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Google's Material Design - What is it?

Google's Material Design - What is it?

 

What is Google’s Material Design? After reading about the concept this is a question most people involved in Google are probably asking too. Almost everything about it is dripping with enough clichés and jargon to make your head spin. So, let’s start with the basics – Material Design is a new design concept and design language from Google.

 

The idea is to make online design more consistent, clean and user-friendly across all devices. Google is using it to create the new version of its operating system Android which they are releasing later in 2014. And the company is encouraging designers of software for tablets, mobile devices and computers to use Material Design.

 

How to Select the Right WP Theme

How to Select the Right WP Theme

 

A WordPress theme determines a lot of the functionality of your website, as well as the way it looks and behaves for your users. So it’s important to choose wisely. But how do you do this? There’s a huge selection of themes from a large number of providers. This article will cut through the noise to help you select the right theme.

The two things you need are focus and a sense of purpose. Almost everyone who has developed a website in WordPress has had the child-in-a-toy-shop experience when looking for a theme, i.e. they have no focus or sense of purpose.

 

The Difference between Web Design and Web Development

The Difference between Web Design and Web Development

 

What’s the difference between web design and web development? It’s an important question to understand, particularly if you’re planning on hiring someone to build a new website. And there is a significant difference, despite the fact that the terms are often used interchangeably.

 

To get an understanding of the difference let’s spend some time looking at one of the most beautiful cars that has ever been made. This is an unorthodox approach but it explains the difference in a simple way. So let’s have some fun (the car really is stunning!)

So You Want to Open an Online Store?

So You Want to Open an Online Store?

 

So, you want to open an online store but you’re not sure how to do it? That’s okay because the process is like opening a bricks-and-mortar store. It’s not as complicated as you may think. Of course, some things are different. But the process is the same. Thinking about your online store as if it was a store in a mall makes it easier to plan the stages and get through them.

 

Find the Premises

 

The first thing you need to do when opening a bricks-and-mortar store is to find the right premises. You need:

 

·         A location that has the potential to bring you customers

·         A shop that is big enough to display everything you are going to sell;

Small Business Website Design Elements

Small Business Website Design Elements

 

When you’re setting out to build a small business website it’s often hard to know where to start. There are so many possibilities exist plus a huge range of designs to choose from. And it feels like everyone is offering a different piece of advice, from what platform to build the site in to the type of website hosting you need, to the best domain name. Then there is the question of what and how to place the content on the site.

 

Think of these things as the basic building blocks of your website – not technical building blocks but rather business building blocks. These are the things that will make your website work for your business.

 

Wordpress Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

Wordpress Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

 

Building a website in Wordpress is something that most people can do, as long as they have a reasonable level of technical competence. You need patience and time to learn how it works. But it’s not overly complicated, even for beginners. As with most things in life there are several Wordpress mistakes you don’t want to make. How do we know? We know because most people who’ve built a Wordpress website have made at least one of these common mistakes at least once.

 

Making mistakes is human nature, particularly when you’re doing something new and exciting where it is easy to forget to focus on details. So now you may be wondering why you should read this post when you’re going to make mistakes anyway?

 

Should I use a Site Builder if I want to have an Online Store?

Should I use a Site Builder if I want to have an Online Store?

 

If you want to sell products on your website, you have a number of different options. For a start, you can create a fully-fledged online store, or you can add ecommerce functionality to an existing website. You also have to choose which platform you are going to use. There are many to choose from but this article is going to look at the whether you should use a site builder for your online store.

 

Wordpress vs. a Static Site

Wordpress vs. a Static Site

 

Two of the most common methods of building a website are to build a static site or build one using Wordpress. On the surface both methods do the same job. So what is the difference between the two options. And more importantly, which one is the best?

 

Let’s start with the difference between the two using restaurants as an analogy. Imagine you’re choosing a restaurant for dinner this evening, and you have two options. The first is a restaurant that offers a fabulous à la carte menu. You know the chef and you know that the food is fantastic, but you also know that once you get to the restaurant you’ll have to choose your meal. And once you have chosen, that’s what you’ll get.

 

Web Design Software

Web Design Software

 

When you are starting a new website design project one of the first things you’ll need to decide is the web design software or platform that you’re going to use. There is a lot of choice and the choice is important. This is because it has a big impact on the type of website that you will ultimately create.

 

It impacts your website in many different ways. This includes:

 

  • How quickly you can build the website (e.g. if the software or application has a steep learning curve you will spend a lot of time learning rather than creating).
  • The flexibility of the design.
  • The structure of the completed code.
  • How difficult the website is to upgrade or develop further in the future.

 

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