Complete Guide To Become A Successful Website Designer Without Coding Skills

If one of your primary money making strategies is to serve more Google Adsense banners or affiliate marketing, just stop. 

You could get more money from one piece of stellar monetization method than months of praying and playing the hoping game.

Yes my friends, I am talking about becoming a website designer.

More importantly, I'm going to tell you more about making money as a website designer without coding skills.

Before you even think of this is a tough business (or due to any of the thousand and one reasons), at least hear me out and who knows, you might be smiling at the end of this article. 

  • You don't have to become an expert in HTML, CSS and Javascript (to become a website designer)
  • You don't have to leave your day job to pursue your website design gig (you can become a freelance web designer)
  • You don't have to spend thousand of dollars for tools (the initial investment is very low, under $300 or lesser)
  • You certainly don't need to know coding skills to become a website designer

I ain't kidding when I say this.


As a matter of fact, more people are becoming freelance web developers because it is extremely profitable, easy to perform side gig and it doesn't costs you your day job.

Carry on reading below to learn the basics of becoming a website designer and how you can start a web development business (and make tons of money from it).

So tell me if this post gives you the 'ah-ha' moment in the comment form below.

If you are serious in becoming a freelance web designer, here are some important things you need to do and know.

Why is a website design important?

A website design represents the brand name

So, here's the truth.

You might not have notice the difference if you are running a small and leisure blog.

However, it is very different when it comes to blogging for business.

As a matter of fact, I had recently published an article on how the right business website template turned my leisure blog into a full-fledged business ... which I highly recommend you to read it, 3 steps to design the best business website templates.

In short, a website design portrays your professionalism and of course, you wouldn't want to be an average Joe (and just like the other 60 million blogs out there).

For professional bloggers, you would probably want to have your own brand and logo. A website design is one of your brand.

Having a good website design is more than just design. In today's world, a great website designer focuses in creating beautifully crafted layout that improves the overall user experience.

Now, it you think that novice bloggers aren't going serious with this, think again.

I know many bloggers who are trying hard to build a great website design but many aren't knowledgeable (coding works) like me.

The truth is, lack of coding (HTML, CSS and Javascript) customization certainly makes building a website theme sounds so impossible.

And of course, don't forget that hiring a web developer could cost you at least $1,000 for a really good theme.

Do you see the opportunity here? Yes, the industry is still new and rather untapped by the big guns (yet). And I am not joking when I say that you can earn from a few hundred bucks to thousands of dollars as a web developer.

So, what happens if you do not know coding skills? Sounds like the end of this dream?

Not really ... thanks to technology and a little passion.

Carry on reading below to learn more about becoming a successful web designer and creating visual design that sells.

How To Become A Website Designer (Without Coding Knowledge)?

web design without coding skills

You can become a freelance web designer without coding skills (and still make money).

Thanks to the technology today, nearly anyone who is passionate about working from home or having a freelance work can become a web developer.

So, the biggest question is how do you become a freaking awesome visual designer a.k.a. website designer?

Disclaimer: As crazy as it might sound, becoming a freelance website designer without coding skills is very doable ... and I'm your living proof. When I started doing web design works in 2004, I had zero experience with those coding related stuffs. If I can do it, so do you!

Being a website designer is all about having good imagination and of course, some knowledge in coding (having some knowledge in coding certainly helps but not entirely important). 

Yes, basically two simple elements that can make or break your designing business!

So, here are four important criteria you need to become a successful website designer without coding skills:

  • Truck load of ideas
  • Strong imagination and some taste
  • Hardworking to learn more
  • Using the right developer's tools

How to get ideas for website building or visual designs?

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For me, this is probably the easiest part of all. Remember that Internet is your best friend.

Scout around for the best header, navigation bars or even layout. Mix and match them to build the prefect web design.

As easy as it sounds, you need to ensure that those ideas are workable. Keep in mind that you are copy-pasting ideas from around the web.

Use these information you gathered to spark a new design.

When I say copy-pasting, it doesn't mean literally copy and paste. What I meant was use those ideas and modify them. Typically, I uses other website themes of other popular sites as a guideline or base for my template.

This makes imagination on the 'outcome' ... yes, much easier!

Here are three website design resources that I use to get more designing ideas are:

Bear in mind that the above are just examples. Feel free to mix and match anyway you like.

The sky is your limit, my friends. 

Yup, that's the beauty of running your own web development business. You set your own rules, and your own design principles in order to create the best design for your clients.

Related post: 6 methods to choose the best child themes

How to turn your web design ideas into beautiful website templates?

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By now, you should already have the ideas at the back of your head and the only thing that holds you back is the lack of HTML, CSS and Javascript knowledge.

Don't worry, I face the same challenges as you when I first step into freelance web design business.

Thanks to today's technology, you don't need coding skills or coding skill sets to score web design works.

Here are two tools I use all the time to build beautiful website designs from scratch:

In short, both of these tools help you to build a website template from scratch (literally) ... without the need of coding or any coding skill sets.

  • Want to change the layout? Just drag and adjust them. 
  • Want to create call-to-action box (like this one)? You can just do in a few clicks.
  • Want to change the fonts? Yes, both Thrive Architect and Divi can do that for you!

With both these tools, you don't have to learn the basics of web designing (even through it will be an advantage if you do) because it is way much easier to build stunning website designs.

As for the record, a friend of mine in Romania recently got himself Dynamik Website Builder and he turns his passion into a part time business.,

Can you guessed the freelance job that he is happily doing now?

Web designing, of course!

Recommended post: Thrive Architect vs Divi Builder (which is best for you?)

Do I need to know coding skills to become a website designer?

The answer is no.

Having coding knowledge is definitely an added advantage but you can still score multiple freelance web design projects without it.

And if you are passionate of visual design (and making money), you will soon find yourself knowing more about coding (HTML, CSS and Javascript).

If you are interested to test your knowledge on CSS, you should check out this post. CSS for Beginners.

Believe it or not, it is even easier for you to make money by designing websites compared to making money from blogging!

If you want to build your own website design, the trick here is easy. 

I personally use Thrive Architect (over 270+ ready-made templates) and Divi (over 70+ ready-made templates) and 1-click import the designs to my clients website.

After that, start doing customization using the drag and drop builders.

Advantages using drag and drop builders

Drop and drop website builders allow you to change anything; from the fonts to the entire website layout in just a few clicks. In other words, you can now design your own website design without actually learning the coding part such as style sheets. More importantly, these design software help you to create website designs from scratch or import ready made website templates in just a few clicks.

Personally, make sure that you had changed 'visibly' enough before even selling the theme.

I bet this sounds easy to you right? Again, bear in mind that many bloggers are already doing small changes to the current theme files and resell it out.

You probably wouldn't want to do that and never sell your themes if you half-baked it. Sell it as a whole package or don't do it at all.

Question: Do you still doubt on becoming a web designer and make money?

Web designing is a very lucrative industry right now. If you are a blogger who is always trying to make a little more money, why don't give this a try?

It only cost you less than $100 to build and design any WordPress theme without any coding knowledge. All you ever need is either Thrive Architect or Divi Builder to start building your own web design business.

If you are a web designer or have experience with this industry, do you mind sharing any tips with me and my readers?

Use the comment form below and tell me what you think.