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Tips and tools to improve usability of your web design. Usability testing can sound like a daunting concept especially if you are on a tight budget.  The idea of paying lots of people to try and find problems with your recently finished masterpiece is not that appealing.  Did you know that, according to many well placed sources, that you only need five users to uncover 85% of any problems your site may have? Also, remember that as you designed the site you know exactly how it works.  Other users will not have that advantage so here are some tools you can use to ensure the usability of your website, is as it should be. Userfly allows you to track a users movements from mouse clicks …

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We all know that search engine optimization is crucial for business and organizations to get their sites on the first page of Google. Search engine optimization is a vast concept and many tools and applications have been written to help designers, copywriters, and webmasters get their heads around SEO. As there is no real key to search engine optimization from a web developer point of view, but lots of little ones, subsequently, there are many tools you may need to get a website high up on the rankings of Google, Yahoo and all the rest. These tools have been developed to allow you to do that. They range from checking page ranks, back links, to whether or not your site has been banned by the …

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The development of web 2.0, or at least the use of the term begs the question what will be developed for web 3.0?  What developments are hidden round the corner, and what will you need to know as a web designer to incorporate what web 3.0 will be about. As web 3.0 is at the moment speculation, lets look at the definition of web 2.0 as stated in Wikipedia. “Web 2.0? refers to a perceived second generation of web development and design, that facilitates communication, secure information sharing, interoperability, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. Web 2.0 concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities, hosted services, and applications; such as social-networking sites, video-sharing sites, wikis, blogs, and folksonomies.” One of …

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Search engine marketing is an important aspect for all those who seek to create a brand image and promote a company’s product. As the aim of most organisations established for a specific purpose is profit, it is necessary to understand before hand, what people need to know about the product or information you wish to share with them. To this end brand promotion is not just the forte of public relations. Relations with the user can be developed through the internet. This is done through the technique of Meta tags, which ensure search engine optimisation. It works by search engines filtering through numerous websites, based on their content and tags. Description Meta tags and Keyword Meta tags. are the more commonly used tags to this …

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As you are all no doubt aware, we do not normally feature graphics, pictures, and art in our articles, as we do tend to adhere, and talk about how content is king, and how off putting over the top, and unnecessary graphics can be. Here though, we thought we would give you 50 Web 2.0 goodies, to keep the more artistic, creative, and indeed carefree of you, something to look at. The goodies are split into categories: Visual effects, Logos and logotypes, Text Effects, Badges, Buttons, Web 2.0 Layouts, Gradients, Headers, and last but not least Web 2.0 round-up. I know some of you may be thinking that Web 2.0 is a concept that details how the web has developed, and not an application, or tool …

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Any website can be broken down into two elements, the web design, and the web content.  It is essential that for a professional image, that both elements are paid attention to, and that the design should be structured around the content. So if good web design is all about the content, what is the aim of the web design?  The answer to this question is that it enhances the content, and presents the information contained within it, in the most accessible way possible.  In a  nutshell that is it. The content of any site, is what the user reads, and within the content is the information any user wants to find.  Increasingly, the content is used for branding, reinforcing trust, and conveying a message.  Should …

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 WordPress, as you are no doubt aware, has exploded in popularity over a very small space of time.  It has become a business in its own right, with developers selling themes at every opportunity, and coming up with ever more daring, imaginative and practical designs.  And why not, money is money, after all.   Despite this, there are still a lot of free wordpress themes for web design, still out there on the web.  So we thought you might like to know where to find them, and have provided the links, so finding them will be easy.    For those of you unfamiliar with the blogging tool, WordPress is simply a content management system, which enables users to upload information, which is then displayed on …

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Web design has now evolved to a point where a good web will build trust, and this is important for several reasons, but is crucial, if the point of the web design is to sell products. Many people still distrust buying products or services from the internet.  One of the main reasons is fraud, and people do have a fear that should they give there credit card details to a retailer, they will be ripped off and defrauded.  This has happened in the past, and often, it has gained a lot of media attention. So as a web designer, it is important that you tailor your web designs to looking professional, make them useable, and adhere to certain rules, which if completed correctly, will result …

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The virtual world has become an integral part of everyone’s life in the present day communication age.  This makes it increasingly important for web developers to create interesting web pages. We designers need to understand the psyche of readers, or their target audience to give them what they want in the most efficient, and user friendly way.  In effect, good web design is all about understanding the user. Utility, easy accessibility and easy reading is what brings readers to read your webpage. People do not read every word of the page, but have an inherent tendency to scan through information and filter out what is of no relevance to them. The design of the webpage has to be such that it impels the reader to …

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The first thing to realise about Web 2.0, is that it is not an update on Web 1.0.  This may sound a little strange, but it represents the introduction of concepts rather than an update of internet protocols utilised by HTTP.  As a web designer, it is how you incorporate and utilise these concepts in your web design, that is important. Web 2.0 was a term that was coined rather than developed, and in essence it describes how the web is being used by users, and developed by developers.  To understand Web 2.0, we must look at Web 1.0. Web 1.0 is the standard protocols as used in HTML, but if Web 2.0 relates to the new concepts the web is being developed for, then …

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