Successful advertising and web design agency, Think Media is granted …

Think Media

With only 490 members nationwide Think Media joins a select group of agencies and corporate companies including the likes of Capita, Nestlé, Transport for London, BBC, Barclays and Waitrose by meeting the set standards required to become part of the Association. The DBA is the trade organisation for the UK design industry, focused on promoting professional excellence and building productive partnerships between commerce and the design industry. The association champion’s effective design, communicating its value and the impact it can have on business performance.

Laura Lyons director of Think Media London said, “It was an honour to be approached to apply to become a member of the DBA and I am very happy to have had our membership approved. Here at Think Media we pride ourselves in the ability to deliver cost effective results to the highest of standards. We have had many success stories with clients both nationally and internationally and by joining the DBA we aim to bring our skills and experience to a wider audience.”

John Scarrott, membership director at the DBA commented, “We are pleased to welcome Think Media to the DBA. A particular focus for the DBA is to attract businesses like Think Media that work with exceptional business values that benefit themselves and their clientele. There are many design businesses working in the UK and producing fantastic work. A particular focus for the DBA is to attract these creative businesses that work to a set of business values. We look forward to supporting Think Media on their journey.”

This wasn’t the only bit of good news for the Agency this month. For the second year in a row, Think Media has been given the RAR (Recommended Agency Register) status from the Recommended Agency Register. This is a highly sought after status and is a stamp of approval from a prestigious agency register.

Think Media received its first RAR status in September last year, and this renewal 11 months later serves as a clear indication of the continuing excellent service provided by Think Media and their ability to satisfy the briefs of their customers to the highest possible standards.

Company: Think Media Company Website:http://thinkmedialondon.co.uk/

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10 Tips for Designing a Web Page That Looks Great and Ranks High

These 10 SEO tips will help you maximize the impact of your website in order to increase engagement among consumers and keep visitors coming back for more.

Search engine optimization (SEO), often associated with change and fluidity, continues to mutate at a frenetic pace. The SEO techniques that were once considered best practices are now things of the past.

Search rankings have an important role in determining the popularity of your business. Only if your website has visitors will you be able to increase your sales and get a high marketing return on investment (ROI). Thankfully, there are many effective tactics that can lead to higher visibility and increased search friendliness.

SEO is an essential part of your online presence. Using the right SEO techniques can increase the ranking and visibility of your website. If your business is somewhere near the top of the search results, then more users will click on your page and see what your product or service is all about.

So, how can you make your Web design SEO-friendly to position yourself higher on search result pages?

Here are some of the best SEO techniques for Web design that will maximize the impact of your website.

1. SEO-Friendly URL

You need to make sure that the URL of your site is SEO-friendly. Only use keywords that are relevant to your business and relate to it in some way. Avoid using long URLs, and if possible separate terms using hyphens. The URL should give people an idea about your business.

2. Optimized Images

To get a better rank in the search results, optimize your images along with the text on your website. Avoid using large images on your website. Keep the image size from 30 to 100 KB with a resolution of 72 dpi.

Large images make your site load slower. When you are creating an alt image text, make sure that you use keywords in graphics, header images, logo images, and buttons on each page.

3. Responsive Web Design

Designing for multiple devices, aka responsive design, is what Google recommends. This type of design allows your website to perform optimally on multiple devices. From an SEO perspective, a responsive website has a single URL for both the mobile and the main site, which means that you will have to drive links to a single URL instead of two. This is an easy way to increase your external backlink count.

4. Quick Navigation

When you design your website, make sure the navigation is not difficult. Let users experience an easier navigation when they land on your website so that they can easily find what they are looking for. Place the navigation bar either at the top or along the left margin of the page.

5. Be Careful With JavaScripts

When you are designing your website, make sure that you do not use JavaScripts for your entire site design. Search engines crawl through websites to index them, thus excessive use of JavaScripts will cause crawling issues.

Another disadvantage is that JavaScripts do not work smoothly on mobile devices. You need to make sure the website is simple and easy to read for both users and search engines.

6. Fast Page Load Time

Page load time is an important aspect from a website visitor’s perspective. Consumers are busy and do not like waiting for a page to load. Mobile users on an average only wait for five seconds for the page to load, whereas desktop users wait only for three seconds for the page to load.

To reduce the page load time, make sure you are minimizing Javascripts, enabling compression, using small images, and browser caching.

7. Creating Sitemaps

Sitemaps have always been a part of best Web design practices. But, since the time when search engines first adopted sitemaps, they have become even more important. A sitemap, along with offering easy navigation and better search engine visibility benefits, informs the crawlers immediately about any change on your website so that the page is indexed faster. From an SEO point of view, we suggest you to do away with a conventional sitemap and create an XML sitemap.

Read this Google Webmaster Help article on how to manage your sitemap.

8. Relevant Keywords

Definitely, using the right keywords is important, but do not overuse them. This will make your page spammy. You can use the Google Keyword Planner to find out what your customers are looking for.

9. Anatomy of Page – The Visual Hierarchy

To fully capitalize on the assets discussed above, it is important for you to understand the page structure. The correct positioning of text, images, and call to actions on the page is important not just from an SEO perspective but for user engagement level as well. A large number of people visiting your website and staying on it just because it is neat and interactive will definitely going to get you into Google’s good book.

A good visual hierarchy will help you in separating out important elements from the less important ones.

Here are our recommendations:

  • Have a clear head identifying your company’s name
  • Use the top quarter to communicate your key products/services/features
  • An image slider helps in making the page more lively
  • Place the navigation bar at a place where users can easily locate

10. Social Media Integration

We all know the power of social media networks and how high they rank in search engine results. While designing your website, you can add social media buttons for your accounts on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Conclusion

A Web page designed in a way that doesn’t not confuse or overwhelm the visitor will be beneficial for you and the users. Keeping the end users in mind and blending the best Web design practices with SEO is a win-win.

