Spring clean your website

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Websites are a fickle beast. Try to do too much, and it’s bad, but do too little and that’s no good either. So, what makes a good website? It’s a delicate balance of functionality, usability and design all tailored to your user’s experience.What’s often lost in the thrill of new technology, trends and design is user interface. We’re missing the forest for the trees. You need to look into whether or not your website functions the way your member base needs it to. Your fancy site with all its new features is deemed useless if visitors, new or returning, can’t find what they need, so they bounce and visit a competitor. When laying out your website, revisit a tried and true method: KISS.The first way to do accomplish this is to make sure it’s functional. While this seems obvious, it is an aspect that is often overlooked. Keep the pertinent information above the fold. Yes, I know this is a journalism term, but it’s applicable digitally as well. No one wants to dig for the information they need, unless they’re on a marathon Facebook stalking kick. People don’t have the time, or the desire to scroll all the way past Kingdom Come to find what they’re looking for. Your homepage is valuable real estate. Put your most popular links, promotions, and news right where people see them. For example, at the beginning of the year we did a website audit for Latitude 32 and noticed that they lacked a link to their news and promotions page on the homepage. You only had access to the promo by clicking a banner. This is no bueno. To remedy this, we added a quick link to improve user access and overall functionality.I’d also advise keeping your menu in a neat little widget on the top right or left side. (I’m no coding expert, this is just where I gravitate when I visit a site.) Just as distracting and detrimental to function as the lack of relevant information is an overload of graphics. If you have a gazillion blinking banners covering every corner of your site, your message is being diluted. I, for one, have a short attention span online, so if I’m seeing different blinking messages when I scan your homepage, I’m going elsewhere. Minimalism is key. Once you have the “what” portion covered on your site, you can move to the usability and design aspects, which work in tandem for a full user experience. continue reading »last_img read more

48-year-old takes his life after marriage fails

first_imgBy Kristen MacklingamThe body of Mohanlall Udairaj, 48, was found hanging inside his bedroom early yesterday (Thursday) morning by his sister-in-law and nephew who had visited the home following concerns raised by the dead man’s neighbours.Tuladai Raj the sister-in-law said that she and her son made the shocking and ghastly discovery around 07:30h on Thursday at the Lot 143 Hope West, Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) residence.She explained that her husband, brother of the deceased, had arrived at Udairaj’s home earlier to collect some documents but after receiving no answer he returned home.Subsequently, the now dead man’s neighbours telephoned Raj to voice concerns that they had not seen her brother-in-law for over three days and implored that the family “check up” on him.“The neighbours said the downstairs of the house was open but the upstairs lock up and his bicycle in the same position for days, meaning he didn’t use it and that is what he uses anytime he leaves the house. So I come with my son, up the stairs and push the front door which was open and I see his body hanging in his bedroom. His bedroom door was open so you can see in from the front door and when I see I rush out,” Raj stated.According to the distraught woman, Udairaj’s neighbours were already alert and in the yard waiting for her to give them feedback.The neighbours had become worried after the man’s wife of 16 years allegedly ended the relationship with him some four months ago, taking away his two daughters and her daughter whom he had also raised.“They suspect something was wrong, from the slight smell in the house, the actions of the two puppies he took care of running up and down the steps not coming out. He premeditate this you know, his wife left him months now and for the past three weeks he told my son that it don’t make sense living and living alone and so. We talk to him over and over and over but we didn’t expect him to do something like this,” she related.Guyana Times was told that Udairaj’s daughters are ages 13 and one year. His step-daughter is said to be 17 years old.last_img read more

Arsenal confirm deal for World Cup star

first_img David Ospina 1 Arsenal have completed the signing of Nice goalkeeper David Ospina, the club have confirmed.The departure of last season’s FA Cup hero, Lukasz Fabianski, to Swansea City, left a hole in manager Arsene Wenger’s squad and he has opted to pounce for the 25-year-old Ligue 1 star.Ospina, who joined Nice back in 2008 as a replacement for Hugo Lloris, played more than 200 times for the club, earning rave reviews.The Colombian was also impressive at World Cup in Brazil, keeping two clean sheets, as his nation reached the quarter-finals.And now he will move the Emirates on a long-term contract to continue his career between the sticks.Arsène Wenger told Arsenal’s official website: “David Ospina is an excellent goalkeeper, with good experience and a proven record of performing with Nice and Colombia. He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us.”You can find out more about the Colombian goalkeeper here.last_img read more