The Importance of Great Visual Design for Your Website


Designing a website can be fun for some, yet seem tedious and unimportant to others. This is how we get the difference between well-designed and badly designed sites. You can see who put in more effort into the visual appeal of their website, and who simply wanted some mild version of an online presence.

With the modern age of technology and the digital-based lives which many now lead, the visual design of a website has become a much more important factor to consider, and ensuring that your website is visually appealing can create a much better visitor to customer conversion rate. So what are the exact reasons for great visual website design?

Judging a Book by its Cover

While the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” may have some great teachings morally, when it comes to visiting a website, in most cases, people will do exactly that - judge the credibility of the website based on the way it looks. First impressions matter, and the design of your website plays a major role in the way that people perceive your brand.

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The first impression is often the deciding factor as to whether they will stay on your website or look elsewhere, so designing your website well will provide a better chance for you to retain customers and create a lasting impression. Other than that, when it comes to the visual design of a website, you need to consider that not all of your customers have access to fast internet, which can increase loading times and potentially lead to client loss. A study by Internet Advisor showed that only 71% of American households have high speed internet.

Consistency is Key

On the note of retaining customers and brand credibility, another aspect which will improve your chances of actually keeping visitors interested is consistency. Bad websites are inconsistent with brand messages, as well as are often inconsistent in terms of the physical design; you know, all the fonts and colours? All that stuff. When you are trying to portray your brand as consistently as possible (to deliver a brand personality which resonates in everything that you do), this, of course, should also be reflected on your website.

It not only feels great to create a consistent brand image, but customers will feel familiarity when visiting your site, allowing you to build trusted relationships and give them comfort when interacting with your brand. Brand consistency has always played a big part in success for brands, this isn’t anything new, the same concept just needs to be applied digitally as well.

Website Navigation is Improved

Usually, well-designed websites go hand-in-hand with great navigation. When users visit your website, they want a clear view of where they need to go, to get what they want from being on the website. And they want the process of actually getting what they want to be simple and unobstructed.

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A well-designed website will offer them an easy way to find where they are going, and get them there without anything getting in the way. If a user has to search for too long through multiple different pages of your website just to try and find something simple, chances are they will leave and look elsewhere. (Have you started to notice the pattern? Good design = good user retention, bad design = users leaving your website).

On the note of navigation with good design, we should point out that creating a good website design is also knowing when to stop designing. You don’t want to over-design to try and stand out as much as possible, as this can often create a complicated environment for users to navigate and again, they will probably leave your website. As we said before, the route to where they want to go on your website should be clear and easy to find, with nothing stopping them from getting there quickly and efficiently.

Website Design Can Affect SEO Strategies

On top of the actual interactions with your website, there are many design elements and practices which can actually affect whether or not your website is even displayed to users. This is something which will be very important from the get-go, and will determine how difficult your fight for visibility will be in the future. There are a few different things which can affect SEO strategies and your site’s statistics but, for the purpose of this article, we’ll look at the importance of two website design aspects which affect it: design elements and code.

Firstly, web design elements and practices have a direct effect on the way that you will be publishing content onto your website. This will obviously determine the interactions which your website has with search engine software and how this software will index your site. So design elements therefore play a role in determining if your website is even seen by users at all, let alone their actions when interacting with it.

Secondly, the code of your website also needs to be considered. To put it simply, your website code needs to be SEO-friendly as it has a direct impact on SEO indexing. When you choose a web designer, make sure that they understand the importance of SEO-friendly code. In most cases, those who understand this importance will also be able to design a good website for you, but be sure to do your research first just in case.

Alex Williams of Hosting Data found that changing colors makes a huge difference. On his blog he experimented with changing font colors, background images and even the icons on various buttons. Results showed anywhere from a small 3% change to a 40% change with button size and icon having the biggest results.

As you can see, great web design plays a big role in both customer retention as well as SEO. Great web design not only allows you to deliver a consistent brand message that people can trust, but gives your website a better chance of actually being found in the first place. While some might look the other way if your website is designed badly, in most cases, people will not appreciate an outdated or visually unappealing design. So, try to do the best that you can when strategizing for web design. It may seem unimportant to you individually, but when it comes down to it, well designed websites are the ones that thrive in the digital age in which we live.

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Building Your Company's Success With an AI Logo Maker


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Branding and logo design, in particular, can tell a lot about business and even define its success in the future. Hopefully, most entrepreneurs have accepted it and got away from the idea that a font is a logo. Instead, they find themselves more and more demanding looking for that perfect visualization of a brand, company, and its values. And that is the good news.

The bad news is that I still meet people who don't have a clue where the design for a logo comes from. Is it from a stock website? Then how do they find the one they need? Is a freelancer or a design studio to elaborate it? But will this logo be worth the money?

 

Logo constructor as an alternative

Apparently, my best solution remains LogoAI, logo maker service that deliver quality design assets, along with client support when necessary and intuitive UX. No need to look for a font, emblem, or color palette as all the elements are already provided.

Let's say you are an IT company focusing on outsourced coding services, and your goal is to show off your professional approach, the team of experts, and a deep understanding of the tech market.

 

So, let's try making a logo?

 

let's make a logo

 

Using LogoAI for a business logo

After you've entered your company's name, slogan, and the keywords describing it, you get a whole lot of variants that might be a good fit. So, before I make my choice I've scrolled through over a hundred variants.

