How to choose a web designer

Choosing a web designer for your new business can be a tough ordeal as a lot of digital marketing companies these days will think they are website designers because they know how to take a website template, change a logo and upload it to the internet.

Sadly a lot of businesses are caught out by these cowboys and are then left disappointed when their brand new website doesn’t work responsively and doesn’t bring them any new leads.

in this article i will tell you exactly what to look out for when choosing a new web design agency for your business.

Results business

A website should be a lead generating machine.  Its sole purpose should be to generate more leads to your business (unless you are an e commerce website).  Most customers i deal with tell me that they just want to show others what work they have done.  This is fine, and anyone can create a website that shows pictures, but the problem is that a website like that doesn’t bring any search traffic.  Without search traffic no one gets to see your work.

So when your thinking ‘oh i’ve heard of a boy who went to college and makes websites for £100″ don’t waste your money.  £100 is cheap, but that doesn’t mean it offers value for money.  If no one sees your website that you have paid £100 for wouldn’t you think its a waste?

Let me ask you this, would you rather pay £100 for a website that no one visits or £10,000 for a website that generates 10 new leads for your business every month.  Obviously those numbers are made up but i think you get my point.

Responsive design

You may have heard that mobile is the future and you would have heard right, in fact your website should already be mobile responsive because if it isn’t then you are already falling behind with the times.

A good marketing agency will produce mobile responsive designs as standard because they know that over 60% of your visitors will visit your website on mobile devices, if you choose to ignore this traffic then you are potentially losing out on 60% of business.

A good site costs money

A good website costs money and if your not prepared to accept that then you are doing your business a disservice. Like i have said above a good website should generate you leads, and like most things in business, most of the time you have to spend money to make it.

Spending money on a quality website is one of the best decisions you will make for your business, your website should be one of your best earning outlets, its your chance to show your potential customers what you do, how well you do it without being pushy and putting them off.

What do i recommend?

I recommend that you find a web design agency that is not only affordable but also produces good quality work.   One website design agency that i recommend is Web Design Wales.  They offer Website design and SEO services.  If your looking for web design newport then look no further.

Website design agencies in wales

There are tonnes of website development agencies in wales to choose from when choosing the next company to make your business website so i thought with this article i would make a post on what you should look out for when choosing a new website agency for your business.

What to look out for.

Firstly you will want a company that does good work.  You will want a company that doesn’t think of web design as just another service, but one that recognises website design as one of the most important aspects of your business, after all a good website can make or break a business.

A good website should be search engine friendly and it should be easy to use both from the user and the editors point of view.  Personally i love WordPress for a content management system as i find it so easy to use.  Wordpress is also search engine friendly as its original intention was to be a bloggin platform, therefor WordPress wanted its users to be able to be found by other users so that they could interact with each other. WordPress these days is no longer just used by bloggers but it is used by businesses all around the world.

In fact WordPress is said to power over 60% of the websites on the internet. thats millions and millions of users. Being search friendly and easy to use are just some of the reasons why millions of people use WordPress.  If your looking for web design wales services then i would highly recommend using an agency that primarily develops their websites using the WordPress CMS.

SEO friendly

I have already mentioned that your website should be seo friendly and by using wordpress you are taking a good step towards that but some agencies still don’t develop their sites in a way that makes their websites search engine friendly.

A good website agency in wales will know that each site that they make should be built in such a way that allows its users to add and edit h1, h2,h3,h4,h5 tags along with titles, descriptions and much more.

Responsive website

Google takes into consideration when ranking if a website is responsive or not, if it is then google will give your website an extra boost in the search engine results page.  Your new website should be mobile responsive, if it isn’t then you will be throwing money down the drain.

Easy to update

A website that you cant update is no use to anyone.  Search engines love fresh content, and if you cant add fresh content to your site then you are once again missing out on website traffic.  A good website design agency should make sites that are easy to update and add content to.

Conclusion

In conclusion i would say that finding a good website agency for your business is tricky and can sometimes be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be.  using the tips above should set you on the right path so that your next business website will be a success. If your looking for website design and development services you should check out web design newport they offer great mobile responsive websites with one month free seo.

What is UX and why should you learn it?

First off UX design will mean different things to different people.  It will also be called different names by different people, so it could be called interaction design, information architecture, visual design and so on, but when i hear UX i think of

improve the customers satisfaction through the ease of use of when using your product

Simply put in my mind UX is the process of making your product user friendly and easy to use.

Rather than take you through a long blog post today i thought i would share with you a nice video on what UX is.

Why you should be using html 5

So for a big post to bring back this blog i thought i would sart off with one of my passions, web development.

As everyone who used to follow my blog will know that i freelance as a web developer that was true in 2011 and it is still true today.  i mainly build WordPress websites, so if your interested in hiring me contact me through this blog, now the self promotion is out of the way keep on reading.

HTML 5 and why you should use it.

Firstly HTML 5 is the future whether you like it or not.  HTML may not work on older browsers, but seriously the web is changing so much that if you dont use it you will get left behind.  HTML 5 was the shakeup that the web needed.

Accessibility

By using HTML 5 you are creating websites that are more accessible to disabled users.  HTML headings like <header>, <nav>,<section> etc allow screen readers to be able to navigate around your content much more easily.  HTML 5 allows screen readers to access the information more easily and provide a better experience to your users who need a screen reader.

Better for audio and video

“Your version of flash is outdated and needs to be updated” not with HTML 5 it doesnt, actually forget flash altogether.  HTML tags like <video> and <audio> make displaying media on your website a breeze.

You dont’ need to embed anything or use complex codes, just link to where the video is stored and HTML 5 will sort out the rest.  you can even set it to autoplay and add a height and a width to it.

Setting the doctype

Remeber when you had to set the doctype to your webpage ie

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
        "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">

well you dont need to copy and paste that dreadfull long text anymore, insted with HTML 5 you can set it like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>

how easy is that?

Cleaner and easier to read code

HTML 5 without a doubt is much cleaner and easier to read than other versions of html.  HTML 5 helps prescribe a nice solution to “Div itis” aka:

<div>
 <div>
   <div>
   </div>
<div>
<div>
</div>
</div>
  </div>
</div>

HTML 5 allows you to keep your markup cleaner and therefor easier to read and use.

HTML and Mobile

HTML5 was built with being mobile in mind.  The future is 100% heading in the direction of being mobile so html5 was built with mobile in mind.

Conclusion

HTML 5 is the future and to some extent it is already here.  If you are not developing in html 5 then you are falling behind.

What are your thoughts on html 5?