1WD 2 Year Anniversary And Massive 6000$ Worth Giveaway

Posted in 1WD Features, News, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 89 Comments

Hello everybody! Finally that day has come! Which day you may ask?

Well…where should I start? –  today 1WD is celebrating 2 years anniversary and fourth (4th) version of design.

We were working really hard all summer, and if one year ago I was working all alone, now I am honored to have a beautiful team together with me including several full time writers Rean, Sheena, Jane, Michael,Charina with our main chief editor Saad Bassi and social media ninja Ligita Kluga.

Huh, also what I need to add, our actual 2 years anniversary was on August 30, but we didn’t announce it because our new design wasn’t finished. Now it’s here and we are finally ready to move on!

I was planning this new design for almost half a year,  I changed its look a lot of times and even thought of hiring a web designer – because as a designer myself I was never satisfied with  final outcome.

Finally I thought it would be really a shame for a designer, to get his own page designed by someone else and put everything aside and seriously got to work. The site you are seeing right now is final outcome, and this is how 1WD site should look from the very beginning 2 years ago!  I really hope you love it the same way as I do and you are very much welcomed to reveal your first impressions in our comment section, which is much prettier now too by the way!

Before we announce our huge giveaway to celebrate this big event and launch, I think now is the best time to look back again and show off all achievements, show what really made 1WD grow so much and how do we intent to keep it growing even further! Last year we actually did the same process, and today we will compare both years to make this even more interesting. Are you excited and cannot wait for the results? Let’s start!

Personally I think the main turning point was the moment, when 1WD got a great team –  Saad Bassi, who is our main editor and Ligita Kluga, who does all the hard work into backlink building and social promoting. I just went more in background and finally got more time to work on new ideas, try new social media promotion ways, went deeper in marketing research and of course, worked on new redesign a lot.

Besides our team, we also got huge team of regular and not so regular guest writers, who altogether allowed us to go from 2–3 articles per week to 12 articles per week! We are still working on increasing both quality and quantity, but since our readership is increasing –  I consider that article count increase is appreciated by people and we are doing the right thing.d

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As you can see from our Archive section from Year 2010 article count started to increase and it happened because of other changes –  I finally got an office – 1WD headquarters and good workplace increased work efficiency greatly. Before that for almost 1.5 years I was working from home, it was not an easy task.

I am sure you cannot wait to see some public stats to measure 1WD growth, enough words..let’s see real numbers.

I must say once site is established, all you have to do is to keep providing constant quality and content –  1WD kept very similar mode all the time and proved to be a regular source where to look for web design related articles and readership continued to grow. Of course, article count also increased traffic from Google, more articles – more chances to be noticed.

Public Stats:

  • Now – 1,811 / Last Year – 10,780 Alexa Rank
  • Now –  5,792 / Last Year – 18,538 Compete Rank
  • Now –  2,013 / Last Year – 950 Del.icio.us Bookmarks
  • Now –  180,142 / Last Year –  25,382 Inbound Yahoo Links
  • Now – 64,095 / Last Year –  14,666 RSS Subscribers
  • Now –  23,463 / Last Year –  5,174 Twitter Followers
  • Stayed the same –  5/10 GooglePage Rank
  • Now –  more than 1,5 million / Last year –  more than 400,000 unique visits in August 2009
  • New – we created Facebook page, better later than never, which has 1,559 fans for now. Need to work more on Facebook, I know.

To put last year stats more in perspective, check out this graph, where I compare this and previous year:

Comparing-years

Interesting to analyze now, while unique visits increased –  people also tend to spend less time on page and bounce rate is actually bigger, maybe that’s because of massive social media promotion, where people are used to process huge amounts of information in short time.

What’s your opinion here? Do you have suggestions for us?

  • How do you like current article frequency?
  • Do we deliver quality?
  • Where we should grow now?
  • What kind of content we should deliver more?
  • What would you like to see change in this year?