Hint: you may check the ready-made logos to get some inspiration or pick a ready-made template. I've gone through the Internet category, which has helped me realize I want my logo to be monochrome.

 

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This AI logo generator allows editing the fonts, colors, logo marks as well as different layouts. Since I'm mostly bothered by the supportive font, I've started with this one.

LogoAI comes with ten fonts categories, each featuring numerous types, so there is what to choose from. Though I found it quite tricky that the first image displays your current logo, and to check the alternatives, I have to scroll right. I'd prefer to have live modifications.

I've finally picked one of the handwritten fonts for my slogan. Fixed the font size and spacing (that was easy). I also checked the premade color palettes since there are pretty nice variants to give a try to.

 

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And just before I was about to complete the logo, I tried a different layout and found it a more winning solution.

 

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Branding isn't just a logo

It involves many components. Some of them aren't even physical, so you're unlikely to design them in an AI logo maker. The rest includes your business card, templates for documents and presentations, social media posts — and even the mockups with your branding elements that you can use in printing products or as a part of your website design.

For some of these, like Word and PPT templates, you only have to pick a template and download it for further use. For others, like the signature or business card, you can follow the customization process, slightly similar to the one for the logo constructor (but frankly, I found it more straightforward and enjoyable).

 

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For the business card, color modifications are available right as you are choosing a template. For the rest, like moving the objects or editing the texts, you have to edit them separately.

 

Brand Guidelines

I might have told you that all your branding wanderings will be permanently attached to a single app, like LogoAI or any other. But they won't. In this case, there are brand guidelines available.

The brand guidelines include the information on how you can customize your logo and locate the logomark on the page. You also get which fonts and colors were used. It might not be clear how an entrepreneur who's not doing design professionally can profit from it. But won't you charge yourself with merchandise someday? Packaging? Branded stationery?

 

brand guidelines

 

Nothing stops you from checking an AI logo maker trying your hand in logo design. Finally, you might not design anything in particular, but you'll see what exactly you want. And then it's up to you whether you prefer to keep doing it yourself or get a custom logo.

 

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Designing Your Very Own Colour Stickers: Things To Keep In Mind


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Image Credit: StickerGiant Via Flickr

 

Stickers are fun and effective – that’s why we see them everywhere. A well-designed sticker can easily convey important information through the text, imaging, styles and colours.

Designing your very own colour stickers is easy if you are sure of what you’re going for and you know what you want the finished product to look like. It’s not necessary to be a pro designer for this, but if you have some basic working knowledge of any mainstream design tool/software, it helps.

Here are important things to keep in mind before and while you design your colour stickers.

 

Personal Or Professional?

This is the very first thing to consider. Many designers get it wrong at times, and that can seriously impact the final quality of the design. If you’re an amateur designer, we recommend understanding the common mistakes designers make and how to avoid them.

Ask yourself what you’re designing the sticker for. Is it for your own personal use or is it going to be used professionally?

If it’s for personal use, you should make sure that it carries your personal brand with it, even if it’s something as casual as a laptop decal. Most such stickers are used for personalization, and that’s why it’s vital to make them look personal – stock designs won’t cut it.

If it’s for professional use, understand the message perfectly well before actually starting the work. Two aspects are the most important in this context – branding and message.

 

What’s The Message?

When you’re sure about what message you want your stickers to convey, it becomes much easier to pass it on in the design. There are no lines set in stone here – it’ll all depend on your creative ways. Just be certain of what it is that you’re trying to say and the whole process will become smoother for you.

 

What Colours Do You Want To Go With?

Understand the colour scheme before you start the design. Many designers wait until the design is actually ready to decide on their colours. If that strategy works for you, well and fine. If not, be sure about all the colours well in advance.

Professional colour stickers don’t have much wiggle room here as the colour scheme is dominated by the branding guidelines. So, the job of choosing colours becomes that much easier.

There’s another angle to this discussion – the sticker material. It’s important to know how the sticker will eventually be printed and what the technical limitations of the process are. Designing a small sticker with dozens of colours makes little sense. In the same way, using complex colour gradients that will not come out as you intend them to in the final product is counterproductive.

 

The Resolution And The Complexity

It’s easy to understand why complex designs require higher resolutions. Most designing software out there will let you output the design in 300dpi, a common benchmark used by printing companies. Sticker It Die Cut Stickers, for example, require your design to be either in a 300dpi bitmap format or a CMYK coded vector format. These requirements are more or less similar across the board in the industry.

A good design program like Illustrator will let you resample lower resolution designs into a higher resolution output while also letting you adjust pixels and colours as you need. This is, however, best treated as your last option. It’s always easier, less time consuming to start out your designing process with a higher resolution in mind.

Do consider the physical size of the sticker while you deal with its resolution. The same resolution cannot be used in different sizes as the size and resolution are inversely proportional.

 

Understand The Costs

While it’s not your job as the designer to worry about the costs of printing (at least, as far as professional stickers are concerned), it’s always a good idea to optimize the design for the downstream costs.

This involves going with easy to print ideas that can – wherever possible – employ less complex elements. Keeping the finer details limited in scope and choosing fewer colours can also bring the final costs significantly down.

The material that these designs will be printed on will also play an important role. It’s common practice to use the same design on multiple materials and/or in multiple sizes for various purposes. For example, product labels use the same design in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Your design should take the costs of printing in multiple sizes and on multiple materials.

