eAnka Studio http://eanka.com Just another WordPress site Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:31:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chic Wanderer – free UI set for nomads http://eanka.com/chic-wanderer-free-ui-set-for-nomads/ http://eanka.com/chic-wanderer-free-ui-set-for-nomads/#respond Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:31:12 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=633 Well, that was lot of work! But I enjoyed it, and I almost feel how my design skills climb up to the next level. I have always wanted to design travel websites, and since I didn’t have such commissions lately, I decided to base my new freebie on my desire to do so. Designing a […]

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Well, that was lot of work! But I enjoyed it, and I almost feel how my design skills climb up to the next level.

I have always wanted to design travel websites, and since I didn’t have such commissions lately, I decided to base my new freebie on my desire to do so. Designing a full UI requires using some third party elements, like photos. I have used photos from unsplash, a wonderful free stock photos website. You can find full list of used photos below the preview.

Download includes psd file, and a bonus: patterns and icons as photoshop shapes file. And here it is (download link below the image):

small_preview

Chic Wanderer – click to download

Great photos from unsplash.com:

photo by Julia Caesar – https://unsplash.com/photos/DpoMKEARZe4
photo by Dominik Schröder – https://unsplash.com/photos/9PCmMdc4Crw
photo by Stefan Kunze – https://unsplash.com/photos/1-C334jLxG0
photo by Jesse Bowser – https://unsplash.com/photos/c0I4ahyGIkA
photo by Josh Nezon – https://unsplash.com/photos/R1Zb58LmwIY
photo by Luca Bravo – https://unsplash.com/photos/lh7-oEeOe_M
photo by POR7O – https://unsplash.com/photos/mS1pAG_bi5Y
photo by Brooke Cagle – https://unsplash.com/photos/h3vR1F8-caI

Fonts used in the design:

Leyla – https://creativemarket.com/crowstudio/338507-Leylathis is a commercial font – only the name of the set
Arimo – https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Arimo – throughout the whole set
Playfair Display – https://www.google.com/fonts/specimen/Playfair+Display – italic, quote in the user profile

Terms of use:

  • Use it freely in your personal and commercial projects
  • You don’t need to credit me, but I will appreciate it a lot!
  • Please do not redistribute, sell or give away. If you want to share, please link to this post
  • You can not claim the authorship of this project and any part
  • It is provided as it is. I am not responsible to any damage resulting from using it

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Three things I wish clients have never been able to say http://eanka.com/three-things-i-wish-clients-have-never-been-able-say/ http://eanka.com/three-things-i-wish-clients-have-never-been-able-say/#respond Sun, 01 Nov 2015 12:34:54 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=628 Just like every other designer out there, I have a few phrases I am allergic to. I can’t help it, when I hear those, my only thought is “Run! Run, and don’t stop till you get far from here!”. In most cases a client who says such a phrase, doesn’t realize he’s just going to […]

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Just like every other designer out there, I have a few phrases I am allergic to. I can’t help it, when I hear those, my only thought is “Run! Run, and don’t stop till you get far from here!”. In most cases a client who says such a phrase, doesn’t realize he’s just going to hurt himself. And he wants to do it with my help. I care about the quality of my designs, so in most cases telling me this will result in a hot discussion:

  1. Make that logo bigger

    No, I am not going to make your logo bigger. Unless you will decide to a pure and minimalist version of your website which will hold only a blank screen, your logo in the middle and a small menu icon in corner. This is the only way I can make your logo covering the whole page. The logo needs some space around it, if you want it to be visible you don’t need to make it bigger, you need to make sure it has enough of space around it, and that nothing will compete with it.

    Honestly, when I hear “Make my logo bigger” I see and hear this video:

  2. Put it above the fold

    Please! No, please, really ?! Do you really want to tuck everything above this mythical creature called “above the fold”? If you didn’t live under the rock, you probably know that the web design is responsive now – that means it adapts to any screen size. And on different devices the line that divides above and below the fold can be in a different place. There’s even more to it, some content can be hidden on smaller devices, and some content can be displayed in a different place. And even, if that weren’t true, and we had to do with only one screen size, users scroll. Really, they do, especially if the website is interesting and relevant. So, instead of insisting of putting everything above the fold, make sure your users will want to see what’s below the fold.

