Setup Surveys and Capture Data with Google Forms

Posted in HowTos, Tools, Tutorials, Web Design, WordPress3 years ago • Written by 5 Comments

Are you looking to learn more about your website visitors? If so, Google has your back. Google Docs is an excellent free online tool that allows you to create forms (surveys) for the purpose of capturing data from your online community. Google Docs allows you to create very professional looking forms, with over 60 different themes to choose from. You can customize the questions you want to ask and the answer choices you want visitors to choose from. Once the form is setup you can easily embed the form in your website or e-mail it out to a list. Feedback is captured automatically and reports can be charted and graphed for accurate analysis. Sound good so far? Let’s dig into how the process works.

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Top 5 Ways to Increase Your Website’s Conversion Rate

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

A beautiful website with fantastic design and colorful displays is wonderful, but if you are not making a profit, your hard work will be in vain.  How can you convert your website visitors into profits? There are many ways you can increase your conversions, but it’s important to know where to start.

Before we discuss the top 5 ways to increase conversions, you must understand what action you want your visitors to take. Are you leading them to opt in to your list? Buy a product? Become a Facebook fan? The goal of website conversions is to lead your visitors to an intended action, so it’s important to know what that action is. Once you know, you can target your strategy to that end.

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Introduction to Defensive Web Design

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There are several types of design and every web designer decides for himself which approach he takes, but today we take a look at a particular one of them, called Defensive web design. What does it mean? The defensive design is also called contingency design and refers to the idea that the interface has to be designed in such a way that potential failures will not force the user away from your webpage, but will keep him there.

The contingency design can contribute a lot to your success, because all designers know there is not a product without flaws, therefore getting the best out of these flaws will help you keep your visitors close. Contingency design is familiar to a context that happens a lot in the stores. When the client goes and asks for something that is not in stock, he will not get rejected. The shop assistant will most of the time recommend another product. The defensive design does the same thing: takes the client’s mind away from the problem and helps him with information or makes him try again.

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Top 10 Places to Put an Opt-In Form

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An email list is the lifeblood of any internet based business. If you are running a blog or website for the sake of making money, an opt-in list is an absolute necessity. After all, “the money is in the list.” But after you design an opt-in form, one of your main decisions becomes where to actually place the form. Here is a list of 10 places that are great for an opt-in form (and remember, you can choose more than one).

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Grow Your Business or Stay Solo?

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

Freedom is one of the major reasons to become a freelancer. Freedom from a stupid boss, malicious co-workers, and the whole office politics circle. However, soon you discover that working solo is not that good either.

It comes to your mind that if you grow your business and start hiring people, life will be awesome. Could be but more often than not, growing your business not in the right time and not in the right way brings so much trouble that you wish you knew all this in advance. Failure as a manager isn’t fun!

Common sense says that the purpose of every business is to grow, grow, grow. However, as life proves, growth for growth’s sake is disaster in its purest form. It would have been much better if you hadn’t taken the expansion road but who knew this? If you don’t want to end in a situation like the one above, before you start growing your business, you need to analyze the pros and cons of this. Here are some thoughts in this direction.

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Best Approach to Mobile Website Design

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

We’ve heard 2011 being many times named as the year of the mobile web, although the last couple of years we heard this association many times. As technology advanced, so did the mobile phones, which we call smartphones today. The internet usage increases every month and the tablets and smartphones start being adopted by every family. 53.6 million people in Japan access the internet from a mobile phone per month, which is almost as much as the users who access the internet from a PC. In the United States around 20 million users use Facebook to check-in every month, so the number of people who access the internet has to be somewhat bigger. According to different sources, the number tends to get past 100 million users monthly. Nobody expected this to happen 10 years ago, but here it is. Therefore the developers have more work to do now with so many companies asking for their own mobile website.

In this article we will focus on a user-centered approach of the mobile webdesign which became popular in the last couple of years. With smartphones having a narrow screen, limited space and less keys, the mobile webdesign is quite different compared to the classic one, for computer screens.

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Designer Toolbox: Top 20 Widgets for Your Macbook

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

When it comes to the age old Mac-vs-PC argument, among the most innovative features that sets the Macbook apart is the Dashboard. The Dashboard a virtual toolbox where every Mac user can place their tools or weapons of choice. Whatever type of user you are – a designer, writer, businessman or a student – you can benefit greatly from the Dashboard. The Dashboard is essentially a semi-transparent layer that hosts mini-applications called ‘Widgets’.

Widgets are small applications in the Dashboard designed to perform a single task. Widgets can be useful, productive, necessary or just plain fun. Here are the top  free widgets we collected for every kind. They can be rearranged, deleted and added according to the user’s preference. Aside from the Dashboard, you can also place widgets on your Apple Desktop.

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How to Fight Plagiarism – Tips and Tools

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

Plagiarism is not hard to fight now that there are advanced tools and services that people can use for protection. In this article we will talk about how to fight people who have copied your designs, bandwidth, articles, music, and everything that can be stolen. Preventing people from plagiarizing your works is another matter because it is in their discretion to do so, which is out of your control. But when the unwanted happens you should be prepared to deal with it, that’s why I wrote this article; to help you fight plagiarism with some tips and tools.

The last time I checked one of my published articles on CopyScape to see if anyone copied it, it returned 8 websites. Totally plagiarized without even saying thanks to me. I researched the material, wrote it, refined it, and finally had it published only to be copied in an instant. Easy work for them? Yes, they’re reaping the things I’ve planted. Should I stand by and let them do it because fighting plagiarism is a very hard task? No, actually it is easy to fight plagiarism. If you want to make these thieves’ lives miserable, read on!

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Key Points to Remember when Designing Child-Oriented Websites

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

This generation’s children are becoming more web-savvy as more and more children have access to the internet. Over the years, the growth in sites that cater to younger children has increased by leaps and bounds, and kids even as young as three years old can use the internet.

In the world of children oriented websites, the conventional rules of web design don’t quite work. There are many elements that live on child-oriented websites alone, for children are a whole different audience (rather, a whole different species in the world of design).

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The Secret of Using Keywords to Boost Search Engine Ranking

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

You can’t search for anything on google until and unless you know a keyword about the article or software or whatever you are searching for. This keyword is something that describes the subject of the material you are searching for. So it’s obvious that if you are writing a post for your blog, an article for a magazine or building software, your keyword should be something that helps the reader reach you.

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