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Mobile Friendliness: How to optimise your site for mobile devices

Whether a smartphone, tablet or ultrabook, an increasing number of people are surfing the net on mobile devices. I’m also no exception. Whether trying to find restaurants in the area, looking for a handyman at home or searching for a hotel for my next holiday, I reach for my phone or tablet first. Recent studies have proven again and again that millions of people surf the web on mobile devices, a number which is increasing all the time. Moreover, in recognition of this trend, Google added a mobile friendliness factor to its search engine rankings in April 2015. That’s why having a website that is optimised for mobile devices is now also an important part of your search engine ranking. Mobile surfing of course means that visitors have different needs than in the past and therefore requirements for modern websites have changed. Some page elements, which display ok on the desktop version of a site, may create errors or problems on a mobile device or not even show at all.

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A professional design for the company website – Managed WordPress powered by 1&1 helps entrepreneurs

More and more people are spending their time online. With the plethora of information available on the internet, many people research products and services online before purchasing. It is therefore key for businesses to ensure their online presence showcases their products to the best of their ability.

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How do website builders work?

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More and more small businesses are accepting that being online can create much more potential for reaching customers but not all have the skills to design an engaging website. The great thing is that they don’t need these skills.

Like any technology, once it grows, so does the amount of tools and accessories around it. There are now many great tools available to help build a website. These tools can offer creative and inspiring design ideas but in a simple and cost-effective fashion.

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Optimise your website’s images

Images play a crucial role in your website’s design, but they also determine how fast and responsive your website is too. Simply dropping images into place won’t do if you’re looking to ensure your website won’t put off visitors because it’s slow and sluggish. Read on for a collection of tips and tricks you should implement to ensure your web pages aren’t held back by their images.

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Add Useful Tools to Your Website with These Great Web Apps

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In this particular Web App roundup, I’ve taken a look at 1&1’s comprehensive Web Resources section to pick out no less than 11 of the best widgets for adding extra functionality to your 1&1 Website. Whether it’s translating the entire site into another language or simply providing a useful comparison table, you’ll find just the Web App you need.

BlastCasta

This app allows you to incorporate any RSS feed – an automatically updated list of stories from a website – into one of your Web pages. You can place your feed in the main body of your page, or incorporate it into a sidebar. All you need to provide is the Web address of the RSS feed in question – visit the parent website, and look for a RSS button, which you’ll probably find on its news or blog page, in the site’s footer or under Contacts.

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The Golden Rules of Web Design

When it comes to designing your website, everyone’s needs are different. What may work for an online shop selling biking equipment won’t necessarily work for another shop selling cakes, for example. Nevertheless, despite the almost infinite canvas you have to work from, there are some essential design rules you should attempt to follow regardless of the site you’re building.

Real-world design

Make sure you design your site using the actual content you plan to use – this ensures it’s optimised for the type and volume of content you produce. Also design with Web browsers in mind – don’t rely on Photoshop composites, but test in a variety of browsers to ensure your site looks its best across a variety of platforms, from Internet Explorer on Windows to Safari on the Mac, plus Chrome, Firefox and maybe also Opera in between.

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Get the Colours Right on Your Website

Colour has an immediate impact on your website visitors. It is one of the first things their brains register, so if you get the colour wrong you could be having a detrimental effect.

Many businesses want the colours on their website to match their branding. That’s understandable, but the colours of your branding are not always geared up to the “instant impact” that a website has. For example, when you hand over a business card to someone, they have already met you, understand your business and what it offers, and they can then relate the colours of your business card to what they already know.

Similarly, if they walk into a shop there are many other features besides the corporate colours which impact their assessment of the company.

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How Can Your Shop Design Help Boost Sales?

Website owners have approximately three seconds to grab the attention of their visitors. So it is important to make clear to customers the goal of the shop. Unfortunately, many merchants make the mistake of information overload by cluttering their site and not focusing customers attention to their primary service. However, we share some design tricks to avoid such bad habits and make it easier for your online visitors.

The perfect home page

The home page of your online store is like your shop window, so you do not want to cram all of your products together into it. Use the home page to set the scene for shopping, using high-quality images. Present the products in different product pages and categories. By doing so, you can create a prominent space to advertise individual products as promotional goods or the best sellers of your shop.

Match products and target group

You should always keep two important factors in mind while designing your shop: your products and your target group. This means that the design of an online shop for haute couture, for example, should project exclusivity, but if you are selling children’s toys, then you should create a playful design with bright colors.

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Where to Find Great Royalty Free Images for Your Website

They say a picture tells a thousand words. While that might be an exaggeration, it’s still true that images play a key role in your website’s design, providing more than just simple eye candy to help convey what it is your site is trying to sell.

Generating these images yourself is not always possible, which is why it helps to know where to look on the Web for suitable images. In this roundup I’ve highlighted some websites that offer a selection of great images for your website. Some offer completely free images, while others offer royalty free images for a standard rate. Read on to find inspiration. However, remember to always provide suitable attribution for the content’s creator – it’s only polite (and legally required in some cases).

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Get Inspired with These Free Resources to Help You Build Your Website

Have you hit a brick wall with your website’s design? Run out of ideas to develop its content even further? Looking for some intricate tips and tricks to tweak your code to perfection? Then check out this collection of resources offering you all kinds of advice, inspiration and free web elements.

  1. W3Schools
    If you are just starting out with Web coding, then this collection of tutorials and reference guides for HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL and more should be the first on your list of bookmarks.
  2. DocHub
    This handy reference site lets you select any CSS, HTML, JavaScript, PHP and Python command (among others) to get a useful summary of its function. You will also see its correct syntax, possible values, and examples of it in action.

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