YSlow: If you are obsessively passionate about the performance of your website, YSlow is the tool that you should drooling over. This tool analyzes the performance of a website based on some set metrics. Apart from providing tools for analyzing performance, it helps summarizing components of the page, displays page statistics and finally comes up with loads of suggestions to improve overall performance of the website.
Click Density: I hope you would certainly love to know exactly where your targeted visitors are clicking and which sections they are missing out on. With this tool, you will be able to track clicks and then position designing elements accordingly to get the desired outcome.
Pagealizer: This tool offers all the usage data that you need to make your landing page more appealing and it will go a long way to help you see more conversions. It offers amazing details like how far a page has been scrolled down by visitors, which sections draw the maximum clicks, average time spent on a page and a lot more.
Check My Colors: If you really care for your visitors, you should make sure that people with color deficits are not finding it tough to navigate your website. With this tool, you will be able to check the background and foreground colors of all DOM elements to ensure the fact that all these elements are generating desired level of contrast. This tool uses the algorithms for conducting the tests based on the suggestions of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Usabilla: If you wish to get feedback direct from your targeted audience, Usabilla is the tool you should be rooting for. It will let you gather feedbacks directly from the targeted audience and with these feedbacks, hopefully you will be able to locate and fix some common usability things. Users do not need to sign up for sharing their valuable feedbacks. They just need to click anywhere in the page and share their feedback. It is as simple as that.
Browsershots: Are you concered about how your website rendering in different browsers and operating systems? With this amazing tool – Browsershots, you will be able to test this thing without even spending a penny for that. It is fast, simple and yes, it is absolutely free.
User Testing: Do you want to get feedback from human evaluators from different parts of the website before making your website live? In that, User Testing is exactly what you might be looking for. Based on the demographics of your website, UserTesting will assign human testers to review your website.
About Guest BloggerMichael Evans is passionate about photography, web design and development. He has also written several web design tutorials and works as a part time photographer for some leading journals.
Responsive InterfaceIt is no secret that most of the users nowadays access the Internet from a number of mobile devices due to speedier connectivity and unlimited data plans. Since most of these mobiles are touchscreen devices, clicking on various elements on a web page has become redundant. Today, web designers provide users with websites that sport responsive interfaces.
You can use dropdown menus, large buttons, search boxes, breadcrumbs and other such elements and make your website more responsive for your end-users, so that they can easily browse, navigate and use your website irrespective of their devices.
InfographicsInfographics are the latest sensation. They are commonly found in various social media sites and for good reason; they provide important information and put them together in a way that is easy to read and comprehend at one go.
You can use infographics on your websites to present interesting facts, statistics or anything and everything under the sun (as long as they make sense). More importantly, infographics can be shared on social media sites (and accessed on various mobile platforms as well), which will help increase your website’s visibility online.
Parallax Scrolling combines static images and scrollable text. This new method enables users to scroll website elements in different and more interesting ways and is particularly useful, when you want to show more information on a single web page and yet, maintain a clean, uncluttered and user-friendly layout. To get a clear idea about Parallax Scrolling, you can search for some of the best sites that have used this method on their web pages.
MinimalismSmall is the new big and less is the new more. Today desktops with 10 inch screens or laptops with 14 inch screens are making way for 7 inch tablets and 4 inch smartphones. This calls for minimalistic web design, where only relevant information is displayed on each web page and any sort of clutter is totally done away with.
These sites have a clear design; display only the important links; contain simple backgrounds and big fonts; use a color palette with 2-3 colors at the most; are easy to navigate etc. In a nutshell, minimalistic websites provide information to the site visitors clearly without distracting them with unwanted design elements and wasting their time.
To ConcludeThese were some of the latest web design trends on 2012. Use them on your website to make it more attractive, engaging and last but not the least, interesting for your target audience. This in turn will help you increase your conversion ratios and also increase the footfalls on your site.
About Guest Blogger
Alan Hall is a Los Angeles based Website Design with PLAVEBAPPS and has worked on numerous successful projects for his company. He also likes to research and write on various technical topics for guest blogging platforms when he gets the time.
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This is guest post by Daliah Kaif
This is an article that highlights the importance of multiple language websites. Also this article gives important tips that can help you in creating amazing multi language websites so that you can appeal to a global audience.
English is the language of the world. However, that is today. The evolving world of today needs no explanation. There are no certainties that everything (including language) will remain the same in the coming future.
This is guest post by Albert Vaung
When you are designing an eCommerce website, there are no half measures. Your eyes need to be on the ball, all the time. You cannot afford any laxity when it comes to design. This is because more than anything else, the design of an eCommerce site is all about getting the attention of the target audience and creating an environment, wherein they are willing to part with their hard earned money. A website that can attract visitors, but has a very minimal conversion ratio is regarded a failure.
So, this begs the question – What’s the art of creating that perfect eCommerce website? Well, the answer is pretty simple, really and that is ‘Don’t fall into the black holes that are waiting to swallow you, every step of the way, when you are designing an eCommerce site. But you can only avoid them if you are able to identify them.
