webdesign trends 2015

A new year is almost upon us which means it’s time to reflect on all the things that 2014 brought us in terms of great – and not so great – design. We can then use this to analyse trends and predict what sort of aspects and trends in design we can look forward to in 2015.
Here’s a list of things we think you should look out for next year:

1 – Responsive interfaces

With the recent growing trend, especially in WordPress themes, responsive design has become almost the new standard for web design in 2014. No one seems to be looking to alter this, with the idea that the more responsive a site or theme is, the better all round.

2 – Ghost buttons

The idea of a ghost button is incredibly appealing as it gives a more minimalistic feel to a site. This is of course ideal if your client base will be accessing your website via mobile device as it makes things concise and digestible rather than a wall of text. Expect to see more of those next year.

3 – Typography trends

While there has been a focus on the need for short, clear and concise content, there has also been a trend towards ensuring the type of text used is fit for the site and brand it is representing. This is particularly true if you look at casino, bingo and other gambling sites, of which many have had a major revamp in 2014. As well as layout and colour scheme, the most common changes on these sites was to the brand logo and other typography used throughout the site. Here you can find more information on new gaming sites coming in 2015, and have a look at the web design for yourself.

4 – Large background images

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The focus has been well and truly placed on the visual in 2014, with imagery holding an equally significant spot as attractive typography in web design. Whereas block colours with text and images were part of the minimalist trend a few years ago, we are now seeing short, snappy copy placed over a beautiful background image which is both striking and elegant looking.

5 – The scrolling homepage

As websites are now created with many different viewing devices in mind, 2014 saw a surge in the amount of homepages that had a lengthy, scrollable design focused on bold images and snappy concepts but not screeds of text. This scrollable concept over the likes of cluttered tabs in a left or right hand panel look set to be even more popular in the coming months.

6 – Card design

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The card-style design so commonly associated with Pinterest is also becoming more popular amongst those in creative fields where design and image play a pivotal role in their business. This looks set to continue into 2015 particularly for businesses looking to show off multiple visual projects easily and efficiently.

7 – Personalised UX

The great thing about allowing users to accept cookies means that businesses can provide more relevant and personalised content to each users’ preference. Netflix and YouTube use this concept well in order to remember things you’ve recently watched, and also to show content you may like based on this. Other businesses will look to take this concept and put their own unique selling point on it in 2015.
These are just some of the big web design trends to keep an eye on in 2015, though there’s sure to be more micro-trends popping up as the year goes on. Who knows, perhaps something brand new and left-field will dominate by December 2015.

wordpress plugins to improve seo

If you prefer WordPress for creating and managing a website, then you can’t miss out to have a toolkit of plugins that helps to provide solutions for making improvements to your WordPress powered site. There are around 30,000 plugins in the WordPress plugin repository, and you’ll most likely find a plugin that befit your needs.

But with such a huge variety of free and premium plugins available, it’s certainly not easy to figure out essential plugins. Below is a list of top 10 most popular WordPress plugins – that have been chosen based on their usefulness and popularity.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

 wordpress seo by yoast Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2014 You Cant Miss to Have

You can’t overstate the fact that WordPress is one of the best platform for SEO. However, if you want to make your site more search engine optimized, you can use the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast. Using this plugin won’t necessarily help you acquire top ranking instantly, but will certainly help to make you understand the factors that can impact your site’s search results. And once you have a tightening grip of all the factors, it should be easier a job for you to work upon them.

Contact 7

contact form 7 wordpress Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2014 You Cant Miss to Have

Contact form is one of the most important pages of your site, as it helps customers to get in touch with you. But,WordPress does not contain a built-in contact form, however you can choose to have Contact Form 7 plugin to integrate a form in your site. With 16 million downloads, Contact Form 7 is be far the most popular plugin available today. It helps to manage multiple contact forms and customize them.

