Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

5 Steps to a More Engaging Website

The internet has become a very interactive environment for users. Websites need to be specifically built in a way that captures the attention of visitors and keeps them coming back, or they will quickly leave to go somewhere else. Here are 5 steps to creating a website that will effectively engage your visitors.

1. Avoid Clutter

By keeping your design free of clutter, you will make it easier for visitors to know what is most important, and there will be nothing else to distract them. Clutter can be excessive advertisements, images that don’t add anything to the page, text that is crammed in with very little white space, or anything else that unnecessarily causes a distraction for visitors.

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When Should You Monetize Your Website?

All business websites intend to create some type of value for the owner. Maybe the goal is to sell products. Or maybe it is to promote services. A common approach right now is to make money with advertisements. There are primarily two different approaches to monetizing a website or blog with ads. Some website owners choose to build traffic first and monetize later, while others choose to include monetization attempts from the start. There are pros and cons for each approach, and we’ll take a look at some of the factors that should be considered when making a decision…

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21 Factors that Influence the First Impression of Your Website’s Visitors

When a new visitor comes to your website for the first time an initial impression will be formed pretty quickly. A good first impression will drastically increase the chances of that visitor returning again, and a bad first impression will be difficult to overcome.

This list looks at 21 factors that will influence your visitor’s impression within moments of arriving at your site. These are just some of the factors, not a comprehensive list. Feel free to list some others in the comments that you think should be included. Here they are, in no particular order…

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25 Best Educational Websites for Design Inspiration

Educational institutions like schools, colleges, and universities can use an attractive and effective website in several different ways. Quality websites will attract more applications from new students, and these sites also communicate information to existing students, parents, and even donors. If you’re looking to create your own educational institution website, we recommend Shopify.

In this post we’ll feature 25 of the best educational websites from various backgrounds. Many of them are from universities and institutes of higher education, but other types of schools are represented as well. Hopefully this collection will provide some inspiration that can apply to future project work…

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Showcase of Majestic Cast Shadow Photography

Shadows can be used creatively by photographers, sometimes as the primary subject of the photo and sometimes just for interesting effects. Cast shadows are the most widely-used style to draw attention to a specific subject in shadow photography.

In this post we’ll showcase examples of shadow-based photos from various photographers. You’ll find quite a variety and if you want to see any of them fullsize just click on the photo link…

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30 Memorable and Unique Business Cards

The tone, lettering, style, and presentation of a business card says a lot about you and your business. While typical humdrum card designs are expected in the corporate world, unique business cards can help anyone stand out to potential clients and employers. Being more memorable will often result in a greater probability of getting a call back.

Fortunately there are all kinds of ways to create memorable & unique business cards. In this post we’ll showcase 30 examples for your own creative inspiration…

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How to Choose a WordPress Theme Framework

If you design and develop WordPress themes you may have considered using a WordPress theme framework rather than creating themes from scratch.

Frameworks offer significant benefits to developers and users, but for those who have not used frameworks in the past the thought can be a little intimidating and confusing. In this article we’ll take a detailed look at theme frameworks: what they are, why you might want to use one, the different types of frameworks, and the leading options…

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Top 25 Amazing Sketches for Creative Inspiration

Browsing the work of other artists and designers can be a great exercise for finding inspiration for your own work. You can find inspiring examples in web design, photography, art, and all different types of graphic design. We often showcase the work of various artists and designers(see the Galleries category archive) for the purpose of providing inspiration for readers, and today we’ll put the spotlight on sketches.

We parsed through hundreds of amazing sketches and narrowed down to the best 25 designs from various artists. I’m sure you’ll find this collection to be tantalizing and inspirational…

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