First Steps in Creating a Web Design Business

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

You don’t like working for others and wish others worked for you? Are you also attracted to the idea of working with lots of people and multiple personalities? Then going for your own design company is something you might want to look into.

Starting a web design business might seem something anybody can do, but is definitely a difficult task. Note that this discussion is purely theoretical, if you wish to read a real opinion, then find someone who owns such a company and ask him how it was in the beginning.

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A Quick Introduction to Ruby on Rails

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

Time to Ruby dooby do! It can take a lot of time, and be quite boring, to learn a new programming language. A .Net developer will jump up and say why should I even learn it? I am a professional .Net developer and my day job doesn’t give me time (and scope) to learn a new programming language. But, it isn’t like that. You learn a lot with new programming languages especially when they are a refined version of other optimized ones. Ruby is that sort of language. I agree that the transition from being a noob developer (in a particular programming language) to a pro is arduous but you will appreciate the experience. As of now all that I can do is let you guys know that if you stick around with Ruby then you won’t be at a loss. Just be positive.

Note: Consider this article to be a very basic discussion on Ruby (the programming language) and Rails (an application framework). My basic goal is to introduce you to Ruby and give you that initial push which is required when learning a programming language.

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Put Your Website on a Diet with Minifiers

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Did you know that every second delay on page loading results in a 7% reduction of conversion rate?

Actually you lose 7% (maybe even more!) of sales without even noticing… Sounds bad, huh?

I mean, you work carefully to put things in the right place, good call-to-actions, nice design, spend a few bucks with ads.. And then you lose 7% of sales just because you forgot to minify your CSS. We’ll, this is not going to happen again.

We’ll put every future project that you work on a diet. And this one, won’t wait for next monday, or next january :)

Here we’ll see amazing tips to reduce your files size and increase your site performance without affecting important things like image quality or a files readability for future edits.

Grab your meter and let’s rock!

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Divine Elemente Review and Contest: A PSD to WordPress Theme Software

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

It appears that the world has just gotten better with the introduction of Content Management Systems like WordPress and their customizable themes, but in order to create a fully functioning WordPress theme you’ll need to be knowledgeable in both programming and design, right? Many people don’t have all the required knowledge and skills to build a custom theme from scratch, and that includes yours truly. There are many designers out there with great concepts for themes, but their works only remain as JPEGs or PSD files. Good thing there is Divine Elemente that can semi-automatize the conversion of your PSD to a functioning WordPress theme.

Don’t forget to read through, there’s a CONTEST waiting for you here. Winners will receive a  License key! We will be choosing 3 winners! Brought to you by Divine-Project.com.

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How To Charge More As a Freelancer

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

Most freelancers out there work as a freelancer either because they are in need of a job or they want to increase their skills and improve their portfolio. But have you ever thought about the fact that all of us do it for money too? Now some of you might disagree with me and I fully encourage you to do it. Then I also encourage you to go out there and work for free, while marketing yourself as a volunteer designer. After three months come back to me and I am sure you will agree that you freelance for money. If we wouldn’t need money to survive, we would probably not work at all.

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1stWebDesigner’s Life #4 – This Big & Developer Client

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

And here we are again, trying to bring you a couple of laughs.

Our superhero Webster continues his pursuit for the best client, and we all know that he’s quite far from it yet, right? :)

We have two more short stories of Webster’s life (which is kind of similar to ours, huh?) brought to life by Jamie Sale! We’ll be talking about crazy measurement units and clients who want to be web designers.

So, Let’s rock!

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WP-Powered Job Boards – All The Tools You’ll Ever Need!

Posted in Plugins, Showcase, Themes, WordPress2 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

There is hardly any niche website that cannot be powered using WordPress. Of late, WordPress is being employed to power different sorts of websites — video galleries, online portfolios, information directories and, more importantly, job boards! Job boards have become one of the most popular info-commerce centric websites. In this article, we take a look at the WP resources that are required to run a job board — plugins and themes.

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Contests Can Create Real Engagement – A Personal Story

Posted in Inspiration2 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

Are you looking to get more people engaged and excited about your brand? Aren’t we all… Over the past 6 months I’ve been running an online contest for one of my clients. My client’s goal was to generate more activity from their Facebook community. They know that if they can get their Facebook community more engaged in their brand they can generate more sales for their products and services.

Over the past 6 months we have blown away all expectations for the amount of Facebook activity the client was hoping for. Knowing that many of our readers have the same goal as my client, I wanted to share this personal story with you. In this article we will review our marketing strategy, discuss the day-to-day tasks required, and finally share the results. By the end of this case study you should have everything you need to do this too!

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jQuery Mobile – What You Need to Know

Posted in Coding, JS & AJAX, Tutorials3 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

jQuery Mobile version 1.0 finally launched this past November. Don’t know if you heard about it, but if you are planning to do any mobile app or website development, it’s better to get started with it right now.

I’m sure you’ve heard about jQuery. So, its mobile version is pretty close to what you already are used to, but with a lot of enhancements for mobile screen events (like touching instead of click, and there is no hover) and browsers (this one is tricky since there are plenty of browsers and devices out there) and capabilities (pluggable components).

The crazy thing is how simple it is to initiate and build a fully working mobile site. Actually, we’ll be talking about concepts, tips, codes, and in the meantime you can build your own app, in no more than one hour. Yeah, noob to ninja in one hour, this is what you’ll get here :)

So, let’s rock!

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Colour Chronicles: Brilliant Blue

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by

Welcome back to another colourful article, this time dealing with last month’s favourite, chosen by you! Just as last time, it includes a showcase of websites, artwork and palettes, so there is a little something for everybody.

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