Review: W3 <MarkUp/>


As a blogger and an occasional web developer, I weave pages for that growing network called the internet, for clients I have not seen, who live 5-8 time zones away from me. Where I work is irrelevant, as I work anywhere; I work everywhere. Right now I’m on my bed, my trusty Macbook on a pillow on my lap, watching The Bucket List as I type away. Pausing for a moment to try off something I love doing–writing. Tonight, I’d be in a coffee shop overlooking a great view. Tomorrow, who knows where. Hey, nice meeting you, are you a webmaster too, or would need one? Just trying my luck.

Webmasters are a growing breed, it’s easy to find one, hard to get the right one. But it’s almost impossible to hire a consistently reliable one. But when you do, it’s awesome. This review is about a tool that is just as close as getting that impossible find. Let me introduce you to W3 <MarkUp/>.

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In a nutshell W3 <MarkUp/> is a company that will “weave” HTML code for you based on a graphic design you’ve developed, or have had a graphic artist develop for you. Design how you like your website to look like in a graphics program (like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw, perhaps), send it to W3 <MarkUp/> and they’ll do the rest.

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Choose options like project timeline, layout option, coding option, advanced options and other application implementation choices (don’t worry, choosing is an easy process). Now after those options are set, you can quickly refer to the project cost to the right.

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Scrolling down further, still on the same page, you have a reliable payment form. Your project costs will be reflected here with option to pay via PayPal (preferred) or directly via credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover or AmEx).

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I’ve tried this process and I’m pretty impressed at how easy having your graphics converted into xhtml is. I say that because in my opinion the scariest part of making a website is getting the design work coded properly. W3 <MarkUp/> has a pretty good calming interface that makes that process smooth and easy. As a webmaster myself, I can vouch that it was a great experience.

Things are done in these easy steps:

  1. Send the design
  2. Choose what options you like
  3. Tell them how many days you want the code done
  4. Pay for the service (a deposit or in full)

Done!

Piece of cake isn’t it?

A great thumbs up would probably be a well composed FAQ section, examples of past work, a live chat for support, and a returning customer’s login page.

I do agree with them when they say that converting design to a working HTML code is probably the most time-consuming part of the job. If you need to focus on more important things, like the back-office process of that website or some other important office function, then you’re better off outsourcing this task.

Where else can you find a great deal on the web?

Give it a try!


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  1. I’ve used W3 for a rather large project. I requested 7 day complete time due the amount of pages and details. It ended up taking them 4 weeks longer to complete everything, some things they missed, some things werent working right, some things just didnt make sense how they implemented it, etc. Overall the quality of the code was very good but I honestly don’t think they test anything like they say because they would send me an update and it wouldn’t work in one browser (usually IE or Firefox). The one thing I really didn’t like was their communication portal. It takes an average of 3 days just for them to answer one simple question, and that’s not a good thing when you have tight deadlines and need the project to be completed. I prefer just to pick up the phone and speak to someone asap, but you can’t do that with them. Very annoying.

  2. 2 Serena: It’s normal communication issues when you have deal with such world service like this. They are trying be 24/7 service, but it’s required to have some offices in several counries in the world, otherwise it’s just an a trick. Another point – services should love all their clients to be successfull and don’t love money so much.