Archive for the ‘Website Design’ Category

One reason why you need a mobile friendly website

Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Responsive Website Desktop View

Responsive website as viewed on a desktop computer

There are, of course, many reasons why your website should be mobile friendly, but in my opinion there is only one reason why you need a mobile friendly website and why you should be worried if it is not.

If you do a Google search for “why do I need a mobile friendly website?”you’ll be presented with a list of websites that give “3 reasons why you must have a mobile friendly website,” “10 reasons to make your website mobile friendly,” “Five compelling reasons you need a mobile friendly website” and so on.

While all the reasons they give are valid, they all amount to the same thing. (more…)

Why you should not rely solely on Facebook

Friday, April 7th, 2017

…and why it’s important to have a website for your small business

Last month, someone in my networking circle suggested that websites are going the way of the dodo, much like snail mail. Earlier this week, during his “elevator pitch,” he recanted his statement and then preceded to talk about his Facebook Messenger business automation tool.

I was next to speak, and said with a smile on my face, “Thank goodness websites aren’t going the way of the dodo, as I am a website designer!” I got quite a laugh from everyone at the table.

It got me thinking though…

It always astounds me when I meet someone for the first time and ask if they have a website so I can take a look at the products or services offered when I get home, and the response is, “No, I don’t have a website but I’m on Facebook.”

There’s a surprisingly high number of small business owners who don’t seem to value the benefits of having a website.

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What were the top 10 most popular colours for websites in 2016?

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

To be honest, I do not know. After hours of searching online, I was unable to find any websites writing on the top 10 most popular website colours for 2016, although I did find an article by wired.com that stated that the most popular colour on the Internet in 2016 was blue.

This is quite apparent when you take a look at the top 10 most visited websites in Canada (http://www.alexa.com/topsites/countries/CA), about 60% of them (Facebook, Wikipedia, Reddit, Amazon, Live and Diply) use blue as their primary accent colour. (more…)

Fall 2016 Colour Trends

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

For a while now on Pinterest, I’ve been sharing the predicted colour trends for the upcoming seasons (you can see the ones I posted for 2016 here). Sometimes, I’m a little late sharing, so this year I thought I’d get a head start and share what I’ve found so far right here on Kaz Talk instead. (more…)

Choosing which template to use on your WordPress website

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

page attributesOut-of-the-box WordPress themes usually come with 2-3 template options. Generally, the Default Template, Full Width Template and, in some cases, the Home Page Template. You choose your template under Page Attributes to the right of the main Editor window.

Default Template

The Default Template usually comes with a sidebar, often times on the right hand side. The same sidebar is used in the blog archive of your website so it would therefore make sense to use this template on pages where you want to provide your visitors with easy access to your blog articles.

If you don’t have a blog, then this template could be used on any pages where you want to provide additional information, extra navigation, advertising or sign-up form. Everything that is placed in the widgets contained in the sidebar will be the same on any page that uses the Default Template. (more…)

12 Days of Christmas with Kaz Design Works from December 25th 2014 to January 5th 2015

Monday, December 1st, 2014

12-Days-of-Christmas12 Days of Christmas with Kaz Design Works from December 25th 2014 to January 5th 2015

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K.I.S.S.

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

This is a hard one for me. I’m a detail-oriented person. I don’t like to leave anything out in case I miss something important. If I’m telling a story, I like to embellish it with details. Getting to the point is often a long drive round the houses. But sometimes, keeping it simple is a must. On your website, for example.

When a visitor arrives on your homepage, he/she needs to know what it’s about almost immediately. They don’t have time to drive round the houses trying to find what they are looking for and they don’t need or want to be confused by irrelevant stuff. They also don’t want to leave with eye strain due to glaring colours or zigzagging down your page.

How do you make it easy for them to navigate your site and keep them there longer? By keeping it (stylishly) simple.

This doesn’t mean you can’t go into detail at all; there will always be some visitors that want to know more. But make it so they can get the gist from a five second glance and if they want more information, provide them with a means to get them there.

Here’s some  tips on keeping your website stylishly simple. (more…)

Free websites aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Free websites are great for personal use when your budget is limited but they’re not all they’re cracked up to be when it comes to using them for your business.

With free websites, you often don’t own your domain name or web space. As well as causing problems at some point in the future, there are several short term disadvantages you should consider.

  • Often your free website has a web address with an extension like wordpress.com or weebly.com. This not only makes your web address extra long and difficult to remember, it doesn’t sound very professional.
  • Often, without a yourcompanyname.com domain name, you’re more than likely also using a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo email address. Does this really create a professional, I’m-in-it-for-the-long-term image for your business?
  • Often with free website hosting, you’re probably advertising other businesses on your website. And you have absolutely no control on what’s being advertised even if they are competitor sites. Does that really make good business sense?
  • If your free website is content managed (you add content and make your own changes), are you able to back up your database file to your desktop computer or to your email? In some cases, the answer is no.
  • If you’ve uploaded images and other media files to your free website, can you access them through a file manager or via FTP? In most cases, the answer is probably no.

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Why choose WordPress for your website’s content management system?

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Waterloo Region Student Placement websiteWordPress, originally developed as a blogging platform, is an easy-to-use, FREE content managed system that is available to anyone with a domain name and web host (and even those without).

WordPress is the ideal solution if you just want to add a blog to your company’s existing website (or for personal blogging), but WordPress is not just a blog.

It can also be used as a standalone website with “static” web pages that you can quickly add and change at any time as long as you have an internet connection.

Working off a database, the default WordPress installation comes packaged with a number of features and is constantly being developed to improve user experience (both that of the owner and visitors) as well as to maintain a high level of security for your website. (more…)

10 quick and easy ways to update your web content

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

One of the best ways to keep your website fresh and interesting for your loyal visitors is to add new content. Not only will it encourage them to keep coming back on a regular basis but it will help your website stay at (or close to) the top of Google search results pages (provided you are using the right keywords in your content).

The type of website you have – static or content managed – and how much time you have available, will determine whether you can add or change content on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. I recommend changing your content at least monthly, but if your time or budget is limited, choose things that are quick and easy to change or add.

Below are 10 quick and easy ways to update your web content you might want to try. (more…)