7 Things Clients Should Know About A Web Designer’s Job

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 20 Comments

Clients always have a lot of questions, don’t they? They ask a lot of questions because they just don’t know how things work on this “Internet thing”. They just want their pretty site online and with Comics Sans, please.

So, guess who will have to tell them the bad news, and teach them the basics? Yeah, I’m looking at you.

We, at 1stwebdesigner, are nice guys so we’ll help you with a few common things that clients don’t understand, but they really need to, because when they do, everything will be much easier and more pleasant to do.

So, let’s rock.

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10 Things You Should Know About Being A Web Designer

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 25 Comments

Web design is not the most noble job in the world. We don’t save lives or build houses for the poor kids of Africa. We create visual experiences on the internet. Our job has its own ups and downs and rules that not everybody agrees with and there are obviously things you should know about this career if you plan on getting serious about it. You can find here a list of things you might want to know about being a web designer that will help on easing you in the business.

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Knowing The Ways Of The Google Panda Update

Posted in Blogging, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 14 Comments

When one hears about Google Panda, its a wild and angry Panda’s picture that comes to everyone’s mind. One that kicks webmaster’s butt and is doing the damage world across, hitting websites on websites with Google Penalty.

Unfortunately, this isn’t true. And Google Panda is not really inspired from the “Panda” you know. Learn more.

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Part 1: Website Planning & Developing Your Website Blueprint

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

Building a website is a BIG undertaking for any person and/or business. It doesn’t matter if you’re building a 4-5 page website or a 15-20 page website, you want to make sure you put the time in to make the site the best it can possibly be. I liken a website to my online real estate. It’s your personal web property. When building a house it’s important to plan things out before you start hammering any nails. The same is true when building your website. This article is going to cover the importance of website planning and developing your very own website blueprint.

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5 Ways to Make Readers Give You Their Sweet Comments

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Websites like Cracked and Listverse get more reaction from their audience than any other website on the internet. And why is that? Let’s face it, we all enjoy reading interesting and weird stuff about anything. While websites focused on designing and development, as compared to the most commented websites, are a little dry when it comes to discussions. Why?

1. Because articles about design and development rarely lack intrigue. People love intriguing things.
2. Most of the time it’s spoon-feeding. It’s like reading a book where everything is already in place.

It’s an unfair world. There are niches that just don’t get much discussion even though they’re noticed. But there are several things you can do to increase the likelihood of people to engage in discussions. How? By creating a discussion, of course!

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Useful Tips on How to Design a Great Magazine Cover

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Designing a magazine cover is not any different from any other type of design. It has its own challenges (and trust me, there are lots of them), tips, tricks, tools of trade and well done examples. You can find them all over the internet, however I’ve decided to bring together in this article the best tips for designing a magazine cover I could find. Without further introduction, here are the winners.

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7 Myths that Bloggers Should Stop Worrying About

Posted in Blogging, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 24 Comments

The concept of earning money by blogging has been covered by the gurus, on their blogs, in their own ways,and sharing their experiences. This has confused some new bloggers about which source to give more credibility and which opinion is more reliable. Blogging, unlike some years back, drags new addictions towards itself because of the myths circling around about it. If you are already in the blogging field, you already would have went through the times and realized what I am going to tell you today. If you’re new to blogging, this information will open your mind and help you understand all that you have read so far about it.

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How to Optimize Your Site for Mobile Search

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

The amount of mobile devices being used to access the web is increasing day by day. This is good because the mobile market is a whole new segment your site can be getting traffic from, but the bad news is that mobile devices have many specifics, which make them different from PCs and if your site is not designed to be mobile-friendly, then your site is not mobile search ready.

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An Introduction to Breadcrumb Navigation

Posted in Showcase, Usability, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

Web design has come a long way. Gone are the days when a collection of a few static pages would complete a website. As of now it is about the ever-growing model of content creation that exponentially increases the depth of a website. A simple website can become the go-to hub of information in only a few months time. This is when the complexity of that website increases and it becomes necessary for the webmaster to handle the same.

Reducing complexity is an art and a “breadcrumb” is one tool that designers love to use. Breadcrumbs act as the navigational device for a website visitor. When used smartly, breadcrumbs make website navigation effortless. This article will enlighten you about the basics of breadcrumbs and help you understand the importance of breadcrumbs in your upcoming web design.

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10 Cool And Inspiring Uses Of QR Codes: The Latest Hottest Thing

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

According to comScore, in June 2011, 14 million mobile users in the US scanned a QR code on their mobile device. QR (Quick Response) codes are becoming more and more popular since their introduction in the United States. They hail from Japan where they are used quite liberally. Some experts say that the trend might reach the same popularity, but only time will tell.

The study also analyzed the source and location of QR code scanning, finding that users are most likely to scan codes found in newspapers/magazines and on product packaging and do so while at home or in a store.

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