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Why do we need a website?

There are still people wondering do they need a website for their business or not? Or their answer would be “I’m a small organization and I wouldn’t need it”. There can be 10 reasons for not having a website but there are 100 reasons for you to have a website. Owning a website doesn’t depend on the size of the business but the usage of the website and the benefits to you.

Firstly, you can promote the products and services of your company to others. The explanations and the reimbursement can be included within the website. The clients, by themselves can justify and choose the product. Some customer testimonials are better idea to lead them (your potential customers).

Website saves your money. How this is possible? The information in the website can greatly reduce printing and mailing costs. Information that you now distribute via handouts, brochures and newsletters is readily available online, avoiding print and distribution costs. Besides that, you can frequently update the latest promotion, sales or discounts to attract your customers. They or you wouldn’t have to regret when the promotion passes and both of you couldn’t enjoy the benefits. You can update the latest news about your organization and share it with the customers.

Website helps to improve branding of your company and products. Your organization and company must appear differently to your customers from your competitor and show the loyalty to them. The information, content, appearance in the website may makes you different from your customers’ point of view. Most importantly if the appearance doesn’t match the services, you may be at risk. First impression is very important. The first thought of the clients on your website may create trust and loyalty in them towards you. If you failed to do this you may lose your prospects sales but also their loyalty away from you with their website.  Don’t let others to grab your customers.

As the proverb ‘aim for the star and you will reach the sky’.  You may reach the international market with the help of your website even if you have started in your country. Static shows as two-third Americans are using the internet email, education, research and more importantly for entertainment. In this era 2000, people prefer to use internet for buying things rather than window shopping (such as eBay or e-commerce sites). Other than that, your website can be informational for your customers and educate them.

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In summary, a typical web designer will be a…

“A young white man who was a degree graduate and works as a developer now in North & Central America. He started as a freelancer for 2 years and he changes his job to a new organization approximately every 2 years. He works averagely 7 hours a day in the design field for more than 10 years with an average salary of $40-59k. He works in his home office conveniently and obtains most inspirations from other designers’ work. He used to blogging for more than 10 years.”

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Where Can I Get Help Designing My E-Commerce Site?

It is very important to sell your website as well as to sell your own products. The more interesting you site is, the more you are getting the things that you can dream of. Attractive design of your e-commerce site would give you the extra edge than your competitor.

It is of utmost importance to know where I can get help designing my e-commerce site for the reason that it can help a lot in the website. When you see a place or a person who has the expertise of designing a web then you are in luck. Designing your website could be a lot of fun. That is why most would want to design it by themselves. However, you have to make sure that as a seller you are able to convince your consumers that the quality of your products is good too. It must be understood that when designing the e-commerce site, it has to be very helpful. It must be easy to handle and fun to look at.

The more friendly the website is and the more easily managed it is the better for the seller. It means that you would be able to conduct a profitable way of selling because buyer’s wants what is best for them they want to get that red carpet treatment so when they see a fully carpeted place on the website surely they would guarantee a buy of the product from that website.

There are a lot of sites where I can get help designing my e-commerce site. In fact there are also awesome tips all around to help you learn the ropes and to help you start it off. All you need to do is to click on that search engine and start looking for marketers who are selling themselves as designers for an e-commerce mart. All you need to do is to check on the credibility of the website you are entering. There are some websites that are not that appealing but they can sell more than those appealing once, the truth to this is that you need to research for best. If you are a person who knows about designing it is a recommendation to do the design by yourself to show your creativity. It is not very often that you can do this so if you got the talent to do so why go ask help? If you do it yourself you are guaranteed a buy because it would be your own personalized site. However, if you do not know how, don’t freak out. As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of help that you can get from the internet. All you need to do is to click it away, and look for an expert that could help you create a friendly website design. Something that could help you returns money on your investments. Two minds are greater than one, so before letting others design your site, give them some insights of your own too.

In fact, Serverfreak offer professional web designing service. Feel free to contact our sales and marketing department for more info if you’re interested.

15 Web Design Mistakes You Should Know

When starting a new online business website, most of the time we would seek for web design services to develop a website for us. No doubt that the web designers can get your ideas and needs onto your website, but it is sometimes better for us (as a client) to know the basic to-do and not-to-do when developing and designing your website, to avoid unnecessary problems in future. In this article, I am going to list some of the web design mistakes which I think is best, not to be included into your website when you provide your ideas to your web designer.

