Your website redesign pre-launch checklist

website checklist

Every once in a while your website will need a redesign to stay relevant to your content and keep up with new web design trends. It’s a good opportunity to really analyze your content to see if the user experience is working to meet the needs of your target market.

The web design process is one that takes a lot of work. It is a process that involves managing a lot of content as well as the technical process including testing, usability and ensuring your meeting the necessary web standards.

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Discover the advantages of 4 WordPress alternatives

There can only be one WordPress, it is the Worlds favorite free CMS system by far. It’s versatile, super-friendly and incredibly easy to set up.

WordPress has many fans. Some of its users adore the system and its popularity has spawned endless information instructing even the least technically savvy how to make the most of their website. Some users, however, find the platform frustrating and find themselves forever battling with incompatible plugins and badly coded adding in an effort to bend WordPress far beyond the blogging platform it was originally intended to be.

So what alternatives are there available to these users. For example, could switching to a purpose-driven CMS help to solve their problems making tasks like running an online shop easier?

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Break through the jargon of the hosting world and get your site online.

web hosting questions

When you are planning your first website a big consideration is how to get the website online. At first glance it can be intimidating, after all, it may seem like the whole process is clouded in complex jargon and that you are expected to already be fluent with all kinds of unfamiliar technology.

At this point, many people ask themselves, “Where do I even start?.” This is a question I am frequently asked by people just getting started.

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User experience design, what’s new and what’s practical

user experience design

One of the most important things to remember in user experience design is that how you think is probably different to how users think. In fact, if you are a web designer or a web developer you almost certainly do think differently.

Another important feature is user testing, getting to know your real-world users and investigating how they use your website or application on their terms. Learning what they want and how they expect they will get it. Something else you may want to consider when planning for a good user experience is A/B testing.

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SEO What to do and what to avoid

seo techniques

Search Engine Optimization is the process of making your website easier to find in search engines for your users and customers.

On the most basic level, a website will rank for a certain keyword and this fact alone has led to many bad practices and out dated assumptions employed by web designers in an effort to improve their website rankings.

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Think mobile and build for the small screen

Mobile friendly webdesign

Responsive web design is now a basic standard expectation of a new website.

According to smartinsights.com, the USA has internet users spend 71% of their time on their mobile. This is matched by China. In the UK 61% is the amount of all users accessing from a mobile.

Google traffic on mobile has long since overtaken desktop and major brands expect to compete to deliver exceptional beautiful user experiences. Recognizable navigation, large shopping cart icons, Clear calls to action and clear email and call links all feature in the mind of the user, even if subconsciously, as hallmarks of a great mobile experience.

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Get familiar with browser developer tools for speedy debugging

Browser development tools have been around for a long time and have and for web designers, these form defined place in the workflow. I use development tools in my own projects very frequently to the point that I probably take them for granted. But every so often I do hear a new announcement or discover a trick that makes me remember how useful they are and how I really could not live without them.

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