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Incorporate Current Trends to Make Your Website Look Fresh and Relevant

In 2005 when I have started web designing and web programming, we all have an awesome platform and it was Micromedia Flash. Yes, Adobe was not on the horizon except for Photoshop.

With Flash, we were creating entire website and lots of animations, splash pages, introductory presentations, etc. Unfortunately, today Flash website or Flash technology itself is considering as antique piece. This indicates that how time is changing fast and trends are changing rapidly. Many new styles comes and many go to disappear in timeline.

Our tastes, standards of likeness, fascinations, and definition of sumptuousness changing ever with the pace of time. Therefore, as successful web designers, we have to keep learning constant, keep our eyes on coming trends and technologies, and most importantly try to experiment new things with some creative thoughts.

 

Website Performance Matters More

Today we can’t think about the Flashy animations, splash pages, or heavy weight images, which can kill time and interest of the ever shortening attentions of our audience. Load fast and place important things in logical yet alluring manner using superb information architecture and content strategy. UX is a new buzzword in the market. Thus, you have to respect the needs of the market and afford UX professional or learn UX fundaments right now.

 

Flat yet Intelligent Web Designs Rocking

Today we need intensive image optimizations in order to make responsive designing or mobile specific web layouts. This directly eliminating usage of excessive Photoshop effects such as rounded corners, drop shadows, reflections, embossing, gradients, and other various filters as they increasing our KBs. The biggest players like Google, Apple, etc. are more banking in flat and sweet designing.

Today our main focus is to deliver message of the website or image effectively therefore, we have to avoid all distracting things from the ways of the eye flow of our audience. Thus, white spaces, judicious style of texts and most importantly simplicity matter more here. We have only one slogan “Go to the point, no disturbance please”.

 

Off-Canvas but Smart Web Designing

However, popups and flyers/fly out windows are prohibited in the beginning of the website as they cause higher bounce rate. We still use popups intelligently in our web and mobile designing. As most of the time we never prefer to let our users to leave their existing page, product page in e-commerce, in particular, therefore, we have to take help of popups or fly out windows to show additional yet temporary information.

Off-canvas approach are desirable in present responsive web designing era as they solve our major problems without creating distractions in user experiences and various iconic designing prefer springing or popups whenever user tap it or hover it.

Finally, learning HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, and other contemporary scripting equip us to accomplish high quality animations, splashing effects, and much more in real-time using Ajax like technologies are our insurance against the success in modern web designing.

 

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Use White Space as an Active Element in Your Web and Mobile Designing

Once upon a time web designers and even graphics designers for print were considering white spaces a wastage of real estate of the web or printing page. However, it was costing factors that lead print media to use maximum space whereas the size of monitors at that time force web designers to utilize the most available spaces on the small screens.

Today, both have changed and we are living in an user experiences era where we have new parameters to consider the hearts of the readers so let’s take a brief review of the usage of white spaces on the web designing front and their ultimate benefits in order to improve our ROI.

Benefit No. 1—Readability

Yes, we are living in fast-paced era where everyone suffering from time shortage syndromes and its ultimate solution is reading the text as quickly as possible. Now, tell me if you have a paragraph with condensed text and intimidating you grasp the content quickly, what will you do? Definitely, you may prefer to leave it and jump to another para or page, which is rather easier to read.

Now, if you technically deprecate that para you will find that whether the font size of the text is not good enough or the space between the two lines are not adequate to separate them properly and give ways to your eyes to read quickly. There might be some other factors like padding of paragraph margins might not enough and making it clumsy at first look.

Sure, the researchers on the readability have found out that if text font size and line height (space between the two consecutive lines) are not in ratio of 150%, means if font size is 10 then the line height should be 15 pixels. Same the way padding or leading space between the page margins and para should be somewhat more than 10 pixels or appropriate to the font size of the texts. Similarly, usage of bullets and other tricks to make texts scanning easy will prove useful to achieve greater readability.

