I have written a number of articles on web design to help you understand some of the issues and make the right decisions for your own website. There are explanations, some tips and some checklists plus some FAQs.
Images help understanding, break up the text and make it easier for the reader. All excellent reasons for using images but they slow websites down and page download speed matters. It is important to understand the good and bad ways to use images on your website.
Websites are changing rapidly. Are you aware of the changes that have gone on recently and how they affect your website? Is your site keeping up?
New website launched: Here is a list of essential post-launch activities that will help make your new website a success.
This website checklist is to help you plan your new site. It will help you prepare the structure and content of your website. It gives you a thorough basis for preparing your thoughts and ideas so you can brief a web designer or build your own site.
Unnecessarily large images are often the reason a website is slow. Typically photos are far too large (in terms of height and width) and also too big (in terms of file sizes) to use directly on a website. They need to be optimised.
Responsive design means the web page responds to the device screen size. Resulting in dynamic layout and appearance changes to suit the screen size of the device viewing the website. So you might get different layouts on each of a desktop, tablet and mobile.
Thinking of setting up an ecommerce on-line shop then here is an extensive checklist of things you will need to think about.
Testimonials are powerful tools in building trust plus other tips on trust building on your website
Build trust – Make it easy for people to contact you. So many sites only post limited contact information – what does this imply to you – perhaps they do not want you to contact them? Why?
Every time you send out an email perhaps that is an opportunity to do some subtle marketing within your email signature.
A web site is essential to any serious business these days but it is a significant cost so how do you get the maximum benefit out of your investment? For some companies the cost/benefit analysis is clear. For others it is more difficult to find enough tangible benefits to offset the cost.
A graphic designer has millions of options with print – almost unlimited variations in fonts, colours and layout options. Unfortunately only a tiny fraction of these options are available to web designers – so the web severely restricts your creativity.
Web Design FAQs
Here are some web design questions and answers. They tend to be brief and specific. In some cases they have been extracted from longer articles or pages and where relevant I have referred back to the original article at the end in case you would like to know more. There is a WordPress FAQ which has a long list of Q&As in the one article. There are also FAQ’s about WORKING WITH US mixed in. These tend to answer a long list of questions in the one article covering things like timescales, costs, support and so on.
To takeover management of a website user access permissions need to be provided: Domain and Hosting, WordPress Dashboard, Google Analytics and Search Console
Here are a variety of common question and answers we get asked related to working with us to create an ecommerce website.
Copyright issues mean you cannot use photos and artwork without permission. Searching for “Free images” on google can be rather misleading. Royalty-Free does not mean free to use. There are some sources of images that really are free to use, or free to use subject to certain restrictions but be careful.