Is Paypal Good for Your Online Business?

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PayPal is definitely the most well-known online user payment service in the world. With its start somewhere in 2000 thanks to X.com and Confinity merging, PayPal quickly became a leader of the market and expanded very fast among eBay users. That is probably why PayPal was bought by eBay in 2002 for just under $1.5 billion.

But PayPal means much more than that today. Tens of millions of users tend to pay with PayPal faster than with their credit card. The company functions as an acquirer and processes payments for online vendors, auction sites and many commercial users – all these for a small usage fee. With such a reputation to handle, we might surely ask ourselves how likely it is for PayPal to be the best payment processor for our online services. If you own a design agency, I am sure you have thought of this at least once.

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Web Icon Set Giveaway Winners Announcement!

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A week has passed since we started our Web Icon Set giveaway, and now we’re announcing the 5 lucky winners of Web Icon Set’s Business Subscription which is worth $99 each! What does that mean for the winners? It means they will spend less time searching and creating icons, because why do you need to reinvent the wheel when over 1000 premium icons are already at your grasp, right?

So, who are the lucky winners?

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11 CMSs to Help You Create Your Own Social Networking Website

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This is the era of social networking. Websites such as Facebook and Google+ dominate the time we spend on the internet. Needless to say, most (if not all) of us find them addictive or, to say the least, interesting.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the CMSs that can be used to create  social networking websites.

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How to Write an eBook that People Will Actually Read

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Are you looking for new ways to deliver in-depth content on a topic specific to your website? If so, ebooks are a great way to take your audience deeper into some aspect of your subject matter. Through the advancement of technology it’s easier than ever before in history for you to become an author by writing an ebook. With that said, there are things you should do to ensure your ebook is read by as many people as possible. In this article we are going to uncover the benefits of writing an ebook, provide tips for writing a successful ebook, and discuss how you can streamline the Ebook writing process.

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5 Commenting Platforms to Make Your Blog Less Boring

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As bloggers, we all are aware of the importance of comments. While it is true that some blogs/websites tend to disable comments entirely, those are special instances where the websites do not essentially require comments. However, in general, comments form an integral part of any blog, be it a personal one or a magazine site. After all, what good is any info unless it provokes a healthy discussion?

All blogging platforms (including WordPress) come with native support for some sort of comment mechanism which seems to suffice for most bloggers. But sometimes, users may require some dedicated or specialized comment mechanism. This is where third-party commenting systems come in handy.

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Set Your Website on Fire with Red Themes, Photos, and Palettes

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There are some things that you wouldn’t have thought of when using red, such as symbols or effects on our mood. After all, it’s just a colour, right? Red has quite a few qualities and associations; fiery, passionate and overall dynamic are just a few descriptive words that barely scratch the surface.

Prepare to go deeper into the subject and see just how it works!

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1stwebdesigner Survey – Answer To Win 1 of 3 1WD Sidebar Ads For A Month!

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1stwebdesigner will soon undergo great changes, and you can help us mold it by answering our survey! Last year was a great year for all of us, the site redesign was greeted by millions of smiles and in turn we have doubled the articles we publish. Several great designers, developers, and writers have joined us to bring you the best reading materials, and hopefully many more will come. But this is not the end, we are raising the bar this year by introducing a new platform and by improving your experience with 1stwebdesigner by redesigning it to suit your needs.

For this we need your help. You can assist us by answering our survey. After the survey period we will randomly draw 3 respondents and feature their website on our sidebar for a month. Wow! That’s $400 worth of advertising and you’ll have the chance to get it for your website for free!

Just to be clear about placements, those 3 ads will be little smaller than 150x150px, to make it able to put all banners on one line in sidebar.

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Grand Slam Freelancing: Tips Learned From Top Tennis Players

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In the professional tennis world, competition is at a whole new level of intensity than we’ve possibly ever seen. Unlike previous generations of greats, there is no longer just one or a few region(s) dominating the game. The landscape of today can see anyone from any country, despite not having a strong history of top elite players, having a legitimate shot at having a player take home one of the four Grand Slams, the top spot on the season ending rankings, winning the World Tour Finals, or capturing Davis Cup supremacy.

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What is the Trend for Web Design in 2012?

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Just a month and a half has passed in 2012 and there are some patterns which are quite easy to notice in how people design. Sure, most of them are similar to the ones of 2011 – it seems 2011 and 2012 will not be too different, however there might be some small changes which I will talk about soon. There is no doubt that screen size is not an issue anymore and designing for all sizes is crucial – this is the stand point of web design trends in 2012.

Why is responsive web design crucial? Because there are so many screen sizes out there, that designing a solution for each one of them is too costly and there is no real reason to do this. Responsive web design offers us the solution to designing for all screen sizes in the same time back in 2010 and since then it became a trend. Responsive web design is brilliant and the results are more than satisfying.

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How to Choose the Perfect Font for Your Needs

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Comic Sans! I remember the days when I used to go with Comic Sans whenever I was confused about what font would suit my requirements. It looked like it was handwritten yet it was a font. You realize how wrong you were when people start criticizing your work. I was a kid back then so it was alright on my part to make mistakes and learn. But, once we enter the professional field we have to think twice before finalizing a decision. Same goes with fonts. The design of a font matters a lot in every format of text. It takes years of experience and plenty of intuition to develop that gut feeling required to analyze a font for a respective situation.

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