De-webbing The Web: Understanding Website Design

De-webbing The Web: Understanding Website Design

Not good with computers? Having trouble understanding your website builder? Confused by how templates and themes are related? Here is a simple guide to help you start understanding the basics of website design.   Templates As a set of pre-designed webpages, templates create a consistent design and layout for a website. They are generally built with HTML and CSS coding. Often used with a Content Management System (CMS), they contain both structural information (how a website should be set up) and stylistic information (how a website should look). Themes Themes create the visual design produced by the content, layout, colors, typography and style of a website. Customization of a theme may be possible but not guaranteed. Features and functionality that do not come with a theme can be added in through various plug-ins. Choosing your theme highly depends on the type of website you want for you business. For example, if sell goods and services online, you will want to choose to integrate e-commerce tools and capabilities. Responsiveness The number of web surfers using mobile browsers (not using a desktop or laptop) has been increasing drastically. Therefore, it is important for businesses to have so called “responsive” websites. Web designers create responsive websites that dynamically resize themselves to any browser window size, all the way down to a small mobile screen. These responsive websites are easy to read and navigate on any mobile or tablet device, resulting in less resizing, pinching and expanding, scrolling and panning. Front End and Back End The front end is the website that is publicly seen on the internet. It is usually made up...
Free WordPress Themes: The Cost of ‘Free’

Free WordPress Themes: The Cost of ‘Free’

It is very tempting to use something that is free. There are an overwhelming amount of free WordPress themes out there. However, what might be free for you now, you will pay for later in frustration, time and money. A lot of websites offering free WordPress themes try to attract users with their “free” offer, only to try to get them to buy their premium themes. When deciding between a free WordPress theme and a premium WordPress theme you have to pay for, it is important to figure out what you want to achieve with your website. Smaller personal blogs or portfolio websites may be perfect with a free theme because it is quick and inexpensive. However, businesses (especially the ones that require e-commerce tools) should be using a premium theme. Most importantly when making that decision, you need to think about what kind of appearance you want to give off to your website visitors, customers and users. Most of the free WordPress themes have a footer that displays the name of the website where you downloaded it from. This looks like you didn’t put a lot of effort and money into your professional website. Here are some pros of using free WordPress themes They are good to use with personal blogs. They are free! If you do buy a premium theme and it is not what you were looking for, then it could be hard to get a refund. No money is spent on hiring a website builder. There is a lot of online community support through different forums and websites. You can experiment and figure out the...
Choosing A Website Builder: Ten Questions To Ask Yourself First

Choosing A Website Builder: Ten Questions To Ask Yourself First

As the technology trend continues to increase, businesses need to be proactive in making sure their websites are professional looking, updated and relevant. Having a user-friendly and good-looking website helps a business grow and keep its customers and clients. More and more businesses, corporations and entrepreneurs are looking towards website builders to help them succeed via the internet. Website builders continue to have a variety of tools and approaches to creating, designing and managing websites. Here are the top ten questions you need to ask yourself first before choosing the right website builder for you and your business.   Question #1: What is the financial budget for my website? If your budget is very limited, then there are a lot of free templates you can use online and then build your website yourself. But that comes at a huge cost in terms of frustration, time and money due to fixing the problems that happen. Although this shouldn’t be the determining factor in what website builder you choose, it should be considered. Some website builders offer a free template. And most of the time, they will have an option to upgrade to an advanced premium version of that template. Here are a few questions that you can ask the website builder: Is the free template really free? What are any hidden costs? How often do I have to pay and how much? What services cost extra? How do your prices compare to competitors?   Question #2: What is the goal or purpose of my website? Whether you have an existing website or you are starting from scratch, you need to...