I consider that the forums are ignored by the most web designers and developers and it’s a truly bad mistake. These are extremely useful – you may save time and resources, get new connections, read other fellows’ opinions, learn new things or eventually get a new job.
I think that a good web designer or developer should be part of at least one forum community. The particularity of a forum is that you can get help for concrete issues. The helpers are educated users willing to save your time and resources. Comparing with the blog posts, even the most valuable ones can’t offer solutions to your specific issue. There are a couple of reasons that will convince you to pay attention to forums aimed for web designers and developers.
1. A community built to help fellows in need
The main purpose of a forum is to offer help to the ones in need. Sometimes, the web designers and developers really need help to satisfy all the requirements of the clients. Instead of wasting time to find a solution for a stringent problem, you can count on the help of other fellows. It’s possible that one of them to have a similar problem in the past and he/she solved it. Definitely, his/her solution may be golden for you!
Still, you shouldn’t rely all your strategy on being helped by other forum members. You should offer help for others. Much more, I think that you should offer value before asking for it.
2. A forum is an educated community
Another reason to convince you about the usefulness of signing up a forum is the community itself. The forum members are web designers and developers and they have the same struggles as you. It’s awesome to get in touch with people that has the same hobbies and interests. You can foster the relationship with your favorite members and learn from them. A friend in need is a friend indeed, isn’t it?
3. A place to learn new things
Looking through threads may seem as a useless activity, but this mentality it’s definitely wrong. Yeah, checking the threads of a forum isn’t a top priority, but you can learn interesting things. I think that it’s better to test it by yourself – check the threads of any forum from below and certainly, you will find something interesting for you!
4. Getting the public recognition
Everyone wants to be an expert, a fellow that influences others. Forums are a great tool in this respect. Usually, any forum has a rating system that rewards the most active members. Each useful contribution helps in establishing yourself as a community leader and you get the public recognition.
I hope that I managed to captivate your attention and you are interested in joining a forum for web designers and developers. Here are ten of the most useful and popular.
Digital Point is another huge forum for website crafters. Here is housed tons of valuable information. Practically, you will become an Internet expert by reading all the threads of the forum. Digital Point has sub-categories for online businesses, search engines, design, development, and a marketplace to sell/buy online assets.
HTML Forums is aimed mostly for developers, but there are topics for server configuration and administration, useful tools for developers, flash development (yeah, this is an active topic) and server-side programming. Of course, there are many subcategories and topics that will be discovered by you. Anyway, the forum isn’t only about HTML as you may deduce from its name!
Graphic Design Forum is a forum targeted to graphic designers. It consists of five sections: Welcome to forum, Graphic Design, Software, Photography, and Community. To make an idea about how big this forum is, you should know that each sections has thousands or tens of thousands topics. Definitely, you should be part of this huge community of designers.
The name of this forum is almost similar to the previous one, but it’s a different community. Sometimes, the numbers aren’t important, but in this case these revel the magnitude of the forum – 55k members, 43k threads, and 270k posts.
Web Design Forum is one of the most popular forums for designers and developers. The members are helpful and share awesome tips, therefore you should join this community. The topics are various- from design and development to content creation and marketing.
Web Developer Forum is focused on helping the developers in need. It has four sections: Client-Side Development (HTML, CSS, Web Video, Accessibility), Server Side Development (PHP, Java, Pearl), Site Management (SEO, Business, Server Management), and Etc. There has a lot of threads and replies and it means that the forum members are active and willing to help the developers in need.
I guess that the majority of this blog post readers have used at least once an Adobe product. Considering my assumption true, Adobe forums should be an interesting place for you. Here are sub-forums for every Adobe software solution and you can find precious tips for your problems. The forums are managed by Adobe experts; certainly, the quality of the information is high and you should benefit from it.
Killer Sites is the best forum for newbie designers and developers. There are sections for beginners, both for designers or developers, and the threads have many replies. Another plus is the design of the forum – it’s clean and sleek.
Devshed is my favorite forum because here you can find everything you need to became a web guru. There are sections for web design and programming, but also for server management, databases, server management, system administration, hosting or computer hardware. I am sure that by consulting the threads you will discover truly useful tips and trick to masters the websites of your clients.
This is my list of useful forums for designers and developers. I tried to select the most popular and relevant forums; there are many others if you aren’t satisfied with any of them. Anyway, I think that it’s impossible not being satisfied with these forums! Please let me know what you think about forums and add in the comment form your favorite!