Footer Design is an often ignored section of the website. The designers assume that the footer is not as important as the rest of the website and do not pay much attention in the detailing of its design. The notion that the users already create an impression of the website till the time they scroll down to the footer and the design of the footer does not contribute much to the performance of the website…
WordPress is the world’s most popular content management system. Originally it was designed for creating blogs however more and more people started using it as a system for building websites. The advantage of using WordPress is that it is super simple to create new content and maintain your website. It is also very easy to add new functionality to your website by choosing from thousands of plugins and installing them on your WordPress system.
Non-exclusive website designs
To define and adapt the layout and design of your website WordPress comes with the ability to install themes. Themes contain several files that specify what your website looks like. You can either download an existing theme (by choosing one of the thousands of free or charged themes out there) or create your own theme. Most of the themes that you can download from websites like ThemeForest or the WordPress theme directory can somehow be adapted from the WordPress admin area. You will probably be able to change colors, upload a logo or do some predefined page layout changes (like changing from a full-width website to a boxed website). However if you want to do some furthergoing changes to the website design or if you are creating your own theme you will have to add your own CSS and HTML code. While this might be useful if you wish to create a very unique design and have a clear picture in your head of what you want to build you will certainly need to have some coding knowledge. If you don’t have coding knowledge you will probably end up leaving the themes as they are or investing money and hiring a web developer to adapt the design according to your needs. Since many small businesses or private persons simply don’t have the money to hire a developer they are often forced to leave the themes as they are. But because themes are free of charge or available at very low cost they are mostly non-exclusive. Non-exclusive means that apart from you many other website owners might use the same theme and therefore have a similar looking website.
Retina displays have become the latest talk of the town. With more and more attention being paid to the concept of using retina displays, a majority of entrepreneurs have switched to usage of SVGs(Scalable Vector Graphics) in their corporate websites. We all know that mere failure to adjust the website images in accordance to the high resolution screens is something that can’t be avoided. It is quite essential to ensure that the SVGs are being utilized in a way that the images can be easily scaled up in a proper manner. So, if you’re running a WordPress powered website or are about to build one, do opt for adding SVGs which will make your website compatible with all retina-like screens. This is a post which highlights the significance of SVGs and their correct use in WordPress powered websites.
As the first quarter of 2015 is ending, we’ve come to see many predictions being made for the web design industry. Without wasting any time, let’s discuss about some of the major web trends that are expected to evolve and will be ruling the web industry in 2015:
1. Storytelling Will Become More Animated
You may have stumbled upon several websites that tell a story. Though storytelling isn’t new and has been around us for ages, but it’s only recently that it made its way into the design industry, by making use of animations and other interactive elements.
And this year, you can expect to see story designs becoming even better by the use of animation sequences that starts when a user scroll down the page. In essence, more and more websites telling stories will be using 3D graphics and HD quality videos, in a bid to increase the level of visual appeal and user’s interactivity.
Flat design has been a part of web design for over a decade now and it has its advantages because it turns away natural techniques like drop shadows, strokes and several other natural elements to make sure that the design is altered to a great extent. If you want to make flat design a part of your web design, here are some things you can focus on.
It was earlier believed that design was not complete without elements like strokes, shadows and gradients but flat design changes that. It has a rather simple 2d blueprint look of an application. This is completely against the age old Skeuomorphistic design, where images imitate color, shape and other objects of the real world. Textures of the real world have come into play now.
In the vastness of the internet you can find a lot of useful online tools which can help you save tremendous development time.
Ceaser is a CSS Easing Animation Tool which can be used to create custom timing functions. For further informations about transitions and timing functions please read my blog post.
In den Weiten des Internets gibt es eine ganze Menge nützlicher Online-Tools zu entdecken, die Dir die Arbeit erleichtern und Dir helfen können enorm viel Zeit einzusparen.
Ceaser ist ein CSS-Easing Tool, mit dem Du Deine eigenen Zeitfunktionen für CSS Transitions erstellen kannst. Für weitere Informationen rund um Transitions und Zeitfunktionen, lies bitte meinen Blog-Beitrag.