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Top 5 Web Design Platforms of 2019

Top 5 Web Design Platforms of 2019

Web design can be a tricky skill to learn. Most people who hire out professional web designers find themselves easily spending multiple thousands of dollars to have the job done right. If you’re bootstrapping your company and don’t have the kind of cash to pay for custom web design (or if you just need a website for a personal project) using a pre-built web hosting site can save you a lot of time and money. Without further ado, below are five of the best web design platforms around for 2019. 1. Squarespace Squarespace is a highly-approachable and extremely intuitive website builder. Its themes are some of the best available, and the design interface is pretty simple to use once you get the hang of it. The downside that comes with using Squarespace is that you might not have the precise control that other website builders can offer you. Squarespace also has a great variety of e-commerce options and capabilities and can fairly easily sync with third-party apps like Printful. Their features are simple and pretty comprehensive, although lacking for professional designers or those who want more control. Squarespace, like most editors on this list, offers a specific mobile view to make sure that all of your designs are mobile-friendly. 2. Weebly Weebly’s main benefit is its ease of use. It also comes with around 70 pre-built themes, most of which are fairly good. Unlike Squarespace, Weebly comes with WordPress-like apps from third-party developers that can be installed. Some are free, and some require subscriptions. Like Squarespace, Weebly can be a bit lacking in customization. 3. Format A format is an excellent option for creative professionals looking to highlight their work above all. The format comes with a good variety of attractive themes that push beyond grid-style gallery pages and incorporate well-thought-out design features that highlight your work instead of distracting from it. It also includes tools to integrate with apps like Lightroom. 4. Webflow Webflow offers the most customization out of all the options on this list – but it also comes with the steepest learning curve. Webflow offers the unique benefit of allowing designers to build a website from the ground up, visually — and see their designs converted to CMS code instantaneously. This makes Webflow a great tool for designers that need to collaborate with coders, or vice-versa. 5. Wix Wix is a great in-between option — it’s not quite as customizable as Webflow, but it is far more customizable than Squarespace. It comes with a good amount of free themes that are designed well, but not quite as simplistic or clean as Squarespace. Wix’s editor is completely free; you are allowed to drag and drop elements on the page anywhere you see fit. This makes it a great option for those looking for a bit more control without the precision that Webflow allows. Wix is a large hosting platform, which means that your website speed will be pretty consistent.

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The 3 Best Tools for Image Optimization

The 3 Best Tools for Image Optimization

Many people see images as a form to affect more positively to the user experience. High-quality pictures can help to make your web page more attractive but also create performance decreases. There are multiple methods to add value with images without decreasing the quality and speed of the website. Make it faster with PageSpeed Insights How many times have you left an interesting web page because it spent too much time loading? Most visitors never get to the best part of your website because of load times. Luckily, you can avoid these frustrating user experiences with free software called Google Site Speed. When you enter your page URL, Google will analyze it and display a detailed list of components that affect your page performance. As you will notice, the recommendations of PageSpeed Insights are not just limited to speed optimization. It can show you errors, duplicated files, and unusable resources that were affecting the overall page. We haven’t even mentioned how you can use it to see what your competitors are doing right and wrong. Every feature includes an explanation to give you advice and improve your load times. If you have several thousands of visitors, you will be amazed by how being one second faster affects the traffic of your website, especially on mobile. Using Keyword Tools for Image Attributes If you would like to attract visitors with the quality of your images, you could add keywords in the image description for an SEO boost. Unlike text-inserted keywords, image keywords are easier to rank depending on the niche. When including relevant keywords in the images for the visitor, you could appear on the first page with an image featured snippet, increasing your visibility. Include in your images the most relevant keywords for your page. You can find them using tools such as KeywordTool IO, SemRush, Ahrefs, KeywordToolDominator, or the Chrome Extension Keywords Everywhere. Using TinyPNG for large websites If the website that you are building focuses on content creation or uses many different sources, consider compressing your images to make your website better. Any software similar to TinyPNG will convert your images into a lighter version, which is visually unnoticeable. These programs are highly recommended for pages that include hundreds of images such as e-commerce stores or brand landing pages. Final Thoughts Image optimization can both increase your page efficiency and work faster for visitors. It can also help as an SEO tool to get more traffic organically. As happens with any SEO strategy, image optimization is intended to benefit you in the long term. As for beginner website creators, these features may seem impractical and unnecessary. Even though we haven’t gone through all the tools available, these three will be more than enough to solve basic optimization tasks. As for long term projects, however, it is a fundamental task that will save you a lot of time and resources in the future.

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