Web Design Trends To Lookout in 2014

Now that 2014 is here, we can expect a lot of things: struggles with our resolutions, celebrity feuds, taxes, and new trends in almost every aspect of our life. Whether we are fashion junkies anxiously chewing our nails as we wait for our favorite designers to unveil their 2014 collections, or website designers who are doing their best to stay current with the latest web design trends, we are all adapting and changing with the New Year.

Just like fashion designers and celebrities, website designers must keep current! As 2014 continues to unfold, we have noticed some design trends that seem to be sticking with almost every website. We have compiled a list of some of these new designs so have a look and take notes!

 

1. Simplicity

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Overwhelming amounts of graphics, colors, and texts are SO 2013. 2014 is all about simplicity! Many websites have begun to scale their websites way down, getting rid of unnecessary information and images.

 

2. Responsive

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Nothing is more frustrating that clicking on a broken link, coming across a 404 error, or finally finding what you need on a page only for it to not work. Web designers are taking more time to insure that everything works and responds properly when clicked and we could not be happier!

 

3. Making the site smart phone friendly

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So many of us are attached to our beloved smart phones and take them everywhere. Not only are we checking text messages and emails, but we are also browsing websites. Because of this trend, many sites offer a mobile and desktop version. Those that do not are careful to make sure that the site works properly when opened on mobile devices. Three cheers for not having to boot up our bulky laptops, tablets, or desktops!

 

4. Design that tells a story

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No, we are not suggesting that websites should feature a popup book that reads a Disney story out loud to the audience but rather, it features compelling text with images that seem to flow in a concise manner. Setting up the website in this fashion makes it fun and interesting for viewers!

 

5. Easy navigation

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After enough complaining, website designers finally started listening: make websites easier to navigate! We have all clicked onto a site and spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to find what we need only to leave in frustration. This not only hurts our scalp when we pull our hair out in aggravation, but it can cost companies money. 2014 is definitely the year for simple navigation!

 

6. Get to the point

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Gone are the days of websites that overloaded the reader with information. Now, websites are starting to condense their information and provide the reader with the bare basics. This is great because most readers just skim for the basic information and those with questions will still call or email regardless of how much information is provided.

 

7. Customer testimonials/reviews/ratings

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A lot of websites have begun to feature customer reviews or ratings in an effort to attract new business. So many of us want reviews and “guarantees” that the product or services that we are purchasing are worth our time and money. Seeing reviews given by actual customers can easily persuade us to pull out our debit cards!

I Aware You Different Hosting Options

As of late, the trending topics seem to focus on internet hosting options. Since the arrival of Cloud services and the option to store your valuable information on a hard-drive of sorts on the internet that you can access from all over, other companies have jumped on the bandwagon. Whether you are shopping for the latest Juicy Couture purse or browsing OkCupid to see if Mrs. Right is out there, you are bound to come across an advertisement for some site peddling their storage services. The question then becomes, which service do you choose? Which company is right for you? Well, sorry to disappoint you folks but there is no one size fits all for everybody. However, we have listed some of the options below and a little about each to help you on your way.

 

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Hosting Options You Need to Know About

1. VPS – VPS hosting refers to a private web server established on a physical server that allows the person to store their own content. Storage options vary, ranging from as little as 1 GB all the way to 42 GB and up.

2. Linux VPS – this flexible version of hosting is perfect for businesses and is typically more affordable than other storage options. They are also customizable so you won’t need to worry about taking money out of your beer fund to pay for storage services!

3. Windows VPS – Windows VPS is designed to be platform independent, and will host a variety of Windows systems. Some websites also offer trial versions of this storage so that you can see if it is the right fit for your needs.

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4. Dedicated Server – this type of internet hosting allows the client to lease an entire server that is not shared with anyone else. Typically, clients use these for multi-player video games, but the options are limitless. It is also significantly more flexible than shared servers, since you have full control over the server.

