Posts Tagged ‘Blog Design’
Editor’s note: This post was written by Alice McGlinn, who has been a tech nerd since receiving her first computer ten years ago. Since then, she’s been spending her time learning and writing about all things technology.
According to the Pew Research Internet Project, 56 percent of all adults in the U.S. own a smartphone, and the number is even higher for 20 to 30-year-olds. This is the first time since the Pew Research Center started watching smartphone trends that the majority of American adults use smartphones. Although most businesses these days have a website to represent their product or service, many of them are not mobile device-ready. Nothing will send your visitors away faster than a website that isn’t usable on a smartphone or tablet.
Editor’s Note: Matt Lee is the Director of Marketing at Adhere Creative, an award-winning business to business inbound marketing agency. Matt plays the violin and takes pride in having played for Pope Benedict during his papacy. To see more of Matt’s work, visit www.adherecreative.com/blog
The next time you head to the mall or airport, do some people watching to see what others are doing while shopping or waiting for flights. Of course, some are chatting, window shopping, or reading a magazine to pass the time. However, the majority of those you come across in a public place are busy with their cell phones or tablets. They’re scrolling through websites, posting updates on social media, and streaming video content. Studies have shown that traffic from smart devices has increased 125% since 2012, and there are many indications that the trend of accessing the internet through mobile devices will continue to boom.
However, you’ve probably noticed that using your smart phone to browse sites which are not optimized for mobile devices can be frustrating, if not downright exasperating. The fact is that many web pages are not mobile friendly, making operability a nightmare. When you think about how much business you could lose simply because visitors to your landing page are annoyed, you can see how adjustments are necessary. The simple answer is that you need to know how to implement responsive web design so that visitors aren’t turned away. Read More
It’s the beginning of a new year and the time when we begin to wonder how we can make our blog presence even more profitable, this year. What are the changes we can adopt and considerations to keep in mind to craft a powerful web presence? The truth is, if you’ve a successful blog on your hands, why change a good thing. If it delivers returns, don’t do anything different.
However, if you think your blog isn’t delivering value, in spite of consistently creating useful, actionable and engaging content; it’s time to take a close hard look at the design of your blog. It might be playing spoilsport by interfering with the UX and bringing down the quality of your blog. In such cases, it needs a facelift and a rethink that will help it compete to its optimum potential in 2014.
Whether you’re starting a brand new blog or giving the design of your existing blog a facelift, keeping these 7 considerations in mind will ensure your blog delivers the value you’ve come to expect from it:
1. Design Shouldn’t Supersede Content
QWERTY. Mean anything to you? Chances are pretty high that the answer is yes if you are reading this since QWERTY has become the standard arrangement of keys to facilitate fast, accurate typing since the very first typewriters went into production.
Back then issues such as key jamming were rife and there was evidence that placing frequently used letters further apart from each other, actually increased typing speed. Keys were also angled diagonally to minimise issues with the mechanical linkages of the machine. Read More
Building a website seems like a pretty easy process: pick a design, pick a web hosting service, then hit the ‘on’ button when it’s all ready to go. But building a successful, useful site takes a bit more thinking than that: here are five great tips to keep in mind when building a website, whether it’s to highlight a hobby, tell some stories, or build a following for a business.
Keep the rich media to a minimum Read More
As we face the end of the year – and the start of a new year – I am sure that changes are in your mind. And, if you’ve been looking at the same blog for the past 12 months, you’re probably considering starting 2014 with a new look, or at least some new elements. Sure, a blog redesign is not uncalled for at the time of the year.
Of course, a blog redesign isn’t something you go into just because you can. (Although that’s a good reason as any, sometimes.) If you want your efforts to bring good things your way, take a look at these tips that will supercharge your blog redesign. Read More
Today on the Internet, standing out is harder than ever, but it is more important than ever in today’s hyper competitive market. If you can build a website that is designed in a way that is attractive to both people and search engine algorithms, you can increase your rankings on various search engines, including Google.
Whether you’re designing a simple 3-page introduction site to a site for a corporation with hundreds or even thousands of pages, each site must have a number of particular design elements in place so it will be able to fully benefit from launching an SEO campaign. Here are some tips to keep in mind when designing or refining a website for higher search engine rankings.
Whether you’ve been blogging for years or are new to the game, the appearance of your homepage has a huge impact on your audience. Similar to a job interview, it’s the first impression you make on your readers, so it’s important to get it right. Your homepage should focus on simplicity and clarity to create an inviting environment for readers. If it’s cluttered or overly busy, it’s time to learn why you need to tone things down and how to do it. Read More
Not only is blogging one of the most popular pastimes for young professionals, but it’s also a great way to earn a little extra income. Blogging is all about finding your voice and knowing how to identify and reach a niche audience by implementing smart, blogging strategies.
Building or increasing viewership to your blog involves more than just integrating marketing strategies onto your blog, it’s also about finding creative ways to design it in order to captivate viewers and coming back for more. In a society that’s all about visual stimulation, it’s necessary for bloggers to understand the fundamentals of blog design in order to be successful, popular bloggers.
If you’re new to the blogging game, and wish to find ways to build an on audience implementing creative visuals onto your page layout, here are five creative ways you can attract your viewers using simple design layout techniques. Read More
As a blogger, you probably have dabbled in web design and its elements. While no one will deny that content is king – and you probably expend a lot of effort on making sure you dish out content that your readers will find irresistible – there is also something to be said about a good-looking blog. After all, the days of pure text displayed in the starkest of manners are gone!
Instead, we see all sorts and manner of blog designs – from the simplest to the most complicated. Whatever design you go for, one of the critical elements is typography. Someone once said that 95% of web design is typography, and it might very well be true, so let’s take a look at three simple typography tips for bloggers, especially those who are not design experts. Read More