Ways of Saving when Building your Website

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Whether you are working for a startup or a well-established company, certainly you will be looking for ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency. And if the business has any online component at all, then building an efficient and cost effective website is crucial.

Here are a few tips for those who are looking for ways to build websites effectively and efficiently:

  • Planning and project management products. Like any other project, a web development project needs to have a plan because one has to take into consideration multiple aspects like website design and graphics, content, server hosting and coding. In order to create a new website in the most efficient way consider the use of planning and time-tracking free products like PlanningForce, Glasscubes, Huddle, or Evernote.
  • Wireframing solutions can be a real time saving element of your web design process. By wireframing, you get a quick prototype of your website’s structure and architecture and help avoid running into possible issues. SlickPlan, Gliffy, Jumpchart, Mockflow, iPlotz and Mockingbird are just some of the free solutions one could use for creating a website wireframe.
  • Code editors. Many applications exist for coding a website in simple and easy steps. Araneae is an editor that includes syntax highlighting, drag and drop support, and tabbed editing. Araneae includes several extensions like HTML, XHTML, CSS, XML, JavaScript, PHP, and Ruby files. EditPad Lite is a text editor written in 10 different languages. It is free for non-commercial use only.
  • Freelancers. When you need specific web development knowledge, maybe you could get a little help by outsourcing some project tasks to freelancers. Outsourcing is commonplace in the web industry and you can find some good freelancers at Freelancer.com or ifreelance.com.

Last but not least, choose expert services. For complex websites, with clear and detailed objectives, it would be good to choose a professional PSD to HTML service. Hand coding is a much more effective and efficient service compared to the automated software available. Hand coding provides the ultimate flexibility to develop web pages for the most detailed and creative designs. Although it is not a free solution, it will ensure fast, efficient and cost effective development of any website. At CodeMyIMAGE we can deliver professional coding for your most creative website projects.

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More Popular Web Design Tools

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In our last article we tried to provide some perspectives on the most popular web design tools.  Today, we would like to bring you more resources from web design field specialists:

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Most Popular Web Design Tools

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Thinking of creating your own personal or professional business website? With all the online technologies available, some of which are free, you may even be tempted to design the website on your own.

If you have decided to take the plunge and design your website, here are some popular tools you may consider using:

  • Fireworks is a bitmap and vector graphics editor from Adobe available for Mac and Windows operating systems. It is designed to integrate easily with other former Macromedia products, such as Dreamweaver and Flash. Designed specifically for professional web designers, Fireworks has many tools and options that can help you create a full website layout.
  • Dreamweaver is, as Adobe’s website claims, the industry-leading web authoring and editing software that provides both visual and code-level capabilities for creating websites. Dreamweaver is also available for both the Mac and Windows operating systems and it integrates with other popular Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator, allowing the user to share smart objects for facilitating the web design workflow.
  • Photoshop is one of the most popular graphics’ editors available for the Mac and Windows operating system. Created initially for professional photographers, it is ideal for creating web graphics. Photoshop has all the necessary tools and options you may need such as: filters, brushes, and different actions scripts, just to name a few.
  • CSSedit focuses mainly on style sheets and offers a wide range of features for any experience level. The Selector Builder tool and the advanced visual editors will easily help beginners understand CSS. For those more seasoned, the Live Preview tool will help them to create their websites more quickly.
  • Bluefish Editor is a free and open source code editor, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

No matter what tool you use, to create your design you should always make sure to have the web development done by professionals. At CodeMyIMAGE, we have experience in virtually all web design tools and we can help you code a website that reflects your style and business needs.

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More Tools To Test Your Website Usability

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In our latest article we selected what we considered to be the best website usability testing tools. We would now like to bring you more usability tools, as selected by web design specialists:

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Have You Considered Testing Your Website’s Usability?

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Usability is about making a website’s interface easier to use and understand so that the user’s experience becomes as memorable as possible. Testing your website’s usability before launching it is one of the most recommended initiatives one can do for their website. It allows you to discover the many possible ways in which your visitors would use your website and how it can be enhanced.

Lately, there has been a flood of new cheap or even free website usability testing tools. Take a look at our today’s post to see some useful tools for managing a usability test for your website.

  • Chalkmark by Optimal Workshop: It is an ideal way to discover people’s first reactions to your website’s screenshots. It will help you to get quick feedback on design before you implement it. Click testing is a great way to ensure that your users get started on the right track when they hit your website and Chalkmark is one of the most effective ways to do it.  Clicks are also recorded by Chalkmark, and a real-time display of a heatmap will show you their location.
  • Userfly allows you to place a JavaScript on your website for tracking your visitors’ actions, their mouse movements, and clicks. You can see exactly where the user’s mouse moves and what he/she typed in the search box.
  • Feedback Army is one of the fastest ways to get feedback about your website. Powered by Amazon’s Mechanical Turk engine, this service is a human-powered tool that helps solve quick tasks. Feedback Army asks users questions about your website and gathers feedback so that you can improve the user experience almost immediately.
  • ClickTale is a paid service that tracks user visits, mouse clicks and moves and the time it takes for users to switch between website’s pages.  Data will be available to you in the form of heatmaps or as reports.  Heatmaps display identifies zones where visitors spend long periods of time and those where they spend the least amount of time. An interesting and useful feature is the Form Analytics tool which displays form fields data. This data includes time of field completion and which form fields have the highest rate of abandon, or take the longest to complete.

At CodeMyIMAGE we know how usefull the users’ feeback can be and that usability testing is critical for discovering user needs. By implementing usability tests you are optimizing your business’ website and able to focus on what your users want.

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