 

Know How Your Sticker Will Be Printed

Most stickers are either die cut or kiss cut. There’s not much difference in the quality of the two.

  • Die cut stickers are cut straight from the vinyl, right to the design.
  • Kiss cut stickers come with rectangular/square paper backing in which the design is contained.
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The 5 Routine Mistakes That Designers Make and How to Avoid Them


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We are all prone to making mistakes, even in areas we are experienced in. Approaching a task without the fear of making mistakes is the best attitude, and if and when they occur, they teach great lessons. For designers, some may be as simple as forgetting a small detail to bigger ones that would require a redo of the whole project.

Mistakes should not prevent you from being creative and designing that system or software for your client or business. Instead, they present you with a great chance to improve your skills and career. Here are some of the most common mistakes that a designer is prone to make and how you can avoid them.

Not Using Logs

Logs are an essential part of every system. They oversee system events as well as storing user actions like passwords and file renaming. They act as watchtower lookouts alerting you when there’s a security breach in the system.

Using logs when designing a system is therefore essential to ensure the security of the data and also spend more time-solving problems rather than looking for what is wrong. You might require the services of a log monitoring company for proper log management. Papertrail offers you an all-in-one cloud based log management solution to ensure your data is safe.

Taking on Many Projects at the Same Time

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Having too much work to handle may mean more income and sometimes an overworked brain. The divided attention plus the tension of not meeting the deadlines may result in reduced output and a less than satisfied client. Imagine the quality of a project that you have given your focus. It will definitely improve your portfolio.

Solution: Even though it means less income, learning to say no to work you can't handle, is a virtue. You will have more time to concentrate on the tasks at hand and deliver quality work that can earn you referrals and recurrent clients.

Unclear Responsibilities

This happens especially when you are handling a group project. If there's no project manager, then individual tasks often overlap, some tasks may be left unattended to, or worse still other team members may be less concerned about their roles. The client will notice the mistakes in the work delivered, and whether or not you did your part excellently, the mistakes lie on every team member since there were no guidelines and expectations laid down at the start.

Solution: The best way to handle this would be clearly stating what is expected of every member of the team and tasks that each individual should handle by a project manager assigned to the project. According to the National Institute of Corrections, teams function more successfully when everyone understands their roles. That way, everyone will be answerable about their tasks.

Lack of Proper Communication

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Some instructions sent by the client weren't clear, but you did not seek clarification. Or it may be a question you should have asked during the meeting, but you did not because you feared been seen as dumb. The deadline draws near, and because you cannot avoid it anymore, you ask, and you are forced to correct parts you had already done or worse still, start the whole project again.

Solution: You can avoid all these problems by communicating all the relevant information with the client. Ask for clarification where you don't understand, sort out any uncertainties. It's better to over-communicate and avoid mistakes than not communicate at all and end up with a load of errors.

Working Alone

Doing everything yourself is a recipe for making mistakes. You love to think you’re the solution to all the problems. You don't ask someone to proofread your work or their insights, and you end up delivering work that is full of errors. Some of these details are very minute, and it'd take a different person to notice them.

Solution: Design is a collaborative discipline. Learn to involve other people, look for a variety of perspectives, and different insights. Most importantly, learn to tame your ego. There is no harm in looking for an editor to correct the errors. Design is inclusive or else it won’t work out.

Conclusion

Learning how to avoid these mistakes or even fixing them may take some time and sometimes even more investment. But in the end, it will pay off in other forms like client retention, increased income, more referrals, an excellent reputation, and reduced reworks. 

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Top 4 Website Designs In Dogs Niche


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Websites are the pillar of every online business nowadays. The Digital era we are in is mainly composed of a massive cluster of websites and other online portals, covering every niche possible till date. From pets niche, to specific tools, there’s a website for every niche.

 

Just like every other niche, websites of Dog niche also have some perfectly complementary Website designs. These website designs go well with the niche of Dog and are created for the specific application.

 

And if you're thinking of writing reviews like this nature's logic dog food review and earn affiliate commissions but don't know how to find the best converting web design for your Dog niche website, you're at the right place.

 

We have listed 4 best website designs that will look perfectly awe-inspiring along with any Dog niche website.

 

1)     DOGLIFE

As the name implies, Doglife is one of the best website designs to compliment your Dog niche site. The template is designed explicitly by keeping pets, especially dogs, in mind. Relying entirely on HTML and CSS code structures, this template is highly secured and makes use of the Bootstrap framework. The latter makes it compatible with all the latest browsers.

 

Besides being cross-border compatible and SEO friendly in nature, this template can actually create an astounding visual impact on the visitors with precise texts and fetching font styles. Opting this template for your website will get you access to functional contact forms, testimonials, sliders, and whatnot.

 

2)     PETS-PAW

The name that is most deserving to get the second place in our list is definitely Pets-Paw. With all of its neat and clean HTML and CSS codes, the template is specially designed for dogs as well as other pet niches. Its elegance, professional-looking fonts, various icons, and customizable options make endless possibilities.

 

It is highly modifiable, and you can get as creative you want with this template. The ultra-responsiveness and flawless appearance with site security make this template a better choice than any other designs in the list.

