Web Design

Web Design

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A somewhat recent article that circulated on Mashable made the (in our opinion) false claim for web design having no future. Their reasoning was readily available, well-designed mass market templates and near idiot proof template applications options that currently exist. Also a factor is content spread on different platforms via mobile apps or Facebook.

Should you subscribe to an extremely narrow definition of web design, like only “making it pretty,” then perhaps, it’s on it final legs… and good riddance to those “web designers.” Every website I must use that is crammed full of stock photos of people that are happy, smiley really pisses me off… and please don’t get me started on those “free template” driven websites out there, also.

Then there are the websites made to win awards beautiful, perhaps, but generally at the expense of those dirty little things like menus, navigation controls, or real world info. I have watched too many users struggle with such a website. In our humble opinion opinion, the internet was never thought to be “designed” in the very first place. HTML expressly removed reference to positioning, spacing, color and layout so the content might be shown in a device-agnostic manner. That was way before “high tech” devices as we understand them (cell phones, smart TVs, wifi games consoles, etc) existed.

Afterward came CSS, which made the print designers happy because they could push pages to look like paper. How about the huge argument about whether it was not too late to optimize for 1024×768 rather than 800×600? Driving users to see things the way you thought is a conceit that you just cannot manage. This really is the internet, not an art gallery. There is always another website individuals can turn to for their advice in case your high-artwork design confuses them too much. Always remember; a confused client is an unhappy client!

I would rather define design as doing thus purposefully, and developing a powerful interaction where both parties agree on the road to successful completion. If the client is “wishy-washy” then its up to the designer to make their idea, their clients idea too. People change slowly, however they do transform!

Now that we have been compelled to construct for multiple possible layouts and unknown display sizes, we’ll pay more heed to the initial goals of the internet. It is about information dissemination. Any design that helps in information dissemination is probably going to be successful. Any design that obfuscates it is going to die out.


Focusing on the technology that helps designers– images programs, scripting software, layout engines, API hooks –misses the point. Who among the web design community are utilizing the exact same tools now that you were five years back? Technologies and tools come and go… user needs and quest for the “latest/greatest” don’t!

No end user cares which content management system powers your upgrades or what platform you are building on. They just care about the interaction they have with your website, and whether that interaction seamlessly and instantly gives them the info they needed.

With that said, quit designing websites. Yes, QUIT designing websites! Begin designing interactions strengthening a communicative message. Should you reveal just a little humility, perform some research that demonstrates you understand the clients ends goal while contemplating the reasons individuals interact with websites the manner that they do. This will enable a website that helps the end user locate what they need quickly and easily… if that is truly accomplished, then you are designing an interaction instead of simply making (designing) something for the sake of “completing” a project. Your clients/users will thank you for it by giving you both short-term and long-term business.

One of our favorite sayings at dite.biz is, “The Only Constant is Change!”

Five (5) Fast Blogging Tips!

Five (5) Fast Blogging Tips!

OK, so your excuse is that you are simply too busy to blog? Believe me, I know where you are coming from! When I first began blogging I had a full-time job in the corporate world that I hated. Well, actually, I hated my “ass-kissing” boss! Enough about that! I totally understand what it means to truly “have a life,” but I also know that each reader of my page could write a blog post that is going to work to boost your business. In fact, a lot faster than you believe!

Practice the following five (5) tips to write your blog posts quicker. You may have more hours to spend (than you think) on developing your organization skills as well as improving the speed and quality of your writing.

Clock In, Clock Out

“Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan!” If you neglect to plan properly, you have already set yourself up for failure. It is not difficult to spend two or three hours spinning out of control thought-wise. Try giving yourself a fixed time allotment. Timing yourself a fixed time of no more than an hour to compose your post. When the timer goes off, “times up!” Finish or delete your current sentence then quit writing. Crank up the spell checker, proofread and the publish your “Magnum Opus.”

Can’t Miss Formula

In the very first paragraph tell your reader what you’re going to let them know. Now focus the middle section of your post into constructing an easy to understand path to knowledge. Satisfy your readers by delivering on your “Title Promise.” Finally, the last paragraphs should pull everything together to justify your editorial position or point of expertise.

Numbers Game

When you don’t allow for distractions, composing quickly is quite simple. Have a headline like this blog post “Five (5) Fast Blogging Tips!” This forces you (in a nice way) to work from a self-made template to get the job done in expedited fashion.

Headline Friendly

Developing a headline before beginning writing keeps you focused. Keep in mind that you simply must always deliver on whatever promise you make in your headline. Then compose to deliver the necessary information that your headline promises.

Technology Is Your Friend

Utilized speech to text applications! When you write as you talk, these reader friendly posts will increase productivity output as well as develop a loyal fan-base. So why not allow technology to take over? Dragon provides an affordable piece of software which realizes this, and is 99% “dialed in” out of the box. Many notebooks and PCs provide some sort of built in voice recognition writing applications as well. Most people (unless you’re my sister who blows these numbers away) talk two (2) to five (5) times quicker than you type at the keyboard.

See, you DO have the time tools necessary finish your site post in record time. Here’s to each of you becoming a respected and successful blogger!


Search Engine Friendly


In order to raise search engine position, one needs to write top quality content which not only ranks high in search results but, will also drive a lot of free traffic. Follow this strategy and one will be able to construct a successful website in a brief period of time. Focus on creating excellent quality writing instead of simply posting “recycled content.” Below, please find some tips on the best way to compose quality search engine friendly content for your blog:

Authentic and Original Content

Make an effort to produce Exceptional and Fresh content for your site often.  Unique and fresh content will provide you with great search engine positions and certainly make “crawlers” frequent your site for indexing, etc. This is of utmost importance in creating quality content and is a MUST for any blogger!