Would love to hear your feedback if possible, with such big readership we really feel responsible for delivering only the best information to you!

How do we explain constant growth and how do you start your own one?

If there is such question, I think actually the main reason was article count increase, with bigger team we are able to do a lot more than before, where one person just physically isn’t able to write that much articles, do marketing, social media, promotion even working 24/7. I must say if you are really serious about your business, hire people to help you out once you get such chance –  they will help you to grow site to the phase you never imagined, site could reach!

Google traffic increased like 7 times, thanks to the list posts 1WD continue to have big success through Social Media sites like –  StumbleUpon, Twitter, Digg, Delicious, Facebook. Don’t underestimate the power of social networks, it’s really worth spending time to build trusted networks and readership with it.

I am investing a lot of site income in our growth, I am keeping myself just like 1/4 and 3/4 goes into development, payments, hosting expenses because I know 1WD can grow a lot bigger, I really want it to become number 1 source for each web designer. If you have a passion – you can achieve the same as I did here, just believe yourself and don’t leave your dreams too fast, give them actual chance.

If you want to go to past and see how and why 1WD began its success, read last year’s report post –  1st Year Of Blogging: Success And Achievements.

About New Site Design

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At first I wanted to mix giveaway, 1WD redesign process and stats in the one post, but after some thinking I decided that redesign process description need to have separate post so I would be able to explain you whole thinking behind it and show a lot of detail and power in our new design. Keep updated, new article will be out in few days!

The Most Massive Giveaway At 1stwebdesigner Ever – Prizes Worth 6000$ !!!

Well , now we are getting to the best part for you – our huge giveaway and great prizes – everybody loves free stuff right? Christmas came early this time!

We have contacted and collaborated with 15 different companies, which were kind enough to offer really great prizes! Okay, but how can you get them? Actually I will pick winners based on 2 different aspects ( the first one is the most powerful):

  1. Loyal Reader Option - You need to add a comment here or in our Facebook group (join it too if you like it)  in this article status update and tell there what you would like to win in this giveaway together with valuable suggestion, what do you think we would need to do to improve in design, content, functionality - criticize us, we really want to become better!
  2. Quick Visitor Option – You must join our Facebook group and simply share this article on Twitter adding hashtag #1wd2years and follow us on Twitter @1stwebdesigner for further updates!
    When you have done it, just leave a comment on this post what you would like to win.

As you can see number 1 option is for more loyal readers, who have opinion about what’s happening here and actually wants to help us improve.

Well and number 2 option is for all of us, who just are quickly browsing through and just wants to get nice Christmas gift for this special giveaway occasion!

And now – get you keyboards hot and start commenting and checking out our actual giveaway prizes right now:

1000$ Worth Giftcards From CodeMyConcept PSD To HTML Service Company

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Company’s expertise and services:

  • They do pixel perfect PSD to HTML;
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  • E-Commerce Implementations in Magento and Shopify;
  • PSD to Email and much more!!!!

When you work with CodeMyConcept you are definitely working with your best friends and they even agreed to join to our huge giveaway with some great prizes!

2 lucky winners will get $250 giftcards and 1 winner will get $500 worth giftcard to be used in CodeMyConcept services, pretty cool right?

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    I am looking forward to your kind comments – just to remind read the rules how to join this contest&giveaway at the top of this article.

    This contest will be closed officially after a week on December 27, when I will announce all the winners!

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    Dainis is 25 years young man, who struggled for 3 years while studying in design academy and working for local design agency, because of ignorant teachers and agency boss. He couldn't believe this is all life could offer to him! And then he discovered true Internet possibilities, he was lucky to find his passion early in life and take advantage of this beautiful Information (Internet) Age! Now he is committed to help others succeed, to help others take charge of their life and follow their passion! His goal is to open Your eyes and help unveil Your true potential!

