How To Grow as a Designer by Building Your Own Network

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

Being part of a web design and development community offers you many possibilities and chances for self-development. Each one of us knows about these communities and, at some point in time or another, wished or even was part of one of them. Knowing other individuals in your industry is something I recommend to everybody, as you can get a lot of help from such experts. Communities are not only created around people, but also around offline web design agencies, which give you even a better set of possibilities and a different network that you can use during your career.

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How to Avoid the 6 Clients that Could Hurt Your Business

Posted in Freelance, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

As freelancers we have a love/hate relationship with our clients. Without them we would be penniless, but at times they can make our work unbearably difficult. How do we handle the clients who don’t pay us, take all our time, and make our job harder than it needs to be? In my career I have worked with hundreds of clients and thankfully most have been amicable. But, every once in a while, one will come along that takes the wind out of my sails and this can potentially hurt my business if I let it. Knowing how to handle these unmanageable clients has helped me avoid potentially toxic situations.

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A Handy Guide to Better User Experience

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

In simplest terms, UX, also known as user experience or user usability is the way most basic users feel about using an application, a program, a website or anything. User Experience is based on the reactions and responses the user performs and provides. While it can seem related to gaining feedback, it is actually not the same. User Experience is meant to understand and make the user reach the “final goal” which is defined by the owner of the product. Whether this goal is getting the person to subscribe to your newsletter, or make him buy  your new t-shirt, the main goal of the owner is to make the user’s way as easy and hassle free as possible. There are many factors which can influence a user’s experience with your system/product. The following are some of the most important factors.

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5 Easy Steps on How to Deal with Online Stealing

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 4 Comments

Dealing with thieves in real life is bad, but meeting them online any better. Having the things you’ve been working on for a long time stolen — sucks. In this article we’re going to review some very effective ways how you can fight online stealing, mostly relating to websites. The things which have to be considered as stolen must be related to the website concept, layout, functionality and features. Content should also be considered, however it is much harder to prove that a custom post belongs to you — it should be identical (copied) in order to prove that the original content was posted on your website. For domain names, there is just a single way on how to show that you’re the only person who has the right to use a name in the domain — trademarking the domain! A great example is how Facebook has tried trademarking the “face” word in the online world, by this starting a “domination” on the internet.

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6 Must Read Tips Before Registering a Domain Name

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 6 Comments

There are many things a web designer has to think of when designing a website. Moreover, if he has full responsibility, he has to come up with a good domain name as well. Although many think it is not so important, the domain name is as important as your company name, the website or the Facebook page. Having a good domain name will many times not only bring you more traffic, but also make your webpage easier to remember – and this brings traffic too.

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Make Everyone Jealous with Green Themes, Palettes and Artworks

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 8 Comments

Soon you’ll make everyone green with envy by showing off your newfound knowledge of this month’s colour! Read on for some interesting bits of trivia, tips, puns and finally, as always, a showcase with a little something for everybody. Enough beating around the bush, let’s get to it!

Other color of the month you might enjoy:

December - Colour Chronicles: Bold Brown
January - Colour Chronicles: Brilliant Blue
February - Set Your Website on Fire with Red Themes, Photos, and Palettes

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Market and Sell Your Digital Goods the Right Way

Posted in Showcase, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 3 Comments

In previous years, digital marketplaces have evolved significantly. Day by day, more and more designers, developers, photographers and musicians of all levels have started to begin their experiences with  marketplaces and selling digital files online.  These ‘stock markets’ represent a good source of revenue for people of all skills, from beginners to advanced, that is why if you have not started your adventure with these places that are great for generating income, you should consider it right now.

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7 Creative Ways to Use HTML5 Canvas

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 1 Comment

One of the most exciting features of HTML5 is the <canvas> element that can be used to draw vector graphics, create amazing effects, or produce interactive games and animations. Canvas is supported in all modern browsers, including the upcoming Internet Explorer 10, but a little help from JavaScript allows older versions to adapt. It was originally designed by Apple for creating lightweight dashboard widgets on its mobile devices, but is now an openly developed W3C spec which grants it enormous flexibility and application.

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Increase SEO Juice for Your Website with Internal Linking

Posted in Blogging, Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 9 Comments

Are you thinking about building a website or a blog? Perhaps you have recently built a website for yourself or your business? Whatever the situation be, one thing that is absolutely critical to your new site’s success is Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Optimizing your website for search engines can be one of the most overwhelming tasks for new website owners. Everyone wants their website to come up at the top of Google search results. Unfortunately, most website owners don’t realize just how much work it takes in order to make that happen.

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6 Tips to Stay Focused on Project Deadlines

Posted in Tips, Web Design2 years ago • Written by 2 Comments

Staying focused on your goals may be difficult at times as a freelancer. Not having a nine-to-five job, selecting your own clients, setting your own rates and deadlines and also doing PR work for yourself is quite different than being a full-time employee in a web design agency, where many of the things above are done by different individuals or departments. One of the most difficult things I encountered when I started as a freelancer was staying focused on the deadlines. And not only keeping my focus, but also meeting the deadline and delivering the project on time – at the end of the day, this is one of the most important things alongside the quality of your work.

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