How to Deal with Web Design Clients You’ve Never Seen

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“I could never work for someone I’ve never met.”

My friend was discussing my freelancing career with me and she couldn’t imagine working for clients she’d never met in person. But freelance web designers and other freelancers do it all the time.

Many freelancers connect with their clients primarily through the Internet. Their clients might be located across town, or across the world. It’s simply not practical or cost-effective to personally visit every web design client.

Working with remote clients has some unique challenges. But it’s quite possible (and probably even necessary in today’s competitive market) to successfully include remote clients into your business strategy.

In this post, I’ll provide some key strategies for dealing with web design clients that you never meet face-to-face. You’re also invited to share any tips you have for dealing with remote clients.

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6 Free Tools for Testing Website Speed

Website speed is something crucial to any page, specially if you consider that users don’t like slow sites and don’t want to wait more than a couple seconds for a page to load. From regular users to high-end ones, no one like to wait too much to see the content they are looking for. And from niche blogs to ecommerce sites, all users have the same expectations, that your page will be fast enough to avoid frustration.

Things you can do to Improve Page Load Times

Loading speeds can certainly make or break a website. In times where users are overload with options, they don’t want to wait too much for a page to load. And by too much I’m referring to about 2 to 3 seconds. Websites should be fast and optimized to better load so that the user don’t have time to think about leaving the page until it loads. If you page takes more than 6 to 7 seconds to load, chances are you are already loosing users. Fast pages lead to lower bounce rates, better retention, higher engagement and better conversions. So before risking loosing users because your page is not up to expectations, check out some things you can do to improve page load times.

Lean UX – How to Apply Lean Principles to User Experience Design

The process of putting together a good user experience design has always been talked about as a deliverables-based practice where bureaucracy, specification documents, wireframes, mockups and site maps took the center stage. This deliverable based practice, meaning that everything, each step of the process, has to be delivered with proper timing and documentation, witch often demands a lot of time and creates a lot of waste (something that won’t be used in the working product). Fast forward to times where the web changes quickly than we would like to, and times where we have to make sure our users get what they need, and the process of ux design has to evolve too. Enter the Lean UX practice, which allow us to remove waste from the UX design process while letting designers focus on what works instead of having them worrying about features and documents.

The Importance of Breadcrumbs in e-Commerce Website Design

Breadcrumbs, or breadcrumb navigation, is a type of navigation that shows the user’s location in a website. They are horizontally arranged text links separated usually by the “greater than” symbol (>) which will show where the user is based in the hierarchy of the site. The term breadcrumbs comes from the tale Hansel and Gretel, where Hansel and Gretel leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find their way back home. Just like the real breadcrumbs that were suppose to help the kids to find their way home, breadcrumbs in web design help the users to find their way around a website.

Simplifying the UX of Your Sales-Driven Website to Increase Conversions

You have a good product/service and you have just launched your sales-driven website. You were ready to get a lot of sales going but for some reason things didn’t go as well as you imagined. Since your product is certainly not the problem, you may need to check your design to make sure that your clients are getting a nice experience in your site, otherwise they won’t convert, they won’t make the purchase your are expecting them to do.

22 Hotel and Resort Website Themes

Give your hotel a fresh and modern look with one of these premium templates.  In this collection, I’ve compiled a list of 22 hotel and resort themed website layouts that will surely make you stand out from your competition.  With this versatile collection, you’ll find something that fits with the look your desire.

1. Soho Hotel – Responsive Hotel Booking WP Theme


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In this post we have collected a total of 35 great WordPress themes that sport a flat design style. I hope you enjoy this post, feel free to chime in via the comment section!