1. Do not seek attention, but provoke it

Avoid being only an attention seeker – attention is never enough! The idea of your website should be in such a way that it should provoke the visitors to go through the website at least once. How to attract the visitors to go through your website? The Home Page (or landing page) plays an important role as it reveals the basic idea of the whole website. Home Page with interesting content is crucial; from my personal experience, putting images on Home Page works pretty well (But, not too many images – why? you will know why when you read about the 3rd point).

Your Home Page should tell the basic idea of your website

2. JavaScript

There is no doubt that the JavaScript is for good and allows interactivity, yet there are some problems that we tend to face. Despite of the fact that it is a great technology, yet its use is recommendable when it is needed the most. The browsers like IE exploits the security problems, and makes your web page bloated. The JavaScript links ought to be avoided because these links tend to create problem, and since then, their use have been restricted.

3. Avoid Fancy Apparels

Less is more! Sometimes, we have many ideas that we want put into our website, making it more fancy, colourful and stylish; yet we tend to forget the basic essence or message we would like to deliver to our visitors. “Overdressed” website makes the visitors confused. We should bear in mind that most visitors visit your website for information, and readability of the website is important! It is recommended for you to have a theme for your website, which includes the theme colour and font type. Take an example from Twitter, the two theme colours – blue (light & dark) and white is simple yet Recognizable! The font type for your content should not be too fancy too, Arial, Helvetica, Tahoma, and sans-serif fonts are highly recommendable for your web pages.

Twitter – good example of using simple theme, yet very recognizable!

4. Never Make Assumptions

Assuming things would screw your rapport badly. This happens when any external link, automatically opens up in a new window discarding the fact how the user wants it. The main point is to provide this liberty to the user itself and allow him/her to open up the link anywhere he/she wants to. This way, you won’t be forcing your page on the visitor.

5. Colour Scheme

As it is said that colour scheme holds a lot of relevance in deciding onto the destiny of your website. A vibrant colour scheme would surely lead your website nowhere, except being a headache. Colours set the mood and they should be used in accordance to the basic idea of your website. For instance, for a environmental-concept website, green is frequently the suitable colour scheme to apply. Besides, your colour scheme should not overshadow the real message of the site – visitors need to see the message, not the colour!

Green Colour Scheme for Environment

6. Grammatical Errors

Nothing can spare your website’s reputation of the horrifying damages that it would encounter if it contains simple grammatical and typo errors. Make sure that you double check the content before making the website live. You can, at least, check your website content with Microsoft Word’s Spelling and Grammar function (press F7).

7. CAPTCHA is your way

What is CAPTCHA? CAPTCHA stands for Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. Still not cleared yet? Maybe the image below can tell you all. Yes, we often see this CAPTCHA while sharing a link on Facebook or sending an email, etc. This CAPTCHA is to ensure that the response is generated by human and to minimize spamming activity. Nowadays, it becomes a necessity to have CAPTCHA filters to be able to reduce the spams that one encounters mainly on the comments and the registration section.

8. Simple Navigation System

Make a clear and simple navigation system, preferably not those drop down menus that hide the information. A straight forward navigation in front of the eye is what the visitor looks out for. Take an example of a web hosting website, if your menu contains several buttons with very similar meaning: Instant Website, Business Email Hosting, Business Hosting – aren’t you making your visitors confused among the three options since they serve almost the same purposes? Keep it simple and clear!

9. Avoid Whatever Turns Out in Excess

“I want a Flash website” – think again! The use of Flashy images and the glittery animation no doubt can bring some excitement to the visitors; however, this “excitement” tends to overshadow the real purpose of the website. In addition, it annoys the visitors at the first place only because it increases the website loading time, and it becomes the biggest turn off. It is recommended that you can still have a simple slideshow on your website – less is more!

Flash Upgrade Required- you may turn down your potential customers

10. Avoid Unnecessary Registrations

Spare your visitors from the additional headache of registering themselves for any information. Visitors might probably just close your website if you require them to register – you are driving away your potential customers! Try to avoid this procedure unless it serves a purpose and the visitor is willing to do it (such as register for a contest).

11. Special attention to the Link that you provide

Keep in mind the fact that the links that you provide on your webpage are more likely to be visited if the visitor is interested in your site. Just make sure that you highlight them, also that you underline them. In normal situation, link is often underlined and coloured in Blue. This text format might not match with your website theme, but it is so recognizable for decades and it really can tell your visitors the message: “Click this link for more”. Additionally, please make sure all links are linked to the right place!

