The Zen of Relational Database: Learn the Basics Here!

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Databases have been a staple topic on every digital business. Thus organizing the tables and fields is necessary. The concept of Relational Database was born way back in 1969 when Edgar F. Codd, a researcher from IBM, wrote the process of outlining a database. From there, the this concept has spread on every computing-involved business and task.

According to Wikipedia,

  A relational database is a database that has a collection of tables of data items, all of which is formally described and organized according to the relational models.

This means that using the relational model, each table arrangement must be identify a column or group of columns to distinctly identify each row also called as primary key.

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The Hiring Guide for Freelancer Clients

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I have been writing about freelancing and web design for over a year now, and I honestly haven’t stumbled upon a hiring guide that teaches clients to hire great freelancers.

Everybody wants to find good clients. Often, freelancers read tips from experts and blogs like these to successfully dig the gold out their freelancing mines.

You always see how-tos ranging from building portfolios to even firing clients.

I am a freelancer, why should I read this?

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The English Labyrinth: How to Communicate with Freelance Clients

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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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Internet Is Down: What Will I do?

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Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, 1stwebdesigner. Not too long ago, these four websites loaded together in each tab in harmony. Then everything changed when the Internet got down. Only the service provider can fix this, but then, that service provider vanished.

What will you do now that the Internet Is Down?

I know nothing can really be as infuriating than a down Internet connection. As a web designer, this is very frustrating because most of your tasks are online and you will not get anything done until the connection goes back.

Most of the times, you’ll be pictured as the person who observes his router like a hunter observing a gazelle. Sometimes, you are seen pressing F5 every single minute, hoping it would soon load properly. Other times, you try and debate with your ISP over the phone and realize that there is no hope. Heck, you even plan on making rituals for the Internet gods to bring your connection back.

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MySQL Guide for Beginners: What You Must Know

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A database is an essential part of most websites. From simple blogs to complex e-commerce websites, everything is being driven by a database.

If you are a web developer, you definitely know a lot about MySQL.

  • Is the most popular open source database system
  • Uses SQL (Structured Query Language) to manipulate information inside the database
  • It’s free, very dependable and fast
  • It has several application programming interfaces (APIs)
  • Easy to use to develop software or applications

This article is a MySQL guide article that tackles how does the program works and what it can do for both users and programmers.

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How to Build an Online Shop Using WooCommerce

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Want to start your online store but don’t know how? It’s now easy to create one with WordPress and WooCommerce plugin. True, WordPress has been on the Web as a Content Management System for blogs. The most exciting part is, you can now do almost anything with it using premium and free plugins.

Creating an online store to sell products is now just a few clicks away using Woocommerce. Since WordPress integrates seamlessly with WooCommerce, the former is taking your site capabilities to the next level.

WooCommerce: Sell Anything Beautifully

WooCommerce is the most popular eCommerce plugin to utilize to create your online store in a few clicks. It is a feature-rich plugin of the eCommerce software of  WooThemes, a company known for their great online business solution.

In today’s tutorial, we’re going to create an online shop using this amazing plugin.

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What You Should Know When Choosing the Best Web Host

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Every designer or  developer who has worked with websites knows the importance of hosting. Web hosting is among the top important things that you have to consider before starting the website creation. Selecting a really good web hosting company can do your half of the work.

Many people talk about how a website should be designed or how to hire the best designer but, the importance of having the best web host is often not considered an important topic to discuss.

So, why do designers and developers need a web host?

  • Assurance. In order to make your website go live on the Internet, web hosting is required. If you think that registering for a domain name is enough than you are mistaken.
  • Accessibility. Having a website hosting company will make it sure that your website is accessible by everyone around the world. You can surely design a website but if you don’t have a web host, no one can access your website.
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3 Flat Design Video Tutorials to Change Your Design Style

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We truly live in a flat world! With iOS7, Android and even Windows Metro now adapting the flat design layout trend, the world has become a flatter place, indeed. Flat design video tutorials are a great help in the transition.

Website designs have followed the same pattern, transforming their sites to become easy-to-browse, colorful, responsive and simple. How is this made possible?

  • The use of larger and wider spacing
  • The use of simpler logos
  • The use of slightly desaturated colors
  • The use of thinner fonts

For starting and freelance web designers, it might be very difficult at first to learn the philosophy of flat design. Of course, you are born during the Skeumorphic Design Era, where all should be seemingly real and predominantly having 3D designs.

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Using Adobe Lightroom to Produce Amazing Photos for Your Website

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It may seem unimportant, but for a web designer, the ability to produce good-looking photos using Adobe Lightroom is an edge, particularly in attracting more clients. With the sudden influx of high-resolution and cheaper Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, photos are now becoming must-haves for websites.

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CSS Best Practices to Follow and Bad Habits to Avoid

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Creating a well-managed set of CSS codes can be a challenge. As technology evolves, it’s not really easy to say if you’re doing the right CSS practices or you’re just messing up the code and compromising the quality of your website on different browsers.

Through practice, you should be able to avoid CSS errors. So, to give you a guide on the dos and dont’s when writing CSS codes, we listed below the CSS best practices to follow as well as the bad habits to avoid. So, get ready and let’s get started.

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