The content of this topic changes every year together with the advancement of technology and new trends. This time, it would be more about the web design trends that are popping up this year. Here’s a few of them.
Quality Website Design
Your website must be designed in a way that is appealing to your customers. It should not be hard to navigate and should allow your customers to find the content they are after with ease. Call to actions will directly your customers to make contact or perform an action resulting in a website that performs and converts your customers to leads. Don’t go over the top with lots of graphics and ensure the website design is responsive and mobile/tablet friendly.
360-Degree video and Virtual Reality
In this day and age, the significance of video marketing is very critical. The demand for video content is rising, too. One of the biggest trends with video content today is the 360-degrees videos and virtual reality, so how about integrating these into your website? A lot of companies today are incorporating these trends into their everyday marketing, and it will only be a matter of time before it will become common and it will be more difficult for you to gain the traction that you need on your website.
Although the 360-degree video and virtual reality are almost similar, there are differences as well. Virtual reality requires the use of the headsets and offers such an immersive experience that the user can control. The 360-degree video offers a kind of experience that doesn’t require it to be viewed on any device. There is no need for headsets, either. This is entirely controlled by the maker of the video. All the user needs to do is sit back and enjoy the whole experience, while the VR experience is entirely controlled by the user.
There is the stock photography, wherein it addresses the needs for various purposes and situations, viewers just like you prefer the high quality and genuine photos over the overused image of people shaking hands wearing business suits. If you are not investing in high-quality photos for most of the images shown on your website, your website will certainly suffer its downfall in the long run.
Research shows that photos including real people increase the conversion rates of the website. While they are staged photos are more professional compared to candid ones, it is important to take note that the audience is composed of real people that can relate to images with real people. You are telling the visitors of your website a story of your brand with the high-quality photography. This way, your messaging sends a very powerful reach.
Last year, the minimalistic design for websites had grown significantly popular. This year, it has evolved even more, which is even simpler compared to the ones that got trending last year. Outside the circle of being straightforward and concise filled with all the aspects of web design, the extreme minimalism is an idea of utilizing the least amount of anything possible, but still able to convey the message to the visitors.
Depending on the business type or industry you are in, the design trend may not or may work for you and your audience. This is is worth taking a look and also at how others are using extreme minimalism before making any big decisions.
The key to converting customers is a beautiful and user-friendly website. Being a business owner, it is important that your website is built the same way that your brick and mortar store has been established. Creating a website is different from the storefront because it is open 24/7 and is always accessible to any customer all over the world. The website showcases the brand of the company and even inform or sell successfully to its visitors.
When you design your website, there are a couple of aspects that are considered more important compared to the others. The latter is more of a compliment to make the website more interactive with the visitors. Good design is not about incorporating almost every cool tool or feature that designing can be done. It is about making good use of its aspects the right way.
Importance of White Space in web design
What white space means here is not only about the ‘white’ space left. It refers the need for a blank space on every page. This will help draw the attention of the viewers to areas that you want them to focus on, and even giving contrast to the page. When this is done right, having white space will help balance out the whole page and even giving it a great upscale tone.
Did you know that there are certain factors in applying colors to your website? The ones that you choose have great impact – way greater than any other factors that are also the same with customers purchasing services or products. Here is a simple guideline:
The colors must match the current branding color theme of the business. It must be consistent, not only on the website alone. It should spread in every platform that the business uses.
The colors must not be too overwhelming or overpowering. You do not want the colors to cover up the message that you want to convey.
The colors must also complement each. When they clash, they become abrasive to the eyes and will trigger visitors to leave right away.
For points of interests or Call To Actions, it must be used with bold colors to draw the visitor’s attention to it.
The more subtle colors must be used for secondary information or background.
The background colors must also work well with the font colors. While it can be fun when playing around with colors, you should not forget about the most important thing about websites – readability of its text.
