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MotoCMS Review 2017: Should You Buy It or Not? Why?

Websites everywhere?

No.

Website builders everywhere. The reach of technology to the common computer literate has taken easy norms in such a way to allow them to build their own websites without any technical knowledge but the knowledge of how to use the user interface.

I’ve come across one such content management system, named MotoCMS that enables the users build websites for themselves or companies for their clients conveniently. Let’s peek into the internals of the MotoCMS Website Builder and check if it can become a reliable solution for quick website building.

First impressions – You Should Consider for Buying

The MotoCMS offer two types of website building solutions.
  1. Normal website builder
  2. Store builder
1. Normal website builder – MotoCMS offers various templates of various categories of websites. You can choose to build a website for particular separate business or purpose with ready settings.

MotoCMS-website-options

Choosing a category of specific website design will take us to the particular category of website gallery to choose from. Each template can be previewed before installation.

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2. Store builder – This solution is for online merchants who would like to have a ecommerce website to sell their products or services.

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The templates are fully tested, SEO friendly and functional. They can be easily installed in one click with the help of MotoCMS easy user interface.

MotoCMS Hosting

Surprisingly, I’ve found third-party hosting recommendations on MotoCMS hosting page. Featuring InMotion Hosting and Bluehost hosting with the hosting plan details with a link back to their pages is noticeable. This shows the healthy business association and dedication to serve customer better. Hosting recommendations on the page are impressive.

How to tutorials

MotoCMS provides clean tutorials about using their platform. Every step is hierarchically positioned and arranged point wisely.

Several eBooks teaching topics from ‘how to leverage a business online’ to ‘on-page optimization’ guides are made available for free download and self-education. 

Premium tutorials teaching how to audit a website are specially designed to help newbies and non-techies handle their website and business single handedly.

Affiliate program

MotoCMS invites the enthusiastic bloggers and internet marketers to become their affiliate marketers. One can get the following benefits as an affiliate to MotoCMS.
  • Simple 3-step signup process and easy approval.
  • 365-days return cookie. Commissions will be added if any more sales made within a year.
  • Up to 50% commission rate.
  • Payment can be made through bank transfer, PayPal, Payoneer, Skrill and WebMoney.
  • 2-tier affiliate system with 5% life-time share of second level affiliate earnings.
  • Can create landing pages along with media kit for promotion.
The affiliate program is promising with best commissions and facilities. Become MotoCMS affiliate in simple 3 steps and try your internet marketing skills here.

Discounts for developers

MotoCMS offers discounts for developers who do websites for their clients. A developer can develop a website with 14-day trail program first, demonstrate to client, get paid and pay for the plan.

Benefits that a developer gets through this discount program:
  • Up to 50% per template chosen.
  • White label for just $9/license.
  • Free professional support for every loyalty level.
  • Sell your product at your cost.
  • Build your own business strategy.
  • Develop your business brand.
  • Free installations of templates along with technical support
  • 2 hour quick ticket response time.
The developer discount program is also impressive. It is useful for budding entrepreneurs and start-ups which can’t afford to invest more on the development cost at first. An budding business owner can consider MotoCMS in this perspective.

Second impressions – You Should Not Buy If…

Not every tools or business is perfect. MotoCMS also need to evolve and hopefully it would. Here are some of the features that this website builder have missed in my perspective.
  • Expert developers need every byte of code written to watch and take control. MotoCMS need to improve its user interface in this perspective.
  • No native hosting – Generally, the users will expect a native hosting from MotoCMS as soon as they find the hosting button. Third-party recommendations aren’t bad but  disappointed.
  • Not good for bloggers – Bloggers can’t utilize this platform well. They need plugins, control over the content mostly. MotoCMS creates professional websites for business and personal. They can’t be effectively sued as blogs. Hope they would introduce a good solution for bloggers as well.

Conclusion

MotoCMS is a good website building platform with neat and easy user interface. An individual or a budding entrepreneur can create professional websites easily and proficiently without any expertise knowledge in web development technologies. Still, there are some additional features yet to be added for the sake of all rounder satisfaction to the platform just like for bloggers also. Hopefully they would bring more transformations in their future evolution.

What do you think about MotoCMS? Did you like it? Share your thoughts about it in comments below.
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6 Tips To Improve Your Website And Make It Stand Out

Keeping your website fresh and up to date with current trends and technologies is essential for your search engine ranking and UX. If you don’t pay enough attention to your website’s design and functionality, a high bounce rate is an inevitable outcome, and your conversion rates will drop immensely. If this is the kind of situation you are facing, then it’s time to implement some changes and test them out. Here are 6 tips on how you could do that.

 

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1. Use quality images

It is always a good idea to refresh your site with a set of new and quality images that give the wanted mood to your website. Rotating images on your website is a good way to make sure that your users are returning, as well as that your new visitors have a good first impression of your website. In order to have a perfect user experience, you should avoid generic stock photography, and use images that convey your own services and products in a sincere way that will increase brand loyalty. Keep in mind that your images need to be optimized in format and size, so that your website’s performance is unaffected. There are various image optimization plugins that can help you do this.

 

2. Make attractive CTAs

The visual cues on your website are important, since they help your users determine and find what they are looking for. Coloring is essential, and bold and unexpected color moments are bound to bring attention to where it’s due. Mark your calls to action with appropriate action words in order to make sure that your users know exactly what they will achieve by clicking on them. They should include verbs that invite them to take a wanted action, and they should be called to do it right away. Keep in mind the psychology of color and the words that you use, in order to incorporate the appropriate psychological triggers for your visitors to identify with your website’s content.

 

3. Use customer testimonials to your advantage

Customer testimonials are a kind of social proof of your competence and the quality of your products. Presenting this form of trust signals on your website is a good way to increase conversions on your sales, because it gives your brand a more favorable perception. The customers’ patience for sleazy marketing tricks is really low, so building trust with your customer base in a constructive way is extremely important. A large number of satisfied customers has a substantial influence, so make sure that you incorporate testimonials and reviews from your most loyal customers on various sections of your website: your product pages, landing pages, pricing pages and your home page.

