How to Find Hot Topics to Blog About

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

In my opinion, having a blog attached to your website is the single best way to keep current website visitors coming back to your site, attract new website visitors, and to educate your visitors about your website topic. That said, keeping a blog is a lot of work! Even though keeping a blog updated with new articles is a lot of work, there are ways to dramatically increase your return on investment for your blog. In this article I will be discussing ways in which you can find hot topics to blog about, which should attract many new visitors to your website. We will cover how to find trending topics to write about, the ways in which you can leverage what’s trending for creating new blog content relevant to your website topic, and some tools to use for finding trending topics.

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Google+ Gets a Make-over: Will it Become the Apex Social Network?

Posted in 1WD Features, News, Social Media, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

Ever since its inception, Google+ has had its share of (rightfully deserved) attention. Hailed as the Grim Reaper for the likes of Facebook by some, and another (soon-to-be-abandoned) experiment like Google Buzz by others, G+ has always been in the spotlight, ever since day one of its existence.

Now, loving (or hating) a particular social service depends on personal preferences. However, that does not mean we can take the goodness that G+ brings to the table, away from it. Recently, Google+ has undergone a massive revamp, facelift, redesign. Here at 1WD, even though we aren’t generally intrigued enough to denote an entire article to a particular website’s redesign, with the level of attention that G+ tends to receive, it makes sense to take a deeper look at it.

However, before we take a look at the new G+, let us first spend some time discussing the old one. As most of you must’ve seen, earlier, G+ was divided into three columns – and a horizontal bar on top for search, profile, etc. Clean, simple, minimal – and so on. Truth be told, the old Google+ reminded us of Facebook’s layout, of course without the blue color.

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4 Tips to Retire Like Warren Buffett

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

Like with any life changing decision, there are pros and cons to the decision to work for yourself. One such con is the responsibility to handle your retirement by yourself. If you aren’t careful as a freelancer you could be setting yourself up for financial ruin later on down the road. The burden of establishing your retirement fund rests entirely on your shoulders. In this post I hope to offer insight into different retirement planning options that can establish a safe financial future for freelancers in any industry.

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Power Your Blogs with Habari: The Next Generation of Blogging

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

If you are running a blog on a self-hosted platform, chances are you’re using either WordPress or perhaps Drupal. There is no denying the fact that both of these CMSs have excellent capabilities. They are ideal for many different genres of website. However, at times, when all you need is a small personal weblog, running Drupal is a bit overkill. In other instances, when the need of the hour is a no-nonsense and nimble CMS, WordPress might seem a bit bloated to some users.

If this is the case for you, Habari might be the CMS meant for your blog.

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Can You Smell What “The Rock!” is Cooking on Twitter?

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

Close the window right now if you don’t know who is The Rock! He follows ZERO users and is being followed by over 2.5 millions users on Twitter. As a side fact, his facebook page has 6.4 million likes. His wikipedia page is full of praises for the legend and YouTube is flooded with his videos. The Rock is simply the most important reason behind WWE’s social media success just because of his engaging twitter habits. He forces his fans to “Bring It” in every aspect of their life and people go mad when they read a reply (he replied to me too) from “The Rock!” himself on twitter. A Hollywood superstar, a Twitter superstar, a Facebook superstar, a bestselling author and of course the WWE superstar – the Rock has come a long way all on his own. Today I will dig into the human side of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in order to understand how he keeps Twitter trending.

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7 Mistakes that Force Potential Clients to Dislike Your Portfolio

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 15 Comments

A portfolio is a collection of documents, works, progresses and basically everything you’ve done and want to show off. The point of a portfolio is to assist you in the process of presenting your skills, knowledge and experience. A portfolio has the aim of showing who you are in a short but detailed form. It’s important to always have a portfolio as you never know what kind of job opportunities you may have in any unexpected moment. That doesn’t mean you have to create one and carry 5 copies of it with you — instead, you can always keep it online!

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Tips to Find Balance Between Personal and Paid Work Before Life Rips You Apart

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

I am sure all of us have a lot of work to do during our freelance workday or even during the full-time agency job. But I am also sure that most of us have side projects as well. While some can be beneficial for your pocket and experience, sometimes you just want to develop your own tool, write a blog post or design something for friends or do some pro bono work. After eight hours of work, it is highly unlikely that you want to continue doing the same thing at home, so the question is how to manage doing both while still remaining motivated and focused on the goals. Moreover, if talking about what catches our attention all the time – money – personal projects are not usually the ones that put cash in our pockets.

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A Handy Guide to Proper Web Typography for a Successful Design

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

Basically, typography is the art and technique of arranging typefaces for communication purposes. In other words, typography is a simple arrangement in order to transmit a message, while good typography is the attention to visual accuracy and details, even the small ones. Typography started when writing appeared. The most simple arrangement of letters was also some sort of typography. Nowadays, typography is an element we see everyday and everywhere — Prints, Books, Newspapers and letters, TV and Web. Even the foremost websites were caring about typography, and were trying to improve it as much as possible with the resources available at that time.

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Beginner’s Guide to Launching a Successful Blog

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

We are all aware of just how fast the Internet grows. The American search engine giant, Google, reports that more than 1 trillion websites were indexed in 2008. Twenty years ago Google only indexed 15,000 new URLs per year. In a stunning report from Mashable last summer we found out that 150,000 new URLs are created daily. While it is nearly impossible to figure out the exact number of web pages out there, it is clear that mammoth is the right word to use to describe the internet in 2012.

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Guide to User Flow – The “Foolishly Ignored” Backbone of Website Design

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

User Experience, Responsive Web Design and similar terms have made such a serious impact on the lives of web designers that they have almost forgotten the core of website design – User Flow. I hope that we, the web designers, remember that website design is not just about “how it looks” but also about “how it works”! It is easy to get sentimental with your passion – website design – which forces you to jump right into the website design phase without considering the end user expectations. Website designers concentrate so much on the information architecture of a website that they tend to forget the user flows that are the basis of all conversions benefiting the website. We can either give up on end user just for the look (and all other silly adjectives) of our website or start giving priority to User Flows in order to increase the returns from the website.

So, once you have made up your mind that you will break the shackles of information architecture, aesthetic looks, user experience, responsive design and other silly terms then you can start reading further. It is time to design user flows.

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