5 Benefits Of Web Designing (+ Bonus Freebies)

5 Benefits Of Web Designing (+ Bonus Freebies)

5 Benefits Of Web Designing (+ Bonus Freebies) by Dmitriy, Divine Elemente Team | |

With technology jumping and skipping early, it is progressively getting less demanding and harder all the while for organizations to bamboozle their online presence.

Currently, many organizations are swarming to make their online presentation strong. The most vital thing here is- having a user friendly and attractive website to keep your visitors hooked.

That is something that ought to be dealt with. You ought to verify that your organization's site is built in the best conceivable way.

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Create WordPress Theme (Part 2): Design a PSD Template

Create WordPress Theme (Part 2): Design a PSD Template

Create WordPress Theme (Part 2): Design a PSD Template by Ivan Sulimenko | |

The Workflow:

  • Open a wireframe PSD template
  • Put graphics into the elements groups
  • Adjust elements' position with the help of 960 grid

Final Product: Ready PSD Template

This PSD template is fully optimized for PSD to WordPress conversion.

Final Product
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Guide to Ensure a Successful Website Design: 5 Vital Aspects Not To Be Overlooked

Guide to Ensure a Successful Website Design: 5 Vital Aspects Not To Be Overlooked by Dmitriy, Divine Elemente Team | |
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The five vital aspects of successful website design solutions that should not be overlooked by the designers.

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In today’s competitive era, a company’s website is the perfect tool to promote its products and services.

Designing a successful website can be deceptively complicated since it involves coming up with a design that is pleasing as well as usable in addition to building brand, being visually coherent, technically sound, and delivering the needed information.

Experienced web designers are conscious about the crucial aspects that ascertain successful web design, but at times, even the smartest of designers tend to overlook some vital aspects, which in turn, bring down the website’s quality terribly.

Here are five vital aspects of successful website design solutions that should not be overlooked by the designers.


Clutter-Free Design

The first and foremost thing that web designers should ensure not to ignore is that the website should be clutter-free- it should not be loaded with too much information.

The design should not deter the visitor from entering the site, but rather have the ability to radiate visual appeal. It just doesn’t stop at radiating visual appeal, but should step ahead and exude clarity too, which is important to project the website’s credibility.

When a user visits the site, he should be able to comprehend what message you are trying to convey. The user should be able to make the best use of all the functionality and features on the site and make the best of whatever is available, while he is on the site.

All these would be possible only if the designer concentrates on ensuring that the unnecessary and irrelevant design elements are eradicated. With this, it can be guaranteed that the website design is clear, clean, and free from confusion.

If this aspect is overlooked, there are higher chances that the visitors lose track in all the clutter, making it an unsuccessful website.


User-Friendliness and Orientation

If you are designing the site for a client, understand their objective and platform. If you know what the purpose behind the site is, you’ll be able to design more effectively.

The failure or success of the website is decided by the website visitors. So, while designing the site, the designer has to understand the needs of the target audience by getting into their shoes.

Find out the expectations visitors normally have from websites and other such factors that can help to create a site that is fully in line with the expectations of the user.

Doing a small survey will help to a great extent in creating a successful site! This survey should cover finding out the kind of sites that the target audience have used in past and the features they expect from a site.

So, user orientation is the second aspect that should never be ignored.


Smooth and Intuitive Navigation

In simple words, if you are creating the website by understanding the need of users, what more would they want, when they can find all that they wanted, after giving just one look at the site; it’s as simple as that…

In any case, smooth and intuitive navigation is a must, especially in case of e-commerce stores, because users hate complex navigations.


Don’t Sacrifice Understandability for the sake of Creativity

We do agree that creativity is the main talent that all web designers should have, but that doesn’t mean that the designers should go overboard with their website design so as to exhibit their creative side.

Overdoing creativity makes the websites more complex and difficult to comprehend. So, designers should not sacrifice understandability for the sake of creativity. As a user, this is what the designer would also expect from any site.

Don’t ignore this aspect if you want your website to be successful. Complex websites never perform well, but the simple yet creative ones are successful to a great extent.

Keep these three things in mind while designing any website and ensure that you don’t overlook them in the process at any cost. Visitors would never want to visit a site that is cluttered and complicated without any kind of user orientation.


