How to Design User Experience to Increase Conversions

How to Design the User Experience to Increase Conversions

You’ve just built your client what you think is a dynamite, new website. It looks cool, displays all of the social media buttons on the homepage, and maybe even took faster than you expected to complete.

So what about designing for the user experience, so that your client’s conversions drastically increase? If you didn’t plan the design of your new site around this main concern, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board! (more…)

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Bootstrap Editors

7 Bootstrap Editors for Rapid Development of Responsive Websites

Bootstrap has already made responsive web development a lot easier. But what if you didn’t have to write out all that code by hand? What if you could select the Bootstrap components you want to work with, and drag them onto your canvas?

Well, that’s where a Bootstrap editor comes in.

Bootstrap editors and builders make it easier to prototype, test and build responsive websites. Although each editor is different, they all feature some form of drag and drop functionality using Bootstrap’s huge library of components.

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Bootstrap editors and builders currently on the market. Each editor has its own unique feature set and pricing structure (some of which are free) so the best option for you will depend on your own unique situation. (more…)

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Built With Bootstrap

30 Must See Websites Built With Bootstrap

Tell me if you’ve heard this before…

“All Bootstrap websites look the same.”

This can be true, but only if you don’t make any modifications to the default Bootstrap styling.

You see, Bootstrap can be a fantastic starting point for responsive front-end development. And if you invest a bit of time into styling your website’s theme, the results can be spectacular.

Luckily, I didn’t have to look too far to find some amazing examples of websites built with Bootstrap. The following gallery is a curated list of awesome showcases from the Bootstrap ExpoLove Bootstrap and Built With Bootstrap. (more…)

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Free Web Project Tools

9 Free Tools to Make Your Next Web Project a Success

Look. You make beautiful things. It’s your passion, probably your living.

But with the logistics of work life being what they are, you’ve probably landed on a few less-than-gorgeous tools and processes along the way. These ugly parts of your day-to-day can wear on you; your mind may (even now!) be hopping from “ugh, email attachments” to that awful project management tool your client somehow prefers.

For every argument urging “don’t upset the apple cart” is another, more eloquent entreaty to clarify, simplify, beautify now and reap the benefits forever. So before you plunge feet-first into that next big design project, step back and take stock. (more…)

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bootstrap vs foundation

Bootstrap vs. Foundation: Which Framework is Better?

If you’re a web designer who’s looking for a sleek, simple and responsive front-end framework, you’ve probably heard of both Bootstrap and Foundation. That’s because these are the two most popular frameworks around right now.

In your mind, you’re probably also thinking…Bootstrap vs. Foundation…Bootstrap vs. Foundation! Which should I use? Which can get me to where I have a fully functioning, new website more efficiently? Relax—we’ve got you covered.

Before we dive into the details of each framework, know that each one has its pros and cons. At the end of this blog post, you’ll make a decision on which is better based on your unique situation, your needs and your familiarity with code in the first place. (more…)

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The All-Inclusive Guide to Web Typography Best Practices

Look around the Internet, and note how typography absolutely dominates web design in every aspect. After all, there’s a reason that web design is 95% typography. This makes a world of sense when you think about it. The Internet is all about content, and content means text and words. And that means typography.

The smart web designer knows this and will therefore devote a lot of careful thought and deliberation to getting typography right on any site that he’s working on. In his quest to make type both functional and attractive to the reader, he has to consider a bunch of different factors when planning the information architecture of the site. What sort of fonts are the most readable? Which fonts are easy for readers to skim through? What about fonts that are legible? (more…)

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CSS transitions buttons

4 Simple CSS Transitions to Enhance Your Buttons

Call to actions are one of the most important elements of a website, theme or template. When you think about it, almost every web page is designed with the goal of making the user take action.

Incidentally, buttons become one of the most important elements of your web design.

So why not dress them up a little bit and add some simple CSS transition effects.

In this tutorial, I’ll go over 4 simple CSS transitions you can use to enhance your buttons and add a little flare to your web page.

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Bootstrap icon fonts

Bootstrap Icon Fonts: 7 Essential Resources

If you’re using Bootstrap, then you’re most certainly designing responsive layouts. And while responsive design has done wonders for creating mobile friendly web pages, it has also created new issues for designers.

One of these issues is the use of icons. The problem with image icons is that they don’t scale well and they’re difficult to manipulate without the help of an image editor. They can also add to the weight of a website and lead to slower load times.

The solution? Icon Fonts. (more…)

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bootstrap 3 carousel

Bootstrap 3 Carousel Tutorial

Bootstrap includes a handy plugin and component for cycling through slider images like a carousel. Sliders can be a great way to feature important content on your website.

In the following tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how you can add a carousel to your Bootstrap 3 website. It simply requires some HTML markup and a couple lines of JavaScript if you want to adjust the settings using that method. (more…)

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