Does anyone have a recommendation for easy web design and wireframe tools?
I have been using PowerPoint for both wireframing and design concepts. I don't think its bad for wireframing since it gets the concept across, but its definitely not the easiest tool for others to work with. I am not a designer, but a lot of times I have an idea that I want to convey to our team, including our design team. I keep using PowerPoint because I don't want to spend a lot of time to learn a new tool. That said, it's definitely not a design tool and I'd like to use something that better conveys the designs I am thinking. Thanks in advance.
I LOVE using Axure for my prototyping and wire framing needs. With Axure you get to present your ideas in an interactive way to client before you get bogged down in the details of a design. I'm working on one right now which you can see here: ara.spacevibes.com/wires/v3/
professional used to use axure or balsamiq ... or i really like to use for first sketching blank paper :) very handy
Lucidchart has a great wireframe design tool! https://www.lucidchart.com/pages/wireframe-design-tool
We had used many wire frame tools for create site wire frame but we love most of below where you can get good wire frame by using require elements.
Gliffy, Jumpchart, MockFlow, Wirefy, Frame Box, Pencil Project, iPhone Mockup etc....
Mary-Alice - Stick to PowerPoint. Get the latest version. It is a great tool for concept design. It is part of office suit so you dont have to pay extra. It has all necessary graphic elements to build wireframes. You can link slides with elements so sort of hyperlink demo can be created. May be get 'advanced' training on powerpoint - it has hidden features and I have created designs which people thought are done using Photoshop. You can do wonders using PowePoint simply.
A pretty good WYSIWYG design tool at a reasonable price is Freeway Pro. It allows you to import from Adobe, move things by dragging, and link pages etc...so you can even test functionality that you want.
It can also publish your site, but I'm not a fan of the SEO capabilities.
you might find it more productive to use a free site builder like WIX (much more intuitive than wordpress)
Between the many templates (some responsive) and plugins, you can get a lot of mileage.
In addition, they will allow you to "publish" to a private sub-domain, this allows you have "friends & family" reviews, etc.
I have my site there and support is outstanding.
I personally use a combination of Omnigraffle, Balsamiq, and Sketch 3 (yes, the design software) to make most of my wireframes for clients. Another really good option for web/native application wireframing is Prototyper (http://www.justinmind.com/prototyper/free-edition). It has a ton of really sweet functionality, and doesn't skimp on features in the free version at all. I've never yet had a need to upgrade to the paid version, and I've been consulting for quite awhile.
Hope this helps!
Try Balsamiq. Easy to learn and simple to use. Good luck!
For planning a website I found that http://slickplan.com site map tool works well.