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Oct
11

An explanation of invisible design and what it means to your website

Design is not always about being big and bold. In many cases design requires a more subtle form and often, high quality design is invisible.

Given that web design is a visual tool, how is invisible design achieved? Good design is about a visual simply ‘feeling right’. Users like to interact and engage with something they see on a website, but need not explain or understand – it makes them feel comfortable.

Experienced website designers make the most of the tools available to them with the final results appealing to a wide audience. That audience may not understand the design process, but it does appreciate that the colour, spacing and typography all work in harmony.

There are different types of invisible design. Each type is extremely important and is likely to have an effect on the visuals produced for your own website. The different types are:

  • Invisible placement of products, such as brands or advertising that may not even be noticed
  • Invisible interactions and notifications that occur effortlessly, where an action is performed without any thought at all.
  • Emotional connections made through invisible aesthetics, which helps to bond with users, resulting in them wanting to engage with your site and its products or services.

Invisible aesthetics is just one element of basic design. It involves using colour, text, images, icons and different techniques to get a message across.

What design basics could work for you?

The language and text that you use interact with the design elements and create a direct, if subconscious response from the user. Words can encourage several emotions and the way they flow also has an effect.

The choice of colour can be a difficult one and may take time to decide upon. Colours produce certain feelings as well as being linked to different cultures. The right choice of colours will help users to interact whilst creating a feeling of coordination. Here at Wiser Web we are careful to choose colours carefully. We know that blue can often feel cold, while red can provoke thoughts of danger, or warning. Both may be useful in certain circumstances, but careful thought needs to be given before their use to ensure they are appropriate.

Typography plays a large part in useability and typefaces can have meanings of their own, initiating a range of feelings. Generally, it is safest to choose uniform, easy-to-read fonts which also help to remove barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities. If your business has a website, you have a legal responsibility for it to be accessible to disabled users.

Pictures speak a thousand words and the images you choose are no different. This includes photographs, animations and videos and the colours they radiate, together with their content, can provide user engagement and content.

There are many other techniques that can work in a positive way, but experienced designers are also aware of their negatives if used incorrectly. The knowledge behind using certain features such as drop shadows and text effects is to use them in such a way as to be inconspicuous. The user does not look at an image and notice such features; instead they receive a complete message which is the main goal of using visuals.

The concept of good design is to keep it simple and ensure that it has a purpose. Stylish elements and complicated techniques have their place in graphic design, but for good, clear website design it is best to keep all elements simple, so that they work together to create an effective overall impression, with an easy user journey.


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Sep
11

Cyber attacks: what does it mean, what could it affect and how to protect yourself against malicious activity?

The most cyber-attacked country in the Europe is the UK, where about five out of six large corporations were attacked in 2014 which a rise of 40 percent on previous years.

So what are cyber attacks?

They are socially or politically influenced attacks that are carried out primarily through the internet. Cyber criminals use malicious programmes such as viruses to attack the general public or national and corporate organisations. Through unauthorised web access, fake websites and other methods of stealing institutional or personal information they can cause far-reaching damage. There are various types of cyber attacks that are used to gain illegal access to information so that it can be used to their benefit. This includes:

  • Targeted Attack

This involves cyber attacks that are focused towards specific organisations, services and individuals in order to obtain private, institutional and technical information for the purpose of monetary gain or vandalism.

  • Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)

This involves a set of attacks geared to a particular organisation or individual that is carried out persistently using a number of means to gain information illegally. These attacks take place through either public servers or websites on the internet or through sending malicious programs that affect an individual’s computer and compromise it.

  • DoS Attack (Denial of Service)

This attack is meant to disturb services.

  • DDoS Attack (Distributed Denial of Service)

This attack is carried from a distributed network of environments.

When it comes to cyber attacks every stage is becoming increasingly sophisticated which makes it challenging to track these cyber criminals and prosecute them for their crimes. These stages include:

  • Espionage
  • Intrusion
  • Internal Spread
  • Attack
  • Elimination of traces of activity

Who does it Affect?

