Saturday, December 28, 2013
HTML5 video is set to become the next standard for displaying videos on the web and naturally, you should offer both a way in which users can stream your content through an HTML5 format as well as another format such as flash for those who have an older browser version.
Be wary of web hosting companies who claim that they offer unlimited bandwidth to their customers. Usually there is something that is written in the small print that is far different than that. In many cases people end up having problems when it comes to fair use policies.
Always ensure you are giving meaningful feedback, as this is what creates the communication between a website and its visitors. For example, if an action taken by a visitor results in an error, do not simply display "error occurred." Instead, provide a message that explains what happened and how the visitor can correct the error by taking a different action. Without this feedback, visitors are more likely to grow frustrated and just give up by leaving your website.
As was previously discussed in the above article, a lot of people build websites, but because they use a hard to read font size, it becomes impossible to see the information presented on the site. Take the tips from this article so you can design a website that your viewers will be able to read.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
By Waqar Hasan
It is no secret that web designers have gained their fair share of popularity in the online environment. And why shouldn't they? It is far simpler for someone who wants a nice design for their website to turn to a professional. But if you lack the IT knowledge, some companies could rip you off. Hopefully, the 6 tips presented below will shed some light on the rather ambiguous decision of going with one website design company or another:
1. Payment in proportion with results - the most efficient web design companies on the market are the ones that merge hourly billing with flat fees. If you work with such a company for designing software, make sure you don't leave the fees for later negotiation.
2. Easy methods of payment - every professional team of website designers will provide you with various ways to pay for their services: anything from credit cards to bank checks.
3. Portfolios available for viewing - it is not advisable to hire such a company without taking a look at the designer's portfolio first. This way, you are able to assess the quality of their work before hiring them.
4. Testimonials that speak for themselves - being one of the greatest online marketing tools, testimonials are valid statements from people that have already tried out the services or products of a company and are ready to share their purchasing and usage experience. Testimonials have a great way of convincing skeptical people to buy because, in reality, every person buys something based on emotions and later tries to justify the purchase with logical arguments. To understand the power of a testimonial, ask yourself the following question - What influences you most when you buy something: a TV commercial or the opinion of someone just like you who already tested the product/service?
5. Newest time-saving technologies - whenever you hear a web designer recommend some sort of very expensive software even if there is a cheap and very useful alternative, you should consider twice about your choice. Some of the best companies are the ones that use time-saving alternatives, like e-commerce tools (such as osCommerce) or publishing websites (WordPress) to get the job done. You know a website design company is good when they show interest in helping you save money.
6. Honesty about work - if the designers in front of you are true professionals, they should be able to tell you right from the start which parts of your project are doable, which are not (if applicable), how many hours should each module take and a cost estimate for everything. A poor web design company will commit to any type of work without even waiting for you to finish the description of your project.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
In the recent years there has been a considerable amount of change in the way, the designers are creating the websites. Most of the users have already shifted to different mobile platforms that support the HTML5/ CSS3 web standards.
In this post you will get a brief idea on the recent web designing trends that have been evolving in last few years. In 2012 also we have seen several new trends and among them the most important is responsive design. In the same way some important web designing trends for 2013 are described below:-
Mobile First Design
Mobile first design means starting your design process by designing for mobile and then modifies it for tablet or PC. There are various benefits of mobile first designs like it allows website to reach more people (78 % percent of world population has a mobile device). Also it forces designers to focus on core content and functionality.
Infinite scrolling is the technique that is starting to emerge more across the web and can be seen on social media sites like twitter, Pinterest etc. Infinite scrolling also known as endless pages is an interactive design technique which obtains content from other pages and add it to the page on which visitor is currently present. It is a great way to retain website visitor as visitors not need to put more effort in navigating a website except for scrolling it down.
White-space and minimalism
The terms minimalism and white-space are used around a lot and from sometime these are part of website design also. Minimalist sites are those sites that use simple 2-3 column layouts that contain simple navigation, text, and leave the rest for white space. Also there are numerous sites that makes use of white space as a design tool that will force the users to focus on the information that is contained within the website rather than website itself.