These steps should help you in designing a website that ranks higher in search results and is easily located by customers. This will improve your visibility and increase your sales as well. Are there any points that we missed out on? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

Article source: http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2360852/10-tips-for-designing-a-web-page-that-looks-great-and-ranks-high

What’s New This Summer in Web Design?

This summer has promised to bring in a new wave of web design ideas that will surely tickle your fancy. If your business’s website is a bit drab, and you want a big overhaul this summer, then you are in the right place. Early this year I wrote an article about what I thought would be the web design trends that would catch on this year. With the new summer trends in web design, now is the perfect time to give your website a fresh new look. Let’s take a glimpse at some of the 4 major trends this summer.

Simplified Color Schemes

The minimalist living trend has been gaining popularity in recent months, and this has spilled over into other areas. Simplified color schemes are fast gaining popularity owing to the embracement of the minimalism trend by many web designers. Contrary to the use of multiple different colors the trend is shifting towards using designs that only embrace either a single color or two colors. People are looking more for what is on the page and are less interested in being distracted by too much going on all over the page.

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Full Page Layouts

This web design does not include the right and left side bars. This design has gained popularity especially among the homepages of many websites, but is, also, being introduced in the interior pages, as well. The termination of the side columns has created more room for content. This design improves the focus of your website visitors to your content without the distractions of more options.

Hollow Icons

Icons are more popular among flat website designs. The hollow icon has revolutionized the use and appeal of icons. Hollow icons are a great way to give more versatility to your menu tabs. One way of using a combination of hollow and solid icons is to have your page designed with hollow icons for unselected options and solid icons to indicate currently selected options, such as the page currently being viewed. They are more subtle and lighter from an aesthetic point of view, too. These icons are fast gaining popularity on standard websites and mobile platforms. While the use of hollow icons may be a new trend that is spreading fast, you should tread with some caution. Some experts argue that the solid icons are easier to use, as the viewer is able to process the information much faster. Some, also, say that the hollow icons make it a bit strenuous on the eyes and brain, when processing the information.

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Mix and Match Typography

It has been the norm for years to ensure that typography is kept as simple as possible with the use of either one or two typefaces. However this trend is slowly changing, perhaps as a result of simplifying other parts of the website layout. Many web designers are shifting towards the use of multiple fonts on a given website. Just like the use of hollow icons you should tread with caution when using mix and match typography. Failure to properly execute this design will lead to a sloppy looking website, which will not be impressive at all, and may even look like an amateur design.

Summer time is a great time to change up your website, but make sure you are not making changes that will have an ill-effect on your website. If you are looking for a little guidance to keep you on the right track, Lighthouse Web Design is here to help. We can help you create a website that is trendy and informative, so that you can get the most out of your Internet presence.

This article is an original contribution by Richelle Anderson.

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Holy Cross Unveils New Website Designed to Better Tell the College’s Stories


As of Aug. 18, www.holycross.edu has a brand new look — the first phase of a yearlong initiative to redesign the College’s most widely accessed communications medium.

With tens of millions of page views annually, the website is used daily by members of the campus community, and is the first stop for anyone — high school students researching colleges, alumni, potential employees, reporters, visitors to campus, and just about everyone — who is seeking information about Holy Cross.

“The last site-wide redesign took place back in 2006, which was another era in web design and development,” said Ellen Ryder, the College’s chief marketing and communications officer. “Now is definitely the time to make some big changes.”

That first big change involved redesigning the home page and updating top-level “landing pages” in sections such as Admissions, Academics, and Student Life. Headers and footers on each page across the site have also been updated, but the overall site navigation has stayed the same, for the moment.

“We need an extensive blueprint to redesign and build a new site, and we want to make sure the entire campus community has an opportunity to be involved in those decisions,” said Ryder. “So we are taking a two-step process. A campus advisory team has already been convened, and we will be holding open sessions on campus to hear from students, faculty, and staff about what they want to see in terms of storytelling, news, photography, design, and site architecture — and then make informed decisions about how to create the most effective site for all audiences.”

With this phased approach, the College will also be able to track traffic to and from the redesigned home page, and have data to assess how the “interim” design is performing. That, coupled with feedback from campus and external audiences, will be used to inform the final design, scheduled to launch in the spring of 2015.

In the meantime, the new home page incorporates bold new campus photography and graphics, and gives more prominence to distinctive facts about Holy Cross as well as more stories about Holy Cross faculty, students, and programs. The home page is responsive for reading on all size screens — whether desktop, tablet, or smartphone — and was developed in conjunction with new student recruitment print publications, to ensure a consistent tone and style. The publications will be ready later this month to distribute to high school students across the country as they begin their college search.

Months before the design began on the website and new recruitment material, the College conducted extensive research to inform the design direction and content of the new material. Groups of alumni, faculty, staff, parents, high school students, and guidance counselors participated in a mix of focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and an online survey.

“We know that our entire community — students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents alike — are exceptionally proud of Holy Cross. The College lives and breathes in the hearts of people who have experienced it,” said Ryder. “We want the website, and indeed all our communications, to tell our story with clarity and strength — and to be heard and appreciated by even more people across the country and around the world.”

To read more about the Holy Cross story and our storytelling, please visit http://www.holycross.edu/askmore/.

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Article source: http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2014/08/18/holy-cross-unveils-new-website-designed-to-better-tell-the-colleges-stories/

Does Your Website Design Suck? Here’s How To Find Out

Every business needs a website these days, and it seems that everyone is a web designer these days. There are offers to build complete websites for as little as $500 all over the Internet. Unfortunately many business owners assume that building a website is a cookie cutter process and will award the job to the lowest bidder.

These low bid jobs will typically just use a template and throw a logo on it and call it a custom design. We see these hack jobs all the time, as well as “custom” designs that just don’t turn out the way the business pictured their site, or didn’t have the functionality they desired. You get what you pay for when it comes to website design and development. If your website isn’t performing as well as you would like use the following information to determine if a redesign can benefit your business.

