New Hardware & Software

When I think back to the early days of Tidy Design I have to smile – We had large bulky laptops propped up with books either side, this was to prevent overheating and help cooler air reach the fans!

new-hardware

Many years later we are truly lucky to have the iMac’s, MacBook Pro’s, Mac Mini’s and iPads that all work super fast and don’t cause the same headaches that Windows did back in the day! New hardware and software is very important to us – the better our equipment, the better our quality of work and productivity.

Rest assured the old retro iMac will stay here at Tidy Design HQ, we all wish it a long and happy retirement – It severed us well.

Is Google Authorship still important?

I was kind of upset when Google dropped authorship photos from most search results last month, the potential to increase click-through rates and have your face appear in a Google search was pretty cool.

Is Google Authorship still important

So, is Google Authorship still worth it? Well, an authors name will still appear in Google’s search results, these linking to a Google+ profile page. Even though this small tagline is much less visible than a profile pic, these extra snippets of text add something extra… From what I read online, Google is working hard on promoting real people in its organic search results; authorship is therefore a great tool to establish your identity with Google.

Ok, it is sad authorship photos have gone – In a statement made by John Mueller Google are looking to tidy up its search result pages, the overall mission to provide a “better mobile experience and a more consistent design across devices.”

In-Page Analytics

Just a quick post to say In-Page Analytics is very very cool – It gives us the ability to see where people click within a web page (or web app) and follow navigation paths through a site – I really need to start using this visual map more often, it is a great way to analyse data, behaviour and assess website usage….

In-Page Analytics

When was the last time you used In-Page Analytics to better a site design, reduce a bounce rate or improve usability??

FREE Calendar Icon PNG

As it has been such a productive day at Tidy HQ, we have created another freebie! Some free calendar icons to use on commercial or non-commercial projects…

FREE Calendar Icon PNG

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Here you have three tidy calendars all in PNG format, 1000 x 1000 pixels – Ideal for an app or web project. These free calendar icons could be used to represent an important date, news item, upcoming event or schedule. We hope you find a good home for them.

Please note you are not permitted to resell or distribute these FREE calendar icons via any third party sites, if you like them please link back to this page - Thank you for visiting the Tidy Blog, we hope you enjoyed your stay and find time to comment below.

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FREE Statistic Icons

Looking for a really simple statistic icon to use as part of your web project, commercial or non-commercial? Well, check out these free PNG’s below!

FREE Statistic Icons

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We have today created and zipped up X4 statistic icons for you, the resolution of each is 500 x 500 pixels, more than enough for any app or website. We hope these free stat icons have helped – If so, please spread the word by using the social links below.

One last thing; you are not permitted to resell or distribute these statistic icons via any third party sites. If you like them, be awesome and link to this page. Thank you!

FREE Light Bulb Sketch

Hello Friend! Are you looking for a free light bulb sketch? Great news, we have today created a couple of free tidy doodles for you to download…

FREE Light Bulb Sketch

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You can use these free light bulb illustrations on any kind of project, commercial or non-commercial. All we ask in return is not to re-sell or distribute our work via any third party sites. If you like or use these free light bulbs, be a tidy dude and help us promote this page. A share, tweet or link would be much appreciated!

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What is my call-to-action?

Some website tasks are more important than others; a good web designer will try to understand the intentions of a site, identifying which tasks take priority and why…

What is my call-to-action?

Twitter.com – These guys have a simple CTA (Call To Action)

Ok, the overall goal of any website is to deliver the best possible user experience. So remember; make your site easy to navigate and include call-to-action buttons / banners that help you obtain the desired end result – be it sales, bookings, new membership or general enquiries made through a contact form.

Choosing your words, slogan or a call-to-action tagline is also very important. Think about your website users, what would they suggest if you asked them what a banner or button should say. Also, ask yourself where on a web page would your call-to-action sit best, the positioning of your call-to-action is as important as its text.

Converting new website visitors into new enquiries, new sales or new members is big business. We all want a site that will work for us and not against us. So, asking the question; “What is my call-to-action?” is pretty important. Remember that websites, technology, businesses and customers will naturally evolve over time; it is therefore a good idea to re-visit this question, update and try out new call-to-actions…

I hope you found this an interesting read? Please do add your comments and feedback below – Thank you for visiting the Tidy Blog!

The Future of Backlinks in SEO

Today we have been discussing SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and what the next few years has installed for us web design and SEO folk… Earlier this month Mr Matt Cutts (the guy in charge of the web spam team at Google, he also manages Google’s search quality team) answered the question; “Will backlinks lose their importance in ranking?”

So, Mr Cutts has said for the “next few years” backlinks aren’t going away and will still be used by Google to help determine organic search results. But overtime, Google will rely far less on backlinks and more on quality content AKA the info and structure of your website

So… Are you looking to the future? Are you mapping out how best to invest your time and money? If the answer is “yes” then think “content”, “quality” and “usability”… Ok, backlinks are not extinct just yet however will backlinks be your best return on investment??

I hope this info and the above video helped, feel free to post any questions of your thoughts on the future of backlinks below. Thanks for reading.

Working with the NHS

Today we have been putting the finishing touches to a new NHS web application; My Birthplace is a great little app with lots of potential and lots planned for 2014!

My Birthplace

My Birthplace - mybirthplace.org

Working with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been pretty awesome, it took a few meetings and a design concept or two to get this project confirmed however we have built up a great working relationship. Stay tuned for more news on My Birthplace plus a couple of other NHS apps we are now discussing – Exciting times for all involved!

Visit My Birthplace

College Website Design

Back in 2007 Tidy Design started work on a website for Portsmouth Language College, several years later and so much has changed!! Last week we updated Portsmouth, Southampton, Chichester and Winchester Language Colleges – The spec; a bespoke mobile site for each college…

College Website Design

College Website Design

Working with TEG (Tompkins Education Group) is pretty cool, they are one of many clients we have seen grow from strength to strength over the years. It is an honour to be part of their journey as a company and a pleasure to have regular meetings with the founder of TEG, to discuss business over a beer…