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How to Build a Successful Website Part 3: Design and Development

Now that we’ve covered the basics of website planning and hosting selection, it’s time to take a look at the design and development portion of the site. This is where a designer uses all the information technology resources available to him to create a site that’s both eye grabbing and high functioning for every user who visits it. While there are dozens upon dozens of design disciplines that go into developing a website, here are 10 of the most common that can apply to any type of Web design project.

How to Build a Successful Website Part 2: Finding a Home

For many beginning Web designers, the importance of quality hosting is often overlooked, primarily because the world of hosting can seem intimidating at first. Hosting plans come in all shapes and sizes to fit the needs of sites with a wide range of hosting requirements. The problem is many novice designers may not be sure of their site’s hosting requirements.

In any case, now that you’ve gone through the rigorous planning stage for your website, it’s time to find a home for your site. For the uninitiated, web hosting refers to a service that allows users to rent space for their site’s data. Data can then be managed and distributed via the hosting service. Without a proper hosting service, nobody will see your site.

How to Build a Successful Website Part 1: Planning and Preparation

Most successful businesses in today’s market have a website to help connect them to their customers. Once you’ve made the decision to create an online presence, it’s wise to formulate a plan regarding the creation of the site itself. It’s best to begin by coming up with solid ideas for the foundation of your site, including design ideas and a general blueprint of what you hope to achieve and how best to connect to your audience. From the conceptualization stage to the finished product, your success will be ultimately dependent on formulating a strategy from the beginning.

The Web design process is a complex one, and is growing ever more so as technologies evolve. Like many Web-based disciplines, you cannot simply jump into the design process without knowing exactly how the site will look and feel. Imagine if you were going on a road trip, and you decided to leave your GPS and atlases at home. Sure, you could drive down the road, but getting to your destination is tricky without a road map. Planning the Web design process will only make your site look and function better for users.

The Planning Stage

Start by making a list of what you want your site to accomplish. In other words, what’s the main goal of your site? Is it to showcase a portfolio? To deliver blog content? Are you making an e-commerce site? From there, you’ll need to start another list. This is where the map illustration comes in handy. On this list write down what pages you want to build and the type of content you want on each page. It also wouldn’t hurt to draw a visual diagram – not unlike a trusty roadmap – of each page on a large piece of construction paper. Having physical evidence of your vision for the site can help you stay on track going forward.

Inspiration: Step Out of the Online Box

After you’ve written down everything you want to include on your website, it’s time to gather some inspiration as to how you want the site to look. This can include everything from color schemes to logos to creative design functions. In this process, don’t be afraid to step away from the Web for a minute to gather inspiration. Read design books and magazines, or consider visiting an art museum. Pay attention to specific elements of design that you like, and try to come up with ways to interpret them for your own site.

Following Proven Concepts

Stick to design tools that work. There’s a reason designers use similar techniques to achieve great results on

10 Super Cool Web Interfaces at deviantArt

deviantArt is and always have been best place of inspiration for me. Some time ago, I compiled a post for Beautiful Texture Packs available at deviantArt. Today I am having super cool web interface concepts.

I was taking a look at digital art gallery and found some very good web designs. So I made a list of some of my favourite designs and thought to share it with you. Check out following design and share your thoughts on the same.

1. Planet NexGen – Web Design

Planet NexGen

How to become a chief from a designer

Any freelance designer has two features that make him stand apart from the rest of the people: he is a skilled person because without accomplishing the projects of various clients he can’t financially survive. In the same time he is a freedom lover because he can’t accept the existence of a boss; he is his own chief (paradoxically, he is more severe with him than a chief may be).

6 Great SEO Tips for an Effective Web Design
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Do you know how to create a big impact for your marketing campaign? There are actually plenty of fantastic strategies. But if you want to establish an authoritative presence globally without investing in thousands of dollars, the ideal solution is to…

Develop a properly optimized website that is capable of landing you a good spot in search engine result pages (SERPs). At the same time, it must also be appealing to make your target visitors want to stay longer on your site.

Given these aspects, you may be wondering how you can go about with the development and design.

Well, the key is to stand out using the following…

9 Tutorials to Get Started with Custom Post Types in WordPress

Custom post types is widely accepted feature of the WordPress which have pushed boundaries to much more extent.
Now if you want to deal with the considerable amount of data on website, then WordPress can become your friend in need.

Post Types & Custom Post Types
Post types are available in WordPress for publishing your content like Post and page. While in custom, we can create our own content publishing type.

Learning JSP (Part 1) – Introduction

Hello everyone! We are starting a new series for exploring well popular server side technology called ‘JSP’ (Java Server Pages). We will focus on learning this technology from very basic.
Today we will be covering following topics:

  1. What is JSP?
  2. How does it looks like?
  3. Where can we use it?
  4. Things required to get started.
Best Design Principle for a Mobile Website
Statistics
Did you know that more than 700 million people on the planet use internet on their mobile phones?
The number is growing fast, with over 2.4 billion mobile phone users! That calls for a quick re-evaluation of your website – is it compatible with mobile phones? Make sure that the mobile version of your website is as good as, or even better than, the PC version or you could be losing 30% of your visitors!
So what basic principles should you follow to create or revamp your mobile website? Well, if you have decided to develop a strategy for a mobile website, here are a few key principles that shouldn’t be ignored.
mCommerce in 2011: Trail blazing retailers

Although still comparatively new, several big retailers have already taken up mobile commerce options to great effect. These brands have shown a distinct lack of trepidation when implementing and innovating, examining the mobile behaviour of their customers and tailoring their product and shopping options in order to maximise gain.

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