Super Hot News: Get 1WD Three Quick EBooks Now For Free Just For Three Days!

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 43 Comments

Today, 1WD is happy to announce the launch of our 3 quick eBook series! This series will consist of eBooks covering the latest trends, practices, and technologies in web design and development.

You’re probably thinking to yourself, “How is that different than what everyone else is doing?” Glad you asked! What really separates our eBooks from the competition is that we cover the same amount of material, go into the same amount of depth, but do it in an easy to follow 50 pages on average. That’s right, all the information you’ll need, in a size that you can actually read!

To begin the series we are first releasing three eBooks, covering Responsive Web Design and HTML5 and Web Design Trends. Here is a better description of each.

Update: Ebooks are no longer free, you can buy them on Amazon for 0.99$ each now!

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Gamification: Convert Your Traffic Into Loyal Readers

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

So, you’re a website owner with several thousands of visitors monthly. Quite possibly you have asked yourself “how do I make my readers interact more on my website?” The answer? It could be through the use of gamification.

Your website has a lot of traffic but only a few people are actively engage on it?
Do you want to convert traffic into an active community?
Do you want to make your website more fun?

Why not gamify it?

I mean, convert your website into a game!

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Ramit Sethi Explains How You Can Earn More Money As A Freelance Web Designer

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

Ramit Sethi is the New York Times best-selling author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich and the author of the popular personal finance blog www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com, which hosts over 250,000 readers per month. Ramit’s advice has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, NPR, ABC News and CNBC.  Ramit graduated from Stanford and co-founded PBwiki, a venture-backed startup.

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The Power of Email Lists for Web Designers and How to Get One Started

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

Imagine if you had a sea of potential clients who were one click away from working with you. How would it impact your web design business? The secret is building email lists that you can turn to to build relationships and generate leads.

There are many ways to grow and expand your freelance business and one of the most powerful is an email list. For little to no money, you can start a list, build your traffic, and gather more potential leads who will be pining to work with you.

If you are really serious about jumpstarting your web design business, consider email marketing as one of the strategies that will help you get to the top.

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5 Horrible Reasons Why Blogs Fail Hard – And How To Avoid Them!

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 21 Comments

In the span of 6 years I’ve seen new blogs become successful and more than too much fell into oblivion. Right now the only blogs that are successful will probably be the only ones to hold the stage for a long time, bad news for newcomers. There are a lot of reasons why blogs fail, and it begins at conception!

Blogging is about sharing things you are good at, or at least you’re enthusiastic about. Whether you are a web designer, web developer, a writer, an online marketer, or someone else who doesn’t have a blog yet, or has one but has failed quite miserably, then you definitely need to know why it failed (and why it will fail).

But hold your horses, I’m not saying you should stop blogging!

You can leave it to self-discovery and fail or I can point them out for you and increase your chance of succeeding.

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Facebook Guidelines for a Socially Cleaner Profile

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

Recently, I wrote an article about how Facebook is dominant on the internet. It is quite clear that Facebook is right now the most important social media tool and knowing how to properly conduct yourself, as an individual or a business, on Facebook, is crucial. Sure, it is much more important for companies to make sure they represent themselves properly, but you’d be surprised how many individuals actually care about their Facebook profile and follow some rules and guidelines too.

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The Shortest Web Design Guest Posting Guide You’ll Ever Need

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

There are a million web designers out there and every seven seconds there is a new blog that goes live. The connection? It’s competition. At least for freelance web designers.

The truth is, the online world is a very harsh place for freelance web designers, or even web design firms. It takes a gazillion tons of sweat and marketing to be known. People’s attention spans are very short. Who are you again?

What if I told you that guest posting is your way to fame? That simply by guest posting you are increasing your chance of getting hired for new projects, or be an authority figure?

It only takes 5 minutes of reading.

Also, I wrote this article in under 40 minutes. Do you want to know how?

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The Rise Of Facebook: Path to World Domination

Posted in Social Media2 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

Facebook. The social media masterpiece all of us, more or less, use for personal or business reasons. Facebook is considered to, again, more or less rule the internet. This social media monster bringing in clients and prospects to companies, it’s a great tool for businesses and freelancers alike. Facebook will attract one seventh of the World’s population by the end 2012. Everything you would like to have in social media featured by one single company, on a single web page,  having a single descriptive word to be assigned yet: dominant.

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Ultimate Restaurant Website Design Guide To Make People Forget About Diet Constantly

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

Get a large mug of coffee and brace yourself for a guidebook that you will be forced to bookmark. Dining out with families or friends has jumped up exponentially with the growth of working eggheads. And all of us are aware of the reach of Internet in our day-to-day lives. It is this reach of Internet into the life of customers that has forced restaurants to rethink their online strategies. I won’t be surprised to see a restaurant with its own social media marketing team. After all we proudly spend more time on social media instead of sitting down with our families and watching T.V. Anyways, let us leave the social media debate for some other day.

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How Colors Help Make Websites Successful

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 41 Comments

You might not realize how important colours are in web design. If a website is green, it might as well be blue; it doesn’t matter. And while I thought this myself for a long time, I recently came to the conclusion that the color is actually going to make a huge difference and express something different to your audience. There are psychological effects behind each color and tone, therefore I decided to tell you more about them today.

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