Analyze Visitor Data

You will want to dive into your analytics account and look at the bounce rate for all of the pages that you are sending your traffic. If your bounce rate is high on your homepage that could mean that your layout and navigation is not appealing and rather than trying to figure it out your visitors are simply leaving your website. If they are bouncing off product or service pages then the content isn’t what they are looking for or expected, causing them to leave early.

There are several heat map tools that will show you where every visitor clicks on your website and how far down they scroll on each page. This is a great tool to determine if your layout is effective. If your users aren’t scrolling down far enough to see your main content on your pages then you need to reposition it within their view. We analyze websites all the time and discover that the visitors aren’t even coming in contact with the offer because it is positioned too far down on the page.

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Get Real-Time Feedback

Want to know the best way to find out what a regular visitor will think when they land on your website? Have people visitor your site and tell them to narrate their experience and opinions out loud. Something that you might think makes clear sense could be confusing to someone that is not in your company or industry.

Ask friends and family to do this for you, either in person or on the phone. Their initial thoughts and feedback can be the most valuable feedback you receive. Often times this can help to identify weaknesses or points of confusion on your website. Ask questions and find out what they really think and what parts of the website were confusing.

If the feedback indicates that they are confused about what the website offers or they have a hard time navigating the website it is time for an overhaul. Make sure you get a nice sized sample of feedback. Aim to get feedback from at least a dozen individuals.

So, how do you fix it?

By looking at the visitor data and gathering real feedback you will be able to pinpoint what the biggest problems are. The most common problems are horrible navigation, leading the users to get frustrated and simply leave the website. Another common problem is a very poorly designed homepage that leaves the visitor scratching his or her head wondering what the website offers. A design tat just isn’t visually appealing is also a major problem, as your website is the first impression you are giving your visitors.

3 Steps to Fix Your Website

Relocated Calls-to-Action

Sometimes you just need to move your content and offers around to make sure your visitors are coming into contact with it. This is where the heat map tool really comes in handy. If your visitors aren’t scrolling how far enough to even see your offers how do you expect to convert them? Try to position all of your offers above the fold and in plain sight.

Rewrite Copy

If your website content isn’t compelling enough you might want to consider hiring a professional to r-write your copy. You could have the best product or service but if your copy isn’t strong your visitors aren’t going to convert.

Bring in Professionals

Some websites are just so bad that they need to be completely scrapped and redesigned from the ground up. Most of the clients that we end up doing a complete website overhaul on went with a very cheap option first and it ended up costing them more money in the long run. Not only are the designs poor, but the structure is usually incorrect as well.

It is important that the web design company understands SEO and conversion optimization as well, because an effective website involves more than just a pleasant design. If you want to get it right, hire a professional agency.

Keep Analyzing Visitor Data

We spoke about analyzing your visitor data above, and this is something that you need to do on a continuous basis. Keep track of visitor activity by using analytics and utilize the heat map tool to monitor user behavior on your actually pages. If you notice that conversion rates are dropping take a look and find out why.

Your website is one of the most valuable assets your business has, so make sure you are utilizing it correctly. If you would like a free website evaluation, contact us today, and our team of design and conversion optimization experts will provide you with a complete analysis as well as make suggestions to improve your website.

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Responsive Website Design for Better and Efficient SEO

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A responsive website design comes highly recommended by Google in order to enhance your website optimization process. While a responsive design is considered to be a subject matter about website design and development, it is also an important aspect of any search engine optimization strategy. A responsive website design provides the concept of enhancing a website user interface as highly adaptive to all screen sizes for major devices like tablets, laptops and desktop viewing. Considering the rapid growth of mobile users, it is necessary to make your website optimized for mobile viewing to enhance your SEO digital marketing campaign.

Adopting the trend of responsive website design for SEO

Aside from the rising market demands for responsive websites in digital marketing, search engine optimization in Atlanta has adopted the concept of integrating website design and development as part of its SEO strategy. By making your business website mobile friendly, you can leverage on the following advantages and benefits to your digital marketing campaigns:

  • Fast loading page views
  • Better viewer engagement
  • Attracting more leads
  • Converting leads for better ROI
  • Enhanced search engine optimization campaign by driving more traffic to your business
  • Convenient management of your SEO campaign by using a single URL for both desktop and mobile sites.
  • Enhancing the ability of the search engine to index and crawl websites with a single URL.

Best SEO industry practice using responsive website design

Atlanta website designing companies are adopting the trend of using responsive website designs as one of the best practices in the search engine optimization industry. Google is quite open about its preference for webmasters to use a responsive design in order to deliver the best viewing experience to online users. With this communicated preference of the Google search engine to mobile friendly websites, it is high time to switch your SEO digital marketing campaign direction towards the development of a more responsive design. This will help the search engine to render a single CSS media query for every device that is trying to access your site using one HTML platform with better convenience.

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  1. Better search ranking for your website

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Website developers in Atlanta recognize the ease of indexing the URL of every web page and on the same HTML platform even on different device viewing by the search engine which benefits the efforts of any SEO services campaign. Website visitors of a site tend to enjoy a better viewing experience when there is an ease of transition of the website according to the kind of device used by them. The search engine is able to index and rank a responsive website with better accuracy

1. Responsive website designs promote social engagement

The search engine uses website responsiveness as a search ranking metric that affect social engagement of a website visitor. Google drives webmasters to provide their website visitors an engaging viewing experience by making their sites as responsive as possible to cater to the different demands on their visitor’s viewing needs. Maintaining different sites for a desktop and mobile viewing tends to confuse your viewers and more so the search engine algorithm as well. Using varied versions of your business site makes your business less engaging to your visitors while making it harder for the Google search engine to index and rank it for the search results making it a bad SEO tactic to use in digital marketing.

2. Responsive website design prevents link dilution

If you are doing link juices as part of your SEO strategy, a responsive website design will benefit your link building efforts by preventing the occurrence of link dilution. A website design that is responsive for viewing will allow your links to flow more efficiently back to your site while keeping all your social links in a single place for better SEO results.

