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Why You Dont Need A Professional Web Designer

I have finally given in.

After many years designing websites for clients I have decided to stop, especially for small businesses.

I quit, I capitulate, I give in, YOU WIN!

Most small businesses and all big businesses need a high quality website. It was common in the good old days of just 5 years ago to see woeful attempts at website building by small businesses determined to save money and do it themselves. So woeful were these websites that the first thing a potential customer or client would do was hit the back button, often with an involuntary shudder, and rush to the restroom to wash their hands. The sites were loud, garish, ill-formatted and generally screamed go away and find a real business to anyone unfortunate enough to have landed upon them. In short, they sucked.

And the news is that its still entirely possible to build websites which look, feel and sometimes sound just like them. Be warned, My brother-in-law who knows a bit about computers will probably not be a web developer; if he is and he builds you one for free then he will not have poured his heart and soul into it and although it may be functional, barely functional doesnt win prizes.

So, people turned to professional web designers.

The professionals (like I was) were fully aware of the degree to which they were needed, and could charge accordingly. In the UK prices often started at 1,000 ($1,500) for a good website, and anything with the facility to buy products online would cost considerably more. These were our main selling points:

A professional website looks professional

There are things a client may not know about how a design affects sales

A bespoke website always looks better than something off the shelf

You want your website to look different, not identical to others

A customer might also consider the aggravation factor of finding a domain name, hosting, uploading the site etc.

So what changed?

In a word WordPress.

WordPress is a free platform for websites. As of August 2013 it hosts over 18.9% of all the worlds websites, which represents over 60 million sites. As soon as WordPress was launched in May 2003, people started designing themes for it. These were often fairly basic but were now at the 10th anniversary of WordPress and literally tens of thousands of sites are available, many of which are free and most of which cost around 30 ($45) or less. For a fraction more you can even purchase software which enables you to copy any site or design from scratch. So how does WordPress stack up against my old claims? Lets see:

A professional website looks professional. (Youd struggle to find an amateurish looking WordPress theme for free they all look professional. OK, scratch that. Most look professional…)

There are things a client may not know about how a design affects sales. (This is down to the skill of a content writer, not a web designer)

A bespoke website always looks better than something off the shelf. (Not any more…)

You want your website to look different, not identical to others. (You can customise most themes, and with a little graphical help they can look entirely different. For most, you wont need any skills whatsoever. Besides, when you go to a site how many times have you EVER said, I remember a site like this from 2007?).

I made the decision to concentrate on writing and ditch the whole idea of designing sites when each of my designs came so close to something that was already out there. I feel its unethical to take a clients money when so much help is available elsewhere.

So dont waste your money on a designer. Investigate the free options from WordPress itself or anyone else who can help you for nothing. Google is your friend.

With a little advice and research you can have a non-sucky site for free within minutes.

Creating Digital Business with Drupal Web Design Solutions

In the modern world we live in, pretty much all business is now conducted digitally, and the key succession of most businesses is online brand awareness. Whether you intend to trade goods, or you just want to promote the services your business provides, either way, you need a website that fully functional, interactive, responsive on all devices (of course, this isnt mandatory but is definitely recommended), and also customer friendly to consolidate all clientele.

There are so many different types of websites to choose from these days, so you might want to do your research before making any sudden decisions, but its worth doing as the website not only needs to suit your business requirements but also needs to meet the needs of your visitors/customers.

Open Source technology comes in a range of different solutions but is usually one of the most utilized platforms when it comes to web design. You can have your pick of Joomla, Drupal, Magento, Open Cart, Presta Shop, Sugar CRM and so much more open source technologies, each one with its particular benefits.

DRUPAL WEB DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS

Drupal is one of the most popular open source web design platforms that have a built-in Content Management System (CMS). Its chosen by many businesses thanks to its powerful tools and functional platform. Its a favorable choice out of the other open source technologies because of its user efficiency, meaning you dont have to be equipped with technical skills in order to actually design the solution how you want. Other features include high website performance due to its built-in caching and scalability (it can be used on multiple servers). It also features easy integration with 3rd party applications, it’s search engine friendly, it has supreme security functionality, it provides commercial support through training and education, and it allows management of content by the end user (i.e. you).