    89 Comments Best Comments First
    • Tomas Varil

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 13:07

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      Hello, congratulation to your great anniversary. The statistics itself, shows that you made a great work!
      I would like to see more articles about creating a wordpress custom themes. Or getting started guide, because I really would like to get more deep inside of wordpress themes engine :-) Best wishes to next 2 years!
      I would like to win WordPress Membership Plugin, which I have never known about until today and I have been always looking for something like this :-)

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    • Patt

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 05:38

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      Congratulations, 1WD! Cheers to more blog posts, exciting giveaways and loyal readers!

      Wouldn’t mind having those crisp icons from Iconshocks Giveaway. Thanks!

      http://twitter.com/#!/paddsolutions/status/17088893190930432

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    • Clara

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 12:23

      32

      Congratulations guys.You are doing great job(promoting posts)

      Well,1WD? One of th best ”Inspirational Posts” blog.
      Quality or quantity?The answer is 50+ posts every month.SORRY.

      By the way.your blog is verrry slow and it doesn’t work in some wide monitors.

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    • Irina

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 13:01

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      Happy anniversary and congratulations!!

      I’d also suggest removing the adds from the top of the posts, even for adds, they are quite annoying.
      Also it would be great if you could add even more tutorials :D About web design but also about web development :)

      I’ve also posted on twitter :)

      I’d like to win some wp themes.

      Keep up the good work!

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    • vishnuprasad

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 08:28

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      congrats.. and thank you for giving these gifts.. i hope i will get any of these…

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    • lazaac

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 04:52

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      congrats for the 2 year of anniversary… the traffic looks cool! i would like to win all the prizes..? may i? :p

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    • Marc Davison

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 17:47

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      Congrats.

      I was taught to do cheers and wishes. This way you get some good, and some areas to improve upon.

      Cheers:

      For taking the time to design you site and not releasing the design til you were happy with it.
      For increasing article amount, it’s a big help to the community at large.

      Wishes:

      Better ad placement. I hate the ads at the top before the article even starts, every single time I see that I nearly leave the site. I understand and appreciate that you need the ads to keep the site alive, but they seem to be all over the place with no thought.

      I agree, footer needs some purpose, and the reaction area isn’t useful. Why, as a reader, would I want to scroll so far down the page just to see what you have in your footer?

      I think the ‘Further Reading’ section could do with only links, or much smaller pictures. The images for it should not have the same visual weight as the images in the main article.

      That being said: Congratulations and I hope two years after I launch I can be as successful.

      I’d also like to win a code my concept gift card!

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    • Nic

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 23:59

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      Hope I win the CodeMyConcept gift card.

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    • Steverobillard

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 02:00

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      First off let me say congrats on your success, and my hope that it continues throughout the next year. I like the clean nature of the new design.

      While I like the redesign. I don’t like the implementation of the social media links in the left sidebar. While scrolling through the page they jump and are a little annoying. There are ways to avoid the scrolling/jumping.

      I would most like to win the sticker mule credit.

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    • PamS

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 03:05

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      Happy Anniversary! Your website has been a great inspiration and learning tool for me. Thank you, I appreciate. That’s also quite a list of giveaways you’re offering. I would be grateful for any one of them.

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    • George Elias

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 13:30

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      I would like to start off by saying CONGRATS on the 2nd anniversary! Awesome job and keep up the hard work.

      I must say that your site is one of my main resources and visit it daily for updates, great work on the increased articles. Some of the few comments I would have are:

      - The Most Commented / Most Popular on Twitter: I would probably move that into the sidebar as it takes away from site and main page.
      - For Further Reading: Same comment as others, would try to reduce it and maybe make into a one liner type thing.
      - Some content: I would love to see a tutorial on how to convert PSD/Fireworks designs into HTML and CSS.
      - Ads: I would try to find a better way to blend the ads in the site and not overwhelm the user with them.

      Again, great job and wish you the best for the future.

