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The web page is your canvas, and where all the action happens.  This goes without saying, but it is also the place that makes or breaks you.  Below are some web design tips for web pages, to keep them as good as they can be, and not pages that make you want to click on another site.  It is important to keep images as small as possible, slow pages are bad for traffic retention, so keep the size to a minimum.  Ensure that the pictures are as optimised as they can be to this end.   Unless the image is a design image, make sure that any graphics on the screen are relevant to the site.  No need to put a picture of your favourite …

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 The concept of conversion rates is simple.  It is the amount of visitors that visit a website and make a sale, compared to the amount of visitors that visit a website and do not purchase anything.  Though there are many factors which apply to higher conversion rates- advertisements, and other marketing techniques being high on the list.  Optimising conversion rates through better web design, also ranks high on the agenda. Most designers focus on the sales funnel when designing sites where the aim is to sell something to the visitor.  In other words they focus on the shopping cart, checkout, and product pages.  There is nothing wrong with this in principle, but the most effective method to optimise conversation rates, is to have advertisements and …

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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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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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Checklists, checklists, checklists, can you ever have enough?  We all know that websites are complex beasts, full of complexities and things that can go wrong.  So it is always nice when somebody, or a few some bodies, try and come up with the ultimate pre-launch website check list.    That is exactly what box.com are trying to do, and are welcoming feedback at their site.  So why not take a look, and better still implement it.  This will be especially useful if you’re planning to launch a website soon.   Pre-Launch Content and Style Typography and layout   Check for incorrect punctuation marks, particularly apostrophes, quotation marks and hyphens/dashes   Check headings for where you could potentially use ligatures   Check for widow/orphan terms in …

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When designing your website, or running somebody else’s, just remember to check that a few basic essential building blocks are in place.  This will help you in a number of ways, including the direction of your sight.  Ensure that your website can be viewed on a number of browsers, and not just Internet Explorer.  Firefox and Opera are extremely popular browsers, and therefore your site should be compatible with them.  The importance of title tags cannot be overstated.  Many websites, even well designed ones, do not pay attention to this, and as a result, lose traffic.  Not a good situation.  Broken links are a fact of life, and it is important that the custom 404 page is in place.  It is also a good idea …

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Creating a decent and user friendly website is not an easy task and you need to consider whether you can and should do it yourself or whether it will be better to hire a professional web designer to do it. Pretty much any small business these days can benefit greatly from having a website, but this website needs to be designed in such a way that it can effectively promote the products or services that you are trying to sell. Making it interesting and easy to navigate is essential if this is what you want to achieve. This article covers some of the essential tips on what you should be thinking about when you design your small business web site. Firstly, having a decent logo, …

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In part 1 of our guide, “Accessibility in web design:  It’s all about how you look at it.  Part 1”, we focused on why catering for elderly, and, or, disabled people made good business sense, as well as being about inclusion and fairness.  It is on the theme of good business that we now come to look at how accessibility in other areas of web design, can improve traffic, create a better experience for the user, make greater profits, and create better reputations. It is important to remember as both a business person, who utilises a website to sell products and services, and as a designer of a website, that potentially users of your site can view it from all over the world.  By improving …

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It can be a real quagmire, trying to sift through new regulations and interpret them.  Trying to decide if they apply to you, or how to implement them into your design or designs.  You may be wondering why you have to, or what the point of them is.  You could be shaking your head in bewilderment as you read these words, and you may even be considering calling it a day. On the assumption that you are not about to throw in the towel, and are simply wondering why you are reading another article about accessibility and the web, allow me to say that this is not an article to fire-off information at you, or simply reprint regulations with which, you feel over familiar. If …

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If usability and accessibility are fundamental elements in any web design, is it the role of the designer, to dictate to the user how to use a website, or is there role, one of a provider, in which they provide options that users can utilise? This is a fundamental question that arises from web design.  There are in effect two ways to approach this question.  The first works on the basis, that the designer will try and anticipate the needs of a user, and will tailor the web design accordingly.  This method of design, or fixed design, has advantages in respects that it can push a user down a certain path, or hold the users hand.  Click here, click this, for example.  This is good …

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