This refers to how the menu is arranged and how the visitor finds the things easily and guide them where they need to go. This is one of the most annoying things that visitors experience when it goes wrong or not done properly – when they don’t know where to go next. This could be because the information has gotten too congested or they are not labeled properly. Thus it makes it difficult to navigate. Each of them must be labeled clearly so that the people can know when they are going to click on it.
Any business or company that desires to be profitable by attracting customers online, one of the online tools that take this significant role is the website. Even if you are not designing a website for your business, it is still necessary to take care of certain things that ensure your target audience; visitor or end user doesn’t encounter any trouble while they navigate the site.
The website must be designed in a way that it can deliver the complete brand experience. Here is a list of things that most websites skip.
Social media links
These days, there’s no denying how popular social media is and it is the easiest way to communicate with people. Recently, Facebook announced that there are more than 2 billion people actively posting and logging in on Facebook just to use their website. You have to take advantage of this medium to connect to a wider audience. You can integrate your website with your social media account using a social integration tool.
Call to Action
As soon as the visitor arrives at your website, they should be able to perform a “call to action.” You can use a link or a button with a label “Sign-Up” or “Call Us Now,” something that lets the user act immediately. These links or buttons must have the right appeal as well and will only pop out at the right time so that you won’t end up annoying your visitors.
Responsive Web Design
Most people today are accessing their social media accounts or websites through the use of their tablets or smartphones. This has rapidly increased since the year 2012. companies and marketers are now more focused on this particular platform wherein 58 percent of the companies have their own mobile marketing team.
Because of situations like those above, all the more it is important to have a responsive web design to gain more profitable customers. A website that is mobile friendly can get your business or company to compete with the competitors equally. This will also give your business the boost it needs to stay ahead.
Email marketing campaign
Many may think that this is an outdated method when it comes to staying in touch with the customers. However, email marketing can create wonders for the business when they are used in the right way. Putting an email subscription form provides you the ability in breaking through the mess of promoting your products and services to the audience that posse’s revenue-generating results. When it comes to choosing an email marketing software solution there are many to choose from all with different plans
This is like a word-of-mouth advertising, but done online. It has been the most credible way of promoting a business because they are recommended solely by someone who has experienced the product or service first hand. A section of your company’s website must contain comments or remarks coming from customers that you have served previously with your products or services. This way, you will gain the trust of your customers and potential ones as well.
This may sound like a question that can easily be answered with either a ‘yes’ or a ‘no,’ but there are considerations to think about whether or not you should hire one in the first place. Experts will tell you that you need a web designer, especially when you are dealing with the branding and marketing of your business. The real question that should be asked here is whether a web designer is a right professional you should go to for your website needs.
You must avoid the risk of hiring the wrong person for the job. What you need to do at this point is to compare your needs to your website and the services that the professional can offer you. At a general standpoint, these web professionals fall in one of 3 categories: web designers, front-end developers, and back-end developers. And yes, each of them has their specialties and skill sets to offer. The guide below will help you which web professional will help you with your web design needs.
They are programmers that focus on creating various web applications. They are good at developing content management systems or CMS, data management tools and security features. Acquiring a good back-end developer gives the website owners flexibility and security they need to keep their websites running, gather info from their users and provide users access to their specific profiles.
This professional does not usually have much experience that the back-end web developer has, particularly with computer programming. However, they know the basics of the common tools used in creating websites, such as HTML and CSS, but they are not the kind of professionals that you put your faith on when you need to build a website from the ground up.
However, they are the ones that you need when it comes to creating professional graphics that appeal to the visitors of your website. They might even create a whole concept that tells the web developers where they must build up the navigational features.
Front-end web developers
This particular web professional is very skilled with creating various tools that enhance the user’s experience. If you have a particular concept of design that needs to operate on multiple computers and browsers, this is the expert that you should hire.
The key to their work is consistency, and the website design must be scalable enough that it addresses all user types. This means that it doesn’t matter if the user is accessing the web using a desktop or remotely through their smartphone, tablet or via satellite internet, the general experience that they go through must remain the same.
