Weekly Web News Round Up (29 Feb- 06 Mar)

Admittedly a lot happened in February in terms of design, development, and online marketing but it is time to move on to March and the many amazing web news updates and stories it has to bring. This week we web news articles about personal design style, WordPress updates, SEO and flat design. Bring it on March!

1. Style is out of style.

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When it comes to web designers, or any designers for that matter, they all seem to crave having their own style. Something distinct that people will remember them by and be able to identify their work from. However, many designers miss the bigger picture; having a set solid style doesn’t solve problems. The role of a web designer is changing. Web designers need to use their designs in creative ways to solve problems for their clients. Personal web design style shouldn’t come into the equation when designing something for someone else. Designing for clients should always be kept objective and veteran web designer Tobia van Schneider has knocked the nail on the head with his most recent personal blog post about why you shouldn’t worry about finding your own design style.

2. Make or break SEO.

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Last week we spoke about how Google is slowly killing off PPC and this week they could be killing your SEO. What? Why does Google keep trying to kill your online marketing you may ask. Well, let’s rewind for a second. Google has’nt released a new algorithm so don’t panic. There are just more ways that Google can penalise you now more than ever before. That’s why this handy article about google changes and how to use them in your SEO strategy is useful. It highlights the biggest feature changes and tells you exactly what you should be aiming for. You’ll be at the top of the SEO ranks in no time!

3. WordPress 4. 5 preview.

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Any web enthusiast should know that last week the beta version of WordPress 4.5 was released. However, not all of us are lucky enough to be able to use the beta version yet even though we are dying to know what has exactly changed. Although we cannot completely know what’s happening we can have a sneaky look at some of the previews including screen shots of what’s in store. The new features include logo support, visual editor improvements, a new responsive preview and some top secret developer features. Cue internal excitement.

4. Flat is back.

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You know at the beginning of the year when everyone was saying that flat web designs are a thing of the past? Well, it actually looks like they’re here to stay. This beautiful collection of web designs powered by flat icons and illustrations just gives us more reasons to love the art of flat. As the article’s  author explains “when used widely and appropriately” they can “create friendly and powerful aesthetics”. Pair your flat designs with subtle animations, bold colours and a minimal layout and- viola! You have a web design to last the ages.

5. Adobe Lightroom update.

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That’s right there has been another Adobe update. Adobe seem to be stopping at nothing recently to get their updates out and we have to say we are more than impressed. The first Adobe application to be updated this month is Lightroom for IOS devices. The new update brings along many cool new functionalities including full resolution exporting, improved 3D touch, resizing feature tweaks and more. To get the full review of the update you can pop on over to TNW news for the full low-down.

And that’s a wrap for the first week of March! We hoped you’re now all caught up on this week’s top web news stories and we’ll see you next week for another weekly web news round-up!

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