@kins Diet for Web Pages

Written by Thomas Jenkins

Do your visitors have to wait an age before they can view any ofrepparttar content on your site? The problem is most people won’t “wait an age”, they will simply click off your site and if you are trying to run a business then this can be disastrous! Good web design is a balancing act between content rich, graphically pleasing sites and loading times. As internet connections get faster we cannot become complacent and think that we can stop worrying about loading times, because people will expect loading times to be even quicker as they upgrade their internet connection and may click off your site after a shorter than usual period of waiting. “I recommend putting your site onrepparttar 143774 @kins Diet!” Okay, so we have established how important a quick loading site is, but how can we shorten lengthy loading times. Well, I recommend putting your site onrepparttar 143775 @kins Diet! Remove allrepparttar 143776 excess; lengthy video clips, background music and unnecessarily bulky images. As with any good diet, you shouldn’t good cold turkey and omit all these things - just as our body needs a range of nutrients, a good web page needs a range of media. Long pages of endless text may load quickly, but they don’t exactly speak good web design. “Communicate with your visitors!” Another rule ofrepparttar 143777 @kins diet is that you should spread outrepparttar 143778 media in your site, don’t eat all your junk food ration in one day i.e. don’t put allrepparttar 143779 largest images on one page and if you do feel like you need to do this, then don’t, again DO NOT, put all these files onrepparttar 143780 index page. Put them in a gallery page (Top Tip: use thumbnail images in galleries), that has a warning of lengthy loading times. Communicate

Choosing A Web Designer : A Plan to Guide You Through The Minefield

Written by Robin Porter

Choosing a web designer can seem like a daunting task. They come in all shapes and sizes – from freelancers working at home to glossy new media agencies, and there is as much variation in prices and service as there is in size.

So how do you chooserepparttar right one for your business?

Select Your Marketplace

Firstly, decide what market your would like to select from: local , national or overseas.

If you would feel more comfortable meeting your designer, and running through your project face to face (maybe it’srepparttar 143653 kind of project that needs to “evolve”) ,and your ethos is “quality of service” rather than “Pile ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap” then a local web designer is for you. They can usually provide better back up, and be able to meet face to face to discuss your project and iron out any problems should they occur.

If you are a bit more budget conscious, then it makes sense to select from a “wider pool”. Getting quotes from designers across your country will usually obtain a more competitive quote. What you lose in face-to-face service is made up for in cost savings, and all butrepparttar 143654 largest web projects can usually be sorted out via telephone and email these days.

Forrepparttar 143655 extremely cost conscious and value for money orientated (some would even say “brave”!) there isrepparttar 143656 overseas market. If you know exactly what you are looking for and can explain your project thoroughly and clearly in writing, then there are huge savings to be made. But what you save in price is invariably countered by having to do a little more work on your side – particularly when it comes to communication!

Finding Web Designers

To find a list of local web designers consult your Yellow Pages (or equivalent) or do a web search for “web designer “ + “your area”. Looking further a field, you can do a web search or check out directories such as www.recommended-web-designers.co.uk . For overseas designers, go to web sites such as www.elance.com or www.rentacoder.com,repparttar 143657 latter offeringrepparttar 143658 benefit of escrow and arbitration services.

Draw up a shortlist

Draw up a shortlist of 3 or 4 designers to speak to. You can do this by visiting their websites, getting a feel forrepparttar 143659 type and size of business they are and looking at their online portfolio. Then call them – ask them questions aboutrepparttar 143660 type of clients they work for, timeframes and any other technical questions you have. Get a feel for how they communicate – whether they are onrepparttar 143661 same wavelength as you.

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