3. SEO digital marketing enhancements

Responsive website designs are the frontier in providing your website visitors a more satisfying viewing experience while providing unparalleled benefits to your SEO digital marketing campaigns. The tablet sale has exceeded more than 100 million in the year 2013 and the statistics is predicted to grow more in 2014. The Atlanta website design companies recommend of bringing out some enhancements to your website design that should aim in achieving these changing viewing needs of internet users.

Among the best features of a responsive website should include the following:

  • The text and color elements of your website should be able to accommodate the small screen of the device used by your visitor.
  • Implemented elements will download fast with efficient display of your images and content that will be convenient for mobile viewing.
  • All the functionality available to your website works well without causing any issue to your website visitor.
  • The navigational experience of your website visitor is enhanced by using a user interface that is perfect to the screen size used by your potential customers.

With a responsive design enhancement you can retain the interest of internet users who are likely to be interested about your business, after all they took the time to visit and view your site. An unresponsive website can turn off their interest and you cannot afford losing valuable leads for your digital marketing campaigns because of this flaw in your web design and development structure.

Integrating responsive website design to SEO

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An awesome responsive website is one that has the capability of accommodating the various viewing needs of its visitors without the need of changing its URL. You will need the help of a professional web design and development expert in order to optimize your digital marketing efforts. There are many Atlanta website designers who can provide you the assistance of developing the most appropriate responsive design that will promote your search engine optimization goals while increasing your expected return of investments from your business.

A responsive design is easier to manage without sacrificing the quality of the viewing experience that your website can deliver to your website visitors. It can deliver various forms of viewing across different mobile platforms without the need of managing a separate website for mobile and desktop viewers. With a responsive website design you can further engage your potential customers while giving them the opportunity to navigate, explore and buy your products through the smooth user interface of your website.

A responsive website can retain the interest and engage your website visitors to your products and services. At Digital Warriors, we can help introduce the most appropriate website design and development that your business needs for better optimization of converting your leads to profits.

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Major global award for city web designers

The design, creativity and innovation of a website created by Lancaster based Fat Media has bagged them a prestigious global industry award.

Fat Media was the only British winner in the Web Marketing Association’s award in its “Hotel and Lodging” category, for the website it designed for The Daffodil Hotel Spa in Grasmere.

Other winners in the same category included US giants, PGA Golf Resort in Florida and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

The website was judged on its design, creativity, impact, innovation and copywriting, all of which were credited as ‘outstanding.’

John French, account director at Fat Media, said: “We are very proud to receive this award on behalf of our client project team and also of course, The Daffodil Hotel Spa. The hotel has a clear marketing direction, which has enabled us to create such a stand out website in partnership with them.

“Over the last year, key site statistics have been significantly higher indicating a great example of a results led approach to web design an development.”

The Daffodil Hotel Spa website was created by Fat Media in 2013 to mark the hotel’s rebirth after a huge refurbishment. An innovative ‘social lounge’ encourages interaction with customers through a wide range of social media channels – all on one landing page.

Judges said: “Overall the aspirational image led design of the site, mobile responsive adaptability, clear menu structure and unique features such as the social lounge have come together to create an industry leading website for an exclusive and successful style focused hotel.”

Laura Wolstenholme, Marketing Manager at the Daffodil Hotel Spa, said: “We are delighted that our website has received such fantastic international recognition from the IAC. We look forward to developing more innovative projects with (Fat Media) in the future.”

The IAC Awards were established in 1999 and attract entries from some of the world’s top media agencies.

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Local firm rolls out do-it-yourself web design

Local web-marketing firm rolls out do-it-yourself web design

Local web-marketing firm rolls out do-it-yourself web design

Miguel Collis, founder of Brownsville-based LightBox Marketing Design, is shown in his “office” recently on campus. The company introduced an open-source-platform, do-it-yourself website design product, Webinly, a little more than two months ago.



Posted: Friday, August 15, 2014 8:15 am

Local firm rolls out do-it-yourself web design

BY STEVE CLARK
STAFF WRITER

Brownsville Herald

LightBox Marketing Design, a Brownsville-based online marketing firm, has rolled out a do-it-yourself website builder, Webinly, designed for individuals and small businesses or organizations on a budget.

Miguel Collis, the company’s founder, explained that “Webinly” is a mash-up of the words “web” and “instantly.” The goal is for users to have a professional-looking website without having to know anything about computers.

The product is built on WordPress, the same software platform LightBox uses for the websites it creates for its bigger clients.

“The idea is basically just to have a place where small businesses can go and create a website without any coding knowledge, without going through the hassles of hiring a professional web designer,” he said.

“What I’ve done here is kind of automated the process of building a website. You can update stuff very easily. You can drag and drop. We’ve got video capability.”

Webinly uses templates that can be manipulated to accommodate a wide range of designs, Collis said. The focus is niche markets: restaurants, doctors and lawyers, photographers, churches and other nonprofits, bands and musicians, e-commerce entrepreneurs and bloggers, for instance.

Collis said he’s signed up about seven clients, including some from Houston, since rolling out Webinly a little over two months ago. LightBox itself has clients nationwide, he noted.

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Article source: http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/article_45af0588-2423-11e4-86c7-001a4bcf6878.html

Adaptive versus Responsive Web Design: Which One is Right for Your Business?

By now, you are sure to have heard about the continuous rise of mobile internet usage as a share of overall web traffic. After years of projections that foretold it would happen, the use of mobile devices for web access surpassed that of desktop earlier this year. And though apps continue to dominate mobile usage (as opposed to web browsing), having a strong mobile web presence has become a vital component of businesses’ internet strategies.

However, the practice of having separate mobile landing pages under separate URLs (m. sites) is no longer the most efficient method of maintaining that presence. In its place, the Responsive and Adaptive Web Design formats have come into vogue in the past few years, though their different characteristics and effects can make for a difficult decision as to which to implement.

Responsive Web Design (RWD) creates a structure in which the page layout automatically adjusts itself based on the size of its display. So if used on a desktop, you can adjust the browser window to any size you want, and the page will still be laid out efficiently. The same principle applies for mobile, where the windows generally cannot be adjusted, and obviously are restricted by the size of the device being used (smartphone, tablet, etc).