  3. Jazz it up a little

    Seriously, this phrase means the client didn’t have the time to watch my last revisions, and wants to buy some time by making me more revisions. Generally, I try to give my clients everything asap, and I keep my response time ridiculously low, but when I get a request like this, I tend to become silent for a day or two, because I don’t want to look silly, because I asked “what does it means?”, but on the other hand, I have no idea where to go next…

Thease are my most hated lines I’ve ever heard. Please let me know in comments if you have some other ones.

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Some notes on minimal design http://eanka.com/some-notes-on-minimal-design/ http://eanka.com/some-notes-on-minimal-design/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:26:25 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=610 Minimal design is here, and it seems it will stay like so for quite a time, so let’s better get used to it. You see, I always had an issue with the minimalism – it’s not that I don’t like it, I really do, but I see one big problem with it. Where do you […]

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Minimal design is here, and it seems it will stay like so for quite a time, so let’s better get used to it. You see, I always had an issue with the minimalism – it’s not that I don’t like it, I really do, but I see one big problem with it. Where do you draw a line? If everything you have on your canvas (whether be it a poster, packaging or website) is a circle and three words – how do you tell it’s a design? If everything it takes to do a website is to download a photo, use some filter (you can use instagram, they’re really trendy), and print a text on it – then you can take ten monkeys, give them this job, and the probability you get at least one decent website is really high.

Also, with the minimalism holding all cards, what is the possibility that the website someone just designed for you, will be a copy of some other websites? Let’s assume that everything on the homepage is a photo, heading and a line of text. How many variations you can get with that?
I am writing all that, because just recently I constantly stumble upon lots of similar websites. They are so close to each other (I am not going to give any details here! If you will have your eyes open, you will see it yourself), that I’d accuse them to be duplicates, but… it might be just an accident.

The good news is: it’s not. Even with so little design elements there are literally countless possibilities, but I had to learn it myself. Just recently I have read two great articles: 7 pillars of minimalist web design and Elements of Design: How to Find the Right Composition for Your Web Design. I enjoyed both, and I decided to do an excercise – take some nice photo, heading, and one line of text, and create 5 different designs – just to see how far I can push myself. Fortunately, the use of space, font selection, font color, eventual filters we use or lines used to underline the text give limitless variants. Obviously, just after doing those five I had some awesome ideas for next 30, but alas! I really should focus on client work.

This is the outcome of my excercise. Feel free to use it as a wallpapers for your desktop. The beautiful photo was taken by Dominik Schröder, and is featured on unsplash.

minimal design 1

minimal design 2

minimal design 3

minimal design 4

minimal design 5

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Pageless design – what is that and why you should care http://eanka.com/pageless-design-what-is-that-and-why-you-should-care/ http://eanka.com/pageless-design-what-is-that-and-why-you-should-care/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:14:39 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=592 I have been trying to convince my client to convert his website to a pageless one, and I had to explain what I mean. This is why I created this infographic: While I was drawing it, I have realized that just recently I absolutely prefer to design such (pageless) websites, because they are intuitive, beautiful, […]

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I have been trying to convince my client to convert his website to a pageless one, and I had to explain what I mean. This is why I created this infographic:

Classic contra Pageless website design

While I was drawing it, I have realized that just recently I absolutely prefer to design such (pageless) websites, because they are intuitive, beautiful, and give so much more options! When you have enough content, it’s much easier to break it with some calls to action or opt-in forms.
Also, when user scrolls, awesome animations can be added, backgrounds made parallax, content can be loaded on scroll… I know, I didn’t invent the wheel, this is rather a cry to anyone who has a small website with a reasonable content amount, to consider switching to pageless – because user experience is absolutely one of the most important things you have to care about.

A few (epic, really epic) examples of such websites:

http://journey.lifeofpimovie.com
http://porschevolution.com/
http://www.species-in-pieces.com/
http://forbetter.coffee/
http://www.beautyofbrewing.com/
http://www.queesbitcoins.com.ar/
http://eleks.com/qa#quality-business
http://news.microsoft.com/stories/garage/index.html
https://www.box.com/notes/

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Do you really need to subtract pixels from percent? http://eanka.com/do-you-really-need-to-subtract-pixels-from-percent/ http://eanka.com/do-you-really-need-to-subtract-pixels-from-percent/#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:35:10 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=581 The problem is here from some time on – let’s imagine you have a div, that should be 100% wide, but it also has got some padding, and it fixed width of pixels. Countless developers tried to make the equation 100% – 50px work and failed. Today we have calc css value, which allows us […]

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The problem is here from some time on – let’s imagine you have a div, that should be 100% wide, but it also has got some padding, and it fixed width of pixels. Countless developers tried to make the equation 100% – 50px work and failed.

