Another great year passed away, and it won’t be over saying that the year 2013 introduced a lot of innovations and advancements in the web design industry! Starting from flat colors, responsive design, app style interfaces, UX centered designs to the unification of the desktop and mobile devices into a single version, there were lots of web design trends spotted last year.
With the farewell of 2013, 2014 has already started knocking the doors of designers. So, it is again time for web designers to sharpen their designing skills for the coming years! With the proliferation of mobile devices and ever transforming designing technologies, it has become critical for the designers know about the possible designing trends in the year 2014.
With this thought in mind, today we’re going to take a sneak-peak of top 5 website design trends in the year 2014. So, without wasting time, let’s start exploring what website designing trends are coming!
Grid-style layouts are going to rule!
If you’ve observed social news feeds, you will find that most of the social news feeds are in “Grids” pattern. Even the popular social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest are introducing timeline updates in the form of grids. One of the main reasons why Grid style layouts will rock the design world is the “user experience”. With the thumbnail images or catchy text, you can easily transform your website’s look ‘n’ feel of your website!
We all are aware about how popular the Microsoft development market is. One of the main reasons behind such popularity of development on the Microsoft platform is because the technologies and frameworks provided by Microsoft provide more scalability, functionality and robustness. Besides, Microsoft technologies are recognized and accepted by a millions of companies for a variety of development requirements. These companies often to fulfil their requirements outsource their development projects to offshore outsourcing companies which offer services in Microsoft technologies at the lowest possible rates. However, not all the businesses or organizations manage to achieve the desired results by outsourcing their Microsoft development requirements, and that’s where the importance of the Microsoft Certified Partner Company comes into the picture.
The Microsoft Certified Partner accreditation represents the acknowledgment from Microsoft towards the professional IT service provider companies having proven track record of creating software applications, for desktops and web on Microsoft technologies. Moreover, it highlights the high quality standards and reliability of the applications developed by the MCP Company.
Okay, but what are the benefits of hiring a Microsoft Certified Partner Company? Let’s take a look at the
reasons why to hire an MCP company for your development needs on Microsoft.
1. Professional & Certified Services:
Hiring an MCP company helps you leverage from a wide range of professional certified services. MCP status clearly indicates that the service provider you are hiring has a deep understanding of the services like web development, application development, application migration, etc. on a series of Microsoft platform. Moreover, the certification also confirms that their services and solutions are professional and reliable and are fully equipped to provide consultation, implementation and technical support for a range of Microsoft solutions.
2. Proven and industry-wide experience:
How your website looks and interacts with surfers is the first battle to online success.
Your small business needs to be first recognized and easy to navigate so that customers and potential customers don’t feel overwhelmed with confusion regarding your products and services. That being said, choosing the best website template for your small business is paramount.
First of all, ask yourself what is your business about and what does it project? If you have a surfing company featuring the latest boards and gear then a template that expresses that is in order. One that allows for images of the ocean, perhaps photo graphics or cartoon graphics of surfers in prominent yet non obstructive position. Should your company be about Italian cuisine then a red/white/green motif with a picture of the Italian peninsula could be incorporated. Remember, when a person sees your website the image must impinge without disturbing or overwhelming the surfer. You want something attractive that establishes what the site is about and is easy to recall. Doing things right from the start like at Pop Paddleboards means you’ll have an easier task down the road.
Next, the template has to be functional across the board. It has to have the proper menu options so that surfers can gather more data about your business. A clear layout with a strong header graphic establishing your brand as well as smaller graphics that point to areas of the site you want the surfer to go to. The template should have the inner pages equally well designed and easy to link to the main page and additional data. Confusing menu options such as elaborate buttons and bars burns up valuable time for the surfer and can cause them to leave. You don’t want that. You want to capture and convert to sales and then after delivering the service you want the customer to boast how good you are via social networking.
