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Ultimate web design course

Start off the year with a 21-day portfolio challenge

Beginner - intermediate
5hr

The Ultimate web design course includes over 100 videos. It starts with everything you need to know to get started with Webflow and eases into more advanced design concepts. You'll learn the basics of HTML, how CSS classes and subclasses function, how to construct a page design with elements like containers, divs, flexboxes, and grids. And of course, we'll take you through how to use one of our most powerful features — Webflow CMS. By the time you finish this course, you'll be able to build some pretty amazing stuff.

From the fundamentals to advanced topics — learn how to build sites in Webflow and become the designer you always wanted to be.

Yes, this course is from the future.

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Lessons in this course

Getting started
Web structure
Elements
Buttons & links
Typography
Media
Components
Styling basics
Layout basics
Flexbox & grid
Advanced layout
Styling typography
Background & border styles
3D styles
Effects
Responsive design
Interactions core concepts
CMS & dynamic content
CMS Collection fields
Advanced dynamic content
SEO

The challenge

Challenge
Day
Be a website hero
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The ultimate navbar
02
Magical CMS layout
03
Formulate leads and science
04
Virtual shoes for your site
05
Hello, it's responsiveness
06
Show off your project pages
07
Project pages working everywhere, anywhere
08
The optimum contact page
09
Show us your contact page
10
Test your Open Graph settings
11
Shine a light
12
Bring your portfolio to life
13
Lost, but never forgotten
14
Password-protected
15
Practice accessibility
16
Share your design in progress
17
Ready, set, publish!
18
Portfolio verification
19
Update your CMS
20
Showcase your portfolio
21

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The Ultimate web design course includes over 100 videos. It starts with everything you need to know to get started with Webflow and eases into more advanced design concepts. You'll learn the basics of HTML, how CSS classes and subclasses function, how to construct a page design with elements like containers, divs, flexboxes, and grids. And of course, we'll take you through how to use one of our most powerful features — Webflow CMS. By the time you finish this course, you'll be able to build some pretty amazing stuff.

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Course outline

Getting started
Web structure
Elements
Buttons & links
Typography
Media
Components
Styling basics
Layout basics
Flexbox & grid
Advanced layout
Styling typography
Background & border styles
3D styles
Effects
Responsive design
Interactions core concepts
CMS & dynamic content
CMS Collection fields
Advanced dynamic content
SEO

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Ultimate web design course

118
Lessons
Getting started
Getting started
Web structure
Web structure
Elements
Elements
Buttons & links
Buttons & links
Typography
Typography
Media
Media
Components
Components
Styling basics
Styling basics
Layout basics
Layout basics
Flexbox & grid
Flexbox & grid
Advanced layout
Advanced layout
Styling typography
Styling typography
Background & border styles
Background & border styles
3D styles
3D styles
Effects
Effects
Responsive design
Responsive design
Interactions core concepts
Interactions core concepts
CMS & dynamic content
CMS & dynamic content
CMS Collection fields
CMS Collection fields
Advanced dynamic content
Advanced dynamic content
SEO
SEO
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Collection list

Collection lists are one of two ways to add and design dynamic content from a CMS collection or an Ecommerce Collection. You can add Collection lists to any type of page. The other way to add dynamic content is with Collection pages.

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Dynamically insert videos

The video field is a CMS field used in Collections. It allows you to add videos via a link from third-party online video hosts Vimeo and YouTube.

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Style panel overview

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HTML tags

In Webflow, HTML tags give us an easy way to control the default styling for a particular element, without creating a unique class. For example, you can define the default styles for all paragraphs by editing the All Paragraphs tag. Adding a class with styles will override these default styles.

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Classes

Making manual style changes to each and every element is tedious and time-consuming. And entering repetitive values for hours and then trying to update those values one by one can be frustrating. Classes save styling information that you can apply to as many elements as you want throughout your project.

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Text style inheritance overview

In Webflow, as in code, elements pass their typographic style information down to their children. You can set text styles on parent elements, these styles will cascade down, and you can override these styles on their child elements.