 

4. Take care of your 404 errors

If not a warrant for a search engine penalty, landing on a non-existing page is a certain path to throwing away your visitors. Next to slow loading speed, there’s nothing worse than piquing your user’s interest with content, only for them to face a 404 error instead of what they were looking for. The problem with 404 errors is that they aren’t always your fault. It happens that pages change and URLs shift, and often you don’t even know that it happened. You need to optimize your 404 pages, or you can use some of the existing plugins that help you check for broken links and fix them right away.

 

5. Use WordPress

It is essential that you incorporate a good CMS for your website. WordPress is often recommended as the best solution, as it is very SEO-friendly due to a good semantic markup, and comes with a lot of customization options and plugins, which can help improve your website’s appearance and functionality. A good plugin you should try out is WordPress SEO by Yoast, which includes a complete website optimization package, allowing you to add open graph meta data, publish XML sitemap, do page analysis and more. Another one is W3 Total Cache, which optimizes your website’s speed and performance with browser caching and compresses pages for faster downloading.

 

6. Pay attention to detail

One of the most basic tips is to check your website’s content for improvements and pay attention to the smallest of details.Go through your website’s content and implement some on-page optimization methods, like writing meta-descriptions for your pages, adding alt and title tags to your images, using appropriate headings and subheadings, performing keyword analysis, etc. Paying attention to such details can go a long way.

 

In the end, it’s important that you test the improvements and tweaks to your website, and always make sure you’re ahead of what your users expect from you. A properly designed website is both pleasant to the eye and at its best functionality. Make sure to never focus on one aspect at the price of another, and you’ll be good to go.

 


Author Bio:

Steven Clarke is a web entrepreneur and a business consultant. Whenever he gets the time, he likes to write about his ideas and share them with the world. He is currently advising WordPress Development companies from Sydney. You can find him on Twitter.

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Breathe New Life To Your Website By Using Animations

We are starting to see more and more animation being used in web design. One of the best advice one can get when it comes to using animation on their websites is moderation. Simple and small animations can be fun and engaging and when done right, the average user might not even notice them. This is considered to be the holy grail of animation use as they should be a part of a good design flow and not a hindrance or an eye sore.

 

What makes animation so useful in today’s web design trends is the effect of realism they provide. Most websites rely on flat, minimal design style, so the average user needs more visual cues in order to fully understand how to use the website. Simple animation is used to direct the user to a certain part of the website without drastically changing the overall aesthetic of the website. They should provide clear instructions and order to types of design that are too visually simple to be able to provide sufficient direction for the users.

 

html5-animation-with-WebDesign

 

When should animation be used?

The primary goal for animation use must always be the increase in usability. Small bits of animation can be an excellent tool for providing the user with additional contexts, such as what a specific button does or where to head next on the website. They should highlight the specific action available to the user and create an overall flow to the way a website is used. Of course, usability isn’t the only reason for using animations. They can be used to embellish and decorate the content provided on the website, help tells a specific story or simply invoke an emotional response from the visitor.

 

Small vs. Large animations

Small animations should be looked at as bits and pieces the users discovers when they interact with your website. Whether it’s a simple hover animation, usability guide or an ornament, they should accent the overall look and feel of the website and not be the emphasis of the design. Larger animations have a scale to them. They fill most of the screen and often have the characteristics of a short clip or a movie. They should be used as the main focus of the overall design where the user doesn’t have to perform an action in order to see the actual animation.

 

Loading animations

This is one of the oldest use for animations. Their sole purpose is to distract the average user from long loading times. Even a short loading animation can add some sophistication, or simply entertain the user during the wait. They are very popular for use in flat and minimal designs, sites that have only one page and portfolios. But you need to remember, best loading animations are the simplest ones. If you ever need to use additional audio and visual effects, make sure they match the overall “personality” of your website.

 

Non-scrolling menus and navigation

One of the recent trends used by web designers to save screen space is hiding the navigation menus. They remain hidden until the users hover their mouse over the button or actually click it. The most used example is the “hamburger icon”, or the three small horizontal lines stacked on each other which hide the navigation portion of the website. The recommended animation for this kind of menus is either the pop-out or a simple slide in and out of the picture. These aren’t the only options, of course, designers also use sticky bars and sliders to make the transition animation of the navigation elements look familiar, but fresh at the same time.

 

Hover animations

Hover animations are the most used form of navigation in today’s web design. This is mostly due to their practicality, as they familiarize the user with all the interactive elements of the website. Most often, hover animations are the only visual key that a part of the text, a button or a sign are in fact clickable. If the user is unsure how certain elements function, chances are they’ll hover their mouse over that specific element anyway, which makes this kind of animations very intuitive and natural to use.

 

Animated galleries and slideshow

Gallery and slideshow animals are often misused and poorly executed, despite being used literally everywhere. This is due to two main reasons, with one of them being the extent of animation used for such a simple matter, i.e. overly complicated design. The other is messing around with the rate at which the images change and giving your site that “rushed” and unfinished feel. The actual design should always be minimal, with the average time for showing each picture never being shorter than 5 seconds and longer than 8-9 seconds.

 

Scrolling animations and page motion

Scrolling animations give the user some form of control over the way they consume content by dictating the pace at which they consume it. The key to having a great scrolling navigation, whether it’s short or long, is the quality of used animation. If the user has to scroll for a longer period of time, then chances are they could get bored at some point, or simply lose focus. This is where scrolling animations come into play and the web designer must use them to entertain the user using an interactive element during the scrolling process. Page motion is mostly used to make the site a little more enjoyable and interesting, they don’t have too many practical benefits.

 

When it comes to using animations on your website, make sure you remember that good animation should always enhance the user experience. Whether it’s by helping them understand what each part of the website does, guiding them through the content or simply eliciting an emotional response. Animation needs to have a concrete purpose, which should always be to breathe life into otherwise flat and two-dimensional design. Animation is becoming a standard for a large variety of applications, websites and marketing strategies and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Be moderate with their use, make sure you know why you are using them and always make sure they are there to provide the visitors with the best user experience possible.

 

Author Bio

John Stone is a web entrepreneur and SEO Consultant. Through years of experience, he became a devout believer in the notion that form should always follow function and that developing the ability to think outside of the box is a prerequisite of being a successful entrepreneur. He currently advises companies about Web Design in Sydney. You can find him on Twitter.