Thus, judicial usage of white space makes texts easy to read and comprehend. The scientific reason behind it is that people love scanning the texts rather than reading it word-by-word. The same principle is working in case of images where congested typography is prohibited for sake of good user experiences.

Benefit No. 2—Comfort to the Eyes

If you leave enough white space in your image/graphics designing, it will offer a comfort to the onlookers and let them to focus on the main message of the image first. For instance, you wish to evoke a sensation through some graphics, but your typeface and their background is attracting attention first you might lost the delivery of your important message to your audience and visitors will leave image just after reading the text only.

Benefit No. 3—Smooth Eye Flow

This directly teach us that make secondary message subtle and suppress against the first one by offering enough white space in the graphics. Another important usage of white space is to make eye flow of the user smooth this directly leads them to focus on the main parts of the image

Benefit No. 5—Grab Attention

As in above para, we have seen that white space is an active element in the web designing of the content and the graphics designs so we can use the white space in some smart ways such as to grab the attention of the users. For instance, if you want to grab attention of the readers on the call-to-action button or an UI element you have to leave some extra white space around them and make the button prominent in the eyes of the visitors so they focus their thoughts on the message of the button and take appropriate action.

If we make call-to-action button heavy in size and color we can add more flare them by providing more white space around it and grab immediate attention of the customers in many e-commerce websites.

Benefit No. 6—Clustering the UI Elements

Yes, if you want to make some visual groups of texts or UI elements you have very handy arsenal and that is white space, which allows you to formulate groups, or clusters of the elements, which may grab ultimate attention and deliver a well-crafted message to the users of the website or web application.

 

Helping Hand to Newbie WordPress Developers Part 3

In previous part 2, we have explored the ways to know database, and learned how to use them in our WordPress development effectively. In this recent post, we would like to know about the transferring process of local WordPress website to the live server without losing anything and with a smooth process.

Use cPanel

Once you finish the development process at local server, you will have huge database as well as bulky folders with innumerable files for posts, pages, images, themes, plugins, and so on. Today we are using cPanel to place and manage our website or web application sources to the hosting server. No doubt, cPanel is equipped with all tools and technologies to manage and migrate sources from local to live server manually, but there are various plugins available to do these tasks automatically with adequate security and speed for bulky web sources.

Use FTP

There BackupBuddy and Duplicator plugins used in recent generations or WordPress programmers who used to face such task on daily bases for their patrons. We know we can’t copy past our source files and folders without setting permissions and security variables appropriately. Therefore, use of FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is mandatory for all WordPress developers.

There are various FTP clients available in the market for free or paid such as WS_FTP for windows platforms, Filezilla as firefox or other browser plugins, FireFTP for all platforms, Cyberduck for Mac only, and WinSCP for windows only.

Transfer Database

The first and foremost step is to transfer local WordPress database using phpMyAdmin. As we have learn about phpMyAdmin in previous parts, we need to know that here we have to use only its export button located at the top menu bar of cPanel of your local host. Now, select all tables and zipped them to compress. After compression select zip file and push the Go button, located at the bottom of the page to download your database.

Now, turn on FTP client and connect it with your live site, where you will find various directories so you need to select proper directory for you and that would be public_html directory in your domain. The next step would be to select your WordPress files on local server and upload them to the liver server.

Create New Database

For database transfer you need to create MySQL database on the live site first using the cPanel features given especially for MySQL database. Once you push that database button on the cPanel dashboard you will enter in to the database creation wizard where you need to fill up all essential input fields with appropriate information.

Finish Database Transfer

Now, finally you come at the stage of importing you zipped database file saved in previous steps. At very moment, database section on cPanel will help you to import database so go to database section and click on phpMyAdmin where you will find new database with no tables so now click the import tab in the top menu and on the import page select file button and select your zipped database. After selection, you can press Go button at the bottom of the page and start importing process.

In next part, we will finish the transferring process from local to live.