Let A Client Go: 4 Signs Why You Need to Fire Clients

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“I’m sorry, but we have to let you go. You’re fired.”

I’m pretty sure that a lot us, freelancers, dream of wanting to be a real badass and say those words one day. Unfortunately, in the world of freelancing, having someone to fire is really not an option. Unless, you fire clients.

Yes. You can fire clients. A lot of blogs teach you how to get the right clients, and doing that can be very difficult, not to mention distressing, to budding freelancers. Often, you will surely get bad clients.

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The Future of Web Development Without Internet Neutrality

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Internet neutrality has been under siege by corporations and world governments for several years now. They are discovering that it’s not just a tool for communication and entertainment, but also to spread ideas across borders and elicit action beyond governing.

The Internet has given birth to many important services, inventions, and ideologies. Not only that, it has also provided millions of people entertainment and access to instant communication. With that in place, who wants the Internet to be limited?

Net neutrality, in the most basic sense, means everyone gets equal treatment on the Internet no matter where, what ISP they use, and network they connect to. It passively encourages creative experimentation which has given birth to many startups over the last decade – some of which are controversial like Megaupload.

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Anatomy of Effective Landing Pages

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Designing effective landing pages is a powerful and efficient way to attract sales, clients and income to any business entity. Also known as the lead capture page, this unique online marketing tool is one of the best ways to talk your visitors to either subscribe to your newsletter, buy your product or register for a webinar.

Designing a landing page is not a simple task.

Why?

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30 Premium WordPress Blog Themes

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Blogging has been transformed into a whole new level. Because of the advent of newer ways to optimize the blogging experience, the art of blogging is now becoming a great way to share what you know, feel and experience.

Of course, one of the things that attract regular subscribers to a blog is its visual appeal. With content being the pinnacle of must-haves in a blog, visuals come in second. Without a very visually appealing design, a blog would just be, as WordPress says, Just Another WordPress Site.

That being said, we collected 30 of the best and premium WordPress blog themes. I assure you that these themes are the most trendy and savvy themes you would see. Here they are!

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What is the Best WordPress Framework to Use?

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Designing a WordPress theme can be very time-consuming, not to mention difficult and stressful. But there are some that use a Theme Framework. Before having ideas on what the best WordPress Framework, let’s begin by understanding what a Framework is.

Over the years, WordPress theme developers have created schemes and processes to make their work faster and easier. Some start by creating an HTML template and then build the WordPress code around it. This can prove to be very stressful, noting that you have to re-write codes from HTML to PHP, but others just find that easier.

On the other side of the moon, designers start with the rudimentary WordPress codes and build their design around that. For them, this increases the speed of the coding process because they just type in a language that WordPress automatically understands.

And finally, there are those who, in the most efficient way possible, start with a Theme Framework.

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Officiating an Office: Tweaking Your Workplace Productivity

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                Workplace \work●place\ noun : a place where work is done.

The Merriam Webster definition says it all: A workplace is basically the spot where you do your ‘thing’. This only means that a workplace is the magical place where you do your stuff. In this area, you enter into the zone, be productive, creative, technical and well, uh… a little less distracted. Of course, a workplace won’t be a workplace if you will play around and be lazy (might as well call it laze-place). How can you improve workplace productivity?

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NEWS: Project Naptha – Chrome Extension to Copy Texts from Images

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What if I told you that you can copy and even translate texts inside images you find on the Internet? Would you believe me?

For those who answered yes, thank you very much. For those who doubted me, I present to you, Project Naptha, a free Google Chrome browser extension developed by Kevin Kwok.

Project Naptha uses a series of optical character recognition (OCR) algorithms that include libraries developed by Microsoft and Google. These algorithms and libraries quickly build a model of text regions, words and letters in nearly any image there is.

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Cherry on Top: Cherry Framework Review

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WordPress theme frameworks are overwhelmingly available and famous nowadays because most designers find them easy to use, functional yet fully customizable. Using child themes that are supported by the parent framework, ‘personalized’ themes have become more attainable. There is a new framework in town- the Cherry Framework. This article is basically a Cherry Framework review.

Now, most theme frameworks come in premium versions, meaning, you have to pay some bucks just to get your WordPress site personalized. However, the spending doesn’t end there. After buying your framework, you would still be troubled by the child themes that you are going to install. Most of these child themes are not free.

TemplateMonster unleashed a new product called Cherry Framework, a theme framework that would suit all your personalization needs. The best part of this particular framework is it is free, along with some child themes!

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11 Minimalist Office Setups

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Less is more

This quote is becoming more sensible, especially for designers who have adapted the minimalist design approach. Over the years, minimalism, or the act of putting away irrelevant things to make space for the relevant ones, has become a regular part of every modern design principle. As web designers, we too, practice the same maxim. In fact, we even want to make this philosophy for living our lives. We strive to achieve such state that we even want our office setups or work space to reflect what we believe in.

For one, having a minimalist design in your office setup has its advantages:

  • It makes us focus more on ‘work’ than goofing around
  • It lessens the distraction and makes you think that you have fewer tasks to accomplish
  • It is beautiful to the eyes
  • You can actually make a small room bigger
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10 Scientifically Proven and Human-Tested Ways to Become Happier

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In this growing age of technology and consumption, many people have forgotten the simple, ancient secrets of being happy. People have forgotten the simple ways to become happier. Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses.

In order to solve this massive problem, more often we are reminded of the long-known principles of a happy life, like spending enough time outdoors and having a good night sleep. Perhaps they aren’t enough to make a modern human happy since scientists keep on searching more extraordinary ways to boost happiness.

Today, let’s look at the weirdest scientifically proven things that can make us happier.

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