My strategy resistant heart has been won over!
It's been won over by not only the necessity of strategizing and setting goals, but to the JOY of designing and implementing a flexible structure that makes sense for MY business. Krista has very gently guided me in the Strategy Academy calls with some very pointed (and deeply thought provoking) questions that touched me where I live. I am in love!
There is no better place online to share your business worries.
You can safely share your worries and needs, ask for advice, and get help in all areas of your business. And...the email scripts are PRICELESS!!
I love that you’ve created a space where we can bring our own questions.
A place where we can talk about our struggles as web designers and get immediate feedback. It’s beyond helpful. I had no idea the live calls would be so interactive; I thought they'd be a one-way webinar. This alone makes me yell THANK YOU!
Every time I get off a call, I'm full of inspiration and energy.
Every time I get off a call, I'm full of inspiration and energy that I gained from Krista and the other participants. It pushes me to take action (in a really good way). If you need a supportive community and are ready for inspired action, you can’t go wrong with the Strategy Academy.
The live calls are THE BEST.
In only three calls, I already made decisions that will change the way I do business and I’ve figured out what things I’m ready to let go of.
I felt tired of teaching myself, and simply figuring things out.
I was so ready for something more. I felt tired of teaching myself, and simply figuring things out. I was ready for expert guidance to bring me to the next level. Perhaps more than anything my goal was community: sharing in the learning with others, having a place to ask and explore those tricky questions rather than spinning my wheels searching through countless support forums for the right answer.
I had NO idea it would become my main source of income.
My personal goal was to be able to build my own website - because I'm a control freak. I had NO idea it would become my main source of income. I LOVE this job. It is perfect for me - as a mum and as someone who likes to work their own hours, who likes to satisfy their logical mind, and who loves the constant learning.
When I started I had a 9-5 cubicle job. Now I work from home.
When I started I had a vague idea that I wanted to know how to build websites so I could charge people. I felt that I knew a bit, but nowhere near enough about coding and css, and I wanted to be as knowledgeable as some of the web designers I looked up to.
When I started I had a 9-5 cubicle job. Now I work from home. I never thought that dream would become a reality and yet it's happened, and that's down to the support and encouragement and teaching that Katy and Krista (and now other members of this unbelievable group) share.
When we all started, it was with the idea that we would learn to build our own websites. As it's evolved though, we're learning to create our own businesses.
Other courses might teach you skills, but this one has the potential to truly change your life.
I was looking for a new career after years of teaching college English. I wasn't sure what my new freelance business would be, but I knew that whatever it was, I'd need to create a website for it - so I enrolled in this course.
Little did I know that creating websites would become my new career!
Learning how to build websites can be an intimidating process for a newbie. But Katy and Krista go the extra mile to make it approachable, empowering, and exciting.
By the end of the course I had not only all of the technical knowledge and skills I needed to build any kind of website I could imagine, but I also had the confidence to tackle projects that were outside my comfort zone, and to continue learning and figuring things out on my own.
That is the real magic of the Web Designer Beauty School:
You don't just learn how to code; you learn how to approach problems with the rock-solid belief that you are capable of solving them. Other courses might teach you skills, but this one has the potential to truly change your life.
I find this course to be the perfect " level up" for me.
Katy your explanations are very clear and sufficiently detailed for me ( though I have been playing with html and CSS for 10 years). I find this course to be the perfect " level up" for me.
Each video literally has an objectives section and is delineated
As a former "Amanda" member, one thing I appreciated about the course so far is how each video literally has an objectives section and is delineated. That was one of the harder aspects, going back to reference a video, and the videos being far too long to find what you wanted easily with her course. GREAT improvement on that
You made the CRAZY intimidating factor of setting up a website so approachable
What I loved was how you made the CRAZY intimidating factor of setting up a website (domain, hosting, email accounts) seem so approachable. I think when I started my web course journey over three years ago that was one of my most intimidating factors. You feel like, if I mess this up, everything is for naught. I loved that you felt confident as you went through each step.
