The Weekly Recap: Week of March 2-8, 2014

As we welcome the month of March (and, hopefully, some milder weather), it’s a perfect time to take a good, hard look at your company’s web site. After all, the rush of the December holidays and Valentine’s Day is over, and you have the time to catch your breath and evaluate how customers experience your page. And since the season is about to change, a handful of smart updates can feel timely and appropriate right now. But even if you’re not going to give your site a major makeover for spring, it’s always a good idea to give everything the once-over and make sure your page is an accurate representation of your hard work and talent. Check out these informative articles on good ecommerce site and responsive web design, and ask yourself just what it is your page needs to kick things up a notch.  

Nonprofit Quarterly: 11 Nonprofits that Rock Responsive Web Design (Anne Creedon)

How often do you browse the web on your mobile device or tablet, as opposed to your personal computer? We’re guessing your smartphone gives the old laptop a run for its money nowadays, and that’s why we’re always emphasizing the importance of beautiful responsive design for our clients’ web sites. Anne Creedon of Nonprofit Quarterly has chosen 11 nonprofit organizations whose web sites look brilliant, regardless of what kind of device you’re using to load them. You’ll recognize big names like Heifer International and Oxfam America, who require strong member support in order to continue their valuable philanthropic activities. They don’t want potential supporters to be turned off by an irritating site or difficult donation process, so it’s very important that their web teams design responsively for the web, mobile phones, and tablets. The same is true for you and your company. Have a look at these sites on multiple devices and note how well they run on each.

Business 2 Community: 5 Essential Tips for Designing a Perfect Mobile Web Site (Michelle Hummel)

Speaking of great responsive design tips, Michelle Hummel of Business 2 Community has 5 essential tips for building a flawless mobile site, including smart color and font choices and handy links to popular social media platforms. Of course, these factors are important considerations for any ecommerce web design, but when it’s time to make your site available to mobile users, they’re even more crucial. This list is far from comprehensive, but if you’re meeting with a great web designer to talk about how to take your site to the next level, these are some good talking points to take with you, so be sure to check them out.

Business 2 Community: 6 Design Tips that Will Help Your Ecommerce Store (Kristina Parker)

Business 2 Community has published another article we think you’ll find useful, this time with tips for your ecommerce business page. Author Kristina Parker makes smart recommendations, like high-quality photographs and logos and a shopping cart that’s easy to locate. Like Michelle Hummel, Parker puts in a plug for social media links, and she advises you to make any special offers (e.g. free shipping) very obvious to the user. Again, these aren’t the only important considerations when you’re designing your page, but they can help you to make a more informed decision about working with an expert web design consultant. Walk into that meeting with a great understanding of what your site needs.

So what is it your page needs?


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  • By Dennis Consorte
  • Published on March 4th, 2014
  • Posted in Web Design. Tags: .