In this sense, it means that all of the three web professionals are hired as a team, or a company that specializes in providing web solutions are hired for the task. Certain businesses need to hire web teams that can work together to create one dynamic website. A trustworthy web team must include at least one designer and one developer.
You’ve already had your website running for quite a while now, and on the surface of things, all seem to be going well. The graphics are well organized and placed well where they should be, and everything is linked correctly. However, you’ve noticed the bounce rate seems to go beyond belief. It seems that users arriving at your website have been leaving quickly, not to mention in droves. What could be the reason for their immediate flight as soon as they arrive at your website?
Below are likely the factors that you’ve missed that may have put users off and left right away. The good part about most of these is that they are easily rectified. You might find your answer below.
Music on Auto Play
This feature has already faded gradually in the past years, but there are still websites that make use of this. It has a very ugly result to a website. Most home computer users listen to their music; watch television or not having any music at all while browsing online. So a website having a soundtrack of its own is the likely source of annoyance to them instead of joy. For office users, they might have speakers in silent mode, so they will not hear anything at all other than there is the unwanted addition to the loading times. And if they aren’t, the music will be the source of embarrassment for them when it suddenly blares out in front of their colleagues. This is hardly the way you want your potential customers to remember about you and your business.
This is a trend sometime before and is still being used today. The ones that use this lot are the eCommerce sites. They are those rectangular or square adverts that pop up at the dead center of the screen when you only just loaded an article that you’ve found interesting. It refuses to go away once you have entered your email address or you have clicked on the close button that is usually situated at the top right corner of the pop-up. Avoid using this scrolling adverts. Most people will just bounce off from your site as their principle dictates it every time they see the scrolling advert appear.
Overly Complex Navigation
All the content on a website must be easy to access as much as possible. Visitors want that they should be able to click on the content they desire faster, so getting into a 10-tier menu labyrinths is not going go well with their experience. When a visitor arrives at the homepage for the very first time, all they want to see is the link that directs them immediately to the area of interest. And this should happen within seconds, too. Keep in mind that visitors prefer it fast for them and this will only be applicable when the website is well designed. It is not good for a website that let its user dig deeper, or they will lose interest easily.
The website is the fundamental necessity either small and larger business need. There is no neater way to present and promote your products and services to your audience and potential consumers than a website. However, choosing the best web hosting provider can be a very challenging task.
If you are not sufficiently tech-savvy to differentiate terms such as bandwidth, GB, website traffic, and others, we wrote this intriguing list which describes the different types of web hosting types and what are their main highlights. Read to find out.
Every website is hosted on a dedicated server. The rough meaning of shared hosting is that a website is sharing the server with other websites, familiar or not to your particular niche.
The main peak of shared hosting is that it is available to everyone, in financial terms. Business owners who have just started their business will likely opt to pay no more than $5 to $10 on a monthly basis, given that the website doesn’t get a lot of traffic, initially.
What makes the shared hosting sink is the fact that it is not rare that one super server hosts hundreds, if not thousands of other websites. These websites will affect the overall performance of your website and vice versa. If one of these hundreds of websites receives a decent traffic monthly, it will jeopardize the bandwidth of your websites which leads to limitations in usage.
Shared servers enable people to start the roots of their business, by making their website seen. However, as your business grows and starts driving revenues, it is recommended that they move onto the next levels. If you are looking for a decent service provider, Bluehost is the most distinguished shared hosting service.
WordPress Website Hosting
If you are running a WordPress website you may want to consider a dedicated WordPress Hosting solution. There are many available with most having very similar features. As WordPress is the most popular content management system on the market, it helps to have a hosting solution that is very secure, as WordPress can be vulnerable to constant hack attempts. When selecting the right Australian wordpress hosting company to go with make sure you do your homework, or even try for a free trial.
Relatively newly introduced server technology had the rapid growth during 2017. It works in a way that it combines hundreds of different servers in order to make a large, super-server.
The cloud is growing by hosting company adding more hardware components in order to support the server’s needs. They won’t limit your bandwidth, but instead, accommodate it to suit the clients’ needs once that website starts driving more traffic.