It’s common to use this technique to set global font styles on the Body tag, to align text and other elements inside of sections, and to override default link block styles. In this article, we’ll cover three examples of how text style cascading works:

  1. From the body tag
  2. ‍From Webflow's section element
  3. ‍From Webflow's link block
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Style Manager

The Style Manager displays the complete list of classes, combo classes, and tags you've created or edited in your project. Here, you can quickly rename or clean up any styles you aren't using anymore.

You'll find the Style Manager in the right panel. Just click the tab or press G to open it. In this video, we'll cover the contents of the Style Manager, and show you how to delete individual styles, rename classes, and even clean out all your unused styles with a single click.

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States

To add some interactivity to your elements in Webflow, you can change the way they look and behave using states. As you're styling an element, clicking the States menu lets you toggle between the various states, like Hover and Pressed, you can access and style.

In this video, we'll explain the four states you can style for any element:

  1. None
  2. ‍Hover
  3. ‍Pressed
  4. ‍Focused

Then show you how to style those states to indicate interactivity. Then we'll dig into applying transitions to smooth out the change from one state to another, and finally, discuss the "current" state, which is a handy indicator for navigational links.

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Spacing

In the Style panel, you can define the spacing (margin and padding) for each element. In this article, we’ll cover what each of these layout controls is and how they’ll affect your elements. These properties make it possible to create responsive websites with content that reflows while creating consistent spacing.

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Position

The position settings in the Style panel allow you to set the relative positioning of elements, the float settings, and the clear settings.

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Flexbox

Flexbox, also known as flex or flexible box layout, allows you to control the alignment of elements in a box in any way you’d like — solving complex layout problems that designers have been struggling with for years.

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Grid

The grid layout in Webflow brings CSS grid to life on a completely visual canvas, giving you more direct control over your layout and design. With grid, you can reposition and resize items anywhere within the grid you define to produce powerful, responsive layouts — faster.

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Apply a z-index value

In this lesson:

  1. What is a z-index value?
  2. Use a z-index value to stack elements
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Typography

Format your text with search engines and accessibility in mind.

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Backgrounds

Setting the background on an element gives you control over appearance and legibility. In the Backgrounds section of the Style panel, you can add a background image, gradient, or color to most elements (except media elements like video and image).

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3D movement & parallax

In this article we’ll cover some fundamental 3D concepts on the web. Check out the 2D & 3D transforms guide to learn how to put these concepts into practice on your Webflow project.

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Override the default cursor for elements

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Overview dynamic content

In this video, we'll explain the differences between static and dynamic content, and learn why the latter is so useful for some of the most popular content types on the web, from blog posts to product pages.

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Intro to Webflow CMS

A CMS (content management system) is a tool for managing and publishing dynamic content. The website references that dynamic content on different pages. So anytime you or your client creates or changes content in the CMS, it updates all the pages where it’s referenced, instantly.

The Webflow CMS gives you full control over your content structure and how this content is designed throughout your project — all without you even touching a line of code.

In this video, we'll introduce some basic concepts behind the CMS, including:

  1. ‍Structuring content
  2. ‍Referencing content
  3. ‍Editing content
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Import collection items

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When you create Collections in Webflow, you can enter your Collection items manually, or, import them directly into a Collection via a CSV. This allows you to import hundreds or even thousands of items from an external source.

In this video, we'll show you how to:

  1. Upload a CSV to a Collection
  2. Configure fields and preview Collection items
  3. ‍Import data
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Collection pages

Whenever you create a new item (e.g., blog post, help article, etc.) in a Webflow CMS Collection, a page is automatically created for it. Collection Pages work like templates — the layout and design of the Collection Page will apply to every Collection item's page.

That means Collection Pages are essentially templates for recurring pieces of content, such as blog posts, help articles, or even landing pages.

In this video, we'll show you how to:

  1. Create a Collection Page
  2. Add and connect content
  3. Preview Collection Pages
  4. Link to a Collection Page

Plus, we'll show you the settings you can adjust for Collection Pages.

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Modify a collection

Once you’ve created a Collection, you can go back and edit Collection items, fields, and other settings — even after the project has been published.