Primarily used as a back- end system, Drupal supports a range of website types from personal blogs to government informational sites, and it is built on a PHP language which provides the main database through MySQL.   

As mentioned previously you dont have to be of a technical background to be able to use Drupal effectively, although if you havent got the time to go through the development process, it might be worth enlisting the help of an expert who has experience in Drupal web design solutions. These experts will be able to support you from the start to the end of the project leaving you stress and hassle free.

Okay, so youve established your online presence, and your website is up and running, so what happens next?

MAINTENANCE

Once your website is up and running you then need to think about the maintenance side of the website. By running regular security checks you can make sure that your website is functioning properly, and that there are no potential risks of security hacks. Stay up to date with the most current version of Drupal either through your developer if you are going via a third party, or just by keeping an eye out for Drupal extensions if you have developed the website yourself.

DIGITAL MARKETING

Another thing to consider once your website is fully functioning is online marketing techniques, commonly known as Digital Marketing. Digital Marketing uses different techniques to build brand awareness through Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Pay Per Click (PPC), Social Media Marketing (SMM), Content marketing and also Email and Newsletter marketing. Using these methods you can shout about your business and build a bigger customer outreach so that people know that your organization exists.

With regular website maintenance, and online marketing you can truly allow all that design and development work to truly flourish.

You do not have mobile web design Considered at once Saga Biz Solutions

The number of people using their mobile phones and tablet computers to surf the Internet increases daily. Like everything else, the Internet becomes as mobile web, and mobile devices is increasingly popular with business owners all over the world. More than half a billion people use their mobile phones to connect to the Internet and many of them use their cell phones to do so. So, yes, there is a wide public to explore if you are designing a mobile website.
However large or small company, it tries to launch a mobile version of its website. It’s time for website designers to start designing for the mobile web. Before you start designing for the mobile web, you must study a little about Mobile website design. This will help you stay ahead of your rivals.
Mobile web design is basically the design of a website on a smaller scale. The most common operating systems for the mobile web is Android, iPhone platform, Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, Linux Mobile, BlackBerry and Palm OS.
The most common in mobile browsers are Opera Mobile (or Opera Mini), the Android browser, Safari for iPhone, BlackBerry browser, Internet Explorer Mobile, WebOS browser.
Some mobile phones and tablets can show a site made for desktop computers very well while others may not. There could be other problems such as smaller screens on some cell phones. You can not show a complete desktop site on a small mobile phone screen.
When it comes to coding, there are three common codes for browsers like – Gecko, WebKit and proprietary code. To understand the code that would be most appropriate for your site, you need to know what your mobile visitors will be looking for. All mobile devices have screens of similar size. Keep in mind this fact and you will be able to design a site that would fit all types of mobile devices.
Advantage of mobile web design.
The number one advantage is mobility. Most people access the net on the road. So if you can provide relevant information they seek on the road, you’ll be able to get more business.
Mobile means you can get more visitors outside office users.
With the design of mobile website, you can go beyond website design and industry in the creation of applications and software exclusively for mobile devices.
Disadvantage of mobile web design.
Small size of the screen. This is the biggest drawback. Because of the smaller screen, users are not able to see the visual effects, and parts of the web pages where you may have put some important content. If major parts of your web pages as application forms, or account display the buttons are hidden from the view of your potential customers, how can you expect them Stay tuned for more?
Sometimes, depending on the connection, some mobile phones are time to load than other web pages. This can have disastrous consequences for e-commerce sites. These sites are loaded with product details, pictures and stock options. If you have an ecommerce site, you need to consider this and corrected accordingly.
Interactivity is another major obstacle for mobile websites. Scroll through a data entry form takes a lot of time on mobile sites and put the information in the form is an even slower process. This situation worsens on touchscreen phones.
Flash is another question you need to be careful. Although you can embed Flash video in mobile websites, it’s time to slow loading sites.
Finally, keep in mind that mobile phones and tablets are evolving at a rapid pace, so you should always be aware of new trends and technological developments. This would save your effort and investment to go to waste.
Have a little courage and set sail. It’s time to enter the mobile network market. A good mobile web design provide a pleasant user experience. So do not procrastinate.