Archive for the ‘Video’ category

Trend Spotlight: Video Backgrounds

April 1st, 2014

Remember our predictions for Web Design Trends in 2014? Now that we’re well into the year, let’s take a closer look at one of the more controversial design ideas that we mentioned: video integration.

To be more precise, we’re talking humongous videos in place of background images or in the large hero areas. Need some examples? Check out:

Exhibit A:

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Gladeye uses this feature sparingly, choosing to use video only on its contact page. They also cleverly tie in their video content (of swooping angles of their location) with the page content (their physical address).

Exhibit B:

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Savelli-Geneve takes a bolder approach with a more intimate video right on the homepage.

PROS:

  • Videos can quickly convey your brand to your visitor.
  • It can grab attention and leave a memorable impression with your viewer.
  • Videos can add a little extra oomph to your web design!

CONS:

  • Web users are now more concerned than ever about browsing the web at their own pace – does an auto play video take their control away?
  • Videos can have a jarring effect – does that suit your brand?
  • If not done well, videos can distract away from your content, or even annoy your visitor.

Weigh in with your thoughts! Is this a trend worth keeping or is it a distracting design gimmick?

Our Web Design Trend Predictions for 2014: Part 1

January 8th, 2014

We’re now officially in the year 2014, and what better way to kick off the new year than with an exciting new web design! Here’s our list of web design trends that we predict we’ll be seeing a lot more of this year.

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Flat Design

Flat design focuses on simplicity, without gradients, shadows or beveled edges. The emphasis of the design is on functionality, with fewer visual cues or skeuomorphic design elements. Most give credit to the start of this trend to Microsoft for their flat design, with Apple also adopting the look.

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Make it Mobile-Friendly

By now, you’ve probably heard all about responsive web design as one way to optimize your site for mobile use. More and more users are choosing to access the web on phones and tablets rather than desktops, so now is the time to step up your game! This can mean making a separate site just for mobile users, ensuring that your visitors can engage with social media while on mobile, or having more scrolling navigation. Also make sure your design is simple and clean for easy navigation on those small, shiny phone screens.

Videos, videos, videos! (as well as animated GIFs)

This is one trend that we think will be picking up this year. Using video in place of text can entertain the most stimulation-needy visitor. For the adventurous, experiment with implementing video as part of your design, in place of a large background image, or nestled in the hero area. This example showcases the drama a video background can bring to your website.

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A warning, however! Before jumping into using video in your design, be aware of how this can affect the user experience: consider site loading times, user navigation, and whether a large video playing in the background can be just plain ol’ fashioned distracting for your intended audience!

As you consider implementing any of these trends, remember that aesthetics are only one aspect of web design. Keep in mind the user experience, placement of content, and site navigation.

These are our top 3 predictions for trends we’ll see in 2014. What are your thoughts? We’ll be adding more predictions to the list, so stay tuned for our next article!

2012 Thanksgiving Domain Sale

November 26th, 2012

We’re happy to announce our 2012 Thanksgiving Domain Sale!

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Enter coupon code during check out: 2012TGCOM (for .COM/.NET/.ORG & more) and 2012TGCA for.CA

Hurry! This promo ends on Nov 30, 2012!

P.S.: Did you know that customers can enjoy our award-winning Basic Hosting plan for FREE with any domain purchases? In other words, you can start building your website as low as US$4.95! Don’t know how to build a website? Graham, one of our valued staff members, has recently made a YouTube video series of “How to build a professional website for only US$25”. In the videos, Graham walked through the steps for choosing a FREE website template, downloading, unzipping, and uploading the template to your domain. And he also demonstrated how to use Adobe Dreamweaver to customize the website. Check out this YouTube video playlist!

Meet the Stars at Doteasy!

November 13th, 2012

Doteasy’s in-house customer service support team is one of our greatest assets, and we are proud of it. At Doteasy, we consistently strive to ensure your inquiries are handled professionally, efficiently, and accurately. We don’t outsource customer service support to other locations, because we care about you! Outsourcing means cases will take longer to transition to different departments, and outsourcing these jobs will only lengthen the time our customer have to wait.

Keeping our customer service support in-house is only one of the many reasons why we have quality customer service. We also take care to recruit as many knowledgeable employees (or, Geeks, if you will) as possible here at Doteasy. We also provide them with some of the latest technology, so as a company we are able to stay on top of our game and provide assistance to clients. Namely, we’ve recently added two videos, featuring our staff member Graham unboxing the Microsoft Surface while providing a walk-through as to how you as a client would set up a domain email account on the tablet. So far the response has been positive, and we’re glad to see that our clients are finding our videos informative and engaging.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive updates on future videos! Pssst…! As a reward for being a blog reader we’ll tell you about our next video: Graham will be taking you through the steps on how to create a website with NO coding background! We’re sure this sounds like good news to some of you. Also, in case you’ve ever wondered what Cloud Hosting is, Cloud Project Manager Marcus would be glad to tell you about it in this video. Lastly, our Reseller Panel specialist Richard does a walk-through of how to customize your Reseller Panel using Cloud Hosting.

So, after all this, we’re sure you’re getting a little excited. What are you waiting for? Meet the Doteasy Stars on our YouTube Channel today!

How to Create a Website in 5 minutes!

November 9th, 2012

Graham, one of Doteasy’s valued staff members has recently made a video on how to create a website. In the video, Graham chooses a website template, downloads it, and extracts the files within the download. Lastly, he uses a FTP program to upload the extracted files to the website domain, and the website is LIVE! Everything should be finished within 5 minutes (oops, Graham went over the 5 minute time frame – but that’s because he spends a lot of time explaining where to find the website templates). We know your time is valuable, so we’ve prepared this blog post telling you exactly where you can download these FREE website templates, which are completely compatible with all our hosting plans. This compatibility extends into our award-winning Basic Hosting plan as well.

Open Web design: http://openwebdesign.org

Open Source Web Design: http://www.oswd.org

Another valuable resource that Graham mentioned in the video is http://www.w3schools.com – This website is especially handy when you need to tweak your templates.

Templates built using HTML are both mobile, and SEO friendly which are important factors for increasing website traffic. As Graham mentioned in the video, you can enjoy both the benefits of quick installation, and being able to take control of customizing your website. Want to learn more? Stay tuned for our upcoming videos for tips on customizing website templates by using programs such as Dreamweaver. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for our video updates!