June 13, 2011 | Comments Off
Those of you who follow me on Twitter or are a fan of my Windsor Web Design Facebook page, know that I’ve been working on a mobile web design for Windsor Squash and Fitness. This also means you know that I’ve a big believer in having your website optimized for mobile devices such as the; iPhone, Blackberry and Android. If you don’t have a mobile version of your site online, you could be missing out on all the mobile traffic your site is getting!
Take a look at your Google Analytics or whichever stats program you’re using for your website and find how many mobile devices have visited your site in the past month. If you don’t have a mobile version for your website, chances are you lost on most of that traffic. People on mobile devices want to be able to get into your site, get quick information on your business and get out without having to pinch, pull or zoom anywhere. I took a look at the mobile traffic for Windsor Squash and Fitness over the past month and of the 57 unique visits they had from mobile devices only 2% stayed on the site longer than 5 seconds. Let me repeat that 5 seconds! Why did this happen? It’s simple, the full version of the web design I created, didn’t render properly on mobile devices. That’s why they’ve decided to have me create an all new, mobile only version of their site! Over the past week, I’ve done a few tests using the mobile only version and of the 17 people who have visited the site 82% stayed longer than 5 seconds and 71% stayed longer than 15. Great improvement from the non-mobile version.
If you’re interested in having a mobile web design created for your small business in Windsor or anywhere in Southwestern Ontario, please contact me. Even if I didn’t create the full version of your website, I can easily create a mobile version that is branded in the same way and uses all of the same colors and fonts. The mobile designs I’ve done so far have been done in under 2 weeks and have been done at very affordable rates!
May 3, 2011 | Comments Off
When I design my websites, I always make sure that they render properly across all web browsers including; Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera. This is an absolute necessity because my sites get visitors from all of these browsers (some more than others) each and every month. Here is a list of the most popular browsers used on my sites for the month of April (along with some pretty pie charts).
There are a lot of things these type of stats tell us about internet users and the browsers they choose. It’s clear that people who use Google Chrome or Firefox update to the latest version much more quickly than others (mainly because it’s an automatic update). We can also see that most Internet Explorer users only update to the latest version once it’s included in a Microsoft update. The most used browser on my sites is still Internet Explorer however, Firefox is a very close second with Chrome and Safari battling for third.
As far as web design goes, it’s clear that every site created needs to be optimized for every browser out there. It may be frustrating and it may be tedious, but if you want to be taken seriously as a web designer, it’s something that needs to be done.
In the last few years more and more of my web design clients have been asking me to add “that little logo in the address bar” on their websites. That “little logo” is called a favicon and is used more widely now than ever before on recent web browsers such as; Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.
Favicon’s are actually very easy to add to a site, the difficult part is having to create your logo in such a small little 16px by 16px box. The best logos to use are obviously ones that are close to being square. As long as you are able to highlight the main part of your logo in a 64px by 64px square, you should be good to go. Most web designers are familiar with creating favicon’s for their clients, so if you’re unsure whether or not they’ll make you one just ask.
If you have to do it yourself, here are the quick and easy steps to getting it done;
1) Open Photoshop or whichever photo editing tool you use.
2) Take your logo (or a certain aspect of your logo) and put it into an image sized 64px by 64px.
3) Save that image as a .jpg in the highest resolution possible.
4) Go to a site like Favicon Generator and upload your saved image.
5) Save the image they create in the images folder in your websites directory.
6) Open all of the pages on your site and add the code to the header on each page.
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="images/favicon.ico">
7) Open your site in a web browser and you should be able to see the favicon you created!
If you’re having trouble selecting what to use as your favicon, here are a couple I’ve created for clients;
If you’re still stuck, feel free to contact me and I’ll gladly help you out with your add a favicon to your website.
February 14, 2011 | Comments Off
If you’ve been keeping up with my @sebas_agosta Twitter account lately, you’ve probably noticed that I’m currently creating a brand new custom web design for the Montessori Early Years. You can see the current website design I did about a year ago in my portfolio. As you can see the site already looks out-dated and is clearly not some of my best work.
The new design includes much “softer” and “inviting” colors as well as much better coding on the back end. The site is now completely built using a DIV based layout and CSS. One thing that I was really excited to change was the photo gallery section on the site. The script I used for the first design was very tedious and quite frankly a pain to update. The code I’m using for the photo galleries now is called Lightbox and more specifically Lightbox 2.
Lightbox will make your photo galleries much more elegant and simple to navigate. I’d recommend Lightbox for anyone who has thumbnail photos they want expanded when clicked. Give it a try and if you have any questions on it, feel free to comment below!
February 2, 2011 | Comments Off
The other day I was discussing a custom web design with a client and I was showing him a few different types of fonts he could choose from. He asked me if he could pick one from the list of fonts in his Microsoft Word document and I had to explain to him that he couldn’t because it wasn’t a browser safe font. You can guess what his next question was; “what’s a browser safe font?” I went on to explain that browser safe fonts are fonts that can be used across the most popular web browsers like; Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome without any issue. I then proceeded to show him the following list. I figured I’d post it for anyone else curious about the best picks for fonts on the internet.
All of these fonts are in their standard format (no italics, bold etc.) and have a font size of 18px.
Comic Sans MS
Lucida Sans Unicode
Times New Roman
MS Sans Serif