Designers - How Do You Start Developing a Site?

almost 9 years ago from Sean Geraghty, Design @

  • Nick HileyNick Hiley, almost 9 years ago

    I usually draw up a quick wireframe in my sketch pad then design it in Photoshop.

    I recently switched to Brackets ( for my text editor and really like it so far as I was using Notepad++ in the past (don't judge).

    I've stripped down Bootstraps grid system as it's the only thing I like about the framework and also use SASS.

    For static sites I like to use GitHub Pages and maybe Jekyll depending on the needs. If it's a blog I'm building, I try to persuade the client to go with Ghost ( and learn some markdown instead of Wordpress because you know, PHP sucks.

    GitHub pages has some restrictions when building a site such as the capability to add a contact form but I found Brace forms - which is a nice little alternative.

    Oh and I use Gulp now and then :)

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    • Ed AdamsEd Adams, almost 9 years ago

      Thank you so much for mentioning Brace Forms! I've wanted a contact form on an otherwise static site as long as I've been using Jekyll. This is a godsend.

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      • Nick HileyNick Hiley, almost 9 years ago

        I haven't really looked into how it works but it's a great free service and is really easy to integrate into your forms.

        The only downside is that for a confirmation message, it sends you to an external page.

        I've been trying to create a modal window or even a new browser window to display a confirmation message but no luck yet

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