Effective Webdesign

November 30th, 2015 by hesty No comments »

The Basics

Before starting on how to design a website effectively, how about clearing some basic web design concepts? Designing Effectively [http://articles.des-us.com/articles.shtm]

Now that you know what web design and related terms mean, lets get down to the real thing: Designing Effectively How to balance artistic design with practicality and functionality.

Use of graphics and content

Unless your website is all about graphics, how to make them, edit them or just a bunch of links to graphics websites, I suggest you use graphics sparingly, especially the flashing, twirling kind. They not only detract readers from the content, but they also take ages to load. You do not want your readers to leave your website because your graphically attractive page does not seem to load fast enough. Then again, too much text is boring. So mix and match the graphics and text on your page, having enough white space so that the page is not plain annoying.

Layout and design

While designing, keep in mind that poor layout and design will make your pages unreadable and difficult to keep your visitors on your website for long. Some of the things that make a poor design and layout:

  1. Text that is too small to read
  2. Color combinations of text and background that make the text hard to read
  3. Large graphic files that take forever to load
  4. Multiple things that blink
  5. Unclear navigation; over complex navigation
  6. Paragraphs of type in all caps, bold, and italic all at once
  7. Graphics that don’t fit on the screen (assuming a screen of 640×460 pixels)
  8. Animations that never stop
  9. Complicated frames, too many frames, unnecessary scroll bars in frames
  10. Cluttered, not enough alignment of elements

Some of the things that make a webpage stand out from the crowd:

  1. Stay away from bad design features listed above.
  2. Background does not interrupt the text
  3. Navigation buttons and bars are easy to understand and use
  4. Good use of graphic elements (photos, subheads, pull quotes) to break up large areas of text
  5. A large site has an index or site map
  6. Link colors coordinate with page color
  7. Every graphic link has a matching text link
  8. Animated graphics turn off by themselves
  9. Pages download quickly
  10. All pages have the immediate visual impact within 640 x 460 pixels

Planning

Most of the time, all it takes to design your website effectively is a little planning. When designing a website, it needs to be clean, uncluttered, attractive and easy for users to read and find what they need. Begin with a webdesign plan:

  1. what colors do you want to use?
  2. Are these colors complimentary?
  3. What items – text, images, data – do you want to put in your pages?
  4. What layout do you want? Look at other websites and then decide.

Follow the above steps to get a website that speaks for itself and your business. You can always contact me for suggestions and webdesign projects.

3 Steps Before You Start Your Webdesign

November 27th, 2015 by hesty No comments »

There are 3 fundamental factors to consider before designing your website.

Step 1 Forget the look (but just for now)

The internet contains many exciting effects so when you start thinking about your website it’s easy for your mind to wander off into a world of visual animations and flashy widgets. However, before you are seduced by graphical gimmicks take a step back! At this initial stage it is critical that you remain focused on what you need your website to help your business achieve, and nothing more.

Step 2 Identify your objectives

The purpose of your website is to fulfill your specific business objectives so refer to the essence of your business plan. Whether you are driving revenue directly through online sales, or using your site to build brand awareness … your website should be designed to deliver all of these objectives simultaneously. Clearly identify what your objectives are and communicate these needs to your designer.

Step 3 Know your customers

By now you know who your primary customers are and have also identified any other potential markets. Knowing your target market is core to the success of your website. Your audience should dictate the look and feel of the website, not just your personal preferences.

In conclusion using these three very simple steps can dramatically alter the way the end result. Fundamentally you website should effectively drive your business. In addition to this it´s important to regularly evaluate your website against your objectives as these will continually change as your business grows.

Work at Home as a Webdesign Freelancer

November 24th, 2015 by hesty No comments »

It’s not important if you don’t know how to program, design, optimize sites or do similar things. You can still earn money doing things everybody knows. Start working from your home today, without any extra investments.

You can do many “non-technical” things. Some of them are writing (articles, reviews …), data research/collection (finding specified info on the web), data entry (mostly copy/paste), translation and many more. Off course for all those technical people, there are things like programming, design, seo and others.

Sites to find jobs/projects:

Ranoo.com – This is a great website. Most of my projects were done on this website. And I recommend it. While it’s name determines that most of the jobs are in web development, there are other not so technical jobs as article writing, data entry, data collection (research) and others. You don’t need to pay for sign up, their fees are one of the lowest (4%) or 4 $ and you can withdraw money in many ways. They also offer escrow system, so you are ensured from cheaters. Users can leave a feedback about each other – which is a nice option.to post a project is free and the webmasters are not charged.

Rent A Coder – I did only one project over this one. The overall mood on this site somehow isn’t right, but never the less, you can find lot’s of different jobs there, not just coding. Also there are some restrictions that make communication with the buyer a little difficult, and they don’t offer bank wire withdraw – which I like to use. Their fee is 18%, one more reason for me not to use it to much.

Freelancers Network – This is a UK based website. So naturally many of the jobs are UK specific. Of course there are many jobs that you can work from anywhere in the world from your home. The good thing it’s FREE, yup no fees, at the same time, that’s the bad news, and it might happened that you finish the job, and not get paid. That cannot happened when using escrow systems.

There are many other websites. But these should be enough for you to start. Eventually you will realize that it’s best to concentrate on one or two of this websites. Mainly for the reason of feedback. Most freelance websites offer a way that buyers rate service providers after project is completed, and few good rates, with some nice words about you can work magic in getting future bids.

you will realize that many of the people which you found over this sites, will contact you latter for some additional work (if you worked OK for the first time) – so you will start to build your regular clients.

Good luck with your bids!