The biggest advantage of a Responsive site is that it can be created through minimal development work, and even added onto an existing site, as the code is built into the existing CSS code. This makes for a far smaller investment in both time and money. However, because it only changes the way that the existing data is displayed, the size of the page and number of objects on it remains the same regardless of how the site is being accessed.

Adaptive Web Design (AWD), while more complex and expensive to implement, compensates for this drawback. It requires entirely new code to be written, but once it is in place, it creates proportionally-sized sites based on the type of device on which the site is being used. Therefore, if you access the site on a smartphone, you will see a version that has been optimized for better performance – that means smaller and/or fewer image files, less third-party content, etc.

While the difference in performance for the desktop versions of RWD and AWD sites is usually negligible, the advantage of AWD is considerable on mobile devices, since there are often bandwidth constraints on mobile networks. As there are fewer bytes and objects that have to be downloaded on AWD sites, they usually load much faster and experience far fewer errors than their RWD counterparts, which deliver everything on mobile that a desktop user would receive.

Catchpoint has conducted several tests over the past few months on many of the top US-based Responsive and Adaptive sites. The results have consistently shown AWD to deliver significantly better performance on mobile. We also ran custom tests where we compared an identical website using both designs. The results: first connect times on AWD were twice as fast as RWD. In addition, web page response times, which were close to five seconds on RWD, were less than three seconds on AWD.  

The difference in mobile performance between the two design formats is clear, which can in turn lead to very real financial effects. For companies that rely heavily on web traffic to drive their business, a slow or unresponsive mobile site can turn customers away and send revenue spiraling downwards.

As technology improves, people expect their sites to be faster and faster regardless of whether they are on desktop or mobile, and the cost of failing to meet those demands can be great. According to studies done by both Google and Bing, slower load times leads (even by fractions of a second) lead to a noticeable drop in users, and even after problems get fixed, consumer confidence in the site is difficult to rebuild. For companies as big as Amazon, for instance a delay of just one-second could cost them $1.6 billion in revenue over the course of a year.

As you can imagine, a fast, reliable website is an essential component of a performance marketing or advertising strategy. Often in these models, purchasers of advertising space on major sites only pay when there is a click on their ad, or in some cases a completed conversion. If you advertise on any of the major web portals, you do not want to be paying significant money for click-throughs, only to bring potentially interested consumers back to your poorly performing site which ultimately may turn them away. Similarly, if you are a major retailer who advertises products and gets paid only when ads are clicked through and purchases are completed, you have got to make sure your site is as fast, reliable, and conducive to driving conversions as possible. Otherwise, you may be missing out on a major revenue stream.

Therefore, determining which design format is best for your site depends largely upon the goals that you have for that site. If your site does not have much in the way of advanced functionality, or perhaps focuses more on simple content that transitions easily to mobile, then RWD is likely the best and most cost-effective way to create a mobile presence

However, for eCommerce sites with a significant percentage of mobile users, while the investment in AWD may be costly, it is also the surest way to prevent latency problems and the corresponding revenue pitfalls that come with them. Even with Adaptive, however, the DevOps teams still has to take steps to optimize the user experience to the max, which means making the transaction process as simple and efficient as possible for mobile users.

Article source: http://performancein.com/news/2014/08/15/adaptive-versus-responsive-web-design-which-one-right-your-business/

Local web-marketing firm rolls out do-it-yourself web design

Local web-marketing firm rolls out do-it-yourself web design

Local web-marketing firm rolls out do-it-yourself web design

Miguel Collis, founder of Brownsville-based LightBox Marketing Design, is shown in his “office” recently on campus. The company introduced an open-source-platform, do-it-yourself website design product, Webinly, a little more than two months ago.



Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:24 pm

Local web-marketing firm rolls out do-it-yourself web design

BY STEVE CLARK
STAFF WRITER

Brownsville Herald

 

LightBox Marketing Design, a Brownsville-based online marketing firm, has rolled out a do-it-yourself website builder, Webinly, designed for individuals and small businesses or organizations on a budget.

Miguel Collis, the company’s founder, explained that “Webinly” is a mash-up of the words “web” and “instantly.” The goal is for users to have a professional-looking website without having to know anything about computers.

The product is built on WordPress, the same software platform LightBox uses for the websites it creates for its bigger clients.

“The idea is basically just to have a place where small businesses can go and create a website without any coding knowledge, without going through the hassles of hiring a professional web designer,” he said.

“What I’ve done here is kind of automated the process of building a website. You can update stuff very easily. You can drag and drop. We’ve got video capability.”

Webinly uses templates that can be manipulated to accommodate a wide range of designs, Collis said. The focus is niche markets: restaurants, doctors and lawyers, photographers, churches and other nonprofits, bands and musicians, e-commerce entrepreneurs and bloggers, for instance.

Collis said he’s signed up about seven clients, including some from Houston, since rolling out Webinly a little over two months ago. LightBox itself has clients nationwide, he noted.

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Foothill seniors prove Web prowess with SkillsUSA win – Las Vegas Review

Putting their skills to the test, Henderson residents Dustin Griffie and Blake Wilson learned the importance of teamwork.

The two incoming seniors at Foothill High School, 800 College Drive, received gold medals for Web design at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 23-27.

SkillsUSA is an after-school organization that prepares students for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. The nonprofit allows students to specialize in more than 100 programs, such as robotics, emergency medicine and crime scene investigation, according to Matthew Mayhood, Foothill teacher and SkillsUSA adviser.

“We had 26 students in SkillsUSA at Foothill last year,” Mayhood said. “We try to teach them leadership skills as well as job skills. We want them to do things to the best of their potential and not be afraid to work hard.”

Griffie, 16, and Wilson, 17, joined the organization last year after enrolling in Mayhood’s Web design class.

“We’ve both been doing Web design since middle school,” Wilson said. “I like it because you can build a product or service or idea and put it online so that people from all over the world can access it.”

