Tagged 'Website 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 This website was built on Wix, and as you can see, it looks outdated and is unattractive to the browsing audience.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

8 Disastrous Website Design Mistakes

Posted by James Trumbly on July 22nd, 2013 at 11:00 am

Web design isn’t an exact science. There are broad principles to follow, but at the end of the day, you have to figure out what works for you and your audience. However, you should always remember that your customers have itchy back-button fingers, and some web design mistakes will make them bounce every time. Here’s a list of our top eight design mistakes:

Making Content Look Like Advertising
Web users these days have developed “banner blindness.” Anything that looks like a banner ad or block ad will be ignored. Avoid the common web design mistake of putting essential information in a format that looks like advertising.

Using Non-Intuitive Navigation
If you have to explain how to navigate your site, you’ve done it wrong. Navigation should make sense to someone who has never seen your site before. Group similar links under headings and make it easy for visitors to find their way back to a previous page and to the home page.

Automatic-Play Flash Videos
No one wants to be held hostage while you play a 20-second introductory video before loading site content. Video is great, but make it optional by providing a play button for the user to click when he or she is ready.

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Could Your Website Score a Touchdown?

Posted by Amy Kauffman on February 4th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

It looks like the San Francisco 49ers couldn't quite make it past the Baltimore Ravens in this year's Super Bowl. In business, we also strive to pull ahead and stand out among leading competitors. Winning customers in a business arena can be a challenge. So, when faced head-on with competition, will your website stack up or are you just throwing a Hail Mary?
1st Down - Branding: Does your website and homepage reflect your product or services and who you are as a company? If the first impression of your website does not resonate with your demographic, you have lost their attention at kickoff. A cohesive brand image and identity is essential to gain credibility among your consumers or clients.
2nd Down - Layout: Ease of navigation is key to pull readers into your content without overloading them with data and endless text. Think of your layout like a game plan where you want clients to look, click and how they drive into your website will steer them to take action or forfeit the search altogether. Simple, organized layout wins hand over fist against dense copy, dozens of tabs and multiple, competing messages.
3rd Down - Subscribers: Capturing visitors is a must; and... Read more

What is Your Website For?

Posted by Lee Schneider on September 26th, 2012 at 11:58 am

I was talking with a friend who is a branding expert and designer. He said, 'Many startups come to us and don't bother with business cards. They want a logo and they want a website up right away.'
If you want to succeed, you must succeed online. Maybe going online is not the very first market you need to conquer. If you have a coffee cart, for example, your brew may be so good you might be a raging success before you even design your logo. But you have to pay attention to the online world eventually, even with a popular coffee cart, and for most of us, the online world the very first thing we think about. Why?
Online is where the conversations begin. It's where 'word of mouth' is happening on a global scale.
Getting into that conversation means putting up a website with the grabbiest graphics and the most potent message.That's the common wisdom. But here's a better idea. Ask first, 'What is my website for?'
Types of website experience
I'm not just talking platforms, like WordPress, Tumblr, Drupal, Joomla, or some fancy proprietary platform your designer is trying to sell you. I want you to think about the visitor experience. You... Read more

3 Ways to Prepare Your SEO Team for Website Design Changes

Posted by Lisa Wehr on March 9th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Changing up your website design can certainly be fun and refreshing, but beware of the many daunting consequences a new look can cause, especially with search engines.

To avoid risking your search engine positioning, be sure to follow these three helpful redesign tips:
Site Structure
Layout your site before you begin the development process. Plan with sitemaps, wireframes and mockups to build an appropriate site for both you and your visitors. Even though the layout changes you are proposing may make perfect sense to you, they may not make sense to your customers, or the search engines. Let’s say you want to de-clutter your site, going for a more minimalistic look is great, but it may cut off navigational paths by reducing or removing relevant content. Don’t diminish the content that feeds Google, Bing and Yahoo relevant information about your site. During a revamp, don’t inadvertently make your site less known to the search engines; make sure you leave appropriate content and important links on your web property.
Timing
A new look for your website takes time; not only for your designers, but also for your development crew and IT team. Every department needs the time necessary to digest, implement and test the changes... Read more