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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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New .XXX Domain Name Extension in the pipeline

What’s your favourite domain name extension? Have you opted for the .co.uk? Or are you a fan of the web’s biggest domain, the .com. What about one of the new domain extensions such as .biz or .info?

Well if you’re a fan of domain names then you might be excited to hear that there’s a new one on the way – the .XXX. But before you rush out and buy one beware: this is for adult content only!

The Internet’s governing body – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently approved the new .XXX domain but will restrict it to ‘adult content’ Web sites.

ICANN have been chewing this over for a decade but gave it final approval at its annual meeting in San Francisco in March, voting 9-3 to approve the domain.

There’s actually quite a few governments, including the U.S., opposed the creation of the domains. And surprisingly, the Free Speech Coalition, which represents some of the adult industry, were also against it.

Perhaps the only ones to profit will be those selling the new domain extension – thought to cost $60 each.

And no, WebEden will not be offering the .XXX for sale!

What do you think – a good idea because it clearly marks out adults sites? Or is this just another money making exercise for ICANN and the registrars? Leave us a comment below.

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No dotCYM for Wales

What is your domain extension? I mean the bit at the end – what your domain name ends in? Most of us in the UK are happy with a .co.uk (including WebEden), although some opt for the ‘global’ domain ‘.com. There are a load of others to choose from (just search for a domain name to see what choices there are).

The organisation that decides on and administers domain extensions is called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

After a long campaign, ICANN have decided that Wales will not be given it’s own domain extension.

To the dismay of campaigners, and despite a load of campaign funds given by the Welsh assembly, .cym has just been assigned to the Cayman Islands.

The campaign for .CYM for Wales has been running since 2008, when ICANN decided to admit a load of new Top Level Domains (TLDs). TLDs are either generic (like .COM) or country specific (like .co.uk, .fr etc.)

dotCYM supporters believed that .cym for Wales would “play a strategic role in validating Welsh culture and language” and “make it easier for individuals and groups who wish to associate with the community to identify with other users around the world”.

There are already Welsh versions of Windows and Office, an apparently a Welsh Mac OS X will launch soon. But it’s the end of the road for .CYM.

Are you based in Wales? Do you think that Wales deserved a .CYM? Or does it not really matter? Leave us a comment below.

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How the BP Oil spill is being played out on Google

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a huge, tragic environmental disaster.

10,000 barrels of oil a day are pouring into the sea, killing sea and bird life and wrecking a beautiful coastline for a generation.

There is a war of blame being played out on our TVs nightly. Obama and the American people blame BP. BP blame the company they leased the equipment from. Reputations are hanging in tatters.

Huge events drive people to seek more information online, and they often turn to Google for that information. In this case there has been a huge growth in the number of searches related to the oil spill.

BP have been quite to pick up on this fact, and are using Google AdWords to defend their reputation. They’re currently bidding on oil spill related keywords with this advert.


They’re keen to communicate all the ways in which they are helping to fight and clean up the spill.

Wherever there’s blame, there’s a court case. And some wily law firms have wised up to this by using Google AdWords themselves, this time to gather weight behind legal action against BP.

These law firms know that any payout by BP will be huge, and they want to start the ball rolling now.

The oil spill has also had an influence on domain names, with hundreds of oil spill related domains such as bigoilspills.com being registered. Again, it’s the law firms hoping to represent claimants in their battle to win damages from BP.

The whole episode is a sad one, but which also has a huge economic influence on anyone connected.

Have you tried using Google AdWords to take advantage of any events & interests? Leave us a comment below.

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Happy 25th Birthday to the .COM

It’s been able to get married for almost a decade; and voted in the last two elections, but another important age has been reached: The .com domain name is now 25 years old.

The very first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com, on behalf of ’80s computer maker Symbolics.

That year – 1985 – there were just 5 further domains registered. The growth in domain names remained fairly slow for the next 10 years, and it wasn’t until 1997 that the 1million milestone was reached.

These days and astonishing 100,000 domain names registered every day, and a total of 86m that are active. A further 113m .com websites have come and gone.

Falling costs

The low early numbers was partly down to the cost. A domain name cost several hundred pounds. Not so any more – you can register a .com domain name with WebEden for  £11.99 a year.

Some domain names have gone on to be worth a lot more than their original registration cost – as we saw with our coverage of the world’s most expensive domain name.

Not many left

With 86 million domains in circulation, there have been worries that there are not enough domain names left. In fact, there are just 35,000 unregistered single word .com or .net domain names remaining. You can see them all – and be inspired to snap them up – over at lastwordsleft.com.

What happened to Symbolics.com?

What about Symbolics, that domain name pioneer? They went bust a few years ago, although the domain has been snapped up by a speculator.

Do you own a great domain name? Are you interested in speculating in the online real estate of domains? Leave us a comment below.

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How to integrate your WebEden website with Blogger

A few weeks ago we had a guest blog from Alison Cross from AlisonCross4Webs.co.uk about how to set up a blog with blogger.

