Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Freelancer

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

Going freelance nowadays is a path many designers and developers take, not only because of job vacancies being on the low side, but also because there are some clear advantages to it. While working for a company is more secure and organized, going freelance is something most of us have thought about at least once. Working by yourself means you need some special skills, such as being able to work alone, to respect schedules and deadlines and to be able to market yourself better than the others. None of these is easy to do and not being able to follow some specific rules will ruin your freelance career. Therefore before going freelance, take a look at the following questions and try to ask yourself if this is indeed the right path for you to follow.

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How to use Google Analytics to Drive more Traffic to Your Website

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

There are probably thousands of articles on the web talking about Google Analytics, such as how to use the free reporting tool, how to set up Google Analytics for your website, and what Google Analytics reports you can take advantage of. This is all great information, especially for novice website designers. What I think is missing is the most critical piece of information, which is “How do I analyze these Google Analytics reports in order to actually make impactful changes to my website?” In this article we are going to answer that question, as well as, provide you with some examples of taking certain data from Google Analytics, analyzing it, and then using it to make changes to your website and/or website marketing.

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Can Sociology Improve Your Designs?

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

An artist is a creative who creates to satisfy their own aesthetic pleasure, unconcerned with the wants and needs of others. However a designer is a creative who creates in hopes of satisfying the wants and needs of others with their art, casting aside their own individual creative desires. This is an important fact to always keep in mind for any professional in the creative field, because quite often we tend to forget that we make our living creating art that MUST be found appealing to others and not just ourselves. Of course for any person with creative talent this is a major downside, but that is what we sign up for when taking on the designer role. Now, what does sociology have to do with any of this?

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Facebook Timeline: Quick Tips And Smart Examples

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 19 Comments

A lot has already been covered about Facebook Timeline. A lot of critics (as expected) have negatively criticized Facebook Timeline while others consider it as the biggest gamble (which seems to be working) by Mark Zuckerberg. I will try not to bore you by discussing the same stuff over and over. Facebook Timeline is here to stay and we can either sit on the sidelines and let Timeline take control of the social world or we can be a part of this new movement.

Though I am a firm believer of swimming-against-the-tide yet, on this rare occasion, I will suggest you to enable Timeline on your Facebook Profiles. It is time that you become accustomed to the new social networking phenomenon.

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25 Best Infographics Of 2011 That Are Still Relevant Today

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

The year of 2011 went very fast for us in the development world and I am sure some of you accomplished important things for your career during this year. But besides our personal achievements, the whole industry managed to reach something that was unthinkable around 10 years ago. To show you how the web progressed during the past year, I collected a series of infographics from the internet and hope, by the end of this article, you will realize what huge potential this year of 2012 has. Most of the images are not in full here, so you might want to click on them and read the whole infographic for an overall understanding of the presentations.

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Review Of New Twitter and Tweetdeck – What’s new?

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

Recently, Twitter went through a significant upgrade and redesign. This time the update is huge and comprehensive – starting with new mobile apps and ending with a new version of popular tweeting platform Tweetdeck. What has changed? Are there some things you should be aware of? Continue reading and check out a review of the new Twitter web version and the Tweetdeck to find out what’s new.

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How To Create An Effective FAQ For Your Website

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

Frequently Asked Questions is a good section to have in your website. They give users a chance to figure out things by themselves instead of wasting resources (both yours and theirs) with a 1-to-1 conversation (chat, Skype, messenger and so on).

But FAQ’s are a different type of content. Just like search and sitemap, it has its own particularities and things that you can do to improve user experience. You have to keep in mind, for instance, that users don’t go to FAQ pages, you have to lead them there.

Here we’ll see a couple of thoughts about it, good practices, inspiration and tools.

So, let’s rock!

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Is the University Route Right for You?

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

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when high school seniors, some overachieving juniors as well, begin to finally see their educational journey for the upcoming fall be just right around the corner. By now probably close to a billion, if not more, college applications have been completed and processed by admission boards for this group of young individuals looking to expand their minds by pursuing higher education. At first glance this seems like a great scenario, having young people putting care and consideration into their future is what everyone loves to see. However, what if these graduating students are making the wrong choice about their educational journeys?

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Web Design Mistakes and How to Solve Them

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

Web design is such a broad field that mistakes can be spotted all over the place – it is almost impossible to deliver a product without a mistake until you undergo full testing, which not everybody has the financial power or time to do. These mistakes can range from a few pixels of padding missing to using a wrong number of fonts. Today we’ll take a look at some of the problems people make so that next time you deliver or design a product you can avoid these pitfalls. This way your products will be better overall and your design skills will be appreciated even more.

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Use Paper.li to Grow Brand Awareness and Website Traffic

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

Are you looking to grow brand awareness and website traffic, but don’t have the time to create your own online content? You should consider using Paper.li to create an online Daily Newspaper about your website topic. In this article we will review what Paper.li is, how it works, the benefits to using Paper.li, how to get your Paper.li newspaper noticed, crafting the perfect Paper.li newspaper, and a list of the top Paper.li newspapers.

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