When it comes to creating a great design for your website there is more than one way of achieving it. In the webdesign review below I will look at three of the most popular options for web design. This will include the leading web design software suite on the market, a site offering a massive range of templates and an excellent site for finding web designers. The purpose of this guide is to make it easier for you to find the right solution for your own particular circumstances.
Adobe Webdesign Review
The adobe range of web design tools have long been the favorite for both
professional web designers and at home website owners. In the Adobe
Webdesign Suite CS4 you will get Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Flash. All
three of these software applications are considered the leader in their
category. Dreamweaver is an excellent website editing program, Photoshop
is the preferred graphics program for most designers and Flash is
considered the standard these days for multimedia websites. Adobe
products are well supported by the web developer community and are
considered the industry standard.
If you want to be able design your website to your exact specifications
and you are comfortable with using the adobe web design tools, then this
suite will be your best choice. Of course learning how to use these
tools takes time, especially if you want to get the most from them. For
many website owners hiring a designer or using a template will be a
If you are looking for a web design template then DreamTemplate is great
place to look. DreamTemplate is a membership site, which if you join
gives you access to over 7500 templates including photoshop, CSS, logo
and flash templates. The templates on DreamTemplate are simple to
download and customize to your own needs.
Another nice feature of DreamTemplate is that all of the templates have
been categorized. This makes searching for an appropriate template much
easier. While there are free templates online, the time you will save
searching for the right template is worth the small annual fee.
One of the things that I like best about DreamTemplate is the cost. For
only $40 you get unlimited access to the full range of templates for an
entire year. There are also sometimes discount codes which can make
DreamTemplate. To see if one is available simply perform a Google search
for "DreamTemplate Discount Code."
99 Designs Review
99 Designs offers a unique approach to hiring a web designer known as a
design contest. To start with you will submit a brief explaining what
you want to achieve and how much you are willing to pay for. Then
hundreds of web designers who use 99 Designs will submit their own
proposal for the design for your site. When you find one that you like
the look of you can accept it and they will create the design they
There are some significant advantages to this system. Firstly you don't
need to know exactly what you are looking for before hiring a designer.
Secondly you know your site is going to look like before you begin.
Thirdly you have a huge range of designers to choose from. And lastly
you know exactly how much the project is going to cost you before you
begin. This is different to hiring a designer by the hour where the
final cost is unknown.
99 Designs also some other great features that I like. When you are
preparing your project you will be told approximately how many bidders
you can expect depending on your proposed budget. I also like that when
you post 99 Designs guides you carefully through how to propose your job
and the criteria to use. This is useful because it can be hard to
express your vision for the site in language that the designer will
While 99 Designs is a great service it does have its drawbacks. One of
the most significant is that you still need to know what a good design
is. You might think this should be obvious but many of us aren't
actually that great at judging good web design. As well as this you
cannot interview the designers yourself or look at their portfolio
before choosing. And lastly while you can set the price it can't be less
than the minimum that 99 Designs sets.
Choosing the right web design solution will depend on your particular
circumstances. If you have a number of different websites and you have a
fixed budget then DreamTemplates is an excellent source for a huge
range of templates. If on the other hand you have a special web design
project but you don't want to work on it yourself, 99 Designs will
probably be your best choice. Finally if you are the sort of person who
likes to do everything themselves and you have the skills or are willing
to learn, then Adobe Webdesign Suite will be the best way for you to
get the design you want.