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Website Design Trends for 2018 & Lunar Pages Coupons

web design 2018 & lunar pages coupons

This is the time of year when everyone starts thinking about new web design trends. A website is an important marketing tool for your business it is hands down the best way to showcase your products and services to your customers. Every business needs an alluring and eye catching website that can attract lots of visitors. If you have an outdated website then all you need to do is revamp it. If you are looking for a new business website, you should look for a web design company that can follow modern web design trends to make your website more appealing.

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2018 Design Trends

Alright, so let’s get in to the actual trends. Some of them may come and go quickly, but others like responsive design are around to stay and you should make sure that your website takes advantage of them.

1. Responsive Web Design

Nowadays people have started browsing website via various devices such as mobile, tablet, laptop and much more. You need a mobile-friendly and responsive website that can work on different devices and browsers easily. This one is definitely not a trend, the future of the internet is mobile and if you’re website is not responsive you are missing out on as much as 60% of your potential traffic.

2. Focus on Video

If an image says a lot about your brand, then the video may work wonder. Homepage background videos can be very beneficial as they can tell a long story behind your services and products within few seconds. You need to have lots of videos on your website. There’re lots of online stores that also have different videos for their different products or services. Video gives a clear idea about product and service. This is an easy way to understand your service or product.

3. Rich Animation

You should add animations such as hovers and gifts to make your site more attractive and engaging. You can introduce something unique and attractive that gives a more engaging experience than static graphics. Remember not to overdo it though, you don’t want every single thing jumping around on the website. Remember those terrible Flash websites back in the day? To be honest we are glad that Apple killed it.

4. Storytelling That Is Interactive

You should have something interesting that can attract visitors. Your interactive storyline will surely compel visitors to come to your website and read it. For some great examples check out the Awwwards website.

5. Digital First Branding

Your website should be user and SEO friendly. It should have proper navigation and anchor text. There should be a proper interlinking and heading text. You should have relevant images, text, videos, design, and information about your product and services. It’s also really important to keep your website up to date, it is frustrating for visitors to find incorrect information or see tons of products that are out of stock.

6. Content That Is Long-Form

Your website content plays a very vital role in turning visitors into your website to a customer. You can post interactive and catchy content on your every web page. It helps visitors know how they can approach you. You can post detailed information about your products and services via website content. Think of your website as your 24/7 sales team, anybody at any time can find out more information about your product/services, book with you, buy product, and it can all happen while you are asleep or on vacation!

7. Design That Is Simple

Your website design should be elegant and simple. A messy and over optimized site cannot impress the visitors. You should look for a simple design for your website that can match with your branding and particular business theme. A busy website with lots of images, banners and slides can be very unattractive. You should look for a sophisticated and clean website. It can improve navigation, simplicity, and legibility. You should go with the minimalist design and focus on user interface. Keep your website design simple and easy to understand.

8. Original Photographs

Your original Photographs are the best thing on your website to stand out from your competitors. Promote the use of photographs of your own or a professional photographer. However, if you want to use stock images make sure you customize them to make the image your own so that you don’t have the same images on your website as all of your competitors.

Things to Consider When Starting a Small Business

things to consider when starting a small business

A lot of people like the idea of starting their own business, and while we encourage anybody who wants to start out on their own entrepreneurial journey we also want to give them some advice. Running your own business might be the hardest thing you will ever do, and we learned a lot in the years that Remote Lounge was open! Remote Lounge might be no more, but we want to pass on some of the lessons that we learned.

It’s More Expensive Than You Think, Use Coupons!

Running a business is very expensive and with various fees, licenses, and insurance there may be a lot of costs that you have not even considered. So, wherever possible try to save some money! One aspect of your business that you might not realize there are coupons for is your website. Obviously it’s very important to have a (mobile-friendly) website these days, and we found some godaddy promo codes. Don’t worry if you use a different host, that website has them all covered. You can try to find some for your necessary business supplies, food if you offer that, and pretty much anything to be honest. You probably won’t be able to find one for your lease though, sorry.

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It’s Harder Than You Think, Kind Of

The hard part is sitting down and coming up with a good business plan before you register a domain name or buy any equipment. This step is so challenging that most people skip it entirely, they have a vague notion of what to do (maybe they worked at a similar business before) and they think they’ll start now and figure it out later. Trust me, once you are up and running you will be so busy you will not have time to ‘figure it out’. And if you don’t have a plan, things can get off track very quickly! If you only do one thing from this article let it be this: write out a business plan before you do anything else.

Do Market Research and Plan Funding

This kind of goes hand in hand with the business plan, but a lot of people come up with a big plan according to what they think is best and never talk to a potential customer. A part of any business plan should include what you have discovered from market research. That can be done by questionnaires, informal interviews, posting on social media, polling, etc. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and you don’t need to hire a firm to do it for you.

The other thing you need to consider is where you are going to come up with the money to purchase equipment, pay for any licenses, buy insurance, put a deposit down on a lease, etc. If you’re going to fund that all yourself out of pocket then that’s great, and honestly the best way to do it if you can. It’s not always possible though, if you do take out a loan make sure you really understand what the repayment terms are. Also consider that you may not have a cash flow right away, businesses take time to get established. If you go for months or even a year without an income, will you be okay? It’s a really good idea to have at least a few months of living expenses saved up before you set out on this venture.

Your Going to Work Hard, Very Hard

You can forget about 8 hour days and scheduled lunch breaks. You are going to bust your ass for the next couple of years at least, running my own business is the hardest that I have ever worked for the least amount of money. But, it’s also the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. There is just something different about putting in the blood, sweat, and tears when it is your own business. You might not get to take a vacation for 3 years, but it will be worth it.

You Are Going to Need Help

Even if you think you can do it all on your own, make sure you have support if you need it. You can ask any family member or trusted friend to help you through difficult times. Everybody gets a cold now and then, things will come up. You are also going to be working 80 hour weeks, maybe you could get it down to a paltry 60 by hiring somebody to help out with some of the operations. It might be hard to put your trust in another person, this is your baby after all, but aside from just helping out with business tasks they can be bring fresh ideas and an outside perspective to the business. Really try not to micro-manage (again this can be hard when it’s your business), but it’s annoying for your employee and does not get good results.


So those are our top considerations when you are starting out as a small business owner. The article was a bit tongue in cheek, but for real it’s great and if it’s something that you feel called to do you should try it!