Part of being a successful web designer is having the right tools (and the requisite knowledge) to get the job done. Fortunately, those of us who work in this industry have an incredible amount of resources available. Here’s the kicker: many of them free.
Okay, perhaps that last bit of information isn’t new to you. But, to those who work in other fields, it may just be astonishing.
Free tools and even educational materials are not something that, say, a mechanic would have access to. Nor would a plumber or a pilot. Yet, web designers take advantage of these perks every single day. Not only that, we also benefit from a large community that is centered around comradery and the sharing of knowledge.
And perhaps the biggest, most influential contributor of all is the open source software community. As such, let’s take a look at why open source means so much to those of us who work on the web.
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A Fast Start (On the Cheap)
In just about any service-related industry, there are certain costs required to get started on a project – the “materials”, if you will. A restaurant can’t sell you food without first having it readily available in their kitchen. A carpenter can’t build you a shelf without first having a supply of wood. So, what about web designers?
Well, this is somewhat tricky. Yes, a designer could conceivably build every component of a site from scratch. This is easy enough to do for a simple, static website.
Odds are that one or more of the above needs would benefit from some premade software. In other industries, relying on apps built by others could cost a …