Using HTML5 Video The Easy Way

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

If you haven’t had a good reason to learn HTML5 video, let me give you one: Flash mobile is dead. Mobile is the new black, many people say that by 2014 more people will be browsing with their mobile device than using a desktop. You know, if we get through 2012 of course. So more then using CSS media queries and cool coding tricks, you need to be ready to switch also the way you post videos online.

Now  you may be asking yourself if it’s hard to implement HTML5 video, or if it’s worth the effort. Well, dear friend, it’s way easier than you think.

We’ll see today a few different ways you can implement it, and a few more things that you should be aware of.

So, let’s rock!

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What Web Designers Can Learn From A Florist

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

It took time before the editors approved this idea. I agree with their concern. 1WD (and almost all genuine blogs) have a plethora of inspirational articles that aspire to inspire readers like never before. Most end up as half-read, sometimes even by the loyal readers of that blog. Somewhere, something surely goes wrong.

I don’t know if I am aware of the original set of juices that conspire in the making of an inspirational punch but I can assure you that I won’t be trying to inspire you with the upcoming discussion. I really don’t believe in inspiring someone. See, if XX years of lifetime (where XX is your age) hasn’t been enough to inspire you then a 2000 word article cannot help you. And, please don’t tell me that you haven’t faced an hour of harsh reality in your complete lifetime which could have led you towards some form of inspiration. Moreover, you really don’t need inspiration if you are living such a comfortable life. Do you?

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How To Use Pinterest To Direct More Traffic To Your Website

Posted in Social Media, Tips, Tools, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 31 Comments

Wouldn’t it be great if the things you did in your spare time directly affected the amount of traffic driven to your website? Like true 21st century people, a majority of us spend our time either tweeting, blogging, or poking each other on Facebook. Now you may believe that all of this time spent through various social media may be wasted but there are sites that are not only fun to use, but valuable in promoting yourself. With sites like Pinterest it’s not only possible to promote yourself, but also get encouraged!

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Top Five E-Mail Marketing Services

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

There are lots of e-mail marketing services on the internet and it might be difficult to choose because there are lots of options, features and pricing which you may need to consider. People also try to name the best marketing service on the internet, the same as they try to do with the CMSs, but it depends on what needs they have, so instead of looking at each of their features, today we take a look at what is special about each one of them.

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5 Reasons Why People Aren’t Coming Back To Your Website

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

Are you wondering why visitors don’t seem to be coming back to your website on a regular basis? Does looking at your website statistics on Google Analytics make you cringe? This can be turned around with some updates to your website. First we are going to go over the top 5 reasons why people aren’t coming back to your website. Then we will provide you tips for overcoming those 5 obstacles. After reading this article and making some or all of the improvements we suggest, we know you’ll be excited to log into Google Analytics to check your website traffic each day!

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How The Smartphone Invasion Changed The Way We Live

Posted in Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Have you ever went out and realized that you left your smartphone at home? You may feel panicked, maybe even a separation anxiety though you’ve only gone an hour without your phones. These reactions are common, and clear evidence that phones have taken over our lives.

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10 Useful Services To Sell Digital Goods Online

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

When I first heard of these digital selling services I was confused and asked – why can’t you just use PayPal? After doing further research I found out that there is a fair amount of risks that can be hazardous to your online business and everything’s just not that simple. Converting visitors into paying customers can be a serious challenge. The most cautious still consider internet sales a fraud. Inappropriate descriptions, ugly interfaces, a long checkout process – these are just few factors that prevent people from buying digital goods.

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The Labyrinth Effect In Good Looking Designs

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

Great designers are always trying to push boundaries, creating and experimenting with new ideas, some of them resulting in revolutionary trendy design types that keep appearing in the constant shifting web design industry. I really like to see those new ideas coming to life considering that most of them are amazingly well designed, however alongside with such positive feedback, like everything in life, there is a great probability of existing a negative and critical side that acts like a turn point limiting great designs to just that… design.

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Why Are Fonts So Expensive?

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 1 Comment

Everywhere you look on the internet there is a freeware option available that easily competes with its licensed premium version. This competition can become so close that the question of why the premium option is even a possible choice for one often arises. The comparisons of productivity suites Microsoft Office and freeware open source options like Open Office and LibreOffice are a great example of this predicament. This positive change for consumers of course isn’t just for applications. This freeware shift has found itself to every aspect of all content one can find on the internet, of course the font world is not excluded.

Let me attempt at painting a common scenario for you. Imagine that you are starting on a new project, and have come across two fonts. One is a premium licensed font, and the other is a free font. Now the typical answer to this situation would be to go for the free font, save some money on the project, and the client really won’t know the difference so no complaints there. However, is the typical answer the choice that is always right? Is there any additional value that can be gained by going with the premium font option versus choosing the free option? Let’s take a look a look at some reasons why fonts cost so much.

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A Short Course On How To Improve Your Website’s Typography

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

Typography is one of the most difficult things to sort out when designing, especially because with the amount of typefaces a designer can use, it’s almost impossible to choose the best one without spending hours on it. A simple search on Google will show you that there are hundreds of thousands of fonts, most of them even free of charge; and the number increases weekly. This means the decision is even harder to make today than it was last year.

And it is not only about the typefaces available, but mostly about the skills a designer has. There are Universities that teach typography throughout years, because it is a deep field. Knowing alignment rules, kerning, hierarchy and other terms like these is crucial in making your text say something specific.

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