With the advent of Internet of Things, the products and services are converging. The companies need to shift their expertise from selling products or services to selling experiences to develop the sustainable competitive advantage. There are several ways to improve experiences of customers with the brands. Some of them could be personalized communication, increasing the usability of goods or services, UX design, etc. However, User Experience Design is the key element of an unparalleled user experience as it leaves the first impression on the customers.
Thus, UX design is the first moment of truth for customers. Therefore, it requires full attention from the companies which want to shift their focus from product selling to experience selling.
It has become a truism of the modern internet that a cut-throat website matters. Anyone with a decent education can build a basic DIY website, but that’s not always enough. If you want people to find your website, let alone interact with it, a lot needs to be done.
Here is what a web developer can achieve that you cannot despite having well-meaning intentions:
Creating a website has become a precursor, a preliminary requisite to look into and create before you set your business selling goods or services. Globalization and digitalization have become a part and parcel of every economy, trade, and commerce, thus in order to carve a niche for oneself in the flourishing market, one needs to consider designing a website for their business.
Irrespective of the methodology or the way one’s business operates, where, how and why, one needs a platform to attract potential customers to let them have a look at the range of services that are on the offering.
When I was a junior designer I made plenty of mistakes. I believed false assumptions mostly because I did not have the experience yet to know better. I still don’t know it all. But, I am always eager to learn new things about design and to see which preconceived notions are accurate or a complete myth. That’s how this post came about. I want to address seven common design myths which I still see influencing design decisions.
Unfortunately, false design myths like these to lead to poorer quality design and poorer experiences for end users. We can avoid this by making smarter design decisions to improve the quality of our designs.
Designing a proper website is like establishing a proper communication with your clients. They are not always going to remember your services in details, but a well-designed website will stick into their minds, for a long time. The same rule is applicable when you are planning to work on the icon creations. Icons are the best way to accentuate the value of your brand name, and mark its deep footmark into their minds. While visiting your website, customers are likely to scan through your websites for some attractive notes, before they dug deep into your content. And that’s when icons come in handy. These icons are the simplest way to help you draw users into content of website.
Web designing is a very important phase and there is always a need to make web design project as successful as possible. In the present day, we can come across a lot of online small as well as big businesses. None of the people can find success with their online businesses if they don’t own a well designed website. Every online business people have a website related to the business that they do but most of the times, they fail to create a website that is designed professionally and powerfully.
Web Design Project become successful only when a website starts attracting more clients and converts more clients to buy certain products. Remember that a well designed website have got the ability not only to attract a lot of potential customers but also can improve the conversion rates. Today, you will be able to find many online business websites and you need to come up with an excellent website that is designed professionally in order to standout from the rest.
Minimalism is a style that is found not just in designs, but also in art, architecture and music among other things. It refers to simplicity by choosing to stay with bare necessary elements in design or art. By focusing on what is necessary, all those elements that serve no purpose are eliminated.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The purpose of creating a minimal design website is to create an interface where user can focus on the primary task in hand, like downloading an ebook or read a blog post. To create such an interface they first need to understand the principles that define a minimal web design.
From checking movie times, to reading a Photoshop tip, to reviewing the daily news, we can find almost any information we are looking for on the Internet. One part of a website that is especially important in helping us find what we are looking for is its navigation.
When we engage with a website we use its navigation to help us find what we are looking for. Unfortunately, many websites have navigation that wasn’t particularly well planned. Sure it may work well enough to get to the information we are looking for, but often, it is only after some confusion—and utilizing that classic method of searching the web known as trial and error—that we able to do so.
If the navigation of a website is poorly organized, has confusing wording or has too many links, it reduces our ability to use it to find what we are looking for in a quick and easy manner. Obvious and intuitive navigation is one of the key building blocks of a great website.These practices listed below will help you create more effective navigation as part of your website.
An amazing user experience starts from the designer’s perspective. As a designer, it becomes necessary for you to create something that will lure your users to engage with from time to time.
Seems to be quite simple, right? One of the best ways to delight your users is to think like them and come up with preferable ideas. There is no need to rebuild something new every time. Better you can go for techniques and tools that your users understand better and can use easily. Meanwhile, this will help you to improve and focus on other visual elements. So to help you out, here I am sharing a few things that can help you stay focused on designing exciting UI.
Graphic design trends are typically a mixture of classic favorites and fashion inspired choices, along with a reflection of societal values and concerns. 2017 is definitely poised to continue this trend, and there are some interesting variations between industries and target markets. Overall, though, you can expect the general theme and tone of 2017 to include and embrace even more minimalism and incorporating an organic, eco-friendly look and feel.
