How do I know if I need a new Website Design? - 5.0 out of
Here at Golfo Media Chicago Web Design we are always happy answer any questions you may have.
Now a days we are sure you've heard about responsive technology, adaptive designs, e-commerce, content management systems, HTML5, Java Script. What do those things mean? How do we know we need any of these staff?
Another thing you are going to hear is that the Internet is the Future. Wrong the Internet is here now in the present. And that's the first problem you are going to encounter when doing internet research on your own. The problem is that is that almost 90% of the websites out there are outdated already 10 or more years behind in technology.
It is not enough to have website. You need a "Great Responsive Website" so it can be access from all tyes of devices, among other important things. Of course the approach is going to depend on your type of business and budget.
But there are some quetions you should ask yourself that will definitely help you make that determination:
1. Is my site responsive or adaptive?
2. Can the site be viewed in all devices (Computers, tablets, smart phones)
3. Is my Information on my Home Page?
4. Can the people get to the info they need easily?
5. Can you see Images or Videos of the products you are looking for?
6. If it is a e-commerce, how easy is it to find a product, choose it and placing it on the shopping cart?
7. Is your copyright in yout footer older than 2012?
8. Is it Hard to kepp updated?
9. Are visitors navigating past your home page?
10. When was the last time you completely overhauled your site?
What You Should Know Before Starting Your Web Design - 5.0 out of
When it comes to Website Development, as a Chicago web designer I will suggest to you the best way to move forward, but of course in the end the web designer will do whatever you ask, after all you are the one paying for it. So in order to avoid making fatal mistakes it is important that you do a little research yourself to learn what are today's best web design/developing practices. Do not rely so much on ideas form other websites without knowing what the best practices are first, since the internet is plagued with bad websites.
Bad Website Design Ideas:
Probably one of the most common miss-conceptions is thinking that people will visit your website for the experience. Actually they don't, people visits sites for information anything else it just get in the way and it is annoying and off course making it difficult for visitors to get information can't be good for business.
Another important issue is that there are an immense number of people accessing the internet using their smart phones and tablets, and this number keeps growing everyday. So a good policy would be avoiding flash animations that are not compatible with many devices and slows down even a fast computer.
Other bad ideas to watch out for include: not mobile friendly unresponsive websites, irrelevant content, flash animations, pop-up windows, over use of stock photos, music playing automatically, videos playing automatically, too many adds, poor navigation, inappropriate fonts. Of course the list could go on, but this just about covers the most common mistakes.
Good Website Design Ideas:
Make the site Innovative. Avoid the cliches above and use most current technologies for your interface and functionality, if you are not sure of what they are, consult with your developer or contact us at Golfo Media Chicago Web Development, we'll be happy to assist you with your questions.
Design. The less the better keep it down to the essentials. The most beautiful things are the simple things.
Easy to use. Make sure it is easy for the visitor to find what they are looking for and that the site is compatible with all common browsers and search engines.
The Look. Find a balance between looks and function, the colors, the spacing, make sure everything works in harmony and that no element is stepping on the other.
Comprehensible. Make sure the site is easy to understand, again easy to navigate and to get from point to point.
Upgradable. Make sure the site has the capability of growing, do not make a site for staying the same, not only content, but also layout and implementation of new technologies.
Size. To make it more efficient try to reduce the amount of data that has to be downloaded. Optimize the images, try not to upload videos to your server, use services such as Youtube or Vimeo, unless of course you are a Netflix or a Video service company.
With this concept in mind you are ready to have an honest conversation with your website designer and you are prepared to avoid the most typical cliches and design mistakes.