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Does Your Website Need a Redesign?

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Check The Villa Restaurant of Newtown the new design at:http://www.thevillarestaurantofnewtown.com/

I design them first website 2006 and i redesign in 2013 responsive for all platforms
First impressions do matter, especially when potential customers are visiting your website. Your prospective customers will start making assumptions about your organization at the first glance of your website. If your website has an unattractive user interface or poor navigation, potential customers will immediately leave your website in search of something better.
So what factors do prospective customers evaluate on your website to decide whether or not it’s worth their time? Is all the content on your website relevant to your business? Do you think it’s time for a website redesign?
Knowing When to Start Over
Obviously, all websites need continuous improvement. Just surf through your competitors’ websites or any website for a few minutes and discover that they are looking at old and obsolete graphics and content. But there are so many other reasons to redesign your website; some of them not so obvious, but are at the core of your website.
Making Your Website Your Priority
It is common for all businesses to neglect their website just dealing with the day-to-day business activities. It is not enough just to have some random information and few contact phone numbers. These days, to stay ahead of your competition you need to pull your customers in with an interesting website design and relevant content. This will not only attract the first-timers, but also make them repeat visitors.
Website Redesign Checklist
Here is a simple checklist to help you evaluate and then decide if it is time to redesign your website:

Are your current business goals and strategies consistent with your website?
Does your offline and online marketing complement each other?
Is your website constructed of CSS and XHTML, as well as HTML?
Have you eliminated all broken links and/or typos from your website?
Is your website easy to read – legible font sizes, colors and style?
Is your website information and contact information up to date?
Is your website’s appearance clean and simple (i.e. not jumbled up with flashing images/graphics or overwhelming content)?
Does your website display properly in all the web browsers, specially the new ones (e.g. Apple’s Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome)?
Does your website have a low visitor bounce rate (i.e. visitors click to your website and do not leave immediately from the first landing page)?
Does your website rank on Google and other search engines?
Is your website updated regularly with blogs, news releases, newsletters, video demos/webinars and white papers?
Is your website mobile friendly (e.g. accessible to iphone and blackberry users)?
Is your website easy to navigate (i.e.it’s easy to get from one page to another with top and sidebar navigation, including breadcrumb navigation)?
Does your website generate PPC leads with capturing mechanism to collect emails, like a form?
If you answered NO to most of the questions, then it is highly recommended that you immediately consider redesigning your website.

Act Quickly & Cautiously
Once you are aware that your website requires a redesign, you need to do your homework.  There are many web designing companies offering expert solutions, but not all website architects and designers are worth their price.
Look for those that use latest market trends, have a portfolio of website redesign projects that they are willing to share with you and take the time to understand your needs before making blanket recommendations about what your website should look like.
Little Updates Can Make An Impact
Make sure to ask for the simple solutions that can make a big impact at a fraction of the cost; like adding conversion forms, contact forms and other interactive elements that will allow you to collect leads.
Make Your Redesign a Priority
These little updates will save time and get you moving forward until you are ready for a complete redesign. These subtle changes should not take the place of a much needed website redesign, but will get you headed in the right direction until you have allocated the funds needed for a complete overhaul of your online presence.      Article Source

 

Free download: Modern long shadow icons

Looking for long shadow style icons? Good, then you came to the right place!
Flat design has been continuing virtually unchallenged for some time now, and it’s started to develop sub-styles. One of the most popular new trends is long shadow design, and you’d have to have been living under a rock not to have seen it.
Long shadow design is often abused by trend-chasing designers who want to seem hip, but used correctly and it’s a great tool. This great icon set designed by
WebIconSet.com
. They provide professional and quality royalty-free stock icons for designers. You can access to over 1,000+ premium icons with an affordable subscription fee. All of the icons are perfect for websites, web applications and wireframes creation. There are 3 types of premium icons including pictograms, stock icons and mini icons, all professionally designed. You can check out their
free icons
too.
Look at the home icon: the long shadow works perfectly to create a path to the door, a welcoming and enticing effect. Another great use of the long shadow is on the document icon, in which the file seems to push forward into the circle; it’s positive, dynamic and reinforces the message being communicated.

