Traits of Modern Web Design

Traits of Modern Web Design

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No further than 10-15 years ago, web design was a highly paid and sought after skill. Web designers were hard to find, therefore they were charging high rates for their services. Today, this changed completely. Any small business owner who starts an offline business can have an associated website up and running in as little as one day and with investments that don’t go above the 0 margin. However, if you want a website that looks professional, have an unique and exquisite design and interactive functions, you’ll need to take more out of your pocket. We are going to see next what are the characteristics a good website should have today.

A good website should be based on modern programming technologies. HTML 5 and CSS 3 are the newest standards in the industry. If you want to think ahead and build a website to last you at least five years from now on, you should consider building it on these technologies.

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As more and more people browse the web from their tablets and smartphones, website owners should try to cater to this fast-growing trend. A few years ago, the solution was to build two versions of the same website: one for normal screens and one for smartphones. Today we have the responsive web design, which is a set of rules that make a website behave differently depending on the device it is accessed from. The site will automatically detect the device and its screen resolution and it will show the user a version optimized precisely for that particular gadget and screen.

Modern web design should keep pace with trends. Just like in the fashion industry, web design has trends which sites that want to stay modern will follow. For example, image carousels are now the latest craze, so you can’t imagine developing an online magazine without a slideshow of the latest articles on the front page.

The design of a website should take into consideration the user experience. During the web development process, design teams should present viewers several variants of the same page and compare the conversion rates. If you want the best performance for your effort and money you should definitely ask your users what they think and rely on their feedback.

Years ago, it was difficult to use unconventional typefaces for a website. Not all browsers were able to render those fonts properly, so it was better to avoid too much creativity in this respect and stick to the regular font families everybody was using. Today we have a huge variety of web fonts available. Many of them are free. It is very easy to integrate them in your menus and headlines, so you can make your pages truly unique and remarkable. Besides, you’ll be sure fonts will show correctly in all big browsers, so you won’t have to worry about that anymore.

The beauty of modern web development technologies is that they can fit all levels of budget and technical knowledge. You can build a site with WordPress for almost free and with almost no coding or design skills or you can spend several thousands and have a stunning and profit-optimized website.

WordPress Made Super Simple – How Anyone Can Build A Professional Looking Website From Scratch: Even A Total Beginner: WordPress 2014 For The Website Beginner (Super Simple Series)

WordPress Made Super Simple - How Anyone Can Build A Professional Looking Website From Scratch: Even A Total Beginner: WordPress 2014 For The Website Beginner (Super Simple Series)

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  1. Silver Screen Videos Reply
    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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    Covers All the Bases, October 15, 2014
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    This review is from: WordPress Made Super Simple – How Anyone Can Build A Professional Looking Website From Scratch: Even A Total Beginner: WordPress 2014 For The Website Beginner (Super Simple Series) (Kindle Edition)
    In the last couple of months, I’ve read and reviewed several relatively short WordPress guidebooks that are available on Amazon. What I found, to my surprise, was that a number of them didn’t actually give people much guidance in using WordPress and creating a website or blog and posting content. Fortunately, Jack Davies and Sarah Wiley’s “WordPress Made Super Simple” is a genuine honest-to-goodness guidebook. Setting up a decent looking website from scratch isn’t something you can do in five minutes or an hour, but I think that a novice who first reads this book then keeps it handy as a reference source can probably be up and running in less than a day.

    Davies’ guidebook covers pretty much all the basics, including some things that others might not think of, such as coming up with the best name for the website, including various alternatives if the “best” choice is taken. He then briefly covers the mechanics of registering a domain and selecting a host. Unlike some authors, Davies gives three hosting alternatives and mentions that others are available. Although these administrative details often take up half or more of some guidebooks, they only take up less than 1/4 of “Super Simple.”

    Davies then explains the basic nomenclature, such as the difference between pages and posts and between categories and tags. as well as widgets, plugins, and themes. He also explains the dashboard in detail, going over the various menu options on the dashboard, what they mean, and how to make various selections and changes. Using this guidebook as a reference, a beginner should be able to go down the dashboard, line by line and figure out the best way to tweak his site to get it to look the way he wants. Davies recommends a few well known plugins, explains their purpose and settings, and then discusses how to find and install other plugins. Once readers have the basic framework for their site in place, Davis gets into how to add and edit various types of content, including formatting, images, links, and media files.

    In addition to explaining the mechanics of setting up a website and populating it with content, Davies also gives some pointers on optimizing that content to make it attractive to potential readers and to aid SEO. As a bonus, and not part of this book per se, Davies includes a chapter from another book he wrote on SEO. Normally, I don’t consider previews for other works by an author when I try to rate a particular book, because bits and pieces from another book don’t really improve or detract from the main work. Here, however, Davies could easily have included this chapter, which really serves as a solid introduction to SEO, as an integral part of the main book, and reading the SEO bonus chapter will certainly help users optimize their websites. So, I consider this chapter the same way Davies does, a valuable bonus rather than a mere advertisement.

    In one respect, the title “WordPress Made Super Simple” is not accurate. WordPress is an incredibly versatile platform with a vast array of options available to users. Neither Davies nor any other author can give a complete novice step-by-step instructions on creating the site that will best meet that individual user’s needs and esthetic concerns. What Davies has done is to show in general terms how to set up sites and add content, and how to tweak the sties to eventually get them looking and operating more like the user wants. It’s still going to require some time, experimentation, and trial and error. Frankly, some website owners spend months tweaking their sites and still aren’t completely satisfied. However, Davies’ book is the best self-contained short form guidebook I’ve found to give beginners the information they need to get started, make adjustments as needed, and wind up with a reasonably professional looking, functional website or blog.

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  2. katlupe Reply
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Helped Me A Lot With My Blogs, October 14, 2013
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    This review is from: WordPress Made Super Simple – How Anyone Can Build A Professional Looking Website From Scratch: Even A Total Beginner: WordPress 2014 For The Website Beginner (Super Simple Series) (Kindle Edition)
    I guess I was one of those people struggling with WordPress. This book gave me easy to follow directions to make some changes on one of my blogs this morning. Instantly, I improved my blog! Now I will be adding the plugins he recommended on the others. I put this in my favorites on my Kindle as I can see that I will be referring back to it often while I am working on my WordPress blogs. Thank you for the simple directions that actually work! I have read other WordPress books that never seemed to help, or explained how to do something simply, for someone who is not a programmer can understand. Thank you for writing this book!

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  3. James Beswick "Thanks for your time" Reply
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    Short and simple – ideal for people who’ve never built a website, April 29, 2013
    This review is from: WordPress Made Super Simple – How Anyone Can Build A Professional Looking Website From Scratch: Even A Total Beginner: WordPress 2014 For The Website Beginner (Super Simple Series) (Kindle Edition)
    This is a well written crash course for anyone who wants to get a WordPress site up and running without any coding knowledge. It’s targeted towards non-technical types and while you might need at least some cursory knowledge of what a blog is, following the steps it outlines will definitely leave you with a basic site in a fairly short amount of time.

    The book focuses on the essential basics:

    – Why you need a site and why you should pick WordPress (and you should)
    – Hosting, domain names and installation
    – Setting up the pages, posts, widgets and plugins to get the site running

    This is short ebook and a fast read. While it doesn’t cover everything in the granular detail of Dummies guide, for instance, it’s also more up to date and a fraction of a price. The best way to really learn WordPress is to start using it but the authors do an admirable job of getting the new user through all the major initial hurdles.

    Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book.

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