Thinking about Designing A New Website: Top Steps

When you talk about creating a website, you need to follow some specific steps especially if you are among the novices and designing an all together a new site. These steps would act like good guidelines, which can help you work in a right way by keeping the forgetfulness to the least. Though you will see every web designer having its own unique components of designing a site, however, the fundamental things remains the same, which include research, planning, designing, coding, etc. So, if you are keen to design a new site, make sure you follow the given steps as under. Let’s check them out:

  Research and plan

Research-Plan-Action

Research could be called as the basic step, which you need to do before creating your site. Some portion of it would comprise of understanding the needs of the clients and identify with their specific industry requirements. Once you meet your client, you could discuss a couple of things including the target audience, objective, budget, deadline etc. This will further demand you to carry a good market research. Once you are able to understand the project with a good research it’s time to plan things accordingly. This will include the kind of web interface you are trying to adopt for your site along with content. At the end, it’s the content, which will drive your web design, if you are designing a news site; it will follow a different planning, whereas plainly designing the site for any small enterprise would follow another.

The technical requirements

Before you head to design your website, you need to decide upon your project’s technical requirements. Some of the decisions would simply affect the site’s budget, time duration and in some cases even the overall look and feel of any site. You could have different options, which you need to check as per your web site design project requirements. This could include using HTML, which could be simple to use but comes with little amount of flexibility. The other thing you need is a CMS (content management system), which is a must in any website as it helps in putting fresh and updated content on a regular basis by the site owner. You could design these systems from scratch; however, if you are working on platforms like WordPress or Blogger, you get a readymade content management system for free. The next thing you need to decide is the use of Flash wherein you use rich multimedia effects. Though the sites developed in Flash could be complex and time consuming but at the same time could be rewarding and doesn’t require coding.

Create Wireframes

Example-wireframe

The next step is to create wireframes, which are actually simple line drawings required for your website layout. It helps the designers and even the website owner to focus over the placement of elements instead of things like type and color. This is really required and plays a key role in understanding which content requires better focus and attention along with its space requirements over the pages. Hence with a wireframe, you would remain focused without being distracted by the other elements like visuals or some other thing over your website.

Start designing the site

Once your client has approved the wireframes the next step is to start designing the website. Adobe Photoshop could be called as the basic tool for creating your initial designs. You must focus over your site design in order to present the site content, whereas the flashy designs and the animations do have their own place but they shouldn’t overshadow what the users are trying to look for. By having a consistent navigation, you could help the visitors find all your main content areas whereas by using clean types, which is more seen over the text based sites will help the readers to come back. Before you start getting the actual content of your site project, you can add filler stuff to see things how it goes.

Building up the web pages

When your designs are approved, you now need to convert the mockups into the actual web pages, which have to be coded in HTML and CSS. The experienced designers generally take care of the coding part, whereas other designers would focus over the design aspects by working closely along with the developer thus bringing back the site into life. If this is the case, you need to be involved with the website developer from the very first day so that your design goes at par as per the expectations of your client and you embark with effective web layout and the features. Adobe Dreamweaver could help you in turning the mockup into working pages with the help of drag and drop feature and buttons, which will help in adding images and links. In this way, building up the entire required web pages, you end up developing the website by adding the CMS, putting the required content, adding the elements of search engine optimization, etc.

Final word

Developing a website need a number of steps, which you are supposed to first know and follow them to embark with quality site. The above steps would help you in coming up with the best website designs as per your client’s requirements.

About The Author – Margaret is a writer/blogger. She loves writing, travelling and reading books. She contributes to Next Financial Group

 

10 Fantastic New Color Palettes

Your choice of color is at the very foundation of crafting striking designs; picking the perfect hue is paramount to developing a visually attractive design that’s both creative and memorable. For your inspiration, here are 10 fantastic new color palettes you can incorporate into your own web, poster, brochure and other graphic designs.

 

1.Rockets by volvenon

The pinkish “Outdated Milk” adds the perfect contrasting accent to this palate’s darker hues.

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2.Paper Planes by hypaticae

This elegant color palette could be used for anything from a poster to a flyer to a website to a mobile app. To me, it suggests use for a refined men’s style market.

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3.Very Very Fine House by sherrydee846

This bright-yet-smooth palette would be perfect for a home fashion or remodeling website, a corporate brochure, or even a kids-based business brand.

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4.Noa by LittleLadybird

The creamy “Shall I Turn My Face” softens this fun, bright color palette to lend class and elegance.

