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How to Make Your PC’s Slow Internet Connection Seem Faster

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High speed internet is unfortunately a luxury that is far from widespread when you’re on the road. Whether your 4G hotspot only has a couple of bars, you’re using in-flight Wi-Fi or the hotel network is just slow as molasses, your PC can be trained to do more with less.

Here’s how to configure your Windows 10 computer and browser to use less bandwidth so it performs better with a bad connection.

Stop Windows From Automatically Downloading Updates

1. Right-click on the Windows icon.

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2. Select “Control Panel.”21

 

MORE: 5 Ways to Take Screenshots in Windows 10

3. Select “Administrative Tools” from the Control Panel.

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4. Double-click “Services.”23

5. Scroll to the bottom of the Services menu and double-click “Windows Update.”How To Work With a Bad Internet Connection

6. Select the “Stop” button under “Service Status: Running” and Windows will not use your bandwidth to download updates in the background until you restart the computer or tap the Start button.

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Stop Internet Explorer and Edge From Downloading Pictures in Websites

1. Right-click on the Windows icon.How To Work With a Bad Internet Connection

2. Select “Control Panel” from the menu.

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3. Select “Internet Options” from the Control Panel.

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4. Select the “Advanced” tab. 

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5. Scroll down to the Multimedia section, and uncheck “Show pictures.”How To Work With a Bad Internet Connection

Stop Chrome From Downloading Pictures in Websites

1. Select the three-lines button in the upper right hand corner.

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2. Type “image” into the “Search settings” box.How To Work With a Bad Internet Connection

3. Select the “Content settings…” button How To Work With a Bad Internet Connection

4. Toggle On the button next to “Do not show any images”How To Work With a Bad Internet Connection

If you need to see images on specific sites, select Manage exceptions, and fill them in on the following window.

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Enable Chrome’s Experimental Data Saver Mode

1. Open chrome://flags/

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2. Scroll down to “Enable Data Saver Lo-Fi mode,” and select “Enable.”

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Disable Unnecessary Features in Microsoft Edge

1. Open Edge and click on the … (More Actions) button in the upper right corner.

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2. Select Settings.

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4. Scroll to the bottom and select “View advanced settings”

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5. Toggle “Use Adobe Flash Player” off.

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6. Toggle Cortana’s assistance off.06 2749441436994451

7. Toggle off the options for Edge to “Show search suggestions” and “Use page prediction” — with limited bandwidth, you may rather your browser do just what you ask it to do, rather than try and get ahead of itself.07

Save Resources When Your Laptop Isn’t Charging

1. Click on the Windows icon to open the start menu.

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2. Select “Settings” from the start menu.

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3. Select “System.”08a

4. Select “Battery saver” in the left-hand menu.09

5. Click “Battery saver settings.”How To Live With a Bad Internet Connection

6. Drag the needle to the far right, to change the setting from 20% to 100%.

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7. Uncheck the box next to “Allow push notifications from any app while in battery saver.” Now your laptop will only devote resources to what you’re actively working on.

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Disable Notifications in Windows 10

1. In the settings screen, click the System icon.

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2. Select “Notifications & actions” from the left-hand menu.

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3. Toggle the switches for “Show app notifications” and “Show notifications on the lock screen” to the off position.15

Stop Windows 10 From Downloading Maps in the Background

1. In the Settings window, select System.

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2. Select “Offline maps” from the left hand menu.

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3. Toggle off the setting to “Automatically update maps.”

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Use Third Party Software to Set Speed Limits For Downloading Data

1. Download NetLimiter, a free program that will allow you to set specific download speeds for specific programs.

36 2. Follow the installation instructions, and after it opens, select a program to open up its settings.How To Work With a Bad Internet Connection

3. Change the number in the “Limit” field to set how fast the program can download data.38

 

 

Thanks to: https://www.laptopmag.com

Color theory and the color wheel

Color theory and the color wheel

Ever wondered how designers and artists find the perfect color combination?

