Web Design

Can I Design My Own Website?

Posted on January 7, 2022 at 10:33 am

When researching website creation, many business owners can be put off by the cost of it. This is why a lot of business owners want to know if they are able to design their own website for a developer to then make.

Whilst it is possible for you to design your own website, some web developers, especially larger companies, prefer to work with their own in house designers on projects. Meaning you may have to look harder to find a developer who will use your design.

Saying that, if you are still happy to pay to work with a web designer. Having your own basic design created can help the designer to understand what you’re after and produce a design that fits amazingly with yours. This way your design will be used but will have a professional touch added to it.

So, yes you can design your own website, but sometimes it is easier for you to work with a professional web designer.

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The Low Down of Web Design

Posted on September 16, 2021 at 9:52 am

Website design is something business owners rarely think about. When a start-up business first believe they need a website, the design is never their first thought. They will always begin with a search for website developers as they know they will be unable to produce their own website. But, the truth is website design is just as important! That is why today, we are going to share with you the low down of website design.

Your website is the first aspect of your website that you should be considering. This is what your website will be like! It is near impossible for a web developer to create your website without a design to go by. So when first creating your online presence you need to be thinking about hiring a web designer over a developer! A lot of website developer agencies will also be able to offer you a website design package, meaning you will be able to receive your entire project completion from one company. But not all companies will offer this as they may specialise in one or the other. This is why it is important to do your research.

Researching a web design company to complete the design of your website is key. This may become a company that can also develop your website for you. But you want to spend your time designing your website with a skilled web designer to ensure you will be receiving exactly what you are after. Of course, some design aspects may not work when it comes to developing, but this is where the team of web designers and developers will work together with you to give you a website you are proud of.

You want your online presence to be made right the first time around. The best way to do this is with your website design, one of the most important aspects of your online presence that can make or break your business.

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Is WordPress the best CMS?

Posted on July 14, 2018 at 9:08 pm

If you are looking to develop and host a website for your business of personal use, we guess that you have heard of WordPress, a popular content management system. But, if you have never tried it out, you might be wondering if it is the best CMS out there. Is that right? We have examined its pros and cons to help you decide.

The benefits of WordPress CMS:

  • It is continuously improving

WordPress evolves continuously to meet the unique needs of their ever-growing clients. The CMS boasts of over 40,000 plugins, unlimited custom templates, advanced SEO tools, and several standard features, which give you the freedom to develop and host a corporate website, a simple personal blog, or a commerce site. For the tasks you can’t do, you could look into offshore WordPress development whereby you allow other workers overseas to complete more complex tasks for you at a fair and affordable price.

  • It is affordable

Are you looking for a pocket friendly CMS? If yes, WordPress would be your ideal choice. You can establish a personal site for as low as £5 a month or a business site for as low as £30 a month. Hiring a professional web developer would cost you thousands of pounds.

  • Easy to use

This CMS has detailed, simple to follow instructions that will guide you through the entire web development and configuration process. In fact, you don’t need a solid background in information technology or computer science to establish your WordPress website.

  • Top-notch security

WordPress is one of the most secure CMS you would find in the market out there. Such security protects your site from hackers and viruses that would compromise your site’s authority and credibility. You can take advantage of the many highly secure plugins to boost security, just be sure to check the reviews first, as well as the number of active installations.

The Drawbacks of WordPress CMS

  • Requires frequent updates

WordPress requires regular adjustments to your plugins and themes. If you can’t stay abreast with the updates, your site may experience compatibility issues, slow down, or even expose your site to hackers.

  • You may require an expert to help you customise your site

If you need to customise or enhance your WordPress site’s design, you would need to hire a developer who has solid knowledge in HTML, PHP, CSS, and other coding skills. However, this should not be an issue if you are contented with the basic WordPress themes, or you have a solid background in coding.

Final Thoughts – Is WordPress the Best CMS?

Yes, WordPress is the best CMS. Why? It has affordable plans, and it delivers top-notch security. Moreover, the CMS is easy to use, and it has plenty of web development and hosting tools that would help you establish your personal or business site. The one big drawback we would say is that it’s not the best for ecommerce websites, and that’s purely because the likes of Shopify and Magento have taken over. WooCommerce needs some major changes in the near future, but we expect WordPress to up its game in this department.

Posted in General Online Advice, Software, Web Design, Web Development, Web Security

Professional headshots for your website

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 4:24 pm

If you want your business website to appear more professional, you may want to think about adding some professional headshots. By adding these images to your site, you automatically put faces to a brand, letting the customers know the friendly team they will be dealing with. It is important that you don’t try and do the headshots yourself, hiring a professional will make a big difference. Simply search for a portrait photographer and they will be able to come to your office or workplace, take pictures of the entire team and have them sent over to your marketing/ website manager.

A professional photographer will be able to produce headshots that are all consistent with one another, keeping your website pleasant to see. Depending on the background you desire, a photographer should be able to set up a backdrop within your workplace, alternatively, each staff member could pay a visit to their photo studio.

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Creating the perfect business logo

Posted on January 18, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Whether it’s for brand or personal business, Logo becomes identity. A Logo is much more a captivating picture for consumers as they cast first glance at your product or service. It’s a mirror of customer requirements for that company. A Business Logo paints the visual impact in customer’s mind. It should capture minute details to create a broad picture and have an everlasting impact on consumers. This is possible only if the logo is unique, creative and offers clarity.

