Web design

iLikeToWasteMyTime.com: The Evolution

May 16, 2012 by Yuriy Sklyar

In this article I'll briefly talk about the process of creation of one of our internal projects, I Like to Waste My Time.com, and some of the marketing techniques we've been using to get the website up to 40,000+ unique monthly visitors, who generate over 110,000 pageviews.

I'll also discuss some of the future updates, and how we're planning on monetising the website without the use of a single third-party ad, which seems to be what most of our competitors are doing. So far this project has been alive for a little over a year.

Continue Reading

Best Websites of Real Estate Developers

May 14, 2012 by Yuriy Sklyar

Best websites of real estate developers Over the last 2 weeks I was doing some research for an upcoming real estate development project which consisted of me going through close to 100 development related websites. The reason why I say development related is because the market is so saturated with poor, low quality property developer websites, that I had to consider some construction company websites, real estate management websites, and even just general real estate listing sites – it's quite sad.

Continue Reading

Framing your portfolio

Apr 11, 2012 by Shaun Smylski

Picture frames. There are different types to choose from, but which is the right one for you? It’s tedious to think about and it drives me bat crazy. Where will they hang? What photos go in them? Or perhaps this isn’t a problem for you? Maybe you’re normal? Not obsessed, like I’ve become.

I’m writing today to convince you of how important it is to frame images accordingly. Hanging picture frames is a lot like designing galleries & portfolios. I compare framing Grandma and her cat ‘Mr. Tibbs’ to customizing a Behance Prosite portfolio, or cropping a website thumb to post on Dribbble.

Continue Reading

Social Network Preview Images – Even the Big Guys Are Doing it Wrong!

Apr 3, 2012 by Yuriy Sklyar

The more major websites I explore, the more this issue arises – having a distinct, and most importantly, relevant preview for when somebody “likes” (or “+1”s)  your website is extremely important!

Without even knowing it, this could hurt your business just like it's already hurting many other businesses.

Take a look at these 2 (of what you’d think unlikely) examples:

Continue Reading

Guide on Search Engine Optimization, Landing Pages Optimization and Web Conversion

Apr 1, 2012 by Yuriy Sklyar

This post briefly touches on a number of items from our monthly checklist that we use for our regular clients. These methods will help you convert more users into customers, gain more positive brand experiences, and help you rank better in search engines.

In most cases all of these techniques have been proven to have a positive effect, however I advise you to always test in order to determine whether the change has the same positive effect on your business as it varies.

Use this as your pre-launch checklist and contribute to it in the comments at the end of this post – I will update the post with more techniques as we research and test them.

I hope you enjoy it.

Continue Reading

A Sticky Side-Menu Using jQuery

Mar 26, 2012 by Eugene Sklyar

“Sticky” navigation is the result of the ongoing improvement of web usability and conversion rates through rigorous testing and research by numerous specialists worldwide.

The fact that the user always has access to navigation on a very long, information-heavy page, not only attributes to a more pleasant usability experience, but also to higher conversion rates and more pages per view.

Some of you have been wondering how to make a “sticky” menu on a vertically scrolling website, so we’ve decided to write a short tutorial for you.


Continue Reading

eCommerce: Buy it Now VS Add to Cart (Amazon VS eBay)

Mar 26, 2012 by Yuriy Sklyar

Recently while working on a client project, a good point was brought up: why use “Add to Cart” if you can just leave it as “Buy it Now”, and what is the difference between these two?

While neither Amazon nor eBay have released any official information on their research/analytics, I still thought that these two will be the perfect examples to demonstrate the differences.

Continue Reading

milkshirts.com and How Ridiculously Sticky the Website Turned Out to Be

Feb 7, 2012 by Yuriy Sklyar

Earlier last month we've made an official launch of MILK Shirts' website. It has recently been picked up by many influential websites including: Design DelightMost InspiredCSS ManiaCool Home PagesWeb NewlyDesign BeepCSS LoungeID's and ClassesNice DIVMagazine.cat and The WDI, just to name a few.

The initial point of the website design/layout was to grab people's attention  and make it memorable regardless of how much time they spend on it, however the research shows that we've achieved much more than simply grabbing user's attention.

Continue Reading

Should Designers Have Behance OR Portfolios Made From Scratch?

Feb 2, 2012 by Shaun Smylski

I’ve given up on having my own hosted portfolio with a personal domain name because of the hassle of updating. I’m even considering that my personal blog I run would be sufficient as Wordpress, but alas, the contribution that it gives to SEO is wonderful, so I’ll keep it. Otherwise, having my own domain on a Wordpress would have just been as good for SEO—if, that is where I went to from the start. If this is all true, then I must ask myself:

Continue Reading

Life Before Facebook Comments

Jan 18, 2012 by Eugene Sklyar

More and more people these days are turned off by things like entering their private information (emails, names) and then being prompted to do CAPTCHAs. This decreases spam, but it also decreases the amount of people that will want to share something on your website.

Life without Facebook comments sucks, especially if you are looking at it from a developers point of view. Pretty big claim, I know, but I truly believe that no in-house/cms commenting system can even compare to that of Facebook's.

Let me explain.

Continue Reading