Like it or loath it? I’m the latter right now.
While I enjoy most aspects of creating a website, the one part I enjoy the most is creating the initial design. I love tinkering about in Photoshop trying different colours, fonts, filters, and the likes.
I always feel good after I’ve completed a new design. I can’t say the same about coding. After I’m done coding a site/page I feel more relief than anything – relief that it’s done. But when I’m designing I’m always enthusiastic or excited. It’s a really nice feeling knowing you’ve created something new… fresh… never seen before.
What part of creating or running a website gives you the most satisfaction (not including the monetary aspect)? Is it creating the design or coding the HTML/CSS afterwards? What about search engine marketing or writing the content?
Remember back to when you first learnt how to design web sites? Remember adding all those bells & whistles? I certainly do. Why did I add them? Because it seemed cool at the time.
The thing is… I’m still adding bells & whistles! Only now they’re more advanced bells & whistles.
Now that I know how to use the likes of Apache‘s mod_rewrite module or PHP‘s include function, I find myself wanting to make everything search engine friendly or use includes left, right and centre, when I should be keeping things simple. It’s a hard habit to break. When you know you can do something extra special – even though you probably don’t really need to – you find yourself doing it anyway… because it seems cool.
What’s worse is, these advanced bells & whistles can cause you more headaches than just keeping it simple.