Semantic Markup & Web Design

We mentioned semantic markup in one of our previous articles, and while this subject can be pretty important when you’re looking to optimise your website and improve its performance, it can often be overlooked during the design process.

For any WordPress sedigners who are wanting to know more about Semantic Markup, we thought we’d add this video to provide a bit more detail.

The Importance Of Websites For Small Businesses

Great Looking WebsitesSo you run a small business, and it takes pretty much all of your time and attention to make it a success. A big part of whether or not you achieve that could depend on your website. In this day and age, most small businesses know they need a website, but often they don’t know how to go about getting one, or if they do, they don’t know what’s needed to make it a good one. It’s no longer just a case of getting ‘something’ up on the web, getting it wrong could do more harm than good. With so many cost-effective options from small business web design specialists like Bixa Marketing, whether you need a simple pub website or a more functional e-commerce site, there really is no excuse not to have a good looking websites. Continue reading

New Trends in Web Design

You might have noticed that a lot more websites are using the parallax scrolling feature. Not only does it make them look great, it also helps to make them more interactive – and we all know that that’s great for site visitors. In case you’ve not seen some of these new scrolling sites, here;s a short video to give you a bit of insight into the latest ‘trend’.

If you want to se more scrolling sites, and check out how much better websites can be for integrating this feature into their design, take a look at this list.

Balancing Design and Performance

high-performance-designBack in the days of dial-up internet, websites were designed to be functional, but offered little in the way of aesthetics as there would be too much information for the user to download. In today’s modern world of fibre-optic broadband, designing a website packed with eye-catching visuals is a given, but it’s still important that functionality is balanced with aesthetics. If you ask the best SEO company, they will tell you that what goes on behind the scenes is just as important as what occurs visually, but they should also provide Search Engine Optimisation services that will work with your web design, and not compromise it. But getting this balance of deisgn and performance isn’t always easy. Continue reading

Everyone’s Going Mobile

In the past—long before apps were a mainstream feature of day-to-day life—, companies did not consider the development of mobile-optimised websites to be of any real importance. Mobile sites were considered superfluous, a luxury add-on which only the very largest businesses would bother with. Times have changed.

mobile-marketingThe world has never been more mobile. Smartphones are no longer a fringe device for early-adopters, celebrities, and the super-rich; nowadays, in fact, it is far more common to have one than not to. The iPhone heralded in the Golden Age of mobile browsing and applications which we now enjoy, and with it came the need to radically rethink our approach to the mobile web and app design at large.

It is no longer enough to opt for a ‘that will do’ approach to mobile design. With hundreds of thousands of businesses commissioning expert design companies like Messapps (messapps.com) to create dedicated apps solely for driving more customers to themselves, the competition is there, and the bar has been set. Mobile design—both in terms of websites and applications—requires at least as much attention, time, and investment as does your primary website. Continue reading