Designing award winning websites without any code using Tilda: Complete review

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It is important to have award-winning websites as part of your portfolio. This will help you gain customer trust and industry recognition. This post will explain how we can help you. how toTilda makes it easy to build unique websites. It’s a powerful and intuitive website-building platform for designers who want to make award-winning projects on their own with no code and no developer standing in the way between creative vision and creative expression.

Tilda websites are regularly awarded Awwwards and CSS Design Awards. The platform is used by designers for all types of projects. Whether it’s an eye-catching portfolio, landing page, business website, online store, educational platform, event promo page, the platform provides robust features and gives freedom to make top-notch websites without code that will qualify for the worlds’ most renowned awards.

In this post, we’ll walk you through what it takes to create an award-winning website without a line of code.

✏️We are grateful to Tilda, our sponsors for this post.

What makes a design “award” worthy?

In design, every single detail matters. Each detail must be perfect for award-winning design. Designers need an advanced tool that allows them to adjust every aspect of the layout while also allowing for creative vision.

We’ve summarized four key points that empower designers and their projects to rock it:

  • You can create a custom design that is unique without the need for code
  • Create a superior UX while enjoying your designer’s experience
  • Take your visual solutions to the next level
  • Stay on top of the latest technology
  • Let’s have a closer look at these tasks and see how a no code platform can help achieve them.

    1. You can create a custom design that is unique without the need for code

    What type of notebook do you prefer? One that has lined or blank pages?

    It’s clear that the one with plain pages would give more creative freedom. Same thing in web design—unique layouts are likely to be born out of design tools where no limits are imposed. Two problems arise with these limitless tools. Either the developer needs to be involved which will increase the costs of the designer but create an obstacle between her and her design. Or the tool could be so complicated that learning it can take several days or weeks. Who has the budget to devote this much time exploring a tool?

    Design tools that don’t have any limitations are likely to lead to unique layouts.

    Tilda solves both issues with their no code website building platform that, on one hand, comes with a powerful built-in web design editor Zero Block that allows realizing any creative idea, and on the other—has an intuitive interface with comprehensive structure, so you can get right to work, saving you hours and days of watching tutorials across YouTube.

    The Branx is an award winning design agency. they create their projects using Tilda.

    Tilda was the first to use blocks as a method of building websites. Tilda’s Zero Block editor is a powerful tool that allows for the creation of out-of-the-box websites.

    It’s a favorite tool for award-winning designers mainly thanks to its powerful toolkit and easy-to-use interface that won’t scare anyone who has ever used a graphics editor.

    “You can do pretty much anything with Zero Block, I really love it.” — Simon Wijers, Web Designer @SW Designs

    📌Pro tip: Submit your Tilda website to Made on Tilda and view the gallery to see outstanding web projects made on the platform.

    You can express your thoughts with many content types

    Content is everything. Designers have to determine the best ways to display content.

    Since every story is different, you don’t want to be limited with the types of content and media you can use in your design. You need to use a variety of elements in your story telling: image, text, shape, button as well video, tooltips, HTML, online forms, and gallery. These elements can all be customized in Zero Block.

    As a designer, you have full control over elements’ appearance, positioning, behavior on scroll; you can play around with the illusion of depth using layers, make pixel-perfect alignments with guides. Also, it’s easy to go wild with animation, custom gradients, flexible modular grids, resizing and aligning groups of elements, etc.

    Award-winning project uses a variety of content types to tell their story – Made on Tilda.

    2. Create a superior UX while enjoying your designer’s experience

    Great content creation is already difficult. This makes it even harder to make your website user-friendly. Fortunately, there are some best practices that can help improve your website’s user experience and give you the superpowers you need to create a web design masterpiece.

    Make sure that your design is great looking on all screens

    The first thing any search engine crawler or award jury member will check is the display of your website on various screen resolutions. Websites that are impressive on every screen should look great. So take the time to adjust your site carefully.

    📌 Pro Tip: Responsiveness doesn’t only apply to the mobile version of your design. Also, consider smartphones and tablets that are able to display your designs in both vertical and horizontal orientations. You should provide at least five perfect websites: desktop, vertical tablet and horizontal tablet.

    This is the process of adapting Zero Block’s layout for the vertical mobile screen.