If you take a look at some of the successful mobile applications on the market it quickly becomes apparent that there is no universal formula for designing an effective user interface for mobile apps. With that being said, there are several themes that tend to run through well-created and well-received mobile user interfaces.
Often designers will approach a project without taking best practices into account when designing their user interface (UI) and generally the success of the app suffers from this approach. While there are many things that go into quality UI Design, there are some simple ideas that are often overlooked that can help designers improve their app’s user interface.
These are presented below to help you improve the user interface on your next mobile app.
Content Sliders (also called slideshows, carousels, faders etc.) have become an integral part of web designing. Including homepage sliders is one of the best practices for web development. They are simple, easy to customize according to the look and allows you to show your creative side in a relatively compact footprint.
Due to its flexibility, designers love using sliders in websites and users love it because it’s appealing and can promote multiple elements without using much space. In simple words, sliders enhance the site’s outlook and performance and visual experience. Sliders are easy to add to most websites as there are plenty of options available. To every story there are two sides, therefore, there has been an ongoing debate on the positives and negatives of using sliders making users/developers perplexed as to whether using it or not.
We’ve dwindled down on the positive sides of the sliders and here are our 7 reasons to why sliders are effective in web design services.
I am a web developer. Although, this was not always the case. Years ago, I took a two-year course which resulted in a certification to be a software specialist – software that was and still is used primarily by banks. It was employed by a number of other industries at the time, but no longer. My career options were pretty minimal, so going back to school was a no-brainer. Because I had always been a bit fascinated with code, web development seemed the natural choice.
Little did I know that becoming a developer would be so easy. Instead of returning to a college campus for night classes, I discovered a wealth of training, much of it free, online. Way to give the traditional brick and mortar schools some competition! And given the potential salary for developers, this was like finding a pot of gold.
Today, life is a lot better – great company, great salary, and great fun doing what I love. For those of you who are toying with the idea of a career in web development, I say “toy no more.” Here are nine websites where you can get web development training on your own time, choose as few or as many languages as you want, and emerge ready for a great career.
To complete a large and complex design project, a diversity of skills is generally necessary.
The team leader’s challenge, is to take a diverse set of individuals, each with their own skill set and degree of experience, and get them working toward the same goal. recognizing that a good team is greater than the sum of its parts.
Part of this challenge is to encourage collaboration between team members. When a team is first assembled, it’s often the case that not all team members, or even a majority, have the necessary collaboration skills. This is an area where choosing the right project management tools, including those that encourage collaboration, can be a blessing.
There’s no shortcut or hidden trick to improving your design skills – ask anyone in design or any other field, creative or otherwise. But there is a simple way.
It’s not easy (nothing worth doing usually is), but it is relatively simple. And that is: do one design thing each day that’s outside your comfort zone.
Whether it’s a technique you’ve been learning but haven’t applied yet, or a color or font choice you’re itching to try, or a new arrangement of elements – just implement one of these new things each day. By doing so on a consistent basis, you’ll slowly but steadily grow as a designer and will begin to improve your skills.
And as we have just entered into a new year, now is the perfect time to put to put these tips into practice, could even be a New Year resolution.
Web design is always changing, and the future is about as clear as an oil slick. New trends emerge every day, it seems, and Google algorithms are always forcing everyone to adapt. SEO, web design, and the number of devices people use seems to expand web design horizons every day. All of this can be a little overwhelming to web design clients.
If you’re a web design client, or are looking to build your own website (tread carefully!), don’t lose too much sleep; there are a few key areas you should primarily focus on, and endeavour to fully know about and understand. We have listed them below.
Layout on the web is hard. The reason it is so hard is that the layout methods we’ve relied on ever since using CSS for layout became possible were not really designed for complex layout. While we were able to achieve quite a lot in a fixed-width world with hacks such as faux columns, these methods fell apart with responsive design. Thankfully, we have hope, in the form of flexbox — which many readers will already be using — CSS grid layout and the box alignment module.
In this article, I’m going to explain how these fit together, and you’ll discover that by understanding flexbox you are very close to understanding much of grid layout.
If you have strong design sense, a well-marketed business concept, and the energy to keep moving forward, your design startup is sure to grow.
However, not all growth is good growth; it is dangerous to expand in unsupported or erratic ways. By laying out a plan for your business’s future now, you will move forward with a stability that is built to last, and make a name that consumers can depend on.