They use color theory. Color theory is a practical combination of art and science that’s used to determine what colors look good together. The color wheel was invented in 1666 by Isaac Newton, who mapped the color spectrum onto a circle. The color wheel is the basis of color theory, because it shows the relationship between colors.

Colors that look good together are called a color harmony. Artists and designers use these to create a particular look or feel. You can use a color wheel to find color harmonies by using the rules of color combinations. Color combinations determine the relative positions of different colors in order to find colors that create a pleasing effect.

There are two types of color wheel. The RYB or red, yellow, blue color wheel is typically used by artists, as it helps with combining paint colors. Then there is the RGB, or red, green and blue color wheel, which is designed for online use, as it refers to mixing light – like on a computer or TV screen. Canva’s color wheel is an RGB color wheel, as it is designed for online use.

Color combinations

Complementary

Two colors that are on opposite sides of the color wheel. This combination provides a high contrast and high impact color combination – together, these colors will appear brighter and more prominent.

Complementary colors

Monochromatic

Three shades, tones and tints of one base color. Provides a subtle and conservative color combination. This is a versatile color combination that is easy to apply to design projects for a harmonious look.

Monochromatic colors

Analogous

Three colors that are side by side on the color wheel. This color combination is versatile, but can be overwhelming. To balance an analogous color scheme, choose one dominant color, and use the others as accents.

Analogous colors

Triadic

Three colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel. This provides a high contrast color scheme, but less so than the complementary color combination — making it more versatile. This combination creates bold, vibrant color palettes.

Triadic colors

Tetradic

Four colors that are evenly spaced on the color wheel. Tetradic color schemes are bold and work best if you let one color be dominant, and use the others as accents. The more colors you have in your palette, the more difficult it is to balance,

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Primary, secondary and tertiary colors

There are 12 main colors on the color wheel. In the RGB color wheel, these hues are red, orange, yellow, chartreuse green, green, spring green, cyan, azure, blue, violet, magenta and rose.

The color wheel can be divided into primary, secondary and tertiary colors.

Primary colors in the RGB color wheel are the colors that, added together, create pure white light. These colors are red, green and blue.

In the RYB color wheel, primary colors are colors that can’t be mixed from other colors. There are three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.

Secondary colors are colors that result from mixing two primary colors. There are three secondary colors. In the RGB color wheel, these are cyan, magenta and yellow. When you mix light, red and green make yellow, green and blue make cyan, and blue and red make magenta.

In the RYB color wheel, the secondary colors are purple (red mixed with blue), orange (red mixed with yellow), and green (yellow mixed with blue).

Tertiary colors are colors made by combining a secondary color with a primary color. There are six tertiary colors. In the RGB color wheel these are orange, chartreuse green, spring green, azure, violet and rose.

In the RYB color wheel, the tertiary colors are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet.

Primary, secondary and tertiary colors

Warm and cool colors

The color wheel can also be divided into warm and cool colors. The warmth or coolness of a color is also known as its color temperature. The color combinations found on a color wheel often have a balance of warm and cool colors. According to color psychology, different color temperatures evoke different feelings. For example, warm colors are said to bring to mind coziness and energy, while cool colors are associated with serenity and isolation.

Warm colors are the colors from red through to yellow. These colors are said to bring to mind warmth, like the sun.

Cool colors are the colors from are the colors from blue to green and purple. These colors are said to bring to mind coolness, like water.

Warm and cool colors

Shades, tints and tones

You can create shades, tints and tones of a color by adding black, grey and white to a base hue.

Shade

A shade is created by adding black to a base hue, darkening the color. This creates a deeper, richer color. Shades can be quite dramatic and can be overpowering.

Tint

A tint is created by adding white to a base hue, lightening the color. This can make a color less intense, and is useful when balancing more vivid color combinations.