    Zero Block allows you to switch between five screens, adjust every element individually, modify the composition and set a height for your layout. But, it can take a lot of time and effort to manually adjust all layouts. Below are our top tips to improve your design workflow.

    Set your elements’ position in pixels or in percentage

    You need to be able to adjust the position and width of every element along the X and Y axes in order for pixel-perfect compositions. You would normally use pixels to measure in graphics editors. Zero Block allows you to use percentages and pixels. You can switch to the percentage to adjust the responsive element position to match the screen size.

    Bind elements to X- and Y-axis

    This trick saves you time and guarantees design clarity. Let’s say you want the logo to be always displayed in the upper left corner. By choosing the alignment of the center, left, right, top, or bottom, you can set the anchor to the element’s X-axis/Y-axis.

    The layout can be auto-scaled

    By using the auto-scaling toggle, your layout can automatically adjust to fit on screen. This way, your design will stretch and always take up 100% of the browser window, even if your website is projected on a wall (during the award ceremony, for example 😉).

    In action: Auto-scale

    You can customize the modular grid however you’d like

    A modular grid is often the starting point for website designs. You can maintain visual order across the website by defining your page’s visual structure.

    If they have high ambitions, designers love to defy the rules. That’s why on Zero Block, you can configure your own modular grid: Set any number of columns, edit column width and spacing, margins, and more. You can control the layout of your website or a specific section. Additionally, this allows you to design typography as well as repeating modules.

    Create your grid using Zero Block

    Turn your Figma files into a live website. Automatically.

    If you design website layouts in Figma, you’d be delighted to learn that the website layout created on Figma can be quickly turned into a live Tilda website using automatic import to Zero Block. This saves you the hassle of manually rebuilding every component and transferring them from Figma to the platform.

    It takes only a few minutes to import the Figma layout. You are now ready to go with the desktop version. All that’s left is to adjust the layout to mobile screens, and the website is ready to go live. You can edit or modify the layout as many times you wish.

    Below is an illustrated guide on Figma to Tilda import.

    How to convert Figma design in a Tilda site.

    3. Make impressive visual solutions

    The power of typography is transformative, so make sure you use it well

    Typography is important because text often occupies a lot of space on a website. A single award, or honorable mention for creativity in typography can lead to a recipient. Made on Tilda, Awwwards Honorable Mention. Fonts: Hatton + Helvetica Neue. Made on Tilda, Awwwards Honorable Mention. Font: Clash Display.

    Tilda believes designers should be free to choose from a wide range of fonts. That’s why you’ll find all the necessary font sources to configure typography in the best possible way.

    You can choose any font from a built-in font library with a variety of hand-picked web fonts including world-famous Futura, Open Sans, Georgia, Roboto, Graphik, as well as Tilda’s signature variable typeface Tilda Sans. Any font can be easily connected to the Google Fonts, Adobe Fonts, and Graphik libraries. Aside from that, your custom font files can be uploaded in 9 different weights: Thin (100), Black (900), and Black (900). You can also upload variable fonts, which are single font files that include an infinitum of font weights.

    With animation, add magic and wonder to your website

    Animated websites are often several points ahead of non-animated ones as they look classy, create the “WOW” factor and increase engagement on your websites. Tilda comes with powerful yet easy-to-use animation tools that don’t require either code or any prior knowledge in the complex world of motion. There are pre-built animations available (Basic Animation), or you can create your own (Step by Step Animation) and turn your website interactive.

    ✨Basic animation

    You can instantly refresh the page with Basic animation and animated elements right as they are displayed on the screen. Fade out, Fade up, Fade down, Fade left, Fade right and Zoom in are the six options available. Once you’ve chosen an effect out of the drop-down list, you can modify its parameters such as Duration (how long the effect will take), Distance (the range of motion for elements appearing from the side), Delay (allows you to dealy animation playback), etc.

    The beauty of Basic animation is that you don’t risk making a mistake: All effects are built and tested by Tilda designers, the range of settings is carefully calculated. Animation is easy because you can view the effects in action from within the editor. Made on Tilda, creative animation on scroll, Awwwards Honorable Mention.

