Are Web Directories Still Good for Driving Traffic?

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Internet entrepreneurs want to know what they have to do to drive quality traffic to their website. Web directories are a resource you can use to drive traffic and create backlinks for SEO. Like most marketing and link building strategies, people have different opinions on the quality of web directories. Instead of listening to opinions, you need to know the ins and outs of directories. Knowing what works and what doesn’t will help you decide if they are right for you.

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Code Editor Review: Sublime Text

Posted in Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 30 Comments

As a designer and developer, I’m always trying to find the best possible tools to do my job and to have fun with it. I’m both a PC and Mac user, Notepad, Coda, Textmate, Dreamweaver, Komodo and Aptana are some of the many editors I’ve tried but none of those made an impact as big as Sublime Text.

Although it is still in beta, Sublime Text is in my opinion the best text/code editor in the market which is available for Windows, OS X and Linux. There is nothing like trying and seeing for yourself but its features, aesthetic, usability and price (although it has an unlimited trial at the moment) made me want to write about it.

“Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features.”

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Why is the Transition from Static Websites to Dynamic so Painful for Beginning Designers?

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 7 Comments

The times when the Web was static are history. Static HTML sites still have their place on the Web but the majority of sites are database-driven dynamic Web platforms that manage content, e-commerce, customer relations, etc. If a designer wants to stay current, he or she needs to be able to design both static and dynamic sites. However, as I have noticed, some designers I know have really hard times when they have to switch from static HTML sites to dynamic ones (blogs, CMS).

Designing static HTML sites is different from designing dynamic sites for sure but is it really that different and that complicated? And if it is, what can one do to overcome it?

CMS are not a new field for a Web designer anymore and it is a safe bet that they will always have a hefty share on the Web design market. Although there are many similarities in designing a static site and a CMS, there are certainly differences as well. To me, designing a CMS is easier than designing a static site but I do feel that both require a different skill set.

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Get More Pageviews: How To Encourage Visitors To Click More

Posted in Tips, Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

The secret of success in constructive blogging, is getting more page views. This will make sure readers get involved in your site and click more, resulting in an increase in the traffic and page views. Search Engine Optimization gets better if a reader stays for a longer period of time on your site, thus decreasing the bounce rate. There are many ways to appeal a reader click more on your site, but out of all those tools and methods, I tried to pick up the most effective and suitable to every blog/ site. These methods are being seen in practice on even the blogs of the gurus, which proves that what you are going to learn today, would be reliable.

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Introduction to Responsive Web Design

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

After writing about the Defensive Web Design approach a few weeks ago, I thought of presenting you with another type of approach, called Responsive Web Design, and the challenges a designer encounters throughout the working process of a product developed with these considerations.

Responsive Web Design is another important concept which can be called “planning”, but it has a name of its own because it is widely used nowadays. A few years back we didn’t need to think about mobile phones, tablets and different screens, because there were not too many of them – or not at all. Well, the IT world has changed since then and now there are a bunch of screen sizes and platforms designers need to deliver for. Responsive Web Design is the concept of a website which should adapt to fit any device that chooses to display it. Not only mobile devices, but also stationery computers and tablets.

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Understanding the Basics of Copyright Laws

Posted in Tips, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Do you remember the first time you logged on the internet? Most likely, since the moment you went online the World Wide Web, you never stopped using it until today. The World Wide Web is a resource as deep as a deep, blue ocean, or more accurately, the far and wide intergalactic space. The internet helped me and others make our schoolwork, research, career, and life in general, much more easier.

Most people immediately assume that any web content is public property. It’s easy to copy images, articles, fonts or videos off the net. But if you don’t have the permission from the owner, you are illegally stealing and this could lead you to many legal troubles.

Whether you are a blogger, a web designer, a writer or a simple internet user, it is important to understand the underlying internet copyright laws to avoid getting into legal trouble, or, to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of infringement and plagiarism.

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1stWebDesigner’s Life #2 – High Exposure Job & Darker Than Dark

Posted in Tips, Web Comics, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 12 Comments

I hope you liked our very first strip about flash banners and introducing our characters. We’ve got a lot of cool names suggestions,  and one that our team really enjoyed is “Webster”, by Laurel G. We have some other cool variations (like Coddy Webber) but we’re still open to more suggestions if you have a better idea :)

Today we’ll be talking about 2 funny situations that I think you may have experienced. So let’s go through them.

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Web Design Using Grids: Tools and Inspiration

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

When I started this web designing thing all my work just didn’t look “professional”. It was pretty, nice colors, nice fonts, nice bevel/emboss effects…but something was annoying and I didn’t know what.

Then I found out.

Grids are one of the smallest differences between good and great design. It is quite easy to find a way to realign aspects of the design that give it a completely different look. Of course we have also other spacing adjustments but when you put things inside grids everything tends to look much better.

Today we’ll find out together why they make such a difference, who is doing it right, and which tools you can use to have a better grid.

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How the Web Industry is Changing STEM’s Perception

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

It’s hard to take a look at the career path options of recent years and not clearly see which have had the most influence. The society we live in is in a rapidly progressing state, with a focus on technology as a means for that advancement. Because of this, it is those career choices that have shaped the world we live in and will continue to do so in the future. These influential careers can all be classified under the collective category of STEM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, these being the subject matters that comprise STEM.

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12 Best iPad Applications for Designers

Posted in Tools, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 15 Comments

Everyone in the cyberworld knows the news about Steve Jobs having resigned as CEO of Apple. He will be missed, for he surely left a legacy, making Apple one of the best brands of the century. The iPad is one of the last innovations he introduced to the world.

The iPad was initially met with much skepticism and mocking, but now there is no doubt that this is one of the best, most ingenius gadgets of the 21st century. It’s handy and lightweight, thus it’s so easy to carry around anywhere. This makes us, as designers, more efficient and maybe more creative with our work.

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