Show me your business card, and I tell much about your company

September 22nd, 2010

Business cards can be just as important as, for example, your corporate website. However, often we do not give them adequate attention, which is a big mistake. But the original card — the key to success and effectiveness of each contact with a new partner or client. The examples below show how to create a business card, running to succeed. More interactive elements, three-dimensional form, the application of different types of materials and finishes, along with great ideas of design.

Below you will see a collection of extraordinarily creative business cards that will leave a good impression about you and your company.

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Most annoying things on a website

August 17th, 2010

14 things on a website, which are most annoying. It took almost a year for British scientists studied more that 50,000 visitors from USA, France, England and Germany. The idea was to learn what are the most annoying elements they meet on websites. Here is the list of that elements. Be careful when decide to apply then in your own project.

Certainly that is not a guidebook. You may use some of them and for some time that will not effect visitors. But still its better not to apply them at all.

Long flash screensaver
Nobody likes to sit and wait to download the entire site, then click "Skip the greeting", then again to get to another block of pictures on the flash. A website must be compared with most informative source — a book or a magazine. Will you like the waiting for 30–50 seconds after
turn the page? So why do websites must to have such a delay?

The music
People will always frantically search the button, where they can turn off the music. And if not found, it is likely to leave a website. So try not to use music, and if you do then make the button noticeable.

Advertising is more than content
These sites will never inspire confidence. The desire to get money dominates the desire for work.

Inappropriate adult ads
Especially annoying outright advertising, content of which does not apply to the topic for adults. Next time, just be afraid once again go to this website.

While being aggressive pop-ups have already passed, but where they still occur, it causes all the same persistent irritation.

The abundance of grammatical errors
Despite the democratic Internet community, the abundance of grammatical errors always cause negative emotions. Spend a little time to check errors or hire a specialist.

Long blocks of text
Long blocks of text is very inconvenient to read. So take care of your audience, breaks the text into paragraphs.

Broken links
Of course, the links that lead nowhere, does not decorate a website. So often, check all the links or install a special script or plugin for this case.

Forcing register to comment
If you want to lose a large part of comments on your site, then force the person to register before you leave a comment.

Using the Caps lock
It's unbelievable, but still some fans write in big letters. BE CAREFUL WITH THE CAPS LOCK!

Non-standard spelling
Another sure way to undo a part of users is to write the text in some clever way. I think comments are unnecessary.

Slow loading pages
Try to optimize the published pictures or make them smaller. Optimize the source code. Take the matter sufficient attention. Moreover, Google is now sensitive to speed.

Can't get to the first post on a website
Sometimes users want to read the first post on a website. It is desirable that it was available, well, or at least try not to complicate the navigation or use "latest posts" widget.

No search on a website
Sometimes readers back to ф цуиsite for a special article. The search should help to find
such information. Otherwise, the user will be forced to scroll through page after page. And at least abandon that idea.

10 websites with free images

August 16th, 2010

When start thinking about a website, usually you need not only a plan how to write and arrange texts. Also a website is a source of visual emotions. So images become the major half of success. First impressions a visitor has looking at images, and they have to express the mood you put into the work. Its better to go to photo-studio to make special photo session for certain project. But not always that is the best way because their cost is more than average. Especially not needed if you look for some 5–7 images to underline certain services and products. You may go to free images websites and choose those you like. That will cost nothing but will give material for a website. All you need is to spend some time choosing the right image. After you show designer those you like — images appear at your project. Much more easier than a special photo set.

We would like to present you 10 photo services that provide images with great quality and absolutely free.

1. Morgue File — not bad photo service with lots of quality free photo. But there are better!

2. – social network usually used to find images for small websites and personal blogs.

3. Flickr Creative Commons — that is really a huge, even enormous bank of photos. Even can't imagine what could not be found here. ATTENTION!! Don't even forget about owners and their rights!! They made those pictures so be so kind for first to contact them and ask to use their images with creative commons license. That is not a big deal, probably all you need will be a small link from somewhere on your website. Sometime users give images for free, just for portfolio.

4. Stock.xchng — that is a very big bank of images. Illustrations, images and photos can be found almost on every topic.

5. Image*After — one more image bank you may use in any case.

6. Studio.25 —that free image resource is known for good navigation and friendly interface helping to search.

7. Freepixels — about 2000 free photos for any business. The quality is compromise for the quantity.

8. – lots of creative images. After you register images in high quality resolution will be available.

