How to turn that budget web design client into a real money maker

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“I really don’t think I need more than a banner, a few links on the side, and any other font than comic sans.” We’ve all had those clients; the ones who feel that merely having something other than a 404 show up when you go to theirbusiness.com is enough to generate sales, and I’m sure from time to time we’ve just taken the work, hoped no one would know it was us, and counted pittance you feel you can charge for their site without feeling greedy for giving them something that even the most basic WordPress cookie-cutter design could beat.

But really, sites like that don’t benefit you, and they certainly don’t benefit the client. Instead of risking an argument and losing their business completely, though, sometimes it’s possible to walk them slowly through the benefits of quality web design and demonstrate to them how the extras like JavaScript and CSS instead of just HTML aren’t an extra expense, but rather an investment that will help them see a return.

While it’s a challenge, convincing a client that investing in a quality design rather than a budget one allows them the opportunity to see increases in business

The Site is a Reflection of You

Introducing the client to the concept of how important a digital first impression is can often help them on their journey to seeing the benefits of good web development. To accomplish this, pull a screen shot from the homepage of a few major companies, and one from your own portfolio.

Lay the images out for the client and ask them to tell you which one isn’t a major national company and odds are they’ll pick one other than your design. That gives you an opportunity to engage with them about how quality can put their company in the big leagues and helps lend them credibility with potential customers.

Selling with Analytics

Almost every company, big and small, is interested in analytics, whether it’s merely on customer interaction in their store or how people react on their website.

Being able to demonstrate how a well designed website can improve the analytic’s on their website and provide a marked increase in sales and conversions is how you can really speak to a client in a way they’ll understand. It’s important to remember that even if they aren’t intimately familiar with the internet, every business person understands potential profit or they wouldn’t be in business.

“I really don’t think I need more than a banner, a few links on the side, and any other font than comic sans.”

Evidence Through Science

While this may not be your personal forté, there certainly is a big science behind web design elements, beyond just looking good. This can really help some clients understand a design’s potential, as it gets more into the specific reasons why design choices make such a big impact in conversion rates and can help increase web profits tremendously.

One of the topics to delve into in the science end is color psychology; the idea that colors in design evokes specific, predictable emotional responses, such as security from blue (which is why so many banks integrate it into their web design scheme).

Another important topic under science that drives home the importance of quality design is reliability. If a customer sees a website that looks well made, it suggests to them that the product and service is equally good, with the opposite right as well, and they come to that decision in just 50 milliseconds. The customer wants to eat inside a nice, clean-looking restaurant, not an egg salad sandwich laying on the ground down an ally.

While it’s a challenge, convincing a client that investing in a quality design rather than a budget one allows them the opportunity to see increases in business, and helps you further your portfolio. It really makes what could be a sad project into one where everyone wins, and that’s the best result one can hope for.

For more tips, tricks, and an engaging web design community to help you become an even better designer, be sure to keep checking back regularly for more articles, tutorials, and stunning design examples.

Free PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript editor (IDE) – Codelobster PHP Edition

For valuable work on creation of sites you need a good comfortable editor necessarily. There are many requiring paid products for this purpose, but we would like to select free of charge very functional and at the same time of simple in the use editor – Codelobster PHP Edition .

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Let us consider some important possibilities and advantages of this program:

  • All code highlights depending on a type, the also mixed code is thus supported, so the area of HTML will be highlighted as HTML, PHP as PHP, and Javascript as Javascript in a the same file. Thre is possibility of choice from color schemes, including popular IDEs.
  • Powerful autocompletion for HTML, PHP, CSS and Javascript, including HTML5 and CSS3. For PHP the structure of project is fully recognized, and the complete list of methods falls out in the proper places.
  • HTML/CSS inspector on the type of Firebug, which allows easily to correlate the selected elements of page with a code and proper style.
  • Context help on all supported languages. By pressing F1 key the page with detailed description for current tag, attribute or function will be opened.
  • PHP debugger. PHP debugger allows to execute PHP scripts incrementally, watching the values of all variables in every line.
  • SQL manager allows to produce all necessary actions with a database – to add, delete, edit a structure and records in tables, to export data, execute SQL queries. Highlighting and autocompletion works for SQL files also.
  • Support of FTP allows to work straight with a remote server and to do all necessary changes with files;
  • The portable option allows to use editor without the preliminary installation.
  • Other useful utilities: pair highlighting, possibility of blocks selection, collapsing, tooltips, navigation on descriptions of functions and included files at withholding of the key of CTRL, viewing of structure of files and project, preview in a browser, book-marks, and all other standard possibilities for work with a code.

Also there are special plugins for work with

  • CMS: Drupal, Joomla
  • PHP frameworks: CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Symfony, Yii, Laravel
  • JavaScript libralies: JQuery, Node.js, AngularJS
  • WordPress blogging engine
  • Smarty and Twig template engines
Developer Codelobster Software
Web Site http://www.codelobster.com/
Language English, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Supported OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

 

Best jQuery Plugins of the Week [6th September – 12th September ]

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Yet another Saturday and as scheduled we are here with our much awaited list of best jQuery plugins that we have selected for you all prepared the compilation. This week’s list though not long enough can be appreciated for the fact that as always there are simply awesome plugins that promise to help our designer and developer friends in various endeavours.

HoldOn, FileStyleNotific8, Scrollyfy to name the few plugins have been added to the list of best jQuery plugins of the mid week of September. Take a look!