12. Avail your Footer with some Essentials

It is always recommendable that you provide the footer of the web page with the essential links, so that it avoids the unnecessary effort in scrolling again to the top. Like the example below:

Footer with essential links makes Convenience

13. CSS over HTML

With the advent of CSS, HTML is no more indispensable. HTML is simpler to use, so does its features – simple and too limited. CSS is an easy, fast and reliable option available that is laden with ample of advanced features.

14. Pop-Ups are really not Happening

Whether you like it or not, pop-ups (even the flashy and attractive one) are a real source of distractions and annoyance. In addition, most internet browsers (by default) block these pop-ups, and require the visitor’s permission to temporarily allow pop-ups, which again create another hassle to them. The effort seems wasted. Avoid them!

15. Usability Test

It is by far, the most important set of mistake that cannot afford to be overlooked. This is the sole factor that decides on to the quality of your web age in different environments such as Firefox, Opera, IE, Safari, Chrome and many more. We had experienced this once before we launched our new website. We found out that our website is not viewable in Opera. Fortunately, this issue was solved finally, and luckily we realized it before the website is officially launched!

You should test and find out the following before the website is launched:

  • Are the images not broken/ disabled/ shrink?
  • Is the text readable even after the JavaScript is disabled?
  • Is the consistency maintained?
  • Is the web page accessible on the individual browser?

Hope the tips above give you a brief idea on “what web design mistakes we should avoid” when starting our very first website. Did you know? You need web hosting to make your designed website available online. Contact us for more information on web hosting: sales@web-hosting.net.my

Source & Reference from: Jenny Warner
Jenny is from PixelCrayons, a creative web design and development agency that specializes in custom web design & development, markup services, CMS & E-Commerce solutions.

How to Create Animated Shine with Photoshop?

Like this cool effect? In this post, we are going to provide the tutorial on how to create this animated shine effect with Photoshop. Now, you can add a little bit of fun into your blog!

How?

Step 1: Open up an image or artwork file in Photoshop of any size or format.

Step 2: Create a new layer on top of all the other layers, I called it “Shine“.

Step 3: Make a selection with your Polygon Lasso Tool as shown in the second image below.

Step 4: Now select the Gradient Tool and make sure “Linear Gradient” is chosen.

Step 5: Select the “Foreground to Transparent gradient, and make sure the color is a light color. In this tutorial, I have chosen white color.

Step 6: Drag the Gradient Tool from the back to the front of your selection, try to keep the line at a 90 degree angle to your selection.

Step 7: Select the layer/object you want it to be shined using the Magic Lasso Tool.

Step 8: Select the “Shine” layer once again (make sure you do not deselect your selection) and on the bottom of the layers palette click the “Add Layer Mask” button.

Step 9: Now click on the link icon once (it will vanish, meaning that the layer and the mask are no longer linked). You can now freely move your shine effect (hold the “Shift” key when you move).

Step 10: Go to Window>Animation. For the first frame, move the shine off of the image (just drag it to the very front of your image), then click on the “Duplicate Frame” button.

Step 11: Click on the second frame, move the shine to the back of the image, as shown below.

Step 12: Click on the first frame once again, and click on the “Tweens Animation Frames” button. A Tween window will appear, and you can enter the number of frames to add. In this tutorials, I inserted 5 frames. After that, you can select the delay time of each frame. I think “No Delay” works pretty well.

Save your file as .gif


That’s all for creating an animated shine. Hope you have fun!


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A GOOD NEWS for all Web Design Companies!

Appreciating the “Unity is Strength” principle, ServerFreak always understand how important are the web design companies meant to our business.

All web design companies are now invited to join our Special Affiliate Program (SAP) – a partnership with ServerFreak!

What is Special Affiliate Program (SAP)?

Special Affiliate Program (SAP) is a partnership specially opened for ALL web design companies as our ServerFreak‘s Accredited Partners. By joining this program, web design companies (our accredited partners) will be offered several customized web hosting packages which they can re-offer to their clients. As our accredited partners, you will be paid 10% commission from each package that is signed up by the clients. To emphasize more on the “win-win” situation, the company banner ad from our accredited partners will also be posted at the ServerFreak website.

What You Get?

  1. Commission
    You will be able to get 10% commission from each package that is signed up by the customers through your referral.
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ServerFreak Technologies Sdn Bhd was established in 2003, and since then the company has become one of the fastest growing hosting provider in Malaysia.

ServerFreak facilitates small business development on the web through its secure featured pack shared web hosting services. We aim to make it simple and affordable for you to get your business websites online as quickly and easily as possible. Through our own experience, we understand that speed to market is vital and we are committed to helping you through every step of launching your web presence.

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