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Web Design Career

Web Design As A Career?

As the internet continues to evolve, web design as a career will remain in demand. Currently, web design is a hot career choice, for many creative high school and college graduate types. Although a degree is not necessary, it is not useless to have one, especially while being interviewed. The important thing is to do the necessary research during the planning stage, so that you can determine if web design is the right career for you. Typically, web designers have an artistic background, or experience in art of some kind. Before we get into the specifics of web design as a career, let’s first take a look at what web design entails.

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Early Stages Web Design

The Early Stages Of Web Design

The internet today is vastly different from what it once was. For many of us, we remember an internet landscape where watching movies, managing our finances, and buying and selling products, was simply beyond the grasp of comprehension. Those of us who were alive to remember using the internet during its early days, are comforted by how far it has come along, and the current level of convenience. It is true, that we rely on the comprehensive scope of capabilities that the internet provides today, much more than we ever have. Every day, it feels as though the internet becomes steadily more efficient. Taking the occasional glance back at the early, simplistic days of the internet before the advent of digital agencies, allows you to appreciate what we have today all the more. As technology has evolved, so has the Web Designer’s trade.

Early Uses For Webpages

While the internet was developing in the 1950s, it was also being used as something of an early academic social network. When the 60’s came around, researchers at Santa Barbara and the Stanford Research Institute, founded ARPANet. This is turn facilitated the transmission of messages, sent between researchers who were members of the network. This was an amazing feat! A new mode of communication had been discovered! A new and alternative form of communication was needed, in the event that phone systems could potentially be eradicated during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Responsive Web Design

Highly Recommended Responsive Web Design Patterns For Use Today

Firstly, we need to understand what does responsive means and why we need it once we do that than half of our trouble to find out best responsive web design pattern is solved.

Responsive design means your website should be able to get open on all devices irrespective of the size or graphic availability initially. It is an initiative, not the final one, so there are few other steps you need to follow to create an amazing pattern for responsive web design.

Later, we will go to the second step which is as important as the first one. What you need to do is create Meta tags for your website. It is quite important to do as you would like your nearby people to reach you and use your services. For achieving this, you need a Meta tag which will let others search and open your web pages.

These two above steps were a necessity to start a website which is responsive, but there are other steps which are necessary as well. The Most important thing is to design your web page legitimately. If you choose a big web page, then it will be difficult to open it quickly.

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6 Things to Think About When Preparing a New Website

Remember the late 1990s when blinking images were thought to be the best thing for any website? Well fast forward to today and that shouldn’t even be on your want list. You and your web designer need to sit down and hash out what your website is going to look like before they start building your site. If you are wondering what you need to do to prepare to get your website off the ground, you’re at the right place. Let’s look at 6 tips & strategies you need to think about.

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Web Design With Website Templates

Web design has become very popular as a ‘do it yourself’ kind of undertaking. Website templates are a way of creating your own web design without the need to engage a professional digital marketing agency. You will be able to create a professional looking website quickly.

Website templates usually come with some ‘dummy’ content inserted to mark placeholders so you can just replace with your own text. Templates can be found in many different themes and tons of colour schemes, so that you can find the template that’s right for you. Many times these templates come with related graphics and these can be customized with your own graphics. Remember you do not have the copyright to the template, so make sure you are aware of what you are allowed to do with the template.

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Checklist: 10 Must-Haves For Websites

We love bucket lists for budding online entrepreneurs, so we’ll give Certified Social Media Specialist (drum roll) Joanne Burgess have a turn this time at telling you Top-10 things your website should have.

Why do we do these every now and then? Because there’s always first-time web design customers coming along, and it’s too easy to forget that our advanced chatter sounds like a babbling brook of techno-jargon to the first-timers. It’s necessary to include the new users, too. At Slinky Web Design they try to cut through all this, but still give clients exactly the information they need or want.

Web Design – Hire a Pro or Do it Yourself

When it comes to web design a great debate still rages about whether you should hire a pro or do it yourself. There are a number of important factors that can help you make your decision about which is right, because both have their pros and cons.

