56 Tools for Visual Improvements of Your Website Content

by Dmitry Molchanov on Sep 04 2015

Visual elements of a web page play key role in capturing attention of readers. Image perception happens instantly and effortlessly, our brain process visual information much faster than text. Sometimes visuals are simply the most effective and creative way to present information, data, or concepts that are difficult to understand.

You don't have to be a graphic designer to create professional and engaging visual elements for your website, you just need to use the right tools.

Best tools for visual improvement of your website content

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Swimbi version 1.3.0

The update brings ability to create vertical css menu.

What's new:
- Convert any existing Swimbi menu into vertical menu.
- Insert both horizontal and vertical menu into one page.
- New dialog window to select which menu to edit, horizontal or vertical.
- New vertical configurations.
- Fixes and improvements in autosave of navigation settings.

Examples of vertical css menus

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22 Principles Of Good Website Navigation and Usability

by Dmitry Molchanov on Aug 26 2014

When you are making efforts to attract visitors to your website, it's really important to keep them browsing, to help them find what they are looking for, not left them struggling, staring at a page attempting to figure out what to do.

Navigation menu is a map and directions of a website and usually what gets users deeper into the site experience. A key component of good usability and a successful website.

Website Navigation Principles

Imagine you are a first time visitor of your website. You know exactly what you want, but have no idea where to find it.
The website looks good, but you don't have time for all website content, it's just a distraction from your goal. Fortunately you don't exit, and still browsing.
Each click on the website navigation

  • encourages or frustrates,
  • +1 or -1 to the website trust and relevance to the goal in your mind.

You are constantly in doubt whether it's right place or you need to go back to Google.

According to Forrester Research (http://www.usability.gov/)

  • 50% of potential sales are lost because users can't find information,
  • 40% of users never return to a site when their first visit is a negative experience.

The good news: create a successful navigation menu on your website is not a hard thing to do.

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Simple way to optimize PDF files for web

The post is not about CSS menu, but helpful for everyone who publish PDF documents online. PDFs are quite popular in the Web, but often used without any optimization. PDF file can contain huge images with masks, media files, fonts and unnecessary information. I have come across so often with huge PDF files, 100-200 Mb published online,
opening very slow in a browser. So I decided to write the post with the simple solution on how to optimize PDF easily and without losing quality.

PDF optimization, 10 times smaller, lossless compression

Optimize PDF file for web

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