Free download: Modern long shadow icons

Free download: 10 photorealistic backdrops

Mocking up a product online can be difficult. Leave it floating in space and it looks wrong. But then, Photoshop it onto a desk or a work surface and you risk overpowering the product; or worse, making the image appear deceptive.

Designers with lightbox facilities in their office have nothing to worry about, but for anyone else a good backdrop that complements a product is priceless.

Happily we have this set of lovely backgrounds, with smooth gradients and lovely colors, courtesy of Romanian designer Raul Taciu and his site GraphicBurger.com.

Each image is available in high-resolution, 2800px by 2000px. The blurred forms ideal for shallow focus photographs.

The backgrounds are free for personal and commercial use

Free download: 10 photorealistic backdrops

Free Websites For Charities.

As a reputable source of professional web design, aWebDesignGuru is happy to design free charity websites for nonprofits as a side project to our standard business and corporate website projects. What does it take to be eligible for free charity websites from aWebdesignGuru

You must be a legitimate non-profit service or organization. You need to be certified or registered by whatever means are necessary in your country, or willing to provide us with some other form of substantial proof that you are requesting the free charity website for an organization that helps others and does not profit from its work.
The website must be used in relation to your service. We are happy to make sites that help out the efforts of sincere charitable causes, and we will only create sites that are directly related to the non-profit work itself. For example, if you distribute food to the hungry, your free charity websites should be all about the services you provide, history of your organization, calendar of events, staff, sponsors, and other related content. This is pretty straight forward, so if you are honest you have nothing to worry about.
aWebDesignGuru reserves the right to determine whether or not to create you a site, and will take on new organizations by our own discretion and as time permits. If we believe you are abusing our donation by representing your organization dishonestly or trying to make a profit, we reserve the right to take back all content and design. Please don’t take advantage of us; we’re trying to do a good thing here!

aWebDesignGuru believes that giving back is an important part of living and working in the global community. In sum, if you are a legitimate charity working to help people and the planet, we are willing to create a free website to support your efforts. If you are interested in having us design a site for your charity, please get in touch with us!

jQuery 2.0 Beta 2 Released

The next beta of jQuery 2.0 has arrived! This beta has several changes and tweaks based on the feedback we received from those of you who generously tested the first beta. We really need you to test this version as well and let us know what still needs to be done. We believe this version is very stable and ready for you to try; don’t wait until the final release and then find out your code doesn’t run with it.

Remember that jQuery 2.0 will not run on IE 6, 7, or 8; we’re saving that duty for jQuery 1.9. We fully expect that most Internet web sites may continue to use jQuery 1.x for quite a while, as long as older versions of IE still comprise a large proportion of web surfers. And so the jQuery team will also continue to support both the jQuery 1.x and 2.x lines. Don’t feel like you’re missing something or falling behind by using 1.9 on your web site, since the APIs for 1.9 and 2.0 are the same.

If you’d like to try jQuery 2.0 on web sites where you still need to support IE 6, 7, and 8, you can use conditional comments. All browsers except old IE will get the second script and ignore the first:

There are lots of other environments where jQuery 2.0 should fit in very well. Here are a few suggestions:

Google Chrome plugins
Mozilla XUL apps and Firefox extensions
Firefox OS apps
Chrome OS apps
Windows 8 Store (“Modern/Metro UI”) apps
BlackBerry 10 WebWorks apps
PhoneGap/Cordova apps
Apple UIWebView class
Microsoft WebBrowser control
Cheerio or jsdom with node.js
Intranet applications

On the node.js front, the jQuery team now owns the “jquery” and “jQuery” names in npm and will soon be shipping 2.0 releases there.

You can get this latest beta from the jQuery CDN:

http://code.jquery.com/jquery-2.0.0b2.js

To run pre-1.9-era code with jQuery 2.0, you can also use the jQuery Migrate plugin to restore deprecated features from those older versions and/or diagnose compatibility issues. We strongly recommend that you do use Migrate for older code, it will save a lot of time and trouble in debugging.