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The Best Tools for Lazy Web Designers

Web designers have faced with the new tools on the web in 2016. After they’ve tried them, they realized that some of them are very useful and simple for everyday usage, but for some of them they need to spend more time in learning and involving in their design.
 

What’s new in web designing?

Whatever you want to design and even you are a beginner or your design project is at the start yet, you can try some of the tools like Webflow, Origami, Relay, Frontify, Marvel or Avocode. You can also use some of them during the trial period, some of them are free and if you plan to make a big project, you should consider the monthly paying for some of them - that will be worthy of the long term.

Don’t worry if you are one of those designers who like a classic in their designing. You can try some of the classic tools available on the web. Some of them are Square Space, Builder Engine and Dunked (the best tool if you haven’t learned to code by now).

But, what if you are one of those who are practically lazy to learn something new, try new options and check what’s new every minute? Are you a bad designer? Or not?
 

Are lazy web designers really so bad?

There is a statement that lazy people are actually good for any kind of job because they’ve learned to do more job in less time. They will not waste their time on long and boring coding; they will always try to find an interesting content easy to use. They also know how making a perfect project, which forces people to accept and understand the content very fast and without too much time spent on reading. Every fast and useful tool actually came from lazy designers and programmers. Their sites are clean, readable and without too many information.
 
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But, on the other hand, the lazy designer has to be dumb, too. He must know that learning is everything and that nothing is possible if you don’t admit first that you have to learn so much. Smart people think that they have learned everything. Dumb people learn every day.

So, if you are one of those lazy designers, or just don’t have time for making the big and complicated site, don’t worry, you are not the worst person at all. The only thing you should do is to use smart your laziness. Maybe this list of the tools is as made for you.
 

If you need a simple navigation

You should try TabsGenerator.com. This completely customizable tool will make much easier creating tabs acceptable in practically any design. Even the basic design, color, and shape are already made, the designer can adjust every part to his site and short the time needed for this step.
 

Do you need more colors?

There is a solution for that, too. Its Color Scheme Designer, a simple tool with already made pallets of colors and combination of colors which you can use. You also shouldn’t worry about the looks of dark and light version, because there is a sample of that included.
 

Do you want to eliminate dummy text before sending content on the site?

Tool creators have made an effort to make a simple and very useful tool, Bling Text Generator.com, for resolving a problem with dummy text. The only thing you need to do is to plug the type and how much dummy text you want and give to a tool a chance to resolve it.
 

Speaking about the text

You also should consider a tool called Typechart.com because it will provide you thousands of samples of different sizes, fonts and text options so you can easily choose whatever option you need for the site.
 

Finally, what about the layouts?

There it is a simple tool, YAML Builder, for this problem. If you know what layout want to put, this tool has an easy-ten-use visual interface and you simply can choose one of those which is most approachable or similar to your idea. Now, just put content and code and, "voila", the job is finished.

See, it’s no problem if you are lazy; the problem is if you can’t do the job even you are a lazy person. Thanks to tools, that problem is resolved.
 

About Author:

Tom Jager is professional blogger. He works at Royal Essays. He has degree in Law and English literature. Tom has written numerous articles/online journals. You can reach him at G+ or Facebook.
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Get 50% OFF on Tesla Themes

Tesla discounts are here!!

 

Telsa, the website theme cart website offers 50% OFF on all themes on the occasion of their 3rd anniversary.

 

Tesla themes are neatly designed, SEO optimized, responsive and fast loading. There are whole 50+ templates on the website to grab from.

 

If you are a blogger or an internet marketer, this is time to grab a few wonderful themes with 50% anniversary discount. This offer can be claimed till 31st of May of 2016.

 

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The popular themes on Tesla like Megalith, Hotelia, Narcos, E-Event, Daily Post are even available for 50% cut off prices.

 

How to buy Tesla Themes for 50% Off

Go to TelsaThemes.com and search for your favorite theme. Enter the following coupon code while checking out. The offer will then be applied to your cart price and the total price will be shown. Checkout paying the half amount shown.

 

Coupon Code: TESLA3YEAR

 

Note: This offer will be valid till 31st of May 2016. If Tesla Themes extends this offer, we’ll let you know.

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Creating Best Converting Landing Pages; Unbounce vs GetResponse

A landing page is the end of the road for any target visitor. It is where people find the summarized information of the product along with the call-to-action buttons and other controls that converts. A landing page must be designed keeping the conversion in mind. After all, the marketing strategies to bring the visitors to the specific landing page are to turn them into active customers.

In this article, we’ll be discussing about the creation of best converting landing pages and how they can be created using two of the best landing page creating tools, Unbounce and GetResponse. By the end of this article, you will get a conclusion for your confusion to choose between these two programs.

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Creating the best converting landing pages

A landing page should have the following elements on the page. These elements may vary from page to page depending on the requirement or marketing strategy
  1. Features of the product and catching headline – A landing page would be a zombie without a catchy headline and bullet pointed features.
  2. Appealing images (including the screenshots sometimes) – The name of the product (as headline) and little description are not everything. They can just speak about the product and its features but it cannot show how the product looks hands on. Only the screenshots of the product can help him understand (do not add more/unnecessary screenshots).
  3. Converting form with the necessary fields (make sure to limit the fields as far as possible because, the more number of fields in the landing page form might annoy the visitors).
  4. Appealing buttons with proper button text – Buttons with improper texts cannot pull the clicks from the visitors. That doesn’t mean to mislead them to make a click. I hope you understand what I mean.
  5. Eye-friendly background (white background is recommended most of the times unless there is any specific requirement).
  6. Bold or highlight the text in the summary to allow quick catch the features of the product or service.
  7. Necessary resourceful links.

Creating landing pages with Unbounce


Launched back in 2009, Unbounce has focused on the landing pages based on the growing marketing trends. Unbounce empowers marketers to create and publish landing pages quickly and easily. It also allows the A/B testing without the involvement of IT. With more than 400,000 landing published so far, generating more than 31,000,000 leads, Unbounce has earned 99% user satisfaction.

Features of Unbounce:

Faster Page Design – With drag and drop controls, you can create a landing page from the scratch by re-arranging the elements on the page as the way you wanted.

