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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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Ever wondered what’s the current state of navigation in the design world? Every once in a while, it’s good to take a look at the trends and conventions of certain design elements just to be sure your design is on target with modern demands. Though many designers spend most of their time trying to carve their own paths, learning trends can serve as a powerful guide for making strong design choices. In the case of navigation, such an essential element of design deserves all the design planning and attention possible. A look at current trends can only enhance the design of this central element of a site. In this post, we’ll discover the current trends in navigation design. Many of these trends are new, but …

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You may be contemplating what a fascinating title! Do no let this alarm you because experts in the web designing industry have posited that in the same way people are born and die similarly design emerge and submerge overtime. They are referred to as web zombies and will be addressed in the following paragraphs. Do not become afraid that they will not invade your web space like viruses to cause harm, but he rather becomes comfortable with the idea that these are guidelines. Actually, they are pointing every designer to a way out of the web designing grave where modern science and technology have unfortunately found itself. Nature of the beast The beast in web technology represents an interpretation of source codes found on a …

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Would someone please tell me why my tea always ends up cold before I drink it? I get so engrossed in talking or writing, I forget it. Yesterday I must have made 6 or 7 cups before I got a hot one. That only happened because, instead of bringing it back to the computer, I went and drank it looking out on to the garden. I really love my garden. I am still mulling over whether or not I can bear to leave it.  As you can see my thoughts are wandering. Let’s look at books instead.  I pulled a few more out for you, and we can go thought them. Dan Cederholm. Dan has brought out a second edition of the Web Standards Solutions. …

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