 

3)     DOGGO

If you’re looking for a content-centered website design for your Dog niche site, then Doggo should be your first preference. It is another stunning design with an impressive interface. This template has been designed to have a smooth transition and fast responsiveness. The site is based on CSS and HTML coding. 

 

Since this design is meant for a Content-Centric website, this template has an added advantage of customizable testimonials, newsletters, registration forms, fonts, CTA, and more.

 

4)     BREED

What’s your thought on having a Website template specifically for Breeding pets, especially dogs? If you can resonate with this idea, then beyond doubt, Breed is going to be the best pick for you.

 

But why?

 

With an efficient bootstrap framework, this design will give you the exact flexibility you would require. Besides being built on CSS, HTML, and jQuery coding, this template is lightweight and absolutely fast loading. The interface is just what a Dog breeder would like to see on his website. Customizable navigation and carousel at the top add the cherry to the cake!

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4 Color-Combinations And 2 Recommendations For Painting Your Dog House


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For most of us, dogs are a crucial part of our family. They secure us, save us, and cheer us during our bad times. They are nothing but loyal⁠— everyone’s dog is their fido

 

And for all the faithfulness they bring in this cruel human world, they don’t ask for anything. But as a pet owner, you owe them to give the best you can. Like the Nature’s logic food review you read last night, you should give an equal amount of thought while building their shelter⁠— the dog house.

 

For that, all you need to do is read this article because we will be recommending a few elements to consider and the color-combinations to use for building one. Without further ado, let’s start with recommendations.

2 Recommendations for Painting your Dog House:

  1. Use safe materials:

If you’re painting a dog house, it’s obviously a wooden one; however, if you haven’t started yet and are thinking of buying one, refrain from buying plastic ones because, well, it’s bad.

 

As for the wooden one you intend to paint, use safe & non-toxic products. Meaning, no lead or similar element because it may poison your dog. Also, to keep the house safe from weather, apply linseed oil on the wood before painting. Another way to weatherproof the dog house is by using a weatherproof primer. You can get it in a nearby home improvement store.   

 

However, if you want to save some time, you can purchase non-toxic paint that already has a primer in it.

  1. Consider the climate

You must choose the paint color considering the environment you live in. 

 

If you live in a hot & humid place, a dark-colored house will only worsen things for your dog. A light-colored house will not absorb as much heat a dark one would, so choosing light paint will be the wise thing to do.

 

Also, talking about the climate, raise the house’s foundation a bit. This is better for air circulation, keeps safe from occasional water runoffs, and prevents the pet from having direct contact to the ground during the extreme temperatures in winter.

 

If you consider these two things along with the size and design of the house, you are good to go. Now, pick up the paintbrush/spray and get going.

 

Here are few of our favorite color-combination you should consider if you haven’t made up your mind yet:

4 Color-Combination for your Pet House

  1. All-wooden:

All-wooden is our personal favorite color. It gives the wooden house a raw look. Especially if your dog house is in the front yard or backyard with green grass & tree(s), this is a perfect color to choose. You can either fancy a matte finish or shiny finish⁠— that’s up to you.

  1. Same as your home’s:

One way to display your affection towards your pet is by painting their house with the same colors as yours. If yours is pink, paint it pink; if yours is brown & yellow, pain it the same.

 

Another benefit of using the same color is you might have a color can or two lying around if you didn’t buy but built your house. Just use them⁠— works perfectly given that’s the same quality you need for the dog house.

  1. Contrast with your house’s

If the dog’s house is painted with a color contrasting to your home’s, it will add to the overall dynamic. Similar to clothes, contrasting colors between the houses look amazing.

 

Here's a few contrasting color schemes to give you an idea:

  • White contrasts with every color. You can paint all-white too.
  • Beige contrasts with blue, brown, black, red, and white.
  • Gray combines with red, pink, blue, and combined shades.

 

Overall, pick a color contrasting with your house for a vibrant look.

  1. Internal contrast look:

If the dog house is going to be a separate entity, you can paint with whatever color you like. Just make it a two or three-color contrasty look. For e.g., You can have a blue roof and white walls or a fuschia and grey combination.

Final words:

Building and painting your dog house can be tricky. You need to consider the outer circumstances, the overall look of the dog house, and the general dynamic it adds to your home. However, if you read this article-cum-guide, you needn’t worry. Just plan accordingly, and you will have the dream dog house.

 

That’s all from our side. Let us know which color you will be using to paint your dog house⁠— we might have a few recommendations if you like.

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The 40+ Web Tools And Services That Everybody Is Using Daily


Today we discuss about over 40 web tools and services that everybody is using daily.

 

Below we wrote about each of these web solutions that are covering most of the industries that you need: WordPress complete support service, themes, plugins, website builders, SEO, time-tracking, invoicing, and much more.

 

We start the reviews with Taskade, a brilliant collaboration tool that is quickly replacing its main competitors – Asana, Trello, Google Docs, and Slack, being an all-in-one solution.

 

  1. Taskade – Real-time task management tool

 

 

Looking for an all-in-one remote collaboration tool that works like having Asana, Trello, Google Docs, and Slack, all together? Taskade is a brilliant and complete collaboration tool that is a perfect fit for teams that work remotely and which need a simple and quick interface, loaded with audio and video calls, with file sharing and upload, with deadlines, and tons of customizations.

 

Taskade is on Web, iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox, PC, and Mac. It works excellent on all these systems, and it is excellent for both real-time and asynchronous communication. This type of communication being a super strong point of Taskade versus anybody else.