Mobile Responsive – Unbounce can help you create mobile responsive landing pages that bring conversions even from the mobile phone visitors. It provides full flexibility in designing the layout and control how it is displayed on the small screens.

Advanced Design Features – You can create parallax scrolling pages with flowing information on scrolling down and set full page background images to your highly converting landing pages in no time without any technical assistance.

Lead Generation Tools – Unbounce allows you to create forms without any HTML knowledge. It provides controls to forward the generated leads to the corresponding teams or email programs.

WordPress Integration – You can use the created landing pages with your WordPress website with an easy 1-click integration tool. You do need to worry about any hosting, DNS and CNAME issues once the pages are imported to the WordPress. It also allows you to change the URL of the landing page according to the website URL structure.

Dynamic Text Replacement – Dynamic Text Replacement (DTR) is one of the best features of Unbounce. It helps the marketers create the dynamic landing pages with the ever changing keywords that are searched for. It sense the keyword searches from the search engines and displays the relevant landing page in the advertisements accordingly.
Script Manager – This feature is helpful in creating scripts that are needed to be added sometimes. For example, you may want to add Google Analytics script to track down the visitors footprints for your future marketing forecasts. For such purposes, the Script Manager comes handy.

Automatic SSL Encryption
– Unbounce creates automatic SSL certificate for its landing pages to ensure the visitors as well as authorities the security in gaining the leads and conversions and seamless navigation among the pages.

Unbounce provides 200+ readily designed landing page templates which you can customize in seconds and take them live. All these templates are well organized by category where you can choose one for your requirement so easily.

You may try the trail version of Unbounce for 30 days before you sign up for a commercial plan.

Creating landing pages with GetResponse


GetResponse has been delivering excellent quality marketing solutions with more than 350,000 happy customers from 182 countries all over the world for 15 years. This is the world’s easiest email marketing platform available in different worldly languages. GetResponse is specialized in offering 24/7 spam-free solutions with 99% delivery and conversion rates which is most important in digital marketing business.

With more than 100+ outstanding landing page templates, GetResponse helps the digital marketers create eye catching, lead pulling landing pages with high conversion rates. All the templates can easily be customized in WYSISYG interface which does the job done in seconds.

Features of GetResponse:

WYSISYG Design – Who don’t love to design pages on the go? It would be easy and interesting to create landing pages on such an interface. After all, the tools to edit and customize the landing page templates along with the drag and drop tools are provided to make it much handy to pick the tools.

Responsive Design – You can create mobile-friendly landing pages with no technical skills or IT support required. You can do it yourself with no worries of technical issues. The landing page builder allows you adjust the display options for mobile, tablet and desktop accordingly.

Built-in Web Forms – GetResponse provides the readymade web forms which can be customized as per the requirement for capturing the leads. Better to limit the input fields as far as possible as we discussed before.

Image Editor – A landing with text alone cannot impress the visitors and help you increase conversions. GetResponse provides access to 1000+ free photos to features your landing page with applied filters, stickers, brushes and other most needed image editing tools in one place. This eliminates the migration of window to window or program to program for image editing separately.

No HTML Coding – You no need to be a techie or have learned the HTML coding skills to create beautiful landing pages and web forms. Organize and design the landing page as you wanted with all the readymade tools served on the side panes.

A/B Testing – You can track and monitor the landing page designs for best conversions. It also helps you decide the right places on the design to put your investment of efforts.

Google Analytics Integration – Google analytics is the best way to track and improve the performance of the web pages. GetResponse allows you integrate the Google Analytics for better marketing reports and further suggestions.

YouTube Integration – You can also embed your videos from YouTube seamlessly which not only attracts but also stands the visitors and know more about the product.

Facebook Integration – You can add your landing page as a tab on your Facebook fan page or add sharing controls to allow the visitors share and recommend the product to their friends also.

PayPal Integration – You can also add PayPal quick ‘Buy Now’ buttons on the landing to increase immediate sales and orders.

Along with these, GetResponse delivers the following features for their customers to get full control of the landing page and conversions. 

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You can try out GetResponse for 30 days with full features before you get a premium version. I bet you won’t pull back once you try this easiest landing page creator tool.

Which one I prefer?

Every tool have the similar features but, only GetResponse talks about the spam-free 99% delivery and conversion rates. It’s not the number of readymade templates that will help a marketer but the ease of use, control over the prospects, future marketing forecasting tools and high spam-free conversion rates that builds the right customers network and brand. So, I’d prefer GetResponse over Unbounce regarding the same.

What would you choose? Do share it in comments below!
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Create Beautiful Rounded Profile Pictures using Simple CSS

Profile pictures are personal identifiers of an average internet user. We may not able to tweak the profile pictures on social media networking sites but, we can do the same on our blogs and personal webpages. Let’s see how to make some beautiful profile pictures using known CSS.

 

By using a simple CSS property called border-radius, we can bend the pictures’ square/rectangular shaped edges into circular shape. Increasing border-radius to 50% brings the required shape to the picture.

 

Setting the border radius alone will leave the picture with no border or bezel around it. It would look like something like this:

 

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The code to display the above image is as follows:

 

CSS:

<style>
        .rpic img{
            border-radius: 50%;
        }
</style>

 

HTML:

<div class="rpic">
       <img src="http://pkfast.com/image.php?u=6018&dateline=1422394928"/>
</div>

 

Let’s make it beautiful with border-style property.

 

The width of the bezel (border-style) can be modified by using regular border-width property in CSS. So, the resultant CSS becomes this:

 

<style>
        .rpic img{
            border-radius: 50%;            

            border-style: solid;

            border-width: 5px;
        }
</style>

 

While the HTML remains the same.

 

Result: (Watch the following picture with border-style and border-width properties added to the code)

 

rounded-picture-border-style-width-added

 

border-style can be ‘dotted’, ‘dashed’, ‘double’, ‘groove’, ‘ridge’, ‘inset’, ‘outset’ other than ‘solid’. You can even use their combo like as ‘dotted solid double dashed’ and it will be applied clockwise starting from top edge. Take a look at this example (opens in new tab) on W3Schools for better idea.

 

The border style color of the picture can also be modified using the border-color property.

