Web Development Posts

Finding an InVision alternative: Top tools for website prototyping and design feedback

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InVision, a platform that offers design management and prototyping tools, has announced that it’s shutting down its design collaboration services at the end of 2024. In addition to that function, many web designers also use InVision as a design presentation tool for streamlined collaboration and gathering feedback from stakeholders.

With the tool’s sunsetting date quickly approaching, now is the time to find a replacement if you use InVision.

To help with your search for a new solution, we’ve curated a list of ten InVision alternatives that can help fill the void. These tools we recommend offer a range of features for website prototyping and design presentation.

But first, for those who are new to website prototyping, let’s take a look at why prototypes are beneficial to the design review process and what to consider when choosing a prototyping tool.

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Accessible UX design: avoid accessibility woes by choosing the right design patterns

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Design patterns play a key role in user experience (UX) design. Website layouts that use consistent, standard elements from page to page help users find the information they need more quickly, which helps increase engagement and overall satisfaction.

However, when it comes to accessible UX design you can’t always rely on popular design patterns, as many of them pose accessibility challenges. When determining which components and patterns to use on your website, don’t reuse something just because it’s common across the websites you visit—consider if it truly meets the needs of all users.

To help you get started in evaluating accessibility in UX design, let’s take a look at some common design patterns to be cautious of when designing an accessible website.

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Web accessibility testing beyond automation: Why you still need an accessibility expert

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Automated tools play an important role in web accessibility testing. When used properly, they can help expedite the accessibility testing process and streamline accessible web development overall.

However, automated testing tools fall short of fully evaluating all of the criteria set by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Many of these accessibility requirements need more thoughtful consideration and context, which makes them impossible to identify by automation alone. In these cases, manual assessment and interpretation are necessary.

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WordPress page builder plugins: Should you use them for your website?

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One of the great things about using WordPress is that it’s a versatile tool. There’s no one right way to “do WordPress.” However, with so many WordPress page builder plugins available to customize a site, it is also one of its flaws. 

WordPress page builder plugins are a popular option for website builders, but as with any tool, they aren’t always the best option depending on your needs.

For less experienced users, having almost unlimited options can often be overwhelming.

In this article, we’ll look at what precisely a WordPress page builder plugin is, the pros and cons of using one, and what to consider when making that choice.

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Accessible color palette: How to find the best high-contrast combos for your website

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If you’re struggling to create an accessible color palette for your website, you’re not alone. A common challenge we run into when designing accessible websites is adapting existing brand colors to the web when there are limited color combinations that meet WCAG color contrast requirements.

In this post, we’re going to walk through the process of taking existing brand colors and choosing contrast-friendly website colors combinations. We’ll look at best practices, helpful tools, and tips for working with a limiting color palette.

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