Cyber attacks can happen to anybody and everybody. An advanced cyber attack goes beyond the capabilities of antivirus detection and email spam filters. APTs are becoming more common as they easily sidestep traditional detection methods and hibernate in your system until they are ready to send information back to the attacker. Therefore, organisations and individuals need to be aware of potential cyber threats and how they can affect them and their organisations.

Most commonly, attacks are performed so that cyber criminals can make money from you through fraud and manipulation. Competitors who want access to private information so that they have a lead on you. Hackers who find it challengingly enjoyable to interfere with computer systems, while hacktivists attack companies or political institutions for ideological motives. Last but not least, employees who might want to settle a grudge against your organisation.

How to Protect Yourself against Malicious Activity

Here are four ways to protect yourself from cyber attacks:

  1. Set a day to monitor your credit card statements

Whenever you receive your credit card statement, take some time out and review it carefully. Instead of reviewing it monthly, set a specific day once a week to review your statement. If you find something suspicious or questionable you can investigate it immediately to determine whether it was one of your authorised purchases.

  1. Sign up for real-time alerts

Some banks and credit card companies provide the option of signing up for real-time alerts which allows you to contact them in the event of a purchase that your might feel unusual. You set an amount on purchases and if it exceeds that amount, an email or text message notification will be sent to you to validate the purchase before it is processed.

  1. Keep your private information private

There is always a constant threat to your personal data and it goes without saying that you need to take necessary precaution when giving out information to unsolicited callers. Try to communicate more in order to learn more. Several criminals trick unwitting consumers into believing that they are an authorised vendor. Remember a simple rule: don’t provide passwords or personal information to unsolicited callers no matter how genuine they sound.

  1. Change your passwords frequently

Creating and managing strong passwords is the key of keeping your information private and secure. Avoid coming up with obvious passwords and answers to security questions such as your name or birth date. Be creative and create a password that is random combination of numbers, letters and symbols.


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Jul
08

Responsive Websites

Are your consumers likely to view your website on a mobile device or a laptop? Or do they favour desktops? Well, there is no definite answer to these questions. With the availability of varying screen sizes it has become difficult for businesses to analyse the patterns of consumer activity. While a particular segment of your consumers might prefer accessing your website through mobile devices another segment might prefer the use of laptops or desktops. So, what are you supposed to do to make sure that your website remains easy to navigate for all your consumers? The answer is quite simple. Have a responsive website!

Internet trends suggest that the use of mobile devices to access the internet is to increase by 16% in 2015, since 2010. This means that most of your consumers are likely to be mobile device users. This calls for the implementation of measures to enhance consumer experience in accordance with changing consumer trends.

In the light of changing consumer trends, it has become essential for businesses to seek professional assistance for web design and build. The best companies offering services for website design in Norfolk will already build responsive sites as standard. By engaging one of these companies you can make certain that all your consumers have a good experience visiting your website, no matter which device they use to access it.

Today’s consumers are looking for mobility and convenience. It is a high possibility that your customers will be accessing your website through a mobile device, on the go. Users want to stay informed at all times, irrespective of the time and location. To add to it they expect to have a good user experience whenever they access a website. If not, it is almost certain that they will move onto one of your competitors’ websites.

As businesses came to realise the potential of mobile friendly-websites, they heavily invested in their development. However, this brought along management issues. Businesses now needed support for the management of two separate websites, one for mobile screens and another one for laptops and desktops. This is where responsive web design and build came in to play.

Professional companies offering website design services in Norfolk, such as WiserWeb now provide assistance for the creation of responsive web designs, which is the ultimate solution that you may be looking for. So, what exactly is responsive web design and build? It refers to a web design that is coded to automatically adjust itself in accordance with the screen size it is being viewed on for enhanced user experience. You have one website for all screens that automatically formats itself to adjust with different screen sizes.

The emergence of responsive web design is an innovative solution to meet consumer requirements and expectations. With more and more businesses increasingly adopting this new solution, it is high time that you too invest in its creation so that you are not left behind.