 

When added, the resultant code will look look this:

 

<style>
        .rpic img{
            border-radius: 50%;
            border-width: 5px;
            border-style: solid;
            border-color: #09aacc;
        }
</style>

 

Value for border-color property can be the name of the color, hexadecimal code or rgb(0,0,0) values.

 

Result:

 

rounded-picture-border-color

 

Hope that was made simple. Don’t forget to share with me your beautiful rounded profile picture in comments section below.

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Responsive Blogger Template Not Showing Up On Mobile? Here Is The Simple Solution

A responsive template should blend your blog’s layout mobile friendly. It should cuddle itself within the screen size and give the user an uninterrupted experience.

 

Many bloggers who had their blogs on ‘blogger’ platform, though installed responsive templates, couldn’t get it displayed on medium and small screens.

 

The reason for this glitch is caused due to two major reasons.

  1. No responsive code related to the size of the screen you are using.
  2. Wrongly setup settings in your blogger dashboard.

1. ‘No responsive code’ issue:

This occurs because of the lack of necessary code to blend the layout according to some sizes of the screens.

 

Solution: There is an easy solution for this problem. Simply add the screen resolutions in the media screen CSS rule. You can use the following abstract responsive code in your template if you want.

 

media screen and (max-width:524px){

/** YOUR LAYOUT CODE HERE **/

}

media screen and (max-width:720px){

/** YOUR LAYOUT CODE HERE **/

}

media screen and (max-width:1080px){

/** YOUR LAYOUT CODE HERE **/

}

media screen and (max-width:320x){

/** YOUR LAYOUT CODE HERE **/

}

media screen and (max-width:480px){

/** YOUR LAYOUT CODE HERE **/

}

media screen and (max-width:620px){

/** YOUR LAYOUT CODE HERE **/

}

media screen and (max-width:800px){

/** YOUR LAYOUT CODE HERE **/

}

media screen and (max-width:960px){

/** YOUR LAYOUT CODE HERE **/

}

 

 

You can also add up any screen size and add the respective layout code.

 

*Layout code – Nothing but the code consisting of header, body, sidebar, footer and other elements of the template.

 

2. Wrongly setup settings

This is one of the silly reasons why bloggers even change templates without checking. Sometimes, even having a responsive template installed on your blogger blog, you can’t see it rendering properly on mobile screens.

 

This is because you might have left the setting to default. Let’s take a tour of template settings in blogger and see how effective they can be.

 

mobile-friendly-template-settings

 

Selecting ‘Yes, Show mobile template on mobile devices’ will show the mobile version of the template. You can only select some simple pre-existed blogger templates if this option is selected. No responsive template is effective here.

 

Selecting ‘No, Show desktop template on mobile devices will show up desktop template on small screens. As the blog is already installed with responsive template, it will automatically render properly from now on.

 

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50+ Free Resourceful Websites for Web Designers and Bloggers

Web designing is a tough job. It takes a lot of time for any web designer or a blogger to create every pixel of perfection in their designs for ready-to-access content. To make the job easy, web designers and bloggers actually look for free resources on the internet.
 
Today, I’m going to share with you the whole 50 resourceful websites which offers free templates, images, icons, and favicons. You can dribble your searches through these wonderful websites and can find perfect elements of UI for a design. These designs can be used in your blog posts as well.

Free Advice: Bookmark this page to catch the whole list at once instead of bookmarking all 50 individually.

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  1. Freebbble – Offers a bunch of free set of icons, images, backgrounds and PSD templates.
  2. Tethr – Offers the most beautiful iOS design kit with 138 templates and 250+ UI elements you have ever seen.
  3. Dribbble – Offers the screenshots of work, process and projects shared by community of designers.
  4. Tech And All – Resource for PSD templates, mockups, fonts and icon sets.
  5. Graphic Burger – UI kits, PSD templates, mockups, icons, backgrounds, text effects.
  6. Freepik – Free vectors, PSDs, icons and photos for everyone.
  7. Pixel Buddha – Free premium resources for professional community.
  8. Teehan+lax – iPad GUI in PASD format – contains major iOS elements for designing apps.
  9. Premium Pixels – Free design resources created and curated by UK based web designer Orman Clark.
  10. Creative Market – Stock of beautiful graphics, fonts, themes, photos from 7000+ independent creators.
  11. Fribbble – Free PSD templates, UI sets. icons and fonts by Gilbert Pellegrom.
  12. Pixeden – Web graphics, templates, PSD mockups.
  13. Freebiesbug – Free PSDs, sketches, fonts and web illustrations.
  14. UI Space – Icon sets, sketches, icons and font styles.
  15. 365 PSD – Free PSDs, icons, fonts and web elements.
  16. Marvel App – Editable interface elements to help and build your next design(s).
  17. DBFreebies – Icons, UI kits, fonts, templates, backgrounds, mobile, mockups and miscellaneous UI elements.
  18. Palette for Chrome – Create a color palette on the images on the webpages.
  19. Material Palette – A palette of materialistic colors on the web.
  20. Colllor – Can pick a color code from the palette and also can generate random color codes for quick use.
  21. Flat UI Color Picker – The list of all colors with an option to diversify them according to the family.
  22. Coleure – Can select multiple colors and can mix them up.
  23. Flat UI Colors – Can choose different formats of the color code from the grid of colors.
  24. Get UI Colors – Can choose the color codes in different formats.
  25. Coolors – Super fast color scheme generator for cool designers.
  26. Hex Colorrrs – Type-in the color code in one of the formats of Hex and RGB and see it getting converted into another format automatically.
  27. Skala Color – It is a compact and feature-rich OS X color picker for web designers and developers.
  28. Boot Flat – Perfect colors for perfect flat web designs.
  29. Couleur App – Simple grab-and-tweak-the-color app for Apple computers.
  30. Adobe Color CC – Adobe Kuler is now turned into Adobe Color CC. You can select colors of type monochromatic, triad, complementary and shade.
  31. Material UI Colors – Diversified grid of colors in different formats. You can also download the swatches on to your computer if you want.
  32. Color Lovers – List of several color palettes, patterns and colors.
  33. Colorful Gradients – Gallery of beautiful color gradients.
  34. 0 to 255 – Simple tool that helps web designers find variations of any color.
  35. Adaptive Backgrounds – A jQuery plugin for extracting dominant colors from images and applying it to its parent.
  36. Paletton – Can select colors of type monochromatic triad and complementary just like Adobe Color CC.
  37. Brand Colors – Lists out several web colors used by top brands online.
  38. Material App – Icons, backgrounds, screenshots, animations and gifs of material design.
  39. FLTDSGN – Icons, themes, websites, illustrations and apps for web designers and developers.
  40. Niice – Tool that helps you get web design ideas on demand like a spark.
  41. Agile Designers – 1436 best resources for designers and developers. Graphic design, UX design and web development toolboxes.
  42. Font Park – Download different kind of fonts totally for free.
  43. Type Genius – Shows the preview of the selected font in a paragraph and on a dummy webpage.
  44. Font-To-Width – Intelligent word spacing script.
  45. Font Squirrel – Free fonts that matches your commercial requirements.
  46. Google Fonts – The huge list of fonts with advanced search options.
  47. DaFont – Gallery of numerous fonts free for download.
  48. Font Face Ninja – Helps you find the name of the font on a random webpage you wanted.
  49. Beautiful Web Type – A showcase of best typeface fonts in Google web fonts directory.
  50. 1001 Free Fonts –  With over 10,00 type of fonts in the database, 1001 fonts provides free fonts for download.
  51. Canva Fonts – With 100+ most used designer fonts in the list, Canva.com provides access to their fonts for free.
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Web Design Issues To Take Care Of, For Bloggers?

