Category Archives: Web Design
When spring rolls around , across the nation, there usually is a mad rush to get household cleaning out of the way, you know the kind of household cleaning that gets into a little more detail like scrubbing floors, washing windows, etc. the work that goes beyond the daily household chores. (Or maybe you don’t know, because your lucky enough to hire out this task.)
In any case, have you considered that you should be doing the same thing for your blog or website’s design? You should consider checking out your own blog usually on a quarterly basis at minimum. The following three points should help you to get you started.
1. Analyze Your Website or Blog Statistics
By the time spring rolls around, usually the first three months of the year have gone by and you should be taking some time to analyze your quarterly web stats . The three month average can give you some good insight into daily traffic, average visitors per day, overall monthly visits etc., and all the data you need to develop plans for the coming year. As a matter of fact, the WordPress blogging format, usually allows you to evaluate your site’s statistics on a quarterly basis as one of its backend features. Of course, it will depend on your website’s peak business time or objective, but having these numbers to compare can give you good information for developing plans or make adjustments to your website’s content or design for the next following months.
2. Observe new trends in Graphic Design
Without that much internet research, you can get a handle on what design styles or design graphics are trending or popular that you might want to incorporate into your blog or website. No, it doesn’t mean you are going to make drastic changes in order to follow a design trend or fad but you might want to consider new design styles or graphics to freshen up your blog or website’s look and still maintain your particular branding or style. Keep in mind that you draw traffic from your website’s images as well as other graphics. Make sure that all your images are SEO optimized with pertinent keywords.
3. Replace or Upgrade images or pics that do not generate web activity on Online Portfolios or other Social Media sites
With so many other stats to follow or consider, most blog or website owners ( especially graphic designers) don’t actively consider checking the statistics that the images on their blog or other web assets generate. Graphic designers are often too busy upgrading other website owners blog or websites and all too often fail to consider their own. Remember this tip includes picture and image collections, online portfolios and other pics and images on social media accounts. Just a few tweaks and changes can refresh your site and boost traffic and generate more interest in your blog or website. The engagement you develop will improve how people find you and provide more sources for potential clients to review your work.
Most graphic designers are aware that fonts (or typography) add personality and customization to their print media and web designs, so when they find high quality fonts for free in one or two locations this makes his job easier. With a variety of fonts at his or her fingertips, a designer has the ability to personalize his or her designs to accommodate his clients’ taste and budget. However, building a font library with a variety of design styles can get expensive. The good news is that several website owners have joined with professional font designers to make open source and free fonts available for personal and commercial use.
While most small business marketers are aware that they need to build traffic to their website or blog, not many are aware that they should also set up their WordPress.com or WordPress.org self-hosted blog to be viewed by mobile devices like the Iiphone, Android smartphone, Ipad and other mobile devices.
According to Comscore datamine, a service that tracks this type of industry information, …”More than 76.8 million Americans owned smartphones during the three months ending in May 2011, up 57 percent from the previous year. A look at the top smartphone app categories revealed that Weather apps had the largest audience reaching 31 million smartphone owners, or 40.4% of the total U.S. smartphone audience. Social Networking apps closely followed with a smartphone audience of 29.4 million (38.2% reach), followed by Maps with 25.8 million users accessing this category via apps.
If you know your way around Photoshop, I have developed a short tutorial on photoshop image extraction. The tutorial relays a few tips to show you how to use Photoshop image extraction to improve images from a stock library or other resource.