It is often a practice that once the business makes its’ first growth, business owners switch from shared servers on cloud-based web hosting. The price ranges. However, you are paying exactly for how much you get.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
Virtual Private Servers are used mainly on large websites that drive a lot of traffic. Basically, this is a large, physical, super-server. It further shares its’ capabilities on separate, virtual servers.
When you are unsure whether you should get your own server or use shared servers, VPS is the right solution to host your website. Its’ vast highlight is that there is no interference with other websites that threaten to bring your websites down.
The pricing is based on the used CPU and RAM of the server computer. It likely ranges between $50 and $200.
A dedicated server is a rented physical server, provided by hosting company. You are permitted a full control. Dedicated servers are priced from $100 and above. However, take the additional costs of network administrators into account.
Dedicated servers are the most premium server you can get out of selection. Only higher than this is actually purchasing your own, stand-alone server. This, of course, brings a lot of costs into your account.
Maintenance is easier and the website is well-preserved with interfering with other websites from a shared server.
Pricing: Dedicated servers are priced from $100 and up. But if you are considering a dedicated server, you should also consider the costs of hiring a system administrator to take care of the technical details.
Which type of website hosting service is the right for me?
It depends on your budget, traffic of your website, and its’ size. Shared servers are the best for people who are just starting their blog, business, and similar. As you notice a significant increment in visits and staying on your websites, you should as well consider advancing your hosting service.
Every individual that made it big in business was once a fledgling with zero knowledge about the industry. Same goes for web design as well. A path an individual has to take to succeed in an industry like web design is long and thorny and it requires many hours of learning and practice.
The beginning is the hardest part of the path
Starting to learn something is hard as you know nothing about the subject. Learning programming languages is especially hard because it has no connection to the majority of stuff people learn throughout the life. Only those that are willing to spend up to ten hours a day will be able to learn basic languages and start off their web design career.
Another important thing a beginner should do is to throw away some money on quality software. Free tools are everywhere, but they won’t help you learn and improve so forget about them. Spend some money and buy good software as it will help you.
Once you get some tools and the knowledge, then the only thing left is to practice. You have to get comfortable with tools and make a site or two with the knowledge you acquired. Once you do that, then give your work to someone to check it and give you their opinion. You won’t be good at the beginning, but you will improve every single time you make something.
What to do after you learn basics?
Once you master the basics, then it’s time to sit down and learn some more. Yes, learning never stops in web design. Try to get some simple design work that will utilize skills you already possess. Acquire new languages whenever you get some free time from work.
The money you get from work won’t make you rich, but some basic work will leave you with free time you can invest into learning some complex languages. Also, doing simple projects is excellent as the money you get will be useful for the purchase of some expensive tools that will make web design easier than before. Check web design tool reviews to find those that suit your style of work.
A path that a novice web designer has to take to reach success is long and thorny. Learning HTML is far from being enough to make money as web design requires much more knowledge and many more skills to pay off.
The knowledge of the HTML is the basic skill, but an individual that wants to succeed in the world of web design has to build on it. Knowing only HTML will give you a title of a web designer, but you will lack skills to complete projects and make money.
What languages to learn apart from HTML
The number of programming languages is huge and learning even the part of that whole is nearly impossible. But a successful web designer is a stubborn individual that learns continuously. A developer will stop making money once they stop with education and thus an intelligent web designer will acquire new things every day.
PHP, PERL, ASP, C++ are just some of the languages a web designer should know. Knowing all of them isn’t crucial, but the knowledge of each of them will give you an advantage over the competition. They will provide you with the possibility of taking an alternative approach to the project and come up with designs that don’t follow same old pattern everyone else follows.
A web designer is on an everlasting quest for knowledge
If you want to be a successful web designer, then you will have to acquire a love of learning. New advancements in tech happen on a weekly basis, and a web designer has to learn about it as fast as possible.
There is stuff to learn even though nothing new concerning web design came up. The knowledge of every programming language as well as the ability to work with some less known tools is out there, and it’s up to you to grab it.