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10 Things To Review On Your Website

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Your website needs to be updated, adaptive and progressive for it to grow, sustain and support your business effectively. Your website is not a stagnant project, rather an on-going process, which needs to be streamlined from time to time. The appearance, content and navigation are the three most important parameters for the success of your website. So, you need to improve and improvise on them periodically to attract more traffic to your website and generate sales and conversions.

There is a list of things, which the portal owner, the web developer and web hosting company should re-check and revise to ensure that the portal runs efficiently and effectively. Your website needs to be according to current trends, so that it is able to compete in the online domain and increase organic reach.

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10 things, which you constantly need to review on your website are as follows:

  1. Testing and Review: You need to have a checklist of things that needs to be reviewed and tested, periodically. These include things like load time, errors, broken links, overall user experience, business logic, compliance criteria, etc.
  1. KPIs, SEO, etc.: These parameters help to assess the performance of your website. You need to set key performance indicators (KPIs), analytical reports and search engine ratings at least once a month, so that you can measure and work on the improvement areas.
  1. Forms and Exit Processes: These are very important from user’s point of view. So, make sure all your forms are updated, fields are set properly, and the checkout functions are operational. It would be a great loss of opportunity if the user faces problems in exit formalities and ends the session abruptly.
  1. Certificates, Dates and Copyright Information: If your website has legal disclaimers, certificates or copyright information, then you need to check and update from time to time, mostly annually, to avoid any legal implications. 
  1. Security Updates: It is important for the web developer or the hosting company to install the necessary patches, fix security bugs, provides security and software updates, so that there is no security lapses and your website and its information is safeguarded from web predators.
  1. Backup Process: Your backup process should be in proper place as your website and databases contains important user information, and you should be prepared for emergency and disasters. It is also important to check the retrieval process and frequency.
  1. Compatibility: With time, technology keeps changing. New browsers and platforms come into play, and you have to make sure that your website is compatible with each of them, to maximize your reach and usability.
  1. Contact Information: Your contact information should be up-to-date, all the time. This is the most important piece of information on your website and the wrong data can result in opportunity loss.
  1. Domain Name: Keep a check on domain names, as they need to be reviewed annually and modified as required. These are important for the streamlines functionality of your website and its navigation by the end users.
  1. Content: Content is the king. So, keep your website updated with the latest, correct and relevant information. Check missing content pages or missing headlines. Also, keep a check on inconsistent writing and formatting styles, typo or grammatical errors, and proper alignment. Make sure new information is properly updated and irrelevant and old data is removed. Avoid redundancy and consistency at all levels.

The ‘look and feel’ of your website needs to change based on analytical day, statistics and insights. You might have to do a few internal changes also to achieve the same. Consumers are accessing your website all over the world, and from different devices. So, you need to revamp your website for the best user experience and satisfaction to increase profits and stay in the business competition.

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Free Vector Art for Professional Graphic Designers

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Today, readable content needs an image or graphic representation. This helps the readers to understand and interpret the conveyed message in a much better way. A graphical depiction of a thought makes it more intelligible and easy to present the initial thought. Plain textual content becomes monotonous and boring. So, images can be used to make it interesting and attractive.

Whenever, we are almost done with some content or looking for a particular design, we tend to quickly browse through Google to search for an appropriate image. Sometimes, we get an image within the first few links, while at times, we have to browse a lot. Sometimes, we get the required image, but either it is watermarked or lower resolution or size or blocked. So, rather than stressing yourself with constant searches or confusing pages, you would prefer a repository, where you can find apt vector images of good quality for a theme and of course, at free of cost, which can be downloaded and used without any restriction.

Vector artwork is created by vector illustration programs like Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw or Inkscape. These are different from normal computer art. They use mathematical equations and geometric components like points, lines or shapes to create images. They are clean, camera ready and can be zoomed or scaled to any extent, without loss of quality. Usually, these images are saved with .ai, .pdf, .eps, and .svg file extensions. These are mostly used by professional graphic designers for printing and producing high quality artwork.

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The following portals are some of the awesome places, from where you can download free vector art:

Freepik:  This is one of the largest search engines for free vector art. They produce hundreds of free vectors daily with a current stock of over one million artworks in ai, eps and svg formats.

FlatIcon: They have around 107, 150 free vector icon in a wide range of formats like png, svg, eps, psg and base 64.