The days of a simple HTML website being sufficient are pretty much gone. Working in checkouts and taking payments can be complex, sights that look professional and compete against other sites is necessary, and understanding the technology that is involved in creating a quality site and a mobile load are essential. Some of you may have the necessary skills, others may not. This should help. Below are a few of the skills which Internet business consultants agree are necessary for modern web design and to build a site that works.

  • HTML Knowledge – It is nice to have some basic HTML skills, but most web design software reduces the need for you to work directly in HTML. It does help you to keep your code nice and clean.
  • Programming – You may need JavaScript (used very little), CGI, or database programming in order to link interactive web pages with your online database.
  • Graphic Software Expertise – You need to produce photos that are clean and attractive for your website graphics. You will have to optimize your pictures so that they are the smallest possible files. That way they will load quickly.
  • Artistic Ability – Having a great eye for colour and a good skill in creating layouts that look good and work well.
  • Navigation Expertise – Understand website navigation design and functionality.
  • Marketing Experience – When you build a business website, you should have strong marketing skills in order to market your site so that you get the results you desire.

Deciding whether you should hire a pro or build your own website isn’t that difficult. If you have the necessary skill set, give it a try. You can always hire a pro to tweak it. If you don’t have the skills, hire a professional right from the start. Most offer specialised services such as graphics design and professional website marketing; and can deliver exactly what you need.

Handy Tool Of The Day: CSS3 Generator

OK, you web design people all probably mumble hexadecimal color codes and CSS div tags in your sleep, but there’s a tool to generate CSS3 code on the fly anyway. Similar to the W3 School’s “try-it” editor, this is a visual tool to try out a trick and tweak it on the fly, then just copy ‘n’ paste the code.

Only downside is that you need a bleeding-edge browser to see it. But we’re all used to that; it’s been a fact of life since, what, 1992?

Open Source Gurus: Why Are They Such Curmudgeons?

WordPress users are ruminating over the founder’s latest opinionated decision, and this author does us all the favor of explaining just why the guru prima-donna mindset tends to be the norm in open source development.

We see it all the time with open source project founders. The fact is, it simply takes somebody with a stubborn streak to launch a successful open source project.

Neither democracy nor oligarchy will do; you need the fabled “benevolent dictator for life“. The recipe for an open source founder is a self-starter, visionary, and rebel, with a touch of stubbornness and an unswerving aim for the Right Thing… which isn’t always the popular thing.

Web Design Changes to Expect in 2013

You could say web design has its own ‘fashion statement,’ because each year things come and go. Let’s look at web design changes you can expect to see in 2013.

  1. Large Visual Impact Created with Large Images
    While there is a focus on typography over images throughout the website, on the home page it seems big just might be better, as many websites are placing large images on the home page for a visual impact. Web designers are being conscious of data usage and bandwidth by providing these large images only to those with large screens.
  2. More White Space Please!
    Over the past year or so, we have been seeing a move towards more white space, and this trend is going to continue in 2013. Finally, web designers are recognizing that white space creates a clean design aesthetic and a much easier read for the surfer.
  3. It’s All About Social Network Sharing
    There will be more integration with social media on websites. We’re not talking about ‘sharing buttons,’ as that’s old news already. This is going to be much more in-depth and include things like ‘pay by status,’ ‘single sign on,’ ‘Instagram,’ and other new types of social media content.
  4. Colour Schemes Calm Down
    It’s no secret – online colour schemes change faster than ‘fashion trends,’ but this year colours schemes are becoming calmer, and therefore easier to view. PayPal is one of the first to jump on board with its new home page design. It’s not so much about what colour as it is about the subdued hues.
  5. Mobile Apps to Replace Mobile Browsing
    There has been a focus to make websites so that they work on all the various mobile devices. However, many sites actually work better as an app such as Facebook or Twitter, and so 2013 is going to see a switch from mobile browsing to apps for some sites.
  6. Content is King

Content will remain as important as it has been. This is great news, and what’s even better is that content is going to go to presenting high-quality content.

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