Happy Hump Day Everyone!

Images usually make up a sizable portion of a website and can often communicate quicker than words. Therefore its significance, like the images themselves, can almost not be ignored. In this week’s edition of Example Site Wednesday, we will take a look at Design Kandy’s effective use of images and discuss both the importance of using images and how to successfully use them on your website.

Design Kandy is a small business that specializes in both modern and vintage inspired invitations and stationary for a variety of occasions. So, naturally, you would think that its website would use plenty of images to promote its service and preview her products. That‘s exactly what it does. The homepage has just the right amount of vibrant photos that give the visitors a vivid image of the products. Design Kandy avoids the use of too many words and does most of its talking through its images. Also, there is the obvious use of product photos in its web store.

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Whether you have an online business or just have a website for your store, providing contact information is a critical element in customer relations. It is important to connect with your customers because they are the primary contributors to your success. So, expand that communication channel and help them get in contact with you as quick and easy as possible.

For today’s Example Site Wednesday, we look at Westport Kitchen & Bath, an independent distributor of high quality kitchen and bath services, and how it does a wonderful job at providing contact information on their site.

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With the holiday season not too far in the distance, I would like to dedicate this week’s Example Site Wednesday to online shopping. As it is every year, web stores and online purchasing have proven to be dominant means for shopping. This is great for all of you small business owners with online services and products to sell!

Let’s take some time to check out Play Pretty, an online store specializing in handmade clothes for toddlers, and just how effective a good web store can be.

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Happy Wednesday Everyone! For this week’s edition of Example Site Wednesday, we will be taking a look at D’Natural and their website dedicated to selling African jewelry, clothing, accessories and a variety of other custom-made African goods.

So, you want to sell goods on your website, but you’re not sure what some of the best practices are for doing so? Let’s take a look at some of the successful ways D’Natural uses certain site tools to effectively sell their items…

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Another Wednesday has arrived, which means there are only a few days left until the weekend! It also means that we have another delightful website to share with you for this week’s Example Site Wednesday. Today, we showcase Lennox Tartan Design and a beautifully composed website, dedicated to interior design and consultation.

Lennox Tartan Design does a praiseworthy job creating a brand and image. From consistent color schemes to a catchy slogan, Lennox Tartan uses various tactics to effectively brand themselves on their website. Here are a few tips you can follow to brand yourself just as successfully:

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What better way to get over the work-week hump than checking out September’s first Example Site Wednesday? This week, we take a look at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and their Center for Market Leadership website. This site’s simple, yet effective approach shows that consistency can be a very valuable tool when creating a website.

The consistency of this site is shown through the cohesiveness of the color scheme, content and spacing. There doesn’t seem to be anything out of place or sticking out like a sore thumb here. Making the right decisions about content, layout and design are critical when trying to make an effective website. People, in general, like consistency in our everyday lives, whether it’s turning a key to start the ignition or turning a knob to open a door. Consistency in a website makes it easier for your visitors to quickly gather the information they are looking for and make a decision — are they going to contact you, buy something, sign up for something or simply just leave your website.

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For this week’s Example Site Wednesday, we are going to take a look at KGAS Radio, a website dedicated to the radio station that provides East Texas with the latest news, music, weather and local happenings. Though the website has several strong points, today we’ll focus on the site’s use of a social media toolbar.

Making the decision to add a toolbar to your website will boost your site with interactive features. For instance, KGAS Radio added a Wibiya toolbar of social media widgets and content sharing buttons to the bottom of their site. The eye-catching bar gives visitors lots of fun ways to spread the word about their site.

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Another Wednesday has approached us, which means it’s time to showcase another well-made website. Today, we will be taking a look at Kikulu, a nonprofit website that seeks to create awareness and involvement among children at home on how they can each help make a difference.

Upon landing on the homepage, I could already sense how effective Kikulu’s site was going to be. The color scheme, use of imagery and content all work well together in creating a well-designed homepage.

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This week we are showcasing a site from the Westfield Music School, a privately owned music school located in Western Massachusetts.  Their website is not only an informative and resourceful tool for customers, but it looks fantastic as well.

Using thoughtful organizational design practices, including a consistent and appealing header and background imagery, this website does a great job of truly informing their audience about their services

Here are a few tips on making your website informative and resourceful for your target audience:

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