Do your website projects sail along quickly & effortlessly through the design phase, but get stuck when it comes to actually creating the website? Do you find yourself endlessly researching troubles, and feeling like the project is dragging because it’s taking you so much longer to code than you anticipated?
You’re not alone! No matter what your website design process is like there are solutions that can help you develop your websites quicker and with less effort. It’s time to take charge of your website development process and streamline it so you can serve more clients in less time. How is that possible? I’ve got 3 different ways you can save time developing your website for every design process.
1| Hire a Developer
Hiring developers isn’t just for large agencies, by partnering with a web developer you can work with a professional who has the experience to get websites done in less time. This not only helps you keep your web design project on schedule but also frees up your time to reinvest it into your own business or serve more clients.
Have you ever gotten halfway through a project only to realize a feature wasn’t going to be feasible or was more work than you thought it would be? Your developer can help you avoid those issues altogether; saving you time, and helping you set client expectations from the start. Developers can consult with you on the best way to implement certain features, or even feature feasibility so you and your client can make informed decisions.
Hiring a developer may not be as expensive as you might think. Many developers offer services both in package deals and on an hourly basis. This gives you the flexibility to hire a developer to tackle a particularly troublesome issue or task, or take over the entire coding & developing process – whatever best suits your needs and budget!
2 | Use a Child Theme
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Building from scratch every time you make a website is inefficient. Using a WordPress child theme gives you a head start by taking care of at least the basic website styles, features, and layouts. By selecting an appropriate child theme, you can create a website in less time, with less coding and still give your clients an amazing result.
In addition to saving time & effort, a good child theme like those from StudioPress, give your website a solid foundation built on good code. This helps keep your sites your sites secure and fast. You can rest easy knowing you have a reliable site foundation built by an entire team dedicated to providing one amazing framework.
3 | Page Builders & Gutenberg Blocks
Page builders are an option for those who want to create a website without coding (or by coding minimally). I don’t think they are the best option, but they can be a viable option in your workflow. Page builders are basically a drag and drop interface that allow you to create website pages & features without coding. Some popular examples include BeaverBuilder, Divi, and Elementor.
Page builders do have a downside, primarily bloated code. Bloated code basically means that there’s a lot of code that could be done in another, more efficient way; there’s a lot of extra code that could be condensed into a more efficient way. What that means for your website users is there’s a good chance the website will load more slowly than if it was not built using a page builder. This can become an issue for very large sites, sites with lots of media content, and sites that also use a lot of plugins.
Secondly, with the advent of WordPress’ Gutenberg, page builders in many cases are redundant. Gutenberg allows the creation of
Page builders can be useful if you find yourself struggling to make a certain page layout or your clients are looking for a code-free way to make site updates and changes themselves.
When it comes to your web design business, time is money. Using that time effectively and efficiently is key. Using one of these valuable tools to help you reduce time (and frustration) coding your websites will help you grow your business by serving more clients, providing a better client experience, and freeing you from frustration.