Many beginner bloggers believe why waste time in writing posts for their site if there are really so many posts on web. Should one take the easy way out and simply “cut and paste” content, then welcome to the “one step forward and two or more steps back club!” You are going to get penalized for doing such tasks. It is NOT wise to deceive your readers and/or try and fool Google!

Well Thought Out and Unique Content

Composing content in a rush simply to improve their post or page count is NOT recommend! Why crowd the internet with a bunch of quick-fire rapid post gibberish filled with numerous grammar and spelling blunders?  The best advice to follow is to proof read your update a minimum of two (2) or three (3) times before releasing this upon the world wide web. Not a great proof reader? Then enlist the services of family of friends. . . another set of eyes is always a plus!

Just Say No to Keyword Stuffing

Quality content in blog posts with compose use of key words during your web log post and lots of newbie bloggers believe that having more key words will get higher ranks for their web log posts in internet search engines and they wind up with key word stuffing Guess what? Rather than achieving the desired higher page ranking one will yet again “feel the wrath of google” upon them! So, Just Say No to Keyword Stuffing!

Anchor Text In Composing Content

Anchor text is text pointing to other pages in your site or some outside resources. This “tells” the search engine about the links that you’re linking too. In the event you would like to make high quality (who doesn’t?) content then one should carefully utilize anchor text. Optimizing pictures is important as well.

Watch Your Head. . . and Subheadings Too

While composing your content be mindful of utilizing your Headings and Subheading correctly which can vastly help boost your standings in internet search engines. Often, this is quite significant measure in writing quality content that is excellent was of heading and subheading us which will allow your readers great reading experience.

Keep in mind “Change is the Only Constant!” The almighty powerful google and their top secret algorithms will see to it that websites that “Add Value” coupled with Unique Content will be rewarded. Follow, these general tips about writing good quality content for your website. By creating quality content one will be able to position their specific site into the best possible search engine position. Done properly and your blog and/or website will be rewarded with a lot of free organic search engine traffic. . .  and what’s better than free quality traffic for your site?! Nothing, this writer can think of!

Web Designer versus Client

Top web design blog sites will give you helpful tutorials, the most recent business news and “how-to’s.”  Many will share exclusive guidance from experienced experts and inspirational showcases of successful sites.  Having this information all at your fingertips will undoubtedly allow you to keep a beat on the sector.

As a web designer, it may be hard to find out the purpose of every website at first.  Did your client bring you another website to compare and offer “inspiration?”  To make matters even more challenging, the net is home to thousands of websites of all varieties that tend to confuse potential clients/customers by overwhelming them with a gazillion choices!

One the best and possibly overlooked methods to construct websites is simple; ask the appropriate questions from your client. It is imperative that everyone is on the same page.  Discuss desired intent, time-frame and then at the appropriate time, budget.  Inquire about intent, targets and how results will be quantified.  Ask questions that enable you to help the customer understand the worth of an endeavor that is successful to their entire company or project.  When this is accomplished one can then concentrate on the work as a professional investment instead of simply a price.

Oftentimes designers are most worried about visual and usability questions when to get in the core of a great layout you should be asking questions regarding the individuals who will hopefully land on their website.  In regard to the design, functionality and message, the customer needs to be very specific about their “end goal” and make sure that the world wide web understands the finished project.

Look way past the design layout. Significant features which make a site really beam and stand out are frequently missed.  Think about Search Engine Optimization and how this may drive more visitors to the website as well as help with general messaging. Many web designs that are visually stunning and offer state-of-the-art functionality, are not increasing sales because the developer and client spent way too much time with wiz-bang designs and not the all important factor. . .  conversion!

It should be noted that most web designers are not marketing experts and therein lies the all important factor of communication between all involved in the project.  Spend the necessary time “thinking out loud” and consult the right people within the organization before placing the first keystroke to the process.  Communication is KING!

Take a moment and watch this amusing and all too (at times) true video.  We will see you next update!


Blogger Friendly e-commerce Solutions

Blogger Friendly e-commerce Solutions

Growing your company with the Blogger store of Ecwid does not force one to be a code or e-commerce expert. Using a couple of easy measures it is possible to easily incorporate Blogger e-commerce capacity in your website and start selling your products instantly.  How’s that for one-stop shopping?!

When you join a totally free account with Ecwid for the Blogger shopping cart you may reap the benefits of a complete e-commerce experience, including innovative features for the company that you simply will not locate with other stores that are online. Other social networking accounts as well as your free Blogger shop can be synchronized together with your other sites, and after that easily handled from one control panel. When you create a Blogger e-commerce shop with Ecwid, you will not be required to pay any setup transaction costs or fees.

The Blogger store of Ecwid is a thoroughly complete and trouble-free alternative to your company, they execute nearly all of the “blocking and tackling” for you.  You now have your Blogger e-commerce shop.  Furthermore, Ecwid can be synchronized with social networking and other sites accounts you may use, all of which are subsequently readily handled from one control panel.  Now you are able to begin selling your products utilizing your Blogger shop that is up and running flawlessly, while appreciating that cup of coffee. . .  sounds good, huh?

They will always give you a complimentary variant of the Blogger Ecwid e-commerce store.  Should you want to enlarge your company further, they will additionally give you a variety of paid strategies offering additional superior benefit and services. The Blogger shopping cart may also always receives the latest developments and seamless upgrades which will be automatically incorporated into your Ecwid software. The Blogger shop of Ecwid will instantly and seamlessly blend into your existing or new web site and supply you with incredibly abundant attributes that will help you grow your company to its absolute fullest potential!