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Web design rules

9 Rules I follow when creating successful websites


If you are developing a new website, use these points to ensure you have a great website:

  1. Take the time to understand the business. Every business really is different. I feel it’s really important for me to decode the culture and the persona of a business before working out how we are going to represent it online.
  2. What are the short term and long term goals you want to achieve through the website and in general? Website needs to be aligned to the big picture as it is an integral part of any business.
  3. Next is products or service offerings. How they are offered online can significantly improve the chances of getting conversions.
  4. Understanding your customer is the key. Your website must be customer focused and should be able to connect itself with its audience. It doesn’t matter how good it looks to you or me. It must look good to the target audience. For this, you must take the time to dig deep into the behavioural profile of your customers.
  5. Branding comes at #5 for me. Some agencies put Branding as #1, but I need to have all above points checked-off first. Make sure the brand is represented well on the website. The website should help enhance the values and message of the brand.
  6. Now comes the design and layout. It’s not just the design that matters, it’s the User Interface & Experience that makes all the difference. The better you do at #4, the better you will do in this area. The idea is simple; even the most complex task should feel like a piece of cake to the user. Make your website super user-friendly.
  7. Once the design is done, the next focus should be on development. The small details during development can make a huge difference in the effectiveness and interactivity of the website. Good development also goes a long way in helping the website get higher Search Engine rankings as well longer shelf life.
  8. Next is content. Once all the efforts have gone into making the site, it’s the content that will prompt users to take any action on your website. From the main heading on the home page to the descriptions on the products/services or about page, good copy/content will help you jump through the hoops.
  9. Next is Call to action. Now that you have designed a user-friendly interface, you want users to interact with your website using Enquiry or Quote form or Call now or Add to Cart. Make it easy for customers to do business with you.

After 12 years and hundreds of websites later, I believe these golden rules help our clients attract, retain and convert more quality customers.


digital economy

5 must–have productivity apps

Nearly every small business owner can benefit from using various mobile and web applications to improve productivity, save costs and make life easy for themselves.

Try out the following apps to make a difference in your business today. Most of these apps are free to use with limited features, so you can try before you buy.

File sharing and storage

Dropbox, Copy and Hightail are excellent cloud storage and file sharing facilities. Files are securely accessible from any device. It’s a great way to keep a backup of files on the cloud. ‘Copy’ and ‘Hightail’ offer similar product at a better price, but try them out and see which ones you like.

Bookmarking and notekeepers

Evernote is a clean, beautiful note-keeping app and a great way to share know-how within any organisation. It allows users to share ideas and create to-dos list etc. The best thing about Evernote is that it allows you to keep personal and business notes separate but you only have to go to one app for everything.

Pocket is another brilliant bookmarking app. Whenever you find a great article, video or image, use this app to keep it on file and access from anywhere.

Projects/task management

Trello is a very simple and easy to use app. You can create projects/ boards, set deadlines, gather ideas and opinions, assign tasks, track progress, maintain history and collaborate with other team members. Give it a go, it’s good.


Infographics have become a popular way to tell a story. It’s a great way to illustrate complex pieces of information. A well designed infographic can gain popularity much faster than an article. Using interesting infographics, you can tell a story or make an argument. It is easy to get user’s attention, it’s quick to read through and users are more likely to share it. Try Visual.ly, Easel.ly or infogr.am.

Newsfeed readers

In today’s world, every business person needs to keep themselves up to date with the latest news and trends in the industry. THere are the two apps that can help you organise the information beautifully; Flipboard and Feedly. You can search and subscribe to magazines of your interest and your own social media feeds. Personally, I love using Flipboard, my day starts with this, but its only available on tablet and mobile devices. Feedly on the other hand can be accessed via desktop ¬also.

If you are looking to improve your productivity and reduce costs, try our free 1 hour consultation to get started.


Web design Canberra

When it comes to Web design Canberra; Synapse Worldwide is one of the leading developers. Be it a simple website, ecommerce, SEO or complex web application, our team gives a lot of love and efforts to offer the best possible solution to you. We build software and applications that could boost your operational productivity. Our strength lies in formulating awesome digital strategies and building complex business solutions with rich interactive functionalities. The end result is improved visitor experience, reduced management costs and increased staff efficiency.
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