web-related skills that clients will need to get the most out of their website.
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The Ups and Downs of Being a Self-Taught Web Designer

Not so long ago, web design was a brand-new industry. Because it was so new, there weren’t many opportunities to get a formal education on its fundamentals. Thus, the most direct path to becoming a professional was to teach yourself the necessary skills. That’s how my career started. I studied the source code of different websites and figured out how things worked. I experimented with Photoshop, CSS and eventually other, more challenging languages. Over the years, most of what I know has come from the process of trial and error.
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Accepting Your Limitations as a Web Designer

Every one of us has our own limitations. So, how do we learn to accept it? How can we still thrive as designers and developers? The truth is that there’s only so much you can know. After all, you have clients to serve and a limited amount of time to dedicate to learning. Therefore, there are going to be some skills where you’re either not proficient or simply lacking.
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Work How You Want To, Adjust When You Have To

How many times has your web browsing or social media feed led you to an article telling you not to do things the way you’re doing them? While the quest for evolution in web design is a noble one, sometimes it’s littered with well-meaning nonsense. That’s why, as a grumpy designer with over a decade in the game, I’m declaring that we work in the way that makes us most comfortable and productive.
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The Biggest Designer Debates

It seems like every industry has their own set of fiercely debated topics. They pit tool against tool, theory against theory and can be great fun (or infuriating, depending upon your perspective). But since web designers spend an inordinate amount of their lives online, our debates tend to stir a whole lot of both participation and passion. Today, we’re going to look at some of the subjects of debate that have taken on a life of their own. Some are completely organic to the industry, while others have been adapted from society at large. Regardless, they have resulted in some epic arguments.

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