10 Outstanding Tools to Build Portfolio Easily and Professionally

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If you’ve been working as almost any kind of creative, you probably know that a piece of paper with fancy stamps do not always guarantees work. And you also know that having a beautiful and clear portfolio that represents you is essential. Recently we published an inspirational article regarding successful designer portfolios. But I’m not a designer and I can’t create that kind of website on my own, you’d probably say. What to do then? Pay someone a big amount of money for your website? I hold that the content stands over the packaging and it doesn’t make a big difference if your portfolio cost you thousands of dollars or couple of sandwiches. It’s much better to focus on your work and leave its presentation on safe hands. That’s why for this roundup we’ve prepared a list of 10 tools that will help you build a portfolio easily and professionally.

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How to Properly Use Instagram and Pinterest For Your Company

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After the first two Etiquette Guides for Facebook and Twitter, I’ve decided to also tell you something about two other services which, although popular, are quite new to the market: Instagram and Pinterest. If you find them difficult to use in such a way that your company will benefit, this article will most likely answer your questions and help you make better use of these two underdogs.

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40 Unique and Multifunctional Premium Admin Templates To Help You Manage Your Website

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Backend web development can be compared to your local government. You don’t usually see them, but they’re doing their work (efficiency is another matter). While content management systems like WordPress or Drupal do the work most of the time, there are occasions where you can’t do without a custom solution. As you know, building an administration page yourself can be quite difficult and time-consuming.

“I’d do it myself but..” You don’t have to build it yourself. Especially when there are dozens of unique admin templates around that are responsive, clean, full of features and plugins and customizable at almost no cost. In this article, you’ll find 40 customizable premium admin templates for your next website, project or application.

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Paper Prototyping and 5 Analog Tools for Web and Mobile Designers

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Designers love analog tools. No wonder. These tools lets us physically interact with interfaces and speed up the design process, like paper prototyping. What takes hours in the digital world can be sketched out in a matter of minutes.

That’s why analog methods of prototyping are especially valuable right at the beginning of projects – when speed matters the most. Working with paper, or perhaps a whiteboard, can accelerate the speed of our learning loops. Sketch, feedback, sketch, feedback, sketch feedback – you can go through dozens of iterations in one day and you’ll set solid foundations for the rest of the work. Consider it kind of premium insurance. Getting rough feedback quickly can save you a lot of work.

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5 Easy Things Designers can do to Generate Extra Income

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There are many designers who earn extra income while having a full-time job and most of the time this extra income doesn’t even require 10 hours a week.

I know a lot of designers, for both print and the web, that are looking for different ways to fully utilize their skills to earn more. The problem is they don’t know where to start. It’s a good thing there are services and people out there that can help solve their problems.

Looking for a sideline?
Do you want to earn extra cash using your design skills but you don’t have enough time because of your full-time job?

Fret not. I’ll provide 5 easy solutions that can get you started right this instant. Most of these solutions will only take 5 hours a week to accomplish, I know you have the talent to do it.

Are you ready? Show me your war faces! Roar!

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Will Handheld Devices Replace Your Laptop?

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It has been quite some time since the era of handheld devices dawned upon us. Smartphones, tablets, eBook readers – you name it! With each passing day, it seems as if the gadgets we use and the technology we employ is shrinking in size.

So, how many of these super portable handheld beauties do you own? An iPad? Amazon Kindle? MS Zune?

Something? Anything? Everything?

And as with any new trend in technology, debate is in the air – will this new trend kill the old one?

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20 Cool IFTTT Recipes To Automate Your Online Activities

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How many hours do you spend daily on online activities such as checking email inbox, tweeting, and sharing stuff on social media? Even though those activities are necessary, sometimes it becomes a distraction for our main tasks. Have you ever tried to automate these tasks to reduce time waste?

IFTTT is the best service available currently for automating such tasks. IFTTT has number of channels which triggers on certain conditions and executes a specified action on other channels. You can automate most time consuming tasks by using IFTTT recipes. It provides almost 46 popular channels and rising every day.

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30+ Awesome jQuery Image and Slider Plugins from 2012

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Those times when neat image effects were achieved with Flash are gone. jQuery has drastically changed the way developers work. Because its light-weight, easily customized and has unlimited possibilities, jQuery has become the new standard for displaying visual media on the web. For this roundup we’ve prepared 30 fresh, useful and simply awesome jQuery image and slider plugins that we’ve found this year. You’ll find some really stunning gallery solutions for every taste as well as some creative image effect plugins there.

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How To Clean Up And Optimize Your Existing WordPress Blog Posts For SEO

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So you wrote a lot of great posts over the past few years which still receive a lot of traffic from search engines, but you’re always wondering how long it will last. Or maybe you were affected by the latest Google Panda or Penguin changes and lost some traffic to that old content?

Perhaps you have noticed that you have been affected by these issues, perhaps not.

Whether you are affected or not, one question remains:  how do I clean up and optimize my existing blog posts?

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Introducing InfiniteWP – Your One-Stop Solution to Managing WP Sites

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Are you in the process of managing multiple websites powered by WordPress, and feel lost somewhere? Perhaps you can never be sure whether you’ve updated that plugin on this site or this plugin on that site. After all, if you have multiple websites, each with its own share of plugins, themes and settings, how exactly can you be expected to have time for anything other than website management?

If the above mentioned situation seems apt for you, InfiniteWP is one tool that you should try!

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