Salman Siddiqui

Salman Siddiqui is an alpha geek, design guru and seasoned WordPress critic. Writing, for him, started out of ego but it has become the most luring and enlightening career option of his life. He is walking that extra mile for his freelancing dream.

Perfect Christmas Package: Wallpapers, Web Designs And Fonts

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Done with Thanksgiving Day and preparing for Christmas? Here we are at your service. 1WD presents a perfect Christmas package for web designers and Internet nerds. We will put forth some of the best Christmas Wallpapers, Christmas Web designs and Christmas Fonts to brighten your Christmas. Use them as and when necessary and do tell Santa that 1WD already sent you this special gift!

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What Web Designers Can Learn From A Florist

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It took time before the editors approved this idea. I agree with their concern. 1WD (and almost all genuine blogs) have a plethora of inspirational articles that aspire to inspire readers like never before. Most end up as half-read, sometimes even by the loyal readers of that blog. Somewhere, something surely goes wrong.

I don’t know if I am aware of the original set of juices that conspire in the making of an inspirational punch but I can assure you that I won’t be trying to inspire you with the upcoming discussion. I really don’t believe in inspiring someone. See, if XX years of lifetime (where XX is your age) hasn’t been enough to inspire you then a 2000 word article cannot help you. And, please don’t tell me that you haven’t faced an hour of harsh reality in your complete lifetime which could have led you towards some form of inspiration. Moreover, you really don’t need inspiration if you are living such a comfortable life. Do you?

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Pligg: A Social Networking Content Management System

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What is Pligg? Don’t we use WordPress as the “default” Content Management System? Enough, you WordPress dreamers! The world outside WordPress is huge and you got to jump out of your favorite content management system so as to discover the rest of the virtual world. Today, we will break some shackles to travel outside our comfort zone. It is time to discover one Content Management System which has been doing rounds for quite some time: Pligg.

P.S. You will notice how by the end of the article I slowly drift into the favor of WordPress (even when I won’t mention this openly). After all, WordPress rocks!

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Showcase Of Delicious Thanksgiving Fonts And Wallpapers

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Holiday season is coming close in between all your daily life issues. A section of your day will be spent budgeting your expenditures and another on decorating your surroundings as per the holiday season. Keeping in mind the upcoming Thanksgiving Day, I have a list of Thanksgiving Fonts and Thanksgiving Wallpapers that will come in handy to keep your websites, documents and desktops Thanksgiving ready. We will start with a showcase of Thanksgiving Fonts and will later on move on to some cute Thanksgiving wallpapers.

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Trends Behind Hotel Web Design And A Mesmerizing Showcase

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Hotels cannot be tagged as a second home for most of us (other than those executives who tend to spend their lifetimes in hotels) but the time spent in a hotel somehow sticks with us. Not saying that life never gifted me with the luxury that a hotel serves but still! The hotel industry has grown leaps and bounds due to their efficient on-spot service.

Although the hotel industry is already flourishing, there is still a lot of room for improvement. Most hotels do not understand the importance of their online presence. Having a website is not the only solution. It is about a riveting website just like it is about riveting service within hotel premises. I thought that it was time for me to study the latest trends on hotel web design and help you gauge a few real-time examples. Time to check-in!

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A Beginner’s Guide To Web Advertisements For Bloggers

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Advertisements on almost every website (blogs to be precise, as the line between a website and a blog is diminishing quickly) look visually familiar to me although some people believe they don’t belong on websites at all.

The subject of today’s discussion will be the art of marketing and how we seem to take the same for granted. Remember, you must be selflessly selfish while giving away ad spots on your website. Otherwise, your client will give away the money during the first deal but might not renew the same due to negative results.

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Everything You Need To Know About DNS

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DNS. Three letters that can make or break your website. A fault with DNS and your website can go down for 24 to 48 hours. What is DNS? From where does this 48 hour delay come from in the age of super fast Internet and high-speed technology? Why hasn’t the ever evolving technology replaced the age-old DNS and the frightening 48 hours delay? This discussion will shed some light on most of the queries about DNS. I hope that you will see DNS from a completely different perspective after this writeup.

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A Brush With The Elegant Ampersand

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Ampersand is one of the very few typographical characters that has been a part of our daily lives since we can remember. It was the uniqueness of ampersand that made designers experiment with the design of ampersand. The end results at times were amazing while sometimes it was hard to recognize the outcome. I might not leave a shiver down your spine when I introduce you to the history of ampersand but believe me, it is worth your time. Today, we will dive into the past and understand how ampersand become what it is today – Ampersand. Also, we will admire some of the most amazing experimental ampersand designs that designers could imagine.

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Reasons Why Every Web Designer Should Blog

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I won’t be polishing a non-existent shoe. Those web designers who are totally against the idea of blogging (believe me, there are a few who really won’t appreciate this post) can hop out of this discussion. Although, I would feel blessed if you leave your thoughts – positive or negative – in comments section below. I guess you can squeeze out a free minute from your insanely busy schedule?

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An Introduction to Breadcrumb Navigation

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Web design has come a long way. Gone are the days when a collection of a few static pages would complete a website. As of now it is about the ever-growing model of content creation that exponentially increases the depth of a website. A simple website can become the go-to hub of information in only a few months time. This is when the complexity of that website increases and it becomes necessary for the webmaster to handle the same.

Reducing complexity is an art and a “breadcrumb” is one tool that designers love to use. Breadcrumbs act as the navigational device for a website visitor. When used smartly, breadcrumbs make website navigation effortless. This article will enlighten you about the basics of breadcrumbs and help you understand the importance of breadcrumbs in your upcoming web design.

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