Joost de Valk, Founder of Yoast, Shares His Success Story

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

Joost de Valk is the founder and CEO of Yoast.com. He’s one of the top SEO and WordPress experts in the world, best known for his great WordPress plug-ins.  Joost also runs a WordPress Podcast and speaks at a variety of conferences.

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50 Fresh and Creative Business Card Designs: 2012 Edition

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

Are you looking for some inspiration to design a beautiful business card then you are at the right place. Here we are showcasing some creative business card designs for your inspiration. Although there are loads of business card samples uploaded on the net, it is quite difficult to find the creative ones that appeal to you. Business cards are necessary no matter what business you are in. Business cards let you promote yourself in your professional circle. In this round up, you will discover some fresh and innovative ideas for business card designs. We hope that these designs will help you in establishing a professional image. Check this out and pick one! Do let us know what you feel about this round up.

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10 Things to Consider Before Starting a Freelancing Career

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

There are a lot of great reasons why one would want to venture into freelancing, all of which have been talked to death, but there are also those that should make one take a second guess. It is the latter what we’ll be discussing in this article, and once we are done, hopefully you’ll know if freelancing is really something that is meant for you or not.

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Visual LightBox Giveaway: 5 Commercial Licenses for Unlimited Websites

Posted in Freebies, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 37 Comments

Visual LightBox is a jQuery Image Gallery with beautiful Lightbox-style overlay effect and a lot of nice gallery templates. Visual LightBox comes with drag&drop GUI wizard for Mac and Windows to create your gallery in just a couple of clicks – without coding or image editing.

For this week, Visual LightBox is giving away 5 commercial licences of their elegant image gallery slider with a nifty lightbox-style effect. Perfect for photographers, graphic designers, and just about any artists out there looking for beautiful ways to present their works!

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How to Fix Over Optimization Penalty in Order to Please Google

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

Let me start with a quick introduction to the recent debate on Over Optimization Penalty for those who live under some sort of information proof bunker and haven’t heard a bit about it. You will probably hear (and notice) the effects of this new discussion once your site loses all its organic traffic. SEO experts will tell you that it is the new Over Optimization Penalty from Google which has pushed your website down on SERPs. Then you will start Googling and probably stumble upon multiple articles that will teach you stuff which by then will hold no meaning just because you were sleeping when you shouldn’t be!

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Is Responsive Web Design the Right Path to Minimalism?

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

It is necessary to first point out that by NO MEANS is minimalism a trend! In actuality, it is a design style that emerges to prominent use in accordance when society’s common desire shifts towards excessive wants. If that is the case, what could this guy be talking about?

Well, in recent years the web community has been strongly gravitating toward minimalism as the go-to design approach. Recently some newly popular styles were coming along, the most notable of these being Parallax Design. However, since then, Responsive Web Design came about, seemingly delaying the surfacing of a new prominent design style. The question going to be answered here is whether minimalism was rejuvenated by Responsive Web Design, or not?

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7 Ways to Make Money Online by Designing

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

Make Money Online! As easy as it sounds, making money online has proven to be a daunting task for many. Oh, I am not even considering the A-listers of the Internet industry. I am talking about the average Joe who struggles day and night to squeeze out a few extra dollars out of the complex world of the Internet. It is not easy, but then there would have been no fun if it was anyways. A major chunk of the Internet is involved in some sort of design. People are creating logos, designing websites, magazine covers and whatnot in order to be a somewhat-known designer. Today, I will try to dig out the most famous (and easy-as-you-master-them) ways to make money online by designing. Basically, we will see how being smart is the mantra of making money online.

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Who Said Your Online Business is Recession-Proof?

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

The global economy is becoming more uncertain than ever. Many people are particularly worried about how the threat of a global recession will damage their income potential. As an Internet entrepreneur, you should definitely do the same.

Many marketers have said that blogging is recession proof and Internet marketers don’t have to worry about the threats of a global recession. Although there is some truth to this, their advice can be very misleading and dangerous.

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

Posted in 1WD Features, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

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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