9. Everystockphoto — will bring you more 283 000 images and photos. Again all for free!

10. – this one will take your breath in the same way as Flickr. But still don't forget about images with creative commons license.

That's not all we found! The topic will continue and more useful web projects we'll tell about.

7 guidelines every website needs

August 12th, 2010

Today we will tell you about those seven the most important elements.

The amount of websites is great. Probably its even not possible to count them. And one may think that every website is unique, and never repeats — but its not that way. Almost every site, portal, blog or small personal page has common guidelines. And the absence of that guidelines is almost as if you had a car with three wheels. We've made some investigations to find those 7 important elements.

1. Menu and navigation
Navigation system is necessary to for any project — starting  from a vessel boat and ending with a race car. Don't think that a website is less complicated. Its very important first to organize all pages in your head. To understand how to group and link them with each other. And when a visitor uses your easy and clear menu, he finds all he needs with no delay. People use to remember things and places where everything is not complicated and interface helps by itself.  So always use this key feature for any website you create or order to create.

2. Title and favicon
Look at the very top of your browser window. The text you see there is the title. Its as important as any other texts on your website. According to that text in page title search engines name your website and refer to exact type. So titles are those key elements for search engines optimization. And in an address bar there is a small icon, look at our's. See the white arrow? That's our favicon. Using favicon shows your attention to details, and makes people have a visual association with your project. Again during search that favicon appears hear the link to you page.

3. Headings
When someone reads  a huge text with no points, he may lost the place where he stopped and have hardships finding something above. The same thing happen with a website that has no visible distinctive headings. Its quite not easy to find what you've remembered in amount of texts. So always try to make headings expressive, use colors to underline them, and even non-web fonts will  make headings much better. And the content will become more readable thanks to this demarcation points.

4. Feedback
Every website needs a feedback form. Especially today, when every page is created to satisfy customers and to help them find data. So when he has any trouble – he must not go to a pal and ask about a page he found. Those who have to answer are custom care managers or administrators. Don't forget to protect your website from robots and spammers, with a secure form or captcha. Their verification should put a stop to email harvesters. So only needed messages will go through.

5. Sitemap
This element is needed when your website is nearly more than 4–5 pages.  Usually placed in footer and written with small letters. Advanced user will be glad on finding a sitemap, because now he is able to find the page in a glance, quickly and efficiently. Also that helps search engines from Google and Yahoo to find and "read" your website much more faster faster.

6. Load speed optimization
We bet you saw pages that load too long and pictures open very slowly. That is a great trouble for a website if user wastes for loading. So nobody wants to go through the same waiting over again and again. Increase load speed for your website, by reducing the HTTP requests to a server. The maximum compression of images without losing quality will obviously help. As well as optimization and cleaning of HTML code, CSS files and JavaScript files.

7. Accessibility
The topic of accessibility is widely spoken on forums, social networks and blogs. Accessibility  includes readability, color theory, image analysis and many other categories – ensuring that all users may easily access and understand the content of your website.  An accessible website saves resources, makes maintenance easy, meets accessibility standards. All this lead to more visitors and advanced search engine visibility. We strongly recommend to read about web standards and other accessibility topics, so you will know how to improve you web project.

We hope our advices are helpful and useful for you. If you have any suggestions please comment this article. We will make update and mention the author!

Starting new blog – is starting new life

August 2nd, 2010

Good day to everyone!

Here we are and our brand new blog. Website design bureau is glad to present you newly designed and up-to-date blog. We put much efforts and creativity to that project. It is dedicated to support our customers, to help them choose the right features and understand all modern web trends. Any time you may feel free to contact us using special form to the left and we will answer any question. Every month we post the most important and interesting questions with our answers.

Today web sources offer us lots of abilities, so every user needs a clear understanding of what is wrong and what is right. The amount of information is difficult to assess. We make it our goal to provide our customers with quality articles. Here in our blog we provide necessary information, make it clearly and without all those buzzwords. Reading our blog you will find answers to such questions as:
- what is a modern website?
- does my business need a personal web page?
- which info should i place in my website?
- how to add or delete data?
- how much does a website cost and why?
- what features are needed in the first place, what — in second?
- how a website helps my business?
- and many other ...

Step by step our blog will open you all secrets of website creation, website usability and secrets that will increase the attractiveness for current and new clients. You may read our post about 7 things that every website needs. And we’ll be glad to read any comments from you on our work!
Starting new blog — is almost starting new life!

Have a nice day,
sincerely your team