Congratulations readers you have made it to the end of the week and to celebrate that glorious Friday feeling we’ve got another web news round-up just for you. A lot has happened this week in the world of web from Apple IOS updates and the decline of video platform Vine to homing in on ways to fix your user experience problems and the future of web design.
- Getting to the root of the problem.
Understanding how your website is performing and how users interact with it is imperative to improving your business. One way to do this is to analyse your web analytics however if you want to get some more in-depth answers you may want to take a good long look at your user experience. However, understanding and monitoring user experience is a lot harder than just viewing analytics. You have to get involved with your users and interact with them. A few ways to do this is to ask for feedback from users, implement a tool that can observe user sessions for you, join in conversations users are having across online platforms and more.
2. IOS mail update.
Are you an Apple addict? We mean the technology company by the way not the fruit. Well, if you are then you have probably noticed a few changes happening in your mail box lately. Although the changes are not dramatic many technology journalists and professionals have praised the changes declaring the new IOS mail box as more useful and user friendly. So, what are the biggest changes? You can now unsubscribe from mailing subscriptions with one click! No more scrolling or searching just tap the link at the top of the message to unsubscribe instantly. Also, finally mail, calendars and contacts all have their own menus which means you can access more options more quickly. What’s more convienent than that? Do you like the new changes? Tweet us and let us know!
3. The new web design is no design?
In our beautifully designed websites of the month posts we explore many different designs, however lately we have seen an influx of minimalist websites making their way on to the web scene. They are proving more and more popular everyday so it got us thinking, is the future of design as little design as possible? Obviously, we will still have to use design as a tool to solve problems but aesthetically do people prefer less? Over on the web designer depot, they have written an article that takes you through the web design trends of the past that have brought us to the point of minimalism. The article talks about future trends too like monochrome, minimal CSS, slat text and the disregard for standard gridlines and spacing. It seems the future of design isn’t no design at all. It’s just a whole different ball game to what we’re used to.
4. The decline of Vine.
A while ago we spoke about how Twitter’s audience had plateaued and now following in their footsteps is their video platform Vine. For those of you who don’t know what Vine is, it is basically a social platform where users can post short videos and interact with them. In the past four months a whopping total of nine executives have left due to the platform under performing. With one of Vines’s biggest rivals, Snapchat, on the up and up Vine has been left struggling. However the Vine team are not going to give up just yet. They’re hoping to breathe some life into the platform later this year when they will team up with Twitter and Periscope to live stream videos straight into Twitter. But is it too little too late? Whatdo you think? Will we be saying goodbye to Vine? Tweet us and let us know what you think!
5. You can self-promote!
A problem that the majority of businesses struggle with is the idea of self promotion. Putting your business out there and raving about how great it is doesn’t come naturally to most people. This is usually because you don’t want to be “that person” who constantly blasts out their own links in a relentless and tiring campaign. But did you know that you can self-promote without being a jerk? That’s right. In fact we found an article with 40 different ways that you can self-promote without feeling like “that person”. There’s a technique on the list for everyone. From helping others out with their problems to learning more about your industry and specialising. Finally, self-promotion that doesn’t feel like bragging!
That’s it for this week’s web news round-up. We’ll see you back here at the same time next week for more important web news.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance with your web design or web development projects. Also, if you have found a story or want one of your stories featured in our future weekly round-ups please tweet us or send us a message on Linkedin. Happy designing!