Paul Bennett Sent: 18 September 2003 05:08 >I was wondering what the Evolters tips for saving time and effort on >web/application development are. Design first on paper. Use collage to really sort things out - use the clients brochures or grab a magazine with appropriate images, cut up and play. filenames/folders: Make things easy to find and archive. Have a clients materials folder which contains sub directories for each client. In those you put all material relating to the client, in appropriate sub directories (if necessary in further subfolders with project names), artwork, proposals, brief, invoices, contracts, etc... For file naming I like to give new material a date in the name so, 20030919_description_version.extention. I find that easier to work with when they say, "oh I liked that bit from last week" - at least I have a chance to know what they are talking about. It's also useful in a billing situation, as you can then physically show the X amount of files that have been created during the process and they can really see what the billing hours are. Obviously this only really works for image manipulation, for web work I just back up daily the web structure, and save a file of the directory listing. Using a At the end of the project, just burn the whole lot to a CD/DVD and delete everything apart from the working material. Use other tools wisely: I often use formulas in Excel to grab a clients stock lists and produce the PHP / MySQL commands. Similarly I'll use it to produce table mark-up. I also have a simple excel spreadsheet in which I log all my client time: date/time started, date/time ended, a calculation to work out the hours in decimal, client name, comments, fee. Kind regards, Liam Delahunty, Mega Products Limited http://www.megaproducts.co.uk/ web design, programming, e-commerce http://www.onlinesales.co.uk/ Open Source PHP/MySQL E-commerce App. http://www.britstream.com/ Hosting/ Domain Names From UKP 7.50 p.a.