An Intro to Web Design
First off, what is web design and why is it important? Web design is the visual aspects and layout of a web page. It makes a huge impact on whether visitors stay on your site once they visit, or leave immediately afterwards because the website was just ugly or made them trust the company less. Either way, it is important to have a visually pleasing website in order to retain your visitors.
In order to design a website, you don't need to know code, however it is VERY helpful to learn some. Free sites like Wix and Weebly allow users to create and design their own website utilizing a grid layout. Creating a website like this is free and a great way to buzz interest about web design or create a personal blog or online portfolio, but these websites usually cannot support large amounts of traffic and are impractical in the business world.
So lets say you do want to learn code and want a place to start. Web design can be done with HTML and CSS. HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language and contains the content of your website. CSS means cascading style sheet and this is how web designers change the style of the html. One of the best places to learn more about the languages themselves is W3 Schools online!