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Web Design Mauritius in 2017

Web design is halfway between form and functionality. It is therefore logical that new trends are largely influenced by technology, be it devices, operating systems, browsers or program libraries available on the market. But the recent aspirations of today’s graphic designers go even further, they also influence the very principles and philosophies of design. Recent years have been marked by unprecedented technological advances, including:

The democratization of mobile phones

The appearance of integrated dynamic 3D interface (via WebGL) The adoption of HTML5, CSS3 and the rise of JavaScript frameworks. As well as the increase of the speed of internet download (on computer as on mobile).

Together, these technological advances have created a real turning point in the history of web design, particularly with the emergence of adaptive sites (“responsive” in English) and more generally, mobile oriented designs.

In terms of aesthetics, we cannot ignore the supreme reign of flat design, three years ago. Then it was Google’s turn to introduce Material Design to push us further towards abstract design. In 2017, we have seen that the trends bring us a little closer to reality: 2017 has been the year of hybrids, in forms as well as in colors or functionality, where technology and reality come together to create experience so far unequaled.

Without further ado, here are the 3 trends that we believe have wreaked havoc this year:

1. Menus that defy any navigation paradigm

Since the archaic birth of web design (that is to say, 20 years ago), we have seen two types of navigation: top (menu bar at the top) and sidebar (menu bar at the sides). It was the arrival of responsive design that led to the arrival of the hamburger menu. What would you say to us?

2. Simply delete the menu

No need to tell users how to navigate a website. They know the principle of scrolling and will use it instinctively until they find the information they are looking for. Some graphic designers have chosen to remove almost all menus and let users evolve freely.

3. Adopt the hamburger button and forget everything else

Instead of designing two different menus, one for the desktop version and the other for the mobile version, many websites opt for hamburger navigation. Since the designers realized that it is no longer necessary to occupy space on the screen with a navigation bar. Of course, you do not have to put a hamburger icon … We are seeing more and more graphic designers play on typography to indicate to users where to click to access the menu.

3D Modelling Mauritius

What is 3D modeling?

3D modeling allows you to create 3-dimensional objects on a computer. Thus, it is possible to realize complex objects, environments, characters, buildings, landscapes, etc. from simple shapes such as spheres, polygons, cones or curves that define structures. Everything is possible. To dress the objects, they are covered with textures. Once done, even if you start having results, the work is not finished. Indeed, it is possible to apply characteristics to each element created to set it in motion, for example, or to assign reactions that will occur in a given situation. Sources of light can also be defined to virtually illuminate objects, make them more real and put them in situation. Thus, the 3D modeling makes it possible to put in situation of objects before proceeding to their manufacture. This is called CAD, computer-aided design. But of course, it’s not the only application of 3D modeling. Indeed, it also serves as a basis for the production of multimedia or audiovisual content.

How to do 3D modeling?

3D modeling requires specialized software. 3D modeling is a complex area that requires specific training. It is true that today there are tools allowing everyone to do a little 3D, but of course these are limited. The principle is the same as in photo editing: fans will find Paint enough to crop their images while professionals or those who need to make advanced editing will turn to Photoshop. Some brands, and especially brands working in furniture, also offer their customers to model their interior and to deposit furniture, wallpapers, etc. in order to have a preview before the purchase. But here, no skill is needed, just move objects, or even change their color. With regard to the true 3D modeling, one must know that this one requires rather advanced skills, especially since there are several methods to model in 3D: polygonal modeling, by surface subdivision, by curves, by geometry etc. Thus, to make advanced 3D modeling, it is necessary to equip a specialized software as proposed by Autodesk. But of course, that’s not enough. It is essential to have a high-performance computer that will be able to run this type of software and ensure rendering often very heavy. And it is on the choice of your graphics card that you will have to pay the greatest attention.

Which sectors does 3D modeling apply to?

