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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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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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Designing and building a website is a complex task, and there are many margins for error. The idea behind having a checklist, is to try and find out where any errors are, and fix them before any website goes live. These check lists range from the start of a web design well before any sketching, coding, or even asking the question, so what does this site do? If you follow these checklists you will find that many problems are caught and solved before a single user uses the site, which has considerable benefits as we all know. Some of these checklists, are quite specific, so you find you do not need them, or may need only them. The decision of which ones to use and …

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As we saw in our previous article, the logo is the representation of a company or organisation summed up in one design.  The two are going to be synonymous with one another, so it is vitally important that the logo is nothing short of perfect. Sounds like a really tough task to get right?  It is, but not an impossible one, these tips along with our other tips for website logo design, should set you on the right path. The goal of any logo is brand recognition.  Companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and McDonalds all have instantly recognisable logos that are world famous.  There logo only has to be seen and the brand they are synonymous with springs into your head.  Your logo should …

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Websites are like machines in the sense they are constantly emerging, and designers are building more and more functions into them.  Arguably, machines such as stereos and applications such as Photoshop and MS Office,  have more and more features built into them with each new version.  Is this a true step forward, or do the products become less usable as a result? Can it be argued that web design is mirroring this trend?  Well with the development of new web technologies such as CSS and WordPress, the reverse effect seems to be true.  Both are praised at how easy they are to use, and to update.  This is an element that makes them so appealing to users.  Also, they are both well supported should any …

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CSS is an amazing web tool, but it can easily get messy or sloppy.  To get the best out of it, you must stay organised.  So no more sloppy code, or unrecorded hacks.  Your education in organising your CSS code is about to begin. Keep organized.  Rather than dropping in classes and id’s at random, try and keep things structured.  Declare generic items first, followed by the not so generic items, and keep to that pattern.  That way other developers are going to be able to follow the code, which is one of the great advantages of using CSS. Title, sign, date.  Ensure that people know it was you that did the design.  This is helpful if another designer needs to clarify something with your …

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Web design has crafted its own set of rules, many of which have been crafted for a reason. That reason being the users experience. There is however, some web designers that dare to be different and break the mould when the spirit of inspiration or design calls for it. Do not have a horizontal bar. We all know that mouse wheels do not run from left to right, so the rule has developed that content is shown on a page and never steps outside of this, at least left or right anyway. The logic is clear as the web rules are easy to follow and designed for users. Take a look at these websites however, as they have stepped outside the box on this one, …

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Assessing how usable your site is crucial to its success.  Is it easy to use? Does it have the right content? Are people hanging around or clicking away in their droves?  All these questions help you to gauge exactly how good your website is. The concept of doing all this though is a daunting one, and many believe that real thorough testing is an expensive process.  It can be, but as we saw in our previous article there are many tools around that can keep the cost of usability testing to a minimum.  As we know about five more tools that are cheap and easy to use, here is a rundown of them. Google Website Optimiser.  This is a free to use tool and is …

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Tips and tools to improve usability of your web design. Usability testing can sound like a daunting concept especially if you are on a tight budget.  The idea of paying lots of people to try and find problems with your recently finished masterpiece is not that appealing.  Did you know that, according to many well placed sources, that you only need five users to uncover 85% of any problems your site may have? Also, remember that as you designed the site you know exactly how it works.  Other users will not have that advantage so here are some tools you can use to ensure the usability of your website, is as it should be. Userfly allows you to track a users movements from mouse clicks …

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We all know that search engine optimization is crucial for business and organizations to get their sites on the first page of Google. Search engine optimization is a vast concept and many tools and applications have been written to help designers, copywriters, and webmasters get their heads around SEO. As there is no real key to search engine optimization from a web developer point of view, but lots of little ones, subsequently, there are many tools you may need to get a website high up on the rankings of Google, Yahoo and all the rest. These tools have been developed to allow you to do that. They range from checking page ranks, back links, to whether or not your site has been banned by the …

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