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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 You always need to update the design to make sure that it does not become outdated.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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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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