 

Taskade is free to use (3 workspaces, 3 templates, 3 tags, and much more) and the PRO version is $7 per month and it has everything you want (unlimited workspaces, unlimited templates, unlimited tags, unlimited projects, and tons of features).

 

Start using Taskade and heavily boost your productivity.

 

  1. Privacy

 

 

Privacy is the best service that you can use to make online payments by using virtual cards instead of your real information.

 

You use Privacy cards exactly like how you use your normal credit or debit card, but without any of the anxiety that comes with giving out your real card’s information knowing that it’s only a matter of time until the next data breach. By generating unique card numbers for each merchant, you can mask your real card data so you’re never giving away personal data to people you don’t know.

 

Privacy cards come with all kinds of additional protections to shut down fraudulent transactions before they even happen. Pause a card between transactions to make sure hidden fees can’t sneak through. Set a spending limit so you control exactly how much and how frequently a merchant can charge you. Close a card and rest easy knowing that even if a fraudster somehow got your card’s information, they couldn’t do anything with it. Privacy is free to use – up to 12 virtual cards per month. Get started for free.

 

  1. WhatFontIs – The Best Font Finder Tool

 

 

Browsing the best websites in the world is always rewarding, we see the work of top designers and developers, and we also see very cool fonts.

 

To quickly identify these fonts, take a picture of each font you like, and upload it on WhatFontIs – the best font finder tool. The platform is loaded with over 600k indexed fonts, and it is the only system that works with both free and paid fonts.

 

After you upload the picture of the font, WhatFontIs will tell you the name of the font, the price, and where to get it from, including you over 60 free and paid alternatives.

 

Use WhatFontIs, it is free, fast, and accurate.

 

  1. Total Theme

 

 

Total is not the average WordPress theme, but a premium package that is loaded with unique stuff: 40+ demos, 80+ builder modules, 500+ styling options, 4 premium plugins: Visual Page Builder, Templatera, Slider Revolution, and LayerSlider.

 

Total is mobile friendly. With so many people using mobile devices these days it’s crucial that your site looks good and runs efficiently on mobile devices.

 

The Total theme is by default a fluid layout so as you shrink the viewport (browser size) the theme will adjust so all your content remains visible and beautiful. Plus they’ve made sure to include necessary checks in the JavaScript so that unnecessary functions aren’t running on mobile devices keeping your site well optimized.

 

While working in the live page builder and WordPress Customizer you can also click little device icons to easily see what your site will look like at those screen sizes – cool!

 

Create your next website with Total.

 

  1. How To Create An App

 

Apps are the best thing you can do for your business.

 

With Appy Pie, you can easily create an app for free. In the provided tutorial you will find out the 9 steps, each explained very well.

 

Transform your ideas into a working app with Appy Pie.

 

  1. Codester

 

Codester is a popular marketplace that designers and developers love. Here they find thousands of handpicked and premium PHP scripts, codes, app templates, themes, plugins, graphics and much more.

 

  1. Dr. Link Check

 

Dr. Link Check will scan in just a few seconds your website for broken and malicious links, and give you a detailed report.

 

Fix these links and make your website great again.

 

  1. Bonsai Contracts for Design & Developers

 

With over 100,000 happy users, Bonsai is the most popular suite of software dedicated entirely to freelancers.

 

This all-in-one software was over-engineered to help freelancers and it is a huge success in this niche.

 

Use Bonsai to generate freelance design contracts, to build invoices and contracts, and much more.

 

Find out more about Bonsai by registering for the free trial.

 

  1. Free website builder

 

 

Mobirise is the most complete website builder on the market, being loaded with an amazing 2,500+ website templates that look awesome and tons of builder modules.

 

Use Mobirise to create high-converting websites, you don’t need any coding or designer skills.

 

  1. Affordable design to code web development service

 

Goodie is an affordable design to code web development service used mostly by designers that need a reliable web development partner, and by business owners that need 1-10 page websites, simple WordPress websites, email templates, and other things.

 

Get in touch with Goodie.

 

  1. Astra Theme – Elementor Templates

 

 

Astra will help you supercharge your Elementor website with 100 free and premium themes.

 

Make your website stand out of the crowd by choosing any of these themes.

 

Browse Astra.

 

  1. Landing pages

 

 

MailMunch is the leading landing page builder platform that you can use to create high-converting and engaging landing pages and squeeze pages.

 

They included beautiful landing page templates and a drag-and-drop builder that works excellently.

 

Increase your website conversions by up to 400%.

 

  1. Email Template Builder

 

 

Unlayer is the best email template builder on the market, being used by tons of people and companies.

 

Embed it on your website and let your visitors create gorgeous landing pages and emails. They need 0 coding and designer skills.

 

See how it works.

 

  1. Schema Pro

 

 

Schema Pro is the most popular and efficient WordPress plugin that it will help you add schema markups to your website. Click 1 button and all the markups will quickly be added to the selected pages.

 

Make your website rank higher in search engines with Schema Pro.

 

  1. Rank Math SEO

 

Rank Math is a free WordPress SEO plugin that will make your website rank higher in search engines.

 

After a basic configuration, Rank Math works autonomously. Forget about always tweaking your SEO plugin.

