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The Five Most Important Website Design Trends That Will Emerge In 2017

The Five Most Important Website Design Trends That Will Emerge In 2017http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesagencycouncil/2016/12/21/the-five-most-important-website-design-trends-that-will-emerge-in-2017/#4d78b055402aFor non-website designers, it is nearly impossible to stay on top of the technological advances and countless new design options emerging almost daily. But you know that your website must be user-friendly and engaging on any device. As a business owner in the digital marketing space, I often become the translator for designers and coders. Here are five of the most important website design trends to help you engage visitors and achieve your website conversion goals in 2017:

Web Design Classes on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays in Fairfax / Dunn Loring / Mosaic

We're happy to unveil our twice-monthly class sessions. We'll teach you how to build your own WordPress powered website using a set of tools that require no programming skills (but we'll throw in a few CSS tricks to use).

The classes meet just a couple of blocks from the Dunn Loring Metro station on the Orange Line and right outside the DC Beltway. First and Third Tuesdays from 10:30am to 3:30pm. The cost for the class session is just $225.

This is great for small businesses who want to design their own site, someone who wants to get familiar with website design, and for bloggers. 

We recommend website hosting for these class sessions which can be obtained from Bluehost at a reduced price through our affiliate link  - the Plus plan is the best deal!

You can get full details and sign up for the next session on our Class page.

Photoshop Tip: What to do if you get the ‘Could not complete your request because an unknown or invalid JPEG marker type is found’ error

When trying to open up some jpg images obtained from the web into Photoshop, I kept encountering this error: “Could not complete your request because an unknown or invalid JPEG marker type is found”. The images would open in browsers and other applications, but not in Photoshop. It was driving me crazy.

Doing some Google research, I read that changing the extension of the file name to .psd might work, but alas, it didn’t solve the problem, just gave a new error: “Could not complete your request because it is not a valid Photoshop document.”

Sigh…

On a whim, I tried another extension and changed it to .png. And… voila! The image opened up in Photoshop perfectly. Turns out it was actually a png file pretending to be a jpg. Problem solved!

So if you ever come across the ‘Invalid JPEG marker’ roadblock, see if it’s a png in disguise.

Benny Has Arrived! A Look at the New Features in WordPress 4.0

bennyOne of the most significant updates to WordPress in years has released this week. Codenamed ‘Benny’, WordPress 4.0 features many new features and improvements. Here are some of the things we’re excited about:

Writing in WordPress has vastly improved. The style toolbar for posts and pages now stays stationary at the top of the page so the user doesn’t have to scroll up to find the Bold or Italic buttons. And the footer at the bottom also stays put so the word count is always accessible.

Embedding mmediaedia into posts and pages is much more dynamic and useful. Before, when inserting a YouTube embed code into the text, the Visual Mode would display a pale yellow box to indicate it’s position. Now, the complete video shows up while editing, fully playable. The same goes for Tweets and other embedible media.

Working with images is also much easier. The Media Library used to show thumbnails in a paginated list, but now there is a seamless grid with larger examples and infinite scrolling. No more clicking ‘Next Page’ to find the right image. Just scroll and browse. Video and audio files are also now playable from within the library.

add-plugin1There is also a brand new plug-in browser, to make finding the right functionality even easier. Instead of a list after a search, WordPress now displays a grid including review information and graphics.

With each new release, WordPress gets stronger and more user friendly. Consider ‘Benny’ one of the biggest leaps forward!