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When we get to work on your website, we will ask you lots of questions and probe your thoughts on the design of the site. We want to get it right. Use this page to get your ideas together and help us to understand your requirements.

Web Ideas & Resources

We have collated a great range of sources for inspiration and to help convey your thoughts to us. It is quite mind boggling to start with a white canvas and expect someone to come up with a great web design. It is even more of a challenge if you are not usually a web designer!

Thankfully, there are thousands of resources available to us all on the web. We have selected a few to help you on your way.

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Web Templates

We seldom use templates, prefering to use our own coding. If we do use a template, we pay for it. This is the same for menu systems, special gadgets and modules that can be included within web pages, and imagery sourced from third parties.

Take the inspiration rather than copying the outcome. We are interested more in the layout styles than the pictures and text used in any given template. Two or more templates might yield a layout style that works for you.

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Web Navigation

Most websites comprising of two or more web pages have some sort of navigation capability so that you can easily find pages. On this site it is a simple menu located at the head of each page. On websites with many pages, more elaborate menu systems may be employed, perhaps comprising categories and sub-categories.

It is easy to get hooked with the technology at the expense of the frustration that some menu systems yield for visitors. Many drop-down styled menus and alike require special scripting technology to be enabled in the web browser. While most people have this, not all people do and many simply switch it off. For these people, a technology-driven menu system does absolutely nothing and they are unable to see what you want them to see - at your expense.

We try to use basic menu systems for smaller sites. For larger sites we employ useful, collapsable menu systems that can at least be read and used with or without scripting technology.

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Web Imagery

Most people prefer to take their own photos, or get someone to do it for them. This is often the best option, as it is part of your business identity. There may be times, however, when business needs call for different types of photo to portray a service. For example, call centre websites often have a picture of someone with their hands-free head-set on, sat in front of a laptop. We have access to a number of stock image providers to get the right images for your site.

Another dominating feature of the web today is Flash imagery. Flash is all about sound and motion. Flash files can appear as an advert in a banner. They can also be a complete website experience where everything is Flash driven.

Flash is a proprietry technology, owned by Adobe Systems, and as such, must be paid for. However, there are lots of websites offering ready-made Flash imagery for free or low-cost. The downside is that visitors to your website must have a Flash enabled browser to view Flash files. For the same reasons as for other special technologies, not everyone has a Flash reader. Our advice: if you feel that Flash will serve a tangible business benefit, use it sparingly. Otherwise, great photos work just as well.

There are numerous sites dedicated to photography and graphic design. Many of them offer images that are free to use, or for a one-off low charge, are royalty-free thereafter. The sources we have listed provide high quality pictures and could save you a great deal of time and money if you are looking for certain types of photos to promote your business.

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Web Colours

Colouring your website is as much a science as it is an art. Get the balance right and get instant appeal. Get it wrong and get frustrated readers - or no readers at all!

Many people suffer from colour vision defficiency or colour blindness. This means that certain colours or combinations of colour cannot be easily distinguished. It is not by coincidence that many of these colour combinations don't work for anyone. This is probably a worse-case example. Sorry.

Dark text on light backgrounds tend to work best for text - black on white being the most popular. Pastel shades for backgrounds and bold text colours work very well and give rise to a stimulating array of design possibilities.

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Web Text

Aside from the colour of the text, the style is also important. To be, or not to be - with serifs, that is. The text you are reading has no serifs - a sans serif font. To demonstrate the difference, this text is a serif font. Serifs are the little tail additions, for example, on the 't' and 'h' in the example text. In printed copy, serifs make the text easier to read, but on a compter screen it is the sans serif fonts that are regarded by many as being easier on the eye.

Websites are mostly visited by a web browser on a computer, but there are now many ways of accessing websites. Mobiles phones is the latest internet access craze. It is therefore important to use a font that can be easily interpreted on a relatively tiny screen.

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