A Coca-Cola Executive once famously said, “If Coca-Cola were to lose all of its production-related assets in a disaster, the company would survive. By contrast, if all consumers were to have a sudden lapse of memory and forget everything related to Coca-Cola, the company would go out of business.” This sentiment, along with the overwhelming brand recognition of Coca-Cola in support, definitively shows just how important corporate branding can be to a product or company. The argument that it is as important as the product itself is compelling, with the idea that consumers consider the identity of a product over its quality posing a very feasible reality. Essentially, a brand is a set of associations that a person, or group of people, makes with company, service, product or individual. The benefits to corporate branding are numerous and well-proven, as the relationship between a strong brand identity and a loyal consumer is as strong as ever.
As it is rightly said ‘the HTML are designer’s best friends’. You must have read a lot about HTML tools but a few about HTML editors. You may have often found difficulties in finding the right HTML editors. So to make things easier for you the blog post will showcase lists of the best HTML editors especially meant for professional web designers and developers.
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WordPress is an open-source content management system, which is very popular these days for developing website without having deep technical skills. This platform provides ease to everyone whether technical knowledge having developer or non-technical. Due to various reason, it has makes strong footprints in the entire marketplace like modules, themes, templates, plug-ins, fully customized features, etc. This CMS is fantastic for creating robust, functional, secure and scalable website. Due to the less development time using WordPress technology for building site, most of the business owners prefer this amazing PHP based platform.
There are millions of users working on WordPress and numerous tutorials are also available over the web to help you get started. But, the noticeable thing is that what happens after installing it? Through this post, we are going to share some essential steps that you should complete after installing WordPress. The completion of all steps/tasks help you make your blog more professional, get more email subscribers, secure and target prospective audience, etc.
Step 1: Modify the Default Admin Account
WordPress is generally considered as a blogging platform. But besides blogging, you can do a lot more things – like building a link directory, starting a classifieds site or discussion forum, creating an online store etc. – with this incredible CMS. As WordPress is a very user-friendly CMS, you can also use it as a platform for creating an image-based website/blog.
Doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional photographer, web or graphic designer, or another kind of visual artist, WordPress gives you an excellent option for building any type of image-based site, whether it’s a professional portfolio or simple image gallery or an infographic site. There are a wealth of ready-made themes and plug-ins available around the web, using which you can get an effective WordPress image site up and running in a very short span of time.
While writing this article, we assume that you’ve complete knowledge about WordPress installation. If you’ve any confusion, we refer to WordPress official documentation on installing and configuring WordPress. In this post, first we’ll talk about some WordPress Portfolio/Gallery Themes and Plug-ins, and later describe all essential things to help you optimize your images for your WordPress blog/site.
So let’s move ahead.
WordPress Gallery/Portfolio Themes
First of all, you’ve to decide whether you want to use a pre-made theme or would like to design a custom theme. If you’re a web designer, you can design your own. But if you’re not, you can choose from a wide range of customizable themes that suits your needs. Some of them are free, while others are paid and less expensive rather than hiring a professional designer. Therefore let’s have a look at some free high-quality responsive WordPress Portfolio/Gallery themes.
I bet everyone who reads DesignFloat blog spends at least 10 hours a day just sitting. When I say sitting I don’t mean this:
Usually it looks like this…
…especially if you’re a freelancer and you’re working at home.
You will say how does this blog post relate to a web design?! Actually there is a direct connection between these two things. Every person who has a sedentary work endanger their health, workers of an “Internet sphere” are not an exception.
Creativity is not just for painters and writers anymore. Today’s world is so fast-paced and demanding that every company, from software developers to concrete manufacturers, needs to encourage creative thinking to meet the demands of the marketplace quickly and flexibly.
It’s well enough saying your company needs to be creative, but how do you go about encouraging creativity? Well, it requires some day-to-day changes, a new approach to meetings and a company culture that encourages creativity. If you need a little more guidance than that, then read on. These are ten things you can do to promote creativity in the workplace – right now, in meetings and for the long term.