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5 Secret Hacks for More Powerful Web Designs

5 Secret Hacks for More Powerful Web Designs

Designing a website takes a lot of work. The work on the website does not end when once it goes live. You always need to update the design to make sure that it does not become outdated. Designing a good site is time-consuming but if you put all your effort into it, it’s worth it and it will be profitable for the business.

You need to be aware of all the new trends and you need to be smart about the design. Internet presence is crucial for the success of the business so make sure that you put enough effort so that you have an effective and attractive design.

Here are some tips that will help you in creating a beautiful web design.

1. First Consideration should be user Experience:

When you start planning to launch a website, the first thing that you need to consider is how you can create a good user experience. A good website should be able to lead the users through the whole design.

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The website should be creative but you need to make sure that you are not compromising the ease of using the site.

Navigating through the site should be easy. The design should be fluid and simple. You should avoid trying to put too much information. Try to figure out the things that visitors want to know.

You should understand the mentality of potential visitors. You need to think like the visitors. Once you know the information you want to put on your site the next step is to choose the font, color contrasts etc.

2. Do not ignore the Readability of Text:

Texts are an important part of a website design. You relay your information through the texts that you post on your site. Make sure it is clear and easy to read. The colors are an important factor to consider.

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You have to choose the color of the text and the background carefully. You have to make sure that it coordinates with each other. Using tiny font is a terrible idea. You may be able to fit in more information but it makes the site look cluttered.

You should not use more than two fonts. Using too many fonts also makes the site look messy. If you want to make it look professional then choose a font and stick with it.

3. Never Ignore the Increasing Use of Mobiles:

People are switching to the small screens of smartphones and the use of desktop is decreasing. So if you ignore the need of having a design that is compatible with mobiles then you are making a huge mistake.

While designing you need to know the importance of having a design which allows the user to browse through your web on their mobile phones. You will be able to reach more visitors if you include the mobile design in your website.

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4. Do not Give Prominent Places to Social Media Icons:

You do all the hard work to create an attractive design for your site and all of your work could be ruined if you choose to give prominent places to social media icons. Putting these icons in the header is not a good design choice.

The best place for the icons is the footer. You do not just need the visitors to take a quick look at your site, you need them to stay. The visitors should feel compelled to explore the site. When they spend time on your site they will check out the services or products and it will help your business.

5. Be Authentic:

Do not make the site look artificial. People will always go for authenticity. Adding stock photography is not a good idea. Make sure you only add the real pictures that are from the office. You need to convey the image of the business.

You should think about the expectations of the visitors. If they do not get what they see then you will not be able to keep the visitors.

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These tips will help in making sure that you have a good and engaging design for your website. The site will help in making sure that you are able to attract more and more visitors.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

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

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    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.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      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.

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      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.

        Evernote

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          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.

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            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.

            Conclusion

            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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