How to Write a High-Quality Web Design Brief

A project is like a journey. Each has a destination, and the aim is to reach that place on time and on budget. This never happens by accident. A well written web brief is how to avoid detours, accidents and traffic jams. It will save time – and result in clearer quotes! When setting out on any trip, most of us will also work out a route: turn right here, continue for fifteen miles there. It matters to us that we reach our end-point quickly, efficiently and with a minimum …

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Why have a blog?

Why keep a blog?

What does a blog add to your website? Is it really necessary or just an optional addition? In this post, I am going to put forward some strong points for the addition of a blog to every website. The figures Statistics show that a blog can really help your business to grow. Businesses with blogs have around 55% more visitors to their website. This alone should be a great reason to add a blog to your website, more visitors means more chances to gain customers and sales. Gain credibility A …

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The Future of the VR Web Experience

With the launch of hardware like the Oculus Rift, 2016 is the year VR (Virtual Reality) is finally coming home. VR is already being used in the tech industry with press conferences being streamed in VR and being hosted on VR social networks such as AltspaceVR.  VR is going to have a huge impact in the gaming industry, but how will VR be used effectively on the Web? Virtual Reality & Web Design Currently the web and VR might not seem like a great mix, and VR would not be …

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The Repetition of UI Patterns

One of the side effects of responsive design has meant that a lot of sites look similar and we are seeing repetition of UI Patterns. Responsive design isn’t solely to blame however. The huge rise of WordPress sites and the booming WordPress the me market has also contributed to it. Having a similar look and layout isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That’s because we’ve changed the way we consume the web, which has resulted in a lot of common UI design patterns. Design patterns have matured and as such, there’s …

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Responsive Web Design

Not long ago, websites were typically designed for laptop and desktop screen resolutions. This worked fine until the advent of web capable smart phones and tablets.  Responsive Web Design is becoming more and more popular due to the rise of mobile internet usage, in fact it’s now becoming less of a trend and more of a best practice. Web designers approached the new challenge with a myriad of solutions, the clear winner, however, was Ethan Marcotte’s seminal article on Responsive Web Design back in May of 2010. Responsive web design has changed a lot since …

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Build a website in 1 day!

Our one day WordPress training workshop transforms WP beginners into savvy WP users with a shiny new online presence in a single day Over the course of the WordPress workshop you’ll be provided with all that you need to create a professional looking website. You’ll receive the tools, the skills and the knowledge. If you want to know how to effectively use your website to manage your content, then this is the masterclass for you. Kimberley Leary has more than a decade’s worth of experience with WordPress. Today she happily shares her knowledge …

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Why Social Media Buttons Don’t Work!

Most people creating a new website will ask me at some point where the social media buttons will go. But is sticking the same tired and gaudy social buttons on every page of our new website really the best way? Here’s why we don’t think so. Distraction When creating a website it’s considered best practice for each page to have one clearly defined goal. That could be anything from adding a product to the basket, signing up for a newsletter, subscribing to a blog, watching a video, filling in a …

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How to Create a website that Maximizes Your Brand Identity

Amazing web design is not enough if you want your website to be successful. The key to a successful web design is that it needs to reflect your brand identity, through the colours, text, images, navigation and everything else you choose to use. Think that when someone goes on your website for the first time, you want them to immediately understand your brand identity and our values and ideas. Many people today do not read web pages, they rather see and interoperate, which means that the visual side of your web site is your key …

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Essential Elements of an Effective Call-to-Action

Developing effective call to action campaigns is difficult, to get you on the right track we have gathered a few tips that is essential when aiming to developing an effective call-to-action campaign. Use Actionable Language Using verbs like `discover, unearth, find` instead of ones like `be smarter`. You should be empowering your readers to click on your call to action by beginning sentences with rich verbs. Include a clear value proposition The call-to-action that you create is unique to your business. It is your offer, your services, your products that you are …

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