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Crafting Websites: Where does inspiration come from?

September 18, 2013 | By | No Comments">No Comments

Inspiration comes from anywhere. Lets pretend you are a book publisher looking to build a website.  The first reaction will be to look to book publishing websites, bookmark all of them and build your sections and features based on them.

That's one way of approaching it, however, I really want to encourage you to first, look for inspiration outside of your field. Lets think out of the box here and try to make you stand out from the crowd and offer something that others in your industry are not doing the same way you do.

Your goal is to sell books and get a strong list of readers, but you can also be a place of inspiration and a go-to resource for those who are starting their careers as writers or even those who are looking for someone like you to make their book a real project.

The trick is to have your goals in mind, mix them with your interests (which will make you stand out), and give your website a space where people can live together and understand who you are and where are you coming from.

Inspiration doesn't only mean to see what the competition is doing and follow that path, inspiration comes from your own vision and desires and how you want to be perceived and seen in your field, without doing the same. Stand out!


  Inspiration Grid

  Offline Inspiration: How To Find It and Get The Most Out Of It

How to Create an Inspiration Board

Offline Sources for Design Inspiration

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Custom Websites: Determining the goal for your website

September 17, 2013 | By | No Comments">No Comments

Before you start building your website (or hiring someone to do it) you really need to think of its purpose, you want to be clear on what you want your visitors to do once they arrive there.

Do you want people to make an appointment, order a book or just contact you? Creating a framework based on the main goal of your website will allow your visitors to get what they are looking for quick and easy, and they will want to come back.

Actually, the main goal of your website is for your visitors to come and stay longer every time they visit your site. How you provide information and present it will help you active your goals and create a successful platform that will give you some brand loyalists!



  What’s the Main Goal of Each of Your Pages?


  Five Goals to Strive for with Every Site You Design


Website Goals: Why They Matter and How to Set Helpful Ones

  25 Steps to Understanding Your Website Audience



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Custom Websites: Be inspired without copying

September 16, 2013 | By | No Comments">No Comments

Why copying another site won’t work for you

It’s normal to look for inspiration and check what others in your field are doing.  If it’s working for them, it should work for you, right? Hmmm… not all the time.

The thing is that when we are talking about branding and Web Design there are no magic formulas, there are best practices and suggested systems, but the most powerful solution will be the one that better serves the mission and vision of the project you are working on.

I could list reasons why creating an exact clone of your favorite website and adapting it to your business will not work, instead I want to encourage you to look outside of your field and look for inspiration everywhere.

Look for emotions and connection.  Look for the experience and the story each site tells.  Make a list of those features you’d love to use on your site and how you are going to create the content that serves your business and readers in the best way.

Think that each new feature you add, you will need to create content for it and it will reflect on your brand.  I really want you to understand how some features can help your business and others might harm it.  What’s your mission? What’s your vision? What do you want people to feel once they’re on your website?

Think of all the emotions you want to evoke in your visitors. How will this help your brand have a voice and a clear message to deliver?


  Why Copying Your Competitors is Not an SEO Strategy.

  When Is It Okay To Copy Your Competitors?

 Stop Copying Your Competitors: They Don’t Know What They’re Doing Either

  Look to Your Competition for Inspiration

  How to Learn From Your Competition (and Steal All Their Best Ideas)

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Websites for Humans: You’re not alone, there’s a community

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Just as important as updating your online presence so your visitors come back for more, a tech community behind a tool is as important as this.  Wordpress’ community has many layers that allows the tool to work Read More

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