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Web Design Tips & Principles (Part 1)

Web Design Tips & Principles (Part 1)

In this mini-series, we want to quickly cover some basic do's and don'ts of effective web design. A lot of these are common sense, and some are just 'netiquette'. Others are standardised ways of doing things and will be what visitors 'expect' to see. By keeping to certain norms, you'll help create an intuitive environment where visitors feel welcome and at home. All these tips exist, not to hinder your creativity, but to give you the short-cuts to years of experience and commercial understanding! Consistency, Consistency, Consistency... Consistency is absolutely essential, not only from the site branding perspective, but also...

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Web Designers vs Web Developers vs Online Marketers

Web Designers vs Web Developers vs Online Marketers

The term 'Web Designer' is possibly one of the most over-used yet misunderstood labels... The web industry incorporates many different facets, and most of these are actually quite different in scope - and shouldn’t be bundled under the ‘Web Designer’ heading. Essentially, there are three main aspects to the web industry; the creative element, the technical process, and the marketing & business side. To the average person in the street, a web designer is someone who designs the look and feel of a website. And many people will consider a web designer to be a form of graphic artist. But in actuality, the lines...

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Web Design : Form vs Function (Part 2)

Web Design : Form vs Function (Part 2)

One key area, that most businesses don't get right, is how much information to give away... Many companies choose to dump their entire intellectual property onto the web - and thus create no reason for the consumer to get in contact or buy. The only time when this is correct is if you're selling directly (E-Commerce), or building an information/affiliate site. In this situation, the longer you can keep someone interested on your site, the more chances you'll have to build yourself as an authority - and thus get them to consider one of the offers. And you should still be attempting to...

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Web Design : Form vs Function (Part 1)

Web Design : Form vs Function (Part 1)

One of the most common misconceptions in web design is that it's ALL about the 'look and feel'... Sure, if you're creating a showcase for your photography, or you want to impress a potential employer with your artistic design, then this may be the case. But in the vast majority of cases, choosing form over function will penalise the effectiveness of a website. Think about it: What do most commercial web-sites have in common? They all either sell directly, generate leads for their sales-people, or promote their product and/or service - giving enough information to tantalise and interest you (get you on the...

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What Are Client-Side Web Scripting Languages?

What Are Client-Side Web Scripting Languages?

The term 'Client-Side' refers to the fact that these are languages that process locally inside your browser, as opposed to 'Server-Side' languages that 'run' or process at the web-server (which we covered in our last post). These are the most frequently used client-side languages in use across modern web browsers (Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer, Safari & Opera). DHTML (Dynamic HyperText Markup Language) DHTML is not strictly a scripting language - but a collection/grouping of technologies to allow dynamic changing of a web page. It usually includes HTML, CSS & JavaScript. DHTML is useful in that it allows some clever display affects without having to revert to...

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