Fashion comes and goes. Style always stays. In our context style means minimalist web design. It is definitely hard to create something simple but at the same time attractive using just a few design resources. However, many people still “yawn” while looking at minimalistic websites. Unfortunately, we already got used to overloaded sites that opiate and poison our sense of real beauty.

What is Minimalistic Web Design? It is the purest form, the reduction of something to its bare essentials giving out, more attention to elements that really matter. Such design avoids unnecessary distractions and stays clean, whatever website purpose is. Minimalistic design is not about developing the same white clones with black typography. It is about unique and creative layouts which, despite their limited design, are able to deliver the “WOW effect” to the visitors.

Where Can You Use It?

Talking about minimalistic web design for Business sites, it has to be mentioned that it keeps top level positions for years. Such design has a pile of advantages: it reduces time to load a page, it takes less server resources, it enables faster development process. The answer to a question ‘Where can you use minimalism?’ is ‘anywhere’. It is a good practice to follow. You will never make any harm to your web project using less elements than competitors do.

Minimalistic Site Must Haves:

  • Subject. Keep visitor’s attention to the major information.

  • Usability. Your site has to be as functional as possible. Minimalism should never interfere with the ease of use. There are some golden rules defining usability: links should be easy to identify and to click on. Returning to homepage should be fast and intuitive. Pop-up windows should contain ‘close’ buttons. A page currently viewed by the user should be indicated.
  • Balance. Make sure that all design elements are relevant enough to be presented on your website.

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The best always means “on top”. Despite the fact that Flash has been here for ages, it is still on top positions when it comes to dynamic website design. Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform that helps to add animated elements and video to web pages. You can achieve an awesome visual experience that is not possible with CSS and HTML and provide your users with high-quality site performance. The nature of Flash websites is always to put functionality over WOW effect. The Flash technology opens wide prospects for your business, too. Depending on your industry and products, you can create something completely different from what your competitors have. However, a good flash website doesn’t have to be built from scratch. Today is the age of low cost but still excellent Flash website templates They contain the most recent animation techniques and deliver a new level of interactivity for web pages. Definitely, Flash templates for websites have their pros and cons, but it is obvious that they deserve priority and respect among both professional developers and simple users.

In the showcase collection below we’d like to present you the most creative and popular Flash templates of 2012 and believe that you’ll find them useful enough to apply some of them to your future Flash-based web projects.

Photographer/Portfolio Sites

A large branch of Flash templates dominates portfolio and photography websites. Along with great design, users get improved SEO capabilities and high-speed site loading. Flash-based photographer templates allow many photo artists express their creative ideas freely. Some of free flash website templates can even be equally good as the paid ones.

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You will hardly find a modern person who hasn’t heard anything about Facebook. No wonder, with its 955 million users, Facebook becomes a new religion these days. Most people find it extremely useful and easy to contact their friends, share some information and create ways to promote their business. Facebook has now become the major hub to generate traffic and involve more customers.

The real things start when you have to make your Facebook page stand out from the crowd. Creating a Facebook page is only a tip of an iceberg. Interaction is the most essential feature of any media networking, especially concerning Facebook. You have to reduce distance between your visitors and you. Using our professional advice, you can achieve desirable results and drive more traffic to your page.

There are plenty of methods how to make a Facebook page outstanding, depending on your creativity: welcome tabs, custom URL, email capturing etc.

Welcome Tab

The first impression is always the strongest one. This expression fits perfectly when it comes to Facebook welcome tab. It is a specially designed tab that appears on your Facebook home page. It does a good job telling the users who you are and what you do. There are some benefits of applying a welcome tab: having active and constantly updating page is the right way to win the “likes” and attention of potential clients. It will orient new users to your business. It gives visitors a “call-to-action” idea.

Being creative enough, you can animate your Facebook Welcome tab and always try to use eye-catchy images. If you own e-commerce webpage, make the process of buying/paying easier and faster. Some Facebook business page owners place the images of multiple products directly onto their welcome tab, with purchase buttons right beside them for the efficient shopping. You can try this trick as well.

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If you have a good voice, it doesn’t always mean you are a rock star. If you have a music website, it doesn’t have to mean it is cool. Unfortunately, this conventional wisdom is proved by some blatant examples. There are millions of singing housewives and thousands of unsuccessful music websites. Like musicians, there are artists who don’t pay much attention to their web presentation. Some of them just prefer having a page on Facebook or MySpace. Who needs more? Actually, everyone needs more! If you are a young band with ambitions of being like Aerosmith, go for it. Rock the world with your songs and… your website!

For instance, Jimi Hendrix or The Rolling Stones are Mega Stars. One would think their songs are awesome so they don’t need anything else to prove their greatness. Now have a look at their websites:

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How cool is that?!

The point is: no matter whether you are a newcomer or already an Ace of music industry, you must have a proper music site. And your fans will always know where to find you ;)

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It looks like every single person has a blog nowadays. The variety of topics, designs and their creativity is just impressive. But even being aware of this situation most people still think that blog is a synonym to a kind of online personal diary. Meanwhile, the blogging cult made a big step towards the global progress and became a powerful tool in spreading all kinds of useful information all over the world.

There are many ways to build a blog for Joomla: from using the most basic text editor to high-end studio tools. It would be a crime not to mention that Joomla is a well-built CMS for creating beautiful and functional blogs for different purposes.

Unfortunately, the blog function in Joomla is not independent platform (like in WordPress, for instance). It comes as a Joomla blog component of the entire system. To start posting some content on your page, first you have to enable the blog option in the admin panel:

 

Step1: Extract Joomla from the location where you have saved it.
Step2: Click Content in Administration section. Go to to Section Manager and then click New.
Step3: Make a section called Blog and click Publish. It will make your blog an internal part of your Joomla website. You can choose Blog as one of the areas where you want your content display.
Step4: Click Content again and go to the Section Manager, then New and name it “BlogCategory”. Publish it.
Step5: Click Main Menu, New, Articles and Section Blog Layout. Select the section you named previously. Click Parameters. This will give you the ability to edit the blog sections including how many posts you want to display and where they should be displayed.

You may ask “What are the benefits of a Joomla blog? Why should we use it for our websites?”
First of all, Joomla blogs are the best option for beginners craving for creating a personal website. Secondly, there are plenty of free Joomla templates which are easy to manage. Thirdly, Joomla is the most popular platform competing with WordPress and Drupal on the open source stage – thousands of satisfied users can’t be wrong! Continue Reading