Tagged 'web design'

Web Design: Do-It-Yourself or Hire a Web Designer/Developer?

Posted by Emily Weeks on December 16th, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Today, websites are “must haves” for businesses of any size. Large organizations, of course, generally have the resources to invest in developing robust websites. But, on the other hand, smaller organizations and entrepreneurs are often extremely budget-conscious. With tools like WordPress, Wix and other do-it-yourself options so readily available these days, it’s not uncommon for many of these smaller, cash-strapped businesses to attempt to create a website themselves.
In most cases, the decision to create your own website is a mistake. In fact, the only real benefit to building your own website is that you are likely to save money in the process. Unfortunately, it’s money that could have been invested to generate better outcomes for your small business, such as better brand awareness, a vibrant identity, and strong lead and sale generation.
The example below demonstrates the risks of a “do-it-yourself” approach. This website was built on Wix, and as you can see, it looks outdated and is unattractive to the browsing audience.

It takes a lot of time to build a website. The process requires a lot of strategy up front to ensure that the site will meet business needs. “Depending on your skills in web design, the finished design... Read more

We’re not building houses

Posted by Greg Kihlström on May 31st, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Could your next website redesign be your last? While “last” may be a little idealistic (and unrealistic), you might be able to avoid the cost and disruption that occurs with having to stop and restart if you start to think in a more agile way about your online presence.

What To Consider When Building A Website

Posted by Emily Weeks on February 18th, 2014 at 11:11 am

Building a website isn’t a simple process, and there are various factors that go into the design/development of one. Think about making the perfect cheeseburger. There’s the obvious ingredient, the burger itself. But it wouldn’t be the same without the cheese, bun, and, depending on your preferences, ketchup, pickles and other add-ons. Now think about removing all that stuff that makes the cheeseburger taste good. Not so tasty anymore, right? Consider a website with just the bare minimum—like that plain burger, it’s dry—bo-ring.
Here are a few things to consider when building a site that may spice up your web presence and make it less run of the mill.

Think about mobile-first/responsive. Responsive sites are easily viewable on any device, whether it’s a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. Is this important to you? Take into account the rise of mobile use, especially smartphones. Consider that your audience may not always be sitting at a desk, and that many people are often on-the-go and access the Internet from a variety of devices.
Consider building your site on a Content Management System (CMS). Using a CMS enables you to easily go in and make small changes to your site (i.e., a typo) without worrying... Read more

Warning: Your Hasty Move to Responsive Design Could Backfire

Posted by Devanshi Garg on November 15th, 2013 at 7:29 am

Responsive web design does a great job of opening access to a quality web experience regardless of the device used. But there are certain aspects of a website that can be impacted by the move, which makes the case for proper due diligence beyond finalizing a design.

Responsive Design: Not One-Size-Fits-All-Fix

Posted by Devanshi Garg on September 25th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Tech trends come and go with the click of a mouse. One day, Flash is revolutionizing the Web, and the next, it’s being vilified by HTML5 evangelists. Dealing with the constantly revolving door of the latest technology can be a tricky ordeal — especially when it comes to wide-scale enterprise adoption.
Today, the latest tech buzzword making its paces is Responsive Web Design. Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a software development practice that builds websites in a manner that allows them to aesthetically scale to whichever device a visitor is viewing it on, and it has grown extremely popular with the proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
In the news industry, there are quite a few notable publishing organizations that have made the shift. One of the largest early adopters was The Boston Globetwo years ago. The change has been almost universally lauded by critics as a thoughtful redesign; and later in the fall of 2013, The New York Times will move to RWD as well.
The stats back up the move towards mobile optimization: 25% of all Web browsing is done via smartphones and tablets, and it’s a number that’s only growing. It’s evident that in a multidevice world, traditional news... Read more