Minimalism is accomplished by decreasing a configuration to just the most crucial components. Articulations of minimalism vary, and can be found in other works of art, for example, music and writing. For web design, however, minimalism can be scary and hard to get right.

In any reality, even in Preston anybody can ace minimalism. Basically, minimalism speaks the truth separating things to the barest components vital for an outline to work. It’s about taking things away until nothing else can be uprooted without removing the reason for the outline. The following are various standards of minimal design relating to web development.

Less is Always More

“Less is More” is presumably the most surely understood catchphrase of minimal development. It was advanced by designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in portraying the minimal style.

In Web design, toning it down  is accomplished by utilizing just components that are important to a given configuration. Utilizing less to accomplish an impact that is more than the total of the outline’s parts is the objective.

Overlook Needless Things

In their book The Elements of Style, Strunk and White authored the saying “omit needless words.” It has been adjusted to minimal rationality as, “omit needless things.” i.e. exclude superfluous components in your website designs.

Think about what’s important to the substance and functionality of your site. At that point concentrate on just those things, and preclude anything that doesn’t straightforwardly add to either the substance or functionality. Keep in mind, however, that certain outline and graphical components will always influence the decipherability or ease of use of your site.

Subtract Until It Breaks

At the point when making you are finalising your new minimal website design, have a go at subtracting components until the new site fails to work in a normal manner. At the point when the site is very nearly breaking, you know you’ve accomplished the most minimal outline conceivable.

Keep in mind that “breaks” is relative in website design. Ability of the user to gain the required information is the one and only approach to gauge whether something is broken. Verify your site is still easy to use and conveys the experience you need guests to have.

Each Detail Counts

In a minimal design, each point of interest is critical. What you decide to leave in is key. A fringe around a picture, the shading palette, the white space, each part gets to be critical to the general look and feel of the site when the components are reduced to a few.

Think about the feeling you need your site to give guests, and subsequently settle on the points of interest that would give that feel. While numerous designers and developers view minimalism as one size fits all, there is still space for distinctive feelings in view of individual outline components. A minimal site can without much of a stretch be hip and present day, crisp and clean, rich and refined, or anything in the middle.

Shading Minimally

Shading can make or break a new minimal website design. Picking the right palette or accent hues is essential. Numerous developers pick a basic dark, white and/or dim palette, yet minimalism allows for any shading in the rainbow.

As with subtle elements, shading increases in influence with less components. Pay consideration on the implications of the hues you pick and how they connect with each other.

White Space Is Vital

White (or negative) space is the foundation of any minimal outline. What you ignore for a design is generally as critical as what you put in. White space is important to the relationship of certain components over others. White space “makes” an outline minimal to a substantial degree. Without it, you’d wind up with a matrix outline or some other style that is not genuinely minimal.

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Google has just released their annual ‘consumer barometer’ showing how people throughout the World are using the internet and how usage habits have been changing over time. There are some fantastic insights within the data and it only serves to reinforce the justification for the recent mobile friendly algorithm update, dubbed ‘mobilegeddon’.

You can have a look at UK specific stats here and as I am sure you know these will be as applicable in Lancashire as they are in London.

We all know that smartphone and tablet usage has been growing steadily each year. Making sure that your website is mobile and tablet compatible has never been more important than it is now, and it will only continue to become more important every year.

WHAT IS RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN?

Responsive Web Design is a recent way of approaching web design. What it aims to do is to make your website respond to the size of the screen it is being displayed on, changing the layout of the site to suit the device.

Put simply, responsive web design makes sure that your website looks great no matter what.

WHY CHOOSE RESPONSIVE DESIGN?

Put simply, having a responsive website design ensures that you don’t miss out on the large amount of mobile users who may wish to visit your site. A website that is not mobile compatible will be losing a lot of views (or customers in the case of eCommerce sites) that you would otherwise be getting.

WHAT ABOUT M. OR MOBILE. SUBDOMAINS?

Although have a mobile version of your website in an m. subdomain (example m.facebook.com) can certainly fill the need for a mobile website, these seperate mobile websites come with their share of problems.

Essentially, these sorts of mobile websites are basically a seperate website. As a result, they’re more costly to create than simply making your existing website responsive. They also double the time to maintain than a responsive website, due to being a seperate site.

There is also the possibility of being penalized for duplicate content if it’s not set up correctly, which can drastically hurt your SEO efforts.

Ultimately, if you are based in Blackburn with Darwen or maybe Burnley or Preston, there is no better solution for making your website responsive than contacting Acceler8 Media.