Many web designers have survived through the rise and fall of websites built with Adobe Flash. Now we must approach the same design issues with new ways like- replacing Flash with HTML5, CSS3, Java-script, Canvas, etc. Using HTML5 you can implement dynamic websites without using flash.
So, these are the top four essential website design trends that you must aware of in 2013. Therefore all of the web design agencies must need to follow all of these trends to get more visibility.
Nikhil Tevatia has been associated with the IT industry for a long time. In his leisure, he loves writing articles. Through this article, he is sharing ideas on various web design trends that need to followed by any Web development company in 2013.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Do you feel comfortable with and challenged by technology? Do you have specialized skills as an artist and technician? If so, combine your artistic ability and your techie skills with a degree in Web design and interactive media.
Web design and interactive media is a dynamic industry of integrated electronic communications running on conventional computers as well as devices such as cell phones, kiosks, MP3 players, and museum displays. As such, Web design and interactive media is an essential part of the business, education, entertainment, and scientific industries.
The field is ripe with employment opportunities for those who possess the skills to combine film, graphic arts, sound, and text to improve the dissemination of information. When you complete a Web design and interactive media degree program, you will have acquired those in-demand skills.
Web design and interactive media degree programs
In the Web design and interactive media associate degree program at the Art Institutes, for instance, you'll develop a strong foundation in the field, learning to combine animation tools on Macintosh- and Pentium- based PCs. You'll also become skilled in software applications such as Adobe PhotoShop and Macromedia Director to integrate animation, images, sound, text, and video into a complete project. The school's bachelor's degree program offers a more advanced understanding of Web design and interactive media. In the capstone project of the program, you'll plan, design, and develop substantial projects, often for actual clients
You may also gain professional experience through student internships and freelance work. Once you complete your degree program, you will have compiled a professional-quality digital portfolio to showcase the skills you've acquired.
Web design and interactive media careers
With a degree in Web design and interactive media, you'll be prepared for an entry-level career as an animator, creative director, digital media producer, graphic artist, instructional designer, interactive designer, programmer, project coordinator, special effects artist, or Web developer. These careers may be found in the fields of advertising, corporate communications, education, electronic games, film, law, marketing, medicine, and publishing.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013
When you sell goods from a physical store, the appearance and presentation of your premises is undeniably important to the impression you can expect to have on shoppers and browsers.
E commerce is no different. It's important to put your best foot forward in terms of style and presentation. Although it's a very different environment, the world of online shopping shares many of the laws of regular, brick-and-mortar retail.
In terms of e-commerce web design, it's all about making life as easy as possible for the customer and making the path to buying both clear and logical.
Consider your site's navigation, for example.
When you walk into a grocery store, you rely on clear signage explaining how items are groups and in which areas you can find them. You know to follow a particular process: Pick up basket or trolley, select the items you require from the appropriate section of the store and go to the checkout for packing and payment.
An e-commerce site ought to offer a similarly logical and easy-to-understand layout. It must be clear to visitors what is on offer, where it is, how much it costs and what they need to do to buy it.
Having clear and logical navigation is all part of removing all possible obstacles that stand between your potential customers and the products or services you want them to buy.
The same goes for design,you wouldn't take a shop that sells expensive, high-fashion clothing seriously if they operated from a run-down warehouse in some obscure corner of some distant suburb.
Equally, you can't expect online shoppers to find your products and prices credible unless your e-commerce website's design, content and functionality reflects the values you're trying to communicate (and more importantly, your target audience's values).
So the way in which you present your products or services online can be just as important as the price point, really.
It's important to provide visitors with a design, layout and content that reflects their expectations of your business and its products. Your site's appearance and presentation can make the same difference as you'd find between a sole trader in a run-down suburban retail store and a mainstream fashion chain store on High St.
For these reasons, e-commerce web design is vitally important to an effective, successful online store. The visual and technical elements must both be of a quality that creates a positive impression on visitors and inspires them to do business with you.