Mobile Mischief – Google’s Mobilegeddon

In April, Google applied a major mobile algorithm update, which effectively penalised all sites that are not mobile friendly. Specifically, but not exclusively, it looks for video content that does not display properly on a mobile devices; pages that are not optimised for quick loading on mobiles (flash and splash pages need to be culled now!) and sites that have far too many pictures.

If your site does not comply, you will find it on the end of a ranking demotion, sometimes drastically. We have been called by customers who were steadily on page one, who have now dropped below page seven – overnight!

Just remember, because it shows up on a smart phone it doesn’t mean it’s mobile optimised.

Simply test your site’s URL here: http://bit.ly/1EVi9R3. Check our site www.wiserweb.co.uk – we get an awesome rating, because we know about mobile websites and how they ‘should’ work.

You do need to act now, because if you don’t have a mobile friendly website, your rankings will be drastically affect if they haven’t been already.

If you want to read more on Web Fundamentals and Best practices for great multi-device web experiences you can do so here: http://bit.ly/1lAnaIt

If you’ll still unsure of the next steps, or just want a friendly local team to guide you through the process we’d be happy to talk. Call 01953 852939.

 


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May
06

We Love Logos

A good logo design is essential for the success of your branding strategy. It is the hero of your brand and tells your story to your consumers.

Each company uses a logo differently, depending on various dynamics. For instance, a start-up is likely to use a logo for the creation of brand identity while an established organisation may use a logo to further its marketing objectives. The role of a logo varies with the nature of a business but it remains to be relevant for all, across the board.

As a logo communicates your brand values, story and identity to your consumers it is important that you have a logo that talks to your consumers. Communicative logos can make a big difference on the success of your brand strategy. For this reason it is advised that you always hire professional assistance for logo designing so that you have a logo that accurately conveys who you are and what your consumers are to expect from you. Professional companies offering services for logo and website design in Norfolk can be approached to get a logo designed that is interactive and with which your consumers are able to connect emotionally on a local level. These companies take care to include all the design principles in a logo design in order to make it more impactful. Some of these include:

  • Uniqueness

A logo is an integral element of a branding strategy and is to be designed to complement other visual elements that are a part of the branding strategy. It should go with the overall theme and structure of your branding strategy and represent your brand values and personality. Your logo should be a representation of your individual style to convey your core business value. Professional logo and website design companies in Norfolk design and create logos that complement your brand personality and define your identity.

  • Designs that tell stories

A logo should tell a story. This way you can ensure that you develop long-term relationships with your consumers. Communicative logos that consumers find relevant and emotionally impactful lead to increased consumer loyalty. The right use of typography, colour, texture and other visual elements all work to create a logo that speaks for itself. It is the most important part of branding and your consumers will judge you by your logo. Professionals offering logo and website design services in Norfolk such as Wiser Web create logos that are dynamic, interactive, engaging and accurately convey your brand values and tell your story.

  • Simplicity

Lastly, a simple logo design is likely to be more communicative and impactful than an elaborate one. Your consumers will find it easier to comprehend and understand a simple design. On the other hand, elaborate and decorative designs can lead to confusion. It is always better to keep a logo design flat and simple for enhanced communication.

Being based in Norfolk, we take care of all these design principles to make sure that your logo communicates with your consumers on a local level and is able to create an impact. You too can get an interactive logo design made for your business and increase your growth prospects by approaching a reputable website and logo design company, such as Wiser Web.

 


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Apr
09

Ecommerce – How to Get a Website that Works for You and Your Customers?

If you are thinking about starting an online business in Norwich or Norfolk, having an ecommerce website is a must for you. A good ecommerce website is a major factor that contributes towards an online business’ success. However, many individuals and business owners face problems when it comes to having an ecommerce website that is as beneficial for their customers as it is to their business.

It is imperative that you strike the right balance so that you are able to make the most out of your ecommerce website. But what are you actually supposed to do to make sure that your ecommerce website is high-performing?

To begin with, never hesitate from investing sufficient resources in web design and build. There are various professional companies that offer services for website design in Norwich and Norfolk, including us here at Wiser Web. These can be quite useful in helping you create an ecommerce website that is easy to use, functional and engaging. Professional assistance can make a big difference in the effectiveness and performance of your website.

