If you’re a web designer or developer and you don’t know who Paul Boag is, you should. In addition to running the Boagworld website, and of course his wonderful must listen podcast, entitled “Boagworld” he is the creative director at Headscape.
In an article he’s posted today, he gives us “5 Options When Website Budgets Get Slashed“; each of which we should all commit to memory here and now, as we’ll no doubt be using them a lot over the coming year. A brief sample:
Too often we reinvent the wheel. When budgets are plentiful this can make sense. Although there is similar functionality out there, we might choose to develop it ourselves so we have more control or can customise it to our exact requirements. However as budgets begin to get squeezed these are luxuries we cannot afford.
In a world of widgets, APIs and open source it is becoming increasingly hard to argue the case for custom builds. Why build your own mapping application when there is Google Maps? Why build a forum when you could use an open source alternative like Vanilla?
Go read the whole thing now. You’ll be glad you did.