Archive for November, 2010

Top 5 Web Design Blogs

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Smashing Magazine. It's...erm...smashing!

Smashing Magazine. It's...erm...smashing!

Here at the Cheap Web Design Company we like to keep on top of what is going on in the web design industry, learn new things and generally know what other people are up to as well. Basically, we’re a nosy bunch and, as with any niche, reading other people’s blogs is a great way to get industry gossip, learn about the latest techniques and find out what our counerparts are up to.

With this in mind, we thought we’d put together out top five blogs, the ones we read daily (or as close to daily as we can manage!) and find most useful and / or entertaining.

These are in no particular order by the way, we just love ‘em all!

1) Smashing Magazine

Smashing covers all areas of web design and includes tutorials, industry news and a cracking section on wallpapers and the like for insipiration. This week we particularly enjoyed this post on the Seven Deadly Sins – a brilliant read and a perfect example of the type of content Smashing publishes on a regular basis.

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Five Completely Different But Beautiful Wordpress Themes

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

One of the fastest and cheapest ways to get a first website up and running or a new web design in place is to utilise Wordpress and the hundreds of themes available for it. It doesn’t matter what type of site you want to have – a blog, a brochure site or a portfolio site for example – there will be a template to suit you. Cheap Web Design’s website is actually a bespoke design built on Wordpress – so you can see what can be achieved on this platform!

To demonstrate further, here are five very different, but highly stunning Wordpress themes that will suit specific websites and present your content in the perfect way.

For Photographers & Graphic Artists

If you’re a professional photographer, graphic or even web designer looking for a way to display your portfolio online then we think this Wordpress theme is the ideal way to go about it. It’s clean, ensures the images are the dominant element and is easy to navigate. There’s plenty of room to promote your services, contact details and the like too

Cost: $30

PhotoBox – More Info & Download

PhotoBox

For Video Producers & Enthusiasts

There are quite a few Wordpress themes out there that display video very well, but many of them look very similar. We thought this one stood out from the crowd. With its large, dynamic scrolling display box at the top and neat and tidy layout below PLUS the inclusion of a widget bar on the right, it fits together seamlessly and will display your videos in such a way that visitors will love your site – and your work!

Cost: $39 / year membership

eVid – More Info & Download

eVid

For News Sites & Magazines

Finding the right template or theme for your news or magazine type website is usually a very time consuming and frustrating business. There’s always something not quite right with the one you find. But we think we’ve found one with no flaws, one that looks great, is easy to customise and has more than enough scope for any type of news you want to deliver. Honestly, if it’s a magazine style theme you’re after, check this one out.

Cost: $39 / year membership

TheStyle – More Info & Download

TheStyle

For the Small Business & Corporate Requirement

Worpress isn’t all about displaying different types of content in beautiful ways. It’s a serious platform for small businesses and corporate websites too. If you want to portray a professional, sober, business-like image then there are themes for that too. This one is one of our favourites simply because of its simplicity. It’s a no nonsense, down to earth professional looking theme that will suit any business, from an accountant to a zoologist.

Cost: $59.95

CorporateTheme – More Info & Download

CorporateTheme

And Finally…For The Blogger In All Of Us!

Wordpress was originally intended as a blogging platform but it has grown and grown into a platform capable of everything described so far and more. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most popular blogging platforms in the world and there are thousands, if not millions of themes for the blogger available. You can’t pick a favourite – it’s impossible to do so with so many out there. However, during the search for the themes for this blog post, this one caught our eye, so for today – and today only – it’s our favourite!

It is ideal for people with hectic social lives – and by social, we mean online and social media! Check it out, you’ll see what we mean…

Cost: $75

Social Life – More Info & Download

Social Life

Of course, the danger of using a template, even a paid for premium template like these is that someone, somewhere, will have the same one and your websites, content aside, will look very similar. To be absolutely unique you need to get a design done just for you. It really doesn’t have to be expensive either, so don’t think it is.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your cheap web design requirements – no matter what site you want or have, we can create a unique design just for you.

7 Great Logo Designs

Friday, November 12th, 2010

As it’s Friday we at the Cheap Web Design Company took a few minutes to surf the ‘net, looking for new inspiration and boy, did we find it! As you might know, we provide cheap logo design alongside our cheap web design services so we can appreciate a cracking logo (or seven!) when we see it (them!).

So we were excited to come across this post on toxel.com, listing 20 unique and creative logo designs. We picked our favourite seven – one for every day of the week! Click the individual images to view in full.

Pretty cool stuff. Which one is your favourite?

If you’re after a new logo or website, give us a call, we’re dying to put this new inspiration to work!