Since 3D modeling is used to make objects in 3D, it is useful in many areas. It can thus be used in the automotive industry to create the design of new models. It can also be used in architecture to make plans and become more aware of indoor and outdoor spaces. The sciences also regularly use 3D modeling to present medical phenomena or to recreate the human body in a virtual way. This type of creation is also very useful in the field of education because it allows viewing in 3 dimensions of elements that are not visible to the naked eye. And when it comes to video games or animation movies, 3D modeling is essential to create characters and sets. Anyway, we must know that it is necessary to opt for software adapted to what we want to create. For example, for all things building, it is better to opt for a building software that offers very specific features such as simulations, structural analysis, etc.

At WEB Mauritius, our 3D modelling team is here to help you design your 3D models in the most effective way. Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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Web Development Mauritius: WordPress

The different stages of creating a site are considerably easier under WordPress thanks to its flexibility and its performances. In order to fully understand the benefits of WordPress, let’s detail the steps of building a website in chronological order.

Web developmet in a nutshell

The specifications: This is the document that takes up the final schedule. It includes functional behaviors and plugins that will bring the project to its final release.

The model (also called “Wireframe”): it is an overview with a tree and a graphical interface.

Integration: this is the phase during which we add content such as articles, images, etc.

Developments: it is the step of the code that it is HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, MySQL …

Delivery of the project

In WordPress, development can take place throughout the entire project.

This flexibility makes it possible to continuously improve the project even if it is already delivered, very simply and quickly.

Concretely how does it work with WordPress?

The flexibility of WordPress makes it possible to proceed with the development of the site in parallel with the other stages of creation of a website.

The production steps in WordPress

Define appearance: typography, page templates, color charter and semiology. This is done by choosing the theme and the UI kit best suited to the project.

Add content: integration of texts, photos, videos, product sheets. WordPress has many tools such as the text editor and the media library to facilitate different content integrations.

Add features: plugin integration like forms, share buttons, comments, new menus and related content.

Adding content and adding features can be changed over the different stages of creating a site. These time savings allow us to focus on editorial quality and on a better-thought-out SEO.

You too, take advantage of these valuable benefits that WordPress offers you.

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How to write good content for your website?

To be more precise, your content must be relevant, digestible, interesting and memorable, identifiable by the search engines. And they must be kept up to date. And if your content is good, why reserve your talent to your website?

Relevant and digestible

When you write a text, strive to think like your readers. Address your visitors, your customers. Use specific terms. Go straight to the point in your texts and descriptions. What works best is necessarily short. Avoid any entrepreneurial jargon, talk like your customers would. Otherwise, they may never come to your site. And if they succeed in falling on them, they will not understand much of it, and will go to other heavens.

People do not read websites, they scan the screen until something catches their attention. If there is too much text to inspect, or if they do not find anything they expected, they move on to something else. Split your texts. Make short sentences and small paragraphs.

Choose your titles carefully. Do not say too much, or too little, it is the rule. And give care to the language you use, it’s important: If your site is for children, say “How to make paper flowers”, if it is addressed to specialists say: “Model for Origami: Pink “.

Use illustrations. A picture is worth a thousand words. If possible, replace some paragraphs with a photo or video.

Search Engine Performance

Approximately 40-50% of visits to a well-organized website are attributable to search engines. The other half of the traffic consists of direct visits, for example if your site has been bookmarked by your visitors, or if a third party site makes a link to yours. It is therefore crucial for any site to properly appear in the search engines, and be attractive enough to be recommended on other sites.

Search engines are quite disappointing in terms of indexing videos, audio, photo. So you have to look after the textual content of your site, which Google will display in its results. You should include carefully selected keywords in your texts, which will be used as search terms and will channel the interest of your potential visitors.

Rich and relevant texts in the eyes of your potential customers, will also be for the search engines. And then write interesting content, so that people want to create links to your site. These two axes are formidably strategic if you want to promote your site and your activity.

