by Kerry Martin
Remember when Microsoft Publisher came out and everyone could call themselves a graphic designer? Now, thanks to more and more free online services, you can add “Website Developer” to your résumé as well.
Blog publishing applications like WordPress dominate the Web for do-it-yourself sites, but have you tried out Weebly? (I only just recently heard about Weebly, so forgive me for sharing this “breaking news” about the site named to Time’s 50 Best Websites … in 2007.)
Now you’re probably thinking, “Why are you talking about design stuff?”
That’s just it. I’m one of those people who thinks that because I have the capacity to functionally utilize those tools, I should be able to make a nice-looking website. Sadly though, I’ve seen the [marginal-at-best] results that come from tinkering around for hours with free template software myself, and I always regret wasting my time.
Of course there are some instances where those kinds of tools would work perfectly for a single purpose Web page. In fact it was a client who first introduced me to Weebly as a solution for creating an easy, online registration form.
But for all of those intricate Web design projects, there are always limitations to creating a unique and fresh design concept that graphically represents the message you are trying to convey.
I’ve learned from experience: when it comes to design, I trust the experts.