Decide a purpose for which you are creating logo. This will enable you to stick to relevant details, and avoid unnecessary and trivial details about the logo.

Look for the logos of the successful companies. It will give you an idea of other competitors in market, and enable you to be more innovative and creative in design of your logo. Your Business logo should be catchy to your target customers. It should serve as a bridge between your company and customers.

People should be captivated by your logo uniqueness. It should be enticing. Common and obvious choices should be avoided. It should be distinct so that it catches the eye in the swarm of logos. Trends are constantly evolving, with new subsequent trends replacing earlier ones. Don’t be a copycat. Be a trendsetter. Your logo should be timeless, if you want to be remembered in the long run.

Every colour has a psychological effect. For example; Red signifies aggression, energy and radiance, Green shows natural and ethical aspect. Pink stands for femineity, love and tranquillity. Use it to your benefit. You should choose colour that suits the purpose of your business. Use colour to deliver your message. Fonts can be manipulated to express your tone of purpose. If your business has serious stuff, you can use New Roman Font. Comic Sans will add more playful picture to your logo.
There are many online websites and free software for Logo Designing. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Corral Draw are personally my favourite. This software deploys attractive fonts and lay outs for perfect designing.

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Reasons to consider WooCommerce

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 8:34 am

If you have a WordPress website and you’re looking to make it an ecommerce website, then there really is only one plugin you should choose and it’s called WooCommerce. With WooCommerce you’re able to add products to your website as well as an account page, basket/cart page and checkout page. It makes shopping so easy and the great thing with WooCommerce is that it can be used with most WordPress themes.

If you’re completely new to the world of websites and you’re looking to create your first one or have someone do it for you, opting for a WordPress website with WooCommerce is a great starting point. Not only is WordPress one of the most customisable platforms (with a multipurpose theme in place), it’s also one of the easiest off-the-shelf content management systems to use. After a couple of weeks of blogging, adding products and editing pages you will quickly acquire skills to maintain your website going forward, and you’ll also begin to learn how to make each of your pages look good. The great thing with WooCommerce though, is that you’re essentially guided through the product necessities as you go. Let’s say you add a new product, WooCommerce will ask you for the price, whether there are any variants, whether there needs to be different shipping prices or whether this product relates to any others (giving you the chance to upsell). The more time you spend adding products the more you’ll learn and you could even design your own ecommerce shop from scratch with a little WordPress experience.

To take a look at how WooCommerce works; simply watch the video below. It shows you just how simple it is to add a product to your website, so you don’t need to fork out money to an expensive website management company.

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Different emails for different purposes

Posted on October 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Having one single email address is fine if you have a basic blog or brochure website, but if you’re running an ecommerce website then you may need to have a few for different purposes. You might want an email for general questions and another for FAQs, possibly one more for sales orders, another for technical help and perhaps a dedicated address for accounts information. Having separate emails for different purposes doesn’t just make your business look more professional from the outside looking in, it keeps your mail organised and it means as your business grows, certain individuals will be responsible for those email addresses. Emails are such a simple add on in many hosting plans but they shouldn’t go unnoticed. Make sure you decide on yours from the offset, you can then keep things nice and organised going forward.

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Getting the most important information above the fold

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

There are probably many messages you would like to include on your website but you have to remember to make sure the most important information is above the fold. Don’t give the website visitor an excuse to scroll down or click a page to find your most important information, it should be in their face when they land on your website. The fold is described as the portion of the webpage that is visible without scrolling. As screen sizes vary drastically there is no set definition for the number of pixels that define the fold, so you do need to test the website on various devices to make sure your messages are nice and clear. A homepage banner is a great place to put the most important information, perhaps a call to action to your booking or contact page. Think carefully about what you put above the fold.

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Optimising your images

Posted on August 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

By optimising the images on your website you can drastically improve speed, perhaps making your site more SEO friendly too because we all know Google and Bing love a fast loading website. To optimise your images, simply open them in Photoshop and size them correctly. So, if you have a 300×300 pixel space on your website for an image, size the image to that scale and ‘save it for web’. Reduce the quality of the image for a lower overall file size but don’t choose one that’s too low because you still want nice looking visuals on your website. Once you’ve saved it, simply upload it via your CMS or by FTP. That’s all there is to it, and if you do this each time you add a new image you’ll be making your website faster and more user-friendly. So it really is a job worth doing right.

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Updating your website naturally

Posted on July 8, 2016 at 9:02 pm

It’s natural for websites to change and evolve over time, especially if your products and services change each year. You may find that you’re naturally improving your search engine rankings by doing basic tasks such as updating news items, updating products, removing old products, adding new services and creating new pages. Google likes websites that incorporate fresh, engaging content and its algorithm is designed to reward these websites. Make sure you’re not slacking when it comes to updating your websites with new product information, it may just be more important than you think. Simple updates will certainly go a long way and they can assist an SEO campaign, so if your business is slacking at the moment and there’s a lot of outdated content on your website at the moment, get it updated now. You won’t regret it in the long run.

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