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About fisicx

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  1. Yes I totally agree with you. My point was only that people prefer to use things they are comfortable with. The Stripe checkout is slick but the form itself isn't that different to most other forms. It's not 'stunning' to look at. it's just very practical and functional. If they had radically changed how we use a basic form them people would have been less inclined to use it. When you visit a website there are certain things you expect to see and you expect them to be in the same sort of place. If the layout is 'normal' then you are still on your comfort zone and will be more inclined to stick around. If there is (for example) an hamburger in the top right corner of a desktop site it's less intuitive and the feeling of good will can quickly evaporate. There have been umpteen user, clicktrail, eyetrancking and other tests that show a familiar layout outperforms those with unusual layouts. It's great to be innovative and experiment (I do it all the time) but if you want your website to make you money then it's often better to stick with the boring old standards. Even the Digital Ocean website looks like a clone of most other hosting company websites. It's not that inspirational and it's certainly not stunning.
  2. And that's my point, they look just like many other websites. I don't have an issue with stunning looking websites. The problem is what you find stunning is not what I find stunning. You may be wowed by a smooth scrolling UI, I might be wowed by the use of fonts. You might really like a shade of blue, my eyes see a totally different palette. This is why you need to test. I've been chipping away at a number of sites and the simpler I make them the higher the conversions. It's not going to be the same for everybody but you really need to test everything. Even something as simple as the number of words in a line can determine if a site will succeed or not.
  3. No, people want websites that work. As long as it looks OK and is easy to navigate with the right content they are happy. Look at Amazon. Very simple and functional with no fancy gizmos. Or this website, it's functional but simple. It's not 'stunning'.
  4. We don't all need to look website clones. You can use the same layout but change the fonts, colours, padding etc and change the whole look of a site. What I don't want is for the navigation to be so different that I struggle to find it/make sense of it/use it. And you often see new ideas that spread quickly only to disappear soon after (walk on presenters for example). Simple layouts with 'standard' formats often work far better than new an innovative ideas. People don't want stunning websites, they want to buy socks, or books or read a recipe or scan a page for information. They don't really care how it looks. So looking for inspiration is great, but don't add features just because they look good. Test, test and test again.
  5. And therin lies the problem. It doesn't matter what you like, all the matters is what the user likes. Which is why inspiration isn't always a good thing, sometimes it's better to simplify and use existing layout ideas that people are used to seeing. For example, people expect login boxes to have a username and password field and a submit button. It's simple and it works so don't change it.
  6. It's not really inspirational. It just looks like a bunch of blurry screenshots of stuff you have found. For example: https://uidb.io/search/registration On this one I couldn't even see how the screenshots provided and 'social proof': https://uidb.io/search/social-proof There are gazillions of sites with 'Top 50...' lists of webby stuff. Not really sure how your site does anything better. Or maybe I'm missing something.
  7. I depends on how your hosting is set up. Some hosts have a feature where you add new domains in the client area. Moving the site again depends on the hosting package. You may need to use a plugin like duplicator.
  8. If that's the case just log in to your cpanel and add their domain as a new account. Still build the site on a subdomain so the client can see it then when you are ready to go live move the site and update the nameservers.
  9. Easiest was to do this is in htaccess: Options +FollowSymLinks -MultiViews RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?mydomain\.be$ [NC] RewriteRule ^ http://www.mydomain.nl%{REQUEST_URI} [L,NE,P] https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/rewrite/flags.html#flag_p
  10. You can redirect from their domain name to your subdomain. But you need to apply a mask so the URL looks like their domain not the subdomain. The alternative is to use addon domains. But there may be restrictions with your host on how many of these you can create. I am surprised that cost is an issue. You can get decent hosting for a few pounds per month.
  11. Build the site on a subdomain on YOUR hosting. When it's ready for launch move the site across to THEIR hosting. I use a plugin called 'duplicator'. It does it all for you.
  12. Portfolio Projects Feedback

    Do it today. Don't prevaricate, go buy the domain name and get some hosting. What marketing are you planning to do? There are zillions of graphic artists all producing excellent work and all marketing their services. How do you plan to sand out from the crowd?
  13. Free or Cheap Hosting

    Why is that taxing? There are dozens of contact form plugins to choose from. And sliders should be avoided where possible as the UX on touchscreens is very poor.
  14. Free or Cheap Hosting

    Yes, a US based serviced will be better. How big is this brochure site? Hundreds of pages? Will he be getting thousands of visitors?
  15. Portfolio Projects Feedback

    The designs look OK - but nothing different to the zillions of other graphic designer portfolios you can find on these two platforms and everywhere else on t'internet. Are these just examples or are they real clients? If the latter then to really sell your services you need case study pages that people can find on Google and other channels.