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Evolution of Web Design: Early 2000s

Evolution of Web Design: Early 2000s

Date: Mon 19th November 2012

As the Millennium turned things were really accelerating online, the web was getting widely used by businesses as they realised it was the future, even if they weren’t too sure how to use it as yet it was clear that claiming a stake was a good idea. Download speeds kept bulking up so it was becoming possible to view low quality video, graphic...
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The Essential Basics of Web Design

The Essential Basics of Web Design

Date: Mon 12th November 2012

You can design websites to do all sorts of things; e-shops, blogs and portfolio sites all have different layout and design styles, but the majority of small businesses just getting started online need a "brochure" site. This is something similar to a company brochure which gives a good overview of the company, products and services, and e...
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Evolution of Web Design: Late 90s

Evolution of Web Design: Late 90s

Date: Fri 9th November 2012

Following on from the birth of the web in our blog last week, the late 90’s heralded the true arrival of the Internet in the popular conscious, and the birth of something approaching web design as download speeds improved and businesses and the general public started to take control of the webs evolution from the scientists. Website designers...
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What is a CMS?

What is a CMS?

Date: Wed 31st October 2012

An excellent optional add-on to our Websmart web design packages is a CMS (standing for Content Management System), but what exactly is that and why is it useful to you?One of the hidden costs of web design are updates. Many businesses want to regularly add new content to their website, whether it’s a blog or news section, maybe new case stud...
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Evolution of Web Design: Early 1990s

Evolution of Web Design: Early 1990s

Date: Tue 30th October 2012

Web design is ever changing, and whilst all design evolves over time to match changes in trends and culture, website design has moved faster than almost anything else, with the staggering advancement of technology continually expanding the things web designers can do on a site. In the first of a series of blogs we take a look at the evolution of we...
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The Parallax Effect!!

The Parallax Effect!!

Date: Thu 27th September 2012

Web design is getting more and more innovative. Designers are having to find newer and more effective ways of promoting products and services and making them more memorable to visitors. One such way is through the use of a technique called the Parallax Effect.Originally used by the gaming industry, the Parallax Effect has gained major popularity am...
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The Power of Online Shopping

The Power of Online Shopping

Date: Fri 8th June 2012

Online Shopping is becoming more and more popular in today's society. Essentially an online store, e-commerce websites give you the opportunity to promote all your goods, services and products in one simple yet attractive place.How you can take advantage of the power of online shoppingIf designed well, an e-commerce website can prove ...
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Why should you have a website?

Why should you have a website?

Date: Fri 8th June 2012

Many people believe that simply having a Yellow Pages advert is enough to encourage people to use their business. In this modern age, they couldn't be more wrong.Yellow Pages and other small advertisement options are becoming more and more redundant as people start to realise that the internet is where all business will come from. An attractive...
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Welcome to STL Lighting's new website!

Welcome to STL Lighting's new website!

Date: Mon 30th April 2012

We are proud to have recently built a new website for Kent's leading lighting hire and lighting production providers, STL Lighting.Working closely with them, we designed a beautiful new website that met their requirements perfectly. Making the most of technological advancements in CSS, our developers and designers have designed an attracti...
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What You Should Expect From A Web Design Company

What You Should Expect From A Web Design Company

Date: Fri 20th April 2012

So you've just purchased a website design package. Given that you want the website to be prominent and incredibly successful, what should you realistically expect from a professional web design company?Most web design companies promise the earth and then don't deliver. Professional, reliable and highly experienced web design companies, such...
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The Six Facets of a Successful Website

The Six Facets of a Successful Website

Date: Thu 19th April 2012

You're thinking of having a new website designed. But have you considered what it takes to make your website a resounding success? There are six reasons why a website either succeeds or fails:The Six Facets of a Successful WebsiteExpert business analysisWell thought out web strategiesContent developmentSearch engine optimisationCustom web desig...
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