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1. HoldOn

HoldOn.js is a jQuery plugin that helps users in creating CSS UI blocker. It enables users to customize the main content and message.

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2. Quick[select]

Quick[select] s a jQuery plugin that helps in quick selection of common options in select boxes. The plugin prompts a user to an answer and provides flexibility for questions that need it.

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3. jQuery FileStyle

Filestyle is a jQuery plugin for filestyle you forget to turn the input file’s default browser. Easy to customize, this plugin has an interesting way to present a form for sending files in simple efficient and attractive way.

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4. Scrollify

Scrollify is fully configurable and optimised for touch. The plugin assists scrolling and smoothly snaps to sections.

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5. jQuery Notific8

Notific8 is a notification plug-in inspired by the notifications introduced in Windows 8 with some web ready restyling and easy customization options.

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6. Grid Editor

Grid Editor is a visual javascript editor written as a jQuery plugin for the bootstrap grid system.

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7. Sleepy Head Modal

Sleepy Head Modal is a Query plugin that activates a website modal popup when a user is inactive for a particular time.

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Share the plugins developed by your or your developer friends here with us and other people who can make optimum use of it. If you anything to add or ask, feel free to do so by leaving your comments below, by connecting through social networks or dropping us the mail whatever is convenient to you.

20+ Best jQuery Plugins of August 2015

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JavaScript frameworks widely known as jQuery need no long introduction in the  current time when each one who is into the field of designing and development. The reason for this is that over the course of last few years, the jQuery plugins have become popular for the fact that these promise to help users heave a sigh of relief as half the work is done by making optimum use of the same.

Last month we picked some 30+ best jQuery plugins of July 2015 to let you all check out and download them for free to be used in miscellaneous projects. How about sneaking a peek at the lately introduced best jQuery plugins that we have selected for you all and prepared the compilation? Hit a jump to check them out.

1. Tagsort jQuery Plugin

Tagsort is a jQury plugin that using HTML5 data attributes promises to help users create interactive tags and filter them later in set of tagged elements.

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2. jQuery Confirm Action

Confirm Action is a plugin that helps users in creating simple and visually appealing confirm dialog popup easily.

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3. jQuery File Upload

This is a file upload plugin that comes endowed with amazing features like multiple file selection, drag&drop support, progress bar, audio and video support and much more.

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4. liMarquee

This one is a simple customizable news ticker/marquee jQuery plugin that promises to let user move/scroll any web page elements like images, text, tables, form elements.

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5. jankyscroll.js

jankyscroll plugin enables users to put a little jank in the scroll or even completely jank it up.

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6. Keyboard Delimiter

This is a plugin for Delimite pressed key on keyboard. What it does is that it completely removes the possibility of pressing any key or group of keys in the keyboard.

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7. peekABar

peekABar is a jQuery plugin for a notification bar with an superb customization options for users.

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8. Grid Editor

Its a visual javascript editor for the bootstrap grid system written as a jQuery plugin.

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9. Sliiide

Create superb sliding nav menu with Sliiide jQuery plugin developed specifically to solve the purpose.

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10. StickySort

StickySort is one powerful jQuery plugin to help users create sticky headers and columns in your table to be sorted sometime later if the user wishes to.

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11. jQueryStacky

jQuerySTacky promises to help designers in creating something in which user has to open panels horizontally according to the needs.

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12. PlusSlider

PlusSlider plugin is a simple content slider plugin that simply works with images, videos and text to provide the ease.

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13. jQuery Fixed Header

Fixed Header plugin as the name says helps in fixing the header on the top that slides when you scroll to bottom of the page.

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14. Watermark

As the name hints, this is a plugin to watermark the images. Its a lightweight plugin that uses HTML5 and JavaScript to do the needful.

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15. Scrollissimo

Scrollissimo is a plugin that helps in creating smooth scroll-controlled animations.

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16. ShakeBorder

ShakeBorder is a plugin that helps in giving shake and border effects on jQuery.

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17. Product Colorizer

If you are creating an e-commerce website and wish to let the users preview products i various colors, the Product Colorizer is the one plugin for you to check out.

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18. Cover 3D jQuery

Cover 3D jQuery is a plugin that helps designers in creating DVD cover of any game or book cover with jQuery and CSS3 easily.

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19. Pinto

Pinto is a jQuery plugin that enables users to create a Pinterest-like responsive grid layout. Best part is that it comes with amazing customization options and is amazingly light.

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20. SimpleCalculadora

The name says it all! SimpleCalculadora is a plugin that helps in creating simple calculators. With amazing customization options, this plugins fits all your needs and comes in two sizes that you can pick from.

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21. jPicture

jPicture is a jQuery plugin that is developed by Oliver Jessner and Zoran Milonovic to help designers load pictures on the right view port in a hassle-free manner.

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22. AnimatedModal

AnimateModal is a jQuery plugin that helps designers in creating a fullscreen modal with CSS3 transitions. Besides, one can use own transitions or from animate.css.

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23. ulak

ulak is a lightweight and easy-to-use jQuery notification bar plugin for users to check out and download if the need arises.

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24. jQuery Google Map

Google Map is a jQuery plugin that lets users create their own map and manipulate Google Map API easily.

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Add more to the list if you wish to by sharing the best jQuery plugins developed by you or your fellas. Keep yourself posted with more useful stuff here at DesigniMag by connecting through various social networking platforms that you all know about.