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  • December, 2014 | web design northampton - in.house.media news blog
    of the features are useless for most users and just become confusing It also has cross platform compatibility issues Our conclusion As a website design company we think very carefully about what content management systems we use and we tend to use a system which has none of the drawbacks of the systems listed above and instead offers a whole host of advantages for us and you From a purely geeky point of view the system allows us to customise your website fully scaling it for your own particular needs and giving complete control over your final website It s also much easier to use for both developers and the end user than many of the systems above making it the ideal system for building a new website Why not give us a call and let us show you No Comments Read More Tweet Black Friday Madness Hits Online and Offline Retailers and Customers This was posted by Adam Lewis on December 1st 2014 Back Friday has been a tradition in the United States of America for many years falling the day after Thanksgiving and has since spread across the pond to the UK It is traditionally the day on which the biggest retail sales figures are seen in the States with retailers offering huge discounts across their stores This year 2014 was the first year that Black Friday really hit these shores in a big way If you live in the UK you will have seen news stories and coverage of the crowds and stampedes at many retailers across the country on Friday as angry and excited shoppers tried to get their hands on the biggest bargains Across the country police forces were caused to disturbances and reports of violence at shops throughout the night as retailers opened at midnight to make the most of the surge for Black Friday discounts What will this do to retail markets In fact many retail analysts are already predicting that Black Friday alone could prove to be more successful financially than the Boxing Day sales and even the January sales Other analysts have not been quite so cheerful though predicting that in fact the retail surge could just bring forward sales from December meaning that profit margins and revenues for retailers leading up to Christmas will be much lower with consumers less willing to spend more money after their Black Friday binges The effects on online retail Online too the stampedes caused problems with many websites simply unable to cope with the number of visitors trying to make purchases Curry Online saw a 300 increase on sales from last year s Black Friday with customers being put in a virtual queue for around half an hour as their website struggled to process so many transactions at once Tesco Direct went completely offline for a short while also unable to cope with the demand Of course website owners and online retailers whose sites have been built to withstand the increased server load will

    Original URL path: https://www.ihm.co.uk/blog/2014/12/ (2016-02-13)
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  • November, 2014 | web design northampton - in.house.media news blog
    advantage of But the painful truth is that the vast majority are neglecting them and their potential The majority of carousel slides on websites have navigation arrows either side and small dots at the bottom showing the user s progress through the slideshow but without any relevance to what each of those slides means Whereas many website designers will actively ensure that the menu structure around the rest of their website is meaningful and informative slideshows and carousels get constantly neglected Simply adding descriptive meaningful labels will show the user what is on each of the slides and give them an incentive to click through and view the slide for themselves Simply scrolling through just in case is something which users just don t do In fact only 1 of users click carousel slides That hit rate could be hugely improved if descriptive labels were added to the slides instead of ambiguous and meaningless arrows and dots Clear visible navigation is a must on every other area of your website so why neglect your carousel slides Many studies show that carousels fail but this is not simply because of their inherent nature it s because they are being mis used If you use carousel slides on your website and want to make the most of them and have them actually work for you why not give us a call We ll be able to advise you on the best ways to make your website do its job properly No Comments Read More Tweet B Q Show the Importance of Upgrading Your Website This was posted by Adam Lewis on November 5th 2014 On this blog we often extol the virtues of upgrading your website and keeping up to date with modern technologies No matter how big or small your business this is vital Take B Q for example who recently announced the launch of their new 60 million website DIY com professes to be the UK s busiest DIY website getting over 3 5 million visitors a week It might seem only natural then that a company the size of B Q would have to keep up to date with the most recent trends in web design and website development but does that mean that your small business should ignore them The argument should be much the opposite B Q after all are the largest DIY chain in the country and will likely be the first place people go to for their home improvement needs regardless of whether or not they re keeping right on top of all of the latest web trends and technologies Your small business however is competing with hundreds and thousands of others at a similar level to you and you will need to ensure you stand head and shoulders above the rest This is why small businesses really can t afford to fall behind B Q have a very strong reputation and many people will stick with them regardless even if their website takes a