sheela-jobyThis article is written by Sheela Joby, a freelance writer with an experience of 10 years. Apart from writing she is into photography, traveling, music etc. You could reach her at sjindia2013@gmail.com

 

She has written some more article on Amfas Tech. You can check them out here.



Consumer tastes and preferences tend to change from time to time. Pictures say a thousand words as compared to words. Here are some of the latest blog design trends which have become very popular in the recent months:

 

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Look for sponsorship posts

Though there are numerous brands which offer information about a product or service. But only a handful of them are sponsored. Therefore, you should give emphasis on sponsorship posts to gain greater visibility on the web.

 

Prominence of the mobile

A majority of the users are switching to their mobile devices when going online, so all blogs which are published on the web would need to have smaller screens. Though having mobile phone is a necessity, mobile is the now the major focus. Incase a site isn’t very effective on mobile, then you are neglecting a major section of our audience.

 

Therefore, major emphasis of any web design process needs to be centered on mobile. Therefore, any web design process needs to be based on mobile. Therefore, for any web design process to be based on the mobile, you need to design it to work on a desktop screen.

 

Large background photos are important

Large background photos have gained popularity because of their capability to fill in an otherwise sparse, simple site. This trend has gained widespread popularity because of an increase in bandwidth across the globe and helps sites with large pictures and a lot of information. Using large background pictures is an effective strategy for web pages, and when used with flat-design buttons provides a stylish appearance to a website or blog.

 

Enhancing the content layout

People using their mobile phones for browsing usually don’t have significant screen space to work with. They are often frustrated when their mobile phones zoom out automatically. In order to improve their experience of visiting your website, you will need to minimize the number of columns on your site. Do away with sidebars, so as to ensure that people who are visiting your website find your content interesting and informative.

Most of them would have liked specific pieces of your site’s content. At this point, they have no interest in navigating the menu which includes the entire screen, or a huge sized inbox. You can access a number of websites so as to ensure that they find the content engaging and easy to read.

 

Make users familiar with the content that is shown

There are clearly an extensive variety of sorts of programming and locales, all conveyed for different markets and gatherings of spectators. What looks "incredible" for any one particular swarm will change. This suggests that you should outline the look and feel of your interface for your gathering of spectators. Moreover, feel should be used as a piece of offset and to reinforce limit. Adding a level of sparkle to the interface is different to stacking it with pointless incredible sight.

 

Therefore, you will need to ensure that the content of your website is updated with latest information. This will not only create interest in the minds of the consumers, but also help you gain greater visibility on the web.

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The Key Perspective To Choose The Right Web Hosting Service

Whether you offer hand crafted scarves or are building a little business domain, one of the first activities you have to finish is an expert site. In today's economy, a business without a site hasn't arrived yet. With such a variety of online web facilitating bundles, the methodology may feel overpowering. Nonetheless, there are key perspectives that need to be considered before selecting a host supplier for the long term.


Included Domains

The Web utilizes a few domain suffix, for example, .com, .org and .net, to imply a business' association. At the point when picking a host, see whether they permit you to purchase a few domain with one bundle. Case in point, a client sorts in companya.net rather than companya.com. In the event that you possess both these areas, they'll be steered to the right site each one time. Buying a few domains permits you to blanket numerous suffix to keep client stream steady.

Hard Drive Space 

In the event that you run an independent composition business, you needn't bother with a ton of host hard drive space for your site. Be that as it may, a site that offers many individual items needs impressive space. Converse with a machine proficient about the hard drive space your business requires. Each one organization is novel, yet in a perfect world you need more space than you oblige now to help future development. Restricted space regularly obstructs deals as you stretch a product offering.

Email Accounts 

You may have five workers now, however the business could rapidly stretch to 10 or more individuals in the following one or two years. Dissect your potential business development when selecting a host and their email record limits. Cheap bundles regularly have 10 email client limits. Consider a more costly choice to blanket upwards of 25 client accounts. Every representative needs their own particular record to stay beneficial.

Day in and Day out Backing 

Some site hosts are hard to contact on the off chance that you have any specialized issues. Get some information about their backing before consenting to an agreement. Indeed read autonomous audits about their past help polishes. In the event that you discover numerous individuals griping about poor help, proceed onward to the following organization. You in a perfect world need accessible help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sites take requests year-round, permitting you to stay productive even amidst the night. Any issues ought to be tended to quickly by the host.

Continuously consider your business' center needs before selecting facilitating peculiarities. You would prefer not to be bolted into a site that doesn't offer all the potential development essential later on. The site is an augmentation of your fantasy and expert viewpoint.
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How to Check Where Visitors Click on the Page on Your Blog?

The spectacular design of your blog and the easy navigability might have made you think that visitors are going to engage on particular parts of the page mainly. Are you sure that your visitors are engaging on the same appealing parts of the page as you are thinking they are?

