Mobile Ready Themes
|Mobile Ready Website|
Bold Fonts Are Pushing Graphics Into The Background
Death To The Drop Shadow!
|Drop Shadows are Dead|
Beware Too Many Mouse Clicks
|Stay away from themes using to many mouse clicks to navigate|
Scrolling Beats Clicking
|One Page WordPress Websites|
Consumers Look Around Online Before Almost Every Purchase
It’s unwise for businesses to ignore the importance of a nicely designed and up-to-date website with a handsome theme and lots of content. Retailing Today found that 81 percent of consumers go online before going to the store to purchase major items. That was a 20 percent jump from the year before. For items like appliance, flooring, furnishings, bedding, electronic devices, jewelry, lawn and garden equipment, glasses, and many other items, shoppers spent an average of 79 days gathering information before making a major purchase. If your website doesn’t have rich content presented in an up-to-date template, or worse yet, if you don’t have a website at all, chances are you’re going to miss out on a potential purchase.
First, You Need A Name
|Get a nice domain name|
Get A Template
|CMS platforms and development tools|
Getting Found On The Internet
Beware Hover Buttons
Hover functions are intimately tied into the use of a cursor, and while the cursor is far from dead, it’s certainly on life support on mobile and tablet platforms. Touch sensitive screensreally don’t have much use for anything to do with the hover command, and so its usefulness is diminished. In addition, if you’re relying on hover commands to impart essential information, you’re essentially breaking the functionality of your website for users without a mouse.
If You Don’t Know What The Mobile Web Is, Don’t Worry; It’s Dead Anyway
Many webmasters aren’t even familiar with the term Mobile Web. When smartphones started making big gains in Internet browsing market share, some cutting edge developers decided that the end of the world for desktop browsing was at hand, and started designing website themes strictly for handhelds. Mobile Web sites are meant to run in tandem with a traditional desktop site. Running one website is getting to be a lot of work for any business that wants to stay up to date with best web practices. Running two is a recipe for disaster. It relies on detecting the platform of the device that’s visiting the web address to display the correct version of the site, and everyone knows how that goes. Even people that have never heard the term Mobile Web knows what it looks like when you get a mobile version of a website on your desktop, or end up scrolling endlessly just to get past a header and navigation if your mobile phone gets the desktop version.
Flash Is Dead. Long Live Things That Look Like Flash
|Flash is dead|
A few years back, web designers fell in love with splash pages that used Flash to draw viewers in with moving pictures of some sort. The novelty of it was enough to excite visitors – for a while. Pretty soon whoever was in charge of the Search Engine Optimization for the site noticed it was killing the site’s page ranking, and as rich media on the Web got more common, it lost the wow factor pretty quickly anyway. Websites got more restrained and businesslike, and everyone forgot about Flash.