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Minimalist Web Design

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The Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus defined “The bigger the better” as: how much you value or want something is decided how big it is. But does this really counts for everything in life?

No, definitely not when it comes to web design. Yes, I know there will always be that someone who “knows” better or “thinks” that he knows better.

 

Get rid of needless things

Why would you want to include unnecessary elements and content in your web design? Certain designs can affect the usability of a website so you need to focus on the things that are important to your target market. Keep it simple – decide whether you want to include images etc. but you also need to make sure that you don’t lose the impact that you originally had in mind.

 

Keep colour to the minimum

Bright colours definitely do stand out but black, white or grey can add significance when it comes to minimalism. Choosing the right accent colours is vital but there is always room for any colours of the rainbow. Just be careful when it comes to bright colours – you don’t want your website to look like the exterior walls of the nursery on the corner of the street.

 

White and Grey emphasize

Take your minimalist web design to a larger extent with white spaces. To emphasize some elements over others, it is critical to use white space but try to avoid “empty” spaces. Shades of grey can be used for backgrounds and works beautifully when combined with black, white or other colours.

 

 Make every detail count

When you decide on doing minimalist web design, it is important to realize that all the other details have significance. Borders, spaces, colours, – the overall look – must all come together when there are just a few other elements.

You can still put your individual “stamp” on your website despite the minimalism. It can basically be anything: elegant or sophisticated, modern, fresh or even funky.

 

Typography

This is one element of minimalism where bigger is allowed to be better. Making use of big typography can make a huge impact on a website. It is a popular choice for headers, accents, and to add visual interests.

Circles are also very popular for minimalist websites. It can be used as accents in headings, logos and for navigation.o, next time you are planning a web design, remember you can keep it simple but beautiful.

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WebEden Wins Best Web Tool!

Well what can I say?

WebHostingSearch.com, a leading webhosting guide, has recommended us as a top pick for web site building solutions!!!

And here it is the award…

We were up against some pretty big names in this market so we’re chuffed, pleased, excited, and honoured  – thanks WebHostingSearch.

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5 Web Design Tips for your Business Website

Your website is often the first and only way potential customers find out about your business. And as website visitors make a decision in the first 6 seconds about whether to stay or leave, it’s vitally important that you present your business in the right way, and give your visitors the information they’re looking for.

Yet so many small businesses make classic mistakes with their site, effectively showing all these customers the door before they’ve even got inside.

So what are the important web design tips you should follow?


1. Make it easy to move around your website

People usually arrive on your website looking for specific information. If they don’t find it quickly they will leave, and have the impression that you’re a disorganized business.

The reason that websites have menus along the top or down the side is because user expect a particular format for websites. Stick to this format, and make the most important information the first thing they see.

Have a think about why people are on your website. Are they looking for your address or contact details? Do they want to know your opening hours? Do the want to know if you stock a particular item? Are they interested in the trade bodies you’re a member of? Answering these questions will help you organise the pages that should be easiest to find.

Here are a few tips

*Try icons. They’re visually appealing and easy to use
*Group related links together, such as ‘your account, support, contact us’ and ‘Ts & Cs, legal, privacy.
*Make it clear to users which page they’re on by using clear headlines

2. Use Clear Calls To Action

What is the aim of your website? Do you want people to buy something? do you want them to get in touch? Do you want them to sign up to your newsletter? The biggest mistake small business websites make is not having a clear call to action that asks there users to commit to something.

Whatever you want your users to do, make it clear by using a call-to-action button that grabs their attention. Here are a few tips:

*Think about the colour, size, shape and position of your call to action. Make it clear, make it stand out, and put it in an obvious place.
*Don’t confuse users by having multiple calls to action. Decide the main thing that you want them to do and stick to it.

3. Pick the right colours

This might seem a little obvious, but choosing the right colours is critical to your website. I’m not just talking about picking those colours that reflect your logo, your brand or your stationary. But it’s about making sure your colours stand out on the page, making it easy for people to read your content.

The right colours can also effective at sorting out the hierarchy of a page. Here’s some ideas:

*Look at how popular websites use colour and contrast to make stuff easy to read and understand.
*Try using size rather than just colour to make important text stand out.
*Test drive a Colour Contrast tool to check your colour choice such as http://snook.ca/technical/colour_contrast/colour.html

4. Organise Your Content

This is where most small businesses make the biggest mistakes. In a desperate urge to show website visitors how much stuff a business does, many put so many words on their site that it becomes impenetrable to readers.

