Category Archives: Design

How to Ensure Your Website Displays Well on Tablets

It’s 2013 already and for those running a business, have you checked if your website is mobile-friendly? If you haven’t done so, it’s time to do it now.
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With a rapidly growing number of people turning to the smartphones and tablets these days, you need to keep abreast with technology and making your website mobile-friendly is the way to go. You may think that just because you have a website, it will automatically display correctly on iPhones and tablets. But the truth is, there’s a big difference.

Keep in mind that these portable and handheld gadgets have a smaller screen size and what you see on your regular desktop or laptop computer screen will naturally be smaller when viewed on tablets and smartphones.

In terms of tablets alone, there are now 70 million users in the U.S. Traffic to e-commerce sites from this device also went up by 348 percent for one year alone, from 2011 to 2012.
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Originally posted on January 9, 2013 @ 3:17 am

Tips to Speed Up your WordPress Site

Did you know that besides content, Google is also very particular about the speed a website or blog loads? Yes, this is true the reason why if you’re a publisher, blogger and author, you should now make it a point that your site loads fast enough to drive traffic and engage your visitors.

The speed in delivering content to your target audience is important in making a good impression and attracting a regular stream of readers. A website that’s slow to load will only make people leave before they can even see the entire design of your site. In addition, you won’t be able to land in the top search results of Google.

What can you do then to ensure that your site is up to speed? Here are some tips that you can use.

Firstly, find out the current loading speed of your WordPress website. Use pingdom.com to determine which of your web pages are fast, slow or too big and what steps to follow.
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Originally posted on November 21, 2012 @ 1:00 am

Why Graphic Design Contests are so useful

If you are looking for an effective graphic design for your own website and are not really happy to outsource the work to any of the available freelancers, then you may sufficiently think about the option of throwing open graphic design contests at various levels. These contests ensure that you get the right graphic design for your website.

Holding graphic design contests has its own benefits and advantages. One of the most important benefits of holding such contests is that you will have a good number of graphic designs at your disposal so that you can start your own business of providing web design and graphic design to other websites as well. All the competitors of the contests will be sufficiently compensated of course. If they are sufficiently compensated for their creations they cannot exercise any sort of right over them anymore. Hence you can conduct your own business of graphic design. It is also for sure that such contests will attract good number of designers from across the globe. The good the designs the better it would be for the blogs or websites. Web design has an active part to play in the positioning of the website in the search pages across the Internet.

As a matter of fact web design along with methods like article marketing, forum posting, link building and other forms of organic traffic building methods is very vital as far as the search engine optimization techniques are concerned. Graphic web design is no exception.

Originally posted on March 29, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

Web Designers at War

In today’s competitive world everybody tries to beat his opponent and win the contest. The field of web designing is not left untouched in this regard either. Every now and then there are several virtual web design contests that take place. The reason behind this is a kind of Cold War between two competitors of same fields, especially in web designing. Gone are the days when there was only one web designer in the area who used to enjoy the glory of his monopoly. However even in today’s cutthroat competition still there are a few web designers left who provide outstanding services and that too at quite a reasonable price. These web designers do not run after money or they do not even participate in any virtual web design contests, on the contrary they believe in providing quality services which could be helpful in pulling even more clients in the longer run.

Apart from this, there are many web hosting companies which hire their own web designers in order to provide services to their clients. These web designers are proficient in their respective web design languages, which in most cases is WordPress, Joomla! or Drupal. Because of these open source web development applications, web hosting service providers can offer their clients free web designing feature either at their own or at clients’ ends. Because of this, chances of Cold War between professional web designers are highly decreased nowadays. However now the competition is about providing web spaces and free e-mail addresses to the clients. This means that different web hosting companies offer different facilities to their clients in order to attract them.

Originally posted on February 19, 2011 @ 10:24 am

Mobile-Friendly Version of Websites a Must for Everybody

The popularity of mobile devices, particularly smartphones, is such that any serious online publisher should never overlook the needs of mobile users. These days, mobile users refer to just about any average Joe, from smartphone-toting moms to high-level executives who can’t do without their offices-in-a-pocket. With such a wide range of mobile users, no website is exempt from the need to have a mobile version of their site anymore.

If your site does not have a mobile version you can bet that you’ll be losing out on big opportunities. For one, shopping sites will definitely lose out on sales as customers are discouraged from completing their transaction due to the impossible check out process on their mobile phones. New sites will also lose out as once loyal readers shift to reading other online publications that offer the news in more mobile-friendly formats. The list just goes on and on.

As a publisher, this means that you really need to look into offering a mobile-friendly version of your site IMMEDIATELY. There are many DIY mobile website tools available that you can use to design and build the mobile version of your website. You can also just hire a web designer/developer to do the job for you.  And even if you just have a blog, there’s no real excuse for not having a mobile version since you only need to use plug-ins or change blog settings on WordPress and Blogger for your blog to have a mobile-friendly version.

So if you don’t have a mobile version of your site yet, what are you waiting for?

 

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Originally posted on November 23, 2011 @ 10:12 pm