DBS has re-launched an image rich website for long standing client Blindfolded. The revamped site is a full width design that automatically resizes itself to fit any device it's viewed on such as a smart phone, tablet or PC. Nottingham based Blindfolded are the area's premier blind/awnings manufacturer and installation specialists. "Blindfolded has been with DBS Internet Marketing since 2004. We're really happy with the new website which lets us edit our pages and upload images to our gallery whenever we want to," said Peter Feghali, Managing Director.
DBS has looked after the W&H Supplies website for 8 years and has recently worked with them to upgrade their website. The improvements include:
Responsive Web Design and Why You Need It.
Is your website mobile friendly? If you don’t know the answer to this, then the chances are that it is not. But people trying to access your website on a mobile phone or tablet will certainly know if your website is mobile friendly or not.
Web Design is an important element of any website. A website can have large amounts of highly useful information, but a poor web design can make it difficult for a user to access or find that information. In many cases, your website will also be the first contact a user has with your company, and it is therefore important that the website’s design leaves a good impression on the user. A modern website design that embraces current trends will help you gain an important edge at an early stage with your potential customer. Here are five current trends that should be embraced by any modern website.
No.1 – Responsive Design By 2014, more people will be viewing your website on a handheld device such as a Smartphone or tablet, than using a traditional PC. If your website is difficult to navigate around on a small Smartphone screen, potential customers may be put off and seek a competitor’s website which is easier to work with. Responsive web design is all about making sure your website adapts itself to the size of the screen it is displayed on. With small, portrait Smartphone screens, it may prefer vertical lists and hide unimportant sections of the page so that the user is instantly presented with the important content.
No.2 – Minimalist Design “Less is more” is a trend common to many modern interfaces. Leaving white space on a page can help reduce the impression of clutter and chaos, and promote a sense of order and professionalism instead. A minimalist design also encourages a focus on content and reduces unintended distractions that may divert the user away from key sections of your page.
No.3 – Social Media Social Media has been a rising trend for a number of years now, but it has only begun to make its impact felt in web design more recently. Modern websites encourage user interaction through deeper integration with social networks, encouraging them to “like” products or services that they use or recommend, and share links and summaries of important content from your website. This will help your website reach new users.
No.4 – Video Embedding video on your website is an easy way to keep a user engaged and on your website. Often, a company may have a corporate YouTube channel, but fail to make use of that content on their website by only having an out-of-the-way link to the channel page. Instead, embedding the videos on the page detailing the product or service showcased in the video can be a powerful way to provide a quick summary with key points that then draws the user in to reading the longer, more detailed text on the page.
No.5 – Animations Animation is a useful tool for a website designer. It can be used to capture a user’s attention and direct it to specific parts of the page. This particularly useful in conjunction with other trends mentioned here – For example, responsive design can use animation to allow a simple design to expand if a user requires further information without having to present all of that information to the user on a tiny screen.
Unless your site is cutting edge then chances are the answer is no. Over the last year browsing the internet on-the-go has exploded in popularity. More and more people are using their smartphones such as Androids and iPhones, or tablets like the iPad, to browse websites. It’s predicted that 2014 will be the tipping point when more people will be browsing the web on their handheld devices than on traditional desktop computers. Despite this massive increase in popularity, most of the web has not yet caught up with the mobile revolution. This means that when you visit a website on a handheld device you see the entire website. A design that would normally have a full sized desktop monitor to display itself in is crammed into a small screen. If you have found yourself having to pinch and zoom to be able to see the words, click buttons and fill out forms on the website then you will know how frustrating and slow this can be. Is there a better way? Yes! Instead of showing the full desktop design your website should be tailored to fit on a small screen device. Text should be larger, buttons should have lots of space around them so you can press them with your fingers and navigation menus should be tucked away until you need them. There are currently two main types of mobile website. The first technique that came out was to set up two sites. The main website and a separate website specifically designed for mobile visitors. This was effective but meant that web site owners had to remember to update both sites whenever they made changes. Out of date and reduced content is frustrating to mobile visitors. As mobile technology moved on a better technique was developed which is known as responsive design. Responsive design takes a single website and enhances it with technology that can detect the size of the screen a visitor is using when they look at your website. If they visit on a desktop computer with a large monitor then the full site is displayed. If they visit on a small handheld device then the website detects this and changes its layout to fit snuggly into the screen space available, adjusting font sizes and padding along the way. The good news is that your website can most likely be enhanced to support a mobile friendly, responsive design. DBS Internet Marketing are experts at converting websites to use responsive design techniques. Our website has more to read and an introductory video which will help you understand mobile friendly websites in more detail.