Now its time for the second part of that blog – how to integrate your WebEden website with your blogger blog. Over to Alison!

In this second and final instalment about setting up a blogger account, I’ll show you how to make your blog look professional by personalising the domain name and setting up your google analytics to run on your blog.

Y’see, when you set up your free blog, it will be called something like myblog.blogspot.com with EVERYONE who has a blogger account sharing that ‘blogspot’ domain name.

How much more professional would it look to have your blog showing as blog.yourdomain.com. Much more top drawer, don’t you think?

Here’s what you do

First of all, you need to tell your domain name to hold out its hand to hook up with the incoming info.  To this end, you need to create a CNAME record.

If you have purchased your domain name via webeden, they can set this up for you.

To request these changes, please send an email to ken@webeden.net

All you need to supply them with is the name that you want to call your blog (something short like ‘blog’ will do, but for illustration purposes I’m going to use ‘mymusings’) and from where to expect the incoming info.  For Blogger, this is ghs.google.com

The boffins at webeden will do this for you and thereafter the technical bit is down to you.  Relax.  I’ve done it so YOU can do it too.

Go to your blog and open it up.  Under the Settings tab, go to Publishing and there, you’ll see a link that allows you to publish to a custom domain.

Type in the details of the new domain name.  Whatever name it is that you submitted to webeden (in the case of the illustration provided above, that was ‘mymusings’) type in here:

Mymusings.yourdomainname.com

Type in the word recognition box and save and you are good to go!

Some of us own domain names via other suppliers, such as 123-reg.  In this case, you need to set up your CNAME record yourself. Again, don’t worry, it’s easy!

Go to your domain account with 123 or 1and1 etc and open up your control panel for that domain name.  There will be a section that allows you to footer about with the DNS records.  Click on that tab.  Somewhere on that page – possibly as a drop down menu option – there will be the option to add a CNAME record.

For 123 Reg it looks like this.

Underneath ‘Add new entry’ select the CNAME option and in that first box, type your blog name mymusings and in the end box type ghs.google.com.

Save your changes and then go on to your Blogger account and make the changes there as shown above.  Give it a couple of minutes for your domain name and your blogger account to ‘shake hands’ and voila! Your blogger account will have its new name!

Nearly there!

If you have google analytics set up on your website, get the SAME code as you used for your website and insert it into the HTML of your blog. To grab the code, just go to your Google Anayltics account and click on Edit (far right)  next to your report details. When that page opens up, there is a text link called ‘check status’ in the top right hand corner, click on that and you will see, half way down page, a box with all your coding in it. Copy it.

Then open up your blogger account. Under the Layout tab, you’ll see an Edit HTML option. Don’t panic! First of all you should ‘download the full template’ just in case you make a mess of things! Scroll right to the bottom of all the code until you reach the </body>  tag.

Paste your google analytics code above the </body> tag.

Save your changes!

And that’s it!  If you HAVE made a mess of fiddling about with the HTML, then just upload the template again :- )

If you have any problems or queries that my burbling hasn’t answered, please give us a shout here on the webeden blog or in the forum.

About Alison

Alison Cross is a self-confessed Twitter addict who occasionally tears herself away from the world of social-networking to build or revamp websites, to design logos and website banners, to blog shamelessly about the joys of the intertubes and who sometimes even manages to factor in some light housework. She also runs alisoncross4webs.co.uk

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Domain Name Prices have gone up

Its raining. Its pouring. And we’ve had to put the price of our domain names up.

Up to now they’ve been £8.99/ €11.99 /$12.99 including VAT. From here they will be £10.99/ €12.99/ $14.99 including VAT.

Why are they going up?

The main reason the prices are going up is because the wholesale prices are going up.

The Domain Registry that manages .COM and .NET Domain Names is called Verisign, and they’ve increased the wholesale prices for the third time in the last 4 years. This rise is 7%. But that means they’ve gone up by 22% since 2006.

Secondly, its all about the exchange rate. Wholesale domain prices are set in US Dollars, and as you probably know the UK Pound has fallen a long way against the dollar.

Honest Pricing

We try to be as upfront as possible with our pricing. In contrast to other domain providers, we always quote the price including VAT.

The other thing you get with our domain names are 5 free email boxes. Many others don’t give you any email services. Here’s some advice on how to set up your email.

Domain vouchers are even better value

As you will continue to get a free domain name voucher with the Standard and Plus accounts, and two with the Max, these represent even better value.

We don’t like price increases

It doesn’t feel very good putting your prices up. And its definitely not the way we want to go. Even though we’re constantly working to improve our website builder, we’ve not plans to put the prices up. In fact, they haven’t gone up for 5 years!

That’s it for now – please leave any feedback below.

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How to solve Canonical issues with your Website domain

If you’ve dipped your toe into Search Engine Optimisation (the process of boosting your website up the results page on Google), or have read our SEO Guide, you might have heard about something called a ‘canonical’ issue.

This is where there is more than 1 version of your homepage.

What do you mean more than 1 version?

