Do you spend a significant part of your day designing and developing websites? If so, you will no doubt do so in front of a computer. Web designers use all manner of different PCs, Macs, and laptops. If you’re a web designer, did you know that the tools of your trade might be slowing you down?

The thing about computers is that they become outdated rather fast. It’s no secret that technology evolves at such a rapid pace, systems can go obsolete in just one year! As hardware technology evolves, so too does the demands for software.

As you know, web designers use a range of applications to develop sites. If you install new software on an older system, chances are it can slow you down. If you feel that you’re not as efficient as you could be at your work, don’t worry because you aren’t alone.

In today’s article, I will show you some simple ways to improve your productivity. Here is what you need to know:

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Get an Apple MacBook Pro

There is much debate about whether one needs Apple computers to design websites. I’m going to say yes for several reasons. First of all, the OS X operating system manages memory better than Microsoft Windows. That means you aren’t as likely to use up your system resources with several programs open.

Second, modern Apple laptops have Intel-based hardware. You can partition your boot drive so that you can install Windows. That gives you the flexibility to test your websites on different platforms.

Third, Macs are better built in general than their PC laptop counterparts. Last, but not least, the Apple MacBook Pro is a laptop so you can do your work from anywhere.

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Get a large display

When you’re based in the office or at home, you need a big screen to get the most out of your software. The good news is that even 21-inch screens are cheap to buy these days. Of course, if you’ve got the cash, you could opt for an Apple display instead. I prefer standard monitors because it means you can connect any laptop or computer to it.

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I recommend buying a display that offers HDMI connections. That way, you only need one cable for the graphics and sound instead of two.

Subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud

The beauty of Adobe’s subscription service is you can always use the latest software. Plus, it doesn’t put a dent in your wallet as buying a disc-based package would. It’s likely that Photoshop and Illustrator will be your tools of choice.

And if you’re not a hardcore HTML coder, there’s always Dreamweaver available to use.

Pay someone to keep your systems in check

Last, but not least, I recommend you click here and get an IT firm to maintain your systems. Why? You’re a web designer, not an IT technician.

If something goes wrong with your computer or Internet access, you won’t make any money. It’s crucial to get your systems up and running sooner rather than later. Paying for IT support means that your systems are less likely to break.

For example, regular virus scans and systems check will maintain your computer’s health.

Well, I hope that this blog post has helped you to be more efficient at web design. Thank you for reading it!