Web design blog - www.dgvns.com http://www.dgvns.com/blog Thu, 09 Feb 2012 07:14:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Read This Before You Hire a Web Design Company or Regret It Later http://www.dgvns.com/blog/uncategorized/read-this-before-you-hire-a-web-design-company-or-regret-it-later/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/uncategorized/read-this-before-you-hire-a-web-design-company-or-regret-it-later/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 06:57:05 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=34 Continue Reading]]>

The last thing you want is a website that you are not proud of, yet many people forget these simple thoughts when looking for a website design company.

There are many people out there that want a website for their business, hobby, or project. Often? they are not equipped to create a website on their own. You know the scenario; they get a domain, get hosting, fumble around with some Content Management System (CMS), only to get a mediocre website. They look at their competition and see that their own website is not that great so they get the idea, “Where can I find a good website designer?” The search begins.

As they set out to find a good website designer, they run across many different businesses and web design freelancers. It just seems to be too much for them. After it’s all said and done, they end up paying too much for a website that they can’t edit or they end up not getting what they want because the web designer didn’t give good service.

Well, I don’t want you to have any regrets about your website, so consider these

If Their Website is Ugly, Your Website Will Be Ugly Too

First impressions are lasting impressions, so the first item to consider when looking for a web design company is the overall look of their own website. I have seen web designers with nice looking website and I have seen them with ugly websites. The thing is, if their website isn’t that great, what makes you think that they will make your website look great? A website is a reflection of the business, so what does their website say about the quality of their work? If it looks like the website hasn’t been updated, then its likely they don’t have much experience with the current web design trends. If the coloring and design elements don’t match, then guess what… your website will not match or look good.

This means that if the website design business’ website looks good, they have up to date styles, and they are in tune with current website trends, then you can count on them to be up to date. This means that they bring that knowledge with them when they start designing your website.

The Grading Scale: Are You Impressed With Their Portfolio?

The next item to consider when looking for a web design company is their portfolio. Look at their past work. Often, when a website is on display as part of a portfolio, it’s because that company takes pride in their work. It’s what they are willing to show the world. If the best they have to offer doesn’t impress you, then look for a company whose past work impresses you. After all, if they have a horrible portfolio, then your website will be next in line to be in that same portfolio.

Some other thoughts to consider in the portfolio are the following: Are the sites live? Can you view them? Do they look like the link in the portfolio? (If not, then maybe that site has a new designer). Are the websites up to date with trends and styles? Is there anything in the live site that is broken or doesn’t work (like links and images)?

Can You Make Changes, or Will You Pay an Arm and a Leg?

This is a key element in how well you will be able to manage your website. The days of old static HTML only websites are gone! You might ask, “What did you just say?”. Well, to make it easy,it used to be that people designed websites that had fixed pages and one had to get into the code to make updates. Every time a person wanted to make changes, they either had to learn HTML or go back to their website designer. Going back to the designer was not a good idea because they charged you for every change.

Then CMS’s were born. Now a person can get in and make changes to their website without going back to the designer. Often, using a CMS is easy and is comparable to using Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Website design companies are recognizing this trend and making their websites work with popular CMS’s. This means that you can edit your website without needing to take out a business loan or go back to school. You may want to ask your website designer how easy it will be to make changes. If you have to pay for every change, then maybe you should change design companies.

(The only time a CMS wouldn’t work is if you wanted a highly customized website that required a very specific design.)

So, after reading this article, I hope you are able to find an affordable website design company that meets your needs, impresses you, and lets you have YOUR own website.

Author: VivaNet 2.0 (Estevan Montoya)

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Affordable Small Business Web Design: The Problem with Finding a Suppiler http://www.dgvns.com/blog/affordable-web-design/affordable-small-business-web-design/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/affordable-web-design/affordable-small-business-web-design/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:18:58 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=30 Continue Reading]]> In this day and age, if you don’t have a website for your business, then your business is suffering. A lack of a viable web presence means that your customers are going to go elsewhere when they can’t find you online. However, for small businesses, web design can present some significant problems. The most common issue is the price. Affordable small business web design is not necessarily as available as you might think and even if you find a company that specializes in this type of design, you might encounter some other problems.