Today we have calc css value, which allows us to perform such tasks, and works pretty well, at least in modern browers.

I see it in use quite often (yes, I do have a nasty habit of checking websites’ source code and css), however I want to talk about underestimated, and often not even noticed, css3 property: box sizing.

Box sizing can have two possible values (except of initial and inherit of course): content-box and border-box. The most important thing about this property is that it makes exactly what we envision when we think about a container that needs to have some percentage width and fixed px padding – it changes the box model, to make the padding count as part of the box width. So, we can simply write:

div { 	width: 100%;
		padding: 50px;
		-webkit-box-sizing: border-box;
     	-moz-box-sizing: border-box;
        box-sizing: border-box;	}

And this will do exactly what is necessary (content-box is a default model in which padding and borders add to the box width). Browser support is not the most awesome that I’ve ever seen, but it works for me, and I think it’s a great step towards simple, semantic and down to earth code, and I definitely prefer to use it instead of intricate calc(100% – 3em) solutions.

Another place where usage of the box-sizing property can’t be overrated is form styling. I remember countless hours I’ve been spending trying to make text input fields and dropdowns the same width and height! I usually like to have some padding on inputs, and I really suffered making complex structures field with divs with negative margins to achieve that. Fortunately it’s not here anymore, forcing

box-sizing: border-box

on all elements we want to have equal does the job. Thank you, box-sizing!

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Free, high quality grunge patterns http://eanka.com/free-high-quality-grunge-patterns/ http://eanka.com/free-high-quality-grunge-patterns/#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:03:51 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=567 My today’s creative excercise was: 1. Find a nice photo (http://pixabay.com/en/landscape-sun-desert-597098/) 2. Create a color palette out of this 3. Create some nice patterns, matching the scheme Here’s my palette: And this is how my patterns look like: I know, they are very complex, while the most prized trend right now is minimalism, so I […]

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My today’s creative excercise was:

  1. 1. Find a nice photo (http://pixabay.com/en/landscape-sun-desert-597098/)
  2. 2. Create a color palette out of this
  3. 3. Create some nice patterns, matching the scheme

Here’s my palette:
desert color palette

And this is how my patterns look like:
high quality grunge textures preview

I know, they are very complex, while the most prized trend right now is minimalism, so I am not sure if they will be really useful. My point is – one needs very specific project to use those. But making them was so much fun!

As usual the standard license terms – free for commercial and personal projects, without the credit link (although I will appreciate it a lot!)
Of course, if you want to share, please share a link to this post.

Download link (as usual mediafire download): Free High Quality Grunge Patterns by eAnka.

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Everything you wanted to know about choosing a domain http://eanka.com/everything-wanted-know-choosing-domain/ http://eanka.com/everything-wanted-know-choosing-domain/#respond Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:38:39 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=555 I have been asked this a lot, by people who start their adventures with online business, and I decided to gather this knowledge and put here in a post, so I can send them straight to my blog. Why does it matter? Your domain name – is your addres on web. This is exactly what […]

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I have been asked this a lot, by people who start their adventures with online business, and I decided to gather this knowledge and put here in a post, so I can send them straight to my blog.

Why does it matter?

Your domain name – is your addres on web. This is exactly what you put in the browser bar. You can get a free subdomain address from free website service sites (so it will look like: www.yourname.someoneelsedomain.com) – but if you want to look serious you will need your own name (www.yourname.com) and nothing else.

What does it consists of?