I really like how specific you get with your instructions
Overall, I absolutely love your course. I really like how specific you get with your instructions. Katy is particularly gifted in explaining every little step as she goes. With all the nuances and intricacies of web design, it really helps. And Krista is great at getting to the heart of the matter. She is efficient. I like that. You both make a great team and complement each other well.
Madly in love with the support school
Madly in love with the support school!
I went on start a second business creating websites for others...
I joined this course so I could do my own website. I've some technical skills but couldn't make sense of Wordpress and themes and CSS and how it all fit together. The course was laid out in a way that really gave me the confidence to learn more and create my own site, then go on to start a 2nd business creating websites for others.
Web Designer Beauty School is PHENOMENAL!
Web Designer Beauty school is PHENOMENAL! The women involved are fantastic!!!
Support School is amazing!
Katy and Krista go out of their way to help and regularly do new tutorials to cover various techniques, would definitely recommend it if you are building a sure and getting stuck at all, or even if you just need some inspiration. You can drop in and out with no long term commitment, so definitely worth a try.
I really love the CSS wizardry section
I really love the CSS wizardry section and the transcripts - I can now get to everything super fast - just so helpful! Thank you! Katy Martin
I'm loving the new site ladies!
I seriously can't wait to go through all the videos and uplevel my skills. You guys are awesome!!
I'm speechless. When I logged in my mouth dropped open. It's so clean and easy to navigate! It just looks amazing. I said to myself, I will be going through the class all over again! Thanks for the amazing new content and your hardwork.
If you've been on the fence or just don't know if it'll be worth it
If you've been on the fence or just don't know if it'll be worth it... now's the time to give it a try! (I know I don't want to lose this!). There's nothing to lose ladies. I know I would gladly pay $39 just to get 1 issue fixed by personal support instead of spending 10 hours trying to figure it out myself (or not figuring it out..worse!) ...Boom!
It just paid for itself. Go ahead, do it, before you can't.
Katy and Krista have been epically smokin' being there ALL THE TIME
Katy and Krista have been epically smokin' being there ALL THE TIME for us and have even been creating more tutorials for stuff we'd like to learn (takin' requests...sweet!), finding extra cool things and sharing them, plus more gems!
Being able to get answers almost immediately is totally worth it!
Being able to get (sometimes rush/critical) answers almost immediately is totally worth it! I know a ton more than I did (worlds actually) than when I started my web design journey but by no means an expert! I'm trying to learn more and more and want to be able to add to my offerings and pass those fabtastic skills on to my clients and offer more cooler, smarter and premium goodies.
Thesis makes it easy for beginners
Thesis makes it easy for beginners like me to design websites without me writing some complex PHP or jQuery. I love it more because I get to work from scratch and build a 100% custom website that is unique.
I love Thesis!
I love Thesis! I can actually write code that works and does what I want it to ... I don't have to understand the why to get it to work - a little different for me. [Eventually I'll know the why ] I can play with it, tweak it, until it expresses exactly what I'm envisioning .
Thesis allows me to feel completely free and creative in the design process
Thesis allows me to feel completely free and creative in the design process. Rather than trying to mold an existing template into a client vision, I am able to create the site that wants to be born.
I would have thrown the towel...
Firstly I want to say thank you for all your support the last month. I would have thrown the towel in on day 2 or 3 of relearning thesis. I REALLY appreciate the time & energy you have put into helping me!
I feel good knowing this community is here
Hi, first paying client coming on board. Came from word of mouth from a friend. Meeting next week to start the process. I'm excited but had a rush of fearful feelings last night. Moving through those emotions and feel good knowing this community is here. First steps, client intake form and contract! Thanks for the continued support.
I've had a silly grin on my face for days! Let me just say it: I love this group!
For the last year I've forced my budding web design skills on friends and family. This week though, my first paying client site went live. I've had a silly grin on my face for days! Let me just say it: I love this group!