One of the most common problems with affordable small business web design solutions is that you are often stuck with a subpar provider. Those designers willing to offer their services and expertise for very low fees are sometimes not what you would call “the best.” You might luck out and find a great designer willing to give you a break while they’re building their online portfolio, but these instances are rare. Instead, you are far more likely to find inferior designers that only know enough about website design to be dangerous. That is certainly not the way that you want to go.

Another problem with affordable small business web design is in working with just a single designer or design firm. Actually, this problem is found across all aspects of the industry. When you work with just one provider, then you’re stuck with their vision of your needs. You have no option but to go with their translation of your business goals and identity. That limits you in terms of the design that you can have. Web designers are like any other creators out there – no two are going to have exactly the same vision for your site, and it can be frustrating to be locked in with just one provider.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. There are innovative solutions out there that allow you to bypass some of the most common issues in finding affordable small business web design solutions. In addition, these platforms allow you to select from the best providers – variety and options are yours. How might this type of solution work? With an innovative provider, you can take advantage of a simple, three-step process to get the web presence that you need for success in the modern age.

The entire process starts with your ideas, your vision for your business website. You compile those thoughts into a design brief. The provider then sends that brief out to the best designers, each of whom will compete for your business by providing design concepts for your approval. All you have to do is review the concepts and provide feedback to the designers. Once any changes have been made to the concept designs, you then pick the designer that you want to work with. Affordable small business web design has never been simpler than getting the best designers to come to you, rather than the other way around.

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99Designs Review: Innovation in Design Creation http://www.dgvns.com/blog/cheap-web-design/99designs-review/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/cheap-web-design/99designs-review/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:15:02 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=26 Continue Reading]]> 99Designs Review: Innovation in Design Creation

The world of design is vast, indeed. Finding the right design solution for your needs can be tough – whether you’re looking for traditional print design, web design, logo and merchandise design or graphic design. However, 99Designs might just have the best option for your needs. In this 99Designs review, you’ll learn just what this company offers that’s had them featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur and Forbes.

A Design Marketplace

Design marketplaces are not really all that new – there are tons of places out there that can be considered such. However, a quick 99Designs review will show you some significant differences between this option and others. You might be tempted to take your work to one of those freelance marketplaces (you know the ones). After all, there are tons of different designers there, and you can post the details of your job and take bids pretty easily.

However, 99Designs is a bit different. First of all, it’s only about design – you won’t find writers, office staff and others vying for attention with web designers and graphic designers. 99Designs is strictly about your design needs, no matter what those needs might be, from identity design to merchandise and everything in between.

Simplicity Itself

Conducting your own 99Designs review will show you another key difference here – 99Designs is immensely simple to use. In fact, you follow a step-by-step process outlined on the site. First, you choose the type of design that you want (from identity to web, print, graphics or merchandise). Each category allows you to specify the exact item you want designed (a banner ad, WordPress theme, etc.).

Next, you describe your requirements in a design brief. This brief is sent out to designers (99Designs is connected to more than 90,000 designers around the world). Each designer then submits a concept design for your perusal and consideration. You provide feedback and comments on designs that you like and, if necessary, the designer revises to meet your needs. You then choose the design that you want from the designer you like most. It’s perfectly simple, streamlined and easy.

Solutions for Small Budgets

One of the most common hurdles to overcome in getting good design services is the price. Not all companies have the same budget for design, and some designers can be very high-priced. However, a 99Designs review will show you that they provide options for all budgets, from those with only a few dollars to spend to those with deep pockets.

Each pricing tier also comes with its own perks. For instance, the “silver” package (the middle tier) gets more results, more quickly than the lowest tier. However, even the lowest tier will get you a wide range of different concept designs from some of the best designers in the industry.

In Summation

In summary, any 99Designs review has to be positive, if not glowing. The unique nature of this design marketplace means that anyone, from the individual author in the self-publishing world to Fortune 500 companies, can find the perfect solution to their design needs.