Don’t Miss Out on the Basics

Apart from that, you’ll have to look into other minor but vital aspects like navigation through the site, inclusion of ‘contact us’ column, typography, quick loading pages, and image selection.

Selection of unprofessional fonts and poor placement of ‘Contact’ page can also turn out to be fatal mistakes, which can seriously hamper the overall impact of the design.

A good-looking, fast-loading site is always liked much more than a better-looking, but slow-loading site, so designers must never compromise on this.

Whenever a designer ventures into any part of web design, specific care has to be taken to ensure that the design, all the aspects are into consideration to avoid any major flaws.

About the Author:

Alan has been working as a web designer cum social media marketer for close to a decade now, and he has been constantly monitoring the impact of changing habits of users and search engine algorithms on performance of various websites.

Whenever he has designed a website for magento developers, he has always given the top priority to understand the business, and creating the most relevant design.

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4 Latest Web Design Tips and Tweaks for 2013 to Spice-Up Your Designs

4 Latest Web Design Tips and Tweaks for 2013 to Spice-Up Your Designs by Dmitriy, Divine Elemente Team | |
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Do you feel that your website looks drab? Not to worry! There are several ways in which you can design your website to be something interesting and unique.

At the same time, the design should be user friendly, while giving as much info as needed. Everything right from the header to the footer is equally important in designing a website.

Spicing up dull website can be a cakewalk with the help of just a few simple design tweaks.

Here are 4 latest web design tips and tweaks for 2013 to spice up your designs, and make your website stand out of the competition.


Use the Most Apt Colors

Use the Most Apt Colors

Have you noticed that colors often change your mood instantly?

If you have failed to notice it before, try to feel the difference now. This is not only true for just any context (like the paint color of your room or a fabric color), but also true for websites.

It has been proved that colors can dampen your mood or lighten it up. For instance, most businesses use blue color since it signifies strength, trust, and stability.

So, take advantage of this pretext and use appropriate colors on your website. Make use of colors that represent your goals or your company or whatever mood you wish to stimulate. Don’t hesitate to use bold colors for a business that heavily relies upon creativity and innovation.

At the same time, don’t make a corporate website too flashy, otherwise it can turn off any visitor big time. This is one of the best tips to spice up your web page design without really overdoing things.


Incorporate Images that Express a Feeling

Incorporate Images that Express a Feeling

Images are as important as choosing colors for your website. The images that you decide to incorporate on your site should be thought-provoking.

Such pictures can draw the attention of the visitors to the content like nothing else. It would be even better if you could come up with an interesting caption to go with the image.

While choosing pictures, look out for something that conveys a feeling. For instance, if you are looking for a photo of a person, opt for one in which the person in the picture is making eye-to-eye contact with the viewer.

The most important thing to remember while incorporating images is the page load time. Add images that load fast and optimize them beforehand.


Focus on Content and Theme of the Site

Well, now that you’ve focused on the visual part (colors and images), that would have spiced up your site to a good extent. A site with such attractive design goes for a toss without valuable content.

So, it’s also vital to focus on content. If you want the visitors to linger on your page, you have to get them interested to read the content.

Frame the sentences in such a way that it can be understood easily, while also keeping it interesting. Avoid writing long paragraphs; instead keep it short and sweet.

A site with drab content can get too boring and hence you’ll have to spice up your site with interesting content.

But, equally important is to ensure that the content is presented in a crystal clear manner; so, avoid giving dark background to the content place-holders. Prefer white or light colors so that viewers can easily read the content.


Ensure Clear Navigation

Ensure Clear Navigation

So, you are done with most of the work with cozy colors, provoking images, and interesting content. A site with all these but confusing navigation may keep off the visitors.

Now, to create the wow factor, design the site with clear navigation. Users should not find it confusing to navigate where they want to.

These tips can help you to get repeat viewers to your site, while also giving it that extra attention with the spiced-up look. So, don’t wait any longer – your website deserves your attention to help it stand out of the lot!

About the Author:

Raphael is an expert web designer who has got years of experience in his kitty, and he also runs his own web design firm. He has written many blogs on web design like website design in bath. He loves to play games on his iPhone during his spare time, and he enjoys playing guitar too.

