5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Website in 2014

It is a new year, which means that you probably have a few resolutions. However, some of those resolutions should have to do with your website. When it comes down to it, there is a good chance that your website needs some sprucing up. Each year, websites change. These changes are dictated by new platforms, scripts and even aesthetic evolutions. For instance, 2014 will be the year of flatter and simpler design, which is an aesthetic evolution born out of a desire to get rid of skeuomorphisms, which includes fake backgrounds that look like real materials. So, how are you going to spruce up your website? Here are five ways to spruce up your website in 2014.

  1. Ditch the heavy script. If you have flash, you should immediately discard all remnants of the script from your site. The same goes for heavy java script coding languages. This will be a year of lighter websites – websites that don’t take so long to load. When it comes down to it, there are a plethora of browsers out there – not to mention smartphones and tablets – and many of these platforms don’t support flash or some heavy scripting languages.
  2. Simplify your check out process. When it comes down to it, do you really need five pages just to get to the purchase confirmation page? There is no better way to lose a sale than by having a long, drawn out check out process. These days, the checkout process can be condensed – sometimes to only a page or two. So, you may want to ask your web programmer to implement this change. Not only will you increase sales, but you may also have happy customers, which means that they are more likely to come back to your site versus another one.
  3. Switch web hosts. For some people this can be a big move, but sometimes it can be important to find a new home for your website. Why do you need to switch hosts? There are many reasons why you may want to switch hosts. For instance, what if you want a fully managed hosting platform – so that you don’t need to worry about updates, crashes or viruses. For instance, Snoork Hosting is a fully integrated managed hosting platform that suits many website needs.
  4. Get rid of the drop shadow. Websites used to be all about the drop shadow. While it gave websites depth of field and a sense of three-dimensionality – it also made websites look dated as graphics changed and as computer screens got higher def. So, you may want to change your logos and other graphics to reflect this change.
  5. More color. These days, color is important – not loud colors, but subtle bursts here and there. For instance, adding a shade of color to your text or even a certain graphic can give a whole new layer of life to your website. When it comes down to it, the colors you choose should be basic and inviting. Lastly, you should never have too many dark colors in the background and light text, because that can make your website hard to read.

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