It’s a hashtag that’s certainly got its fair share of airplay on social media over the past week or so.

As #NoConfidence dominated the Twittersphere and took over our Facebook timelines, it got us at the office wondering:


Were it to be put to a vote of no confidence, would your website come through with flying colours?
Or would is scrape through, with its reputation having taken a heavy knock?

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When it comes to identifying your brand, your logo is probably the first thing your customers will think of.

While honing the narrative and message behind your logo should of course be your primary concern, research suggests that your logo’s design—and specifically its colors—have more bearing on your customers’ opinions than you might think.

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How important is user experience? (UX)

UX is based on 200 years of scientific knowledge, 30 years of industry best practices and specifically applied research.

User experience (ux) is a human-centric approach to understanding how people engage with technology, and how to build the best web experiences possible.

Consider the following:

  • 88% of online consumers are less likely to return to a site after a bad experience.

  • 94% of a user’s first impressions are design-related.

  • 73% of consumers access websites on their mobile devices.


The best user experience practice comes from a deep knowledge of buyer personas.


Businesses must couple this deep knowledge of users with information that is:

  • Useful: Your website should deliver specific value to specific buyers.

  • Usable: The site should be easy-to-navigate on all devices.

  • Desirable: Your design must be attractive, intelligent, and easy to look at.

  • Findable: Users should have no problems finding key information through navigation and search.

  • Accessible: Your content needs to be accessible to people with disabilities.

  • Credible: Your site needs authority and sufficient quality of content to be believable.

If you want more than pretty pictures from your website development, have a chat to us here at Select Web.
We will ensure that your customers are left with an outstanding user experience when they visit your new website.


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Despite your interests or tastes, a website exists for your customers. You need to understand basic web design principals in order to make sure your website is successful. Here are 8 must-have features for a sucessful website.

1) Speed of your Web Pages

The faster a web page loads, the more it will be appreciated. You should minimize the loading time of your site's pages. If a visitor needs to wait while the page loads, they may click off your site and not return.

2) Search Capabilities

Make sure that there is a site feature that will allow users to seek for specific content. When a visitor wants to find something specifically, they will immediately look for the search tool. If you do not have one, the viewer will find another site. Make sure the box is on the right at the tip of the page, which is where most visitors will look first.

3) Webpage Size

Always be aware of the size of your webpages and keep them as small as possible. Every Internet user does not have lighting fast speeds. If your site takes too long to load, you may lose visitors. Users will be quick to leave a website that has pages that take too long to load.

4) Content Relevance

Don't let content that is out of date linger on your website. If you have something on your site that lists an event that happened months ago, chances are you have lost some readers. Users will spend time on websites that are well-maintained, and the presence of your outdated information will tell them that your site it not being properly cared for. Set a review schedule to update content and remove items that are no longer useful.

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Here are a few design trends to watch for this year. If your website does not have some or any of these features then perhaps you should be looking at a re-design? Contact us for a free quote.

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Ever wondered about SEO and what is important to your website? This graphic may go some way to demystifying this complex web of variables. Contact us if you need help with your website SEO. We will help you navigate through the web of myths and get your site well ranked.

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Nov 16, 2012

Responsive Design

Since the enormous growth of mobile Internet traffic, a company can no longer stay behind and offer visitors a slow website the size of a postage stamp.

Using Flash seems to be a disgrace. Less is more. Visitors are more content driven now anyway.

HTML5 and Internet Explorer lower than the 9th edition doesn't count anymore. Grids already existed, but responsive design takes it to the next step.

A few years ago, when all of us still had 800 × 600 screen resolutions and you were the exception with a 1024 monitor, a new trend was born in the US: Liquid Design. Everything kept in place but blocks of content were scaleable in width. You had two things for the price of one and your visitors weren't dependent any longer on their screen resolution. Once the monitor prices dropped, everyone changed their big boxes into beautiful widescreen displays. Liquid design disappeared rather quickly because it wasn't necessary anymore. What’s the use of a liquid design on a 1920px screen? Right now we are in a similar transition. We are faced with an enormous variety of screen resolutions but responsive design offers itself as a solution.

Select Web are abreast of the latest trends and we can design your website to cater to the demands placed upon it by mobile browsing. Contact us for consultation on how we can make this change work for your company.

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