How to Enhance Your Website Using Breadcrumbs – Showcase

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 10 Comments

On large websites and websites with hierarchically arranged pages, breadcrumbs are a really great way for users to navigate around the web site. They are a type of secondary navigation scheme which indicates the exact location of a user on a website. They greatly improve the findability of a web site’s sections and pages.

Breadcrumbs, in the simplest form, are horizontally arranged text links separated by a greater than symbol (>). Using breadcrumbs on your website can be really beneficial. It provides a convenient way for users to navigate around the website and also allows users to establish their location on the website.

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9 Well Designed, Usable Sites, And What Makes Them Great

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 17 Comments

We recently did a showcase of 9 common usability pitfalls, and how to avoid them, and in the comments there were a lot of questions about the websites we think stand out, and do a great job of both usability and design.

Today you can see a list of nine great examples of very usable, well designed websites from a wide range of industries/areas to give you an idea of what makes great, usable design. The more we like a site, the more we use it, and the better result we get for all concerned. Read on to see nine usable sites, and what makes them great.

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12 Tools To Reevaluate And Analyze Your Web Design

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 11 Comments

Nowadays there are pretty many tools to analyze your site’s code and traffic, but there aren’t that much tools to evaluate design and accessibility. Personally, I think that best ‘tool’ to evaluate web design is other people feedback.

Surprisingly – there are just that type of tools available. Check them out together with some other useful tools and see if your design is easy accessible and practical. In this list less is more, you don’t need to much tools to analyze your web design, just few you really trust.

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Selling Your Blog: How To Transfer It to The New Owner

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 16 Comments

I’ve just finished the process of selling one of my sites. It was the first time I ever sold a website and, in the process of doing that, I’ve learned some very important lessons.

One of the hardest parts when you already found a buyer is transferring the website to the buyer with very small downtime. So far I haven’t encountered any article describing how to do this so I’ve decided to write one and share what I know.

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OS Talk: Why Web Developers should use Linux

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 83 Comments

There are many reasons why working on Linux has advantages, but for web developers, it should be a no-brainer, but just in case you really need reasons here are just a few of the main ones.
The main feature Linux boasts that makes it better suited for web development over any other Operating System is the fact your local apache server has the same setup as your live hosting. Even without this, the benefits of using Linux over Windows or Mac OS are massive. I’ll go through the main advantages with you in this article.

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Customize Your Facebook Fan Page: Tips, Tricks, Applications

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 91 Comments

Customization will always make you stand out from the rest of the world, the same rule applies on Facebook as there are more than 400 million active users.By now you may be well aware of Facebook fan page which is used for promoting business online on Facebook. But just creating a simple fan page won’t help you get the fan following you want. With this article I will be sharing with you some of the most basic tips that you can implement right away & customize your fan page within few minutes, using some applications and codes.

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How To Make The Right Keyword Analysis For Your Website (Part-2)

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 19 Comments

In my previous post “How To Make The Right Keyword Analysis For Your Website” I have shared my experience in choosing the best sweet keywords for the website. We have ended up with an xls table with the list of pages names and the keywords breakdown for these pages. As promised, today I’ll be speaking about On-page search engine optimization- that is how and where to use the keywords on your website page to get higher positions for the given keywords and key phrases in search engines results yet keeping the page organically readable for your website visitors.

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1WD Is Changing: Insights And Email Newsletter Finally!

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

If you’ve been active reader of 1stwebdesigner, you may have heard I have been planning big redesign for a long time. I think I’ve spent several months analyzing other similar blogs, thinking about features we need to include and just to understand which ones just don’t work.

I consider new redesign will be complete site relaunch, we’ve got a lot of positive feedback about new redesign already, when we tweeted about it and gave a sneak peek insight in new design, you can still see it on my Deviantart profile (not final version though, we are making small improvements all the time).

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10 Most Common Health Hazards of Freelancing

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 35 Comments

For most of us, freelancing is a dream come true. We work from home, set our own hours and are our own boss. The flip side of this however isn’t all that attractive. What we don’t realize (read choose to overlook) is that freelancing involves working more hours than a conventional desk job, there’s no difference between a weekend and a weekday and there is no paid leave.

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Secure Yourself: Backup Solutions for Designers and Developers

Posted in Web Design4 years ago • Written by 27 Comments

Nowadays every thing is digital – whether it’s your photos, music or any other personal and business documents, everything is stored on the digital media, it’s our present and definitely it’s future!

Apart from its advantages it has several disadvantages too and we will look at pros and cons right here to provide you with solution!

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