5. Shared Hosting – similar to a Dedicated Server in that it is typically used for multiplayer video games and allows the client to lease an entire server, it does not offer full control to the client. Like the name implies, the client will share control of the server with other users, but this also means a significantly lower cost.

6. Colocation – colocation refers to storing your devices or servers in a data-center. There are many benefits to colocation, including: greater bandwidth, lower latency, remote access, constant security, and much more. There are tons of colocation companies available so you are sure to find competitive prices that won’t break your bank (or vacation fund)!

Regardless of which server or company you decide to choose, make sure you check for customer reviews and do your research! Like we said, this is not a one size fits all service so what works for some may not necessarily work for you.

Web Designers and What Makes them “TICK”

Since its birth approximately around 1991-1993, the World Wide Web (let’s call it WWW) has definitely taken the public to a new level of global communication. It has definitely become one of the world’s most important commodities. Every day, people rely on the World Wide Web for certain information like news, recipes, current trends and more. It is used for science, entertainment, movies and a lot more. In fact, it has even outmatched the “television” in the scope of its influence.

 

We could credit WWW’s success to the very creative developments in technology and web page designs. In the past, only texts were available and can be seen in these pages. Now, you can access videos, you can listen to music, you can make friends online and even play games. Also, because of WWW’s global scope, most businesses utilize this very powerful tool to advertise.

 

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But, behind WWW’s fame are genius web designers who make web pages look better than ever. They are individuals responsible for impressing you and most probably convincing you to explore that site. They are responsible for making sure you’d explore Mr. WWW more conveniently too. These people usually do this for a living while some others just do it as a hobby.

 

Although web designers may seem like the nerdy and aloof type of guy or gal you’re imagining, they are most likely not. You’d be surprised to know that they are very aware of their surroundings as they know what designs are currently trending globally. They have got a good sense of humor too. Patience would be one of their virtues because web designing is a task that sometimes requires testing and attention to detail. They are just a regular bunch of people that works for a living and most of the time, they are good natured.

 

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If you’re planning to hire a web designer to design your website, you better keep in mind some things. There are just some things you should avoid asking them to keep your client-web designer relationship in good condition. Here 10 questions web designers are tired of hearing from their clients! Better avoid them in order to have a smooth transaction with them.

 

1. Is it okay to ask for the layered files? We’d like to have them personally changed a little.

2. Can you make a style like that of [insert name]?

3. Can I get a copy of the code in Word format?

4. You’ll surely get more exposure with this job; will you do it for free then?

5. I love this picture from Google, can you add this?

6. I have nothing to start with at the moment; can you make a generic site design?

7. Will it possible to make it “pop”?

8. I like the color you chose, but is it okay to change it?

9. 9 Can you take the photo yourself?

10. 10 Do we really need to establish a contract?

 

Web designers are geniuses and patient, but they’re people too who needs a living. So, as a client, better be aware of the importance of their work so you don’t underrate them. Most importantly, never ask them these questions. You would definitely not want to get in the wrong foot with them. Ciao!

Helpful Tips for Increasing Productivity in Web Designing

If you are interested in web designing, you might know that it is a continuously changing field. The people who work in this field called as web designers are also constantly coming up with new fresh ideas. This frequent change and innovative approach not only developed a challenging work environment for creative people but also made a wonderful, useful and enjoyable web for all people.

You can find plenty of tools for increasing your productivity in web designing. However, I am very keen to know all about the latest development in web designing field. Therefore, I can easily suggest you with some helpful tips that will help you out to know some of the best productivity tools for web designers.

 

Flow

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I think Flow is the simplest task management tools I ever came to know. This tool helps to circle around working simultaneously on to do list by integrating commenting and collaboration.

 

EveryTimeZone

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When I am using twitter or doing any Skype meetings with people from different time zones, it is very irritating to check different time zones every time. With EveryTimeZone, you can easily manage two different time zones and can adjust them as per your need.

 

Ge.tt

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I am very fond of Ge.tt productivity tools as it is one of the most simplest file sharing tools. You can easily upload your files and share them with others without even signing in.

