Search Bar: The Perfect WordPress Developer and Where To Find One

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You’re a business owner but why would you bother to find WordPress developers?

Being a business owner, you know that having a website is one great way to ensure profitability. Moreover, you know that you should not settle for generic themes.

Okay, you also realize that some things are learned over time- but that is one luxury you do not have.

What should you do? Of course, one of the best ways is to know which job board really caters to WP development and post your listing there.

With so many job boards to look online, how would you know that you are getting the best your money can buy?

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Telltale Signs That You Might Be a Bad Boss

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design1 week ago • Written by 1 Comment

Bosses  can be pretty infuriating at times. But do you know what can really ruin your day? A bad boss.

In your web design career, you surely have experienced being administered by the boss. You take orders and requests, do and finish them and earn money at paydays.

If this is not the case, you might be the boss. You are the one who sends payments, administers people, and sanctions them if they do something wrong.

This can be very difficult at times, especially when you think of the times when you were still at the bottom of the chain. Everyone saw you as a friend more than a foe back then.  One moment, you still enjoy having coffee with your co-workers in the pantry. The day you were promoted, people looked at you with angry gazes.

Is this perfectly normal? What would you do? How did all this happen?

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Waste Time Productively with These Blogs

Posted in Blogging, Freelance, Web Design1 week ago • Written by 3 Comments

It seems paradoxical to say that you can waste time productively. Productivity and procrastination are often conceived as two opposing forces that affect the lives of freelancers.

However, there is a slight glitch in this system. Given fair thought and immense amount of dedication, you can actually waste their time productively.

For web designers like you, there are some things you can do while you goof around your free time. You can:

  • Create freebies that could boost your portfolio
  • Look for more clients
  • Read more blogs that could actually help you in the future
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30 More Android Applications You Mustn’t Miss This Year

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Android, as we all know, is the world’s most popular mobile operating system. However, it was considered as the second choice after Apple’s OSX. But, with its functionality, it has gained wonderful popularity for the last five years. No doubt, there is no replacement for a laptop or a computer, but working on-the-go may allow you to settle for some Android applications.

Whether you are a designer, developer or a freelancer, you have to work with codes, designs and projects on daily basis to achieve something.

With powerful smart phones and tablets releasing every year, more and more tools are coming to help out developers and designers in their work. The thing which makes all these devices useful for the developers is their compatibility with the Android apps.

However, with thousands of Android apps available to download, it can be very hard to choose the most useful one for you. To help you out, we have collected 30 Android apps that you shouldn’t miss out as a designer, developer or freelancer.

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What To Do When the Internet Connection had Blacked Out?

Posted in Inspiration, Quick Tips, Tips2 weeks ago • Written by 3 Comments

Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, 1stwebdesigner. Not too long ago, these four websites loaded together in each tab in harmony. Then everything changed when the Internet got down. Only the service provider can fix this, but then, that service provider vanished.

What will you do now that the Internet Is Down?

I know nothing can really be as infuriating than a down Internet connection. As a web designer, this is very frustrating because most of your tasks are online and you will not get anything done until the connection goes back.

Most of the times, you’ll be pictured as the person who observes his router like a hunter observing a gazelle. Sometimes, you are seen pressing F5 every single minute, hoping it would soon load properly. Other times, you try and debate with your ISP over the phone and realize that there is no hope. Heck, you even plan on making rituals for the Internet gods to bring your connection back.

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How You Can Attain PHP Success in the Easiest Way Possible?

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

Learning something from scratch can be intimidating sometimes. Oftentimes, you simply have no idea where to start or how to learn all what you want to learn within a specific amount of time. One such example is PHP. A lot of people are still figuring out PHP success at the moment.

Although PHP is one of the easiest languages to learn out there, it is somewhat difficult to master.

There are some instances wherein there is a plenty of ways to do a PHP program but only two or three are accepted as valid answers within the PHP Community.

This may vary according to opinions and concepts of different PHP developers. For some logical programmers, learning PHP is only skin on the pig.

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Best Laptop Computers You Would Die For Besides Apple

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Tools3 weeks ago • Written by 13 Comments

The dazzling 13-15-inch screen of Apple’s MacBook Pro, one of the best laptop computers, topped up with amazing technical specifications can surely make your eyes pop for a while. I mean, it’s Apple! Everybody loves the quality of company’s products. You’re assured of top notch items. But seeing the price tag that goes along with them, it will surely make your eyes pop too, but for another reason.

Now, I’m not starting a PC vs. Mac debate here but not all people can afford to buy a Mac; for newbie freelancers, buying a $2000 laptop computer may not be a good decision, especially if you can’t afford it. For me, if you’re starting from scratch, you should invest on the things you need first.

Hence, this article. I tried looking around for great MacBook Pro alternatives. Know the best laptops other than MacBook here:

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5 Best Remote Collaboration Tools for Teams

Posted in Freelance, Tools, Web Design3 weeks ago • Written by 14 Comments

Collaboration is a great way to get more projects done in the shortest span of time. In freelance web designing, collaborating with others seems to be a very wise decision since you can get more projects but work in less effort.

However, being in a freelance web design team doesn’t necessarily mean you work together physically. That is one of the many joys of freelancing. You can work alone, while working together.

However, this is never easy as remote collaboration tools for teams can lead to miscommunication and lack of monitoring. You need tools where you can easily keep track and manage the projects and clients you get. You also need something to set and monitor deadlines, a melting pot of all finished products, invoices and many more.

For this article, we have collected some freelance collaboration tools which will surely make working with a remote team easier and more convenient.

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Happy 6th Birthday 1stwebdesigner! Join Our Giveaway!

Posted in Web Design3 weeks ago • Written by 76 Comments

1stwebdesigner is turning 6! And we couldn’t have done it without you. So, we are giving away 20 of our Flat Web Design Course with a total value of almost $2000 to our loyal readers! Over the years, our core focus has changed from simply publishing tips and tutorials to creating courses for freelance web designers and developers. Right now, we want to share them with you.

Do you want to help change the face of education?

Read our story and be inspired (and of course, get the chance to win 1 of the 20 prizes!).

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It’s Getting Hot in Here! Keeping Your Cool in Front of “Clients from Hell”

Posted in Freelance, Inspiration, Web Design3 weeks ago • Written by Leave a comment

CLIENT: Can you make it less black, like half black?

ME: Do you mean grey?

CLIENT: No. Less black.

ME: Well, there’s black or there’s no black.

CLIENT: We want black, we just want the black to be less black. Like half.

Does this “keeping your cool” dialogue sound familiar to you?

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