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News & Views from a Wirral Web Designer

Jun 11, 2014

deckchair on deserted beach

Let me start by saying I LOVE simplicity and I am especially keen to see simplicity on the web. To me, there is nothing more frustrating than an overly complicated application or website. At first glance it might look clever and sophisticated but if it becomes a puzzle to accomplish the most basic tasks then there is something wrong in my opinion. If I wanted to torture my brain until blood came out of my ears then I would get into rocket science, brain surgery or perhaps those cryptic crosswords that appear on the back of oversized newspapers. Simplicity and ease of use are undoubtedly some of the reasons why Twitter became so popular; 140 characters, no complicated formatting, your granny could use it - and many do.

Jun 11, 2014

Close up of man with glasses staring at a screen

First impressions count for a lot, so it's not surprising that during a first meeting people will evaluate and form an opinion about you within the first few seconds based on your appearance and your initial comments. This first impression can convert to the online experience when website visitors form their opinions based on the design and content of a page. This is all well and good because we can control the appearance of our web pages and make sure they contain the words and imagery needed to convey a positive message.

But what about external influences such as search engines and social media sites? In particular the snippets of information found on search engine results pages or links on Facebook or Google+? The fact is that people could be forming an opinion before they even get to your website!

Jun 11, 2014

A young lady in a flexible yoga pose

I was recently talking with a friend who works for a mid sized design agency about work procedures and methods. We discussed different types of website and how we go about tailoring the end result to our client’s expectations. It soon became apparent that we each had our regular tried and tested methods which had become almost ‘set in stone’ and it lead me to thinking about the flexibility of our systems and when it becomes appropriate to break out of our ‘comfort zone’ and perhaps look at adapting and changing our methods...

Jun 11, 2014

outline sketch of plan for website structure

It is now universally accepted that a professional business should have an effective presence on the World Wide Web. But what that presence entails and how expensive it is to set up and maintain depends on a number of factors. Running a business can be time-consuming enough without the extra hassle of learning the ins and outs of Web technology (and its associated jargon) and that is why TDL Web Developments has always offered an all in one solution to help local businesses maintain an effective Internet presence...

Jun 11, 2014

car speedometer superimposed over road image indicating speed

We all know that for a website to be successful it needs to be getting plenty of visitors and as a result, a huge industry of very profitable Web traffic related businesses have sprung up all over the Web. Some are good and some are not.

In an effort to sort some of the wheat from the chaff; I recently carried out some research for ways to increase visitors to a website to see just what is out there. The thing that struck me was that one of the top search results was a site that took a long time to load...

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