18 Hosted CMS to Solve Your Needs and Grant You Unlimited Jedi Power

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

When it comes to choosing a CMS, there are a lot of options to choose from. One can go with traditional ones, such as WordPress, Drupal or Joomla! Alternatively, one can opt for a hosted solution too.

Hosted CMSs tend to be quite popular with designers. While they may not be able to compete with self-hosted ones in terms of scalability, they have several advantages of their own. Apart from included hosting, they also come with A+ grade support from the CMS manufacturer, and thus you know that if something were to go wrong, you won’t be left feeling lost. Secondly, most of them feature intuitive interfaces to help you develop websites easily.

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InkThemes Giveaway: 3 Winners of Colorway Premium WordPress Theme

Posted in Freebies, Templates, Themes2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

April has just begun and how do we celebrate it? With an awesome giveaway by InkThemes! Today you will learn about InkThemes and their awesome premium theme Colorway which costs $45, but for 3 of our loyal readers it will be given absolutely for free! Now, isn’t that amazing?

What are you waiting for? Read on!

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An Interview with Lea Alcantara: One of the Best Female Web Designers in the World

Posted in Freelance, Interviews, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

Lea Alcantara is a web designer who runs her own business at  Lealea Design. She was listed as one of the 50 best female web designers in the world. Her article series on The Art of Self-Branding  got a lot of recognition from web designers world-wide.  She also gives occasional talks on branding.

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How to Design a User-Interface Element in Photoshop

Posted in Tutorials, Web Interface2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

In this tutorial we will be creating a small user-interface element.  Most of the attention will be given to the slider, however we will do our best to improve the over-all look of the interface element. We will focus on the creation of a “filter” slider and a call to action button. We will try to achieve a nice color contrast by using a few tones of blue with a few gray tones. By adding really small details, we will improve the overall quality and look of our user interface piece. This tutorial is meant for designer of all levels, especially for beginners and intermediate level users with an approximate completion time of 20 to 40 minutes.

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Cool Tips and Resources to Make Your Website Tablet-Friendly

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Is your website ready for the Tablet Revolution? Unless you are one of those Doomsday Preppers and you’ve been living in your bug out bunker for the past few weeks, you know iPad 3 just hit the market, and people are going crazy over it. It’s only taken a few years, but the release of Apple’s iPad, among all of the other tablets, has created a new HUGE trend that website owners need to be aware of. The Tablet Revolution, as some are referring to it, has cause many website owners to rethink their website design and layout.

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How To Grow as a Designer by Building Your Own Network

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

Being part of a web design and development community offers you many possibilities and chances for self-development. Each one of us knows about these communities and, at some point in time or another, wished or even was part of one of them. Knowing other individuals in your industry is something I recommend to everybody, as you can get a lot of help from such experts. Communities are not only created around people, but also around offline web design agencies, which give you even a better set of possibilities and a different network that you can use during your career.

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How to Use Squidoo to Increase Your Website’s Traffic

Posted in Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

Are you looking for new ways to increase traffic to your website? Have you ever considered creating a Squidoo Lens to help drive more traffic to your site? Squidoo is a really cool tool that’s been around for years, but it’s never really taken off, so a lot of folks have never heard of it.

That said, because it has built-in SEO tools, it’s an amazing tool for search engine optimization and for driving traffic to your website. In other words, it’s a great “top end of the funnel” tool for your website. In this article, we will explain what Squidoo is, the benefits of using it, how to build a Squidoo lens, the different types of Squidoo lenses out there, and finally how you can use it to increase your site’s traffic. If you’re ready, let’s dig in!

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Answering a Designer’s Question: Should I Choose Web or Print?

Posted in Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Print and web are both huge areas of design and mean a lot in today’s world. Print has been with us for more than 100 years and we know pretty much everything about it, while web is a new area of design that became mainstream about 10 years ago. Before this, web design was totally unknown and only experts and developers knew its potential and helped it grow to how we know it today. Both areas of design have advanced so much in the past 10-15 years that they started to cross each others paths and while this can be beneficial, it can also create problems. We will talk about the advantages and disadvantages in this article and also about how the two areas of design differ from a designer’s perspective.

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18 WordPress Themes for Creating an Awesome Online Résumé

Posted in Themes, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

As web designers/developers, you need an online portfolio or a landing page, wherein your potential clients can take a look at your works. Further more, it helps to have a resume or Curriculum Vitae online — so that if a client seeks more info about you, he/she can simply head to that page, instead of asking you for a CV in email. In this article, we take a look at some of the best Resume or CV themes for WordPress.

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How to Avoid the 6 Clients that Could Hurt Your Business

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

As freelancers we have a love/hate relationship with our clients. Without them we would be penniless, but at times they can make our work unbearably difficult. How do we handle the clients who don’t pay us, take all our time, and make our job harder than it needs to be? In my career I have worked with hundreds of clients and thankfully most have been amicable. But, every once in a while, one will come along that takes the wind out of my sails and this can potentially hurt my business if I let it. Knowing how to handle these unmanageable clients has helped me avoid potentially toxic situations.

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