Browser Wars: Why Can’t There Be Just One Web Browser?

Posted in Tools, Usability, WordPress2 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, WordPress3 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 Design5 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 Design5 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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Overview of Breakpoints in Responsive Web Design

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

Last time, we went over media queries. This is an important aspect to know of Responsive Web Design (RWD from now on) because it is this CSS declaration that allows for the different layouts to appear at different screen sizes.

Hmm, now what about different screen sizes? To make it easy to understand, lets look at this using an analogy. So, imagine that RWD is a blueprint for a wonderfully new house. The foundation, which the rest of the house depends on, would be media queries. After the foundation comes the first level of the house, which sets the tone for how the rest of the house will be built. In this house, the first floor would be break points.

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45 Free and Fresh Web User Interface PSDs

Posted in Freebies, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

Finding free user interface elements and wireframes is just like finding treasure for designers. This is because resources like these can significantly help designers in their work and help them complete their job easily and more quickly. Basic web UI elements and wireframes are used to create a prototype of the user interface which will be shown to the client so that they can have an idea of how their user interface will look once it is completely designed.

In this post, we have collected 45 free and fresh web User Interface in PSD format so that you can easily modify or edit them. We hope that you will like this collection and find these UI elements useful to you. Good luck!

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40 Unique and Multifunctional Premium Admin Templates To Help You Manage Your Website

Posted in Showcase, Tools, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Backend web development can be compared to your local government. You don’t usually see them, but they’re doing their work (efficiency is another matter). While content management systems like WordPress or Drupal do the work most of the time, there are occasions where you can’t do without a custom solution. As you know, building an administration page yourself can be quite difficult and time-consuming.

“I’d do it myself but..” You don’t have to build it yourself. Especially when there are dozens of unique admin templates around that are responsive, clean, full of features and plugins and customizable at almost no cost. In this article, you’ll find 40 customizable premium admin templates for your next website, project or application.

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