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For every customer we speak to who is happy with the provider of their website, there is always another who is keen to recount their tales of woe. It never ceases to amaze me how many times we come across shockingly bad websites, produced by the same local businesses, still churning them out, week after week. Since day one at Acceler8 Media Web Design we have always maintained the quality of the work we produce and vowed never to resort to the levels of churn which litters the internet.

Website Getting You Down

We understand that small businesses and tradesmen have budget constraints and we are more than capable of offering competitive solutions in this marketplace. However, just because your budget is limited doesn’t mean you have to have a poor website. Probably the main offenders for producing over priced and inferior quality work are directory companies. They have a large customer base which has been built up on the back of their now dying main product. In an attempt to try and revert the terminal decline of their businesses they are reliant on their salesforce to push these products onto their customers as an alternative to print. Unfortunately, all of their sites tend to b e developed in Asia, using templated designs and badly written, generic content.

In 2015 and beyond the first port of call for the majority of new or potential customers is your website. This is your shop window and the opportunity to showcase your skills and level of workmanship. If the user doesn’t like what they see, they will go straight back onto Google and look for one of your competitors. The one bonus of having a website with a directory company is that there is very little possibility of it being found via Google and portraying your business in a poor light.

OK. So you’ve bought into the fact that your website needs to look the part as well as perform on Google, but you are still not convinced that Acceler8 Media can offer you a cost effective solution compared to the local website, churn factory? To keep things simple I have sourced two websites for similar businesses in Lancashire as a direct comparison. Have a look and see which one you would choose:

Lancashire Landscaping

Tottington Landscaping

I’m hoping that you preferred Lancashire Landscaping, which has far more functionality and is aesthetically far superior? If so, you would probably be very surprised to know that it was actually £120 cheaper to build than the competitor site, with a management fee of half the price.

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the past couple of months you will be fully aware that Google made a significant change to it’s ranking algorithm on the 21st April. The change was based on a websites ability to render correctly on a smart phone or other mobile device and was subtly nicknamed Mobilegeddon. Although there seemed to be very little impact on rankings initially we are starting to see sites fall foul of the new algorithm and drift down the page for important searches.

None of our customers have seen a negative impact on their positioning as a result of the changes and to the contrary some are even benefiting from the competition not being mobile friendly. We have seen some of our recent web design projects for businesses in Blackburn and Darwen shoot up the rankings quicker than expected, purely on the basis that many of the competitor sites were non responsive.

Mobilegeddon by the Numbers

  • There was an overall decrease in the number of non-mobile-friendly websites in the first three search engine results pages (SERPs) of 21 percent.
  • There was a decrease of 17.3 percent in non-mobile-friendly sites on the first page of search results.
  • Non-mobile-friendly sites decreased by 20.7 percent and 25.2 percent on pages two and three of search results.
  • What you need to know: websites that do not pass the “mobile-friendly” test are dropping fast out of the first three pages of search results.

Before the update, Google was already taking mobile responsiveness into account as a ranking factor. This update was said to only impact mobile searches, but you can bet that all searches are being affected in some way, or will be soon

As the web continues to be viewed and consumed on all kinds and sizes of devices, web development companies and webmasters will need to keep up with mobile web trends to ensure their websites can be viewed on multiple platforms.

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Over the years we have produced numerous websites which allow clients to sell their products online. Historically this has been a difficult process, requiring large financial commitment. However, more recently different content management systems have developed their own or 3rd party extensions which allow people to sell their products safely and securely. Although this has made the process far simpler and more accessible to smaller businesses it is difficult to categorise these sites as true ecommerce.

The team at Acceler8 tend to classify smaller projects such as Woocomerce and other similar systems as ‘online shops’. To reach the higher echelons of ecommerce we are really looking to implement a fully customisable system such as Magento, which offers a truly flexible platform with unlimited options. When Magento is implemented correctly it isn’t merely a list which allows people to choose an item, it guides customers intuitively to the point of sale. So, although a shopper in Lancashire may have a very definite idea as to what they are looking to purchase, a properly designed ecommerce site offers them relevant, alternative products, thus increasing the chances of making a sale.

The beauty of a fully functional ecommerce site is that although you may be based in a small town such as Darwen or Chorley, you can reach and sell to a national or even international audience. With the power of the internet and a well though out strategy, the World is literally your oyster!

At Acceler8 Media we believe that the World is over flowing with unfulfilled ideas and we make it our job to realise them. Give us a call and lets see if one of our team can help make your dreams a reality!

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