6 Hot and Trendy Web Designs That Are Here To Stay

6 Hot and Trendy Web Designs That Are Here To Stay

The success of a web design is dependent on the layout of the website, its colors, fonts and images. The design of the site should be attractive, and the visitors should be compelled to stay on the web for longer periods of time. The trends in web design are changing quickly. The success of a website depends on keeping up with new trends.

Here is a look at the most popular trends of web design in 2016:

1. Pattern of Imagery Web Design:



    Photos play a significant role in digital communication. Images are used for engaging more users and for successfully illustrating messages. The users pay more attention to photos that are real. A web design should avoid using cheesy pictures because people tend to ignore them. Adding high-quality images of your products can produce a feeling of trust and this increases the desire of such individuals to explore the website.

    Several websites provide plenty of photos free of cost. Some of these websites are Raumrot, Picjumbo, Unsplash, a life of pix, etc. You can also go to the Premium stock photo sites like Refe, Offset, Stocksy, etc.

    2. Trend of Video Background Website:



      Websites are mostly tools for storytelling. It is an effective way of transferring ideas to customers. 3-D graphics have increased the attractiveness of video background web design. The HD quality of videos has also made it more appealing. These videos can provide real life experiences to the visitors. Users like and prefer content in a visual format.

      One of the disadvantages of this trend is that it has extended loading time. This problem is solved by several websites that provide excellently designed loading screens. But people still have to wait for the full experience as the video uploads.

      3. Trend of Personal Branding:



        Whether you like to focus on it or not, the existence of personal branding cannot be denied. The main aim of the branding is to make sure that the mission and vision are in alignment. It will help in you being perceived as you want to be. It will prevent people from having diverse speculations and opinions about the website. While designing the personal branding, the focus should be on a mission statement. This can be conveyed by using personal pictures, interviews, achievements, thus build more credibility.

        4. Mobile First Websites:


          To succeed in the market, it is imperative that the changing statics and patterns of web usage are not ignored. The website visitors are using mobile phones and the website which do not have mobile optimized versions cause a lot of trouble. Users tend to abandon the sites which fail to open on their cell phones. The new web designs trend demand a mobile first approach. The website should be brief, focused and its design should be able to take advantage of features such as mobility, touchscreen, GPS, etc. In the year 2016, there is a lot of development and growth expected in mobile web design.


          5. Trend of Modular Design:


            This is also known as the grid based design. It is a new approach to web designing but it is getting more popular.  It is reusable and is pretty responsive, and user-friendly. The layout is neat and clean. It looks good on a screen of any size. It divides the system into small parts called modules. It can be created independently and used in different platforms. It can be characterized by using different modules.

            6. Trend of One-Page Web Design:


              Scrolling is a better option as compared to the clicking because of the changing web browsing patterns. Mobile usage highly influences the website layout. They have small screens, so natural touch scrolling movement is preferred. People now prefer one-page designs. It can present a lot of information in a clean and nicely designed flow.

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              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

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              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals



                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.



                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.


                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.



                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.


                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.


                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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