Empowering Designers with Webydo
I’m grateful to have some level of skills in both design and development. This has allowed me to serve as both a graphic/web designer, as well as a web developer. But not everyone gets to be that lucky. Over the years I’ve been approached by designers with two different types of requests:
- If I design something, can you code it for me as a WordPress site?
- What is the easiest way I can turn this design into a website?
My usual response has been to either accept the job (at which point the designer needs to charge their client more money) or to point the designer towards WordPress tutorials. Neither of these responses are ideal for designers. This is all, of course, before Webydo entered the scene.
With Webydo designers are able to rapidly deploy well crafted websites by using either templates or custom designs. It cuts down the cost of having to partner with a developer and cuts back on the time of having to learn to code (or to learn a new system). Having Webydo available for designers would have been rather convenient back in the day. I have since left “the scene”, but am still amazed by it’s power.
While I do encourage designers to pick up systems like WordPress or Joomla, one thing needs to be made clear. In many instances, a powerful CMS is overkill. We like to convince ourselves that WordPress is ideal for any site, large or small. But for static websites (what I like to call an “online brochure”), WordPress is overkill, not to mention it can come with a hefty learning curve for clients.
For any designer considering Webydo, I say the following:
- Learn to code, if you can. Dedicating 20 minutes a day to Codecademy will go a long way in your career.
- Webydo will not replace WordPress for interactive websites. But if you’re building a static site (as stated above), Webydo is your new best friend.
- Learn WordPress (or Joomla) whenever you can. Until Webydo addresses more complex websites, you will want these skills under your belt.