Get More Clients as a Web Designer with these Social Psychology Tips

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design12 months ago • Written by 15 Comments

Several years ago, I enrolled in a self-improvement course which taught me a concept I found pretty useful to get more clients for my freelancing career.

If you want to “hit” a goal, you need to focus on two things:

  • Trying to hit the goal as much as possible, called goal intensity.
  • Trying to increase your chances for each hit, called goal efficiency.

Let me explain with a simple example. Let’s say your goal is to get ten dates this month. How do you go about doing it? You could spend all your time at the gym, attending self-improvement courses and so on. These things won’t help you get dates directly, but when the time comes to ask a girl out, these things will indirectly help you increase the chances that she’ll say yes.

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Create a Coca-Cola Can Using Adobe Photoshop

Posted in 3D Effects, Photo Effects, Tutorials12 months ago • Written by 18 Comments

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to create a Coca-Cola can from scratch in Photoshop using shapes, brushes and layer styles. You are going to learn different techniques which you can apply to solve different problems in iconography, UI or web layouts. Photoshop is one of the most powerful programs out there and once you start learning your way around it, you’ll realize that what you can do with it is only limited by your imagination.
The best way to improve your skills is through discovery and experimentation. Don’t wait for a tutorial or article, grab an image and start trying to mimic its shapes, weight, light and shadows.

If you have any questions, use the comment section and I’ll get back to you. Let’s get started!

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Quick Guide on How to Earn Passive Income by Writing Tutorials

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Web Design12 months ago • Written by 5 Comments

The freelancing lifestyle is defined by one word, uncertainty! As a freelance designer or developer you are building a company as a service provider, and that means you’ll experience times when no income is coming from your service. You aren’t going to have steady client work all the time. So how do you go about to prepare for this, CREATE SOURCES OF PASSIVE INCOME! And what better way to do that than creating tutorials?

Creating tutorials is great even outside passive income because it gives you a chance to grow your brand, showcase your talents to potential clients, and gets you active in the community. This is enough talking about doing, lets get to it!

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Build a Custom WordPress Home Page with Custom Widget Areas

Posted in HowTos, Themes, WordPress12 months ago • Written by 19 Comments

In this video tutorial I will teach you how to build a WordPress website with custom widget areas the easy way. Even if you haven’t touched a single line of code before, this tutorial is simple enough to walk you through every code.

This tutorial goes hand in hand with Christian’s video tutorial on how to create a website from scratch using HTML5 and CSS3. The goal is to help you understand how easy it is to create the same layout (from Christian’s tutorial) in WordPress using custom widget areas. Although you will need to put the pieces together a little, it’s a fun learning experience nonetheless!

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4 Very Useful WordPress Plugins That You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

Posted in Plugins, WordPress12 months ago • Written by 30 Comments

WordPress plugins have made our lives so, so much easier. In fact, there are already nearly 25,000 plugins developed.

And there are plenty of articles all over the internet featuring the most popular and the most known WordPress plugins that will turn your website into a powerful CMS, blog, forum, etc.

I am here to show you four lesser known plugins that are very useful.

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*Special* LIVE Webinar Training: Learn 5 Step Formula How To Get Clients

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design12 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

Get ready for the FIRST live webinar at 1stwebdesigner! Check out video inside!

Are you struggling to get your very first client? Worrying about getting more clients in your freelance career? 

I got my very first client when I understood how to look at everything through his eyes! I became a marketer, not only a web designer, and I never had to worry about not having enough work!

Using a super-simple 5-Step System, I am about to show you exactly how to become an expert freelancer and land well paying freelance gigs anytime you want! 

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 3/4 – Custom Post Types

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, JS & AJAX, Plugins, Tutorials, WordPress12 months ago • Written by 13 Comments

Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the third part of this series on WordPress Plugin development for designers.

In the first part we identified the importance of WordPress plugins for you as designers and the basic structure of a plugin. Then we followed it up with the necessary coding required for developing plugins in the second part, by creating a jQuery slider for WordPress.

I am happy to announce that SlidesJS has won the voting contest and I’ll be using it through the rest of this tutorial series.

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Creating a CSS3 Dropdown Menu – Video Tutorial

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 7 Comments

We have talked a lot about about HTML5 and CSS3 in the past couple of months and today we continue the series of video tutorials with a new addition: creating a CSS3 dropdown menu from scratch. It is extremely easy to do, so don’t be scared.

The video is a bit longer, it runs for about 40 minutes, this is because I have gone into great detail explaining the process so that everyone will understand all of the properties. Once you are able to do it on your own, 10-15 minutes should be enough for you to go through the necessary coding and create this dropdown menu.

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An Analysis of Responsive Websites – What’s Hot and What’s Not

Posted in Tips, Web Design1 year ago • Written by 18 Comments

Let’s face it folks, everyone in the web design world is chirping away about responsive websites these days. People definitely carry strong views about it and whether you like it or not, you cannot deny the fact that responsive web design has gone mainstream and will continue to progress and expand in the future.

Every client on the web these days are looking for a website that will function just as good on mobile devices as it does on desktop browsers. And come to think of it, the need of today’s modern technological era is to have one working design that is compatible across multiple platforms and devices that includes Netbooks, Blackberry’s, iPhones, iPads, Kindle readers and other smartphones and tablets. It’s inevitable that over the next few years, new gadgets and devices will be unleashed in the market, all having their own respective screen sizes and resolutions.

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Create a Responsive Website Using HTML5 and CSS3 – Video Tutorial

Posted in Coding, HTML & CSS, Tutorials1 year ago • Written by 75 Comments

A few weeks ago, we released two different introductory articles about HTML5 and CSS3, and I promised you we’d do some cool stuff together in the upcoming months. Well, I have been working hard on this video tutorial and I really hope you enjoy it.

In this tutorial I will teach you how to create a responsive website using HTML5/CSS3 from scratch. So rather than talking about, let’s get straight to it. I hope you will leave me feedback in as I would like to read some of your opinions very, very much!

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