Finding Web Design Fluency

1- Start Simple. Place your big content on the page first and work your way from there. After you add your pictures and videos you’ll find that the designing work suddenly begins to flow from there. It’s always easier to create something from something rather than something from nothing.

2- Don’t be afraid to go wrong. You can always erase anything you don’t like. Write down ideas as they come, play around, move things around on the screen and ctrl Z any mistake. It’s much likelier you’ll find a good idea while you work rather than by sitting still and dumb in front of your screen. All the greats do it, improvise. You don’t have to show it to anyone. Allow yourself to write at least 10 silly ideas down. I’m willing to bet at least one of them will move on with you to the next part of the web design process.

3- Take from the World. Use your eyes and your ears and absorb as much as you can. You never know when genius will strike. You may be doing something completely irrelevant. I can’t tell you exactly what to do to find inspiration but I can tell you that stressing about it has never done the trick for me. You can however, browse through other websites from the same field as yours, or simply websites that have caught your eye and use them as inspiration. Imitation is after all the highest form of flattery. One day you may find your own designs being used as inspiration.

4- Don’t Fall In Love Too Fast. How many times have you found yourself pouring your entire soul into the design of something as small as a button? Designers tend to become attached to their creations and at times they lose objectivity. If the people surrounding you are telling you that the button you just invested your soul in is out of context or inappropriate for this site, you may want to listen to them. I’m not encouraging peer pressure but you need t remember that at the end of the day, your new website is for everyone but you. If something rubs most of your potential website visitors the wrong way, it may be a good idea to let it go.

5- Ask for people’s opinions – this is basically on the same note as the previous point. Ultimately the website will serve you best by being attractive and accessible to as many people as possible. Even if you’re an artist and you have your own independent style I would recommend you leave your creative independence at home when you set to the task of customizing one of our free website templates.

6- Keep Learning – If this is your tenth website I think this is the perfect time to take advice from point number three and visit a museum or a football game. Don’t stick to the same clich├ęs. What was revolutionary and outstanding the first time around will not remain so on the fifth imitation. Just think about “the sixth sense” movie. Now that was truly original and exciting when I first saw it, and now they come out with a new rip-off of the film every few months. I don’t even bother seeing them anymore. Prevent your website from being a cheap imitation of a horror film, stay original, and stay fresh. Once again, it’s better to come up with something horrifying once in a while, as long as you know you are continuing a process of development and growth.

7- Have Fun! If you don’t enjoy working on web design, find someone who does. Nobody is ever particularly good at things they hate so don’t count on being the exception. What are you waiting for? Choose a template and get to work!

Finding Web Designers to Work With Your Budget

As a business owner, your company certainly needs the best possible chances for growth and success. The economic times are harder than ever, and many companies are struggling just to stay afloat, let alone grow. If you are looking to increase your business success or to help make more people aware of your company, it can help to ensure that you have built a strong online presence. In order to do this, you need a great website that is built by great web designers. Unfortunately, as a business owner, you also need to consider your budget.

It is essential that you take the time to sit down and really consider what you are willing to spend on your site design. Remember that a great site will offer return on investment either in the form of sales or of new customer interest, but remember also that this return can be slow to develop as you build traffic and create a user base. Don’t budget more than you can afford to spend, but be wary of spending too little and creating a site that simply doesn’t meet the needs of your consumers. It is a very delicate balance.

Once you have determined your budget, you will find that the best thing you can do is make use of a web design finder online. A well designed resource will offer thousands of designers around the country, including a number from your city or state. This will offer you the option to shop around for the best deal in general or to find the company in your particular area that will offer the best results within your budget estimate. By being able to state your budget and your specific site needs, you can deal only with companies qualified to do what you need.

At the end of the day, you will find that a great website offers your business the very best chances for success and continued growth. The world is becoming increasingly technology dependent, and many consumers only work with companies that they can find online whenever possible. Don’t miss out on this rapidly growing segment of the economy. When you find the right design team to help you build an online presence within your budget, you will find that the potential benefits are simply outstanding and that the chances of increasing your overall success can increase exponentially.

Web Development Basics: Understanding SEO and Its Importance

You can help to improve the ranking of your website in the search engines by using SEO, which stands for search engine optimization. The benefit of having a higher ranking with the top search engines is attracting a lot more targeted traffic to your website. SEO is an essential ingredient in building the popularity, traffic and overall sales of your website. There are two main types of search engine optimization, including on-page SEO and off-page SEO.

* Understanding On-page SEO
Relevant optimization of keywords in your website title, tags and content as well as other aspects of your website is what is known as on-page SEO. One of the most important tasks that must be done in on-page SEO is to optimize the website for relevant keywords. You should try to have a keyword density of at least 3%, yet no more than 6%, as anything under 3% probably will not get picked up by the search engines and more than 6% density will likely be seen as spam, getting your site penalized or blocked by the top engines. Keywords should also be included in your website title as well, placing keywords near the beginning of the title for best results, particularly if your website has a very long title. If possible, have your keywords or company name in your domain name as a way to increase traffic by optimizing the value of your website.

* Understanding Off-page SEO
Your options and opportunities for optimizing your website through the use of off-page SEO techniques are limitless. On-page SEO techniques are fairly limited to just a couple of specific tasks, however off-page SEO, which can help you to build relevant, quality backlinks to your website, has absolutely no limits.

* Blogging

* Niche Forums

* Online Ads

* PPC or Pay Per Click Advertising

* Social Networking

* Article Marketing

While it is in your best interest to utilize each and every one of these methods to build up the amount of quality backlinks to your website, you also need to be ready to commit to being consistent, which can be a lot to handle if you try to do too much, too soon. Consistency and variety of resources is key, particularly for the big engines like Google, which give better results to sites that submit one or two articles, blogs, posts or pages each day, rather than dumping them all in at once. Your start-up goal should be to submit at least one article to a top article directory each day and make one blog post each day. Once it becomes easy for you to meet your daily goal, start laying in a single forum post each day and then brush up on your various campaigns for PPC.

You need to set yourself a goal for how many backlinks you want to create in a day and stick with it – that’s the best way to consistently increase the number of off-page SEO campaigns you can successfully master. Your best bet is to commit to a daily, steady stream of quality, relevant content and if you can stick with it, you will be rewarded. Find a pace you can stick with and commit to either daily or weekly submissions for at least 3-6 months before trying something new. You will see a big difference not only in the quantity of traffic that visits your website, but the quality of it as well, if you work to improve and increase both your off-page and on-page SEO.