In order to maximize the efficacy of your Joomla blog, you need to have a plan in place for how you’ll satisfy your users’ demand for simple, aesthetically pleasing sites. Not only is design a significant component of your overall brand message, but it also plays an important role in pushing users through your conversion funnel. While every blog differs in terms of specific goals and outcomes, the following Joomla blog design tips should provide universal value.
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Web accessibility is important for all websites and applications that we design and build to allow users with visual impairments or visual difficulties to easily view and consume content. Colour contrast happens to be one of the key elements of a design that can be tweaked and implemented correctly to help improve the visibility of text on a page, whether it is in the body of the page, or in the navigational elements of the website. Keep in mind, it isn't just users with visual impairments, but can also be users in situations where the screen that they're viewing is in an environment where it is harder to see such as sun glare on a screen. It also happens to be a very easy success criterion to test for and implement a fix to help meet WCAG 2.0 requirements.
I believe that one of the most asked questions for us designers (including myself) is: what can I do to win new customers? Developing your Personal Brand is a way to open yourself to possibilities of generating new contacts and business opportunities.
There was a time when, as a web designer, you had to choose between a Content Management System (CMS) that would provide an up-to-date design or the right functionality for your website. Certain systems where known to be better at providing shopping cart solutions, other provided attractive and responsive blogging options, and then there was Joomla!, which gave developers room to continuously add functionality through its extensive extension directory.
Adding an Instagram feed to a Joomla site is easier than you probably think, and has the potential to really amplify a site's appeal. Here's why feeds can be a great addition, and step-by-step instructions for adding one.
Over the past couple of years we've seen a huge evolution in the way designers and developers are approaching UI/UX design. Responsive, Twitter Bootstrap, jQuery, Less, Sass, and HTML5 all come to mind. And now for the first time in a long time, a new graphic design trend has emerged out of accessibility. I'm talking about Flat Design.
This is the first of a series of articles where we will study the use of graphic elements to reinforce the website’s message in a subliminal manner, given that the message is also provided “explicitly” by the website’s text and images.
What is a brand? No, it isn't just your logo, or your identity, it's deeper than that. All of these elements work together to define your company, but your brand can often be dismissed. So what is your brand? Your brand can be described as being the way your company is perceived on an emotional level. I'm going to go over a few things you can do as a designer, to make sure you are clearly depicting a company's brand the right way through identity design.
Every year around spring we do a redesign of our site. This time we went for responsive design and added a few more HTML5 & CSS3 tricks we learned along the way. We also thought more about our content strategy and audience in this build. Checkout Part 1 of our "Rebuilding Our Site" Series!