I’ve been blogging on WordPress since 2007, and I’ve pretty much always had someone else design my website. But I’m a control freak, and I’m always wanting to make changes, so along the way, I’ve learned enough to get by, but not enough to make any meaningful changes. A few years ago, I switched my theme to The Thesis Theme for WordPress, which is extremely flexible and user friendly. With Thesis, I was able to do some of my own design and styling without worrying too much about coding HTML or CSS. But I still wanted to learn more.
Late last year, I learned about The Girl’s Guide to Web Design, an online class that teaches you in the ins and outs of CSS and HTML – specifically as it relates to Thesis. Although much of what you learn is based upon Thesis, the learnings can be applied across all blog themes.
One you pay for the program, you receive access to all of the training videos, as well as the private support Facebook group. So you can learn at your own pace. The program doesn’t require any special software (including Photoshop) – instead they teach you how to use the free program Pixlr.
To start, you’ll be guided through a design inspiration exercise, so you’ll know exactly which colors and style you want to use for your site. I started with some of my favorite photos of the beach, and chose the colors that you see on this site from there. The videos also show you practical information on how specifically to make changes on your site – things like moving the menu, creating logos and headers, and designing your sidebar. I made most of the changes to this site myself based upon what I learned, and for the few things I couldn’t figure out, I got assistance from the private Facebook group. (Please note that in May 2013, I had a professional designer redesign this site, as I wanted to move from Thesis to Genesis).
You can learn more about The Girl’s Guide to Web Design on their website.
Disclosure: I paid full price for this course but the links are affiliate links.