Looking for an easy way for clients or colleagues to give feedback on new website projects? Annotation tools can help. In this article, we look at some top annotation options, as chosen by our web developer members.
Getting feedback from your clients is crucial and highly-beneficial…when done right!
Good or bad feedback, it’s essential to ensure that you and the client are on the same page. Or, maybe you’re collaborating with team members, and you need a good system.
This goes for design, early mockups, development, staging, internal QA, client feedback, user feedback – you name it.
On the other hand, you don’t want to get bogged down by unnecessary client feedback which stresses you out, takes way too much time, and doubts your expertise.
That’s where a quality annotation or feedback tool can help, enabling you to foster easy and manageable feedback which will ultimately lead to better results for your client and less stress for you.
To select the best tools for the job, we took notes from a recent members discussion in our community forums about this exact topic.
Read on to find out which tools were the preferred choices of our web developer members, and a helpful overview of each if you’re looking to get in on the annotation action.
Here’s what we’ll be covering if you’d like to skip ahead:
Why Website Annotation Tools Are Important
We hinted at it already, but to clarify, website annotation tools make it simple to get visual feedback for your documents and designs on clients’ WordPress sites.
They are designed to clearly demonstrate what needs improvement or to specify implementations the clients or your team require.
Annotation tools help clean up sloppiness and provide essentials, such as:
- Annotations on a website
- Keep track of changes that have been made
- Screenshots with one click
- Highlights on text or other elements
- Instant feedback
- Clear communication
- Drawing on live sites
After all, there are times when you or your client want feedback that is clearer visually on the web design rather than a phone call that you’ll forget or an email that will drown in your inbox.
Annotations deliver more explanation and context for WordPress design.
It helps the client understand your point better; likewise, you can realize theirs.
That way, when a client previews their new site, you work on an existing one, or whatever the case may be — you’ll be on the same page.
You can see why annotations are essential. So, how do you implement them?
Fortunately, some tools can help! As mentioned above, we took notes of what our own web developer members use to solve common problems regarding feedback.
Some of the tools are free, and some aren’t.
This article was written by N. Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.