A typical website address has a few parts. Let’s consider the address: http://www.example.com:

  • http:// – is the protocol used to serve the content. It’s important of course, but it doesn’t matter to you. In modern browsers you don’t even need to type it. (you can also meet https:// – this means that data transfer is secured)
  • www. – is a subdomain, and also is not really important to you. If you buy example.com domain name, you can use either www.example.com or example.com address (or even both if you like, although I wouldn’t recommend it)
  • example – is the proper name that you will hunt for
  • .com – commonly named TLD (top level domain), is the extension, and the combination of the name and tld is what you need to buy – and must be unique (after you buy example.com, no one else can buy it, although someone can buy example.net). You will need some information about TLDs

Learn some more about TLDs

TLDs are managed by IANA – Internet Assigned Numbers Authority. There are a few TLDs to choose from (just recently some new ones were released), and the price of the domain name depends on the selected TLD. There are following kinds of TLDs:

Generic TLDs like com, net, and org.

Com domains were originally intended to indicate a commercial website, while org were supposed to belong to non-profit organizations, but since anyone can register those, these rules are not strict ones. There are some more generic tlds, but they are restricted to be used by government (gov), military (mil) and educational (edu) institutions, they are not available on the market. The cost of buying such TLD is about $15 per year.

Country code TLDs (ccTLDs)

Two letter domains, established for countries or territories like .pl for Poland or .it for Italy. They are marketed in corresponding countries, their prices vary (some are very expensive, while others are as cheap as com or net TLDs). Some countries require citizenship to qualify for buying their TLD.

New era generic TLDs

Around two years ago ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, an organization that runs IANA) started releasing new TLDs, very interesting generic words like .city or .bike. Right now, in the moment I am writing this post, there are 276 new TLDs available to register, 3 new are coming next week, and the total of 530 is planned. Some of most interesting are: academy, .agency, .attorney, .auction, .best, .boutique, .career, .cheap, .consulting, .discount, .finance, .global, .house, .investments, .land, .lawyer, .luxury, .marketing, .photo, .property, .shoes – you get the idea. Cost of these new TLDs is higher than cost of traditional com, net and org extensions – depending on the selected word it can be even up to $100 per year (average cost is $25 per year, only few are cheaper).

Checking availability

If you already have an existing business, and it has its name, you will want to use it as your domain name. There shouldn’t be a problem if the name is unique or you will want to use your first and last name with .com TLD – there are chances it’s still available. If you will want to register “pizza.com” – forget it, it’s taken. Where do you check availability? Any of the registrars (listed below) will give you the possibility to check it. If it’s not, you can try to buy it from the current owner or backorder it- this is quite expensive solution, and not really my choice. If your name is taken, and you don’t want to spend money to buy this from current owner or you can try to get the selected name with a different TLD or slightly alter the name – adding hyphens or additional word that describes your business.

Choosing your name

If you plan a new business and are in the process of selecting the name, you should choose the name that is already available. There is a number of tools on the internet that will help you with this, and I have some advice:

  • Keep it short – 3 and 4 letter domains are taken, and there is no need to be that short, but you should try to fall under 14 letter name.
  • Use your keywords – you will want to optimize your website, and rank high in search engines for selected keywords, so doing a research now, and using keywords in the name of your business can assure you optimal results
  • Make it easy to memorize, easy to spell and easy to write – well, this is obvious, but funny how many people forget about it. Ask your friends if they can spell it. Ask your mum to write it. Check it with someone who is not computer savvy to see how it works
  • After you will find your perfect name, research it. Simply enter it in google or any other search engine to find out what ranks high at this moment for your name – you don’t want your car business to be confused with a brand of toys for newborns

Just to help you with selecting names, I have gathered a few online domain name generators – they also show availability:
NameMesh – just enter your keywords, and it will present you with plenty of solutions
Panabee – works in similar way, just give it some words and browse through results
Dot-o-mator allows combining two predefined lists of words and check the availability of the generated results. You can also type your words, instead using predefined ones. Useful for combining one word with topical suffixes, and it also has a link to generate non existing web 2.0 words.
Lean domain search enter your dream word, and it will provide a lot of alternative options.

Registering a domain name

After you have selected your name, and know it’s available, it’s time to register it.
As I wrote before, talking about TLDs, cost of the domain depends on selected TLD. You can get even some for free! Most popular ones, .com, .net and .org cost around $15 per year.
There are many domain registering services on the net, most of them also provide hosting – and other way, most of hosting providers allow to register a domain name. Personally I register my domain names in one company, and buy hosting services from the other one – it’s more complicated, but I have found that the best registrars are not necessarily best hosting providers – and back again. This is the list of the domain name registrars, whose services I find interesting (I have also checked reviews and they have quite a good opinion among internet users):

Name Cheap
Dynadot
Name.com
Google – yes, you can register domains with google.
Hover
Gandi.net – this one is more expensive than others, but has very good opinion, and their motto is “no bullshit” support.