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What to Expect In a Web Design Contract http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/what-to-expect-in-a-web-design-contract/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/what-to-expect-in-a-web-design-contract/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:28:35 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=23 Continue Reading]]> Having someone work for you is important and you therefore need to have an idea of what kind of contract the two parties are going sign. Basically, a contract is where you will agree with the designer on the scope of work they are going to do and the amount of money you are going to pay them as a client. With a good contract you will have planned the entire project as well as the time duration and when you will be required to pay what percentage of the contract money. ?You have to read the contract forms carefully and make sure that it covers you quite well.

Generally, your contract needs to cover even the smallest details of the work to be delivered including the number of pages for your website, the number of programs, GCIs, and scripts to be used, the amount of content for your website, the number of graphics to be included as well as the margin error if any, which may require that the contact details be revisited. As a client you must make sure that you totally understand the details of the contract so that you know exactly what the designer will deliver and what needs to be negotiated.

Time is of essence in any project whether big or small and any good contract will surely have details of the time involved. It may be very tempting to hope that things will work out in time but it is important to have hard dates fixed regarding when you expect what stage of the project completed. You also need a written reminder on when you need to pay up different percentages of the contract amount lest you become busy and forget. Make sure the contract has details such as the date when the work starts, when plans will be deigned and completed, milestones for release and review and of course completion and launch dates.

Granted, the designer should be able to the costs of buying the domains as well as setting up hosting services among others. It is important for you to know what these specific costs are and if they are not included in the main contract you should at least know when the money is due and what the amounts are. Another important aspect of the contract that you need to look at critically is regarding any revisions that may arise and whether or not they are going to cost you anything. Also care of copyright issues regarding designs, graphics, content, and multimedia as well as programs.

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What to Do During Your Web Design Project http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/what-to-do-during-your-web-design-project/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/what-to-do-during-your-web-design-project/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:28:06 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=21 Continue Reading]]> Your website is your face and it is extremely important for you to remain available during the design period so as to make any required input as well as a making request as may be necessary. Your web designer will actually appreciate your input during the process in order to avoid many revisions when the work is complete. Being available will help you as the client be available to familiarize yourself with the general process of creating the website. This will of course be for your benefit because the designer will more often than not have provided you with a timeline so that you can have the relevant information ready as when required.

When it is possible it is important for you to have all the required information ready before the project begins as this ensures the smooth running of the entire process. With all this information ready your designer will have an easy time laying out the project according to your desired goal. More often than not the designer may have queries and requests; it is of utmost importance that you be available to respond to them in a timely manner. Failure to provide such timely information may actually cause a delay in your project especially regarding its due date.

Whenever there are things you don’t understand as the process wears on, it is important for you to ask questions to seek for clarification. The truth of the matter is that it is easier to fix matters during the earlier stages of the process instead of waiting until much later. You also need to be available just in case the designer has questions for you as well. All your communication should be done in a clear manner and especially when you are passing on requests or communicating change and giving instructions.

The bottom line is that your business in the whole web design process should be to offer problems and let the expert designer offer the solutions and not vice versa. Anytime you feel that something is wrong in the whole picture especially in regards to what you would like the website to accomplish, you simply need to sate the problem and ask the designer what solutions are available. Do not let your project fail because you want to insist on your below par solutions when the designer could have provided better and more effective solutions. Since you will be paying fro the service it is only fair that the expert helps you get the solutions once and for all.

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Before You Approach a Web Designer http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-designer/before-you-approach-a-web-designer/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-designer/before-you-approach-a-web-designer/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:27:40 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=19 Continue Reading]]> It’s always tricky business to have a website design that meets all your criteria and deliver abundant results at the end of the day; the truth of that matter however is that there is need for collaboration between you and your web designer if success will come on your way. One very important aspect has to do with planning what you really go into your project. Good outcomes are always as a result of good plans and your designer will have an easy time if they have an idea of what you are looking up to.

A good web designer without proper information regarding your intended project is like a fish out of water. Among the things you must have before you meet your designer include the general information about your company or business in order for the designer to review. Make sure you are able to summarize your entire story in a simple mission statement since this will act as a theme to all the work that is going to be done by your web designer. Apart from that you also have to have a rough idea of the type of site you want, whether it is a brochure site or an e-commerce shop.