Tones

A tone is created by combining black and white—or grey—with a base hue. Like tints, tones are subtler versions of the original color. Tones are less likely to look pastel, and can reveal complexities not apparent in the base color.

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Hue, Saturation and Luminance

hue is basically any color on the color wheel. When you are using a color wheel or a color picker, you can adjust the saturation and luminance of a hue.

Saturation is the intensity or purity of the color.

Luminance is the amount of brightness or light in a color.

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10 HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WEB DESIGN TIPS BACKED BY RESEARCH

Science-based Web Design Tips to Crush Your Next Website Project

In the following, you will find some research-based tips and tricks on how to improve your web design.

1. Make Site Speed an Absolute Priority

It’s probably one of the least debated facts in the web design sphere that speed is important. Research has shown that it influences everything from bounce rate over user satisfaction to conversions and revenue.

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If your site is slow, visitors will not stick around. Period. Plus, because users care, search engines also do and factor your page loading speed into their rankings. For that reason, it’s paramount that you invest in making your site as fast as possible.

How? The articles below will put you on the right track:

2. Leverage the Fold

Whether or not there is still such a thing as the fold is part of a heated debate. Some say that because of the multitude of screen sizes these days, the fold doesn’t matter anymore. Others have a different opinion.

However, the fact is that even in 2018, people spend 57 percent of their time above the fold with a sharp decline afterwards. 74 percent of their time is dedicated on the first two screenfuls.

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So, it seems like the fold still matters. For your website that means you need to prioritize your content and use the available space to hook users in so they continue. Here are some tips on how to do that:

  • Use a clear and descriptive headline — Explain what your site can do for visitors, highlight the benefits. Be brief and use power words. For more advice, look into our copywriting tips.
  • Include your main call to action — To improve your chances for converting, the fold is the time to start the user journey. Make sure your CTA is clear and visible.
  • Include media — Images, videos or audio help emphasize your point. We will talk more about visual content further below.

Find more awesome examples of the practices above in this article.

3. Take Advantage of Hick’s Law

Hick’s Law states that the more choices an individual has, the longer they will take to make a decision.

There’s actually a fascinating study on this phenomenon in which people in a supermarket were given more or less varieties of jam to try. In the end, those who had more choices were much less likely to end up buying some jam than the ones that had less variety to choose from.

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How’s that important for your website? Because you might be able to boost your conversions simply by limiting the choice you give to users. Here are a few examples of what that might look like:

  • Reduce the number of menu items
  • Limit form fields
  • Focus on one call to action
  • Only display social buttons for networks you are active on
  • Stick to one goal per page

There are plenty of other ways you can reduce overwhelm on your site and move users towards the choices you really want them to make. There’s actually an ebook on that.

4. Keep it Simple

Continuing with the theme of less, this also applies to your design in general. A huge study by Google has shown that visitors don’t like visual complexity. The gist: the more complex your design, the less it is perceived by visitors as beautiful.

What does that mean for your site? Besides the point above, here are a few ideas:

  • Rethink the sidebar — More and more websites are ditching the sidebar in favor of single-column design (for example, the one you are on right now). It means less distractions and puts the focus clearly on the content.
  • Stick to standard layouts — People love familiarity and can get weirded out by non-standard site designs. Therefore, it can be a good idea to stick with familiar design tropes and layouts. You can still find ways to stand out in other ways.

5. Avoid Carousels, Sliders, Tabsl and Accordions

Website owners love carousels. It’s probably one of the most client-requested features. Unfortunately, the research says that they are pretty useless.

One of the most mind-blowing data comes from Notre Dame University. The webmaster there noticed that the first slide on a carousel received almost 90 percent of the clicks while the rest were largely ignored.

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Ninety percent! Doesn’t sound like the other slides are even worth being there, does it? Seems like web designers who talk their clients out of using a slider had it right to begin with.

