Getting better at anything takes considerable time and effort. Feel like you are in a rut with progressing your web design skill? Try this:
- Find a web site you really love the design of. Maybe browse a design gallery.
- Open up your design program of choice and try to copy it identically*. Take a full page screenshot of the site for reference and quick overlays.
- During this copying process, there will be many opportunities to put your own spin on the design and make it your own.
- Convert your final design into HTML/CSS. If you get stuck, ask for help.
I have heard many fledgling web designers complain that they aren't able to get better because they don't have any clients to make sites for. You don't need a client to make a website. I've long been friends with many musicians. I think of them locking themselves in the piano room for 6 hours on a Saturday head-down in sheet music practicing. Why don't we do that?
*I'm not advocating design theft here, I'm advocating using great design to learn from. Like learning to play a popular song on guitar.