The teens competed and received gold medals at the Nevada state SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in March at the Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North. They were required to build a website from scratch in about four hours.

“They just handed us a flash drive filled with information from the (College of Southern Nevada’s) website,” Griffie said. “We then had to make our own site using the information we thought was necessary, and they judged us based off a few categories and our use of the information.”

In the national competition, Griffie and Wilson were required to build a similar website in eight hours for a hypothetical client using information they created.

Wilson said the teams were prohibited from using notes, the Internet and premade templates during both competitions.

“In the teams, there’s usually one programmer and one graphic designer,” Wilson said. “(Griffie) was in charge of the graphical interface and site aesthetics, whereas on my end, I was programming and putting together the website.”

Although they were nervous, the teens said they focused on doing their best and were proud of the work they submitted.

“We were hoping for silver or bronze, so when our names weren’t called, we kind of just hung our heads,” Griffie said. “Then they announced we won gold, and the whole Nevada section just jumped up and screamed. At the time, it was the first medal Nevada received, so everyone was really excited.”

Griffie and Wilson each received a $10,000 scholarship to The Art Institute of Las Vegas, a $2,500 scholarship to Ranken Technical College in Missouri and gift cards.

The duo’s accomplishment also secures them a bid to attend the WorldSkills International Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, next year, according to Mayhood.

“Nevada gets a bad rap for having the worst education in the country, but we’re doing the best we can,” Mayhood said. “We’re a great school district and a great state, and this proves it.”

Griffie and Wilson are set to graduate from Foothill in 2015. They plan to attend college for Web design and computer science.

Foothill students Alec Rogers, Grace Yerman, Maddie Everly, Cade Purvis, Gage Bedell, Anthony Ficarro, Parker Gilbert, Anthony Friday, Teilia Tibbets, Tony Mehanna, Brytnee Avery, Jennifer Shepperd, Bailey Willis and Kai Urbanek also earned medals at the state championship.

For more information, visit nvskillsusa.org.

Contact Henderson View reporter Caitlyn Belcher at cbelcher@viewnews.com or 702-383-0403.

Article source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/technology/foothill-seniors-prove-web-prowess-skillsusa-win

Corporate Web Design Firms Awarded by 10 Best Design


Corporate Web Design Firms Awarded by 10 Best Design

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PRWEB.COM NewswireSan Francisco, California (PRWEB) August 14, 2014

10 Best Design is the number one website for web design ranking and reviews, as well as being the top organization for web design companies. 10 Best Design has a team of experts in search engine optimization and online branding who have worked in the field of design and development for many years.

The site bases its opinions on the results of its Analytic Review Algorithm, which factors in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data on website to rank them. Corporate web design, also known as enterprise web design, must take into account the complex databases and servers that company websites usually need, while still displaying the values of the company.

The top three of the best enterprise web development firms are Blue Foundation Media, Big Drop Inc, and The Creative Momentum. Blue Foundation Media is a company that provides web design services to its customers and displays how good their web design expertise is in its own website. The company was founded in 2003 under a different name and is based in New York City.

The next company Big Drop Inc is also based in New York City. This web development company is committed to keeping some of the best rates in the industry for their services, while also maintaining a high quality of work in the websites it designs.

The Creative Momentum is a corporate web design company based in Atlanta, Georgia. This company develops websites for its clients and works closely with its clients to make sure that they get the best brand recognition online that they can by using cutting-edge search engine optimization and marketing strategies. These three companies are committed to providing excellent corporate web design to their clients’ websites.

10 Best Design’s goal in ranking the top enterprise web design companies and web design firms in other categories is to assist visitors to its site find companies that can help them make their own websites the best they can possibly be.

The company ranks the companies so that its visitors can see which web design companies are best. 10 Best Design will also show its visitors the best ranked web design firms in their own city to help them better make their choice.

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We are looking for an experienced graphic designer with a passion for design. In the role you will be dealing with all aspects of the creative for campaigns.

Candidates will need to have online experience with creating websites, landing pages, social media and print. You will also need to have exposure to designing EDM’s and have a good understanding of HTML and CSS.

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From mobile-first Web design to contextually aware WCM


While digital publishing requires mobile-first Web design, don’t stop there. For the best customer results, WCM systems need to be contextually aware and deliver the content for multichannel experiences.


Even if you’re a seasoned Web content manager, mobilizing your website is a new challenge. You’ve been publishing by default to a full-screen Web environment. The mobile revolution now requires understanding how to deliver multichannel experiences on smartphones and tablets.

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More is at stake than simply shrinking a Web-based experience into a smaller form factor. In fact, mobile experiences are going to be a lot more task-oriented and context-sensitive. So, what do you need to do to get started? Web content management systems will help you publish more quickly and adjust to multichannel environments, but you also need to enlist other approaches, such as a mobile-first strategy, responsive Web design, and in the future, responsive app design.

Designing for mobile and contextually aware apps

One popular maxim is “design for mobile first.” While this sounds great in theory, the devil is in the details. Focusing on mobile-first Web design begs the question about the kinds of experiences you’re delivering in the first place. From my perspective, it’s best to go back to basics and identify the high-value tasks you’re trying to accomplish.

Of course, developing task-oriented experiences is not a new idea for customer-centric design. As we’ve seen, highly rated e-commerce sites do more than simply present information as product catalogs. Rather, we engage in “I want to buy items like this” conversations and seamlessly find the information we need to complete purchases. Not surprisingly, it’s easy to view various alternatives on a full-screen Web browser: Designers have the visual real estate to present many options that link to different tasks.

When it comes to mobile experiences, the screen size is more constrained and there are different contexts; sometimes a user will view the apps on the go. Rather than presenting many options, successful apps have just a few options that target the task at hand.

Moreover, these apps will be contextually sensitive and aware of what users are trying to do. Some of this information will originate in devices themselves; geocoding should be part of any location-based application. Some of this contextual information will come from the increased personalization of stored content in back-end systems, as well as access to big data applications.

