2022 Web Design Trend: Animations with GSAP

Door Diego Nijboer gepost op January 5, 2022

GSAP has been actively maintained and developed for over 12 years and there are no plans to stop. Although it has been around for a while, many features have been added and it is increasingly used in modern websites.

What is GSAP?

Simply put, GSAP is the most robust, powerful JavaScript animation library in the world, which is probably why Google recommends it for JS-based animations. GSAP is completely flexible; you can use it throughout the website to animate anything you want. Think of logos, images, text or the background of the website.

This makes for an interactive and visually appealing experience.

Why GSAP?

It is built to give you a good animation workflow for all your projects. And it's insanely fast. Perhaps that's why Google recommends GSAP for JavaScript animations and that it's used on over 10 million websites.

Examples of GSAP animations on other websites

On the showcase page of the developers of GSAP there are many impressive examples that can be used for inspiration:

https://greensock.com/showcase/


Do you want to implement GSAP on your website and need help with this? Schedule a meeting here to discuss the options for your project.

Artikel geschreven door Diego Nijboer
Tijdens mijn studententijd heb ik mijzelf geprobeerd zoveel mogelijk te ontwikkelen, niet alleen door te studeren, maar ook door veel nevenactiviteiten, cursussen en ervaring op te doen. Naast mijn studie heb ik aan veel verschillende projecten gewerkt, ik heb veel werkervaring opgedaan bij verschillende bedrijven waar ik enorm ben gegroeid, en vervolgens ben ik vanuit passie met dit bedrijf begonnen.

Tips for more orders on your webshop

Door Diego Nijboer gepost op January 4, 2022

The aspects that lead to more orders on a webshop have to do with:

  • User Experience (Making it as easy as possible to use the website and order something.)
  • Trust (If your website visitors don't trust the company or website, they won't place an order.)
  • Clarity in terms and conditions (A potential customer wants to know before he orders where he stands after he possibly buys something.)

Sales heading in the header menu

Our conversion optimization tests have shown that the conversion rate increases as soon as customers can access the offers via the menu.

Would you like to know more about conversion optimization? Read here what Conversion optimization is.

Encourage a review after purchase

Research has shown that 80% of people trust a review just as much as a personal recommendation from acquaintances or friends.

Reviews provide social proof and can help a potential customer make the decision to buy the product.

Warranty page

One of the things that gives confidence in the company and the website is a page that states what kind of warranty the customer has after buying a product.

Show recently viewed products below the product

According to the results of our useability test, it should be available on every page of the website so that the user can easily find previously viewed products.

Often a potential customer will look around for other products before they know what they want to buy.

The possibility to order quickly

The fewer steps it takes to make a purchase, the more people will buy the product.

It is best to give customers the option to order in one click.

Another way to help customers place an order faster is to offer the option to save the address so that it doesn't have to be re-entered for the next order.

Interesting offers

If you have promotions or offers, it is good to show them in several places on the website.

A wish list or save it for later functionality

If you have a website with registered customers, it is good to ensure that customers can save products for later. In this way you make it easy for the customer to find a product.

Show related products below the product

If the product has accessories, or additional components that can be purchased separately, you can list them in a "Related Products" or "Frequently Bought Together" box.

Show the delivery times & delivery costs clearly

Our test proves that the website delivery methods, delivery costs and delivery times ensure a good user experience.

The less the website visitor has to search for this, the better.


Are you curious about more general tips for website improvements? Download the website improvement checklist for free here!

Artikel geschreven door Diego Nijboer
Tijdens mijn studententijd heb ik mijzelf geprobeerd zoveel mogelijk te ontwikkelen, niet alleen door te studeren, maar ook door veel nevenactiviteiten, cursussen en ervaring op te doen. Naast mijn studie heb ik aan veel verschillende projecten gewerkt, ik heb veel werkervaring opgedaan bij verschillende bedrijven waar ik enorm ben gegroeid, en vervolgens ben ik vanuit passie met dit bedrijf begonnen.

Is a website unsafe if many WordPress plugins are installed?

Door Diego Nijboer gepost op October 20, 2021

Having too many plugins installed is generally considered a bad habit. This is true in most cases. Plugins can be just like individual pieces of code, with the added benefit of being easy to disable and easy to update through updates.

The more plugins are installed, the more risk that one of them will pose a security risk. It is more about the quality of the plugins than the amount of plugins, one very bad plugin can have more influence on the performance and security of a website than 10 well-programmed plugins.

For example, this website has 45 plugins installed at the time of writing (many of which are extensions of a plugin), yet this website is very fast and secure.

It is also important that the plugins are regularly updated, both by the author of the plugin and the user who uses them. These updates can consist of new functionalities, optimizations or security improvements.

Outdated plugins or themes is the biggest cause of a hack, no less than 98% of the websites that are hacked were not properly up to date. ( Source: https://patchstack.com/website-hacking-statistics/ )

Are you curious about my opinion about a specific plugin, don't hesitate to ask me! Or schedule a meeting without any obligation.

Artikel geschreven door Diego Nijboer
Tijdens mijn studententijd heb ik mijzelf geprobeerd zoveel mogelijk te ontwikkelen, niet alleen door te studeren, maar ook door veel nevenactiviteiten, cursussen en ervaring op te doen. Naast mijn studie heb ik aan veel verschillende projecten gewerkt, ik heb veel werkervaring opgedaan bij verschillende bedrijven waar ik enorm ben gegroeid, en vervolgens ben ik vanuit passie met dit bedrijf begonnen.

What can you do about spam and bad bots on your WordPress website?

Door Diego Nijboer gepost op October 17, 2021

What is a bone?

A bot is a script that is executed by a server or computer to automate certain tasks. They are often linked to the Internet to search and scan websites.

There is a distinction to be made between good bots and bad bots.

  • Examples of good bots are those of Google, which index your website and ensure that all pages appear on Google. Or a chatbot that answers the questions of website visitors.
  • Bad bots are very annoying, they lower the performance of your website, they post spam comments that you would rather not have, or they scan your website to find vulnerabilities.

If you can exclude bots, you don't have to worry about the security and speed of your website.

What can you do against bots?

Using Captchas with forms.

They probably look familiar, the 'I'm not a robot' box that you must tick, or the click on all images with a traffic light challenge.

These functionalities are incorporated in the forms of many websites so that bots cannot send spam and to exclude that everyone who fills in such a form is a user. These Captchas are designed to make it more difficult for bots to navigate the website automatically.

Nowadays there are also reCaptchas that are not visible on the website, but that use pieces of javascript code to score the visitor on the website based on how naturally they navigate the website.

Find more information about Captchas here

We recommend installing Hide My WP Ghost on the website

Some advantages that this WordPress plugin offers:

  • It hides all wordpress files and URLs so that bots cannot abuse them.
  • Protects against Brute Force attacks, because the login page is not accessible to the bots.
  • Scans for vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.

The pro version of this plugin is included with all our hosting, maintenance & management subscriptions ! This way, in combination with a well-secured hosting, we keep the bots away from your website!

Artikel geschreven door Diego Nijboer
Tijdens mijn studententijd heb ik mijzelf geprobeerd zoveel mogelijk te ontwikkelen, niet alleen door te studeren, maar ook door veel nevenactiviteiten, cursussen en ervaring op te doen. Naast mijn studie heb ik aan veel verschillende projecten gewerkt, ik heb veel werkervaring opgedaan bij verschillende bedrijven waar ik enorm ben gegroeid, en vervolgens ben ik vanuit passie met dit bedrijf begonnen.

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