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5.Horse Fields by love story

Earthy tones match this palette’s fitting moniker. Horse Fields would be an excellent color palette choice to market any company from a style salon to a chocolatier.

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6.Classy Chic by emmy1992

If you cater to a style-savvy women’s market, this soft yet exciting color palette might make the perfect choice.

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7.Some Like It Hot by MLimachino

I love contrast in a color palette, and the oranges in this palette add energy to the dark base.

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8.Coral Lagoon by susanmbaker

Developing color hues that stray from the norm makes your designs more attractive, which is why the fun Coral Lagoon is a fantastic palette for a fashion company or even a high-tech firm.

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9.Franklin by Myers

A refined palette based in grays and blues with the perfect contrasting color: a buttery yellow.

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10.Hot Sauce by manie55

Spice up your design with this bright, energetic color palette inspired by hot sauce.

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Guest Post by Brian

Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company. Follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint and Facebook.

 

Top 5 iPhone Apps With Amazing Icon Designs

Although the iPhone offers numerous user benefits, one of the most interesting features is that it provides programmers and even individuals the opportunity to unique icons for a number of different purposes. These icons can be extremely important and if designed properly, they will receive a great deal of exposure in App Store listings. So without further ado, let us take a quick look at five of the most innovating and eye-catching designs.

Pudding.to

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This photo sharing application has become one of the most popular for iPhone users. It comes with a variety of features and filters designed to lend a personal touch to any digital photograph. Furthermore, the streamlined and user-friendly nature of this software makes it easy to use and enjoy. The icon itself represents these things; it is a simple 1980’s style camera stripped back to its basics…flash bulb and all. This clever advertising signals both reliability and familiarity. It’s just a shame that this service is actually closing very soon!

 InstaGenius

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As Instagram has proven ridiculously famous in the last year or so, it should come as no surprise that numerous apps have been designed to enhance the benefits that this popular software offers. InstaGenius helps users edit photos and choose numerous frames for photos rendered on Instagram. The representative icon bears a striking familiarity with the ever-popular Polaroid camera of the 1970’s and 1980’s while directly below the lens, a page of rainbow coloured paper is sliding out. This icon effectively demonstrates the editing and printing purposes of InstaGenius and it does so by bringing these familiar cameras of seemingly ancient history back to life.

 Galileo Offline Maps

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As the name implies, Galileo Offline Maps enable a traveller to prepare an offline map for a journey before the journey even begins. This helps avoid the inconvenience of becoming lost in areas with no WiFi or GPS signal. What is interesting in regards to the icon is that it combines a relatively picturesque view of the Earth from afar with a bold and all-encompassing “G” that surrounds the planet. This conveys a sense of the dependability and protection that this service can provide.

 Midnight

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When it comes to sheer interactive visual stimulation, the interesting game simply titled “midnight” will not disappoint. This tactile game allows users to move around planets and stars with a simple touch; literally placing the universe at the tip of their fingers. The icon for Midnight is appropriately represented by the moon in a 3/4 phase surrounded by stars and nebulae. This imagery provides an excellent representation of the visual enjoyment the user can expect to experience.

 Kikin Browser

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What is perhaps most interesting about this icon is not the service that it provides, but rather the artistic prowess that has gone into its production. Kikin provides full-featured browser services for the iPad and iPhone, but the striking design of an iridescent lightbulb surrounded by numerous points of interconnected light surely make this icon one of the most attractive. Its curved shapes and distinctive, bold outlines hint at a streamlined functionality and an overall fun browsing experience.

So, we can see that the appeal of an icon can truly help bring life to the countless applications currently available. It will be interesting to see what additional works of art will appear as the year progresses.

Guest Post by Phil

Phil Benson is an iOS enthusiast and a games-obsessed gadget geek who spends rather too much of his spare time acquiring and playing the latest iPhone and iPad games and apps. Phil’s life-long love of all things tech leads to him being a highly active member of Xpango, allowing him to win all the latest gadgetry he needs to keep up with his obsession.

Pros and Cons of Responsive Design

The year 2013 has been dubbed the “Year of Responsive Web Design,” and for a good reason – it is one of the hottest topics in web design right now. Responsive web design (or RWD) is a design process in which websites are able to be viewed on a variety of devices, whether they’re traditional computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. There is no need for separate mobile templates, since responsive design is developed to be displayed on all devices from a single code base. The following details the pros and cons of responsive design.

