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There are many reasons to give your site a redesign.  It could be that you need to add a content management system, or it could the site is using outmoded techniques, or has simply has an unfashionable appearance.  If you want further proof that you need to update your site from time to time, why do you think platforms such as WordPress have interchangeable themes? With the necessity for redesigning a site, here is a complete guide which details all aspects of redesigning a website. Time for a change? Take a look at the list below, and if these are making clear and perfect sense, then it is time to redesign. While outmoded code and programming techniques are an obvious reason to redesign your website, …

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With the success of Apple’s coveted iPhone, there has been a plethora of iPhone apps.  The appeal is obvious, as not only making a good one can be quite lucrative, it can also give you a lot of kudos in the industry. This is all well and fine, but many iPhone apps neglected the practical need of iPhone Apps users, resulting in the menu system lacking intuitiveness , and subsequently poor navigation followed.  So if you’re thinking about designing an app for iPhone take into consideration these points. Golden rule – Apps that offer something of value to people, will be something that can be done on the move.  So an app that requires in-depth knowledge or a complex array of options may not be …

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Are you ready to enter the world of organic web design? In the beginning of this century, many web designs were focused on a more technological theme.  They had their roots anchored in science fiction than the world, and generally had effects on them to that effect.  Now this era is being replaced with websites that have an “organic” feel to them.  Or in other words use more earthy materials to promote feelings of nature, and the real world. For a website to be classed as organic, it must try and recreate a similar image from the real world.  It not just materials such as wood, or fabrics such as muslin, but it can be images that recreate the flow of nature. The idea and …

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Having your work criticized is never a pleasant experience, but if you are able to see it as constructive, and use it positively, then you will see improvements in your work.  It will also stop you getting to big headed, and will help you move on to greater things. Constructive criticism can also make you more aware of certain characteristics you are bringing to web design.  For example: Bad habits : We are often blind to our own bad habits, as they become ingrained gradually over time.  Constructive criticism is good at breaking the mould you have developed, and improvements to your web designs follow. Offers a challenge: If your work is never criticized, your standards are going to be your own, and there will …

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Building a website can be a stressful process and sadly, a dull one. There is a lot of repetition involved, and if you’re working as part of a team a lot of head scratching. Especially if you came into a project late on and you are trying to decipher some code. The solution to keeping hair on your head is to keep as much of the design process as possible, systemized This is as you can imagine, incorporates two elements into the build: Implementing design rules into the web design process, and using processes to speed up the repetitive tasks involved in web design, such as creating templates that can be reused. Collect code Having a repository for code is essential and you should already …

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Apologies for the title, but now I have your attention I feel it is only fair to tell you that simple websites are the best.  Not only do they represent easier to use sites, but they can highlight areas that can be swamped by other unnecessary elements. Simple sites do not necessary mean minimalist, but the golden rule to simple, is simply to remove unnecessary code, design elements, and content.  It’s that simple.  Below is some good reasons to keep it simple. Navigation is easier than satnav. If your site is full of useless content, why keep it?  This hinders navigation as not only does it hide links, but it also distracts from the natural flow of the site. To obtain cleaner navigation, think about …

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There are many elements to SEO, and the chances are that if you are not on the money with all of it there will be a gaping hole in the page rank.  The part that tells Google whereabouts on the page to put you is determined by how many external links there are to your website, and the only way to get these links is to run a link campaign. Before you start posting on forums, blogs and issuing bribes, bear in mind that Google rates the quality of the link.  So if your website is about classic cars for example, then a link from another classic car website will count higher, as Google deems that to be a better recommendation than a link from …

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Ruby on the Rails is designed to do it all and quickly.  Many of the nuts and bolts of development are integrated into the framework already, and many developers are learning to love Ruby on the Rails.  That being the case, here are some features about it which may prove useful to you if you are planning to implement the Ruby on the Rails framework into your field of web development. Traditional architecture problems When building a web application, traditional architectural problems such as persistence, logging, application development, script building, web tier components, and workflow raise their ugly heads.  This makes web development a complex and time consuming process.  The Ruby on the Rails framework takes a very different approach to the problem, by making …

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Search engine optimization is truly big business.   The process of making websites search engine friendly, has undergone several changes over the years, and so it is important that if you are planning to optimize yours or a client’s website, that you are abreast of the changes. In 2006, Google, stopped using keyword density as the main component when assessing relevance to a website following a  related search engine search.  This may seem odd at the outset, as surely the content of the site dictates how closely related the search engine search term, and the search engine result are related? Problems arose when programs were developed that could write high density keyword articles with a few clicks of the mouse.  Though the articles were laughable to …

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If you are planning to go freelance, or already have done, one of the benefits of freelancing is it that you play by your rules, and you have genuine freedom to work when you want to, at least to a point.  This marvellous feature can also be your undoing, and is at these times that you may find yourself wondering where all your time went when you have done very little freelance web designing when playing by your rules.  Procrastination, and no structure make this a time when popping out, or playing air guitar very appealing. To avoid this scenario that leads to a severe loss of finances and reputation, you have to make the structure and rules that are absent from an office environment.  …

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