Web Design Basics
More materials by author Marc Schenker
Web designers have to rely on many different resources to put together a site that wows and impresses clients. Whether it's something to give them creative inspiration or something else altogether that helps them with the practical side of coding issues, web designers need a veritable arsenal of tools at their side to do a good job for clients. If you're working on any web-design project, you'll definitely want the following tools close by.
There's always been a dispute about what a web designer should or shouldn't be. One of the best examples of this is found in the debate about whether or not web designers should really learn even the basics of HTML, as in knowing how to code. Another pointed debate has been centered around the web developer issue. We believe it's necessary to be well-rounded these days. Here's why.
There's always one constant in the world of web design: There are always trends that are popping up left and right on a regular basis. A couple of years or so ago, it was parallax scrolling that was all the rage. Then, as something of a rebellion against all of the overkill exposure of skeuomorphism primarily coming from Apple, flat design began to take charge.That brings us to the relative new kid on the block, so to speak, in the design world: long shadow design. This article will tell you ......
Making a mistake as a designer means repercussions and bad consequences. Not only will it mean that you fail the client whom you're presently working for, but you'll also develop a bad reputation for not being the best designer around. Here's a list of the worst mistakes that you should make sure that you never commit!
Even though mobile is ever-growing these days as a format, there are still challenges to using it satisfactorily. For instance, have you ever tried typing out an email or a text message with proper spelling and grammar on your little smartphone? Here are some awesome ideas on how a keyboard can improve the mobile user experience instead of frustrating it (as many keyboards do!)
Many websites sell something. They can be B2C (business-to-consumer), B2G (business-to-government) or B2B (business-to-business). In each situation, getting conversions is the one, overriding goal of the entire website. Conversions don't necessarily have to mean that your site visitors actually buy something - a product or a service - from your site. Conversions just mean that site visitors complete a call to action of some sort.
There comes a time in every creative professional's life when a site redesign is in order. In my case, my site redesign was way overdue, so I couldn't postpone it any longer. What I wasn't prepared for, unfortunately, was how frustrating and long the whole process was, from the time I committed myself to the site redesign until its completion!
Your web hosting company is the oft-overlooked aspect of your website. Even so, your website lives and dies by the dependability of your web hosting company, so it pays to invest a fair amount of time in picking and choosing among the possibilities out there. Two of the biggest web hosts out there are Bluehost and GoDaddy.
The goal of any ecommerce site is to get your site visitors to purchase something from the site. To help this along, the site design has to be outstanding from the viewpoint of site visitors. Ideally, site design ought to be a harmonious balance between making it work for your business and the user experience of anyone browsing your products.
In the design-to-code process, one of the most basic things you'll eventually come across is PSD to HTML. Essentially, it is the journey of taking your Photoshop design files (hence, PSD) and then coding them into HTML. Photoshop files possess a default file extension of .PSD. If you want to get totally technical about it, it really stands for Photoshop Document.