Photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license are completely free to use for any legal purpose – including use on your website, newsletter, or print material. Unfortunately, these stock photos are often hard to find.
In fact, I normally use Adobe Stock or 123rf for all of my stock photo needs. This can get pricey, especially since I often use multiple images for blogs I write.
For web designers and developers, contact forms are simple to implement, yet are one of the most important pieces of functionality for your website design. For businesses looking to generate leads and sales, encouraging users to contact them is often one of their top goals.
Despite their simplicity, there are still many considerations to make when implementing contact forms, which will have a huge impact on conversion rates and your ability to track usage.
I’ve been building Joomla websites since back when 1.5 was the latest version – so, a decent amount of time. Over the years the way I’ve been building Joomla websites has evolved, both from experience and from the many updates that have occurred since I first started. I figured it would be a good idea to share some of these experiences and provide some guidance on building a Joomla website that is maintainable, efficient, and easy to administer.
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work with industry-leading web design and development software for both large and small organizations. While some tools, such as the Adobe Creative Suite, will remain the obvious choice for design, there are many other time-saving resources that are not quite as apparent.
Below is a list of some of my favorites, which I’m sure will add some efficiency to your daily workflow:
Having an exciting, interactive website is important to stand out in today’s crowded internet market. However, far too often there are simple mistakes that result in slow page load times and a frustrating user experience; especially when you start adding on all the bells and whistles to your website. Not only will fixing these issues likely improve your bounce rates, it will also help with your SEO strategy. Ideally you will want to have a page load time of around 2 seconds or less, so if you notice your page is taking longer than that, you may be running into one of these 5 issues!
The e-commerce market is very competitive, with conversion rates relying heavily on a website’s design, usability, mobile optimization, and pricing. The two biggest obstacles of an e-commerce site are getting users to the site, and converting them into customers.
It is very common that customizing a component. module, or plugin (or whatever the CMS you chose decided to call it) within a content management system will require some additional CSS editing to get it to look or function the way you intended. Content management systems have many more working parts than a traditional website built with HTML & CSS, and may need some additional tricks to get the job done. The methods shown below should lend a helping hand with that.
When gathering requirements from a client for a new website, it is essential to take the right steps in order to save yourself time and frustration later on in the project. The step I am covering in this article is creating an agenda before your meeting. There are many ways to create your agenda, so I highly recommend fine-tuning yours to your own style of requirements gathering, and to the project that you are undertaking.