The English Labyrinth: How to Communicate with Freelance Clients

Posted in Freelance, Quick Tips, Usability, Web Design6 days ago • Written by Leave a comment

English is a difficult language. So many rules. So many exceptions to the rules, but anyone can easily learn it.  The problem is, English as a language should be learned through immersion. But, generally, it is often taught academically.

It is really hard to communicate with freelance clients who speak English poorly. Issues also arise with native English speakers who particularly have a heavy regional accent that is too difficult to comprehend.

The Importance of the English Language

The English language is so critical that immersion is necessary. Some people can remedy this problem by imitation.

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Is My Website Ready for Some Serious Hacks?

Posted in Tips, Usability, Web Design4 weeks ago • Written by 2 Comments

The issue of website security has been a top priority for web designers and developers for a long time. In the course of Internet’s colorful history, a lot of methods and tools have been developed (and some are still at the brink of development) to ensure that websites will be hack-proof, or at least be ready for some serious hacks.

What drives all the motivation to lock-down websites is, of course, business. As we all know, websites drive income and leads for a lot of companies.

These companies thrive to target the new market. This market mainly resides in the digital world, to further increase their chances of conversion – and in the near future – income.

On the other hand, some websites prosper mainly from driving traffic and converting clicks into cash. Blogs are great examples. They mainly sell information, which can be used to create tangible and perceivable products.

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Your Mobile Apps Look Bad and You Should Feel Bad

Posted in HowTos, Tips, Usability, Web Design, WordPress1 month ago • Written by 1 Comment

Mobile application design and development has been ‘the thing’ as of late. With the growing prominence of smartphones, more and more applications are developed. It’s like, we have an app for everything, right?

What makes it even more amazing is that this year, the projected number of smartphone users will be 1.75 billion. This staggering number resulted into 2.6 million apps in app-stores (iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones combined).

If there is one thing certain about these huge statistics, it would be that mobile application development and design is a big and newly-discovered gold mine to plow. There are a lot of opportunities waiting for developers as mobile apps continue on growing as the age of smartphones conquer the market.

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Will Wearable Tech Mean Wearable Web Design?

Posted in Tools, Usability, Web Design2 months ago • Written by 6 Comments

It seems like yesterday when we went gaga over watches with calculator capabilities. Over the years, the possibility of actually having wearable technology is left for science fiction to be made possible.

Well, that’s until wearable technology was born. Will this mean wearable web design is within our grasp?

Nowadays, you can make calls, record videos, check your health and even buy a cup of espresso using a watch. (Talk about improvement, huh?) You can also do that now using glasses.

Over the previous years, wearable technology like the Google Glass and – in the near future –  the Apple iWatch, have been the talk of the technology town. Little do we know, the world of technology is changing rapidly. It’s a great possibility that, in the near future, gadgets will no longer be handheld. They’re going to be worn.

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Is Web 3.0 the Next Web Revolution?

Posted in News, Usability, Web Design2 months ago • Written by 3 Comments

Nowadays, people use the Internet in almost all aspects of their lives. Users gain benefits from Internet services that help them look for what they need.

Gone were the days when you have to be blind about a movie that you would want to watch, or a restaurant where you’d plan to eat. And heck, a lot of bad movies and bad food were wasted because of that.

But with evolution of the Web, you can now Google almost everything, be it a movie or restaurant review or everything else in between and find results. And before you even leave the house, you’ll have knowledge and preparedness for such recreation. What is the next web revolution, then?

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Should You Be Amused with Muse? : An Adobe Muse Review

Posted in Tools, Usability, Web Design2 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

If there is one page-builder application that would allow you to design from scratch, and by scratch, I mean from a blank canvas, that would be Adobe Muse. This software was recently released by Adobe as part of the Creative Cloud series. It offers great opportunities to graphic designers and non-coding designers to finally get into web design.

I thought of doing an Adobe Muse review. I have tried Muse for a few days, and I say, from a non-coder’s viewpoint, it is a pretty amazing software. With a little understanding of graphic design and a great amount of experience with Adobe Photoshop, I managed to create a simple website.

Here are my observations:

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How Well Do You Understand Wireframes and Prototypes?

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

Few people know about the actual difference between the two terms ‘Wireframe’ and ‘Prototype’ in creating web design projects. There can be confusion with regards to their similarities. However, it is very important to know the difference of these two. Also, what are the benefits that these two can have for your designing projects? It might be possible that sometimes you will only require wireframe in your project and sometimes you will need a prototype for it.

Both wireframe and prototypes are phases of web development that you present to your client.

The major phases of web development project are:

  1. Research. Initially you have to do some research with your client regarding the design of your website
  2. Conceptualize. This gives you the idea about which elements and features to include in your website.
  3. Layout. Make a sketch and decide on the layout of your website following with the basic design of the website.

To make it clearer, we are going to have a discussion about the difference between wireframes and prototypes in today’s article. Let’s start with their meanings.

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Online Courses for Web Designers and Developers

Posted in Showcase, Tools, Usability, Web Design2 months ago • Written by 1 Comment

Web designing and developing are becoming very popular careers among the new generation. With new techniques coming almost every day, it becomes very confusing for designers and developers to understand all the techniques. But thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of online courses where you can get all the information you need regarding designing and development.

Some of them are paid while others are free but, they all come very handy when you want to learn the proper techniques of designing and developing. I have made a list of 20 courses found online which you can learn everything about web designing. Here it goes:

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Essential UX Tips for Your Website

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

Maybe you all know what UX is and what it really means. UX or user experience is an important aspect of website development that gauges of the reactions of visitors to the design. UX focuses on how design elements help the visitors get what they want, or know what they have to know. If you want to read more about UX, we have a separate article for that.

For this article, let’s try to transform that understanding into tangible and perceivable changes in your websites. We amassed a few essential UX tips for your website!

We all know that there are a lot of factors to put in mind when designing websites. As a designer, you have to understand that everything you do can affect conversions.This directly affects how the goals of the website is achieved.

UX embraces a lot of design principles from colors, lines to element placing. Let us look into these considerations:

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PHP vs Ruby vs Python: Three Programming Languages in a Nutshell

Posted in PHP, Tutorials, Usability3 months ago • Written by 11 Comments

There are lots programming languages out there and each works to do specific and unique tasks. Each language has a unique set of keywords and special syntaxes for organizing program commands.

In today’s article, we’re going to take a look at the three popular languages: PHP vs Ruby vs Python. We will check how they work, how they differ from each other, who uses them and how popular each language is.

At the end of this article, you will have the idea which one to learn and which the best option for each specific task is.

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