 

  1. WordPress gallery plugin

 

NextGen is the most used WordPress gallery plugin on the planet, having millions of happy users.

 

The best WordPress photography websites in the world use NextGen for displaying stunning galleries and for selling images.

 

Imagely provides you the best WordPress photography themes and plugins for building your portfolio.

 

Check it.

 

  1. Zapier Mastery Learn how to automate your business to create more free time

 

One of the skills that in the near future we will all need, is the business automation.

 

With business automation we can create lots of free time.

 

To learn this skill, get Zapier Mastery course. It is the best in the industry, the teacher is a professional automation engineer.

 

  1. WordPress photography themes

 

Photocrati is having the very best Photography WordPress themes. They succeed in being the best by closely working together with professional photographers.

 

As you will see, all these themes are heavily optimized for displaying stunning galleries and sell images, for speed and high amounts of traffic, and for SEO.

 

  1. The #1 WordPress Knowledge Base Theme

 

KnowAll is the number 1 knowledge base theme for WordPress, being a complete package. You don’t need to install additional plugins or other things to have the best knowledge base.

 

Get more sales while keeping the same support staff.

 

It can easily be made with KnowAll.

 

  1. Simplest website builder

 

Looking to create your own website and you don’t have any coding and designer skills?

 

8b is perfect for you, being the simplest website builder on the market, while being packed with cool features and options.

 

Create a professional website with 8b right now.

 

  1. Event WordPress themes

 

 

If you are looking to create a professional WordPress event website, use ShowThemes.

 

They are the leading provider of premium WordPress event themes. All these themes have a pixel-perfect design, are optimized for speed and SEO, and are super simple to fully customize.

 

Browse ShowThemes.

 

  1. Real Estate WordPress Themes

 

 

On TeslaThemes you will find 67 premium WordPress themes. Each theme looks sharp, is fully responsive, it is SEO-friendly, and comes with premium support.

 

You can get all the 67 gorgeous themes for $99.

 

  1. uKit

 

 

uKit is an online service that allows creating and maintaining your own website for only a couple of bucks per month. The entire process is conducted in a drag-and-drop editor — no programming skills are required. A perfect solution if you want to focus on the visual side of things rather than coding. SEO, promotion, statistics, custom domains and more are included. Try it now!

 

  1. Marketables – A Resource Marketplace

 

Marketables is a premium marketplace where creators can sell the products they create: landing pages, email templates, banners, and covers, and marketers can find awesome marketing materials for their projects.

 

Sign up and become a part of Marketables!

 

  1. stepFORM

 

 

stepFORM is a fresh easy-to-handle service that doesn’t offer any bells and whistles but provides rich functionality for building forms, quizzes, and surveys. Benefit from the intuitive visual editor that makes the workflow seamless. For hardcore coders, the platform offers an HTML code widget and also lets them configure CSS properties. In case you get stuck, stepFORM provides free customer support. Try out the service today.

 

  1. LogoAI

 

Whenever you need a beautiful logo right away, visit LogoAI and you will get it in seconds.

 

Write down your business name, add a slogan, and the powerful AI software will quickly show you hundreds of logo designs.

 

  1. WordPressToWix.PRO

 

WordPressToWix.PRO is a trusted platform that deals with WordPress to Wix migration issues. The platform has won user recognition due to its reputability, professional client servicing, quality website transfer tools, reasonable rates and top notch result. What you need is to send a free quote and wait until the assigned manager gets in touch with you to specify the details and terms of the subsequent project transfer process.

 

  1. actiTIME

 

actiTIME is time collection software that is streamlined for billing and invoicing purposes.

 

actiTIME allows time tracking for customer and project related tasks. After being collected the data can then be exported for invoice generation.

 

Sign-up for the free 30-day trial, no credit card required.

 

  1. uSocial

 

 

uSocial is an online service for creating Like/Share buttons for any website builder or CMS system. These buttons are perfect for a marketing buzz and driving more traffic to your site. It has many options and functional capabilities available to the user such as Social Locker, META Data Builder, The uSocial Debug tool (to clear cache of the website pages) and more.

 

  1. Topper

 

Topper is a versatile WordPress theme that you can use for any topic-specific web project of yours. This is a responsive and Retina-ready web solution that’s suited for any media-related website. The download package includes literally everything that you need to start a feature-rich blog. The theme contains customizable layouts, unique widgets, pagination styles, and more. There are 14+ ready-to-go skins included in the theme. The theme also offers free and premium packages. In you do not need more functionality than  the Theme Core includes, tehen Topper won’t cost you a thing. Every skin from the pack costs $5.

 

  1. uCoz

 

Unleash your inner web artist with the uCoz website builder. Tailor your website exactly as you want it to be — with minimum to none knowledge of programming required. This platform allows the creation of really amazing, professional-looking and deeply customized websites with very modest skills requirements. And even better — it gives you almost unlimited customization options unseen in any other website builder to date.

 

  1. InvoiceBerry

 

 

If you are a small or medium company, or a freelancer, looking for a reliable and simple to use invoicing software, InvoiceBerry is the right solution for you.

 

Use it to send fully customized invoices in 60 seconds or less, to track expenses and payments, to manage customers, and much more.

 

Sign-up for the free 30-day trial.