Keep your site up to date

Stimulate your visitors with your content, make them want to come back – Content should not only be interesting, but it should also be kept up to date. With a good blog, a section devoted to your products that is constantly evolving, links to consumer opinions, etc. Your site must stay alive. You must give the impression that someone passionate animates your site permanently.

The freshness of the contents of a site conditions its placement in the search engines.

Recycle your content

If the content of your site conforms to the above, then this content is good. Maybe even some of this content is valid enough to be used several times. 1) on your website, 2) in the internal company newsletter, 3) in a presentation to be presented at a conference or trade fair, etc. And why not in a press release or in a book? There may be a lot to learn from your passion …

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Web Design Mauritius: Why create a website?

Creating a website is a powerful communication tool.

A website is a unique way to communicate with the world. So whether you have chosen to create a website to share your passion for music or animals, to make your company known to potential customers, to sell crafts or other items, there are no more barriers. With a site, a multitude of possibilities is offered to you.

The Internet is the ideal medium to reach a large audience at little cost.

A website gives you:

  • A business card of your company
  • A permanent and detailed advertisement
  • A facility open 24 hours a day and 365 days a year
  • Increased competitiveness
  • Better reaction speed
  • Increased credibility

Mass media communication

Internet is the only communication medium where you can broadcast photos, music or videos. This ability makes it a rich and dynamic medium. Creating a website is an essential step in a company’s growth strategy. Today, the website has become a true communication tool and a powerful marketing tool.

Creating a website for all

The first step in building a site is to know its goals and choose a topic accordingly. Will it be a professional, recreational or other site? Do you want to share a passion, meet people, create a business network, present your services … you decide! Having its website makes it possible to open doors to the world since it is a simple way to meet all kinds of expectations.

Today, it is risky for a company to stay away from new modes of communication. It should also be borne in mind that the presence of a company on the Internet must be sustainable and follow the evolutions of the web.

If you want to be accompanied, set up and exploit the full potential of your presence on the internet, contact us!

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Why is it necessary to have a digital strategy?

Still too many companies are working without real digital strategy and are using digital tactically. Yet by doing so, they put themselves in danger. Having a digital strategy is not a luxury, but a necessary passage to success.

Why digital strategy?

The massive digitization of society has opened an era of unprecedented change. In just 15 years, everything has changed around us, and this is just the beginning. To succeed in developing and consolidating its activity in this permanently changing environment is anything but obvious.

Yes, digital creates extraordinary opportunities, and the field of possibilities seems very vast. Yes, it is possible to create digital companies which in a few years will become impossible to circumvent. Yes, it is possible to take advantage of digital to reinvent a model of ” A recent study by Capgemini Consulting shows that the most mature digital companies, called “digirati”, have, on average, a profitability of 26% more than their counterparts in the same sector and one Turnover of 9% higher.

But digital as such is not a panacea!

Digital marketing brings new meaning to marketing. It creates a genuine relationship with consumers, better understands them, and anticipates their needs and expectations. Nevertheless, contrary to a widespread belief, the digital ecosystem is complex and complex from day to day.

Unfortunately it is not enough to be present on the digital tools to ensure its development. It is first and foremost to define a strategy!

With time you realize  that too many companies (and often beautiful companies) work without real digital strategy. Not convinced by the added value of the consulting agencies – often rightly admitted – or considering the definition of a real strategy too time-consuming or even superfluous, these companies continue to act tactically.

Certainly digital has the advantage of being more responsive than other marketing channels, but without a defined strategy, a very important part of what you do in digital is most likely not a priority, or needless to see against productive.

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SEO Mauritius: PASO, the future of SEO?

What is PASO? This is the acronym for Personal Assistant Search Optimization or SEO for Personal Assistants.

Would the SEO be migrating to PASO?

We are witnessing a subtle, but persistent change in the world of the web. The phenomenon of voice search and personal assistants could greatly modify the field of SEO, but to what extent?

Personal assistants

Personal assistants are taking more and more place in everyday life.

They were already ubiquitous thanks to their integration in the systems of the smart phones. One can think of Siri, widely popular for its, sometimes, surprising answers, but also Cortana, Google Now and more.