This is guest post by Rob Toledo
Hundreds of thousands of web pages are designed every day around the world, and the vast majority of them are...average. That's because not every web designer puts as much thought into their pages as they deserve. If you're not sure what the most important considerations are with your next web page, check this short list for some commonly-overlooked elements needed to design a great landing page:
In the world of website design, dynamism and originality make for excellent website concepts. Nowadays, people are after the unique, the scintillating, and the creative. However, despite the growing tide of overdone aesthetics when it comes to website design, more often than not, many professional website designers still veer towards the simple and often monochromatic themes that were the staple of earlier sites.
This is guest post by Brianne Walter on basic principles and techniques for web design . It's also helpful for you who want to make a custom template for blog .
The principles and the techniques are essential for any design. Therefore, in this case, the website design is no exception. For a good website designing, you will need to apply the principles and techniques in a wise manner. Therefore, you will need to know about these elements and its functions. Therefore, some principles and techniques are discussed for your need.
Email is still king. Even as other channels become more popular, email remains popular among Internet users. Marketers still value email as a way to communicate with consumers.
It's important for designers to understand the value placed on email and email design.
With this in mind, let's look at the essential elements of e-commerce email design.
In previous post ,I told you about data tags for some widgets . In this post ,we continue to the last and most important widget : blogpost widget . This widget is used to show posts in a blog . Without this widget ,we can't blogging .
As mentioned in previous post on blogger template structure ,there are 4 main parts in a blogger template . Part 1 contain information on xml format ,and we can ignore this part because there's nothing to do here .
For the part 2 ,the header ,here is the first thing we should care for a blogger template .
Knowing CSS can help you in solving Blogger template errors ,or make some customization . But how to do that ? how to find where is the trouble or find what CSS attribute you need to change when make customization ? In this post ,I will show you what I did : using Firebug (a Firefox add-on ) to work with CSS
But how can we remember all of them ,we are not developer and we have no time to do this . So here are 30 CSS cheatsheets ,that you can use for reference ,anytime you want to know about an attribute ,what they mean ,and the role of them ...
I hope this helpful to you
Thanks for still coming in my blog and keep supporting me in this time .
In this post ,I want to show you a freebie,a beautiful nature business card template in psd (Photoshop file format ) , just need some changes in name ,address... and it's ready to use
In web design , finding icons and other resource for designing is a necessary task.We got icons for website ,for RSS ,and now ,icon sets for E-Commerce .This is the list of high-quality icon sets that I found on Webdesignledger ,and I want to re-post it here for you all because I think it maybe helpful . Enjoy it ^^
jQuery released version 1.3 in January 2009 and more plugins have been appearing online as well.
Here is the last collection of jQuery plugins in 2009 that shown on my blog .Check it out my friend .
Here is the list of useful Jquery Plugin .They can help you make a better web design . I hope this list helpful to you
As its name ,easy to install and use .
Jquery plugin that allows you to easily create a custom carousel.Many options for different transitions .
One man asked me for make a caption or title of image sliding up when mouse over and down when mouse out .And here is the plugin for him .
AnythingSlider is an attempt at bringing together the functionality of all of those previous sliders and adding new features. I don't use this slider in my template but in my opinion ,it's a good one .
Interesting gallery plugin . But I think it's only suitable for personal blog .
Another solution for any one who want to make a slider in web . If you feel the instruction I wrote to create a slider so complicated and hard to follow ,you can take an eye at this one .
The main point of this plug-in is to make an easy-to-use, simple and fast plug-in to create effect when you switch between images. Minimize the arguments you need to input and still give some decent effects.
At the first time I saw the demo of this plugin ,I think it created by Flash . In fact,it is really a product of Jquery . This is a great solution for creating dynamic effects fx. in a header.You simply have to see the effect for yourself demo here.
You can place thumbnail in your blog posts and use this plugin for showing full image when mouse over . A good solution for saving web page space .
jQuery spherical panorama viewer
jQuery lightbox style script that support images, galleries, flash, qtime, iframe etc.
Step Carousel Viewer
FancyBox is tool for displaying images, html content and multi-media in a Mac-style “lightbox” that floats overtop of web page. Automatically scales large images to fit in window, adds a nice drop shadow under the full-size image, image sets to group related images and navigate through them. Also support media.
Jcrop is the quick and easy way to add image cropping functionality to your web application. It combines the ease-of-use of a typical jQuery plugin with a powerful cross-platform DHTML cropping engine that is faithful to familiar desktop graphics applications.
You have a small area. You mouse over it. An area pops up giving you a zoomed in closer look. This is a jQuery plugin that does it. I’m not going to tell you what you should use it for or elaborate use-case scenarios. Your own creativity can help you there. Demo & Download
imgAreaSelect is a jQuery plugin for selecting a rectangular area of an image.
This plugin allows your visitors view details of a big image and move around with the mouse.
This is an easy way to add a good looking image slideshows with text flyin to your website.
Another Lightbox style plugin
Scrollable is useful jQuery plug-in for creating scrollable content.
A good gallery plugin ,you can drag the images . But I'm not sure this one is quite good in all browsers . CSS3 is not supported in old version of browsers .