Akismet

akismet for wordpress Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2014 You Cant Miss to Have

Spam can break any website, particularly in terms of its search engine rankings since Google does not waste a lot of time penalizing websites that contain a lot of spam. And that’s where Akismet steps in. Akismet is a great plugin that helps to keep a track on your website’s comments, in order to see if it’s brimming with spam comments or not. As and when it catches some spam comments within the WP admin screen, it will let you review them.

Google XML Sitemaps

xml sitemap for wordpress Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2014 You Cant Miss to Have

 

Sitemap is one of the most essential elements that helps search engine spider to view the complete structure of your site easily and helps them to index your site in a better way. Google XML Sitemap is a remarkably useful plugin, when it comes to generating XML sitemap for your WordPress site, as it help your posts as well as pages get indexed by the major search engines like Google, Bing etc.

WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce

woo commerce excelling ecommerce Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2014 You Cant Miss to Have

If you want to turn your WordPress site into a complete e-commerce store, then WooCommerce – excelling eCommerce is the ideal plugin you should use. With this plugin you can build a beautiful e-store that sells anything.

Google Analytics by Yoast

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If you want to track your single or multi-site WordPress installation, and keep your Google Analytics tool up-to-date with latest features, then Google Analytics by Yoast can help in getting the job done for you.

W3 Total Cache

w3 total cache plugin Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2014 You Cant Miss to Have

 

Website performance is a crucial factor that determine it’s success. Even though, you have built and designed a great site, if it loads slowly your visitors will not take more than a few seconds to abandon it. Now, creating PSD to responsive WordPress theme that is built for good speed is the untimate solution and puts you on a strong footing. But in the otherwise case, some speed enhancing tool would come handy. W3 Total Cache is a highly popular caching plugins that boost the speed of your WordPress site, and optimizes your site.

Jetpack

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If you wish to embed features in your self-hosted WordPress site that were only available to WordPress.com users, then you can choose Jetpack to jazz-up your website with some powerful features including email subscriptions, comment system for social networking and a lot more.

 

iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)

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One of the major concern of most of the WordPress site is related to preventing their site from getting hacked. And the concerns are purely genuine since there have been so many instances of website hacking from since the dawn of time! Better WP Security is touted as the best security plugin, however the name of the plugin has changed to iThemes Security. The plugin offers more than 30 different ways to protect your site. In addition, it also helps to search for vulnerabilities and even let your recover lost data (as it helps to create backups of your WordPress database).

Floating Social

Floating social share plugin Top 10 WordPress Plugins for 2014 You Cant Miss to Have

Sharing content on social media platforms is one of the most-recommended exercise today. And Floating Social is the right plugin that allows WP users to share your content on social media no effortlessly.

Starbox Author Bio Plugin

When you are running a website that has contributions from several authors and industry experts, you would want a separate space for the author’s bio. This way, the respective authors are also encouraged when they have 2-3 lines written about them (and written by them, by the way). Starbox is a perfect plugin that lets you add the author bio right at the bottom of the post. You can also add links to their personal blogs or to even their social media accounts so that they gain a wider and more precise visibility on the Internet.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

Webmasters employ all sorts of techniques to reduce the bounce rate on their websites. They promote their content among their relevant audience, improve website’s speed, prevent spam, get rid of pop ups and so on. But one of the clever ways of reducing the bounce rate by making the visitors read more than one post is often overlooked. And this is exactly where the Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) proves to be extremely useful. This plugin, with its flexible set of features let you display those posts under certain posts that have either the same keywords, or belong to the same category. The posts appear under a different head at the bottom of the page like “you may also read”.

To conclude, if you want to make improvements in your WordPress site, by adding additional features and functionalities, you can refer to the above discussed list of top 10 plugins that you must watch out for in 2014.

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About the author of this guest post: Ben Wilson has over more than half decade of experience in WorPress theme coding. He has redeveloped many websites into responsive. He is presently Working for WordPrax Ltd.- a leading WordPress development Company.

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