I'm a new starter at pcb construction, but have used Eagle to successfuly design and make a single sided project board. I'm now designing a more complex double-sided board and have come up against a practical problem. The board will not have through hole plating, so I want to minimise soldering amongst the components. I'm sure this is very commonly asked, but can I solder the components on either side? I have designed the board with a ground plane on both 'top' and 'bottom' layers. Looking at the pads, it will be far easier to locate all the components on the 'bottom' layer. There will be a few soldered connections on this side, but far fewer than if I put the components on the 'top' layer as defined by Eagle. Does it make any difference or am I missing a very obvious point?
Many thanks for you advice.