Adopting a mobile-first perspective

Here are some initial steps for mobile-first design:

  1. Begin with a content audit and take stock of all the content delivered to customers and constituents.
  2. Create task-centric maps of about four or five of the most important actions you expect end users to take when accessing your site.
  3. Consider how these tasks change when you mobilize them.
  4. Track the role of location, calendar appointments and other data stored on the device itself.

You’ll be surprised by how customers and constituents use the information you present.

Responsive Web design

Many websites begin as publishing experiences. Back in the days when print publishing cost a lot of money, newspapers, magazines and newsletters competed for audiences and content niches. The Web disrupted this industry; we’re awash in content — editorially vetted, curated and even user-generated.

Responsive Web design can accelerate the processes for mobilizing these publishing experiences. Modern WCM systems manage the structural elements of digital content — the headlines, bylines, section headings and sections — through a series of predefined templates. With responsive Web design, responsive templates adapt to the screen size and device characteristics to optimize the viewing experience. They support easy reading and navigation while minimizing panning, resizing and scrolling.

Most popular WCM systems have plug-ins and extensions that support responsive design. As a result, you can continue to develop your content once, manage it in a central repository, then automatically publish it on various devices. Font sizes and images look great on tablets with a high screen resolution, smartphones with low resolution, and full-screen Web browsers. Articles are optimized for particular devices and displays. Thus, articles published on a smartphone can begin with a list of headlines linked to the stories, while articles on tablets can include linked headlines plus lead paragraphs.

Notice that responsive Web design results in publishing the same content on multiple devices. While certainly a step in the right direction for formatting and navigation, there is no attempt to deliver different content in different contexts. Multichannel experiences need more than responsive Web design templates.

Preparing for responsive app design

In fact, developing and delivering multichannel experiences will remain a challenge for another year or so. Today’s alternatives include using native mobile apps that run entirely on mobile devices or relying on mobile Web apps where Web-based experiences are managed through mobile browsers.

There is an emerging trend toward responsive app design — where knowledgeable end users can develop mobile apps without programming support. These next-generation mobile app development tools — which Forrester calls low-code platforms — add application development capabilities to mobile templates and will enable multichannel experiences.

It’s best to prepare for the coming transformation, the advent of task-centric mobile apps designed to support targeted business purposes. At minimum, get your Web-based content in order by exploiting the capabilities of your WCM system. Invest the time and effort in your information architecture, where your content categories (and tags) are linked to your business-related tasks. You’ll be well-positioned to take advantage of HTML5-powered experiences and semantic-based mashups.

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Acquisitive CSSChopper’s 50:50 partnership for web graphic designers


Acquisitive CSSChopper’s 50:50 partnership for web graphic designers

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Published: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 22:02

Submitted by Vikash Sharma WhaTech Pro

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A business partnership of Zero Investment is announced by CSSChopper for all the talented web graphic designers, whether freelance web designer or web community of designers. Enjoy this money making deal to get the aspiring profits without facing any kind of risk.

12-August-2014, Noida (U.P) – A striking news for those graphic designers, who are interested in becoming a part of 50:50 business partnership through the freelance web design projects. The motive of this special announcement is to showcase the hidden talent of designers, render the career opportunities for designer, help them get an online exposure and dreamed profits. Perfection in theme designing is the key requirement for the web graphic designers to join this awesome platform and take the aspiring benefits in terms of huge amount of money. Even, if you want to start a business or want to attain the online portfolio without taking any risk of investment, then also CSSChopper’s exclusive 50:50 partnership will cater the right platform via freelance projects.

Just bring creative unique ideas into the theme design to deliver us the world-class theme with ZERO Investment and grab the right values from it that you deserve. We are offering the best platform for every freelance web designer to express the designing skills. In a simple word, it is a matchless business partnership, which invites the worldwide web graphic designers to showcase their superiority in theme designing arena with the help of freelance web design projects.

An Ultimate Chance for Every Freelance Web Designer To Attain Maximum Profits, A Deep Glance Over It:

1.We offer a fair shake for the web graphic designers via freelance projects, where they can accomplish desired goals of success with Zero Investment.
2.Get an ideal platform to express the proficiency in designing outstanding theme and a global exposure for your talent.
3.There is no need of coding skills to earn maximum profits and obtain the online portfolio with our exclusive 50:50 deal.
4.Designers are only responsible to come up with the unique concepts or ideas and create wonderful themes.
5.Rest part of theme will be completed by the CSSChopper and its dexterous developers (including coding, promotion, selling, technical support after sales)

As a partner of 50/50 partnership, freelance designers and web community of designers both can earn huge amount of money with ZERO Investment freelance web design Projects. It is the best platform to gain lots of benefits related to web design career opportunity. For more details, visit: http://www.csschopper.com/coming-together.shtml

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Microsoft Relaunches Its Original 1994 Site On The Web

In 1995, Microsoft released Internet Explorer, the web browser that would popularize, conquer, polarize, and ultimately hold back the progression of the World Wide Web. But a year before Microsoft released its popular web browser, the company quietly launched its first website; a website that Microsoft has now relaunched for public inspection in all its Web 1.0–or even 0.1–glory.

What makes it perfect is that this really is what the rest of the web looked like back in 1994. I was there. I remember! The low-resolution GIFs. The thoughtless use of fonts. The star map navigation grid with a seemingly random selection of pages and links. This isn’t 1994 web design: it’s what the web looked like before anyone even thought about applying design principles to it. And believe it or not, even this was a step-up from the entirely text-based web browsers we had before. Lynx, anyone?

Of course, a mere two years later–largely thanks to the dominance of Windows 95 and Internet Explorer–the web looked very different. By 1996, the Microsoft homepage, while still quaint, didn’t look anywhere near as antediluvian. Although as Warner Bros. official Space Jam website from 1996 proves–which is still, amazingly, online–the Internet wasn’t quite ready to move away from star maps just yet.

You can check out Microsoft’s original homepage by clicking here.