    ✨ Step-by-Step Animation:

    Animation effects can be used to make the story more interactive. They are activated by hovering over, clicking on, or scrolling down. The effect won’t start unless the visitor performs a certain action, so it’d be a nice idea to add a hint, e.g. import an SVG arrow and add a text like “Hover over me.”

    There are many ways you can create unforgettable, playful experiences.

    What about mobile animation? Yes, it’s supported. To personalize every version of your website, you can modify properties at each resolution. When evaluating a site’s merits for an award, this shows care and attention.

    ✨Guide to Web Animation

    If you feel like animating your website but don’t know where to start, get inspired and use some ideas from Tilda’s Free Guide to Web Animation. It’s a collection of 25+ animation techniques with how-to video tutorials and pre-designed templates that you can add to your project and learn by doing.

    4. Stay on top of the latest technology

    Website design doesn’t just involve visuals or UX. Web designs must also be technical optimized to meet all current trends in SEO, security and adaptability. Here is a listing of all the tech requirements your website needs and some useful tools that can help you expand its capabilities.

    SEO in hand

    Modern websites should be optimized. Period. How can you make SEO work for you without hiring an SEO expert? You can easily do this with Tilda.

    The built-in SEO assistant will alert you to any potential errors and help you quickly correct them.

    Tilda pages can be indexed by search engines because of the consistent positioning of the blocks within the code. A variety of parameters can be used to optimize your site: Title and description, Keywords, H1, H2, and H3 header tags. Alt text for images. Free SSL certificate. Redirects (301/HTTPS/WWW). Custom 404 error pages. The built-in SEO assistant will alert you to any errors and help you quickly correct them. You don’t have to do anything except improve your page ranking with auto-generated robots.txt or sitemap.xml.

    Make sure the page loads fast

    This parameter influences SEO and clearly affects user experience, so you don’t want to screw up here. It’s especially relevant for “heavy” websites with lots of images and animation effects—just like the ones that qualified for awards. Is there anything you can do to speed up your site’s load time? It’s a good idea to reduce the image size before uploading images to the website (it’s easy to do with online services such as TinyPNG). Your platform will play a major role in your success.

    Tilda employs the latest technology to maximize image loading. This helps to accelerate the pages such as Lady load and CDN (Content Delivery Network, a network of servers around the world that delivers images faster), WebP, which automatically converts images to this next-generation format), Adaptive Image Resizing Technology, etc.

    Your website is secure

    Your website and you should be prepared for several threats. DDoS attacks could make your website unavailable completely or in part. Tilda’s websites are all protected by special equipment that can withstand multiple attacks simultaneously.

    Also, it’s crucial that you use HTTPS protocol for a secure connection. Tilda uses a default cryptographic SSL connection to ensure that all data transactions are secure.

    Collect and efficiently manage user data

    No matter what website you are working on—an artistic portfolio or a practical business page—chances are, you have to add an online form to it. Not only this form has to be carefully designed but it also has to be correctly set up so that you won’t lose your potential customers.

    Tilda’s built-in free CRM.

    You can create online forms with Tilda to capture leads and then integrate them into 20+ data collection services like Google Sheets. Trello. Salesforce. Tilda’s built-in CRM is a great tool for managing leads.

    All payments accepted

    When designing an eCommerce site, you must consider usability. Tilda lets you create an entire online store with its built-in Product Catalog. It also allows for the creation of shopping carts and payment methods like Stripe, PayPal, and 2Checkout. This makes it possible to accept international payments.

    Together, create a website

    No matter what type of web project you’re building on Tilda, you can do it together with your co-workers. Collaboration allows for group collaboration between creatives. In order to allow your clients to access the project, you can either grant them different levels or add them to it.

    Award-winning online store, made on Tilda (CSS Winner nominee)

    Tilda allows you to create your next site that is a winner without the need for code

    One image is worth a thousand words, one trial session is worth a thousand reviews—we’ll be thrilled if you decide to build your next outstanding project on Tilda (be sure to share it with the community, hashtag #madeontilda), sign up for Tilda now. ■

    Tilda allows millions to make award winning websites and portfolios. It also lets them create online businesses portals, landing page, eCommerce stores, blogs, and business portals. Tilda lets you create amazing websites using 550+ responsive block templates. You can also use Zero Block (a built-in web designer) to show your creativity and create original web designs. These are all wrapped in an easy-to-use interface.

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