To give you a better idea about how professional companies offering services for website design in Norwich and Norfolk can be of your help, here are two main areas that they take care of during web design and built.

  • User-Friendly

Professional website design companies make sure that your ecommerce website is user-friendly. Having an ecommerce website that your users find easy and convenient to use will make a big difference to your sales. It is one of the most important factors which you need to consider in the area of web design and build, after price.

Ease of use has significant influence on customers’ decisions. A user-friendly ecommerce website makes sure that next time your customer will prefer to buy from you rather than your competitors. Ultimately, it is not only the customers who may save valuable time swiftly navigating through a user-friendly website, but the business too benefits from increased sales.

Approach a professional website design company, locally based in Norwich and the surrounding areas of Norfolk, so that you may have a website with simple and clean design – just what your customers prefer!

  • Make Your Website Appear More Reliable

Developing trust among customers is one of the key factors for deriving sales. You need to make your ecommerce website appear trustworthy to your customers to increase your sales. Professional website design companies such as Wiser Web can help you to do just that.

Your customers will only buy something from you if they find you reliable enough. There are chances that your ecommerce website might be your first- if not the only- point of contact with your customers. Hence you need to clearly state your terms and conditions on the website to build a lasting relationship with your customers. Also, make sure that you offer secure payment methods, respond to customers’ feedback and are clear about your security and privacy policy. Lastly, it is pertinent that you make sure all the established rules are easily understandable and visible to your customers.

To get an ecommerce website made for yourself that is as beneficial for as for your customers, we suggest that you contact a professional website design company based locally in Norwich so that they are only ever a phone call away and can visit you quickly, without it being chore. You may approach a reputable services provider like Wiser Web to make sure that you have an ecommerce website that generates increased sales and engages your customers.

 


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Mar
26

Thinking About a New Website? What you should know about web design to help increase sales

In this era of online marketing and growing importance of social media, coming up with a suitable website is a big part of your business. Many people tend to think that web designing is just about creating an attractive looking website but that is not the case. Your website needs to be designed in a way that is user friendly, easy to navigate and encourages the visitor to stay on the website and browse further. The way the website is built, should incorporate all relevant features and be presented in an organised manner.

Website designing in Norwich, Norfolk is gaining importance and before you decide to get your website designed, here are a few ways that we at WiserWeb can ensure that your new website will end up boosting sales:

How It Looks

How a website looks is not necessarily the most important aspect of web design, but it is still ideal to have an attractive scheme that is appealing for the user. The pace of internet usage has become increasingly fast, which means the person visiting your website will take less than a few seconds to decide whether to stay on your website or move onto a competitor’s website. As a website design company in Norwich, Norfolk, we have come up with efficient and cost-effective ways to make the design as effective and striking as possible.

Making Navigation Easier

Navigation is one of the most important aspects of web design. If your website is difficult to navigate, users won’t find it easy to travel through the entire website. A professional web designing service will make sure that your website has a proper navigation bar and labels and is designed in a way that users of all ages can navigate through. Catering for both individuals and companies who are looking for great web design in Norwich, Norfolk we make sure that your website is designed in a way that makes it easy for all users to navigate and use, leading to a boost in sales for your business.

Making It Mobile-Friendly

WiserWeb specialises in creating great websites for businesses based in Norwich and the surrounding areas of Norfolk, and we also fully appreciate the importance of mobile-friendless when deciding how the website will be built. Making your website mobile-friendly ensures that users are able to reach your business from their smartphones and tablets, and to navigate to it from anywhere on-the-go. This enables you to reach wider markets and boost sales in ways that were not possible before. Google has also emphasised the importance of mobile-friendly websites by using it as a ranking signal on their search engine, effective from 21st April. If you don’t want your website to become redundant, mobile-friendliness is an important design measure.

SEO Optimisation

A good website design is also a great way to build Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for your brand. The way important information is placed and the inclusion of central company-related keywords into the html-based text, allows various search engines to quickly trawl and index your site. The result is that the ranking of your website on search engines will significantly improve, giving your brand a higher visibility, hence boosting website traffic and sales.