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  • Why Hire a Professional to Design Your Web Site?

     
    Creating an appealing, functional, and effective Web site is much harder than it looks. It's not simply a matter of taking a company brochure or catalog, converting the text to HTML, and throwing in a few pictures (although many sites seem to have been created using this technique!). A Web site is a 24-hour a day advertisement for your company and should be treated as such. You wouldn't turn over the design of your next direct mail piece, newspaper ad, or TV commercial to an amateur, and the same should hold true for your Web site....
     

    To Hire or Not to Hire a Website Designer

     
    In the early years of the internet the actual design of a website was either very basic or had to be done using a software package that needed a specialist to use it. Not surprisingly, website designers were in short supply and could command huge fees for their services. All that has changed dramatically and website design is not such a complicated procedure as you might think. The actual look and feel of a website is more down to personal preferences than current design trends. Internet users want websites that are nice to look at, sure, but they are much more concerned with the ease of use of a website....
     

    6 Reasons Why Web Templates Are Todays Trend

     
    As the Internet blooms at an alarming rate, so as the numberof websites out there. Appearance, layout, presentation andloading times are just a few of the main essentialcharacteristics of a successful website. It would seem thatit is generally manageable if you own a wide level ofknowledge on web / graphics design. But the main question oftoday's online trend, is how you can eliminate the need ofgoing through the traditional web designing processes andtimeframe. Have you ever own the burning desire to have not only onebut a number of websites out there to send your messagesout, but only to know in the end that you don't have theknowledge or tools of getting them done?...
     

    Simple Lines and Shapes for Your Logo Design

     
    Geometric designs come in all shapes and sizes? and lines. You can create your logo design or customize your illustration by using simple lines and shapes to create your very own unique image. Integrate the principle of simplicity with lines, circles, squares, triangles and rectangles, and you'll be able to come up with wonderful results that you can use for logos, newsletters, flyers, brochures, and even web pages. I would just like to emphasize that this article is not your typical 'you-do-this-you-do-that'....
     

    Usability Lessons from the Hospital

     
    Usability isn't only for Web design. It's also applicable in the real world as things aren't always well-designed. Paying attention to real world design can help you think through usability for Web design. For instance, there is an elevator in New York where the numbers are in three columns. The numbers go across, but in this elevator they go from right to left instead of left to right. It's in English not Hebrew. Elevator in NY: 10 9 8 7 6 5 Most elevators: 8 9 10 5 6 7 This concept can be applied to a Web page by assuring numbers, letters, and other meaningful groups of information are sorted in a logical order....
     

    So You're Hiring a Web Designer-You Have the Right to Demand these 7 Perks

     
    Whether you're hiring a designer who has created 10 sites or 1000 sites for other businesses, there are 10 things every website should do for you. 1. Be wary of companies who charge by the hour and don't put on a cap! There isn't a regulated industry standard in fees. So websites can easily end up costing you a small fortune. Ask for a flat fee if possible-you'll know exactly what you're paying up front. It's common to pay for 50% down, and in certain cases, when working with businesses online; you may need to pay the whole flat fee down....
     

    Why Dot-Coms Fail - a Webmasters Perspective

     
    Everyday we hear that another company goes out of business. When and why does a dot-com become a dot-bomb? After checking few dozen defunct companies, I think the main reasons for dot-coms failure are: Poor business plan. In the last years, a lot of investment capital was spent on poorly planned companies that clearly couldn't reach profitability. Poor company promotion. This applies both offline and online. Two newspaper ads and word of mouth are not enough. Poor financial management....
     

    Speed Up Or Lose Out! How To Improve Your Websites Download Speed

     
    So your web site's online and you've got high rankings in the search engines attracting lots of visitors. But the statistics tell you most of them are leaving after viewing just one page, what's gone wrong? One possible cause could be a slow download speed of your web site's homepage or the web site as a whole. There is nothing worse than having to wait for a web site to load up. Studies indicate that the majority of visitors will only wait 3 - 5 seconds for a homepage to load up before clicking elsewhere....
     

    Give Your Web Site a Small Business Marketing Tune Up

     
    Your web site is like your car. Both are significant investments that require the right features and regular and proper maintenance to ensure maximal satisfaction and performance. Your car is a finely tuned machine. You bought it not only to get you from point A to point B but also perhaps to have some fun and look good as you go. If you purchased your car new its engine had no wear. To keep it running like the day you bought it you maintain it regularly: you change the oil every 3000 miles, you inspect its belts and hoses, you check its fluids and rotate its tires (or at least you should)....
     

    Dont Overdo it!

     
    Have you ever been to site with so much ad clutter that you wanted to just leave? Odds are you have, and odds are even better that you did in fact leave! Always refer back to the KISS philosphy. Keep It Simple Stupid! 1. Make sure you keep your add density down. Too many adds in comparison with your content makes a site look flimsy, and un-attractive. 2. Make sure your ads, if any (!) are as relevant as possible, without being too competitive. 3. Don't try to do too much fancy coding. Either you will screw it up (coding can be hard work!...
     
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