 

  1. uCalc

 

Among many ways of expanding your business, one of the simplest ones is to set up a calculator on your site. The uCalc builder is perfect even for those who have zero coding knowledge. Moreover, you can create subscription forms, polls, feedback forms and more in a snap. Your clients will definitely appreciate such a tool. Start right now to see it for yourself!

 

  1. Helion

 

No matter what device or browser people choose to browse your site’s data, Helion WordPress theme guarantees that all pieces of your site’s data will look stunning in all web environments. This is a fully responsive web design featuring adaptive images. The theme will work well for a blog, online portfolio or even an eCommerce site. The all-inclusive set of layout styles and tools lets you bring your most creative ideas to life.

 

  1. Wix2WP.PRO

 

Professional website migration requires deliberate approach and expertise, especially when it comes to moving your website from Wix to WordPress. This is where experienced assistance of Wix2WP.Pro pros will come in handy. The service has successfully converted hundreds of Wis websites to WordPress, which is the best proof of its reputability. They take care of all the nuances and details of the transfer process, ensuring the best result.

 

  1. Fotor

 

Fotor is used by millions of marketers, designers, and developers, to create engaging picture and visual content.

 

It is loaded with thousands of pictures and elements. Build your own awesome pictures.

 

  1. uLanding

 

With the uLanding service, you can create attractive landing pages in one go and with zero coding skills. Get built-in conversion power and the ability to A/B test your pages, integrate the site with Google Analytics, MailChimp and other extra services, add social media to your site and it’s ready. Try it out for yourself and see how you like it!

 

  1. Moderated chat for live Q&A and Web Events

 

RumbleTalk will add on your website a moderated chat for live Q&A and web events, being the most popular and simple solution on the market, in the same being packed with very cool features.

 

They offer a free forever plan, register on RumbleTalk website.

 

  1. MMThomasBlog.com

 

Whatever web design skills and objectives you have, you will be delighted to find out fresh and valuable information about the most popular web design platforms that enjoy user attention.  The most informative reviews and comparisons are available on MMThomasBlog.com - the web-based source providing articles dedicated to website creation in general and website builders in particular. The website is regularly updated to keep its readers aware of the major industry news.

 

  1. Gutentype

 

Don’t spend lots of time, money and effort on web development. Let the professionals get the job done for you. Using such ready-made web designs as Gutentype, you can put your hands on the extensive set of features that can boost your site’s performance and usability. Gutentype is based on the Gutenberg page builder and works flawlessly with all customization options of the latter.

 

  1. HTMLtoWordPress.pro

 

Whatever reasons you have to switch from HTML to WordPress, you won’t go without professional assistance. This is especially true, if this is your first website transfer experience. Specialists from HTMLtoWordPress.PRO are always here to help you complete all the stages of the procedure with maximum attention to details and minimum hassle or time loss. Just fill out the online form to leave your online inquiry and wait until the support team gets in touch with you to specify the details and discuss the terms of the migration process for your individual project.

 

  1. Shella – Ultimate Shopify Theme

 

Shella is the best Shopify theme that you can use for your fashion theme. It has included over 99 predesigned pages and tons of fashion elements that will help you to fully customize your store.

 

Use Shella for your website and make your website visitors happy with a super design.

 

  1. Customify – The Most Customizable WordPress Theme

 

 

Have you ever wanted a WordPress theme that you can fully customize, but for real fully customize? Then Customify is the right theme for you.

 

This free WordPress theme is the most customizable theme ever created.

 

Play with it and you will be amaze of the deep level of customization.

 

Don’t forget, it is free.

 

Conclusions

 

Using the right tools every day means that you are super-efficient and you have the maximum level of productivity.

 

Working with remote teams? No problem, use the best remote collaboration tool and you are good to go.

 

Looking to easily create websites? Use Total Theme for WordPress, or the included website builders.

 

All these 40+ web tools and services will hugely help you, try them.

 

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What Makes a Good Design?


After some practice as a designer, some things become a routine, a habit, and our drive is not always the same for each project. How do we make the difference, and what makes our work go from good to excellent? In front of you is a checklist of questions you need to ask yourself for each project, to achieve true greatness every time.

 

Is it innovative?

 

You should always strive for designs that move the borders. In our century, there is always room for being innovative, creative and awesome. Don't be afraid to take advantage of the technological progress, embrace and become a part of the digital revolution. Offer something new, something different and something astonishing.

 

Is it practical?

 

Good design is appealing, but great design is giving a useful product. This is what makes the product sell, and this is what we have to be focusing on at all times. Remember that functionality beats visual appearance, and think practically.

 

Is it aesthetic?

 

Aesthetics is an important aspect of the features of a great design. We are, after all, visual beings, but bare in mind that aesthetics depends on all the other features - execute the project right from start to finish, and beauty will follow.

 

Is it self-explanatory?

 

Make it clear, understandable for everyone. You are not creating metaphors, you are creating products, which exist on the market to be bought. Make sure everyone knows what it represents.

 

Is it fair?

 

Be true to the value the product is providing. Honesty to the customers is the most important aspect, be ethical, be fair, be correct to your audience.

 

Is it discreet?

 

Good design is not supposed to be the central aspect of the room. It is supposed to serve its purpose, and be comfortable for the users - inspire them, relax them, or give them a piece of information. Keep it neutral, unobtrusive, and enjoyable.

 

Is it going to last?