As a client you also need to have an idea about whether your site will be a community forum or a blog and about how many pages you would like it to be. In order for your web designer to have an idea about the type of site you want, it is important for you to offer them at least 3 or so websites that have features similar to what you are looking for. These sites do not have to be from the same industry as yours as long as they have some aspects that are similar to they type you would like designed for you.

Equally important is for you to know that main goal of your project and be able to pass it across to your designer. Whether you are looking for new leads, increase sales or anything else needs to be clear to you and communicated to your web designer.? You also must have a budget in mind because this is going to be an important part of your discussion with them. With a budget in mind your designer will be able to determine how far you can go on your budget and will also advice you appropriately. Remember that the project is yours and your web designer is there to make things work for you according to your dreams.

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Costly Mistakes to Avoid In Web Design http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/costly-mistakes-to-avoid-in-web-design/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/costly-mistakes-to-avoid-in-web-design/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:27:14 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=17 Continue Reading]]> Just like a person’s spiritual journey may be affected with vices such as greed, pride, sloth, gluttony and envy, there are also several vices that need to be avoided if your website will deliver the intended goals. One major mistake has to do with too much template which though a fast way of creating a website, is probably not the best as far as results are concerned.? Your audience will be very quick to note that real effort was not put in the design of a website and as such they cannot be blamed for thinking that as an owner you don’t value the information you are passing across so much, and so why should they?

When visiting your website your guests will be looking for specific information and they want it fast. They is nothing that is as irritating as sitting before a computer for so many minutes waiting for graphics that are too large to download. There is also the other side of the coin that has to do with graphics that are missing or those without appropriate labels. Also annoying are those graphics that are too wide and will not fit on the screen forcing your visitor to scroll horizontally in order to view them. It is important to make sure that the graphics are not only visually appealing but that they also compliment the web content.

Something inherently worse has to do with those websites that have so many additions that make it not only difficult to find the relevant information but also that which actually distracts your guests. This has to do with extra ordinarily bright backgrounds and blinding special effects, scrolling marquees, pop up windows, long flash introductions or even web counters. To say the truth all that they do is to distract your visitor if not totally irritate them.? Worse still is the use of music so that without warning the computer bursts into t totally unrelated class of music to the chagrin of your guests.

Navigation is the key to the success or failure of your media campaign and because your guests fall into first timers or repeat visitors, your web design needs to take care of the needs of both groups. If your navigation is unclear or complicated then your visitors will most likely opt out to get an option that offers less complicated navigation. Let your designer spend ample time thinking out a clear navigational path because this is the only way guests will be motivated to dig deeper into the heart of your website.

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How to Get Result Oriented Web Design http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/how-to-get-result-oriented-web-design/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/how-to-get-result-oriented-web-design/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:26:42 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=15 Continue Reading]]> The tall and short of web design is basically about passing information across to your intended audience. One of the most important tools that your web designer should employ is precedence which has to do with how much visual weight is put in different parts of your web design. ?A good is example is usually the correct placement of the logo which should be the first thing that your guests will see. This leads to your users knowing exactly what they are looking at as soon as they come to your site. This should lead to your visitors being directed in a logical sequence you want them to follow and your web designer has to figure it all out.

You will need to look at the designer’s previous jobs to determine whether or not they do proper spacing instead of filling every available space with stuff. Even though empty space may look wasteful to the lay person, nothing could be further from the truth. A good designer will tell you that correct spacing gives a picture of cleanliness and it makes things appear clearer. Your designer therefore needs to consider line spacing because it affects the readability of your information so that one’s eye?? does not get lost.

Nothing frustrates web guests like poor navigation because they simply get lost in the whole mess without knowing where they are and where they ought to go to after that. You must make sure that your web designer has mastered the concept of navigation quite well or else you will be disappointed. Your site needs to be created in such a way that it is easy to find the relevant buttons that help visitors go to the next place they need to go to. One way to have this enhanced is by use of clear texts on the buttons explaining exactly where one is headed.

