Finding photos that are suitable for your website banner

If you have a website that has a space along the top for a banner then you will need to think carefully about the dimensions and aspect ratio of the banner when it comes to choosing the right photos. If the banner space is log and thin then there is no point trying to use a photo that is almost square as the majority of the image at the top or bottom will have to be cropped off. If you are struggling to find good landscape images that you could use then you could buy one from stock photos such as from Istock or Getty images. Buying them will allow you the right to use them on your website but does mean other websites may have the same image. Another way you can get round the odd size of your image is to have an abstract image that focuses on something zoomed in. This will allow you to be a lot more creative when it... Read More »

How to manage a website project

If you are a self employed web developer or if you are in charge of a website project for a client then it is important that everybody knows what is included in the build from the start, costs and also timescales. Every project should have a specification, an estimate or quote and also a timeline to show the dates that certain elements should be completed by. This is a way to ensure that everyone understands the timings and can be used for the programmer to also ensure that the information he / she requires to complete the job is received on time. When deciding what is included on a website, it is sometimes worth creating a flow chart which details the pages / functions within the site. You may also want to create a wire frame that shows the layout of the website and possibly a visual of the home page or a product page for example. Doing this upfront can often allow both parties... Read More »

Using a theme for your website that is responsive

All websites that are built now should be responsive. This means that they automatically respond to the size for the screen in which they are being displayed on. As there is a huge amount of options when it comes to screen sizes such as those on a tablet, mobile or large PC screen, it is vital that your website adjusts accordingly to fit each one when needed and still looks and functions how it should. Research has shown that if your website does not do this then you may run the risk of losing visitors immediately which potentially loses you sales too. If you are using WordPress for your website build then you can chose a theme to start you website project with. When using this theme, you need to check if it is responsive and how it displays on multiple devices. You can amend a theme to make it responsive but it often involves a lot of work and it is usually advisable to... Read More »

Can you create multiple location pages without getting hit by the duplicate content filter?

As a company you may wish to target buyers in multiple locations. Google states that content should be unique on every page and that pages with duplicate content could be removed from the Google listings altogether. This is a risky game that no one wants to play and therefore you need to rethink how you can change your content to suit. Firstly make sure that any page that is duplicated from another one is stripper back in terms of text and images. There should be no reference to the original page and this allows you to have a blank template to work with. Rather than editing content from a previous page, you may wish to actually rewrite the text from scratch. This will ensure that you do not miss anything and will allow you to think of other ways of getting your information across. You may wish to add testimonials from clients in that area or even to add images of the business location and... Read More »

Should you cut costs on your website?

When having a website designed and programmed it is easy to lose sight of what’s important. Some business owners get carried away with installing gadgets and pretty banners, forgetting what the main purpose of the sight is. Other businesses may become obsessed with the cost of the website and therefore end up cutting the budget down so much that they end up with a sight that is not really functional or that cannot be found on the search engines. Before going ahead with a website project, be sure to make a list of items that you feel are important to your customers and potential customers. It may be such things as online calculators or easy ways to contact you such as forms or live chat areas. Then add a list of “nice to haves”. These are additions that you can speak to the programmer about and get an idea of cost. Once you have the cost you can work out if you think it will... Read More »