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7 Ways to Use Colour Effectively in Website Design.
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Follow these seven steps to create web designs that are attractive, effective and easy-to-use.

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WordPress Case History – 12 Steps Taken to Reduce Loading Time from 7-15 Seconds Per Page to Less Than a Second
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A customer recently called us to say that their WordPress website was taking 5-15 seconds per page to load, with an average page load time of 7-8 seconds. We had already installed some obvious “speed” plugins – W3Cache and Smushit.

We have listed below the steps we took to reduce this time to less than one second.

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Increase WordPress Page Load Speed: Replace SEO plugins with Custom Fields
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A fast loading time is now becoming important to both users AND search engines.

Looking at three of our sites with the P3 Plugin Performance Profiler, we saw that All In One SEO Pack was taking .431 seconds to load (one site) whereas (on two different sites) Yoast WordPress SEO was taking .6189 seconds and .86 seconds to load.

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How to Create CSS Image Galleries in Responsive Websites
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When we created a responsive website for a customer and tried to convert our old CSS image gallery, there were no instructions out there to help. So we experimented and found something that works on all major browsers (IE8 onwared, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari) as well as our Nokia mobile and Apple iPad tablet.

As this image gallery is CSS-based, you have total flexibility – have as many images as you wish, as large as you wish and position both the thumbnails and the images wherever you wish.

Another big advantage of using CSS rather than a plugin or jquery scripts is that you do not slow down your site loading time.

A single line in the header is enough to overcome the on-click problems normally associated with hover images on touch devices such as tablets and mobiles.

Optionally, additional CSS3 techniques can be used to create interesting transition effects.

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Website Navigation – Examples of Interesting Design
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Website navigation doesn’t have to be boring and uniform. In this post, I’ve colleted together a whole range of varied and imaginative navigation for design ideas.

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Website Design – Interesting Use of Backgrounds
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There is a definite trend for flat design at the moment, but not all customers want this and there is still a place for designs that use backgrounds to great effect. Adding a background image can bring your website to life and can turn a good design into a stunning one.

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