Just Launched: Equine Surgical Referrals

new wordpress websiteAdur Design are proud to announce their latest WordPress website project has just been launched for Equine Surgical Referrals.

This new website details the services of Safia who is a UK based equine specialist and includes a contact form for user interaction and client enquiries.

Strong images are used throughout this clean and clear, modern website which uses a responsive design for multi device viewing with a dynamic new WordPress theme.

If you have a website that you would like re-designed and bought into a modern content management system such as WordPress get in touch to find out more.

New Wild Apricot Responsive Theme

Work has started on a new responsive theme for the Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce website. This new theme will replace the currently dated theme and bring a fresh, contemporary look and feel to the Chamber’s website.

The new responsive custom theme is being built within the Wild Apricot CMS (Content Management System).

This website update project will enable the Chamber’s user to easily view this website with mobile and tablet devices. Part of this project will include improving the user experience for the Chamber’s audience by working on the user journeys for tasks such as booking a networking event.

This bespoke theme is being design and developed to reflect the Chamber’s brand and will bring a fresh new design to an established website. If you would like to find about our website re-design services get in touch to see how we can help with your next website project.

User Journey (UX)

We’re working on a user experience project for the Four Candles Shop to bring the shop’s vibrant and unique stock line to their online audience.

Four Candles Shop mobile wire frameThe stakeholders are moving to an e-commerce solution and we’re refining the user journey with wire frame work and user testing.

Read more on how we’re taking the current website products and added in e-commerce functionality for online purchasing for the Four Candles Shop.

A requirement is that the purchasing system must be mobile friendly so all product orders can be completed with a smooth user experience.

View further details on this user experience project and how we’re working with clients to enhance their online presence.

You can also view more on our user experience process and if you would like input on your website user’s experience get in touch to find out more.

ReactJS

Just looking at recent developments within the various available javascript libraries one of which is ReactJS. This is an open source front-end view library which has been developed by Facebook and has the advantage of being very fast and multi device friendly.

React is also a good way to develop new, fresh user interfaces (UI) as the view layer is responsive for multi device use out of the box. If that doesn’t mean much to you, and not that it should, it creates a better user experience for your websites and apps by making your website’s pages and functions easily viewable and much more usable with quick loading speed for your audience.

React is a really nice development in javascript and you can benefit from the advancements in this technology, get in touch to find out more.

New UI Designs

Just continuing work on a UI (user interface) re-design for an established brand e-commerce website which is going well. Initial work has been carried out to adjust the header elements using custom Css coding and to clear up the footer area for the website.

The website’s page templates are now being addressed to improve the user experience through cleaner design. Work is now being carried out to the home page with the section landing pages and product pages edits to complete the project.

I’ll post up the case study here once the work is completed which will result in a refreshed website and an improved user experience.

If you would like help with your website’s UI design or user experience get in touch by calling 07732 614914 or use our contact page.

Ant Tyler

Responsive Web Design

Responsive design is a popular topic in the web design world at the moment and the importance of having a responsive website has dramatically increased in importance this year. You may be surprised to hear what percentage of users are accessing your website on mobile devices but this is a trend that is only going to grow.

wordpress responsive web designWordPress were an early adopter of the “mobile first” approach and have been working that way with theme development for some time. So if your website is already built on WordPress and you are using a recent, modern theme your site is probably already “mobile friendly”. Without getting too technical a theme means a collection of files and images which give your website style, colour and images.

But why is a mobile friendly website important?

Well a user could really struggle to view an older website on a mobile device which will probably lead to them leaving to view a more viewable website and may never return to yours. Also Google have started to rank down sites that are not mobile friendly, this means that unless you are using a mobile friendly theme your website will appear lower in search results than more modern mobile friendly websites.

To clarify, mobile friendly means that your website can be viewed on mobile devices which include tablets and mobile phones. If your target audience will probably be using mobile devices to view websites then this will be an issue for you. You can find out really easily by submitting your website for a free review to Google, just follow this link to Google’s mobile friendly test and submit your websites address.

Regular website updates

It’s always a good idea to update your website both with content and design, all time spent on your site is time well spent. If you can login and edit your own page content your already a step ahead. If you are thinking of upgrading your website and would like some input just get in touch by calling 07732 614914 or use our contact page to get in touch with your questions.

