Website design is complex and time consuming, but during spells of economic uncertainty, cost-effectiveness is key. Learn how to keep costs down while ensuring you have a full toolset.
There isn’t a single economic authority who’s suggesting the world’s economy is going to recover quickly from the financial crisis. While governments and industries continue battling the fallout from the banking crash, major economies are perpetually teetering on the brink of recession. Profit warnings are commonplace and throughout every field of business, budgets are therefore strained, squeezing what’s available for online work.
Web designers and developers are certainly not immune to the crunch. Taxes and costs are rising, but many can expect to have to work harder to maintain income levels, and resources may be stretched across the board. We aim to help.
We’ve broken down the website-creation process into 15 bite-size stages, including initial planning and content strategy, design, coding, testing, feedback, delivery and maintenance.
We’ve also asked a number of experienced designers and develoers in the field to recommend free or affordable tools, services and resources they think can best help you to simultaneously save money and make your working life easier.
Naturally, there’s some crossover between some of the stages of site creation, and so some of the tools make multiple appearances.
Also, one person’s ‘shoestring budget’ is another’s extravagence, but we’ve attempted to focus on the products that are recognised within the industry as great value for mooney.
(coming soon) bite-size stage 01
Grannell, Craig “save cash.” Web Design Essentials Vol.2. 2011: 9. Print.