5 Website Design Tips to Save Time

Doing good website design can take a lot of time. In the case you have a lot of work to do, are there ways to reduce how much time you take up and still produce good website design? Here are 5 website design tips to reduce time costs.

1. Website templates

One of the most commonly used time-saving methods is finding (or designing) good website templates to use to cut back on the time it can take to build a full website construction. By doing this you can have a template ready to fill with your new website’s content and images.

However, be careful – overusing templates can often be noticed, since designing multiple sites with the same template can be noticed. This can upset people who want a very unique website. The best way to adjust to this is to have several templates ready to use, so you can customize the look to each website as necessary.

2. Set up a web server


There are several types of code that you cannot test locally by just opening in your browser. These include code like PHP and SQL calls. To get around the need to upload your code changes before you can see and test the results, it can save time to install a local web server on your development system.

There are different options for this, including Apache and Xerver. By installing one of these servers, you can do all your website design testing locally without needing to upload it to a remote server.

3. Keep a library with your favorite code

Any website designer has a few chunks of code they love using in almost every site they build. Getting organized and putting these pieces of code into a library you can reference will save a lot of time. You will be able to just go to your library and retrieve the code you need for that part of the site without needing to write it from scratch. And this library can be continuously updated, as well as used to share between different designers to help each be more productive.

4. Use a common header (or footer) file

By having the header or footer section (or other elements) of your website pages broken into a separate file, you are able to make one single change to a file and see this change distribute across the whole site. This can save a lot of time that would otherwise be spent editing each file independently.

To do this you can use PHP “include” functions, build nested templates in Dreamweaver, or even HTML file include methods. This way you can rest a bit by needing only to edit a single file instead of several.

5. Look for tools to save more time

Web Developer

Some of the best methods of saving time can be found through using different tools to help your website design process. This can vary, depending on your specialty. If you do a lot of website design, perhaps the Firefox Web Developer toolbar plugin would help you. Or if you’re a graphic designer, try the different graphic editors available to see which one you can work most efficiently with, or which combination works best. In addition to this, talking to an expert about what tools they use can help you discover other ways to save time you may not have even known about.

Being more productive in your website design is always a good thing. Try these website design tips to increase your own productivity and grow business!

This guest post is by Eric Gesinski who works for TulsaMarketingOnline.com. You can also write guest articles and share your favorite tips.


  1. Jeff Woodruff says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I strongly advocate all 5 of these things. I’ve come up with quite the collection of templates that I’ve designed along with way but I also use template sites as a place to go for design inspiration. A lot of the templates sites out there are junk but I have found a few good ones. Do you have any favorite templates sites?

    • Eric says:

      I can’t say I have any favorite template sites – I like to go hit some of the big ones (like DreamTemplate or TemplateMonster), look through their designs, then pick out ones I like and make templates myself to imitate them to save for later. It’s a little investment in time to do it yourself, but then you have it ready to go for future projects.

  2. Chris Peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing your reflection. I’m not 100% agree with you. If you want good and unique design means you should invest your own time and research otherwise you can’t

    • Eric says:

      Chris, I actually agree with you. Personally, I don’t use templates too often and prefer to spend extra time to make custom design for sites. But in the case you have a lot of sites that need to be made and a limitation on time, that can help.

  3. Suhasini says:

    Well we followed the same while creating our website and missed out few too but now will take care for the next time.

  4. Luis Riser says:

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  8. 5S Nike says:

    Web design and functionality are so important yet only a few spend time each month or year on improving it.
    I know i need to split test more

  9. Dareen says:

    Thanks for sharing your reflection. I’m not 100% agree with you. If you want good and unique design means you should invest your own time and research otherwise you can’t

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  11. Diseno Web Miami says:

    You can save time and resources by using “php” includes “. Create a unique banner for the header and footer to save you the time to be scheduling this as often as pages have. We use our own CMS generated in Dreamweaver to make easier the programming of the website.

  12. mobile web developer says:

    These are AWESOME tips, and I do all of them.
    It’s so important to stay inspired, no matter how you do it. Web server is a big thing, as is taking many short little breaks. I get so much more done that way!

  13. plan business says:

    I usually rent from hosting company so I don’t need time to set up the server, but I hope someday can try to have my own hosting.

  14. fuite d'eau says:

    Thanks for the list… I applied for a couple things too.

  15. web design says:

    Very helpful and useful article. Keep up your good web design ideas and articles.

  16. Website Design says:

    very detailed information and thanks for such a awesome tips regarding website design aspects….

  17. Martin Oxby - Web Designer says:

    I realise this thread is very old, but you know, the Internet is out there and posts are still found for various reasons (I found it no problems).

    Although I agree with you on having a local server and a code library, I don’t think templates are the way forward. People want their own website, not one that someone else has had. You also cannot use the line that what the client doesn’t know won’t hurt them, because I don’t think that’s fair – the client is paying you for THEIR website, not some re-jig of another’s.

    So be careful if you plan to use templates.

  18. graphic design manchester says:

    Super tips for saving time and therefore money whilst doing some website design! I cannot agree more.

  19. Sales Training says:

    I’m happy with using templates as you describe, but are you sure it doesn’t show up as “duplicate content” for the search engines?

  20. bailey button triplet boots says:

    I can’t say I have any favorite template sites – I like to go hit some of the big ones (like DreamTemplate or TemplateMonster

  21. sales training says:

    Good point about the footers – I always keep a link to the site map there as well, so you can always refer to it if you get stuck. This is especially helpful on larger sites. Nice points, keep up the good work, thanks.

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