 

Amazing designs are timeless, and they never go out of fashion. This is because they don't follow the fashion, they are being universal, practical, simple, and will never have an antique buzz. Create the designs that last, by appearance and quality, and you will master over every change in the trends and demands. 

 

what makes a successful design piece

 

Is it carefully developed?

 

Develop your design step by step, carefully, thoroughly, with special attention to every last detail. Nothing is too small to be given attention to, nothing so arbitrary and nothing left to destiny. Accuracy and care are essential qualities to approach the design process, showing the consumers how much you respect their needs and that you have thought of everything. Nothing is ever given to chance with you.

 

Is it ecological?

 

Remember where we live and what is happening to our planet. To create a design to last and be the best is to create a design that is environment-friendly, reflects on the actual challenges and benefits the world. Keep in mind to not contribute to the pollution, and conserve the resources in the life cycle of the product.

 

Is it minimalistic?

 

The best design is very little design - or even as little as possible in the given circumstances. Minimalism has been dictating good designs for decades, and it will never go out of style. Simplify, but deliver a better output, keep every essential feature, and do not exaggerate in any way. Best designs are pure, simple, precise and exact.

 

Always have greatness as your goal, and develop your designs and your brand to become a unique pioneer on the market, able to encounter any challenge and derive the best out of your clients. Work with passion, dedication, care - and results will follow.

 

Author: Nina Petrov

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Youtube Channels for Web Designers


In our previous article, we have listed some useful channels for graphic designers. Web designers can also find their feed among those links, but designing websites is oriented rather towards fun with codes. Today, we are exploring which channels are particularly fun and useful for a web designer.

 

InVision

 

From the experts on using InVision - InVision creators themselves, here comes the official channel that takes you on a prototyping adventure. Discover tutorials about InVision Studio, and many more tips and tools about Sketch, as well as talks on research, UX, and other topics.

 

web designer tutorials

 

Mike Locke

 

This cool dude is an expert on UI and UX, super talented and a great speaker. He will tell you all about user experience, research, building the interface, interactive design, analyzing the data and HTML/CSS strategies and planning. Not only will you learn, but he can also help you determine in which direction you want to grow as a designer.

 

Maex

 

Skilled designers who share their wide knowledge that you can apply in your work straight away - that's what you want, and that's what this channel is offering. You will learn about many UI/UX tools, including InVision, Sketch, Adobe XD, Marvel & Principle.

 

Jesse Showalter

 

Create stuff with Jesse in the world of web design and web development. Jesse will take you on a ride to explore his projects, tools he is using and techniques you might find inspiring. Dive into coding and explore web design, UI design, development and everything you need for an amazing web content.

 

The Simple Designers

 

An hour of code every day with these guys is a great investment of your time. Discover open source tools, useful info on web development and design, front end programming, HTML and CSS, JavaScript, and more. On the side, they offer illustration tutorials as well, using Adobe Illustrator.

 

A Webdesign

 

In many chapters, this company's channel walks you through the use of Cpanel, C++, Visual Basic, C#, HTML, CSS, many different languages and tools, databases, search engine optimization, e-commerce, cross-platform application programming, mobile apps, and many, many other topics. So worth subscribing to. 

 

What do you think about our selection? What are your preferred channels? Do you have a channel of your own, that you would like us to share? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Author: Nina Petrov

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Youtube Channels for Graphic Designers


Whether you are learning, being inspired or just keeping up with the current trends, YouTube has become a powerful tool for receiving information. Enjoy our picks of YouTube channels made especially for the graphic designer audience.

 

tutorials for graphic designers online

 

Spoon Graphics

 

This channel gives you Photoshop and Illustrator design tutorials, delivered by the designer Chris Spooner, who shares his hacks and tricks in using these programs.

 

Asm Arif

 

Asm shares three videos per week, with useful tips about photography and graphic design, which are his areas of expertise. 

 

The Futur

 

These guys are delivering talks about creative entrepreneurship and all of its pros and cons, giving your feed a creative feed on your home page. Look them up.

 

Mohamed Achraf

 

As a freelance graphic designer, specialized in logo design, Mohamed shares his work with you, the process of visual branding and some handy tutorials.

 

Dansky

 

Daniel White loves to talk, and is very good at keeping your attention. This YouTube channel is developed in a form of a podcast, and it gives you Daniels personal insights that help you develop your skills.

 

Swerve Tutorials

 

Cute accent that covers a variety of topics - from graphic design tutorials, through different techniques, illustrations, logo design, all the way to product design. Find inspiration, learn more about Photoshop and Illustrator, and boost your creative potential.

 

Zimri Mayfield

 

Zimri makes designs. And stuff. He shares with his audience every day, approaching in a fun and casual manner, and translates love towards design in his visual work. A peek into his projects and his experience with Adobe Illustrator.

 

Graphic Tweakz

 

Arun Kumar does all kinds of designs, but what is new with him is how he uses Cinema 4D and after effects to create animated logo designs. About twice a week you can see tutorials and participate in his work.

 

TastyTuts

 

A channel dedicated to inspiring is also a perfect place to learn. Not only about Photoshop and Illustrator, but also about a challenging but lovely InDesign.

 

Easy After Effects

 

Ilya Dji shares his work with the community. He is also giving out free tutorials about graphic design, motion design, film making, VFX, and many more.

 

What do you think about our selection? What are your preferred channels? Do you have a channel of your own, that you would like us to share? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Author: Nina Petrov

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