Without realizing it, we’re constantly being bombarded by advertising. Shop fronts, billboards, magazines and online ads are everywhere we look. With our modern world being so ad-drenched, how does a new company break through?
Every day, new companies start up with the hopes of making it big, but how will they surpass the wall of ads already saturating our lives? How can we make it big without pulling out all the stops? The answer is simple – it all starts with a well thought-out design. Your brand image is the first thing someone will recognize about you, so make it memorable for the right reasons.
As the number of images and videos on a website continue to grow, slower load times, which result in a negative user experience, are growing concerns for any company.
An article in The Fiscal Times, citing Internet data measurement company HTTP Archive, noted that the average website is now 2.1 MB in size, compared to 1.5MB a couple of years ago. One of the main reasons for this growth is the addition of content, such as videos and engaging images, designed to drive more traffic to the site.
Corporate themes are everywhere! In ThemeForest, almost a quarter of all WordPress themes fall under the "corporate themes" category, and nearly all best-sellers are a corporate or a "multi-purpose" theme. And it's no different in other theme shops, too: Almost all of their top-sellers are multi-purpose themes, and corporate themes come in second all the time.
Hey, we can't object to what the market wants. We can't make a WordPress theme for the sake of making a WordPress theme; otherwise, the market share of WordPress would have dropped. But this doesn't mean that we should clog theme directories with dull themes which look the same as the theme that came before. If the market wants corporate themes, we should give the buyers the best ones we can make.
In this two-part series, I'm going to guide you through creating a jaw-dropping WordPress corporate theme.
With feature-rich programs such as Cinema 4D and 3DS Max, the emergence of websites populated with 3D renderings was just a matter of time. Along with clean, minimal flat style designs, lavish illustrations, and dynamic abstract backgrounds, technology has become an excellent instrument for bringing to life innovative ideas and delivering unique and enjoyable user experience that comply with modern trends. It has found its proper place in promo websites dedicated to movies, animated cartoons or upcoming games.
Leading giants such as MasterCard, or YouTube as well as famous music artists or fashion houses opt for semi-realistic worlds and detailed 3D models to naturally direct the attention to important events or present new products in an original way. There are other spheres and projects that derive benefits from it. In our collection we have compiled different examples from generators to static image backdrops made according to this solution.
When choosing a web host, what criteria should a business owner look for? Since there is a vast difference between choosing a free web host and a commercial hosting solution, several factors need to be evaluated before making a final decision.
The most inspirational things are often right in front of us. It might be the typography on a book cover, the colors of your favorite music album, the opening titles in that movie you saw yesterday. To celebrate all those little moments of inspiration, we have compiled some resources for you which honor the beauty of everyday graphic design and the ideas behind it. Perfect to squeeze into a short coffee break. Enjoy!
PHP has become one of the most widely used languages among developers for developing web applications, such as Facebook, WordPress, and other popular resources.
However, you might find coding in PHP challenging and a daunting task, especially when you're just a novice. So, to save you from making mistakes when writing PHP code, I've listed some great tips that will help you work on PHP language a lot easier.
As the web has matured, developers have created an abundance of well-made tools and apps to assist the job of a web designer, or developer, while adhering to well-established workflows and design patterns.
Content Management Systems (CMS) allow site owners and admin control over the website without requiring them to dabble in code, yet leaving freedom for the designers and developers who use them.
Q: In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of using a CMS? When do you think it’s good to use one, and what are the alternatives?
We’re now living in a highly connected digital world where your website content is not read only by people on screens but also by machines. Search engines crawl your website to find out what it’s all about and help users by showing them your content when they look for it; people use apps to aggregate content to read at their leisure; disabled users rely on machine assistance to access and interact with your content.
All of this is good both for your website and for its audience. To make sure all of the above is possible, and done correctly, your website should adhere to certain standards and conventions. The closest it sticks to them, the better chance you have for machines to interpret it correctly.
Hiring web designers can be difficult. There are many disciplines under the common term ‘designer,’ and experts in one field may be novices in another, while others are a “Jack of all trades, master of none.” To make things worse, people commonly relate “design” with subjective decisions, personal preference and individual style.
All that makes the search for a great web designer seem like a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be like that; the goal of this guide is to help you find the perfect match for your team or project. This can be achieved by better understanding the different roles a web designer fills, and by having a good idea of the sort of strategic questions you can ask during the hiring process.
