Essential UX Tips for Your Website

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design3 months ago • Written by 4 Comments

Maybe you all know what UX is and what it really means. UX or user experience is an important aspect of website development that gauges of the reactions of visitors to the design. UX focuses on how design elements help the visitors get what they want, or know what they have to know. If you want to read more about UX, we have a separate article for that.

For this article, let’s try to transform that understanding into tangible and perceivable changes in your websites. We amassed a few essential UX tips for your website!

We all know that there are a lot of factors to put in mind when designing websites. As a designer, you have to understand that everything you do can affect conversions.This directly affects how the goals of the website is achieved.

UX embraces a lot of design principles from colors, lines to element placing. Let us look into these considerations:

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PHP vs Ruby vs Python: Three Programming Languages in a Nutshell

Posted in PHP, Tutorials, Usability3 months ago • Written by 11 Comments

There are lots programming languages out there and each works to do specific and unique tasks. Each language has a unique set of keywords and special syntaxes for organizing program commands.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at the three popular languages: PHP vs Ruby vs Python. We will check how they work, how they differ from each other, who uses them and how popular each language is.

At the end of this article, you will have the idea which one to learn and which the best option for each specific task is.

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What You Should Know When Choosing the Best Web Host

Posted in HowTos, Quick Tips, Tips, Tools, Usability3 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Every designer or  developer who has worked with websites knows the importance of hosting. Web hosting is among the top important things that you have to consider before starting the website creation. Selecting a really good web hosting company can do your half of the work.

Many people talk about how a website should be designed or how to hire the best designer but, the importance of having the best web host is often not considered an important topic to discuss.

So, why do designers and developers need a web host?

  • Assurance. In order to make your website go live on the Internet, web hosting is required. If you think that registering for a domain name is enough than you are mistaken.
  • Accessibility. Having a website hosting company will make it sure that your website is accessible by everyone around the world. You can surely design a website but if you don’t have a web host, no one can access your website.
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Browser Wars: Why Can’t There Be Just One Web Browser?

Posted in Tools, Usability, WordPress3 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

A few years back, the Internet was left shaken by the Browser Wars, or the competitions for the top spot in usage share between web browsers.

It all started when Microsoft Internet Explorer took Netscape Navigator’s spot as the top browser during the late 1990s. It continued when IE lost its dominance over the emerging browsers Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. That followed a lot of debates on which browser is really the best among the rest.

They say that the browser wars are now over and peace has been achieved in the browserdom. Some people will ask, “Who won?”

Well, I, for one, don’t care who won. I am not really that interested. I personally think that the browser wars started because of one thing: marketing.

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Anatomy of Effective Landing Pages

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design, WordPress4 months ago • Written by 4 Comments

Designing effective landing pages is a powerful and efficient way to attract sales, clients and income to any business entity. Also known as the lead capture page, this unique online marketing tool is one of the best ways to talk your visitors to either subscribe to your newsletter, buy your product or register for a webinar.

Designing a landing page is not a simple task.

Why?

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Crazy Egg Review: Is Your Website Hot Enough?

Posted in Usability, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 2 Comments

So, you have a website. Probably you are selling something or you want to collect people’s email addresses and it works. Or does it? As a marketer, are you satisfied with your current conversions? As a designer, do you feel like you made the right decision when you placed the search bar on the sidebar? But there is one tool that we at 1stwebdesigner.com is crazy about- Crazy Egg. Don’t search high and low about the Crazy Egg review when you can have that here!

There are many tracking tools out there that you can use to determine if your design works as intended. There are eye and mouse tracking tools out there, but they are expensive. Although admittedly, they work. Another thing that works just as well as these is click tracking with heatmap. Different processes, same results.

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Web Design Mistakes Web Designers Should Avoid

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design6 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Let’s accept it. The wonderful world of web design is not a walk in the park. There are web design mistakes to avoid. You need to create eyegasmic designs that will attract people and hook them into visiting your website frequently.

However, what makes it more challenging is that web design isn’t created for the eyes’ pleasure only. User experience, including how he gets the message or the gist of the whole design, is a priority.

Despite the our constant avoidance, we, web designers, are very vulnerable to pitfalls that hamper the practicality of the design. Most web designers, especially the starting ones, tend to make mistakes that could easily jeopardize the usage of their websites.

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How to Use Images Successfully – Web Design Usability Guide

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 35 Comments

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. True or not, images are an important part of any website we create. Since it is so easy to embed an image in a website (even the process of creating your own images is very easy), most websites are filled with them. There are some very good examples out there on how to deal with images in a website from different points of view, but most of the websites do not showcase positive examples. And while this is not entirely dangerous for a design, it might decrease your chances to sell, in case you have a call-to-action page, or the chances to create good reading flow. It is more a matter of details than a matter of important principles, but dealing with images should be something designers understand and apply better.

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5 Web Design Colours that Encourage Visitors to Click that Subscribe Button

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 79 Comments

People are still debating whether content is king or not.

If you ask me, I totally agree with it and my opinion is based on my own experience. Regardless, whether or not content is king, there is something that is just as important! What is it, you ask?

It is a book’s cover that counts too…

I know, I know, everyone likes to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but how else are you planning to grab someone’s attention other than with a fancy cover?

Obviously, once you have someone’s attention, you can leave the rest to content. It’s all about web design colours and how you manipulate them.

To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.

-Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

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Web Designers, Does SEO Affect Your Creative Freedom?

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

Right now web design is closely tied to SEO. Mind you, when I say web design, I do not simply mean designing with the use of Adobe Photoshop. I mean the whole deal, from conception to presentation.

Is SEO a good thing for web design? Do you think minding SEO too much limits what designers can do?

Would you sacrifice your creativity for the sake of SEO?

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