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  • How To Shop for a Web Design Firm?

     
    While few companies can boast as we do that our first ten clients are still with us today, many companies often change Web design firms to get a new perspective on how their Web presence could look and perform. The following paragraphs serve as a Buyer's Guide to use when shopping for a new Web design company. First, determine what exactly you're shopping for. Is your Web site down a lot? Do you frequently have email problems? This may or may not be your Web site designer's problem. Many design firms outsource their Web site hosting operations and if that's the case, you may just need a new Web host....
     

    My Top Ten List Of Extremely Annoying Web Page Design Elements!

     
    Easy navigation and usability are one of the most important aspects of creating a "user friendly" website. However, there are still a "plethora" of web-sites out there that are, to be politically correct, "functionally challenged." Does your website keep people captivated, or does it send them fleeing as soon as they get to the first page? Do you offend your visitors by employing these ten web design faux pau's? 1) Music, or any voice recording that automatically playswhen you enter a site, without giving me the option of turningit off....
     

    Congratulations! You've Gotten Visitors To Your Site! Now, Can They Find What Theyre Looking For?

     
    As search engine marketers, we spend an enormous amount of time trying to get targeted traffic to our site. But, once those visitors get to our site, can they find what they're looking for? If not, guess what? We've lost a customer. Think about it this way. How many times have you found a site through a major search engine or directory, only to visit the site and not be able to find what you're looking for anywhere on the site? What do you do next? You go back to the search engine and click on the next site....
     

    Copy Editing: 10 Powerful, Mind Blowing Secrets For Writing A High-Impact Ad

     
    No matter what product or service you're promoting, unless you are able to write and use a highlypersuasive Ad, you may not generate a lot of trafficsand sales. Writing a high impact Ad that will deliver truckloads of sales requires some skill and practice. Below are a few professional copy editing secretsto help you improve: 1. Publish a picture of yourself in your ad. This willshow people that you're not hiding behind your website and you're not afraid to backup your product. 2. List how many famous or respected people havepurchased your product in your ad....
     

    Eliciting Constructive Website Feedback

     
    "It's good." "You've done a nice job." "I don't like it." At some point, you have probably received comments like this when asking for constructive criticism of your website efforts. Unfortunately, the generic nature of these comments does not give specific information on elements that you need to improve your site. So how do you elicit specific, constructive, targeted feedback from the public in order to improve your website? The seven techniques below, when implemented properly, will give you the constructive feedback you need to make your website the best it can be....
     

    Choosing A Color Scheme

     
    When you begin the design of your Web site, one of the first things you need to do is decide on a color scheme. Although choosing colors seems like a relatively easy proposition, it's not easy at all. In fact, it's hard. One of the pluses we have as Web designers is that millions of colors are at our disposal. Unlike the print world, we do not have to pay for each color we use. If we want to use a specific hue of yellow, for example, all we need to know is the hexadecimal code for that particular color....
     

    When Your Graphic Designer Costs You Money

     
    So how do you know when your graphic designer costs you financially and emotionally? When a file is not prepared correctly? When you go to press and have your media material produced in prints, and find out that the file was built incorrectly, then that's the time when your graphic designer will cost you money. Many pre-press operators have complained about having to correct graphic designers work. To have a file prepared incorrectly can have drastic financial and emotional consequences to the owner....
     

    How to Chose Stock Photography for your Web Site

     
    So you've decided to take the plunge. You know that stock photography is an effective tool for your web business, but where do you start and how do you choose the stock photo that's right for you. Here are some tips to get you started so that you are happy with your choice. 1. Decide where you want to purchase your stock photography. There are large agencies and small independent photographers. While the agencies will have more to chose from and sometimes lower prices an independent photographer will offer more personalized service and opportunities for you to have custom work done, if that is what you need....
     

    Turn Harmful 404 Error Pages Into Helpful 301 Redirects

     
    It's a fact, Page Not Found, known as a 404 error, can harm your website Ranking with Search Engines as well as being a Turn-Off for Visitors. A search engine that repeatedly gets a 404 error will de-list the page from its index. Too many 404 error pages on your website and its ranking with the search engines will suffer. Visitors are always just one click away from clicking to another search and another website. Present them with a page not found 404 error and these days they'll not stick around long enough to search for your missing page....
     

    Website Design Info - Part 1

     
    What Will My Site Do? This is the first of eight articles about website design. Our discussion will deal with some of the issues which need to be considered when developing a new online presence. You may have already thought of some of these, but perhaps there are may be things which you haven't yet considered. The Company The Great American Widget Company is a manufacturer of widgets, that common household item that many find indispensable. Until now, however, Great American has been a 'brick and mortar' business....
     
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