Pros of responsive design

What makes responsive web design so special? First of all, it simplifies and streamlines your web presence. You only have to manage one site for everything. There is no separate template for mobile or tablets, because everything is already optimized for whatever device the end viewer is using. Gone is the hassle of scrolling and resizing pages to work on that small smartphone screen. It also frees up your need to provide duplicate content, as content is based in a single location and you only have to manage one website.

Search engine optimization is another benefit of responsive design, as many experts believe that Google ranks responsive websites higher. You’re only dealing with one URL instead of multiple locations, so search engines will know to point to a single spot when someone is looking for you. And, as you already know, anything that makes life easier for Google will make life easier for you and your customers. When your customer does a search, you want them to find you quickly, and the advent of responsive web design means searches will become more effective.

Cons of responsive web design

There are a few drawbacks to responsive design, primarily because it is still in its early development. As with any new technology there are the usual bugs and glitches to work out, such as the difficulty of allowing banner ads and videos to transfer smoothly between multiple devices.

Beyond the technology, one of the main issues is price. If you have invested a lot of time and money into creating separate sites for online and mobile platforms, you will probably be reluctant to spend the funds needed to integrate everything into a single responsive design. It can be disheartening to know that you’ll have to spend even more in order to fully optimize your web presence. This can be frustrating for businesses with tight budgets and little technical savvy.

As responsive web design becomes the norm, these problems will work themselves out, and the costs will decrease. Now is the time to explore responsive design and determine the pros and cons for your specific business needs.  It’s easy to be left behind in this ever-changing world of web design, and that’s why it is important to stay on top of all the latest and greatest innovations. Responsive design is here to stay, so positioning your company to take advantage of its features now can save time and money later.

Guest Post by Brian

Brian Morris writes for the PsPrint Design & Printing Blog. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company. Follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint.

 

30 Cool and Creative Sticker Designs for Inspiration

Stickers are of multiple uses and are in great demand. Therefore every day new styles and designs of stickers are being created so that different demands can be fulfilled. Modern day stickers have multiple uses right from the traditional marketing to using as interior decorating ideas, with time stickers have evolved in terms of design & use. With these post we are sharing the most creative sticker designs for the inspiration for you.

 

1.    This is one of the most popular designs for stickers. This sticker depicts revolution in the funk class and therefore uses modern design and style with mage.

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2.    This design for sticker uses different and contrasting colors so that they are able to strike as very attractive.
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3.    This is a very creative design for a sticker. It has only three basic colors and the text is written in a different color so that it appears to be very attractive.
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4.    This is a perfect sticker design for the notebooks of children. This is inspiring because it has different cartoon characters and therefore can appear to be very funky.
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5.    This is one of the best sticker designs for the rooms of a child. The owls can appear to be very attractive to children and therefore can also sooth a child while he is playing in his room.
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6.    This sticker design can be used on a book or notebook for the college going students.
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7.    This is a very creative design for sticker and is best for the people who like rabbits.
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8.    This sticker design can be used to decorate a CD cover.

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9.    This is one of the most inspiring sticker designs because it creates an illusion for the person looking at it.
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10.    This sticker design is perfect for the decoration of a room of the modern time.

 

11.    This sticker design puts the person in awe because it is very striking and attractive.

12.    This sticker can be used on a notebook as well.

13.    If you want to decorate your room in a floral way then you can go for this design of a sticker.
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14.    This sticker design is perfect for office.

15.    This sticker design can be used for a promotion of any cartoon and can be customized.

16.    The owls are very popular and therefore this sticker design can be very attractive for the children.

17.    This sticker design can bring beauty to your kitchen if used sensibly.

18.    This is a striking design of a sticker.

19.    This sticker design is perfect for a baby’s bedroom.

20.    Another striking design for a kitchen which is very creative.

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21.    If you are very girlish then this sticker design is perfect for you.

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22.    For a very creative person, this sticker can be very inspiring.

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23.    The best sticker design for a modern looking background.

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24.    Another hip looking sticker design.

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25.    A creative design for your notebook.

 

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26.    This sticker design can be used in a drawing room.

 

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27.    A very creative design for a sticker.

 

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28.    The best style of a sticker design for a child.

 

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29.    This design can be set on a fridge.

 

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30.    This is perfect for a little girl.

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Guest Post by Daniel

Hi, this is Daniel Ray from Virginia,USA ! Working as Design Coordinator and stock expert in PrintingRay. PrintingRay is an online cheap custom stickers printing company providing the best sticker printing stock in USA market.