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Well, most of the times; the whitespace is left unused because some of the non-technical designers along with their clients consider the whitespace as the waste of valuable real estate of the screen. In reality whitespace, if utilized properly, can be used to enhance the fascination of your web design. Whitespace provides easier scanning of a website. It helps in making sure that visitors don’t get scared by huge amount of text. It provides the proper separation of the different elements without adding new ones like some visible boxes or lines. Trust me it really helps in keeping it clean, professional at the same time. So basically whitespace provide free, uncluttered and fresh feel to the website. Elegance and sophistication Sometimes, during print designing, clients …

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So you are thinking of designing a website?  Are you looking for something short and simple, but effective at the same time? Then the perfect choice for you will be non-other than single page websites. Single page design is a simple and authentic way to make a website truly stand out.  If you’re working with a relatively low amount of content and just a few pages, then the single-page format could be your best bet for a good-looking, simple site that’s still fully functional and engaging. Here are a few issues to address with this design.  First on deck is navigation.  Without ease of movement around the site, user satisfaction tends to wane – a predicament can be solved with the use of sticky headers …

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Are you, a web designer or an aspiring web designer? Web mastering has never been so much fun. Learning online for no cost has never been easier. And more accessible with the current availability of Podcasts.  Podcasts are great for web design and all other aspects of web work. It doesn’t matter whether you are just a beginner or already designing and making money online. The ability to look and learn always enhances your skills. In many aspects, they provide a means for you to be able to be among the greats while sitting in the comfort of your own home. Here are some of the current available podcasts. Browse around and get the feel of their antics. 1. B.Sparks courtesy of UIE   Jared Spool CEO of …

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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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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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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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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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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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