Web Design Tips, Tutorials & More!

You can’t judge a book by its cover, and the same holds true for webpages.  The web universe is swamped with sparkling; beautiful sites that lack so much usability that audience members feel a little duped having tried them.  Lack of usability makes for worthless websites.  This is due to the fact that web pages are just run of the mill artworks meant to be posted in viewed by spectators.  These sites are meant to be attentive to target the audience, to motivate them to act and to engage, hopefully convince to continue visiting. A great website is one that both engage its audience as well offers features that are truly understood by the customer.  Useful websites can be achieved with a few good hints of …

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Photographs, images, pictures are one of my favorites! There is nothing like the visual eye to portray an idea and make the day brighter. The old adage a picture is worth a thousand words. It still holds true but are you getting all the viewing your photographs deserve? How many people leave the website or blog because the download is so slow they don’t have the patience to wait? The average surfer gives you an attention span of 30 seconds before moving on. If that 30 seconds is wasted watching a little ticking of seconds roll by while your graphic of huge proportions downloads, they won’t remain around to see it, unless it’s Uncle Harry or Aunt Sally that just must see your website. Key …

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Shopping carts form a line of modern inventions used to facilitate the performance of everyday life chores. With web technology, it is important to know the safest ways to fill a shopping cart online avoiding suspicious transactions and enforcing transparency in the process. 1.    Full page size and mini carts Actually, customers need to know that there are two types of shopping carts, which can be displayed on a web page. They are the ‘functional’ taking up its own space on an entire page and the mini cart. It is essential to be acquainted with both. Mini carts take up just a small portion in a corner of the page and can usually be found on the right hand side. When a purchase is made, …

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A streamlined checkout process is essential for an enjoyable online shopping experience.  This is because a pleasurable experience often translates into increased sales and registrations.  The main goal is simple: direct customers to the checkout button.  Design that does this well can make a huge difference in the way that customers interact with the site.  Design that does not do this well can make customers quickly disappear.  Because the checkout process carries such high value, its design should be carefully thought out and logical.  Below you will find several tips and hints to make your checkout page design the smoothest possible. Provide Live Help If the main objective for a checkout page is to guide a customer to the checkout button, the sub-goal is to …

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Not only has Facebook quickly become a great social networking site, it’s also become a good business. Many businesses, small and large, use Facebook Fan Pages as interactive advertising to reach a broader range of customers and to extend and enhance branding platforms. Designers can have a field day creating fresh ways for businesses to engage and connect with customers new and old. In this post, we’ll first provide a few great resources for creating and fine-tuning Facebook Fan Pages, and we’ll also showcase a few of the best designs and galleries. Take a look. Fan Page Resources To understand the basics of designing Fan Pages, it helps to have a good group of websites and galleries on hand. Here you’ll find a variety of …

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Have you ever given a thought to what a pixel really does? Sure enough it is simply a single point tool used for faster imaging. Even though it may seem very insignificant it makes an incredible contribution to web designing. Importantly, it has the capacity of displaying millions of images at one time. This is what makes pixel uniquely relevant to any web design program. The alarming feature which establishes a pixel’s usefulness to web design is when it becomes a line in the hands of an expert designer. With keenness the designer can skillfully arrange a format using the pixel to create a powerful display on any web page. There is no limit to which a pixel can be used. However, this discussion, precisely, …

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  I am sure that as a web designer you have finished up a page and checked browser compatibilities and been shown that some browser doesn’t recognise the type face. What did I do wrong this time? Does it tell you? No it doesn’t. It just won’t work on such and such browsers. I have had this problem several times with one website I visited. No way will it work with Mozilla Firefox. It just tells me that the program used to build it wasn’t compatible with Mozilla Firefox, and I am forced to open up Internet Explorer if I want to view it. One would think they would get together and create an internet protocol standard that can be a cross browser tool. Not as …

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It’s really surprising to find out that many web designers know nothing about SEO. For those that don’t know, SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” Without it, sites easily get lost in the netherworld of the Net, resulting in few visitors and less business. As a designer, you’re on the front lines of web page creation, so SEO is often your responsibility. You’ll definitely want to familiarize yourself with it as much as possible. The question is, do you know your SEO? If your answer is no, check out the insights and tips below. First, we’ll explore the basics and get a good foundation under our feet. Then we’ll branch out and discover a few important do’s and don’ts. Let’s start with the mechanics. Simple …

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Logo… that’s a small word a four letter word that encompasses so much. It shows the entire image of the company it is there to represent. It’s a serious responsibility to design a logo. You can make or break an entire company if you get it wrong. Remember that recent faux pas that was made by a well known brand that changed their logo? Wouldn’t think it would make such an outcry would you? One has to wonder if it was done as a way to wake the public up to the fact that they were still there. Is it, the logo or the brand? Where does one begin and end? Those big blue or black or purple letters, that give instant recognition to your …

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Is the boxy style getting a little too comfy for you? This is in reference to that two-dimensional, square design found on so many great sites. Designing outside the box could make them so much better, but it helps to have a bit of inspiration to get started. These examples below give you just that. They’re all ways to get your design outside those four static lines you’re so familiar with and into the whole new dimension. A Brief Message This versatile design creates a blog unlike most others. Each post displays a different image. What’s more, the text layout allows text to flow around the image in every post, maintaining great white space. This is an excellent plus for attracting readers with a clever …

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