Still, the personal assistants have taken a step further to settle in the houses with the arrival of Google Home and Alexa from Amazon. Moreover, the adoption of personal assistants has doubled in the United States between 2015 and 2016 according to a recent study by Parks Associates. The adoption of personal assistants is expected to continue with the addition of new features.

 

Evolution of search engines

If you think about it, the ultimate and perfect search engine would automatically provide the answer you’re looking for. Though the idea may seem to come straight out of a science fiction movie, this is what search engines crave.

One can notice it with the increase of results in position “0” in Google. This 0 position is usually occupied by the Knowledge Box which attempts to provide an instant response in the search results.

Moreover, search engines also tend to be more and more personalized and increasingly geolocalised, not to mention that they are becoming more intelligent. One has only to think of RankBrain, the recent IA added to the algorithm of Google.

There are therefore several elements necessary to the establishment of a personal assistant in the search engines of today. It is therefore natural to see the arrival of products such as Google Home and Alexa.

Indeed, the SEO will have to adapt to meet the reality of personal assistants that differs from traditional search engines. First, rather than providing millions of results, personal assistants will limit themselves to 3 or 4 results, or even just one, depending on the question asked. So how should we work with PASO? In this regard, we have already analyzed the impact of voice search on SEO and made recommendations on how to optimize your website for voice search.

 

Will PASO replace the SEO?

In the near future, the answer is “no, probably not. ” However, PASO will likely make its place in all SEO strategies if the trend towards voice search continues to grow. Any professional responsible for a company’s web presence should take this into account for the future and plan its optimization accordingly.

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Web Mauritius: Social Media Trends

Instagram is the second largest social network after Facebook. However, its operation is quite different from this one. So here are some tips s to improve your audience on Instagram.

Publish more images on Instagram

The image is the very basis of the social network and it must therefore be worked accordingly.

Images published on Instagram must be of good quality. However, they do not have to be taken with a high-end camera. The quality of photos taken by smart phones is currently largely enough to provide beautiful shots for the web.

 

To get an interesting picture, here are some tips:

  • Have a common thread. Determine the theme and tone to use on your Instagram account.
  • Think of lighting when you take pictures and enjoy the natural daylight. Use few filters or lower their intensity.
  • Think of the composition of the image and the framing. Do several tests and test several angles to get the best result.
  • Do not overload the image! Concentrate on a point of interest or contrast. Let it breathe by not trying to occupy all the space.
  • Publish regularly! If you lack imagination, here are more content ideas to animate your Instagram account
  • Get a tripod to stabilize the photo taking.
  • Practice a lot, publish little. Choose only the best photos.
  • Make more videos!

 

Use hashtags

Instagram is the master of hashtag. In any other social network, you will be advised to use them sparingly. On Instagram, no risk! You can add them without moderation. They will allow you to increase commitment on your publications and improve your reach.

The most popular hashtags at the moment are #cute, #beautiful, #tbt, #photooftheday, #instagood and #love. As you will have noticed, the world of hashtags is very influenced by English, even in Quebec. Do not hesitate to use hashtags in both French and English.

Also, try composing hashtags yourself. It’s simple, join words together.

Write your message and add the hashtags at the end of it. Choose some popular general hashtags, some hashtags specific to your products or your brand, some hashtags describing your image more accurately.

If you need more ideas, we have listed the tools to find the right hashtags.

Have a link strategy

The use of links is rather restricted on Instagram. The only place where you can indicate a clickable link is in your biography. The first option to get people to visit your site or content is to insert a link to it.

It is possible to go further with this strategy. When you publish a new photo and you want to indicate a link, write that it is in your biography like this at the end of your description with hashtags: “Link in bio”.

Obviously, you will have previously changed the link in the biography for the one you want to share.

The other option is to indicate the link directly in the description, even if the link will not be clickable. For this strategy to work, the link must be short, because users will have to copy it manually. The incentive to action must be strong in this case for this technique to work.