 

BounceApp

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I have come to know about this tool in recent times. This tool helps you to sneak a peek of a screenshot of your chosen page just by typing the URL. This tool is ideal if you want to point out something entertaining or want to get feeback about something important to you.

 

Screenr

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Screenr is one of my favorite productivity tools that enable you to record something just by a click. This tool helps a lot to build up a personal bonding with your customer by sharing personalized video instead of e-mails.

 

Rapportive

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By using Rapportive, I am able to know more about my Gmail contacts. You can directly contact with any person you are conversing in Gmail in any other social websites.

 

Mockingbird

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I just love using Mockingbird as whenever something pops up in my head about web designing, it helps to come up with a mock up of a project or website instantly. This tool makes your web designing procedure easier than ever.

 

Sliderocket

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You surely will just fall in love with Sliderocket once you started using it. This tool helps you to create outstanding presentations with powerful tracking analytics for each individual slide. By using Dropbox-esque interface. You can manage your slides and connect your audience in a more intense manner.

 

WooRank

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If you want to know your overall website score, Woorank is one of the best options you might find handy. You just need to put the URL of your selected website and you can get all the valuable information that you want to know.

 

I have come across with loads of productivity tools such as Tungle, Skinnyo, Buffer, Proxlet, Kissmetrics, Fontsturct and much more. You just need to keep yourself updated with the latest development of the internet and business online market to acquire more knowledge about productivity tools for web designers.

New Web Designers Jargons You Should Know

Web design has undergone many changes especially in the recent years. The idea of World Wide Web; origin of web designing started as a simple file sharing system, has evolved from simple static web page sharing to sophisticated dynamic web applications. Web designers are now putting more emphasis on the user experience especially on the user interface. This shift has brought a long new web designers jargon representing the various web design trends.

Here are some of the new web designers jargons you should know:

 

1. Responsive design

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Responsive design refers to a web page that is specially crafted to provide optimal viewing experience on devices with different screen sizes such as phones, tablets, and laptops. Before the introduction of responsive design , web designers we forced to design multiple version of a single website to cater for the different screen resolutions. Imagine having to design a website then designing a mobile version of that website, a net book version, kindle version and another version for the Ipad. With the number of such devices increasing by day, such practices are not practical hence the responsive design.

 

2. Media queries

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Media queries is what has made responsive web design (RWD) possible. It is a CSS3 module that enables web designers to use traditional control structures in their style sheets. This means that they are able to design web pages that adapt to conditions such as the screen resolution. A standard media query takes the following form; @media screen and (mi-width: 400px) {expression}. Media queries became a W3C standard in the year 2012.

 

3. Parallax scrolling

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Parallax scrolling is a technique used in 2D design to create an illusion of depth. This illusion is achieved by setting the background image to move slower that the foreground image when one scrolls the web page. Though parallax has been in use in 2D video games since 1982, it was adopted in the world web design recently.

 

4. Flat design

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Flat design puts more emphasis on usability rather than unnecessary graphics. Recently ,It has become very popular mainly because it is elegant despite of it lacking any flashy graphical design. An example of a flat design is the windows 8 User interface.

 

Other web designer jargons you should know are:

 

5. CMS

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Stands for Content Management System. Just as the term suggest, CMS is a system that help web administrators to manage a web site’s content.

 

6. Ajax

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A technology used to build dynamic web applications that are capable of processing user request instantly without the need of refreshing the entire page.

 

7. Favicon

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Is short for `favorite icon’. It is also called bookmark icon or the short cut icon and is the little logo found on the side of the address-bar of your browser. They are used for branding websites.

 

8. GUI (Graphical User Interface)

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Is the interface that allows you to interact with the computer by selecting and clicking links in form of text and icons either by using a mouse of your finger in the case of touch screen.

 

9. Web hosting

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When a web site is created, it is usually stored in a special powerful computer so that web users can access it via the internet. The processes of storing the web site in this super computer also known as the server is called web hosting.