It really is a lifesaver and it has improved my designs so much!
Thank you both Katy and Krista for all of your support on here. It really is a lifesaver and it has improved my designs so much! Just having the confidence to design and try new things out because I have a team of awesome women behind my back to help me out when I get stuck has been so cool!
It did the trick! Thank you guys so much!!!
I feel like I am learning so much. The past week I had a few questions I was going to ask but figured out how to do it myself:) Such a great feeling! Obviously I have a lot to learn but I am definitely feeling better with all of this.
I am always amazed.
Katy, one of the things I so appreciate about you is the way that you show HOW to look through a string of code to find the really specific piece that needs to be targeted to get the desired effect ... so this very simple sentence "So, reading through this, I'm looking for something that is 'related' to the 'related products' " pulled so much together for me. Thank you for teaching us how to figure it out ... HOW to play effectively
Hi Lovelies! I am so excited I need to share....
Hi Lovelies! I am so excited I need to share that I just (almost) finished my 3rd client site!!!!! Just have a few finishing touches! Feeling so excited and in love with web design. Learning curves and all, I feel so lit up and powerful that I am learning this incredible skill! And doing it with such incredible and inspiring women!!!! I love you all so dearly!!!! Thank you so much for this incredible experience Krista Smith and Katy Martin and ALL of you!!!!! <3!!!
I just want to shout out to Krista and Katy a VERY BIG THANK YOU!!!
Yes, I'm yelling out of joy. I was so debilitated for 2 months barely unable to work and only got things sorted out this past week and had to crunch everything left to do for this site so I could launch it no later than today before we left on holidays... So... I'm soooo happy to say this is my first "Thesis 2 custom website" birth and it wouldn't have been possible to do it without you and this amazing group... So, again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I just need to say, I am BEYOND WORDS grateful for this amazing group!
I just need to say, I am BEYOND WORDS grateful for this amazing group! Thank you All! and especially Krista Smith and Katy Martin for your incredible and amazing support. I am feeling so grateful right now! xo
You nailed it!
Having their specialist support to help me resolve the coding issues I've run into this month would have cost me far more if I'd had to hire someone to work with me privately. I'm pretty darned solid in my skills at this point, and still very much in the learning journey - aren't we all? We're creating a pretty fabulous support circle over here and the cost is so beyond worth it. Even if a month goes by when I don't have a single question, I'm still benefiting from the extra bonus tutorials they are creating and responses to all of your questions.
I'm absolutely loving Katy Martin's videos!
Thanks for these Katy, they're really such a great resource and I love the pace and your accent haha. I'm doing "CSS – Side by Side Signup Forms" video at the moment and very eager to get going with it.
I am ALL over it!!
I'm so much further down the road now than when i started, but still hitting some good challenges.
Beautiful Ladies, all this Mail Chimp conversation makes me smile so big!
And in conclusion, I got that at first it is not easy to navigate, but sticking with is worth it and in the end I will appreciate how mighty and powerful it is. THANK YOU ALL for sharing your awesome thoughts with me!
I totally the love Support School!
You've helped me with everything from crazy permalinks not working correctly, coding mysteries, best practices on to-do's with clients, business and everything else under the sun! I would have lost my mind and wouldn't be where I am in my business today if it weren't for them. Your advice and help has been priceless!
This support forum has been super helpful to me while learning Thesis and more about HTML and CSS.
I remember when I was having some super stressful trouble with a horizontal opt-in and Krista helped me out! The problem was solved and it looked awesome! There have been many other occasions where you have all have given support or suggestions at one time or another. I am very appreciative of all of the help I have received. Thank you!
I can't count the number of times the Support School has saved my sanity.
Here's a little support school love.
I can't count the number of times you have saved my sanity. I do remember one particularly tricky website redesign I took on, thinking how hard could it be? I followed the videos, and got stuck in.
And then I realized the difference between building a website from scratch and recreating an existing design, pixel by pixel.
