How to Write a Freelance Pitch That Gets Clients

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At some point in every freelancer’s career there comes a time when you’re going to write a freelance pitch for a client’s project. If the thought of being a salesman isn’t intimidating enough,this at least doubles after realizing how many other freelancers pitching and hoping for the project. All those different screaming freelancers saying, “Pick me!” makes it almost impossible to feel like your voice is getting through. Let’s get you that voice!

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 2/4: Integrate Slider

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In the first part of our WordPress Plugin Development Course for Designers we learned about the importance of WordPress plugins for designers and its base structure. Today we are going to talk about the core WordPress theories and techniques required for creating design focused plugins.

Our final goal is to learn WordPress plugin development while integrating a jQuery slider into WordPress from scratch. Throughout this tutorial, we will be learning the necessary coding techniques using sample slider as the example. By the end of this tutorial, you will have a simple template which is common to most of the design based plugins.

Voting for the slider is still going on and SlidesJS is heading the list. So we will be using SlidesJS the slider for explaining necessary codes in this part.

So let’s get started.

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Basic Web Design Video Course – Complete HTML Markup & CSS Styles [Part 3]

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Sup folks, it’s Mike here again, your design guru and this is the third part of our Basic Web Design Video Course.

This time we are going to completely markup the HTML using the tags that we have learned in the previous videos. After that we are going to style it using CSS.

Also, we are going to cover CSS reset, Clearfix Hack and new CSS3 properties to solve the most common issues encountered when you are starting to learn web design.

Buckle up and let’s get started!

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Stay Picky to Win the Best Client – Get Your Gold Client VIDEO Series

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Being picky most of the times is considered not something to be proud of.
Well, not in this story.

The story I am about to tell you is completely different.
This is the story how by staying picky one lucky guy ended up having this story with happy ending.

So if you believe you deserve more than the average.
Which I am sure you do.

Keep on reading to unveil the rest of the story.

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CSS3 Introduction – New Features, What it Can Do, and Resources

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A short time ago I posted an introduction article about HTML5 and I promised you a CSS3 introduction and what new things it brings to the industry, although it’s been some time since it was officially released. If you didn’t read the article on HTML5 yet, I strongly advise you do so, as CSS3 works better with the latest markup language from the World Wide Web Consortium.

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WordPress Plugin Development from Scratch, Part 1/4: Basic Structure

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I assume that you are a freelance designer or someone who work full time as a designer for a web design agency. Most of web designers are used work with static website design.

Now the question is: do you have a future as a static website designer?

The answer would probably be no since most clients and companies are planning to convert their websites to work with a CMS like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.

WordPress is becoming the new static web site.

WordPress integration is simple enough that almost anyone can setup a WordPress site with an auto installer program. Unless you are familiar in working with a CMS like WordPress, you will definitely face issues moving further as a freelance designer.

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HTML5 Introduction – What is HTML5 Capable of, Features, and Resources

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After analyzing our new focus here at 1WD, which basically is teaching new, young, designers about web design and helping them improve their skills and to start in the business, we realized that we really need to go as deep as possible into the basics. And while we covered many of these already, two basic things are still missing from the website, and these two are in-depth introductions and discussions about HTML5 and CSS. Therefore it is one of my assignments for the next period to teach you about these two technologies and, after this, to create several tutorials for you. So in the next two to three months, I will cover aspects of front-end web design, basic coding and tutorials about them. Buckle up and get ready to become better at coding!

UpdateCreate a Responsive Website Using HTML5 and CSS3 – Video Tutorial

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Wet Your Pants To Impress Your Client – Get Your Gold Client VIDEO Series

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I still cannot believe how many freelance web designers take so much for granted.
Even something as important as first impression.

No, I’m not referring to looking good and impressing people when you go out.

First impression is when you interact with a potential client for the first time.
So many of you do not stress enough about it.

But you should.
You really should even wet your pants if that is what it takes.

Today I will give you another easily actionable step to get your gold client.

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Basic Web Design Video Course – Basic HTML Tags, Structure & CSS [Part 2]

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Howdy, guys, it’s Mike here again and this is the second part of our “Basic Web Design Video Course”. This time we will talk about the tools needed before starting out with HTML and CSS,  then we will learn the most commonly used HTML tags.

For this tutorial, we will only cover the tags that are very useful to beginners, we will cover more tags at a later time. Then, we will style the tags using basic CSS properties. No worries guys, in the next videos we will go more in-depth and learn together.

Have you seen the first part?

If you missed out the first chapter make sure to watch it!

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How to Use Images Successfully – Web Design Usability Guide

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. True or not, images are an important part of any website we create. Since it is so easy to embed an image in a website (even the process of creating your own images is very easy), most websites are filled with them. There are some very good examples out there on how to deal with images in a website from different points of view, but most of the websites do not showcase positive examples. And while this is not entirely dangerous for a design, it might decrease your chances to sell, in case you have a call-to-action page, or the chances to create good reading flow. It is more a matter of details than a matter of important principles, but dealing with images should be something designers understand and apply better.

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