Webdesign: Five reasons why you should use Joomla for your website design

Joomla is one of the free CMS (Content Management Systems) that gathered a lot of users in the last few years. The number of websites created with Joomla is numbered in a few hundred thousands, so one can say it’s one of the most popular tools to create web sites. The next reasons are only a few why you shoold use Joomla for your website design. You only need a web server that handles php and a mysql database to install this CMS and, after configuring it, to have a functional website. Next you have to add some functions (using the components, modules and plugins) you need and select or create a Joomla theme.

It is user friendly and easy to learn

Even beginners are welcome to use this – it may take longer to find out about all its function but it’s easy to learn. It takes at most a few days to learn it all over. The CMS is rather big (especially when you never worked with other CMSs) because it’s under constant development for some years, but it’s easy to follow the modification made in time – there are availabe online various versions of Joomla.

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Webdesign: How to make your own web site

If you want to make a presence online, with all the advantages and obligation that come from that, you have to get some necessary steps. Depending of your experience over internet they can be easy or they can be difficult, but with the appropriate help everything will be easy and you will only benefit from this activity.

Get your domain name

The first thing you need to do before anything else is to get yourself a domain name. Choose wisely because it’s going to represent you online and must define you: it can be your name, your trademark or business name or your field of activity.

Depending the Top Level Domain (TLDs) you choose (they have their own rules), you will have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for the right to use that domain name or you can buy it “for life” (until you die, the interne dies or you decide to delete it). In some situations you’ll have to buy similar domain name in order to prevent lose of clients or fraud, but you can find more information from tips for registering and choosing the domain name – read them and follow them.

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Webdesign: How to design your own web site

There are a few steps you need to do if you want a website, you can find them here. After reserving the domain name you may want to design your own website instead hiring someone to do this job for you – the result depends of your webdesign skills. If you don’t want anything important, ust a presentation web site with a few static pages it’s ok to use HTML tags with CSS, but if you want something more complex, such a dynamic website that’s not enough.

The first thing you have to do in designing your website is to choose one programming language (as php, C#, JSP, Java) and a database (MySql, Oracle or others). if you really want to do it youself or to hire an expert web designer to do this job for you, you can use and customize a free Content Managment System (CMS). In the first situation you can get a free CMS to use for (as Joomla – there are some reasone why you should use it, Drupal or WordPress), you configure it and you let people know your website.

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Web design tactics: How to make your website homepage usable and accessible

Before starting to enumare what are the factors that make a website good I should tell you that all succesful websites have 2 things in common: they are enjoyable (beautiful colors, great templates that make users to like or love them) and they are (in some degree) simple (the users don’t have to think hard how to browse the site and what are the meaning of every section on the page). The content is varies from one website to another – it’s what you put online – and it’s a completely different story.

As you already know, websites are powerful marketing tools in promoting any business. I’ve already said it a few times so far, I am not going to repeat it. But there are a few factors that improves the quality of your website: visual appealing, accesibility, user friendly and functionality. And it all starts from the homepage, the very first page most of the users usually land when visiting a new website they did not hear about before. If they find your website using the search engines and land on any of your posts, sooner or later they will get to your homepage, the root of your website.

This is why your first page is very important and it needs to be done in a manner to make it simple and very easy to use. Any of your visitors should understand quickly (most of) the structure of your website from your homepage.

Plan your website structure and homepage before you start creating them

When you are having a custom website you can ask for the web designer’s advice, his experience will help you decide the best way your first page should look. If you are getting a free CMS (there are a lot over the internet like joomla, wordpress, drupal and many others) you will have availabe some options about how your homepage should look, but it’s better to ask for advice in this case also.

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Webdesign: Pros and cons of custom website design

As you already know (if you don’t know it yet, you better find out before it’s too late) your website is your “face” on the internet, they way to present yourself (as person and/or as business) on the world wide web and it’s going to say a lot about what kind of person are and what kind of business you run. If it’s a good website it will definetly draw attention of your potential customers. If it’s a bad website it will draw attention away from them. It can become a very important piece in your marketing campaign, so its design must be treated with a lot of attention.

When creating a new website you have 2 options: you can get a template from the internet (free or paid) for any of the current free CMS (like joomla, drupal, wordpress and all the others) or you can get some to design it from scratch. Each option has good and bad things, pros and cons that you should consider when choosing the best way for you.

Pros of custom website design

It reflects your ideas

All the existing free CMS on the market are limited in some way or another. Of course, you can add a lot of plugins, components and modules to customize the as you want, but, even so, the final version can be different that you intended it to be. It may not reflect your ideas about what you want to present on Internet.

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Web design basics: How to make your website to be visually appealing

Web design basics: How to make your website to be visually appealing #1

It’s not a secret that most users judge websites by their appearance (first) and their content (second). It’s true that your content it’s the most important thing in getting new visitors, but the aspect of the website is the second main reason those visitors will return to read more. Allong with great content, getting your site (or sites if you have more than one) visually appealing will assure the flow the visitors, and in order to be appealing it has (they have) to be user friendly (the most important thing), navigable, attractive and organized.

