Ultimately the aim of any website is to be a space that users come back to time and time again and recommend to others. In order to create this dream scenario, a website needs to fulfil the goals and needs of the user. The foremost need of the user is to be able to access and easily use the website in order to get what they need from it quickly and efficiently. The usability of a website is an integral part of its success.

To ensure that your web design is as usable as possible, it’s important to test the website regularly through its creation. Such testing is often overlooked by many designers, developers and businesses, who will instead rely on their own intuition in working out whether their site has high usability. However, the success of your site is crucially based on what your actual users think and feel. Their feedback will help to reveal any potential issues with your design as well as offer you insightful and valuable information on how they are interacting with your site so you can tweak your designs for higher usability.

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One of the biggest challenges facing e-commerce small business owners is keeping up with technology. A big part of that challenge includes finding a website platform and design that will work to suit their needs. Unfortunately it is common for a re-design not to go well and too many online businesses have been jeopardized. Sites can lose their search engine rankings, visitors, usability, and ultimately the whole business. Entrepreneurs are resilient and some quick thinking can help you recover from a problematic website redesign.
Our focus today is to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place. The main way to avoid a redesign disaster from happening is through careful planning and not implementing the new design prematurely. In fact, when scheduling your re-design process, be prepared not to switch to the new site until it is completely finished and optimized. Follow these tips to help you resolve your redesign disaster and save the website business.

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When you are an ecommerce merchant, credit card fraud is a serious concern. What most people may not know is the reason it is such a high concern to the merchant is because the burden of fraud falls on them. While it is great that the credit card banks, Visa, and Master Card protect the card holders from the fraud and limit the responsibility of the card holder to virtually nothing, they force merchants to pay for the cost of fraudulent transactions. Not only does the merchant lose the merchandise and shipping involved in sending out an order, but they are also charged a fee by the banks when the charge is disputed by the card holder. Therefore, preventing fraud and knowing what to look for is imperative for merchants. Unfortunately, contacting your merchant bank does not always yield a helpful result, so get educated about detecting fraudulent orders on your own.

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When you’re looking for inspiration, especially for website designs, the first place you go is a CSS gallery. But what if I told you that looking at websites for web design inspiration isn’t the right method of getting inspired?

Today we’re going to show off some great optical illusions created by street artists with chalk. These illusions are going to blow your mind, which in turn will give you inspiration in a way you don’t normally get it. Optical illusions online usually consist of jpg images which aren’t animated but are designed in a way that causes the optical illusion that the boxes or pieces of the image are moving, but these 3D street chalk art images are just as trippy when you look at them.

So check out these street chalk art optical illusions and get inspired to do something out of the box and creative for your next design.

Street Chalk Art Optical Illusions
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One thing that every freelancer can agree on, regardless of the industry you’re in, is that in your freelance career, you’ll be spending a fair amount of time marketing your services, especially in the beginning. And conincidentally in the beginning of your freelance career, you’ll also be bootstrapping your marketing efforts as much as possible in order to keep your overhead costs low and allow your business to grow without spending a lot of cash on the business.

So today we’re going to give you 10 marketing tips that you can use to promote your freelance business and get some added marketing boosts throughout the web and locally as well. Some of the below marketing tips are free for you and others might cost a few bucks, but there’s always one constant amung them all – they’re geared towards getting you additional clients for your freelance design business.

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It’s no secret that a lot of us web designers are self-proclaimed geeks and nerds, so I am going to go out on a limb here and say that a lot of the visitors to the Web Design Mash site are anime fans. Am I right? I thought so 🙂

This showcase is going to shed some light on the awesome artists over on Deviantart and showcase their awesome anime artwork. The range of some of these anime styles really baffled me when I was looking through to find some of the best anime artwork on Deviantart and I hope something in this post inspires you for your next art project; or at the very least inspires you to go watch those old episodes of your favorite anime show again.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Anime Artwork from Deviantart

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Browsing the web, you come across a multitude of websites in various styles and formats, but one of my personal favorite type to check out is a single page website design. Not every website should be a single page layout, but it works in a variety of formats. For instance, websites that are promoting services (design, copywriting, seo, etc) or a flyer-type website for events are perfect in the single page format.

A single page website design gets all of the info across to the viewer quickly, allowing them to see all of the content on your site without having to click through to multiple pages. And if sticky navigation bars in website designs are good for allowing people to easily navigate a site, then a single page website design added in with a sticky nav is a near-perfect combination for your visitors to have the best experience possible on your site.

Below are 50 of the best single page website designs on the web today. Enjoy and be inspired!

Heritage Farms

Single Page Website Design


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With WordPress powering about 22% of all new websites, it’s no surprise that many of the responsive websites we’re seeing pop up are powered by the CMS. The rising popularity of responsive web design also helps fuel a lot of the WordPress Premium Theme market, which you can see by looking at all of the new themes popping up at Theme Forest or on the WP theme companies like StudioPress or WooThemes.

So today we’re going to look over some ofthe responsive websites that are powered by WordPress. Below are 40 of these WordPress powered responsive website examples for you to draw inspiration from the next time you are setting out to create a responsive website design.

Gale South Beach

Responsive WordPress Design

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We’re under the direct impression that bloggers and website designers alike can benefit from these free WordPress themes. Whether you’re just looking for a new WordPress theme to build your own website with or you’re looking or a starter theme to build client projects on, these free WordPress themes offer a multitude of options for you to choose from.

Below are 33 awesome free WordPress themes that have been released this year, and we’re just over half way done so I assume that there will be even bigger and better themes released before the year is over. But for now, check these 33 WordPress themes out and grab one to use for your website.


Free WordPress Themes 2013

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