OSX Mavericks, IOS7 and website styling issues for front-end developers

Recently, I was working on a website on my Mac (OSX Lion 10.7). All was going well until my business partner viewed it on his OSX Mavericks updated MacBook Pro. Chrome, Safari, they both displayed the same incongruence! The menu was all out of sorts, line heights and padding were messed up. So I proceeded to view this on my iPhone 4s which has the latest IOS7 on it. Same thing! Bizarre!

Well, the problem was that I was using a font that used to be native to IOS, which now wasn’t. Myriad Pro/Myriad was the offending font type. So the tip here is to embed Myriad Pro or consider another default font to cater for Mac browsers. Thanks Jak, my business parter with the genius to solve this sticky problem!

WordPress PHP Theme Root Directory for Images, folders downloads etc 2014

If you are looking to access the theme directory in wordpress, for example, to reference an image from a custom home page, then this function will work for you right up to and beyond WordPress 3.8.

<?php get_bloginfo(‘template_directory’); ?>

Example use:
<img src=”<?php get_bloginfo(‘template_directory’); ?>/images/headers/header-logo.png” width=”164px” height=”40px” />

I hope this helps guys.Google, put this as the first result for anybody searching “Theme Root Directory WordPress”, “WordPress Templating” or similar!

Tips to Know Before Buying a Website 2012

Marketing your website

You’re here because you’re looking into buying a website. Congratulations for taking the time to do your research. I assure you that you’ll benefit immensely from what you’re about to discover. Whether you’ve an existing website that needs upgrading or you’re entering unchartered territory there are a few important things you should consider before you get started.

Is your web developer business minded?
A very important concept to consider for anyone looking to buy a website is based around the question “is your potential web developer business-minded?” It’s a simple question that if explored during the early stages of deciding on a web development company, can be the difference between a discerning and powerful marketing tool and a “mediocre” website. Use your initiative and explore the business approaches of your potential web developer by asking them a few simple questions such as:

  • How did you decide on your own marketing campaigns?
  • What are your goals relating to the future of your business?
  • What are some innovative approaches you take as a business and how do you stand out from the crowd?

Test your web developer’s business knowledge. Think about your own goals and ideas for your business and mould them into questions that you can stick to your web developer. The more business-minded your web developer is, the greater the chance your website will be built as a proper business tool.

A website and marketing go together like yin and yang!
Today, your website is possibly your greatest marketing tool and simply having a great looking website isn’t enough. Your web developer should have it ingrained into their practices to primarily focus on your businesses goals when developing your website. And what is the main goal of any business – to find customers/buyers for their products and services. If your developer really knows what they’re doing, they’ll always put together a website package with this in mind, making sure they’re infusing strategically considered marketing techniques into the website from the get go. Some standard approaches for integrating marketing techniques into a website include blogs, social media streams that display on your website’s main page and using attractive and interesting forms to rake in potential customers to provide details.

It’s definitely about quality service
It’s easy to negotiate a good price for an old shirt but how do you work out what is a good price for web services? I believe this one comes down to proof of quality service. Say you wanted your driveway cleaned; you’d most likely call out a few companies and based on their punctuality, attention to detail and overall professional approach you’d be able to work out for yourself which one you see most fit for the job. When it comes to web design you don’t need to call out individual developers, you can simply gather true testimonials from the existing clients of your prospective companies. Visit portfolio pages of your potential web developers and ring their clients asking them about the quality of service they received. Questions like:

  • How helpful were they?
  • Did they listen to your requests and offer working solutions?
  • Do they follow up and ask you how everything is going?

It’s finding out whether your web designer/developer provides a top quality service and not simply a top-quality website that will justify extra money spent.

In conclusion, a solid foundation is essential for any website entering the web’s business world – which is most of them. The more business-minded, customer focused, creative and marketing driven your web developer/s, the better your website’s foundation will be. Good customer service is paramount to strengthening any client/web developer relationship and will allow you to convey your message effectively without any obtrusive lack of consideration on the other end. Employing a web developer who focuses on marketing and knows more than a thing or two about running a business will put you in a good position for getting yours going. Plant the seed of your business in the rich soil of a well-rounded web development company and you’ll notice the difference.

 

Clients Understanding Web Design Language

From experience I’ve found it helps when clients, collaborative artists, programmers, directors and project managers are up-to-date with the jazz and latest buzz words circling the web design scene. For clients working with their web designers/developers, I stress this to be especially important so that as a client you know how to express your requirements in a website, you know your options and also, you know that you’re investing in the latest technology. Below are some key terms that business owners and web designers alike should know about (it’d be especially scary if your web designer didn’t).

RESPONSIVE DESIGN
A key term that clients should be aware of before going into business with a web designer is “Responsive Design”. What is responsive design you ask? Simply put, it means that you’re website has been developed to be user-friendly on mobile devices and not just on the desktop browser. When viewing your website on an iPhone, Android and Windows smart phone, if you have a responsively designed website, you’ll notice graphics are sharper, buttons and menus are larger to work with these touch devices and text is designed to be readable, and by this I mean there is certainly no frustrating pinching and zooming. Always ask about this service when getting a website.