 

On social networks, a strategy with an influencer can reach many users and gain credibility with its subscribers.

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SEO Mauritius: How to get position 0 on Google?

What’s better than taking first place on Google? Occupy position 0 of course! Position 0 corresponds to the information box that sometimes appears before the natural results for some queries. It offers a lot of visibility and attracts a lot of attention from the internet users. Here’s how to get position 0 on Google:

  1. Understanding Position 0

First, you need to know exactly what position 0 is. This Google content is called Answer Box or Featured snippet.

The Answer Box, as its name suggests, is an excerpt of a website’s content presented in a box that precedes natural results. This famous position 0 may include several types of information. Generally speaking, the extract from the site will normally serve to answer a question of the Internet user.

It gives a lot of visibility and credibility to the website and is therefore very popular with SEOs.

It is true that an important part of the Answer Box of position 0 contains information from Wikipedia. However, it is also possible for small sites to appear there.

 

  1. Analyze results to find opportunities

Not all results pages have an Answer Box in position 0. So, you must first identify the opportunities. Perform tests with your keywords to find Answer Boxes in which you might appear. Formulate questions in your queries that can help find them. Also pay attention to Google’s suggestions.

 

  1. Answer the question

When you have found the question you want to answer, make sure to put it in your text and create content that responds explicitly.

So, if your question is “What is X …” Content should include “X is …”.

Google’s understanding of a text is quite limited. Formulate your answer in a simple sentence with obvious subject, verb and complement.

 

  1. Structuring the data

The key to getting position 0 is a good structure. The elements of your page must be optimized for the query in question. The structure will help Google understand the content of the page and use it at the right time.

The right format to use will depend on Google and its “expectations” regarding the query. Thus, if the query seems to indicate that the user is trying to understand how to do something, a list will surely be prioritized. If the person is looking for a number or a statistic, the table may be preferred.

The analysis of the current Answer Box can help determine what type of Google format searches.

In general, the following types of formats perform well:

  • The lists (OL and UL),
  • The short paragraphs (40 to 50 words)
  • The data in table.

Also make sure to use your titles well.

The title of your page should include your keywords. Also make sure that this is the case in your h1 and h2.

 

  1. Optimize SEO

It is noted that Google will generally seek its position 0 among the top 10 positions of its results. So, you must also have some weight for the SEO. It is only natural that Google should act this way, since position 0 must be assumed by a trusted source. Google uses its ranking signals to achieve this. Position 1 does not, however, provide access to position 0. Referencing is only one of the signals used to “select” the content of position 0.

 

 

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Web Design Mauritius: 2017 on the Web!

Web design remains one field that is always evolving. Meaning that you always have to upgrade your site to fit the current generation of features. This year began loudly on the web design side of things – three dominant features are ruling new designs and this is what our article is all about. Here are the three trends to keep an eye on this year and to maybe add on to your website to be on the trendy side of things.

A video to replace images

The display of large-format video clips to replace banner images is a good way to boost a website. Increasing the speed of web connections allows us to integrate more and more media items in better resolution. The html5 video tags allow us to easily integrate them and ensure a good cross-browser compatibility. The only barrier to this trend: Apple mobile devices do not support automatic video playback to preserve battery life.

“Landing pages”

One very common feature being used nowadays remains the Landing Page. Landing pages allow several companies with a smaller budget to maintain a high-quality presence on the Web. They also allow a company that already has a web presence to launch a targeted campaign or online offensive and increase the conversion of visits – thus not only increasing their visibility but also increasing their gain in clients.

Endless-scroll pages

Web pages without a scroll bar presenting all the content inside the initial window are becoming more and more popular. The scrolling action is often re-used in these pages to advance the content, which is built as a story or timeline. On these pages, you will often find a multitude of animations and transitions to reveal the content. These pages look like a book or a brochure and cause a wow effect.

Keep tuned for more updates about WEB!