I’m designing my first EE site, a medium-sized site to replace an older custom-written website for a digital/print magazine. I have the site frame and the menus done, and I’m ready tackle the content areas.
As I’ve started the work with the content I’ve quickly found out that creating/editing the framework for the content (to plug in dynamic EE fields as well as ads delivered by OpenX) in EE gets quickly rather tediouis. My normal method for creating hand-coded sites has long been to use a good editor with language highlighting, intellisense, etc. directly wired to the development server. Hit save, refresh the browser and see the changes.
On EE side this process is much slower. Scroll down to locate the piece of code I’m currently working on, make changes, hit update refresh in another screen.. repeat. Surely there has to be a better way!
So my question is, what is your workflow when working on the site CSS framework to be used in EE? Do you generally create it within EE, or do you use external tools – whatever your tools may be (Dreamweaver, text editor..) – to create the design, and then just cut-and-paste it into an EE template?
Any time-saving tips would be very welcome!