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How do you guys go about developing great websites?

#1
Hi guys,

How do you go about developing great looking websites? Do you just dive straight into the coding (IMO should never do)

Or do you create a Photoshop template, meticulously planning the colour theme, padding, layout images and typography and then converting to web using perhaps a pre bought template or bootstrap framework.

IMO the second is the preferred.

What do you do?
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#2
The "greatness" shifted - from "visual design" towards "user experience"; from sites towards applications. Pages interact with a user with intense, it means a lot of front-end programming. This is what I would recommend:

1. Make your own CMS for starting project. Collect your permanent and tested solutions there.
2. Pick up a great CSS framework with tons of features, a big one, and really themeable. My personal choice is Semantic UI. It is practically impossible to make a complex responsive UI without adopting a prepared CSS framework.
3. Don't do everything alone, work together with a designer. It is not about the technical stuff that designers usually do, but for the sake of the artistic idea. For example, if I make a design, it becomes eventually, how to say, a "male" kind. This is why I design only the administration panels. But my designer which is female is capable to make front-end designs for any audience.
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#3
Good points I really like this semantic UI I hadn't saw this before, to be honest I've just been using bootstrap with a few custom js libraries.

Good point about getting other designers involved, did she help you design your site:
http://hop-mebeli.com/

It looks really good. I would share some of my ideas but I'd have to kill you. Big Grin
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#4
Yes, she did.
Edit: But this site is Bootstrap-based, before my migration.
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#5
I played around with Bootstrap for the first time this week:

suvovu dot com (I don't want any actual links to it, sorry).

I struggle with design, but it's functional (I think).
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#6
@skunkbad

If you prefer Bootstrap 3 for front-end, see https://github.com/dragdropsite/mPurpose It is not bad, only the slideshow is too old, but the Bootstrap's built-in slider could be used instead.
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(02-12-2017, 07:51 PM)ivantcholakov Wrote: @skunkbad

If you prefer Bootstrap 3 for front-end, see https://github.com/dragdropsite/mPurpose It is not bad, only the slideshow is too old, but the Bootstrap's built-in slider could be used instead.

I've been using bootstrap 4
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#8
I have also been using that, love coding
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#9
I think the advice I'd give is always, always start of with a photoshop template. Honestly, the time save with a solid static design is invaluable.
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#10
In addition to having a solid PS design the following site is great when it comes to marketing.

http://www.goodui.org/
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