This video will cover:

  1. Editing Collection settings
  2. Editing individual Collection items
  3. Bulk-editing Collection items
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Intro to the CMS Editor

The Webflow Editor makes editing the website, and publishing new content, really easy for your client or your team. The Webflow Designer is a powerful tool for building websites, and the Webflow Editor is a simplified interface that’s focused on editing website content. You can edit content right on the page, or in the panels below the page.

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Plain text field overview

The plain text field is a CMS field you can use in your Collections. This field is best used for basic textual content that doesn't need special formatting like headings, inline styles, or inline media like images or video. In this video, we'll explain how to add and use plain text fields in your Webflow CMS Collections.

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Rich text field

The rich text field is a CMS field used in Collections. Us it to give collaborators all the text formatting options they expect from a writing tool, including bold, italics, inline images, links, and more. In this video, we'll explain how to add and use rich text fields in your Webflow CMS Collections.

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Image field

The image field is a CMS field used in Collections that allows you and your collaborators to upload an image to your Collection items and use it in your designs. In this video, we'll show you how to use the image field.

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Email field

The email field is a CMS field used in Collections that lets you include an email address in a Collection item. You can use this email address to display the email as text or turn it into an active link so visitors can send an email with a click or a tap.

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Link field

The link field is a CMS field used in Collections to dynamically add links to your designs.

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Number field overview

The number field is a CMS field used in Collections, handy for displaying numeric values like statistics, prices, page counts, file sizes, and more.

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Date/time field

The date/time field is a CMS field used in Collections. This lets you and your Collaborators include a date and time in your Collections items, which is super handy for events of all kinds.

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Switch field

The switch field is a CMS field used in Collections, usually as a filtering tool. Like any toggle, it has two values: Yes or No. Collaborators can toggle a switch on or off to specify, for example, if a blog post “is featured.”

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Option field overview

The option field is a CMS field used in Collections. It gives collaborators a list of predefined values to choose from.

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Color field

The color field is a CMS field used in Collections. It allows you and your Collaborators to specify a color for each Collection item using a color picker. This color can be used to style the background color, text color, and border color of elements within a Collection list or a Collection page.

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Reference field

The Reference field is a Collection field that you can add to any of your Collections. This powerful field allows you to link to an item in a different Collection. You can then use the referenced item’s content in Collection Lists and Collection Pages. In this video, we'll discuss some common uses of the Reference field, then show you how to make the most of it in your designs. To reference multiple items from a different Collection, use the Multi-reference field.

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Multi-reference field

A multi-reference field is just like a reference field, except it allows you to reference more than one item. This is great for tagging systems, related content, and other instances where you want to connect one item to many others. In this video, we'll show you how to use this powerful field in your CMS-driven websites.

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Conditional visibility

Conditional visibility is the most versatile way to show or hide elements, whether in a Collection list or on a Collection page, based on values in the Collection's fields. For example, you could use conditional visibility to make events that are now in the past no longer appear on your events page. In this video, we'll show you how to use conditional visibility on your Webflow sites, and introduce a couple more examples of conditional visibility in action.

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301 redirects

301 redirects allow you to permanently route traffic from an old to a new URL and avoid the dreaded 404.

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Google site verification

Verifying your site with Google is a key early step in your SEO efforts as it allows you to verify ownership of a website, so you can use the Google Search Console tools like indexing. In this video, we'll show you how to quickly verify your site with Google.

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Google Analytics

Google Analytics gives you valuable information about user behavior on and interaction with your website. It includes powerful metrics like how many users and pageviews a site is getting, where your traffic is coming from, how long people stay on the site, and how many of them are leaving the page without clicking other links (bounce rate).

This helps many businesses figure out where to invest marketing dollars and measure the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

In this video, we'll show you how to set up Google Analytics for your Webflow sites so you can take advantage of these powerful tools.

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Paid vs. organic search

For the vast majority of search engines, search engine results pages feature two different forms of results:

  1. Paid search results, or ads
  2. Organic search results, which are ranked by relevance and, to an extent, reputability

In this video, we'll go into more detail on the difference, and how the two types can impact your marketing efforts.

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