After countless hours googling and scratching my head, the call went out to the Support School- "My navigation won't line up! I don't know what to dooooo!"
And the wonderful support staff jumped into my website, dug around in the code, made the changes to my stylesheet, and told me what she'd done, so I'd know for next time.
And that last bit's crucial. I don't just get fixes. I get knowledge. Every time Katy Martin or Krista Smith have helped me (or others) I've learned from it, and grown in my abilities as a web designer.
They're amazing. The sense of relief knowing someone's got my back in this wonderful, tricky world of building websites is enormous.
Plus, they're genuinely lovely people
Her tech savvy brain, creativity and “coachy” style were a perfect match for me...
Working with her was effortless! Her combined tech savvy brain, creativity and “coachy” style were a perfect match for me – not to mention her sense of humor. She “got” my style and the vibe I wanted to create. I never knew designing my website could be so much fun! The result was an online home I am proud to invite people to. Simply stated – Krista is mahvelous!
Women, Worthiness, & Wisdom Coach
She has a powerfully collaborative process that I haven’t experienced anywhere else.
Creating this website was really personal for me, it’s my online home and it’s critical that my right people love to hang out there. What I love about Krista is that she helped me figure out how to reflect my personality online. She has a powerfully collaborative process that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. She knew exactly what questions to ask me so that I could make confident decisions and her feedback was spot on. Since launching my site I’ve grown my readership, my client roster and received dozens of emails from women who love my site. Without hesitation, I refer all of my own clients to her—and they’re so happy I did.
Razor-sharp strategic vision, technical and creative prowess
Krista is a truly remarkable human being. She embodies a comforting yet exhilarating blend of razor-sharp strategic vision, technical and creative prowess, and insightful compassion – and to work with her is to bask in all of that awesomeness! My business would not be where it is today without Krista having been part of it. Not only does she see with total clarity what her clients need most (and help them make it happen), she also approaches every project with her heart wide open. And that’s not something you find every day!
Thank you, Krista, for everything that you are and the magic you bring to the world!
AmandaAitken.com, and The Girls Guide to Web Design
Katy is part website visionary and design extraordinaire, and part mind reader.
Katy is part website visionary and design extraordinaire, and part mind reader. I had a vague idea of what I wanted my website to be like, but very few specific ideas… so I couldn't give Katy a lot to go on! She was able to take all my ramblings and somehow interpret my hopes and wishes, and come up with the perfect website design! I LOVE my site, I think it came out soooo nice, and I've gotten nothing but raves from all who've seen it so far.
Katy is the total package, and then some. She will make you shine online!
Katy is a rare gem. The rarest kind, in fact - like an ultra-exotic diamond that's only ever been unearthed in one particular corner of a tiny little island in a far-flung part of the world.
Not only is Katy an amazingly talented and creative designer, she is also deeply committed to empowering her clients with the strategic tidbits and personalized training that make running their websites easier, more fun, and MUCH more successful. Her patience and caring nature shine through in everything that she does, and she brings marketing and SEO knowledge to the table that your "average designer" simply doesn't have.
Katy is the total package, and then some. She will make you shine online!
The Girl's Guide to Graphic Design and The Girl's Guide to Web Design
No matter how small or challenging my question may be, I am not alone in this...
The Support School team have made all the difference in my journey of learning web design. While I tend to be relatively independent and happy to figure things out myself, learning web design has required a new level of reaching out and asking for help. I feel so fortunate to have this depth of support, knowing that no matter how small or challenging my question may be, I am not alone in this. There is a clear and powerful sense of shared learning here, and it has given me the skill and courage needed to start a new path in my career as The Website Doula. Thank you!!!
