I’ve personally taken this course and it’s fantastic. Katie walks you through everything from navigating the back-end of Showit, understanding how sections work, blogging with WordPress, implementing SEO, and integrating tools like Flodesk, Thrivecart, quizzes and more. You also get an exclusive template to use for guided test projects and client work.
Katie also covers setting your business up for success with modules that give guidance on pricing, setting up a template shop, and earning extra money through affiliate marketing. AND there are over a dozen guest trainings from other web designers and business specialists.
Of all of the Showit courses I’m currently aware of, this is my number one recommendation for anyone who’s starting on their Showit web design journey and wants to start off with a solid foundation.
Katie offers a free training where she goes through the types of services you can offer as a Showit web designer and a behind-the-scenes look at the back-end.
I haven’t taken this course (yet!) but Sam and Rachel are the queens of giving away insane value in all of their individual templates, commercial use Showit templates, and educational resources. Revolving Revenue goes beyond design and basic shop set up to cover: market research and offer development, optimizing leads, launch planning, and system setup and automation.
They also have so many guest speakers on topics like semi-custom brands, Pinterest marketing, SEO, and specialty offerings like design intensives. AND you get tons of bonuses like funnel planning workbooks and the OG commercial use canvas kit for building templates — like using building blocks instead of starting from scratch.
Honestly, just go to their site and see for yourself. This course is so insanely extensive and I dream of taking it someday.
Duo Collective is a boutique organic marketing agency specializing in branding and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), for small business owners and creative entrepreneurs. These gals are the real deal when it comes to SEO strategies to help your target audience find you online and start getting more clients and customers. The Duo Blog covers everything from how to find SEO keywords to understanding which SEO metrics you should track. They also offer a course, done-for-you SEO services, and one-off marketing consultations.
Neither of these course or contractor recommendations contains affiliate links that provide you with a discount or me with a kick-back, but some of the following design asset links do. Rest assured, I only share the very best tools of the trade that I trust with my own business. I highly recommend you get set up as an affiliate for the shops you love and trust, once you’ve had a chance to try each out for a bit and see if you really do love it.
Not all Showit template shops are created equal. I’ve had clients come to me with templates they’ve already bought and the sites have sometimes been a pain to work with. Links not set up already, blog functionality not there, navigation and footer canvases not set to automatically display on every page… Just stuff you shouldn’t be dealing with if you bought a ready-to-customize template. So here are the shops I trust with my own brand and my clients:
As you’re getting started, you can also look around for free Showit templates. The Showit design store has a bunch of free ones for a variety of industries (and they can totally be customized for any type of business) and some independent template shops offer free home page templates in exchange for your email address.
There is zero shame in using a template for your own web design portfolio site. Doing so allows you more time to explore and develop your style, by customizing what’s already there for you versus staring at a blank page and wondering how the heck you get an element to scroll like it did on someone else’s site. Using templates allows you to get a feel for what functionality is possible and then to expand on it in your own custom designs. They’re a great tool as long as you give original design credit to the template shop and don’t abuse them for client work.
Because unless you’re buying a commercial use license to a product like Northfolk’s Universal Add-On Bundle, Sales Bundle, or Designer Access Pass, your clients will need to specifically purchase a template that will then be licensed to them. You cannot buy these templates and then use them on whatever projects.
Sourcing non-basic stock photography is hard work, especially if you want photos that aren’t circulating on everyone else’s sites. Below are my favorite stock photo sites for curating visuals that feel like a styled brand photoshoot. You can view entire albums or collections of all photos from one shoot, for maximum consistency.
Not all type foundries are created equal either. Stay away from anything that looks scammy and maybe just stick to the main reputable foundries for now. Some foundries may have neat-looking typefaces, but sometimes they’re not optimized for web display and they can increase page load times (decreasing SEO and user experience).
Should you want more personalized support and strategy, get in touch to schedule a strategy consultation or design workshop call. You’ll fill out a questionnaire about where you’re at in your design business or client project and then we’ll make the most of our one-hour call by diving right into exploring your process, opportunities, or what you’d like a second set of specialty eyes on.
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