Posts Tagged ‘Website Design’

New WordPress features with 4.9 upgrade

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Yesterday, I spent the day upgrading several WordPress websites to the new 4.9 version.

In the latest version, there are several exciting new features that will improve user experience and enhance WordPress websites, so I thought I would share them with you here in a quick blogpost.

When you first upgrade your WordPress website and land back on the Dashboard, you’ll see the new features broken down into 4 sections. There’s no video or accolade to a past musician as in recent major version upgrades, just a cool modern, colourful graphical presentation with brief descriptions (partially shown in the screenshot below).

All together there are 11 new features mentioned, plus one I spotted right after the update. I have not tried them out yet but they sound like they will greatly improve the user experience.

So what are the new features in WordPress 4.9?

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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…)

6 tips to make your web content and blog posts easier to read

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Last week, I came across a blog post by someone new to blogging. I had a hard time reading it because there were no sub-headings or paragraph breaks. It was just one big chunk of text and the text was so small and the line space so tight I had a hard time taking my eyes from one line to the next as I read.

As a website designer, constantly on the lookout for web design inspiration, this wasn’t the first time I’d come across this either, so I decided I would write the following six tips in the hopes of helping others make their blog posts and web pages easier to read. (more…)

Graphic Design Terms 5-6: Serif vs Sans Serif

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Can you tell the difference between a serif and a sans serif typeface?

Serif: a typeface with serifs,the line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or a symbol.Don’t worry, if you answered, “No,” you are not alone. Before starting graphic design or website design projects for new clients, I often ask whether they prefer a serif or sans-serif typeface. Many do not know the difference between the two. If it’s the same for you, the following definition may help.

In typography, the line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or a symbol, is called a serif. Therefore, a typeface with serifs is called a “serif” typeface. A typeface without serifs is called “sans serif” from the French word “sans” meaning “without.” (more…)

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…)

Save Money on Your Marketing Material

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Or, in other words, get more bang for your buck

I had a meeting a few days ago with a potential new client who needed to plan her marketing material budget for her first year in business. After a long discussion, I went back to the office and drew up a budget for her, but decided it wasn’t just a matter of providing a quote. Knowing how new businesses struggle in the first year, coupled with today’s economy, I wanted to give suggestions on how she could get more bang for her buck.

Now, I am not a marketing guru; my expertise is more in layout and design. However, I hope the knowledge and experience I’ve gained during my many years involved in the newspaper and advertising industries, together with what I’ve learned since deciding to go into business two years ago, have enabled me to give her some food for thought.

Here are the suggestions I made, edited, re-written and additional information added for a wider audience. They mostly relate to saving money on print material. (This is a long read… you might want to sit down with a cup of coffee first!) (more…)