This means that your website exists on two slightly different URLs. These would be:

http://www.yourdomainname.co.uk

and

http://yourdomainname.co.uk (without the ‘www’)

This is called a ‘canonical issue’, and creates a problem for search engines. And if search engines have a problem with you then they’re less likely to rank your website highly.

The problem is this.

Because your homepage exists on two different URLs, Google isn’t sure which is your ‘main’ homepage. Therefore, when deciding where to rank your website in the Search Engine Results Page, it dithers between the two, and ranks both – but very low down.

The links on your website serve as pointers to direct search engines around your website. The page with the most links pointing to it is usually the homepage. But if your homepage is basically split into two different places, half the links will probably point to one, and the rest to the other. This means that ‘power’ of those links is split in two – effectively halved.

There is a solution to this problem (that you didn’t know you had!)

What you need to to is to designate 1 version of your homepage as the ‘main’ one, and automatically point all the link power from the other to the main one.

In order to do this you need to buy a domain name, or use the domain you’ve already registered. When setting up your domain name to be your main website address (IE getting rid of the ‘webeden.co.uk’ bit) you go to:

Admin –> Site addresses –>Add site address

The dialogue box looks like this:


Enter your domain name here as your site address. BUT make sure you enter it both WITH and WITHOUT the ‘www’ on two separate lines. Then all you need to do is designate one version – the WWW one – as your main ‘preferred’ site address.

Once this is done, anyone and any search engine trying to get on your website by typing your domain name with the ‘WWW’ will automatically be forwarded to the version with the ‘WWW’

And thats it.

Solve the canonical issue with your website by following these steps. Its one of the basic things you need to do to help your SEO program.

Any canonical questions? Leave us a comment below.

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Britain’s got Talent, but not Domain Names

Over the bank holiday 13m of us were stuck to our TV screens for the Bank holiday’s biggest treat – the two semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent. And then last weekend ITV took an even bigger chunk of the viewing audience, and our collective consciousness, for the grand final. But whilst that was going on, some enterprising cyber squatting individuals were snapping up the domain names of all but a handful of the performers involved.

As we’ve spoken about before, cyber squatting is when someone registers a domain name which is the same or similar to that of another individual, brand or company, in the hope of profiting from traffic that a website on that domain might generate.

We’ve recently seen this happen in the case of Swine Flu and domain names.

Both the .com and .co.uk variations of the contestant’s names have been registered as domain names. Those contestants with foresight – all 5 of them – registered web addresses in their name before entering the talent contest.

The owners of these new domains will generate traffic to any website they put on those domain names in the following two ways.

The first is called direct traffic or type in traffic. This is where people type in the name of the person or company they are looking for directly into the address bar, and just add .co.uk or .com onto the end.

The second is when people search for that celebrity on Google. Its much easier to boost up your position in the Search Engine Results page (SERPs) if the keyword that people are using to search with is within your domain name.

And people will end up clicking on those websites that are exact match of the contestant’s domain name when they see it appear in the SERPs.

What is the point in getting traffic onto these sites? The short answer: money. If the cyber squatters fill these pages with relevant adverts, then those adverts are going to get a lot of eye balls, and lots of people clicking on them as a consequence.

In a further development, many acts have also had Twitter accounts opened in their names. This is a hint at the power of Twitter. Maybe Twitter account names will in the future be as valuable as domain names, since users will search for those people in Twitter and then ‘follow’ them, even though they may have nothing to do with the actual celebrity.

What’s the moral of this one? Well if you haven’t done so already, maybe its time to register your own name as a domain name. And whilst you’re at it then why not do the same with Twitter. You never know – Simon Cowell might be waiting just around the corner…

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Where Swine Flu meets Domain Names

Swine flu and domain names are two things which don’t often come up in the same sentence. But as reported over on the domain name wire, some quick thinking individuals have seen profit whilst the rest of us were seeing panic.

The story here is another one of cybersquatting. The domain names:

swineflutamiflu.com
tamifluswineflu.com
swine-flu-tamiflu.com
tamiflu-swine-flu.com

…have been snapped up by a couple of individuals. A website has been placed on each domain. One has lots of ads for flu related products, and the other has a form inviting people to leave their details if they’re interested in getting more information about Tamiflu. Both of these are an opportunity for the domain registrants to be able to make a fast buck,

These domain names are riding on the back of interest and concern about swine flu, which has resulted in people searching for swine flu and tamilflu online. And as any person who has been reading our Search Engine Optimisation guide (SEO) will know, it’s easier to rank highly for a keyword if that word is in your domain name.

Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, are using the domain arbitration system to recover the domain names. Until that time, there’s no doubt that the current owners of these domains are clearing some major cash.

For a few years now, Google have mapped the spread of flu across the USA by analysing where and when people are searching for flu symptoms online. The outbreak of swineflu has caused a real spike in flu related searches.

Here’s a graph from Google insights for ‘swine flu’


And ‘tamiflu’

What do you think of these domain buyers? Quick thinkers or a cybersquatting menace? Leave us a comment below.

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