5 Trends in Web Design You Might Like to Try for 2013

If you have not done it yet, the month of March may just be when you will start thinking of revamping the look of your website. You are probably thinking that the third month of the New Year is just the right time to scout the web and see what trends have come to stay for the year.

You might like to pick one or two of these trends to apply on your site, so you will have an improved design to present to your audience. It might also be that you will make use of these trends to prepare your website for the possible changes that may happen in the course of the year when it comes to new CSS or HTML features.

So, here are the newest trends in web design that you will face and have to decide about this year:

Minimalistic Single Tone Site Colours

This means using a single tone of colour all throughout your site. This minimalistic trend is great at getting your readers to pay attention more on your content rather on your colours or your design. See the redesigned site of Mashable where a single colour is consistently used to determine the theme of its new look.

Going the Responsive Direction

In 2013, you need to have a responsive or fluid design that will shift and adjust itself so its entire content will be seen in mobile devices such as an iPhone or an iPad. This is very important because more and more people have smartphones and other mobile gadgets that they use to access the Internet.

Cool Typography

This is the year for you to stop using the Arial font and change it for something more creative and eye-catching. You can use CSS 3’s FontFace to get any kind of template from the Internet just by using the URL as reference and try it out to enhance your site’s look.

Go with Highlight Boxes

Instead of sticking with Javascript sliders, why don’t you use highlight boxes instead. This is a static box that has an image for its background and comes with an article header or punch line at the top. You can even use different colour tones for these boxes when you decide to replace your old sliders with them.

Influx of More Web Development Companies

If you think there were already a lot of web development companies before, think again. This year, you will see more. This is mainly because more and more designers are emerging to offer quality services at more affordable prices and to counter those companies that are offering their services at prices not everyone can afford.

The only problem you will have with this is being able to decide which firm to go for when you plan on having your website redesigned. If you will do your research carefully and pore over portfolios thoroughly, you will find one that will cater to your needs well.

Choosing The Best Web Design Company Is Crucial to Your Online Success

Any entrepreneur or small business owner wants to promote their business by having a professionally site that will showcase their products and services online. The process of putting together an efficient online presence is quite challenging, especially for most business owners who are new to the internet. Whether you are looking for a web design solution, choosing the right company is crucial to your online success.

Finding reputable designers who can do the good work is often a challenge for many. Here are tips to help you find the right web development firm.

(1). Shop around.

Compare the design quality with their respective cost. Take some time to browse on portfolio pages and visit the actual site. Check the site’s functionality and make sure you list down the services included in every quote. How many web pages are included in the price? Will they include a contact form in your site for an extra cost? Does their quote includes a site optimization or is that a charged add-on? Are enhancements included in the price already?

(2). Don’t hesitate to ask for references.

Contact the company’s existing and past clients. You can find these references in their portfolio. You can always ask them directly for referrals. Ask them about their customer service experience, communication and completion time.

What better way to know a firm’s reputation than to hear from its actual clients? You can always find reviews online about a certain company. You can find reviews that feature comprehensive descriptions about their experience with a certain company. To get a better picture, find companies with five to ten satisfactory reviews.

(3). Start with local searches.

Avoid overwhelming yourself by starting your search with local companies. For instance, if your company is based in Canada, try using the keywords ‘web design Canada’ for local results. If you own a business located in Israel, then type the words ‘web design Israel’ on the search box. A web development company can offer anything from e-commerce web designs to on page informational sites. Having a clear sense of why you want a website and its purpose are two important aspects that you need to consider.

If you aren’t having good luck finding what you want, find a local business site that you think looks great. Ask the owner of the site for their designer and contact that professional or web design firm. Most businesses are open about that information.

(4). Find ways on how you can save on web design.

As a rule of thumb, never commit to the first web design company that you come across (no matter how nice you think it is). Contact at least two to three designers so you can compare their differences in service, cost and the services they provide. And as for saving cash, quality and low cost services rarely go together. A good way for business owners to save on costs is to outsource some of the tasks. Business owners can draft content for their website copy and leave the design to professionals.

Cheaper Web Design For Your Business – A New Era is Upon Us

And we can wave goodbye to the extortionate prices of the old days. As with anything computer related, web design and online commerce is a fast growing market with new technology coming out all the time. Tasks are becoming easier and quicker with the end products more robust and better looking. As such the old age of needlessly convoluted web development is drawing to a close. Let’s not get too hasty. The requirement for web programmers will always be there. The biggest of the biggest businesses and corporate entities will need expansive web development and back end databases which require a lot of work to build and even more to maintain. However, Jim’s ceramics shop from down the road is not in need of such an extensive website.

Small Business Web Design for the Modern Era

Many of the small businesses I speak to in and around London realise the benefits of operating online. Chances are that your business will gain an advantage in some form by providing an online service; even if it is as simple as saying – where we are, what we do, and how to find us. The Internet is a beautifully integrated medium and nowadays websites such as Yelp and Google Maps can tell us where to shop and make the whole process that little bit easier. This is a vital medium for any business looking to expand, and could very be the defining feature that puts you above your competitors.

But what are the costs involved? Surely it’s an expensive thing to get done?

Should you forgo the standard route and find a web agency to create your site end to end from nothing. You will be told that a budget of at least a couple grand is required. Starting from the drawing board consumes many man hours and requires a lot of hard work. Many of my clients do not require such a process, and I am happy to advise them that this is not the only way. The chances are that if your business needs a website, even with quite specific functionality, someone else has already been in the same boat as you already. There is a wealth of open source applications, widgets and other material that make many of the tasks that would have been time consuming, quick easy and professional.

As a freelance web designer specifically for small businesses, I can provide a different route.

Many of the sites I build take advantage of open source technology, and my savings in time translate to your savings in money. And this is great news for my clients who are happy to still retain the professional build quality that they expect, at a fraction of the price.