Category Archives: Web Design

Mobile & AMP: Speed is the Name of the Game

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When it comes to mobile browsing, speed is the number one consideration for users. Expectations are high, but many seem to be missing the mark. On average, load time for retail mSites is at 7.083 seconds according to Mobile HTTP Archive.

The focus on images has been counterproductive to improving speed. Over that last few years, mobile page sizes have grown drastically with the average page served to mobile increasing by 203% since 2011. And the consequences are severe. Did you know that every second of delay from the first second of loading costs money? RadWare and Kissmetrics have published information on the impact of loading time to the bottom line. Some of the most important findings of the research include the following figures:

  • 11% decrease in pageviews
  • 7%...

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Intrusive Interstitial Penalty: Will You be Affected?

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Google has officially announced that they’ve rolled out the penalty that affects pages where content is not easily accessible to the user on mobile. The heads up on this has been on the webmaster blog since August 23, 2016.

The penalty only impacts intrusive interstitial that appear right after tapping the mobile search result. It does not impact pages that come up later. The search engine giant also stresses on the fact that this new signal is just one of hundreds that are used in ranking.

Understanding What Intrusive Interstitials Are

In the blog post, the search engine giant has given three good examples of interstitials that they consider intrusive. The following techniques make the content less accessible to mobile users and will therefore be affected:

  • A popup...

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A Four Point Guide to Choosing the Perfect Image

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Images can make or break a brand. As much as a good design is important for marketing materials nothing can replace the impact of an engaging image. Images add realism and authenticity to your product. But often just realism is not enough. The images must be engaging enough to prompt the intended response from your audience. Here are a few pointers to help choose the right images.

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Powerful images are those that capture your audience and create an imprint in their memory. Images are like teasers. We want a user to be so impressed by an image that they are tempted to experience your product or service themselves. Lighting, depth of field,  proportion, layout, dynamism, actions, expressions and many such elements determine the impact of a photograph. Hire a good...

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Your Logo! How and Why You Have To Get It Right!

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Your logo is the face of your company. It creates a first impression and can greatly impact how your brand is perceived. You will use it everywhere, from your business cards and website to your signage and may even extend your company car! So of course, you really need to get it right.

The first and foremost essential for a good logo, is that it should be bespoke. It should be custom designed by an expert, in line with the company’s vision and appeal not only to you but to your target audience.

Secondly it should be relevant to your product and industry. Relevance does not mean using generic industry icons – the Mercedes logo is not a car, the McDonalds logo is not a burger. It needs to be visually unique so it stands out in a crowd. There is a lot more to a logo than just what...

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5 Surefire Ways to Increase Year-Round Bookings

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Perhaps you have plenty of bookings during the high season, but what can you do to ensure bookings flow all year, through shoulder and low season? Here are five proven tactics that will keep your bookings rolling in every season.

1. Responsive site

To ensure year-round bookings, first you must get the basics right. According to eMarketer’s latest estimates of travel research in 2016, 51.8% of all travellers who book trips online will do so using a mobile device.

That means your accommodation, whether you’re a small two-room B&B or a large resort, must have a responsive website site that can be viewed on any size device.

2. Powerful Booking Engine

Another fundamental key to increasing your online booking lies in the system you use – namely, your booking...

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10 Golden Rules of Web Design

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Usability, visual design and functionality are the three key elements that determine the success or failure of a website. It’s not just about making the website look pretty - use design to effectively guide a user through a path and make an impression of your brand upon the customer.

1. Space

Our website for Tika Tours is a great example of how space can be used effectively to direct a users focus on important elements.

Space is one of the most important elements of design because it dictates everything from flow to readability to colours and layout. Every design needs space to breathe. For example, a user would never see your ‘Book Now’ button if it was cluttered with 10 other elements around it.

2. Layout

Our website for Touch of Spice shows how a consistent grid...

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