If you have a website for your company or are trying to promote your personal brand through social media, odds are you know a couple things about the Internet. One, you’re probably aware that a lot of people use the internet, to the tune of 168 million DVDs’ worth of information exchanged online on a daily basis.
So, yeah. A lot of people are online every day. Two, you probably have a good sense of just how much business is done over the Internet every day.
In case you weren’t totally sure about the numbers, it’s about $2.5 million in ecommerce every minute. Mind-boggling numbers, I know. But here’s the point: if you are using the Internet to promote a business or brand—if you’re not, you should be—then you know the importance of having a good-looking, attention-grabbing website.
One of the hottest techniques in web design is the HD background, enabled by the growing commonality of HD displays. But it’s not going to be easy when you’re creating a pattern whose trademark is visual complexity.
In this article, we’ll take a look into the future of web design. It’s not a question of if HD web design will dominate the web, but rather when high-res monitors become widespread enough to necessitate improved visual designs.
With tech startups, the hassle around technology selection seems to outshine the chicken-and-egg problem. Is it the nature of the selected technology that determines implementation success, or the other way round, the hottest startups glorify the programming languages they implement? On the technology side, PHP for startups was given up for lost quite a while ago. But, while Ruby on Rails and Django advocates have been crossing swords to establish technology leadership, the PHP technology has evolved substantially in recent years. At the end of the day, PHP demonstrates incredible fitness for usage in tech startups.
With a set of modulable and ready-to-use bundles, we were able to literally assemble the customer-facing, ecommerce, and admin components to draw resources to proceed with more effort-consuming integration tasks. Basically, PHP is pretty good when used for the Web part of a multi-component, multi-technology solution.
You also can test certain assumptions by swiftly assembling a minimum viable product with PHP—and move to technology optimization with further iterations if proven efficient. Facebook, the most frequently cited proof to PHP's potency, got off the ground by building a product that enabled it to raise budgets for subsequent large-scale optimization of its massive PHP code base.
A session cookie, also known as a transient cookie, is named like that because exists only temporary during the time that the user navigates the website, so when the user closes the browser, the session cookies are deleted. Websites normally use session cookies to make sure that you are recognized when you navigate from different pages within a site and that any information you have provided is remembered.
Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stateful information (such as items added in the shopping cart in an online store) or to record the user's browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past). Cookies can also store passwords and form content a user has previously entered, such as a credit card number or an address.
Without a cookie, every time you open a new web page, the server where that page is stored will treat you like a completely new visitor. You can adjust your session cookies through the settings feature of your browser.
Design trends are developing in an exceptional speed and will continue to grow into the next year, with the increasing demands of the user. Here are a couple of trends to keep in mind for a simple and worthwhile user-experience.
Since scrolling has become way easier, web designers now have the opportunity to do what magazines have been doing for ages, full-screen image image titles with no text/links visible until one scrolls down.
With the internet speed improving considerably, GIF’s and flash animations has become really popular. Since a flat design can look pretty monotonous, animation can help a website to stand out from the rest, and also pack more information into little space.
CSS shapes allow a designer to flow his/her layout into shapes like a circle. The outcome looks really cool, but as of yet, it is not supported by all browsers.
Anyone who has ever tried explaining technical jargon to someone who is not well-versed with the terminology is aware of how difficult the explanation process can be.
Every web application that powers the web, CSS, HTML, and JS is about to get turn on its head with the introduction of HTTP/2. The basic of HTTP/2 are simple and yet amazing. It is much more efficient in comparison to HTTP/1.1, which only allowed for each connection to a server to handle one request. HTTP/2 can serve multiple requests all at the same time. Connections can also push a representation from servers to clients.
While the default Bootstrap library is fantastic, it leaves room for aesthetic improvement.
This is where a resource like BootstrapZero comes into play. You’ll be able to download and work with free themes, templates, and same code snippets that all support the latest version of Bootstrap.
Nowadays every project uses some sort of CMS. Instead of painting a canvas in the old days of HTML, the requirement is to build software applications that need to follow more traditional development approaches.
If the project is coded improperly, then quite often you have to throw it away and start over. The cost to fix all of these problems can be significant.
Here are some of the most common reasons that make so many web projects fail.
Animation in apps has taken on a new and improved meaning. Unlike the flashy, confusing website animations of the old days, new animation is clean, smooth, and easy to navigate. Forget what you know about GIFs, obnoxious ads, and Flash websites. Those are things of the past.
