Helpful Posts About Web Design
Forms are where the rubber meets the road for most websites. Until a visitor fills out a form, they are just passing through. Forms are where you capture leads, add people to your community, accept requests, and so forth.
University academic departments have some unique challenges when it comes to their websites. They typically have few, if any, marketing resources, and all too often their websites are built by volunteers from within the department. We applaud the volunteers for their energy and enthusiasm, but unfortunately they generally lack the skills to create an outstanding website.
Websites are most effective if they are kept up-to-date. While this fact may seem almost too obvious to state, the harsh reality is that most sites aren't updated nearly as often as they should be. If you are having a new website built for you, make sure you are going to be able to add and edit content yourself, without needing any technical knowledge.
Rather than starting with a desktop site and slimming it down to create a mobile version, the mobile-first approach begins with a mobile design, and then adds to that for the desktop version. Virgin America has been testing a new site that takes this approach to its limit.
One of the keys to making your web site content more effective is understanding the job that each page on the site does. Does a page need help users find information easily? Does it need to persuade them? Does it need to allow them to place an order or download information easily?
Since maximizing the number of quality leads you capture is a key goal for most sites, it's important to understand where those leads are coming from. By doing so, you can assess the success of marketing campaigns and better understand the network of sites that refer to you.
Building a responsive site adds new challenges for web designers and developers. You need to consider how columns shrink and shift as the screen size changes, as well as how images are scaled. User interface components such as navigation bars, tabs, and carousels must also adapt to varying screen sizes. Fortunately, you don't need to figure all this out from scratch. Two years ago, Twitter open-sourced a framework that the company created for its website redesign, and named it Bootstrap.