Visual LightBox Giveaway: 5 Commercial Licenses for Unlimited Websites

Posted in Freebies, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 37 Comments

Visual LightBox is a jQuery Image Gallery with beautiful Lightbox-style overlay effect and a lot of nice gallery templates. Visual LightBox comes with drag&drop GUI wizard for Mac and Windows to create your gallery in just a couple of clicks – without coding or image editing.

For this week, Visual LightBox is giving away 5 commercial licences of their elegant image gallery slider with a nifty lightbox-style effect. Perfect for photographers, graphic designers, and just about any artists out there looking for beautiful ways to present their works!

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How to Fix Over Optimization Penalty in Order to Please Google

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Let me start with a quick introduction to the recent debate on Over Optimization Penalty for those who live under some sort of information proof bunker and haven’t heard a bit about it. You will probably hear (and notice) the effects of this new discussion once your site loses all its organic traffic. SEO experts will tell you that it is the new Over Optimization Penalty from Google which has pushed your website down on SERPs. Then you will start Googling and probably stumble upon multiple articles that will teach you stuff which by then will hold no meaning just because you were sleeping when you shouldn’t be!

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40 Creative Examples of Pricing Page Design for Your Inspiration

Posted in Inspiration, Web Interfaces2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

At the moment, we are presenting some excellent examples of effective pricing pages that not only perform their job well, but also add a visual appeal to the overall web design. With the help of an appealing pricing page, you can certainly increase your sales to a greater extent. A pricing page is the first thing that your visitors or potential customers check when they want to sign up for your service. Therefore, the pricing page design along with the way it is displayed can have loads of determining factors on whether those interested visitors sign up or not.

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Is Responsive Web Design the Right Path to Minimalism?

Posted in Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

It is necessary to first point out that by NO MEANS is minimalism a trend! In actuality, it is a design style that emerges to prominent use in accordance when society’s common desire shifts towards excessive wants. If that is the case, what could this guy be talking about?

Well, in recent years the web community has been strongly gravitating toward minimalism as the go-to design approach. Recently some newly popular styles were coming along, the most notable of these being Parallax Design. However, since then, Responsive Web Design came about, seemingly delaying the surfacing of a new prominent design style. The question going to be answered here is whether minimalism was rejuvenated by Responsive Web Design, or not?

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7 Ways to Make Money Online by Designing

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Make Money Online! As easy as it sounds, making money online has proven to be a daunting task for many. Oh, I am not even considering the A-listers of the Internet industry. I am talking about the average Joe who struggles day and night to squeeze out a few extra dollars out of the complex world of the Internet. It is not easy, but then there would have been no fun if it was anyways. A major chunk of the Internet is involved in some sort of design. People are creating logos, designing websites, magazine covers and whatnot in order to be a somewhat-known designer. Today, I will try to dig out the most famous (and easy-as-you-master-them) ways to make money online by designing. Basically, we will see how being smart is the mantra of making money online.

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Who Said Your Online Business is Recession-Proof?

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

The global economy is becoming more uncertain than ever. Many people are particularly worried about how the threat of a global recession will damage their income potential. As an Internet entrepreneur, you should definitely do the same.

Many marketers have said that blogging is recession proof and Internet marketers don’t have to worry about the threats of a global recession. Although there is some truth to this, their advice can be very misleading and dangerous.

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From Archives: 1WD’s Super Collection of Best Web Design Posts

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Nearly three and a half years ago in 2008 an idea was born. An idea based on love and passion about design. Couple of mockups, sleepless nights and cups of coffee and a blog was about to come to light. Little by little with hard work and ambition the blog grew bigger and bigger and attracted more and more designers from all over the world. Yes, that’s the story of 1stwebdesigner. Now being the third largest design blog and attracting over 3 million monthly visitors we can truly be proud of the success we gained.

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Humble Beginnings of WordPress and its Future

Posted in WordPress2 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

WordPress is an elegant, well-built content management system built on PHP and MySQL, being available under the GPL License. WordPress is the most popular and the most used CMS on the internet. As of August 2011, it manages more than 22% of all websites. It was launched in 2003 and was the successor of b2/cafelog. Until December 2011, the open-source version of WordPress has been downloaded over 65 million times.

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How to Get Your Wife to Help you with Your Website

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

Do you want an extra set of hands to help maintain your website, but at this point, don’t have a budget to pay someone? Why not put your wife (or husband for all you female web developers out there) to work? I know most of you might be thinking, “Yeah, right… my wife has no idea how to program a website”. My response to that is, why not? With technology where it is today, almost anyone can quickly learn how to make basic updates to a website. My 6 year old nephew can work in WordPress. Plus, it doesn’t have to be that your wife helps you with programming, she might be able to help with some of the simpler tasks. In this article we will talk about the benefits of putting your wife to work on your website, how to teach your wife about building and maintaining a website, and all of the different tasks that would be perfect for your wife to help you with. By the end of this article you are going to be ready to put your wife to work!

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5 Pinterest Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Dominating Pinterest

Posted in Social Media, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

After only 24 short months, “Pinterest” has become the 3rd most popular social network under Facebook and Twitter. Not even Oprah or Tom Cruise can compete with those statistics! Pinterest is dominating the social sphere and webmasters are taking advantage of the profit-busting potential it provides.

Are you a passionate, pinning, Pinterest patron? (Say that three times fast!) If you haven’t “pinned” your way to the top just yet, you may not be aware of all the juicy secrets Pinterest offers. Let us help you dominate the Pinterest world and squeeze out every bit of possibility it offers.

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