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What is a coming soon page?  A coming soon page can be generally defined as a website that, in one page, communicates a forthcoming new website to the user.  These are important pages, though not always necessary.  The benefits come directly from the page’s ability to garner interest even before the launch of a full-fledged site. Of course, this is a perfectly reasonable and smart goal, so it’s important to keep in mind the most common elements of coming soon pages as you work to design your own.  Here are six of the best considerations for the coming soon page. 1. Consider Telling Your Story (Briefly) Keep in mind that the main purpose of a coming soon page is to communicate to the visitor that a …

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What qualities should you look for in a good domain host?  Choosing one can be daunting task, especially since the list of domain hosting companies goes on and on.  Perhaps the hardest part is deciding what’s important on your own personal list of good hosting traits. A good hosting company will be the one that fits your particular needs the best, but there are some qualities that will apply to any customer’s interests.  In this post we’ll, take a look at these and present a few tips to guide you through the process of choosing a great domain hosting company. 1. Consider the Cost The initial, knee-jerk reaction, especially for those on a tight budget is to go with the cheapest option available.  Why?  This is …

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So, you’re finally freelancing, but are you staying busy?  At times, one of the biggest challenges of freelancing is not landing the hottest jobs or drawing in the best clients. It’s staying focused and active enough to see a project all the way through to completion. The freelancing lifestyle is rich with distractions.  A freelancer has the complete freedom of choice, so she could simply plop down in front of the idiot box and tune out to a favorite show.  She could take her friend up on that offer of an afternoon tanning session at the beach.   At any given moment, freelancers could choose to do anything but be productive, but that’s not always wise. The good news is there are a few tricks of …

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What happens when great content complements aesthetically-pleasing design?  Conversion rates go up, subscriptions increase, traffic begins to flow.  With all these benefits and rewards involved, it makes sense to spend a little time deciphering what makes good content great. In this post, we’ll explore the world of content in hopes of discovering the best tips and hints to make content be all it can be. What you’re Up Against Speaking effectively through web design can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.  Below we’ve listed a few techniques to make this happen successfully, but first let’s take a quick look at what we’re up against. • TMI – Including too much information on a site can diminish both its functionality as well as its user-friendliness – definitely …

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“Buy Now!”  Perhaps one of the most common call-to-action buttons, it’s going to need some spark and pizzazz to get the user’s attention – or at least practical, common-sense design style.  The call -to-action button is important for conversion, profits and interactivity.  It makes sense that it should be designed with the most user friendly tips and hints in mind. However, breaking down the dynamics of these buttons is no easy task.  So many different versions are out there, each with its own way of communicating with an audience.  It’s hard to decipher this complex world of verbal and visual stimulation, but it’s not impossible. Many, many different kinds of call-to-action exist since there are no set rules for how one should look or what …

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How do designers speak through design?  At the root of every website is content rich with practical language that attracts, rather than repels, as many visitors as possible. Website communication can be visual or verbal, and it can explain the functionality of a site, describe the nature of services offered or call visitors to take action on the page.  Clearly written content plays a crucial role in the design of any website. Whatever the purpose of design communication, the fact remains that design elements can say quite a bit, even without the direct intentions of the designer.  For instance, some colors have more of an impact on some than others, so it’s essential to know the general feelings that colors evoke as they are included …

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Ahh the art of simplicity! There’s definitely something sleek and clean about design that’s straightforward, no frills, and simple. A sense of freedom and convenience seems to pervade websites that get right to the point without complicated content or gaudy graphics. While some designers may leap at the chance to fill a site’s whitespace with every attention-getting element possible, others opt for a more low-key approach and simplicity is its name. Perhaps you, too, have this approach in mind, but where to begin? It’s not always easy to think simplicity in the constant motion, fast and furious society we live in. However, doing so doesn’t have to be a complex ordeal. In this post, we slow down a bit and give some contemplative thought to …

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Did you neglect your about me page on your site?  If so, you’re not unlike many designers. For some reason, after all is said and done, the about me page gets the design shaft and sits on the sidelines while the rest of the site shines, hopefully not anymore. The beauty and importance of an about page lies its ability to grant visitors a glimpse into who you are in detail and design.  A click to your About page is a sign of a willingness to be well-informed.  It’s not often that you’ll get such a captive audience, so the opportunity should not be taken for granted.  The main objective for an About page is to present a memorable and worthwhile experience for the readers.  …

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Who wants to deal with Advertising? As a designer it may be the last thing on your mind, and customers tend to want to eliminate it from websites altogether. However, advertising plays a big part in the way the web works, and designers need to know the facts. Since many site owners spend a large amount of time and money on attractive websites, they look to advertising to recoup any losses, and let’s not ignore the advertisers themselves. They of course have a marketing agenda and are sometimes willing to pay hefty sums to get it accomplished. It’s always a good idea to know the facts about a thing before deciding whether to use it or not. In this post, will delve deeper into the …

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As I thought the youngster has a vision for the future.  He really is enjoying being given virtually free rein on my garden. I really don’t mind as he is making it incredibly beautiful.  His experiments are my gain. I really could not hire a horticulturalist to do a better job. I think he is testing the water so to speak by tackling me bit by bit. Overall at the back of his mind I am pretty sure he has worked the whole garden out. I told him though leave my vegetables alone.  He suggested we surround the vegetable area with a hedge of herbs, which sounded rather nice. So although I said leave it alone that’s what we are going to tackle next. We, …

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