And a bonus for those who made to the end of this post:

Freenom – this is the registrar, who will allow you to register domains for free.

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Four seasons – vector illustration http://eanka.com/four-seasons-vector-illustration/ http://eanka.com/four-seasons-vector-illustration/#respond Sat, 07 Feb 2015 08:44:41 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=532 Four seasons. I wanted to create a set of weather icons (which will probably come anyway), but instead I’ve drawn this. I know they’re a little bit childish, but if you will need a nice illustration for kids’ website or find any other use for those – feel free to download. They’re drawn in vectors, […]

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Four seasons. I wanted to create a set of weather icons (which will probably come anyway), but instead I’ve drawn this. I know they’re a little bit childish, but if you will need a nice illustration for kids’ website or find any other use for those – feel free to download. They’re drawn in vectors, so you can scale it to any size, trendy flat drawings of tree with geometric additions showing the time of the year. I am particularly proud of the robin in winter.

License: they are free to be used in personal and commercial projects. Links and shares will be appreciated, but are not required. You are not allowed to sell them or give away as yours. If you want to share the goods, please link to this page. Also, you can let me know what did you do with those in comments.

Without further talking – here’s the preview:
Four seasons vector illustration - preview

And here you can download it (media fire download):
Four seasons vectors by eAnka – click to download!

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What’s wrong with Twitter Bootstrap? http://eanka.com/whats-wrong-with-twitter-bootstrap/ http://eanka.com/whats-wrong-with-twitter-bootstrap/#respond Thu, 05 Feb 2015 08:36:10 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=525 Just recently I have finished a website for my client. I did it very fast (brief was really precise), I have sent it to the client. Design is very clean and modern, client likes it. I got paid. I should be happy. But I feel guilty… You see, design is really crisp, and very nice, […]

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Just recently I have finished a website for my client. I did it very fast (brief was really precise), I have sent it to the client. Design is very clean and modern, client likes it. I got paid. I should be happy.

But I feel guilty…

You see, design is really crisp, and very nice, but to be honest it looks exactly like the gazilion other websites out there.

Some time ago I have tried to present my clients with unique designs. I even had this awesome idea, that each client should get AT LEAST 3 different design ideas, that will be unique, created from scratch for him and for him only. And I starved. I have spent days and hours on each project, watching my fellow web designers using twitter bootstrap and creating websites in minutes. Then my projects were rejected and turned down, while theirs prized (although they looked like templates, maybe even they were templates).

Partially I blame Twitter Bootstrap (and partially flat design and minimalism). It is a very useful framework, and allows rapid front-end development, but… it makes all the sites built with it look the same. Sure, you can customize it, and alter the CSS, to make it unique, but then the development is not so rapid, and most web developers don’t do it. They just change some colors, insert their own pictures, that’s all. And that’s not enough. Web is flooded with websites built with Bootstrap, or looking like they were built with Bootstrap. Clients see the trend and demand it, circle closes.

Bootstrap has also other downsides – and one of the biggest is that it is very heavy, and all websites built with it usually load much more code than necessary. It’s the same as with the design – sure you can customize it, and you can remove unused parts of the code, but, exactly like with the design, almost no one does this. This is a symptom of all framework- or template- built websites.

My conclusion? I will design websites like this, I have to if I want to earn my keep (but I won’t use the code, I prefer to write code from scratch, especially CSS) – if clients demand it. But I definitely prefer to design unique websites.

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Launched the site http://eanka.com/launched-the-site/ http://eanka.com/launched-the-site/#respond Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:36:48 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=518 Finally! I thought I’ll never do it… After 38 different versions (I think I might one day put together a post showing all unused versions of my website), which I tried to polish to perfection… I guess being a perfectionist is not a virtue, especially in the world of getting things done. So, finally I […]

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Finally! I thought I’ll never do it… After 38 different versions (I think I might one day put together a post showing all unused versions of my website), which I tried to polish to perfection… I guess being a perfectionist is not a virtue, especially in the world of getting things done. So, finally I launched it. I also dislike this version, and just after I finished it I wanted to start over and begin designing the next, 39th version, but at some moment I have said to myself: STOP. Blog is very short, it’s missing a lot of things and pages that I’ve intended, and might not work perfectly, but it is live (and responsive)!