The truth of it is that most website visitors can’t be bothered to read much text, and will avoid doing so unless it’s absolutely necessary. Even those embarking on a page of text will scan and skip to the end.

So when adding content to your site it’s important to get it into the right hierarchy, making it easy for users to jump to the most relevant section.

Here are three tips:

*Make your font big enough to be easy to read.
*Make significant use of white space, to focus the user on your content
*Make use of titles, subtitles, paragraphs, bullets, block quotes and other tricks to break up long passages.

And never make spelling or grammatical mistakes.

5. Reduce Clutter

This point follows on from content. Generally speaking, the more elements on a page, the harder it is to read. Websites with crammed homepages are difficult for visitors to take in and understand.

And website visitors who leave because they are overwhelmed, are not likely to return soon.

Clutter includes images too – they should only be there to capture attention and guide the user.

Here’s how to reduce clutter:

*With every element on a page, ask yourself the question: ‘can visitors understand this page if I took this away’. If the answer is yes, then you probably don’t need it.
*Make your most important content the easiest to find. Don’t let minor items get in the way of major ones.
*Help your users find what they’re looking for – don’t bog them down with other items like advertisements or promotions.

That’s it

These are five of my web design tips to make sure your small business website gets settled on the right course. Got any others? Leave a comment below.

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Website of the Week: Milaeon.co.uk

It’s time for our final Website of the Week for 2010. And what a website to finish on!

Milaeon.co.uk is the web presence of Actor & Performer agency MILAEON. This is a talented business, providing not just actor representation but also workshops, showreels, headshots, retouching, creative and studio space.

And it’s a great site, creatively and cohesively showcasing the business to best effect. There’s professional video, Twitter profile integration, good use of forms and plenty of images too.

Website Address:

www.milaeon.co.uk

When did you build your website?

2009

Why did you build a website?

It is an essential requirement of my business, so without it, no business!

What do you like best about your website?

The reason I chose webeden for my huge website is because I need to update a large number of pages on a daily basis, and most importantly in real time, because I receive bookings each hour, so the ease of making fast changes with a couple of clicks has proved very profitable for me.

What is your best website building tip?

Simplicity, but with a professional touch. Make sure your visitors know easily and exactly where to find what they require, and keep each page informative but free of clutter.

Addition:

I have rarely had any technical issues with webeden, but when one has popped up, the response from webeden has been fast and helpful, therefore in my years of using various web building companies, this is the only one I have actually recommended to anyone!

[Thanks for that – it’s very appreciated – Ken]

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If you want to be featured as our Website of the week, and get exposure to thousands of readers of the WebEden blog, visit the forum now!

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Website of the Week: WhiskyMerchants.co.uk

This week’s top website – and it’s been a long time coming – is WhiskyMerchants.co.uk.

A keen Twitter aficionado and (obviously!) a whisky advocate, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk brings you “information about all types of whiskies, tasting notes, expressions and bottlers”. This includes lots of details about distilleries & their history, visitor centres and all the relevant contact details.

We like this site. It is PACKED with information and tasting notes about every whisky you could think of (and a few more besides). Despite this density the site is easy to navigate and above all displays an enthusiasm for the subject which is pretty inspiring. Take a look!

Website Address:

www.whiskymerchants.co.uk

When did you build your website?

Started building the website in January 2008 and been adding information to it ever since.

Why did you build a website?

One of my rivals had hijacked the advertising space on a whisky information site I was advertising on. So I thought why not build my own and use it to advertise my commercial website

I looked around for some website building software and came across webeden. after reading the positive reviews and the free trial decided to have a go.

What do you like best about your website?

The flexibility, I can add flash video, twitter feeds, news feeds, all this makes it easy to keep the website looking up to date. plus the ease of use, I am a one eyed one finger 50 plus (never been taught) webbie so if I can do it any one can

What is your best website building tip?

Use twitter and Google news feeds. these can be added so as to be always updating your website even when you cannot.

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If you want to be featured as our Website of the week, and get exposure to thousands of readers of the WebEden blog, visit the forum now!

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Website of the Week: Transform-macedonia.net

This week’s best website is an international one – and one of the best we’ve seen.

