I’ve been in the web design business quite a while and even though it’s a constant learning experience, it baffles me about how some sites are created. All of the beautiful designs I see are paralleled by completely ugly sites that are created by “experienced” web designers. That’s not to say they are completely clueless as to site layout but they are clueless as to what today’s designs should look like.
If you are going to design websites either for a living or as a side gig, it’s best to allow yourself to grow as technology grows. We are all capable of learning and lifelong learning is a term that is being used all the time. I suggest visiting your local book store or library and getting the latest books on new design technologies, design inspiration, or software. You can even go online to view online tutorials on the many topics I have discussed which is a better avenue for some people as online learning can be quicker alternative. You’ll be surprised at how much more you can accomplish and make the web as beautiful as it should be.