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Outdated Web Design Trends

Written by Ruth Hawk

When it comes to web design, best practices tend to come and go. Keeping up with these trends is important, because a fresh and modern website reflects positively on your business. Unfortunately, there are some trends that seem to persist despite being outdated or even counterproductive. The following are a few such practices that have outlived their usefulness. If one or more of them appear on your website, it might be time to consider a change.

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Web Design Tips for User Friendly Online Forms

Written by Ruth Hawk

Most websites have one or more forms that visitors can fill out to contact the business; sign up for emails, newsletters or magazines; purchase products and services; register to use the site, and more. While a reality of online business, forms can also be a bit tricky: Forms that visitors find unnecessary, too long, too complicated, too intrusive, or just plain annoying will quickly be rejected. It is possible to strike a middle ground where visitors willingly complete forms and companies get the information they need. The key is to develop the right web design for forms. Here are a few tips on creating user friendly forms that will improve rather than detract from the productiveness of your website.

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Mobile Web Design Must Haves

Written by Ruth Hawk

With mobile web design firmly entrenched as a necessity for any website, it is becoming important to define which elements constitute a strong mobile site. Despite the fact that more people use mobile devices to access the internet than desktop computers, many websites still settle for simply minimizing their regular site to fit the smaller screens of smartphones and tablets. However, a truly effective mobile web design must take into account the differences between mobile devices and desktop computers. Here are just a few elements that every mobile web design must have in order to accommodate the differences between mobile and desktop and in order to improve overall user experience on these devices.

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Privacy Policies: What They Are, and Why You Might Need One

Written by Phillip Smith

Chances are, if you have ever browsed any major website in your life, you have encountered a privacy policy. And chances are if you yourself own and operate a website, you have probably put one on your site. Now, despite what you might think, almost all websites require a privacy policy, but not everyone understands just why privacy policies are so important. Here are some reasons your site may need a privacy policy, and what exactly they are.

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5 Pages Most Web Designs Should Include (That You May Not Have Thought of)

Written by Ruth Hawk

Whether people realize it or not, they expect to find certain pages on all of the websites they visit. For example, 52 percent of people who end up on a company’s homepage go looking for an About Us page (and more than 80 percent of them expect to find it off the homepage, in case you were wondering where to put it). And most people would be a little confused (and put off) if they could not locate a services page, product pages, or a contact page. Of course, those pages, along with the homepage, are the obvious choices when planning your website’s layout. However, there are other types of web pages that should also appear on most sites. Although less well known, they also have a significant impact on the appeal and overall effectiveness of your website.

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Questions Every Web Design Should Answer

Written by Ruth Hawk

Accessible and effective customer support is important in making sure that customers’ questions are answered and that they feel comfortable buying from your e-commerce website. However, one strategy websites should consider adopting is heading off many of those questions before they even arise with effective web design strategies.

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