    Original URL path: https://www.ihm.co.uk/blog/2014/11/ (2016-02-13)
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  • October, 2014 | web design northampton - in.house.media news blog
    points and lists see that s exactly what we re doing with this blog post and people are far more likely to stick around and read it just as you re still sticking around and reading this Eternally sliding sliders Yes sliders are a great way to convey a lot of information in a small piece of screen space but cramming loads of content onto each slide and having 80 of them rotating away is just annoying Again stick to the principle that you want to make things easy for the user and get them into following that call to action above anything else A soulless About Us page People often neglect this page Factually it s usually the last page people read When they do though it s because they want to find out more about you as a company Don t waffle on about the rubbish no one wants to know about This isn t where you try to impress people it s where you need to instil trust and do that final bit of convincing to push the user over the line into trusting you with their money and their business Automaton videos No no no Facebook have really taken a huge rap from their users recently for enforcing auto playing videos and if people can refuse to use Facebook because of it they can certainly click away from your site and onto a competitor s Never force anything on the user give them the choice and they ll thank you for it with their money and their business If as a website owner you ve managed to avoid each of these 10 website horrors you ll be going a long way to online success If you re starting to feel a bit guilty about a couple of them it might be best you give us a call No Comments Read More Tweet 10 Shocking Halloween website horrors Part 1 This was posted by Adam Lewis on October 6th 2014 Halloween will soon be upon us and it ll be perfectly normal for a couple of nights to see witches ghosts and monsters walking the streets of the world In the world of the internet though we re subjected to some monstrous horrors every single day of the year Yes we re talking about horror websites This week and next we ll show you 10 of the worst things you can do to your website But for now here s 5 Frighteningly bad stock images Seriously No one s fooled Nobody really thinks that woman with the gleaming white teeth with the phone pressed up against her ear actually works in your office especially as she s on five hundred other websites across the net And no we don t want to see two men in suits with briefcases shaking hands Behave yourself Over SEO d zombie like content Yes we know you know the basics of SEO We also know SEO is important But what we

    Original URL path: https://www.ihm.co.uk/blog/2014/10/ (2016-02-13)
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  • September, 2014 | web design northampton - in.house.media news blog
    users to tweet a 140 character spooky story You could even hold a pumpkin carving contest on your Facebook page or ask users to submit their spookiest photo or drawing with a prize for the best one As always you ll need to use your social media platform to engage with your users rather than talking to them People don t like being sold to and that s even truer online where everyone s trying to do it Build a relationship and a platform through fun events such as the ones listed above and you ll find that people s views of your company increase and you ll be far more likely to stick in their minds and pick up their business in the future Use it as a marketing tool If you sell anything that s even remotely related to Halloween or horror scary stuff you can capitalise on it even if it s only a couple of products Even if you sell something as seemingly unrelated as personalised car number plates there are some fantastic Halloween combinations which could be used for your Halloween marketing campaign Keep it light hearted This ties into the social media points above Keep it fun and light hearted and use Halloween as an opportunity to show the world your company s personal side Show everyone you re just people like they are and that you re one of them celebrating and marking the festival of Halloween No Comments Read More Tweet How does the iPhone 6 affect web design This was posted by Adam Lewis on September 16th 2014 Unless you ve been living under a rock for the past few days you ll probably be well aware that Apple have announced the launch of the new iPhone 6 Any new technology can have web designers biting their fingernails and quaking in their boots as they rush to find out what effect it ll have on web design practices After all the iPhone is one of the most popular browsing devices in the modern age so ensuring your website is viewable on it is vital The current iPhone 5 model has a 4 inch screen displaying a 1136x640px resolution at 326ppi The iPhone 6 base model however has a 4 7 inch screen displaying 1334x750px at 326ppi The larger iPhone 6 model however will have a 5 5 inch screen with a whopping 1920x1080px display at 401ppi So not only is the new screen larger but there s an even larger model available as well A lot of websites will have problems that s no secret But if your website has been properly designed to have a responsive layout it should cause no problems at all Responsive design is meant to be flexible meaning it can respond to any resolution screen width and pixel density There are a number of advantages though For example the iPhone 6 offers web designers far more screen real estate meaning more information can be shown without

    Original URL path: https://www.ihm.co.uk/blog/2014/09/ (2016-02-13)
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  • August, 2014 | web design northampton - in.house.media news blog
    large block of text They want headlines pictures and video so it is easy Poor quality images It s easy to spot stock images but they are used time and time again They do not give a website any personality or demonstrate who you actually are A few good quality real images give a true and quality appearance Lack of or a bad call to action The main thing you want from your website is for people to contact you So this needs to be made clear and easy Do not just rely on one page with your contact details Filling all the space on the page White space is one of the best ways to make the important things stand out We want to be able to see and understand the page quickly This is not possible with a crowded webpage Confusing navigation Make it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for Keep it simple and logical Keep menu titles short concise and in a logical order Pop up windows Apart from being annoying and old fashioned it can become very confusing to have multiple windows open at once Not answering visitors questions People go to a website for information so it is important to tell them what they want to know No Comments Read More Tweet Search for Recent Posts Our Predictions for the Biggest Web Design Trends in 2016 What Are Landing Pages and When Should You Use Them Should All Websites Be Designed Primarily for Mobile 8 Hottest New Design Trends for Your Website Is Your Website Costing You Money Archives December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014

