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Good Riddance IE 8, IE7 And Especially IE6!

Internet explorer 6 witchDing dong the witch is dead! - Microsoft's latest showing in the browser wars, IE9 is actually an excellent product! Better still Internet Explorer 9 will NOT run on Windows XP. For those of us who have had to suffer hour after hour testing and "dumbing down" our website designs for the benefit Microsoft's inept browsers IE 6 (may it rot) IE7 and less so but still a pain (compatibility mode? You've gotta be kidding) IE8, this is welcome news. Not only does internet explorer 9 display the latest html and javascript as expected, the performance is outstanding. During my test of the IE9 beta, it easily matched or surpassed the page rendering of FireFox. Fans of Google Chrome and Safari will appreciate the new streamlined look and efficient use of space. Internet explorer 9 has excellent support for html5 as shown in Microsoft's IE9 test drive page- a great place to experience the much improved performance.

Much to the chagrin of corporate accountants everywhere the real test of IE9 won't come from cutting edge web designers, the latest apps, jquery plug-ins for social websites, no I'm afraid the greatest test will be when the offices across the land who have been refusing to update their software, hardware and internet browsers will soon have little choice. More and more of business and business processes are moving to the web. When the essential online apps begin pushing to make use of better usability offered by the advances of html5 and more complex client scripting, the old office clunkers will need to be put to pasture or risk driving the staff nuts while dragging productivity into the mud.

Unfortunately you can bet there will still be a few die-hards grinding away with XP /IE6 when Charlton Heston returns to earth to find that Apes have taken over - but for web designers everywhere the days of wasting energy making your sites display correctly in IE6 because the client's senior VP refuses to upgrade are numbered!

The release of constraints on website developers from out of date browsers will usher in a new era of web development possibilities. Web designers will be free to take advantage of html5 to create truly amazing websites that offer both a richer user experience and higher performance.
posted by Glenn Williams on Mon., Sep 20th, 2010 in web design web software

SEO Isn't Everything - Great Web Design Gets More Sales

The internet marketing industry is in a funny state these days. With the economic downturn it seems every time you turnover a rock underneath is a SEO "expert" or web design company that can "Guarantee" your site on page one in Google. For the sake of brevity we will overlook the fact that most of these guys are salesman who can barely find the power button on their computers, never mind get your site ranking for competitive key words. A major point many SEO "experts" overlook when giving their schpeel is what happens after the client has spent all of that money and successfully landed an organic search visitor on their website. Virtually all of the effort is wasted if the visitor does not convert to a sale in one form or another. Now lets be clear, a "sale" can take many forms depending on the goal of your website, including a contact form submission, a referral, a subscription, a phone call or a monetary transaction to name a few - but getting that sale instead of a bounce depends heavily on the design of the website. How attractive is it? how fast does it load? Is the website easy to navigate and does it greet visitors with what they expect to find? A well-designed website will need to to all of those things effectively to produce the best results.

A growing trend these days with budgetary pressures from all sides, is to go with a templated open source app offered with many hosting accounts and pack it full of keywords to strain for search engine ranking. While a site like this may cost little and may eventually begin to rank for some keywords it will produce a low amount of conversions or visitor loyalty, and many times if the design is substandard compared to the competing websites may actually work to subvert the image of your company.

To create a truly successful website a well rounded approach must be taken. SEO is a major component of any successful site but only a component, other factors that must work well are excellent usability, attractive design and content your targeted visitors will find useful or entertaining. By going the extra mile and having a professional design that reflects our company and your message visitors will reward your website with greater conversions and repeat visits. If you are looking to upgrade your website's image or effectiveness or need a new website please contact the website design pros at IMAGE Web Design for a free consultation.
posted by Glenn Williams on Wed., Aug 25th, 2010 in search engine optimization usability web design



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