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4 Simple Steps to Start Designing a Great Website (No Coding Required)

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To design a great website may be a daunting challenge, but you will find this process interesting and enjoyable by keeping the basics in mind. Undoubtedly, there is more to it than just looking good, and good design can not only make the website stand out, but also boost the site traffic & conversion rates indirectly. In the following, we will show you how to design website without code, with general guidelines and one-by-one steps to help keep people coming back.

Step 1 – Get design inspirations

Whether you’re encountering a design bottleneck or afraid that you don’t have many inspirations to accomplish the entire process, it’s best to study and learn from others. You will get insights and ideas by comparing and analyzing others’ work, and here are 6 recommended visually-catching design examples for you to refer to in below.

1. Product Hunt (Web, Community)

Product Hunt

2. Shopify (Web, E-commerce)

Shopify

3. So Stereo (Web, Music)

So Stereo

4. StyleXstyle (Web, Fashion)

StyleXstyle

5. edX (Web, Education)

edX

6. Fedena (Web, Software)

Fedena

Step 2 – Build web prototypes

In the early stage of inspiration discovery, various of means will be used from time to time to track and document a myriad of creative ideas, in the form of low-fi prototypes like sketches, charts and papers. After that, we need to refine the work and strategies, and the page prototype or the framework design can be the core part of this process. This is the best way to simulate user scenarios and communicate with PM/web development engineers.

The above examples are made with Mockplus, a fast and easy web prototyping tool. It’s code-free with comprehensive functionality to meet most of your design needs. Following are some typical design scenarios:

1. Visualized interactions with multiple interactive triggers & commands

* Hover to show the content

The mouse-over is a widely-used element in web design, and Mockplus gives full support for it. To click the Flash icon on the properties panel next to the Color, Border and Textwill help you set the interactions when MouseHover or ClickOn.

Hove to Display the Content

* Auto-load animations when switching pages

This kind of interaction is pretty common also in App design. Taking the Starbucks App as an example, there will be mini-animations after page switching, which can be easily achieved by setting the interaction trigger to “OnLoad” in Mockplus.

Auto-Load Animations

2. A wealth of built-in components and favorite library

* Hamburger menu

This can be made by using the Popup Panel with editable components included. Here is a typical example of user directions on the top.

Hamburger menu

* Floating navigation bar & display horizontally

With the popularity of card-style design, more and more websites have started to use a number of pictures, and the horizontal scrolling of pictures can be quickly fulfilled via the Horizontal scroll of Scroll Box component.

Floating navigation bar

3. Reusable elements

* Repetitive layout and images

This is quite common especially in the news and food design, and we can use the Repeater and Auto Data Fill of Mockplus together to get that done. It’s time-saving and satisfying.

Repetitive layout and images

4. Rich UI icons and templates

* Icons from social, multi-media to nature, sports and brand, etc.

Rich UI Icons

Furthermore, there is a complete set of page templates and design resources of UI Kitsfor free download and use. All those are meant to get you started on web design effective and efficiently.

Step 3 – Conduct usability testing

Though usability testing is not the ultimate goal of prototyping, it’s one of the most crucial parts of web design. We should and have to attach importance to the testing functionality and final results especially at present where the user-centric and adaptive web design has been getting rising popularity. There are up to 8 different ways to test and preview the prototypes in Mockplus, more details are available in the following video.

Mockplus rapid prototyping tutorial

Step 4 – Set up your personal website

Currently, there are all kinds of premium or free CMS tools on the market that help both designers and backend developers get work done with least efforts. Here are the recommended website design software without code and steep learning curve.

1. CloudPress

URL: http://www.cloud-press.net/

Suitable for personal use.

CloudPress

This tool helps to create responsive WordPress websites without writing any line of code or development skills. There are more than 80 tutorials published by the CloudPress team, covering every detail in page design, from font color, page layout to various sizes and animations.

2. Bubble

URL: https://bubble.is/

Suitable for personal and enterprise use.

Bubble

Bubble can be used to create web and mobile apps, just drag and drop the elements to the interface to start your design online. Those elements include text, maps, video, buttons and other various types of elements.

3. XPRS

URL: https://xprs.imcreator.com/

Suitable for personal use.

XPRS

If you want to build a website without complicated, confusing and expensive development process, then this can be your tool of choice. It allows you to make design with polydoms (smart content blocks) with endless customizations. It’s very much like paying the Legos online.

4. HTML to WordPress

URL: https://htmltowordpress.io/

Suitable for personal and enterprise use.

HTML to WordPress

As its name implies, this tool can transform your static HTML into a WordPress them for your web design. It’s a top choice for anyone who wants to update or migrate website without coding. Just upload your HTML to generate your own website.

Wrap Up

Generally, there are 4 main steps in designing a great website, but things are often more complex and require collaborative efforts when we actually do it. It requests multi-user editing and online markups in the shared prototypes, and Mockplus has the team collaboration features ready for you already. It’s said that the Enterprise version is just coming on the way, which will allow the enterprise and big team to manage the team with different admin permissions and options.

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