Why should you know where on the page your visitors are engaging more?

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There is are many benefits of knowing the user engagement on our webpages. It doesn't matter how attractive is your content is and how beautiful is your webpage. There would certain things on the page that would be dragging their attention most of the time. These things, upon optimization would double your profits than before.

Because people don’t read your article alone – I agree the fact that the content is king of your blog but believe me no king is safe unless he was put in some kind of fair protective palace surrounded by the powerful army and guiding intelligence.

If content is the king, the powerful army is the design of your blog and guiding intelligence is the SEO. So there are some other things that are to be taken care of beyond the scope of the content. Content is not the only thing that impresses your visitors.

What about ads that you put on your blog pages? – I think you got a bit closer to my point when I said ‘ads’. How many people do you think are clicking on your ad units displayed on your blog? Don’t tell me you are following up the statistical information of your publisher control panel. They just show you ‘after-math’. All the information you will find is there is the data collected after visitor clicked on them.

How many are actually clicking on them? Are they even seeing them exist on the page? The place to put the ads in right place, what we call the optimization is what going to help you increase your revenue though increased CTR which can be known by knowing where your visitors are engaging on the page mostly.

How to check where visitors click?

There available many good services offered by various companies on the internet. The visitor tracking features and the plan prices might change from one to another.

Here are some visitor heatmap services available on the internet. Sign up for a free account to test the service and upgrade to a commercial plan if your are comfortable with its results.

LightedPages.com – You can see track their visitors mouse pointer on their webpages precisely. Heatmap view allows you to see where people are clicking, hovering, focusing and scrolling their mouse on the page.

HeatMap.me – They allows to create free account for bloggers for life time with limited features. To get full features, you have to sign up to a commercial plan.

ClickTale.com – You can track your visitor’s footprints on your page along with a feature that collects data regarding the visitors attention on the page.

CrazyEgg.com – You can check your site’s demo heatmap stats right on their homepage. Tracking down the most famous elements on the webpage is their highlighting feature. You can sign up for a free trail and test their service anytime.

GemiusHeatmap(heatmap.gemius.com) Gemius heatmap outsmarts other heatmap services in features. You can have full control over the click map and charts for every link is maintained separately.

Inspectlet.com – You can also get a free sign up for ever with limited features. This service provides playback sessions to see visitors in action recorded.

and lot more.

Go sign up for a service today and convert your visitors into active leads.
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Don’t Make the Same 3 Mistakes Many Other Websites Owners are Doing

After web designing started determining the value of the business, the necessity to make them render properly on different devices have peaked up. Google also makes some recommendations over this issue to help webmasters optimize their websites for better performance.

 

Though there comes any number of recommendations from any liable resources, many website owners are unable to rectify the following 3 design issues on their business websites. I don’t want you repeat the same mistakes and simply ignore them with the world.

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1. Pages that load slowly and show up suddenly after sometime

The point in creating a website is to get the visitor’s attention on their products and services there by allowing them to convert into an active customer.

 

If a website won’t load in 2 damn seconds, you can’t get a customer nor even a visitor. It is found that an average visitor could barely wait for 5 seconds to let the webpage load. Forget about some stranger visitor, would you stay on a page that loads forever?

 

Solution: Unused CSS, JavaScript and third party scripts can block the page from rendering. Remove the unused code and compress the possible CSS to make the webpage load faster.

 

Optimize your webpage for mobile to load faster on small devices. You can also refer the following helpful articles for optimizing webpages fro mobile:

2. Pages with out numbered call-to-action elements

Call-to-action pages are where you get your visitors get converted. Placing call-to-action buttons in the bottom of the webpage can’t help you grow your business. Remember that you no need to use the same technique everyone else is using.

 

Solution: Place call-to-action buttons on the upfold of the page so that it will appear first to the visitor and therefore doesn’t looses him from converting into a customer.

 

3. Pages in which a popup blocks the main page before it finishes rendering.

This is one of the most annoying things a visitor hates to see on a webpage in its first few seconds of loading. Popups may get you tons of social media followers and email subscribers as they serves blocking entire content page with only a subscription button highlighted and rest out-focused, but it can’t get you loyal customers visitors to the site.

 

Solution: Forget about one-time,weekly once and monthly popups on your website. If your site is really cool, visitors would rush to search for subscription links themselves.

 

I wish you don’t make these mistakes on your website(s) and rectify them if you are still practicing. Help visitors get proper access to the beautiful content you have created.

 

Share your thoughts or suggestions in comments below. Thank you!

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Download Call-To-Action Buttons Package for Websites

Here are the list of call-to-action buttons for websites which sell products or services and offers free downloads to their visitors, customers and clients. It is necessary that the call-to-action buttons are to be attractive and design friendly while be shown on the page.

 

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Click on the image to download the complete call-to-action web images package in .rar format.

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25 Google Recommended Principles of Mobile Web Design

It is necessary to have a neat and effective responsive design for your website to convert visitors into customers. Google, partnering with AnswersLab have conducted a research on certain range of users with diversified number of mobile sites and yielded 25 principles of mobile site design to help companies build sites that delight customers and drive conversions.

 

The increase in the rely of consumers on mobile web for research and discovery make it important to companies take it the seriously about mobile design. So how to make a good mobile site that can convert visitors into customers?

 

Let’s take a look at the following 25 Google recommended principles of mobile site design and see how they are going to help our businesses in making conversions.

 

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Regarding Homepage and Site Navigation

A home is what that attracts the visitor in it first load itself. A homepage on the desktop serves as a welcome page, message center and all-in-one promotional space where as the homepage on mobile screen should display the content the visitor is looking for. Any extra elements on the page would not only take time to load but also looks clumsy.

 

Google recommends some principles to be kept in mind while designing a homepage for mobile site. They are as follows:

 

1. Keep calls-to-action front in center.

2. Keep menus short and sweet.

3. Make it easy to get back to the homepage.

4. Don’t let promotions steal the show.

 

Regarding Site Search

An internal site search engine is necessary for a website either on mobile design. It helps visitors find content by simple entering a keyword in it.