A Few More Short n' Sweet Love Notes:
"I'd be sunk without my fellow #GG2WD classmates and our Facebook group. Thank you! Amanda Aitken, et al!" - Elizabeth
“I didn't expect to find such wonderful supportive group of women" - Amy
"Thanks so much everyone, this is such a supportive group and such a positive experience!" - Alisa
"I've found this group to be AWESOME as to encouragement and support along the way no matter where you are in the process." - Tina
"The support is unbelievable" - Denisse
"I am in the middle of the course right now and it's amazing! The added support certainly sweetens the deal." - Jules
"THANK YOU!! Useful, informative, quick answers; this Facebook group is.so.awesome." - Ellen
PLUS there is a Facebook group to help when you get stuck...
I couldn’t afford a designer, plus I needed a platform that I could run myself. I signed up with The Girl's Guide to Web Design which provides a series of excellent tutorials that were clear and helpful about how to design a site and implement it using Thesis - PLUS there is a Facebook group to help when you get stuck. I LOVE that I learned elements of design plus went from being a complete WP/Thesis newbie to someone who is happily tweaking CSS, hooks, look & feel etc. and I can continue to just learn and improve myself.
The Facebook group was perfection...
The Facebook group was perfection. It created a sense of community and got your questions answered, sometimes in multiple ways. It was really fantastic!
I never once felt like I was alone...
I never once felt like I was alone in the sea of coding. There was always someone just a Facebook post away.
This Facebook group is.so.awesome.
THANK YOU!! Useful, informative, quick answers; this Facebook group is.so.awesome.
The Facebook group is a great motivator...
Loving the Girls Guide to Web Design course content so far, and appreciate all the time that went in to making this course! The Facebook group is a great motivator...whenever I feel like taking a break, I get my little Facebook notification from the group and it makes me want to get right back into it. Awesome.
I feel like I am a part of some magical underground society of powerful women!
When I was going through the Girls Guide To Web Design course today and I had this feeling... With the private Facebook groups; the amazing support from your team, and the other students/graduates; and the uniqueness of the topics; and the method of delivery for the course you offer.. here's what I felt today when I was just overflowing with joy and inspiration: I feel like I am a part of some magical underground society of powerful women! I feel there is just something so unique about what you offer and what/how we are learning! It's like an underground community of awesomeness that only the wise, geeky (oh yeah!) ones who go searching for it, find it...and jump on it.
Pick up tidbits of wisdom and new ideas...
The private Facebook group for students is so fantastic. I often find myself scrolling and reading even when I don't have an issue just to pick up tidbits of wisdom and new ideas.
Social Suzi Designs
I would have lost my mind and wouldn't be where I am in my business today...
I totally <3 the Web Designer Support School! They've helped me with everything from crazy permalinks not working correctly, coding mysteries, best practices on to-do's with clients, business and everything else under the sun! I would have lost my mind and wouldn't be where I am in my business today if it weren't for them. Their advice and help has been priceless!
The problem was solved and it looked awesome!
This support forum has been super helpful to me while learning Thesis and more about HTML and CSS. I remember when I was having some super stressful trouble with a horizontal opt-in and Krista helped me out! The problem was solved and it looked awesome! There have been many other occasions where all of the gurus have given support or suggestions at one time or another. I am very appreciative of all of the help I have received. thank you!
I can't count the number of times the gurus have saved my sanity!
I do remember one particularly tricky website redesign I took on, thinking how hard could it be? I followed the GG2WD videos, and got stuck in. And then I realised the difference between building a website from scratch and recreating an existing design, pixel by pixel. After countless hours googling and scratching my head, the call went out to the gurus - "My navigation won't line up! I don't know what to dooooo!"
And the wonderful Stephanie Steyer jumped into my website, dug around in the code, made the changes to my stylesheet, and told me what she'd done, so I'd know for next time. And that last bit's crucial. I don't just get fixes. I get knowledge. Every time Katy Martin or Krista Smith have helped me (or others) I've learned from it, and grown in my abilities as a web designer.
They're amazing. The sense of relief knowing someone's got my back in this wonderful, tricky world of building websites is enormous.
Plus, they're genuinely lovely people