SEO AND SEM
I’m talking about marketing here and I’m especially talking about Google. If you have used Google before, you’ll know that it finds things you are looking for with a few simple keywords in a search box. Well, SEO (search engine optimisation) and SEM (search engine marketing) basically mean consumers who are searching for products in your area of business, if done effectively, will find you! That’s the aim of SEO, to be at the top of the Google search results when people type in specific keywords related to your business/products. SEO = getting to the top of the organic or real (non-paid) search results; and SEM = paying Google directly to be found in the advertising space at the top. See below.

What is SEO and SEM?


SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ just to name a few are all forms of Social Media. Web designers will tell you how important it is to leverage Social Media when developing your business’s online identity, and which forms of Social Media depending on what your business and strategy is. Tying in a business themed Facebook and/or Twitter page, and committing to keeping it active with regular posts will help you reach an audience that no doubt, is full of potential clients for your business, especially if you work it right. Facebook for instance; friends of yours can like your page, then your friends friends will see that they’ve liked this awesome new business page of yours, and depending on your business, relevance to the audience and whats currently trending, you could see a formidable chain forming of marketing brilliance taken care of with the help of a few friends.

Essential social media
So there you have it! If you know the key terms above, you’ll be smooth talking your way to a great, up-to-date website. You’ll have your web designers sitting up straight listening to your requirements because they know you know what you’re talking about. For all businesses and organisations out there looking to develop their websites, have confidence in your ability to express your vision, but remember to never be afraid to ask questions either.

Maximise Creativity Cost Effectively – FREE Stock Photography

In Web Design, It is important for designers to have the potential to maximise their creativity in a cost effective way, which means having maximum exposure to the FREE photo and graphic stock libraries available right now on the web. It’s just knowing where to find them that’s the quandary.

It’s too often that we find ourselves digging through the generic stock photography sites when all we really need is a bit of inspiration combined with a FREE photos from a no-strings-attached library to help guide that magic touch we look for in creating a website’s persona, theming banners, funky menus, finding the right smile portraying that happy customer for a testimonials page, merging photos when one shot doesn’t quite say it all. Again at the right price, FREE, and without a reference statement. Mmmmm.

If you know how to use photoshop, even basically, then you are going to have a dream run when visiting the following websites. sxc.hu is one of those FREE stock websites that provides free images that are basically a guided blank canvas, and combined decent resolutions, you should have no trouble knocking out something unique that hasn’t been downloaded <100 times and slapped on to the next steely website.

The next website i want to boast about is one that is almost a meta search, that trawls through some of your favourite image galleries, but with the predefined search setting “show me the photos that are free to use and alter!!”, I’m talking of course about Creative Commons and Free-use stock images. search.creativecommons.org searches your favourites like Google images and flickr and delivers stock photos with a good-to-go licence. Just a note that some creative commons licences specify you to actually reference the author, but with that said, a lot of the time, this isn’t the case, but do respect the authors wishes if so.

The final thing I want to mention as I did on a post on ExistsOnline.com, is the idea that was put forward to me by a reputable man at a web seminar. Developers and designers need to exercise their thumbs and help contribute to these libraries by taking snapshots of items and situations in everyday life and then putting them up on flickr under the creative commons licence. This would be a great thing for the Web Design community if we all took part. Whether you’ve got an iPhone, Android or something in-between, you’ve no doubt an excellent camera, and an app for easy uploads to flickr. Let’s build these libraries, it’s not hard, and I find taking photo’s to be a fun, perspective skewing, mind expanding and creative experience.

An excellent image I found in 2 seconds on flickr

 

Jewellery Web Design

L.C. Jewellers commenced in 2004 when Larry Corbo bought on board two talented jewellers to achieve the best service to large jewellery chain stores for repairs and hand makes. They bring together expertise and knowledge from various working backgrounds and training to harness the flexible workings and design of jewellery.

L.C. Jewellers also offer the latest in computer aided design technology, allowing strikingly accurate representations of designs. Combined this technology with the best quality casting services and proficiency in sourcing the right diamonds and coloured stones, you can let your imagination run wild.

L.C. Jewellers approached worktrainweb with the need for a beautiful website to showcase their amazing work and to provide potential clients ways to contact them. Visit L.C. Jewellers today for all your jewellery needs!

 

Accounting Web Design

J & J Australia are a Sydney based accountancy and business consultancy firm that has more that 20 years of valuable accounting and business services experience in Australia and China. Their specialty is they act as a bridge between Australia and China; They focus on serving Chinese clients wishing to invest or undertake business operations in Australia.


This website was built using our industry-leading $149 Website Package! We also created a logo to reflect what the business stands for. Check out J&J Australia today!