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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Revised Google SEO Guide 2012 Edition: Big Changes in Algorithm

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Everybody is buzzing all around now, how latest changes Google did affected their search traffic greatly! Chances are if you monitor your own properties on Google Analytics, you will see significant drop in your traffic in March!

1WD was seriously affected as well from March 20! Besides Google Panda release, there were 2 rounds of changes Google did, hurting almost every site search traffic:

• Panda 3.3 – Search quality highlights: 40 changes for February
• Panda 3.4 on March 23 – Search quality highlights: 50 changes for March

So what exactly do these changes mean? Do you need to be worried and what can you do to be prepared and be more likable in Google’s eyes?

In this Google SEO guide I will show you the behind the scenes on how 1WD was affected, explain how to monitor your traffic better and how to be more prepared in the future. A lot of websites were hit hard, even high authority websites. We always have been focusing on high quality content here, never used spammy link building techniques and we believe our social presence is very strong as well.

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Introducing Breezi CMS Meant For Designers: Review

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Are you looking for a good hosted CMS solution for designing your next website? If so, a good option for you to consider might be Breezi.

Breezi is a visual CSS Editor and Edit-in-Place CMS meant especially for designers. The Breezi CMS is supplemented by to-the-mark style control and multiple apps that lend great functionality to your website.

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VectorPack Giveaway: 5 Winners of Mega Design Bundle Worth $550 Each

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VectorPack is a design studio that focuses on creating only the best stock vector arts, photoshop brushes, seamless patterns, and a lot more design elements for web designing. Currently they have over 2000 vector art elements at their library.

PS Brushes can be bought for as low as $6 per pack and vectors and patterns for as low as $8. But what VectorPack currently offers is the Mega Design Bundle 3, which values $550 but you can have it for only $37!  And for our loyal readers VectorPack offers 5 Mega Design Bundles!

Don’t forget to check their Free collection of high-quality vectors!

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Facebook Buys Instagram. How Will Microsoft React?

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Instagram is a free photo editing and sharing application which was launched in October 2010. It allows its users to take photos and apply one of the many digital filters available, then share it on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. When the application was launched, it was only available for Apple mobile users (iPod, iPhone, iPad) but in April 2012 they made it available for Android as well. The application is being distributed for free via App Store and Google Play. Because of the application’s popularity, many social networks made modifications and tweaks on their websites for Instagram users because only after one year of existence, Instagram had 10 million users already.

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Is Twitter Still Trending? – Predictions And Thoughts

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Twitter is a multilingual online social network created in 2006. Twitter works as a micro-blogging service which allows users to send messages (known as tweets) of 140 characters or less. It has now more than 350 million members and is generating over 300 million tweets per day. Twitter is a great source for finding hot news and can also display a “live feed” for your preferred #hashtag so finding really hot news about any topic can be really easy. Twitter is also called the SMS of the Internet.

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Motivate Yourself More by Setting Up the Perfect Home Office

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Being a freelancer is something of a foreign lifestyle choice to those that have grown accustomed to and are quite fond of typical employment. The random spots of high and low-income, no interaction with coworkers, responsibility solely resting on that one person’s shoulders, but there is one that probably baffles most of all — working from one’s own home!

Of course not ALL freelancers work from home, many have their own offices somewhere in close proximity to a coffee shop or cafe. However it is safe to say that a large number do indeed work out of their home, and that baffles those not living the freelancer lifestyle. There is one assumption that does make sense though, and is a good question. How professional can the experience of meeting clients at your office actually be?

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