1001 Free Downloads: They have thousands of free vectors along with photos, PSDs, fonts, brushes and much more. They collect the best free graphics for designers from the web as well as develop in-house to enrich their repository.

FreeVectors: This is like a free community, where anybody can share free vector artwork. They are mostly free for personal and commercial use (sometimes, they may be restricted for commercial use). The freshly added graphics appear on the top of the page and so on. This helps to create a huge repository from the professionals, who use and work with vectors every day.

Vector Portal: This is an extensive library of free vectors, which are up for both personal and commercial use. The site is easy to navigate and filter the options as per your criteria.

DaFont: Dingbat Fonts is mostly a collection of small vector graphics. You can directly type a letter and create a new object in Illustrator CS6. Mostly, they are free for commercial use, but still you need to check before use.

Spoongraphics: This is a personal blog by Chris Spooner, but has a huge collection of original and amazing free vectors. Apart from the artwork, it also has a nice repository of insightful articles on related topics.

There are many other websites, where you can find amazing vector art, free of cost. They all have a huge collection of vector art and adding more to their stock everyday. You can search these locations for almost anything that you have in mind. Now, you know, where to look for those images, without wasting your time and energy, looking at the wrong places.

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Tips on Tri-fold Brochure Design

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A brochure is an important tool for marketing and promotion for any organization. The design, content, and the layout of a brochure is very important for a good first impression and a long lasting one. There are different kinds of marketing collaterals, which organizations use for different purposes like brand building, brand visibility, promotions etc. A tri-fold brochure is one such brochure, which are effective due to its compact size and can be placed in any holder. It is also easy to carry, so prospects might retain it. It is also easy to display it on the desk or somewhere else in full visibility.

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What is a tri-fold brochure?

A tri-fold brochure is basically a bi-fold and a tri-panel brochure made by folding a 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper, twice. It creates 3 panels and content is printed on both the sides of each panel. As mentioned above, it is quite handy and popular due to its compact size. Small businesses prefer this as it can easily mailed in a #10 envelope. Every panel can have a different unique design or a single design can be spread over the three panels. It is an attractive and a low-cost sales tool, which helps you and your business to stand out in the crowd, if designed effectively.

What is the importance of a tri-fold brochure?

Apart from the size implication, the following factor or trends also contribute to the importance and growing popularity of tri-fold brochures over others:

  • The emergence and usage of the Company website for information and sales conversion have done away the need for elaborate, printed brochures. Rather, people prefer smaller ones, which can store easily or display. Tri-fold brochures serve just the purpose and hence preferred by many.
  • Continuing from the first point, these brochures are also cost effective. They are low cost on printing and hence contribute towards cutting down of marketing expenses.
  • Finally, today people prefer environment friendly ways to run their businesses. So, these brochures are helpful in avoiding wasteful paper promotions.

Overall, this is an effective tool for spreading the word around, at an economical cost.

A few design tips for a tri-fold brochure have been listed below:

A tri-fold brochure has three panels- front, back and interiors. So, the design has to be such that every panel is utilized effectively and the message is conveyed in the right way.

The Front Panel needs to be attractive with the logo, tagline or an eye-catching image. Not much of textual information should be given here.

The Interior Panels can be wisely used with content like features, products, testimonials (back interior) and others. Offers, promotions, discounts and call to action can also be put there.

Back Panel is mostly used for contact information or something to reinforce or remind them like an image or a catchy line or note. Do not put important information there. The contact information should be crisp and clear.

Margins should be carefully designed. There should be enough gap or white space, so that when it is folded, no content gets hidden and broken.

The flow of content needs to be designed properly. You need to plan what comes next, so that people do not get confused with so many sides. They should be able to understand, which panel follows.

It is important to choose an existing template from the printer. The design and layout will be based on it, so that it is easy to print. The inner flap is a bit smaller than the outer one, so that it opens neatly. It is important to ensure that the design meets the printer’s expectation.

Once the design is in process, you probably need to print and fold them as a mock test, to decide which looks better. This exercise helps to see the ‘look and feel’ of the final product. Once you print and fold, you will be able to figure out if the edges are proper and the contents are in place.

You can experiment and try something new with the design. It is not necessary that every panel will have a discreet and separate image. You can also select an image, which can bleed over the edges and spread across the panels to convey an idea. Sometimes, these kind of graphics is more attractive and impactful.

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