Mobile Friendly WordPress Upgrade

mo-brogAdur Design has just completed a mobile friendly WordPress upgrade for Brighton based retailer Mo Brog. This WordPress website project added a new, custom styled theme to the existing WordPress website to bring in Mo Brog’s styling and allow the site to become mobile friendly for customers to browse the website on multiple devices.

This website project was completed to schedule and budget which included routine maintenance to bring the WordPress website up to date with the latest coding. Mobile friendly website’s make sure that your mobile device visitor browse your website and stay around to view your content.

If you would like your WordPress website upgraded to become mobile friendly feel free to call us on 07732 614914 or use our contact page to get in touch with us.

Visit Mo Brog

Responsive Web Design – Why Is This Important?

There have been some developments in the web industry recently, some search engines are ranking down websites that are not responsive and usable on multiple devices.

This means that unless your website has a responsive design and is easily usable on mobile and tablet devices this will directly effect where your website appears in searches. This is now termed as “mobile friendly” and has caused mixed feelings but overall it makes for a better user experience for mobile users which is now the fastest growing web audience.

Google in particular are putting mobile users first and another factor to take into account is page load speed which includes optimised images, these are small file sizes which download quickly. You can see how your website is doing by entering the url (web address) into Google’s mobile friendly test.

If you would like work carried out on your website which can include a design review just call 07732 614914 or use our contact page to get in touch as we’re happy to help!

Responsive Web Design

wordpressAnother day, another WordPress web design project and I’ve been looking at the latest WordPress themes. One major consideration is responsive web design as it is a must for multi-device access requirements.

Our new client wants the new website’s users to be able to view their new WordPress website on a number of ways including tablet and mobile devices.

Responsive design is a must have now and if your website isn’t mobile and tablet friendly we recommend that you look at this to keep your users engaged. This will help your user experience and ensure that your audience keeps coming back!

User Interface Design Trends

I thought that I’d write about and reflect on some of the latest UI (User Interface) design trends that I’ve been looking at over the last year. I’ve kept this pretty brief to give just a flavour and provoke thought on these design principles.

Here they are in no particular order:

Responsive Design
This is now a design must have for websites, designing for and applying a responsive layout means that all of your content is accessible at all times on all devices. A lot of content management systems (CMS) themes are moving to a “mobile first” design which reflects the increasing user trend of mobile and tablet access on the move.

Flat UIs
Using solid bold colour as apposed to multiple images to add texture to the UI is much more common place. Advances in css (cascading style sheets) has brought more capability to designers with improved modern browsers enhancing the overall user experience for all users.

Minimal Design
User focused uncluttered clean design by the use of minimalist design and layout has helped users find what they need on clear, well designed user interfaces. Good use of white space helps keep content ordered and user friendly.

Video Content
With increased band width and device capability the rise of video content marches on. Accessing videos on the web is now accepted and increasing. As a marketing tool video content can get the required message across in seconds and can be far more engaging than blocks of text and images.

Typography
Custom typography is no longer a web designer’s dream, efficient custom cross-browser fonts are a great way to lift your UI designs. Once impossible and now a very welcome reality I would recommend that these are used and enjoyed on your website.

Compact Sidebars
Mixing page templates to match content is a great way to add different layouts to your website. The traditional sidebar still has a place but using variations such as more compact sidebars or no sidebars can give a better user experience.

SVG Animations
Flash is dead, long live web animation. Light weight SVG (scalable vector graphics) are a good, device friendly way to add animation to your website. You can add movement to your pages to give emphasis to content and engage your audience.

One Page Design
Once frowned on but now accepted the one page website can deliver efficient content. Good navigation is really key to this style of web design but if done correctly its great for SEO (search engine optimisation) to help your website be found amongst the competition.

All of the above is not exhaustive and only in my opinion as a UI designer and developer.

In general the world of user interface design is making good use of the latest web technology with some nice clean design trends. It is good to see and all of the above lifts the industry as a whole.

If you would like input on your website design just get in touch or call 07732 614914 to find out more.

Ant Tyler