When animation is used sparingly and used correctly, it greatly improves user experience (UX). There’s a host of new trends emerging in the animation world. HTML5 and CSS3 have given web designers a way to incorporate movement on a webpage without making it an eyesore. Bring a little motion to your website incrementally to make sure you’re not overloading the page and cluttering the UX. Here are a few methods to incorporate animation on your website.
The smaller the screen, the longer the scroll.
That truism explains the rise of the long scrolling: with mobile browsing overtaking desktop browsing in 2014, the popularity of small screens has urged designers to rethink their outdated “above the fold” mentality.
Long-scrolling creates plenty of new opportunities for storytelling, navigation, creative visuals, and a more immersive overall experience. As a result, we find several common techniques and strategies start to emerge:
Starting as an alternative to the then-popular skeuomorphic style, flat design originated as a wholly simplistic and minimalist style that lived up to it’s name. Throughout the last few years, however, it’s been evolving to satisfy the shifting tastes of users and to implement the advancements of technology.
Flat design in its current state (what Ryan Allen calls “Flat 2.0”) is a style different than, but similar to, what it was in the past.
The current landscape of color in website design is interesting to think about. Most websites look more or less the same, yet color can be a powerful tool in design.
I’m not trying to state this as anything revolutionary or as an extraordinary find. But if most websites have similar color schemes, what does that mean for color? Actually, it means a lot. Imagine a world where every website was colorful – it would possibly be very pretty and rainbow-filled but it would mean that nothing stood out. It’s like having every paragraph bolded in your essay.
Therefore, when color schemes are muted, it allows for many opportunities.
Easy Accounting supports small businesses to large corporations - with accounting, invoices, sales, purchases, customer relations, human resources and much, much more. Easy Accounting provides an integrated view of core business processes, in real-time. Track business resources - cash, raw materials, productivity - and know the status of business commitments - orders, purchase orders, payroll. With Easy Accounting, information is entered only once and this data is shared among departments, business relations and your accountant.
Inlife Training Institute is a training centre for education, located in Port Louis. Being an MQA registered training institute, we offer low-cost, high-quality computer literacy training. As such, we offer a wide range of computer training courses that cover everything from basic PC literacy to advanced Microsoft courses designed to help users get the most out of the software they use on a daily basis.
The ETT financial software product is a system that provides support for financial services and helps managing financial institutions. The system provides a database core and a front- end for customer facing functions and a back-office for and staff-facing functions. As an online banking solution, it can be used to support e-banking, payment processing, treasury management, foreign exchange and other applications.
Using our banking software, you can allow your customers to: apply for accounts, create subaccounts, access funding instructions for their accounts, manage beneficiaries, request payments, transfers and foreign exchange transactions, query their account statements, and close accounts, and more.
The popular open source CMS just released their latest update Drupal 8. Their latest release hope to create better user experiences for anyone using the CMS for their business or personal website. Drupal 8 features a whole new suite of tools and capabilities, including native support for integrations, API-first publishing and better performance and scalability. In addition Drupal now includes enhanced testing with KernelTestBase, for quick API testing of how well various components are integrated.
Now that Flash is officially dead since Apple and Google have decided to no longer support it, HTML has room to take over. Despite being mostly irrelevant in the web design space, Flash was still seen in the online advertising space. Recently, The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has published guidelines on an international standard that set the latest specifications following HTML5-based banner advertising.
Privacy by Design (PbD) is a term for a concept that was first originated by a joint team on “Privacy-enhancing technologies” back in 1995. PbD involves engineering something with privacy in mind from start to finish. Creating things with privacy sprinkled on in is a common analogy used when referencing Pbd. It is though that any product, service, or program will automatically be better because it was developed with privacy in mind.
Designing with Pbd in mind hold the website developer or designer responsible for the technology added to site therefore requiring the designer to potentially evaluate every aspect of technology infrastructure for user privacy.
What makes a site look modern and what makes it look dated? Every year, survival of the fittest chooses which trends work and which ones don't. With 2015 coming to a close, we can now pinpoint the most successful trends of 2015, the ones that define the year's style and show enough strength to carry forward into the new year.
Have you been waiting for the release of PHP 7 ? If so, your long wait for it is becoming a reality, anytime soon. As a language for web development, it has continued to be popular among the PHP developers community.
Undoubtedly, this server side scripting language is today the language that is much in demand. With a history of more than two decades, PHP has grown in popularity right from its version 3.0. As time passed, numerous features were added to this language, making the task of web development much interesting.
Now that PHP 7 is on the horizon, it is certainly worth to discuss what new features can be expected, though this exercise is speculative in nature.