10 Creative Loading Effects for Your Website

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People hate waiting. It is a fact that web designers and developers should accept. It has been quite a maxim that as designers, we shouldn’t make our viewers wait. This is because many people tend to get bored and choose a website that loads faster. And that, my friend, is a big no-no.

However, waiting is seemingly inevitable. Despite modern internet connection speeds, some browsers still take time to load web elements. So it becomes a need to make people still want to visit your website even if it takes a little bit of time when they load it. There are a lot of plausible solutions for this, and I have to say, that our topic for this article is one of these.

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10+ WordPress Plugins to Boost Your Social and Organic Traffic

Posted in Plugins, WordPress • Posted on 37 Comments

One of the best things about WordPress is the ability to extend the functionality of your WordPress installation with the use of plugins. You don’t have to mess around with the core files of WordPress since these plugins can easily achieve the same result and exist independent of the core WordPress files. At the time of writing this article there are over 27,000 plugins available via the official repository and many more in the form of premium WordPress plugins. I know how well the readers on 1stWebDesigner love their WordPress content, so I have decided to do a roundup of some of the very best WordPress plugins you can use on your site to attract more visitors via organic and social channels.

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5 Killer Tips that Will Get You Clients: Copywriting for Web Designers

Posted in Tips, Web Design • Posted on 15 Comments

Your portfolio sucks. It makes me cry. You are a great designer with a perfectly designed portfolio site, and yet, it’s still terrible at the same time. Even my cat, Sheldon, knows it, too. Good thing, you can still improve it.

Do you want to convert browsers into clients? I bet you do. That’s the purpose of your portfolio site, yes? To attract more clients. To make them want to get a bite out of the dish you are offering.

And it only takes one topping: copywriting.

I know, I know, you are a web designer, not a copywriter. But applying these tips to your portfolio won’t hurt one bit!

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10 Easy-to-Follow PSD to HTML/CSS Tutorials

Posted in Coding, Tutorials • Posted on 5 Comments

Converting PSD to HTML/CSS might intimidate you at first since it’s a brand new world, especially for long-time Photoshop users. A basic knowledge of HTML and CSS won’t hurt; beginners might find these tutorials a bit dizzying but, hey, it’s worth a try. And believe me when I say to you, finding a good teacher who will teach you for free (or for a small amount) is just another difficulty waiting next door if you don’t start now.

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10 Impressive and Free jQuery Slider Plugins

Posted in Tools, Web Design • Posted on 8 Comments

If there is one thing you need to know about jQuery plugins, it is that they are awesomely cool. And by that, I mean really, really cool. It is, as of now, the best way to flaunt your amazing images and short messages in the fastest way possible.

jQuery slider plugins evolved from their very primitive (but still alive and kicking) predecessors JPG, GIF and PNG files. Awesome web designers started tinkering a few code, thus, mixing these flat and static elements and poof!, it became a jQuery slider.

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10 Free Stunning WordPress Themes for Bloggers

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WordPress is one of the most amazing blogging systems ever created. It’s easy to use and tinker around, which makes it very popular for bloggers, and, especially for most web designers. One of its awesome features is it’s easy to understand theme structure. Using basic PHP and some of the WordPress functions, you will be gazing at the best theme that you could ever see in no time.

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Looking for Beautiful Home Office Setups? Check out 10 Samples Here!

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Working at home can be extremely fun when you can design and play with your workplace. You can transform a quiet sleeping space, a boring corner or even a hallway into an efficient work area with a few key pieces.

Creating a corner that suits your personality is very important when you are working at home. Because your house is full of distractions, you need to choose the right corner where you feel productive working any hour of the day. Of course, you need  a work space which will Motivate Yourself More!

To help you assemble a space where you won’t mind getting work done with, here is a list of inspirational home spaces transformed into workspaces by creative designers.

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10 Professional-Looking and High Quality Fonts for Web Designers

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The importance of fonts to designers has always been emphasized. Many design blogs also agree that, as designers, choosing high quality fonts should be like choosing your clothes. People will think of you differently if you sport the wrong one.

That is why we collected ten beautiful fonts for you that you will never hesitate to use. They are fonts that will both complement your body texts and titles. They are very flexible and trendy, so you will have no problem using them in your designs!

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60 High Quality and Free Responsive HTML Templates

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Speed up your design process by taking inspiration from these free responsive HTML templates we gathered from around the web!

Everyone’s running around trying to hop on the newest trend: flat design, but before flat, there was responsive web design. It was the craze two years ago, and 8/10 websites you will visit today are responsive. This is in response (tee-hee) to the mobile web revolution, of course. It has become the standard, even if a web design client is not specifically looking for a responsive website, it’s already a given that you, as a web designer or developer, need to deliver responsive sites all of the time.

So, here are 60 responsive website templates to speed up your design/development process. Feel free to download and edit them!

Have fun!

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Free Webinar: Six Guaranteed Ways To “Close The Deal” With Tricky Freelance Clients

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In case you didn’t know, we regularly hold webinars that teach people how to earn more money online by freelancing. Tomorrow, November 8, 2013, we will have another free webinar. In this webinar we will share six proven techniques to help you close any deal with your prospective clients – because we know that communicating with clients is really tough.

What: Six Guaranteed Ways to Close the Deal with Tricky Freelance Clients
When: 11/8/2013 at 11AM EDT

  • 8AM Pacific
  • 9AM Mountain
  • 10AM Central
  • 11AM Eastern

Where: Sign Up here!

Join Spence as he shows you How to Find More Clients and Strategies for closing the deal!

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