The week is coming to an end and that means it is time for us to look back on the week that passed, the best design news, resources and other goodies. This week we look at different ways to improve your Google ranking, how SEO differs between mobile and desktop devices, what can you do to improve the load speed of your site, as well as why wire-framing is so important.
Do you want your website to load blazing fast? This article will teach you how to make your website load faster than you ever thought possible. In order to understand why having a fast website is important, check out these statistics: the average smartphone user will leave a website if it does not load within 3 seconds; Google now considers page speed a major consideration for search engine rankings; 75% of internet users agreed that they would not return to a website if it did not load within 4 seconds.
Twitter Bootstrap is a great front-end framework that lets you quickly prototype new web projects. Here is a list of great resources that gives even more power to the Bootstrap framework.
Mashable has called 2013 “The Year of Responsive Web Design.” Yet, for all its accolades — and despite the backing of industry heavyweights — there are some who remain unconvinced that mobile responsive design is the way to go. These folks argue that your website should have a completely separate mobile presence. I think differently. I want you to believe in mobile responsive design. I want you to embrace it like the internet has embraced funny cats. I want to give to you three reasons why you should choose a mobile responsive website design over a separate mobile site.
Google today unveiled a laptop it designed and built itself, the Chromebook Pixel. Unlike prior Chromebooks, whose main dreaw their value, this one is built to compete with the top end of the market. The three biggest appeals of the Pixel will likely be its touchscreen and high density display, its elegant design, and the fact that it’s a web-based device.
A website wireframe is a visual guide, or a skeletal framework that will help you define your future website’s characteristics. By wireframing you are basically defining the primary steps and the shape your website or product is going to have. One of the main purposes of wireframing is to set the main priorities and describe the functionality of your future creation.
There is so much to learn about WordPress theme development. The Internet is home to hundreds of articles about building WordPress themes, to countless theme frameworks that will help you get started, and to endless WordPress themes, some of which are beautiful and professional but not a few of which are (to be honest) a bit crappy.
Here I’ve covered some of my favorite lessons from magazine design, and how they can apply to web design. But the most important thing I hope you can take away from this article is that you can take design ideas and conventions from one form of media and apply it to others.
Coding a website takes a lot more time than just a simple design. You have to consider how each HTML element will be placed in the document and how you need to style them using CSS. Not to mention there are at least 4 browsers you should test plus the possibility for mobile users. There is such a demand for web development that coding takes on a life of its own. In this guide I want to share a few tips and ideas I’ve come across when working on the frontend.
How important are design trends when it comes to websites?There are two sides to web design: functionality and impact.With functionality, it’s key that people know how to use your site. On a desktop site people are used to seeing navigation at the top, or on the left. Putting it somewhere else would be like putting the contents page of the book randomly in the middle. With these sorts of things it’s important to adhere to what people are used to seeing.
While some users may lament the more cluttered search pages, the “new normal” does offer more opportunities to achieve multiple first page rankings. Controlling multiple first page rankings allows marketers to exert greater control over their brand, reach more searchers, and present a stronger brand to searchers.
The proportion of search traffic from mobile devices grew ever larger during 2012, peaking at 46% on Christmas Day for some retailers. And Google probably isn’t alone in predicting that mobile search queries will soon surpass those made on desktop.