Transform-Macedonia.net is the website for the Institute of Spiritual Development in Macedonia. It’s another strong design by Web Design studio Fractal Design. The site is tightly themed, uses great visual tricks such as a drop-shadow on the homepage video, and strikes a good balance between images, text and (that often forgotten necessity) space.

Website Address:

http://www.transform-macedonia.net/

When did you build your website?

Completed July 2010

Why did you build a website?

It was for a client in Macedonia who is opening an Institute for Spiritual Development in the country.

What do you like best about your website?

I love the relationship between vimeo and webeden created by the HTML snippet.

What is your best website building tip?

Because webeden is soooo accessible you can create amazing websites, but also clutter the screen with too many gizmos. Don’t get excited about the number of features. Think about the viewer. We all start on google because the blank space relaxes us – do the same with your website.

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If you want to be featured as our Website of the week, and get exposure to thousands of readers of the WebEden blog, visit the forum now!

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Website of the Week: NightlineDesign.com

We’ve been away for a week but what a site to come back to!

NightlineDesign.com demonstrates the pure free-form design-led creativity that we think makes WebEden great. The site is completely bespoke – it doesn’t make use of any templates. The images are powerful and displayed evenly and effectively. And the use of black ground add weight to the whole project. Inspiring stuff!

Website Address

www.nightlinedesign.com

When did you build your website?

I created my website, about a year ago, and since then have completely re-designed the function and look of the site, keeping the site in tune to my latest projects.

Why did you build a website?

I originally built my site to work as an online folio, but am now helping young people in cornwall set up in buisness, helping them to find the right image that suits their company.

The website now reflects everything around my buisness and has helped me get my design work out there.

What do you like best about your website?

The thing I like most about my website, is that its simple direct and easy for my customers to find out what they need without having a website jammed full of imformation. All my photography is original and flows nicely with the webeden software.

I hope the site looks visually eyecatching to you [It does – Ken] , and would love it if you chose my site as website of the week [Done!].

Thanks for developing such a usefull piece of software

Wesley Martindale

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If you want to be featured as our Website of the week, and get exposure to thousands of readers of the WebEden blog, visit the forum now!

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Website of the Week: Jewellery-Storeonline.co.uk

Well the last one was so good that we left it up there for not 1 week but 2. But now its time for another Website of the week.

Here’s jewellery-storeonline.co.uk, a newly established Internet-only outfit who aim to bring you ‘the best products at amazing prices’! The website is easy to navigate and clearly laid out, and shows that an ecommerce site doesn’t have to be complicated.

Website Address:

www.jewellery-storeonline.co.uk

When did you build your website?

I started building my website roughly 3 – 4 weeks ago and I am now advertising on google hoping to drive potential customers in!

Why did you build a website?

I created my website as i researched the market and found that there was a gap in the market for low and high cost jewellery making accessories all on one site.

What do you like best about your website?

The thing i like best about my site is that i built it my self and everything is in fully working order. because i created it myself i can make alterations any time i want to.

What is your best website building tip?

My best website building tip would be that if your not happy with something change it, and also if you think of adding anything WRITE IT DOWN SO YOU DON’T FORGET!!!!!

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If you want to be featured as our Website of the week, and get exposure to thousands of readers of the WebEden blog, visit the forum now!

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Website of the Week: Tonbridge631.co.uk

Welcome back to Website of the Week!

This time we’ve got the interestingly nameed Tonbridge631.co.uk, the website of the Tonbridge Round Table. I like this site. It’s very simple. It’s very focused. There is a clear flow and consistency to every page. The colour scheme is professional but interesting. And it’s all very easy to navigate.

Website Address:

www.tonbridge631.co.uk

When did you build your website?

Apr 19 2010 12:21AM

Why did you build a website?

I built and donated this website to Tonbridge Round Table as a thanks for all their efforts they put into the local community. The Webeden on-line software enabled me to create an easy to use basic website that has had a massive impact with nearly 400 hits within 7 weeks.

What do you like best about your website?

I like the ability to make the site ergonomic for the user and the ability to lay out pictures and text to keep the site uniform.

What is your best website building tip?

The best tip would be space. When building a site it is very easy to cram a lot of images and text on to one page witch can look very messy but keeping everything to a minimum and using space to keep the site clean and crisp. So my tip is keep it simple.

Thanks Webeden hope you like my handy work… [Ken: we do!]

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