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Top 10 Mishaps In Today’s Web Design

Top 10 Mishaps In Today’s Web Design by Dmitriy, Divine Elemente Team | |
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Let’s say that you have information of better quality on your website than your competition, but visitors still prefer their sites over yours. How can this be? Just check these 10 mishaps of web design.

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Let’s say that you have information of better quality on your website than your competition, but visitors still prefer their sites over yours.

How can this be? Well, to put it simply you are probably not making the design of the site work in your favor.

In fact, you are chasing them away with what you – and most webmasters out there – think are minor, barely noticeable elements. While they are not huge web design mistakes, they do have a negative impact on the user experience.

Because I come across such mistakes on a daily basis, I decided to make a top 10 of the easily identifiable web design mishaps.


1. Poor Keyword Optimization

We all know that search engines prioritize results based on the number of searches performed by the users and not that much on the importance and relevance of the site content.

Poor Keyword Optimization

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Consequentially, if you haven’t optimized your site to handle hyphens, typos, plurals and other variations, you are practically limiting the chances of your website to appear in the search results.

While you can argue that advanced searches can do the trick, I urge you to ask yourself how many people are actually going through all that trouble.

It’s essentially making the wrong assumption that users are particularly interested in you and your site and not the things they are searching for.


2. Coming Across PDF Downloadable Files

PDF files are a sure way of fragmenting navigation and hinder smooth scrolling on your website.

PDF Downloadable Files

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Sure, they are excellent for the printing and distributing brochures, big documents and manuals.

But to be honest, they have the opposite effect for online reading because they very rarely match the display of the browsers.


3. Visited Links Do Not Change Color

Users want intuitive and easy navigation in the sense that they require to know their past and present location on your site and the best way to achieve that is with links.

PDF Downloadable Files

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However, providing quick links is just not going to cut it if you don’t make sure their colors changes visibly after visiting.

Essentially, this feature helps your visitors find the useful and fruitless links and guarantees a faster and effortless navigation.


4. Walls Of Text

Because interactivity is everything in today’s web design, you can easily understand why large chunks of text are painful to read, intimidating and especially boring.

Walls Of Text

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Instead of providing your users with a wall of text, you can try any of the following tricks:

  • Short paragraphs
  • Highlighted keywords
  • Bullet lists
  • Subheadings

5. Not Allowing Users To Resize The Text

In their efforts to ensure a universal display on all devices, many webmasters appeal to the CSS style sheets, mainly because they can disable the option that permits changing the font size.

Not Allowing Users To Resize The Text

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This is by far the worst approach, as the fixed size is usually very tiny and hard to read.

In case you want to reach a broader audience, then create mobile and desktop versions of the site and specify the font sizes in relative terms.


6. Using Inappropriate Page Titles With Low Visibility For Search Engines

The page titles the elements that determine users to click on your site and help your current customers locate the pages they are interested in.

Given the fact that search engines will usually show approximately 60 characters of the title, I strongly suggest optimizing it for a higher search engine visibility.


7. Incorporating Ad-like Style Design

As users ignore ads when they are looking for something on the internet, rest assured they will also disregard anything that vaguely resembles advertisement.

In addition to staying clear from ad-like design, you can also try:

  • Pop-up purges
  • Banner blindness
  • Animation avoidance

8. The Website’s Design Is Not Consistent

Generally speaking, users don’t like surprises as it gives them the impression they have no control and are being manipulated.

The simplest way to avoid leaving this impression is by working on a consistent design, where the visitor’s expectations are met. Deviations are not really tolerated and this is why you need to include the elements commonly used on most other sites.


9. Links That Open In New Windows

There is nothing more annoying than trying to get back on the page you were reading only to notice that the back button of the browser is not active. Don’t do that, it is a user-hostile action.


10. Not Providing The Information Users Are Looking For

Avoid burying the specific information under ads, brand slogans and walls of text and tell them exactly what they want: how it can help, where they can find it, how much it costs, etc.


About the Author:

Hi! My name is Jess and one of my passions is the field of graphic and web design. If you want to find out more about website design in Vancouver, I would love to hear from you!

 

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