You must make sure that your guest gets well oriented in your site in order for them not to get lost. This will have to do with the size of your website but at the end of the day, the simpler the things appear the better it is likely to be. The use of headings, sub headings as well as sitemaps becomes extremely important in determining how user friendly your site is going to be. Even as things become more complicated by the day, the bottom lone is that people still prefer a simplistic look. Thankfully, there are layouts and software that can help your designer maintain the simplistic look that will be attractive to visitors as long as you are able to communicate to them effectively.

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Beware Web Design Scams http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/beware-web-design-scams/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-design/beware-web-design-scams/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:26:15 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=13 Continue Reading]]> Money is not easy to come by and you want to spend it only where you are sure to get returns. Unfortunately the world of web design is awash with scammers who deceive their clients and fail to deliver what is value for money. Many such web designers offer to deliver their services for what looks like cheap rates in offering what hey call custom web design services. Whereas they promise to offer quality services at a premium all they deliver web templates that may not be as effective as you may want as a client.

With the internet having the possibility of being an open minefield, many clients looking for web design professionals are disappointed when they realize that the person who masquerades as a professional web designer may nothing more than a quack who only deals with simple web templates they can manipulate without cutting any sweat at all. All you need is just a little patience and a keen eye on details and you will soon be able to differentiate between pre-made web templates and a custom made web design. You actually don’t have to be a professional to be able to tell the difference.

All you may need to do is to simply create a few moments of your time and visit Template Monster and just browse through all their templates in order to determine whether what is presented to you is a design template or not. It will not take you a century to realize that majority of the templates are just about similar with the main difference being the images, colors, flash and texts, this is simply because you are dealing with templates – and that is all about them. Custom made web designs on the other hand are all unique and this is the uniqueness many clients are always willing to pay for.

Since you are really looking for high end quality work that will deliver results, something as simple as pricing should help you determine whether or not you are dealing with a professional web designer.? The old adage ‘when the deal is too good, think twice’ holds very true when it comes to web design. Many web design scams will come very cheaply because it takes the scammer just a few hours to modify a template they downloaded illegally or paid peanuts then sell it for you at a throw away price.? In order to get your desired results it is important that you actually be able to tell a qualified designer and a scammer apart in order to avoid these people who are simply out to make a quick buck.

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What Your Web Designer Should Know http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-designer/what-your-web-designer-should-know/ http://www.dgvns.com/blog/web-designer/what-your-web-designer-should-know/#comments Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:25:39 +0000 admin http://www.dgvns.com/blog/?p=11 Continue Reading]]> Web design has a great deal to do with effective layouts and designs but it really goes beyond that. Your web designer must realize that there are many other areas that are equally important and must be addressed adequately as well if results will be realized. You need to make sure that the web designer understands not only the business but also emerging trends of the craft as well as technology. It is important for them to know so much about the latest visual effects and creative design but that seems to be only the beginning of success

Look for web designers who are willing to learn all the related skills involved in web design so as to advance the course of their clients. Apart from design and style the one other important thing has to do with results. Web design is generally about communication and interaction as the core business and as such every designer worth his salt must understand the basics of human interaction. This understanding includes all related aspects such as psychology, speech as well as general human behavior. The designer must therefore posses the ability to communicate your ideas in a way that your clients will understand and act appropriately.

It is also imperative that your web designer understand how people react to different situations and what determines their choices in given situations. An understanding of human behavior will let them present your information to your clients in the most effective manner. This includes an understanding of the fundamentals of business interactions and how to employ them for the success of your business goals. They also need to be informed so as to stay up to date with the latest as well as emerging trends in order to understand the challenges associated with meeting client needs.

Most important is the need for web designers to realize the importance of all aspects related to business such as marketing and branding in order to put their clients at a position where they will be able to attract business. Since your brand is your identity you need all the help you can get in order to develop a strong brand as well as online presence. It is a well developed and marketed brand that will bring results in terms of conversions and it is extremely important to ensure that the web designer you intend to use understands this. Look for a web designer who understands that changes are very dynamic in business and is doing all he can to be up to date.

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