Dear visitors, please let me know how do you like it, and, even more important, let me know if you will see any errors or something is missing. I will be still trying to make it perfect, but I will do it on a live website. Thank you for stopping by!

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Free hand drawn floral doodles for your projects http://eanka.com/free-hand-drawn-floral-doodles-for-your-projects/ http://eanka.com/free-hand-drawn-floral-doodles-for-your-projects/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:40:54 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=465 This time I have some fresh free vectors for you. Very popular recently, hand drawn flowers and doodles (and a feather, and some arrows). All in vectors. As usual you can use it for free, for both commercial and personal projects. No attribution is required, although will be very appreciated. Take a look at the […]

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This time I have some fresh free vectors for you. Very popular recently, hand drawn flowers and doodles (and a feather, and some arrows). All in vectors. As usual you can use it for free, for both commercial and personal projects. No attribution is required, although will be very appreciated. Take a look at the vectors:
Floral doodles for web design and print
Download them here (media fire download): Hand drawn floral doodles by eAnka – click to download!

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Website as a real estate http://eanka.com/website-as-a-real-estate/ http://eanka.com/website-as-a-real-estate/#respond Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:25:17 +0000 http://eanka.com/?p=29 I am an architect. Developing websites was my hobby, and finally became my bread and butter, but I have finished 5 yr studies at Cracow’s University of Technology. This is probably why I have considered websites as web estate properties from the very beginning and this parallel makes perfect sense for me. Website is your […]

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I am an architect. Developing websites was my hobby, and finally became my bread and butter, but I have finished 5 yr studies at Cracow’s University of Technology. This is probably why I have considered websites as web estate properties from the very beginning and this parallel makes perfect sense for me.

Website is your home on the net

I have created the first website for myself, and wanted it to become my home on the net. We all need to have our own shelter (that’s the basic need of security). I think this is the secret behind the popularity of some type of browser games, where user receives his own castle / home / farm / garden / appartment and is allowed to decorate it and make it his own. Websites have their structure, that could be compared to house parts – almost always we have a header, some content and a footer (well sometimes we don’t, but there are also houses that don’t follow the rules).

Building a website like a house

Any building must start with a plan – and the same rule applies to web design. If you want a top-notch website you will need an excellent web developer. He should be able to carry the function of an architect, engineer and the construction company (well, websites are somehow smaller than buildings and don’t tend to crash on people heads, so it can be one person or a small team). House construction must start with footing, website development should begin with a layout frame. When I was studying history of architecture, I have admired work of Vitruvius. He stated that any building should implement three basic qualities: utilitas (utility), firmitas (firmness) and venustas (beauty). To me this Vitruvian triad applies to websites perfectly – web design is the beauty, coding stands for firmness (construction of the website) and utility is the functionality of the website. Employing this simple rule and taking care of the harmony between those three commandments has never failed.

How to become website owner

Just like houses, websites can be bought, sold, rented, or built. The good part is you can even build it yourself (which I wouldn’t recommend when it came to building a house). You can build it using prefabricated elements (for example wordpress and some wordpress theme, this is pretty easy to do it yourself). You can hire someone to do it, if you don’t have the time. I can even compare using a third party service like blogger or wordpress.com to renting a house, or building it on a leased land. As you see the similarity is striking.

Website, just like a house is an investment

And this is probably the most important conclusion of the above musings. I will repeat: a website is an investment, and you should treat it as such. First of all, before you spend any money, do your research and calculate how much you can spend. With all proportions reserved, you can determine how much money should be spent on your personal website (a home), how much on your business website (an office) and how much on an ecommerce (a shop). If you can forecast future profits – you should be able to nail down the quote you are willing to spend on the website. Second important point of the above statement is that you should take care of your website, just like you would of your home or your office. The content should be fresh, you should update the code if it becomes deprecated and remove obsolete scripts. Generally, if this is your business website and you don’t have the time to do it yourself, it would be a good idea to hire someone to do the maintenance work for you.

Websites are very equal to real estate properties, and I am surprised no one has ever written about this analogy. What do you think? Am I right?

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