Web Design Tips, Tutorials & More!

The word navigation is a Greek work, and basically is used to describe the science, or skill at travelling from one place to another, without getting lost.  This includes air, sea, and outer space travel. In a web design context, the term navigation means moving from one page to another, without getting lost, or more accurately confused.  This is why navigation is an integral and important part of any web design, and one that you should pay attention to.  If the navigation does not cut the mustard, visitors will soon become despondent, and that leads to the path of failure. Website Navigation-the basics of typical layouts. There are in essences three typical layouts for any web design, these are horizontal navigation links, vertical navigation links, …

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Well in this part of the guide, we get the thougthts of experts from the best of the web, that focus on using networking as tactics for successful link baiting.  Make buddies, network like mad. “Create your own network and work hard to help everyone in your network. When someone links to a post you have written or comments on your blog, they become part of your network. The idea is to take your network with you, to help them help you. There is no reason why everyone can’t be a winner.” Linking Linkbait Networking is like the force in Star Wars. “The most overlooked strategy for gaining traffic. Don’t badger other bloggers for links, because it rarely works anymore. Find a way to help them …

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Well as a follow up to our previous article, “Understanding linkbaiting”, here are some thoughts from some experts on the subject.  They should all help you to build tactics for successful linkbaiting. Advertise after you have a reputation. “Whether personal or professional, you wait until your blog has achieved a level of success before you start advertising.” 21 Tactics Reputation. “Linkbait is difficult to launch the first few times if no one on the Web has heard of your brand. Once you’ve spent some time in the blogosphere and social media space, you may find that a lot of your content goes viral without any effort on your part. Thus, creating a reputation is an important part of making linkbait successful.” “A strong profile at the …

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Use the words linkbaiting in any given context, and it is a bit like breaking wind at a formal function.  People tend to stare open mouthed, give you that look of disdain and disapproval, and probably try and take steps to get you to leave, maybe even forcefully eject you.  Though it is clearly not very nice to hear someone let rip while you are standing at the alter, possibly it is a little harsh to apply the same rules to a method of marketing that has come from an organic and essential concept of the web.  It has gained negative connotations on the web due to the way it has been used to force content editors into linking to a website without giving them …

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This blog is a little special, as it deals with the concepts of RIAs’, or Rich Internet Applications.  Not all web designers use them, and it is a little bit of a specialist area, especially as some of the applications such as Flash, are a little controversial due to their scope of use, and their effectiveness when sites are constructed in their entirety using an RIA.  One of the many problems that are faced when using an RIA such as Flash, is how to get search engine spiders to crawl through it, and find content.  But, we are a step closer to this, to make RIA and searching, a reality.  When RIAs’ are developed and used, the normal remit is to ask questions involving budget, …

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SEO, or search engine optimisation, is a huge marketing concept for any website.  If you Google SEO you will find a plethora of articles all telling you why SEO is a necessity for marketing a site, and all of them are true, well, all the ones I’ve read about, but there is another trick you can use to push that site up the rankings, and that is to combine hyperlinks and SEO for better Google results. Combining hyperlinks for SEO will help a site be found by Google, once it starts becoming indexed.  The concepts to think about is not hyperlinking a name of a site, but other words associated with that site.  See below. <a href=”http://mysearchengineoptimisation.com”>my search engine optimisation</a> This is not too bad …

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There are many ways to market a website.  There are landing pages, testimonials, banner advertising, and affiliate marketing programmes, to name but a few.  All these have there place, but possibly the best way to market your website is to use a blog.  This can bring you web design glory.   You may have the dream design in place, and you may have a few hits, and the site is doing ok.  Why not make it that bit better though, with a blog?  You maybe thinking you do not need one, or that the site is fine on its own.  Here are a few points to make you think otherwise.   All large corporations have a blog, even Microsoft.  The reason for this is that …

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Well you’ve got your qualifications and experience, and you feel it’s time to go it alone and get out there, make your mark, and make some cash along the way, though it is all a bit daunting when you look at it.  Web design, like most industries can be a competitive place, so here are a few pointers, if you’re thinking about making the break and going freelance.   It is important to realise the market.  Most business do not want a Flash built site with incredible graphics, and fancy buttons to navigate.  Many just want text driven, nicely laid out sites that do the job.  It is as simple as that.  So keep the fonts down to enhance neatness, and concentrate more on presenting …

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When designing a website, a common reoccurring question that arises, is how wide should a page width be for a good web design?  Is there an easy answer to this, sadly there is not.  There is a lot to take into account, and below are listed a few of the essential points to take into consideration.  Remember the goal of designing any website, is to ensure that it looks good across as many browsers, and screen sizes as possible.  You will not be able to make them all look amazing, but aim high, and the world will be a happier place. With screen sizes differing on desktop pc’s and laptops.  Possibly the best place to start is by looking at an analytic program to determine …

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In parts 1 and 2 of our guides, we have showed some important concepts and factors to consider when choosing the right CMS.  In part 3 we will take this a stage further, and look at roles and permissions, versioning, multilingual support, and multiple website support. To decide who can do what on a website is a very important factor in controlling its content.  The ways in which roles and permissions are decided, is more complex than meets the eyes, so when looking at a CMS, as with everything else, decide exactly what you need it to do.  For example, on an enterprise level website, the CMS may have to cater for content to go through various checkpoints, or permissions, before going live.  This could …

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