 

Google offers some tips to make site search more valuable to your mobile site. They are as follows:

 

5. Make site search visible.

6. Ensure site search results are relevant.

7. Implement filters to improve site search usability.

8. Guide users to better site search results.

 

Regarding Commerce & Conversions

The customer behavior on the site is still a mystery. Users are expecting to convert on their own terms. In this regard, Google provides 5 principles to let know of how to drive conversions by controlling your visitor on the site. Here they are:

 

9. Let users explore before they commit.

10. Let users purchase as a guest.

11. Use existing information to maximize convenience.

12. Use click-to-call buttons for complex tasks.

13. Make it easy to finish converting on another device.

 

Regarding Form Entry

Whether it may me a purchase, getting a quote or joining an email list, the conversion experience must be simple and as less complex as it can be.

 

Google makes some suggestions to reduce the fiction at the finish line through streamlined form entry. They are as follows:

 

14. Streamline information entry.

15. Choose a simplest input method for each task.

16. Provide a visual calendar while selecting dates.

17. Minimize form errors by labeling and real-time validation.

18. Design efficient forms.

 

Usability and Form Factor

Mobile users would feel it comfortable and delighted with the things like friendly user interface and easy navigability of your website.

 

Google recommends some design form factors that makes visitors happy while browsing the site on mobile. They are as follows:

 

19. Optimize your entire site for mobile.

20. Don’t make users pinch-to-zoom.

21. Make product images expandable.

22. Tell users which screen orientation works best.

23. Keep your browser in a single browser window.

24. Avoid “Full Site” labeling.

25. Be clear why you need a user’s location.

 

Thanks to +Google for providing such a wonderful check list for designing a mobile site for companies.

 

Don’t you find it useful? Is it a fin check list? what do you think? share your thoughts in comments.

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Guidelines to Make your Site Responsive

A responsive website is that which renders the elements on the page with respective to the screen resolution. Making a responsive design is easy though, but needed to taken care of. Let’s see what are the elements that are to be taken care of while designing a responsive design.

Websites or blogs have layouts. Any layout of a website or blog contains a Header, Content, Sidebar and Footer in general. All these sections of the layout are placed in a Outer-Wrapper. Content and Sidebar are placed in Content-Wrapper and Footer is placed in the bottom of the layout. Confused? you no need to. The terminology I used here will be helpful for you while writing the responsive code.
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You can use the code below and add up your sections according to your needs.

@media screen and max-width1024px
{
ADD YOUR CODE HERE
}
@media screen and (max-width: 960px)
{
ADD YOUR CODE HERE
}
@media screen and (max-width: 500px)
{
ADD YOUR CODE HERE
}
@media screen and (max-width: 420px)
{
ADD YOUR CODE HERE
}
@media screen and (max-width: 320px)
{
ADD YOUR CODE HERE
}
@media screen and (max-width: 800px)
{
ADD YOUR CODE HERE
}

You can add as many different resolutions as you wanted. The code in a particular resolution block will render your website accordingly. Writing a responsive code need an idea of CSS.

For e.g., I’m writing responsive code for screen resolution of 420px.

@media screen and {max-width:420px}
{
#header{width:180px;}
.sidebar-wrapper{display:none;}
}

You can write your own CSS in the respective blocks to make your website or blog look decent and tidy.

Remember the following guidelines while writing a responsive code:
  1. Use percentages instead of pixels for the ‘width’ and ‘height’ attributes.
  2. Render the sizes of header and body for mobile phone resolutions.
  3. Reduce the font sizes for small resolutions.
  4. Remove the sidebar wrapper for mobile phone resolutions. You can choose to keep it for iPad and tablet screen resolutions.
  5. Make the footer spread to 100% for the handheld device screens.
  6. Use default fonts for the tablets and smartphone screens. Using particular fonts may not show up the text or might take long loading times.
  7. Use Google PagSpeed Insights to optimize the website for mobile.
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Optimizing Website for Mobile Viewing

Internet has been taken into smart phones already. The statistics say that 15% of the internet users are browsing through high-end mobile phones and around 25% of the internet usage has been observed from moderate smart phones. So recently we’ve seen the growth of eCommerce optimized for mobile phones to allow customers shop right from their mobile phone. This shows the growth and necessity for a business or a individual to optimize the websites for mobile viewing.

Websites or blogs that are optimized for mobiles won’t loose the 15-25% of incoming traffic. It is more beneficial when talked about business websites. Optimizing a website for different resolutions and mini-platforms need a optimization of code of the website. To do this, we have two options,
  1. Setup a mobile redirect
  2. Use mobile CSS

Setting up a mobile redirect

Mobile redirect will redirect your website to a mobile version when detected a low-end browser. This is done by adding up the viewport in the <head> section of your website.

You can also design a separate website for mobile version and provide a link at the top of the website saying “Mobile version available” here. When clicked it will redirect the website to mobile version. This is a bit old fashioned method that many of the webmasters opted out to implement as it is time taking and less flexible. It is the fact that a mobile version cannot have the same features a web version had.

Using Mobile CSS

In addition to the redirection option, you can also optimize CSS to make your website mobile-friendly. A way to do this is designing a responsive web template that accommodates itself with the resolution of the screen and the device. Unlike the normal websites, responsive websites need not to be scrolled horizontally to check out the contents on the page when viewing on mobile. Making a web template responsive is easy. Learning responsive design won’t take your half-an-hour of time at least if you had any previous knowledge of CSS.

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Before you proceed with either of these options, you should weed out some of the less important information that is on your actual website and tailor it toward mobile viewers. Mobile visitors are typically looking for key information when they visit your website, so reduce the information included on your web pages to provide them with just information that will be most useful. For example, make contact information prominently visible and make the navigation less robust.

While your entire website should be mobile friendly, there are some critical elements that you need to pay attention to. They are:
  1. Emails.
  2. Calls-to-action & landing pages.
  3. Downloads.
  4. Videos.
With indications that mobile bandwidth cost may be on the rise, it is important for marketers to develop lightweight ways to engage mobile users. Don’t ask a user to stream a ten-minute video. Instead, provide a clean text summary of the video if they are using a cellular data connection. Give them an opportunity to watch the video if they are on a Wi-Fi connection, in an effort to help them conserve mobile bandwidth.

User HTML5 embed tag in embedding a video on the webpage. HTML 5 technology provides a great support for web playing of videos irrespective of the device and browser.
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