[h/t the Verge]

Article source: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3034191/microsoft-restores-its-original-1994-homepage-to-the-web

Juice Marketing Introduces Web Design for Sage Partners

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Intellicheck Mobilisa Appoints William H. Roof, Ph.D. to Chief Operating Officer
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Article source: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwgeeks/article/Juice-Marketing-Introduces-Web-Design-for-Sage-Partners-20140812

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A website design Guildford company offers proficient web design services


A website design Guildford company offers proficient web design services

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Published: Monday, 11 August 2014 21:21

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It’s a fact that Website traffic increased by good quality Website Design Guildford. Hook Heath Web Design assists you by providing efficient Web Design Guildford and SEO services. Let’s see how it will help to survive your business in the competitive online market.

A good Website gives maximum exposure your business worldwide. Common people like to visit those websites only which are eye-catching, proper layout and good color combination.It is a very crucial task of selecting the best company for your online business because there are a number of web designing companies available inGuildford. Our professional and skilled web design company carries out your website from the crowd of millions of websites on the World Wide Web.

In today’s very competitive online market, you need a trustworthy web design company.Guildford Website Design  provides help to a totally new company or 100% established company. From our portfolio you can see that how it will truly helpful to achieve best quality results for your organization. Our professional web design company in Surrey also provides Search Engine Optimization Services. Check your competitors’ website as well and most importantly, make sure your website is SEO friendly to achieve more site traffic which will helps you to take more advantage.As we know the very famous proverb that first impression is the last impression. Here in the world of websites this is also applicable. As we all know there aremillions of websites exists, but only those websites which have proper structure are liked by all. For that our south London situated company serves best designing service by experienced designers. 

A well versed Guildford Web Design thinks that structure and layout are the main aspect of an online business because it drives the attention of users and invite them to surf a particular web page for a long time. Your website can be displayed in the best possible way, if you hire a professional and qualified web design company like Hook Heath Web Design. It delivers excellent web designing solutions to their worldwide clients. Whenever you are selecting a company choose which can fulfill your business requirements with quality service as well as meet all demands to grow sales and revenue.

Website Design Guildford has dedicated team who has years of professional experience in creating unique and attractive websites. Apart from web designing, it also provides Search Engine Optimization, Graphic Design and Video Work. Their main determination is to involve their users in several activities by creating the newest and user-friendly web applications. Our graphic design service helps you to create the perfect brand for your business by designing flyer, banners, logos and websites.

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Building Your Own Business Website? 4 Mistakes to Avoid

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Do-it-yourself website-building platforms have made high-quality websites much more affordable for small businesses. But being able to create your own website without any formal Web design training means that you may overlook some key elements that a professional designer would catch. Web development experts shared the most common mistakes small business owners make on their DIY sites, and how these mistakes can be avoided.

Not putting mobile first

As mobile device usage has continued to increase among consumers, many businesses have already realized the importance of having a website that works on not just desktop and laptop computers, but also on smartphones and tablets. But simply having a slightly streamlined version of your full website may not be enough to meet visitors’ expectations.

“Your site must be able to adapt to the environment in which it’s viewed,” said Brandon Downing, creative director at Web design and development firm Adage Technologies. “Whether it’s responsive design, adaptive design or some kind of hybrid approach, it’s important for small businesses to invest in making their Web presence accessible to anyone, anywhere. When you put mobile first, you’re putting performance and user-experience considerations at the forefront of decision making.” [Building a Business Website: A Small Business Guide]

Extraneous or slow-loading widgets

Sidebar widgets, such as social media Share buttons and live Twitter feeds, may look exciting. But are you putting those features in because you need them, or just because you can?

“Do you really even need that social widget?” said Michael LaVista, founder and CEO of website and app development firm Caxy Interactive. “Are you actually creating social content that people care about?”

If you do decide that social widgets will enhance your brand, you may want to narrow it down to only the most essential ones. Because these widgets are designed by a third party, there are a number of risks associated with them, ranging from a compromised customer experience due to slow loading times and error messages, to more serious security threats.

“The biggest concern is loss of control,” said Coach Wei, co-founder and CEO of website engagement solutions provider Yottaa. “A business can dedicate time, people and resources to its digital infrastructure to make sure it is able to control anything from its own Web server. However, there is no control of any third-party asset. Embedding them onto the website can cause the business to lose control of the many aspects of the site, [such as] functionality, performance, availability, experience and security.”

To regain some of the lost control that comes with third-party widgets, Wei advised seeking an application sequencing solution, which allows widgets to load independently and only at the appropriate time and in the right sequence. This eliminates single-point-of-failure crashes, which Wei said can occur when the loading or functioning of an external Web page element, like a widget, is connected to and affects the rest of the website.

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A cluttered homepage

When customers visit your website, they don’t want to waste time scrolling through photos, sidebars and long blocks of text to get where they want to go. When you’re thinking about your home-page design, it’s best to get right to the point.

“Don’t waste space ‘welcoming’ users to your site,” Downing told Business News Daily. “Tell them who you are and what you can do for them. A modern and clean design with liberal white space not only lets your message cut clear through the chrome; it reinforces immediate trust and confidence that the user has in your brand.”

“Don’t put too much on the home page,” LaVista added. “Less is more.”

Failing to balance business and user needs

You may have picked a great website template with a sleek, modern design, but do you have high-quality, valuable content to back it up? LaVista noted that one key DIY Web design mistake is to not pay enough attention to the tone of the site.

“Are you speaking in a way that you would find engaging as a customer?” LaVista said. “Don’t talk about yourself too much. Talk about the problems you solve for customers and why they might care.”

Downing agreed, reminding businesses that customers’ needs and expectations for the website are different from their own.

“Learn and understand your users early in the process,” Downing said. “Engage with them through surveys, emails and even in-person interactions when possible [to] understand what they want and how they want it. A website may be seen as an opportunity to increase business, but how will that be possible if it doesn’t address the needs of those who have the power to fuel that growth?”

Originally published on Business News Daily.

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