Tabs and accordions have the same problem as sliders and carousels – they often go ignored. This is compounded by the fact that few visitors actually read the entire page. Most people merely scan and are therefore not very likely to make extra clicks to see your content.

However, what if you need to include the information placed in those areas somehow? We are getting to exactly that right now.

6. Prioritize Scrolling Over Clicking

So, if you don’t compress information into sliders and/or accordions, how do you present it? The answer: just put everything in one long page, including the stuff usually tucked away. Seriously, it works.

There is a fascinating case study by Crazy Egg to prove this point. They went from having a simple, short sales page to one that was 20 times longer than the original.

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The result: conversions went up 30 percent! That’s certainly nothing to scoff at.

Seems like users like scrolling a lot more than they like clicking. Therefore, if you are currently spreading the information about your product across many different pages, it’s time to reconsider.

7. Direct Attention with Visual Cues

One of the main functions of web design is to guide users. You can do that by giving different weight to different elements, thereby directing focus where you want it to go.

However, you can also use more direct visual cues to achieve this. One is by taking advantage of the fact that humans tend to look in the same direction as people they see in ads.

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Notice how in the image above, more people are reading the text the baby is gazing at then when the baby was looking at the camera? This is a real thing and you can use this to direct attention on your site where you want it most.

However, you don’t have to be that subtle about steering visitor attention. Sometimes it helps to be blunt about it. For example, in one study, researchers tested the effects mentioned above against a simple arrow pointing at stuff.

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Funny enough, the more direct method outperformed the subtle cue.

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Let that be a lesson to you.

8. Use People in Pictures (But Avoid Stock Photos)

Besides using them to direct attention, including other people in images on your site is generally a great idea. Humans like to connect to other people, in real life as well as on the web. It’s why, for example, we have about pages on blogs.

You can see this at work in one case study by Basecamp. They managed to increase their conversions by 102.5 percent by changing from a text-based landing page to one with a large photo of a person in the background.

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Simple but effective. However, one caveat: the whole effect is easily negated by stock photos. A Nielsen Norman Group study found that we are very adept at recognizing these generic images and tuning them out.

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For that reason, if you are going to use images of people on your site, make sure they are genuine and real. Include your staff or customers. Just say no to stock.

9. Use the Right List Order

Using lists, both ordered and unordered, is a great way to make information more accessible. However, it turns out that here, too, human attention is fickle.

This is because of the so-called serial-position effect. It basically says that in a list, you are most likely to remember both the items in the beginning and at the end. The middle section, on the other hand, goes largely forgotten.

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The lesson here: When listing attributes of your product or service, make sure to put the most important where they are likely to make an impact.

10. Leverage Social Proof

The last one of our web design tips is about the so-called conformity bias. This is the tendency of people to do as others do. That means, if a group of people approve of something, others are more likely to do that same.

One way of leveraging this on your website is to show social proof. If you can show that others have a positive opinion of your site, content, product or service, new visitors are more likely to do the same.

You can most easily show this with counts of social shares, media mentions and/or testimonials. If you want to dive deeper into this topic, we have a whole article for you.

What Are Your Favorite Web Design Tips?

Web design is a complex topic and is a factor with a lot of influence on the success of your website. For that reason, it’s best to know what you are doing. Relying on research for advice is a good way to ensure that.

The above techniques can be used to make your sites more effective, better serve your visitors as well as improve conversion and other success markers of your site. Let’s summarize them one more time:

  1. Invest in fast page loading speed
  2. Use the fold to hook visitors in
  3. Reduce choices to improve conversions
  4. Simplify where you can
  5. Avoid using carousels, sliders, tabs and accordions
  6. Prioritize scrolling over clicks
  7. Direct attention via visual cues
  8. Use images of people (but not from stock)
  9. Prioritize the order of list items
  10. Use social proof to make your site more attractive

Hopefully the above helps you to improve your own web design. If you have additional tips, studies and information, please feel free to share.

Do you have additional web design tips based on research? If so, please share in the comments below.