    Original URL path: https://www.ihm.co.uk/blog/2014/08/ (2016-02-13)
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  • May, 2014 | web design northampton - in.house.media news blog
    indication yet that you are a business based in the UK It will also mark your company out as right on top of technological developments The introduction of the uk domain is not simply a matter of national pride it has been created to benefit businesses in the UK One significant factor of registering a uk domain will be a requirement for registrants to prove that their companies are based in the UK giving visitors the confidence that the domain is owned by a real British company co uk is still staying though along with org uk me uk and all the other domains ending in uk that currently exist Businesses with these domain names are being offered a five year free reservation period in which they can take up the uk version of their name After this time the domain will become available to be registered by anyone Essentially if you already have a web address ending in uk there is no need to rush and as long as no conflict exists with another uk business with the same name So if you are a British business or organisation and you want to reinforce your online presence then registering your uk domain name should be high on your must do list No Comments Read More Tweet Search for Recent Posts Our Predictions for the Biggest Web Design Trends in 2016 What Are Landing Pages and When Should You Use Them Should All Websites Be Designed Primarily for Mobile 8 Hottest New Design Trends for Your Website Is Your Website Costing You Money Archives December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 May 2014

    Original URL path: https://www.ihm.co.uk/blog/2014/05/ (2016-02-13)
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  • April, 2014 | web design northampton - in.house.media news blog
    simplifying the cutting edge design Many web designers tend to forget there are still many of our more senior users that get confused when it comes to using the internet If the site is designed mainly to be appreciated by other designers profits could be lost Designers need to be aware that conventions are essential for the novice user A search bar staying at the top right hand side of the screen clear and easy to follow navigation and a consistent UI system that is easily identified To create a good working website you should start with a structure that will attract your audience and have the usability for them New trends in web design will always be important to the web designer and so they should be but just be cautious not to get to caught up with the latest trends which may distract your focus from the audience No Comments Read More Tweet Digital colour mixing for website design This was posted by Beverley Silvester on April 8th 2014 Most of us were taught during our school years how to mix two colours together to make another colour like blue and yellow made green and red and blue made purple Then mixing three primary colours such as blue red and yellow in varying amounts can create a wide range of shades of colour Mixing colours is a skill that all artists and designers practice but there is a difference when mixing colours in traditional media and digital colours Creating digital colours is much more challenging because you have to learn how a computer can produce digital art and all the many different colours and what was taught at school has no relevance what so ever Making your own colour wheel is the best way to experience the effects created by the different combinations of colour Our computer screens use an additive colour model not the same as the primary colours we learnt at school and they are red green and blue It sounds quite simple just mixing red green and blue to achieve various shades and tints but it takes a lot of practice before you begin to understand what colours you can create Colour is a very important aspect of the website design and where some people love a particular set of colours others will hate it However there are many colour mixing tools available on the Web that can help you to understanding the principles of digital colour mixing in the additive colour model Choosing the colour theme effectively for your website is highly relevant to the success of the design Using psychology and symbolism is still much argued about whether it is really any use when the designer is choosing the colour scheme red for danger and green for safety and so on However there is no denying it we still do associate certain colours with different feelings genders opulence youthfulness etc Choosing your colour theme should maybe start with your targeted audience bearing in

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  • March, 2014 | web design northampton - in.house.media news blog
    24 36 48 60 72 It is still used in modern day design applications and refers basically to a standardised sizing of fonts However there can be variances in the sizes with different fonts you ve probably noticed this when using word processing applications therefore it isn t a rule you should live by By and large if it looks right it probably is Don t worry too much about the numbers Testing with multiple fonts We d always advise against this The time to get your font right is at the start of the design process Pick one and stick with it Build your site around it If you find yourself changing fonts throughout the process or once the site is fully designed you ll likely have to start all over again Should I use free fonts An easy answer this If it looks right use it Don t worry about whether or not the font was free or paid for What matters is how it communicates your central message If it does the job then the price you pay is irrelevant and all the better if it s 0 No Comments Read More Tweet Using Google Analytics to assist with responsive web design This was posted by Mark Ellis on March 11th 2014 We all know how important it is to think mobile first when it comes to the web We also know that responsive design is the only form of web design worth considering if you are to engage with as wide an audience as possible But how do we make mobile websites smarter What steps can we take to make our websites work for people browsing it on their smartphone or tablet It s not just about ensuring the layout works You can spend a great deal of time doing that and still alienate many visitors One word analytics If you re yet to install Google Analytics do so today It s straightforward once you ve signed up for a free account Once the tracking code is placed in your website you ll have access to a wealth of data about your visitors and just how well the website is performing Today we ll cover three of the essential tools Analytics offers to assist in responsive web design Overview In Audience Mobile Overview you ll see visits to your website divided by desktop tablet and smartphone It s a great way of gaining a bird s eye view of these stats you ll instantly see just how many people are using mobile devices when viewing your content This will help you make some bold decisions about just how responsive you make need to make your website Devices In Audience Mobile Devices you ll see detailed stats on visits by device type It s pretty descriptive too you ll see iPhones Samsung Galaxys and likely all manner of other handheld devices listed These details may help you pinpoint usability issues with particular phones or specific operating systems

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