Once you have decided that you want to launch a website for your law firm, you need to first hire a great design team to get that website up and running. The team will have a group of developers and designers who will take the website through different stages all the way to completion. One of the most important stages is right at the beginning, when the designers create a wireframe of your lawyer website.
A wireframe serves as both a blueprint and a preview of what the completed website will look like. This is one of the earliest stages of design and it determines the overall design and vision for the website. That is because the wireframe is used as the basis of a mockup that is created and shown to the clients so that they can make any proposed changes before design and programming begin in earnest. There are several helpful tools that are used to create a website wireframe and the designers at On The Map Marketing make excellent use of them so that any website we work on gets started off on the right foot.
This is one of the best and most popular tools for creating wireframes because of its flexibility and diversity. It has a wide variety of templates to choose from that can be arranged in many different ways. It also has communication features built in so that team members can share their design ideas with each other as they are creating the wireframe. It is very easy to learn and files created using Mockflow can be exported in a number of different formats, including PDF, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint presentations, and more.
Pros: Great for sharing and collaborating | Very easy to learn | Can be exported in a variety of different formats
Cons: Limited customer support | Cannot change multiple objects simultaneously | Few shortcut keys
This tool enables even non-designers to easily create professional looking charts and diagrams. However, professional designers can use it to just as easily create detailed wireframes and mockups of websites on which they are working. Lucidchart is a cloud-based app, so it is browser based with no desktop version available, which means that you don’t have to worry about downloading or updating it since it will always be current. It is available in several pricing tiers for solo users or a team of designers, so it is one of the more flexible wireframe tools out there.
Pros: It’s cloud based so it can be accessed on any device with web browsing capabilities | Simple, responsive interface | Easy to learn and use
Cons: A little more expensive than other wireframe tools | Lack of a desktop app means you cannot work while offline | Its templates are less diverse than those of other wireframe tools
This is one of the best tools for beginners because there is a free version and it is easy to use. Novices can get started quickly and they can easily see what the website will look like on a PC as well as in the portrait or landscape orientation of a smartphone. Since it is a web based tool, it is easy to share your work with others by simply sending them the URL of the wireframe. This is not the best tool for more advanced users but it is a great starting point for anyone new to web design.
Pros: Intuitive and easy to use | Users can get started quickly since no account creation is necessary | Can be shared quickly using a URL
Cons: May not be advanced enough for experienced users | Images cannot be inserted into the wireframe, only simple shapes
This tool is popular with many developers because of how easy it is to use and because of all the features built into it. This includes mind maps, flow charts, Venn diagrams, and SWOT analysis. They can all be used to create organizational charts that help to make the wireframe creation process more detailed.
Gliffy also features collaborative tools that make it easy for designers to share their work with the rest of the team and choose who has permission to view and edit it. This is a low cost tool that is highly effective for users of all experience levels.
Pros: Easy to use | Very affordable | Good collaboration options
Cons: Free version has limited functionality | Document editing is limited to one person at a time | Sharing and collaboration features are limited compared to other wireframe tools
The Right Tools For The Job
These are just some of the tools that help designers to create a preview of what the lawyer website will look like when it is complete. They enable anyone to experience what the user experience will be like even in the early stages of development, making them invaluable tools for designers and developers.
At On The Map Marketing, our design team uses these tools to bring your website to life and to create mockups for our clients. That way they can be involved in the creative process from the beginning as we help to bring their vision to reality.