There are some web designers or website owners that do not care about how their websites looks (not enough or not at all), they are interested mainly in designing and developing websited that function properly.

There are a few tips about how to make you website(s) to be visually appealing:

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Webdesign: How consistency contributes to an accessible website design

To start with the basics, consistency makes a website easier to use, to learn and to remember. Every successful website have a great consistency across all it’s web pages, it’s every easy to browse and to find what you want because every user is able to use and understand it. It is often said that consistency provides a balance between accessibility and usability in designing websites.

On the other hand, every web site should be accessible on all the devices with internet connection (that means smartphones, tables, iPads – not only personal computers and laptops). So, besides the standard rules that have applied until just a few years ago (about the browser compatibility), there are new rules a web designer must apply. Their ment is to get a consistent design and to help users to find the website accessible and usable.

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SEO and the content writing services

I often noticed that a lot of web pages (especially the Romanian ones, the area we have the most activity) have a poor content or almont none content. Their search engine optimization on site and off site may be good or even excelent, but the lack of content is a step backward, especially when search engines like Google put accent on the uniqueness of the content.

It’s not a new practice to improve your page with unique content, but a lot of people still don’t know about that: they consider that creating a web page is enough, and with little maintenance and updating information on it they will be the first on Google, Yahoo and Bing in the results list. That’s wrong, and the maintenance/updating the site and it’s content must be continuous in order to be and to remain on the first page of the results list.

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Butonul Google +1 (plusone)

Recent am început să observ butonul +1 al celor de la Google, m-am “lovit” de el în cîteva locuri de pe reţea… mi-a stîrnit curiozitatea şi am aflat că creatorii lui îl consideră ca prescurtare de la “asta-i destul de mişto” sau “ar trebui să vezi asta” (referindu-se la paginile web-articolele unde apare butonul) şi este folosit pentru a face publică aprobarea noastră (al celor de pe internet) despre locaţia respectivă. Ei consideră că folosirea butonului “plusunu”, împreună cu conexiunile sociale de pe internet, ar putea schimba modul în care vedeţi căutările de pe Google.

În primul rînd, pentru a putea folosi butonul 1 aveţi nevoie de un profil de la Google (ca, de exemplu, acesta), iar ceea ce se introduce folosind acest buton este păstrat într-o zonă de la profil. Această zonă poate fi făcută publică pentru toată lumea sau poate fi folosită doar pentru uz personal, în oricare situaţii este folosită pentru a păstra locaţiile pe care le găsiţi interesante pe internet (un fel de bookmark, dacă ar fi să folosesc un englezism, o arhivă a locaţiilor de pe reţea).

Mai multe informaţii despre acest lucru se pot găsi în limba engleză aici.

Webdesign, software development and the client relationship

This article is not about scripts and seo guides and software code that might help you improve your web experience. This article is about another experience that’s very close related with the web: the client experience. I mean the relation that’s created between the guy or the lady that want some web project (whaterver that is) and the team that work on that (let’s consider that a team of one is still a team ).

One of the aspects of my work is this clients relationship (it’s more than a dialog, an exchange of information – in time it might become a real business relationship if it’s too long). In time I’ve watch other people reaction about the subject and two very common problems are that the people does not know what they want and they are not educated, the does not have “the web culture”. I’ll start with the second problem because the first one is something personal, it depends to every person’s mind.

This article is about people, the beneficiaries, not about their products. It’s rather easy to read some emails from the dedicated services (yahoo, gmail and a lot of other companies that offer this), it’s rather easy to search with any available search engines (google, yahoo) and to acces some web pages – these kind of things are not hard to learn for a beginner / unexperienced users. With proper training in only few days, less than one week, one person can become an expert in reading mails and search for keywords. Being a consumer of some social networks is the next step for an internet user, they might move some time in that area until he/she finally understands it.

None of these make somebody an expert with the web culture. The beginners can understand a few things about the web, they can get some tricks how to use it better, but it takes some months or perhaps years to understand how the web really works… that’s what I understant in “the web culture”.

Being a web designer and/or a project manager it’s not easy. When you get clients that know the steps necessary to create a web page, a web project or a custom software (for example) or they have strong web culture it’s a piece of cake to do your job. The problems begin when you work in the field and you’ve got a beginner or the kind of guy/chick that can’t make up his mind… and trust me, you JUST DON’T WANT something like that. A simple project that can be done in a few days is sometimes finished in weeks or months after you’ve started the work. I’ve met people that said let’s do this and that (just a few things in general) and the team had to guess what he actually wanted. I’ve also met guys that surfed the internet after ideas about their webpage, they wanted something and later, every few other days, they wanted something different because they saw something interested or shiny. I’ve met people that have got a

Every time these guys had to be told how the things really works, they had to be thought about the steps of a projects, they had to be educated about the “web culture” (the way the internet works).

You might have met some guys like these in your life time, somewhere around the globe. There are lots and lots of them. You may be one of them and you found this article by accident… and there is no problem in that. It’s ok. If you understand this it is very good, it’s an important step to learn about the tools you are using to get your life better. We can provide this… the tools and the expertise. Contact us.

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