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Web Design Articles from the Smart Domain Group. We’ve designed hundreds of websites for clients, giving us an insight into what works as well as what looks great. Get the latest on trends, usability tips and what comes after responsive design for mobile.

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Web Design Companies - What Should You Expect?

Web Design Companies - What Should You Expect?

Date: Mon 5th September 2016

You've done your research, searched through the multitude of web design companies online and found one that you like. But what exactly are you getting for your money and are you getting exactly what you need? With web design companies - what should you expect?  Many web design companies out there promise the earth but don't deliver on ...

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Why You Need A Website!

Why You Need A Website!

Date: Fri 2nd September 2016

If you don't have a website, you're losing out to your competitors before you've even begun.Put it this way; when was the last time you saw someone search through the Yellow Pages? That's because everyone these days searches on Google. For products, services, companies, information and anything else they need to know about. Nob...

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Why is Good Web Design Important?

Why is Good Web Design Important?

Date: Thu 1st September 2016

Good web design is what will keep your customers interested and willing to navigate your site. Having bad web design that is unappealing or hard to use is a quick way to lose most of your potential customers.Usability is a key term used when looking at web design. It determines the customer’s interaction with your site which is made up of a s...

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10 Principles of Effective Web Design

10 Principles of Effective Web Design

Date: Wed 31st August 2016

Web design is a very tricky thing to get right and we decided to get together 10 principles of effective web design so you can see if your current site is up to standard. Even if you’re planning to make a new site for your business and need some direction as to what makes a good website, these principles are sure to help.If you see your site ...

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Choosing Your Web Design Company - Who Do You pick? Who Should You Avoid?

Choosing Your Web Design Company - Who Do You pick? Who Should You Avoid?

Date: Tue 30th August 2016

So you've taken the plunge and decided to get your business online. But what now? Which of the multitude of web design companies should you pick? Which should you trust and which should you steer clear of?  In short, these aren't easy questions to answer!With so many companies to choose from, you can be left confused, flustered and fru...

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Responsive, mobile-friendly websites get search boost from May

Responsive, mobile-friendly websites get search boost from May

Date: Thu 17th March 2016

Google has said that it will increase the search engine ranking benefit of mobile-friendly websites from May, 2016. This will affect the results for anyone searching via a mobile device, and means there's never been a more important time to have a responsive web design. And when responsive, mobile-friendly websites get search boost from Google,...

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What is Responsive Design?

What is Responsive Design?

Date: Thu 27th August 2015

If you're looking for a re-design or an entirely new website, there's a good chance you'll come across the term 'responsive design'. But it's not always guaranteed that anyone will explain exactly what it means.Why Responsive Design is needed:The first websites were designed to be viewed on a desktop com...

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Javascript Explained: What Does It Do?

Javascript Explained: What Does It Do?

Date: Fri 21st December 2012

Javascript is all about making web design more dynamic; whilst HTML and CSS have classically focused on laying out the page and content for you to look at, javascript made it possible to start adding in things you could interact with, it made web pages a living thing rather than a static display and integrated cleanly and easil...

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Hire the Right Web Designer; Tips for Spotting the Cowboys

Hire the Right Web Designer; Tips for Spotting the Cowboys

Date: Tue 11th December 2012

Like any industry, web design is full of talented individuals and companies offering high quality services to their clients, but there’s also a fair share of cowboys out there and a few who just don’t know quite what they’re doing. Fortunately, with a little heads up it’s pretty easy to identify the whea...

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Evolution of Web Design; Today and Tomorrow

Evolution of Web Design; Today and Tomorrow

Date: Tue 4th December 2012

In the current age clean and simple is still greatly favoured by web designers, but little by little people are rediscovering the power of colour and images. Well designed websites today are rich with colours, often beautifully balanced into a true piece of branding rather than just mushing as much together as possible.One of the lead trends of the...

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Flash Explained: What Does It Do?

Flash Explained: What Does It Do?

Date: Mon 3rd December 2012

Flash was one of the first big evolutions of web design that could be clearly seen by anyone surfing the web. Early websites were very static and rather bland due to the simplicity of HTML and limitations such as download speeds which limited the use of large images and video, leaving many web designers to gaze longingly at des...

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CSS Explained What Does It Do?

CSS Explained What Does It Do?

Date: Fri 30th November 2012

After HTML, CSS is one of the most widely utilised web languages, incorporating seamlessly with HTML code to handle visual design elegantly and in a way that keeps websites fast loading and easy to maintain and update.Prior to CSS (which stands for Cascading Style Sheets), HTML was used to set all of the visual elements of a we...

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