Graphic design has changed immensely since the Internet was publicly established. Instead of buying graphic software from your local computer store, everything one could need is now available online. In many instances, designers don’t even need to pay or register for an account.
As the Internet continues to grow, graphic design tools become more essential. Luckily, it doesn’t take a degree in fine arts to use these online apps. Even the most novice of web hosting developers have potential to make stunning imagery and visually engaging content. Continue reading
If you’re looking to make a website for your new apparel online store, you need a layout that fits with your brand, concept and products. While you can hire a web designer to make a website that is fully customized to your business, it can get quite expensive. Thankfully, there are many predesigned web design layouts that you can fit into your business. These templates are a simple solution to a complex problem. Here are 3 different templates and 5 different real life examples that you can use.
1. Ultimo Magento Theme
For some eCommerce site owners, how their product is presented is everything. Ultimo is the go-to Magneto theme for site owners that want to provide a clean navigation and presentation so that their product listings shine. The theme has a 12-column grid system, an unlimited color customization setup, and has a built in customizable responsive layout. This is a good theme to go with if you’re using Magento and plan on marketing your eCommerce to mobile users. Continue reading
Personal websites are one thing – they have a tremendous amount of freedom of expression, content, and format. Professional websites – sites that promote things like corporations, lawyers, doctors, or things like that – have a different tack they need to take concerning blogging and social media.
To prevent the worlds of the amateur and the professional from colliding on line, here are five observational tips to make sure your website stays up to snuff: think about how lawyers promote, think about how doctors present themselves, consider how technology and communication are changing, think of how different people perceive things nowadays, and think about transparency and trust.
Think About the Lawyers
Lawyers have a tough job of it on the Internet, to try to get their selling points across. A cross-reference to problems lawyers have will give you the very basics of why it’s tough for them to compete against each other. If you’re in this group – don’t believe the hype, and instead go for the techniques that are proven to work despite what so-called ‘common sense’ might tell you or your law firm. Continue reading
For a business, a blog is a great way to interact with your clients and prospective customers in a non-threatening and friendly way. And while you may have great content about 3D rendering and design like RenderSmart, or hundreds of blogs around lifestyle themes like Buzzfeed, you are missing out on a huge part of blogging if you neglect the web design and graphics that go along with your blog.
Not only can including eye-catching graphics and natural web design make your blogs easier to read and more likely to be shared around various communities, but these things can also help your blog in three other big ways as well.
Boost Your Conversions
According to a blog written by KISSMetrics, including eye-catching images can increase time on page, the number of pages visited, and even the amount of sales you make on your site. However, increasing these conversions can’t just happen by putting any image or graphic anywhere on your site. Continue reading
One of the best things a blogger in any niche can do is stay apprised of what’s popular in the topic they write about. If you write about laptops, knowing what the hot new machine everyone will be searching for will allow you to write articles that will help you become more noticed online.
Twitter is a popular service that everyone and their brother seems to be on these days, and there is now a way to track what’s popular on Twitter thanks to Twittermeter.
Enter in something like the MacBook and you will see that it is on a huge downward turn. This could easily show what isn’t in the mindset of those that use the Twitter service, as well as show trends arcing upwards that you might want to take advantage of.
I found out about this service from Read/Write Web.
Twittermeter uses the Twitter API to scrape the site’s public feed and creates a database of every word sent over Twitter. Though database overages have forced the site to display only results for the past week, they have data since November 6th, 2007 totaling over 14.5 million words from 2.1 million status messages.
Another tool for the ever growing arsenal of data we need to filter through to make the most of the content we produce as bloggers.