Web Design Tips, Tutorials & More!

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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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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The logo is the image people remember.  Whether they have seen it on a product, billboard, or website, the colors and graphics that go into the logo are what sticks in their mind.  Is it the idea behind branding after all. As a web designer, it is your responsibility to ensure that the logo is appropriate and effective and conveying the image a client wants for his customer.  These tips for website logo design, should help you in getting the balance just right. Before you do anything, sketch your design, or get your artist if you have one to do some for you.  This encourages ideas to spread, and also once you have one that you think ticks all the boxes, you can take that …

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