5 Key Concepts For Mobile Web Design To Look Out For In 2013

In July 2012, there were already 6 Billion mobile subscribers worldwide. That’s 87% of the entire world’s population. In December 2012, the mobile share of web traffic across the world was 14.55% compared to 8.04% a year before. In the US, 25% of all web traffic comes from mobile-only users, while in developing countries like Egypt these numbers go up to 70%. If the growth rate continues like that, we can expect mobile internet to take over desktop internet usage by 2014.

There is no way around facing this rapid change. More even, we would do good embracing it so we can adapt early and ensure a steady experience for our users — now and in the future. As mobile internet usage increases, so do the expectations users have towards your website. People will have easier access to high quality devices and better mobile networks. They will be more flexible in time and place when visiting your website, and as a consequence their user behaviour will change.
The smaller screen size is only one challenge we face with the shift away from desktop to mobile. There are also other hurdles that we need to overcome. While technical limitations and different interactions might be rather obvious challenges, we also need to think about more specific aspects like the different context of use and different user behaviours. Here are 5 key concepts for mobile web design to look out for in 2013.
1. Variety in screen size & screen resolution

Let’s start off with the most obvious challenge of mobile web design — the limited screen real estate. Over the last couple of years, the industry has developed great web standards for desktop devices. Usability is hardly the issue anymore and designers have what seems like boundless possibilities to create exceptional user experiences. With an increasing focus on mobile devices, some of these possibilities will not be relevant and new standards need to be defined.

Mobile describes any handheld device, such as tablets or mobile phones. Screen sizes and resolutions vary widely, making it an even bigger challenge to meet the requirements for all different devices. To name just a few popular smartphones, the iPhone 5 has a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels at 326 pixel per inch (ppi), the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a resolution of 1,280 by 720 pixels at 306 ppi and the Nokia Lumina 920 has 1,280 by 768 pixels at 332 ppi. The retina display of the new iPad with a screen resolution of 2,048 × 1,536 pixel at 264 pixel per inch (ppi) even requires special images to avoid a blurry display.
At this point, there are a couple of different solutions that help you deal with your mobile site. You can:

Show your desktop version and have users zoom in to see your content
Build a mobile site with HTML 5
Build a native app for mobile devices
Go for a responsive design

There is a big debate going on whether to stick with a native app, or build a mobile site with HTML5, and this debate will continue in 2013. For example, Mark Zuckerberg just recently decided for a new native app for Facebook, because he believes that HTML5 is not ready yet. As a reaction, Sencha built Fastbook, a technology proof of concept that demonstrate that HTML5 provides the tools to write apps that are comparable to native ones in performance. Personally, I think that a responsive website is the most flexible and most convenient way to go about your mobile site.

In any case, less room also means less content — or at least less content at once. So you have to prioritize. A good approach might be to design your content mobile first. Include only the most crucial and time- and location-specific functions and features in your mobile version. Keep it simple and clean try to avoid promotional or other distracting content. It is important that you keep your key features consistent on all devices to help your users find their way and avoid confusion. Mobile users typically look for small pieces of information, and they want them quickly.
2. Technical limitations

Mobile networks become more and more advanced and in some areas even 4G is available, ensuring a smooth and fast mobile connection. 3G has been launched in 159 countries and more than 45% of the world’s population is covered by a 3G mobile network. These numbers sound exciting and, living in countries like the US, you might find it difficult to imagine any other standards. Yet, about 55% of the world’s population has to deal with slower mobile connections.
Slower connections lead to longer loading times and require us to seriously consider the data load of mobile websites. For example, video and large images can slow down a website tremendously, at the expense of both the usability and the user experience of the site. If you cannot guarantee that your users have access to a fast mobile connection or access your site using wifi, then make sure you strip down your site to what’s most important.

Apart from the connection, mobile devices now and in the near future will always be limited by less powerful hardware and limited software support for multimedia as well as multimodal content. Therefore, it will always stay a challenge to create the same user experience on both mobile and desktop devices.

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