      I would love to win the Eleven2 webhosting.

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    • Soohow

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 09:38

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      Happy Anniversary! Awesome giveaway prizes and I would like to win anything lol… If not, hereby Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 20:52

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      Hello Arun,

      such kind words always cheers me up, thank you – and I am glad I gave you some inspiration in your own site – checked it out..just keep content coming and then start communicating..that’s the key.

      Hehe, I hope you’ll have some more other articles to refer to real soon, cheers to you back :)

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 20:53

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      Note taken, WordPress is always a popular topic, will try our best to write more articles about it :) Maybe you have some more detailed requests, interesting ideas what to write about because simple getting started guides are widely available in a lot of other blogs, we could need some unique twist, small topics which aren’t showcased anywhere else.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 21:15

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      Hello Matt,

      yes, I’ve been fighting to decrease easy inspirational article count with more thoughtful ones – just stay with us, we are working on it.

      Why comment area is frustrating for you? I thought it’s really simple..can you explain more?

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 20:23

      41

      Cheers Tim, maybe one of the toughest..but as you noted it has a lot to improve..and I realize it.

      1. Yes..i thought about that for a long time, but you helped me make my decision, really will write to BSA to get rid of them..hate those banners as much as you do.

      2.You seem to be very fond about Seomoz blog, I haven’t really read it a lot, but as you point out i should..and I really like their rating system to posts, nice way to show readers opinion.

      I don’t understand what do you mean by user generated content, you mean guest writers or encouraging big discussions in comments? On content we will work greatly now, we are increasing out team, started to use organized management system..and generate more unique ideas.. – it takes time of course but we’re doing that.. About commenting, responding – I am aware when I get of writing and went more in background, I partly lost community I had.. =/

      3. Agreed about facebook page, i don’t know if just landing page will help, but whole content..organizing contests..building community there – ah, that’s a hard and time consuming task, Note taken – really want to improve FB community. Thanks for sharing post, will read that after i finish responding to your comment :)

      4. For top commentators – links aren’t clickable..but they are there..so for seo purpose those commentators still can leverage, but I wanted it to be monthly most active commentators, haven’t done it right for now.

      Huh, you can hover those images with mouse and see titles there, I don’t understand why you hate that section so much? Footer is more like for fun stats..just for excited site browsers..that’s why it’s on the bottom of whole content.

      5. Agreed about this too, i have comments at the left of the post, i don’t know if read more is such distraction, but will put some thinking there. Related posts – totally agreed, as i mentioned in comments before..will decrease related post count as well..as start redesign it to have 150x150px screens.

      6. It came with Disqus, i don’t see it hurts anything..at least readers see there are buzz going on and maybe see themselves in tweet list.

      Thanks Tim for great suggestions, I would love to talk with you more, you seem to have good opinion and neverending interest to improve in social media, seo, marketing..:) I may not do great, but doing pretty good indeed..but I think you’re the same – good is never enough! :)

      Cheers!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 19:59

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      Yes, that’s the best case..I need critiques to think of areas to improve.

      Huh, ad placement.. I agree you must hate big banner at the top..previously it was completely on header..i didn’t like it there either..but maybe if you’re regular visitor..some ads just become invisible to you..as it is for me.. I think i will ban that white PR9 advertisement, which really stands out badly from design.

      About footer – you don’t need to use footer at all as reader. It’s meant if you just want to see some fun stats, most popular articles..or quickly click – Go to top button. I don’t see that footer causes any distraction or does anything bad just by being there.

      Further Reading section – note taken..i agree..will decrease related posts to 2 an consider using 150x150px images in one line..to save space.

      Thank you a lot for your critiques,very insightful comment!

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    • Shrikrishna Meena

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 13:01

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      A very happy anniversary to 1stWebDesigner…. Really achieved a great position in just two years…. As long I remember I first came here via Google searches three times before adding it to Google reader…. Just because of this I got an Idea to create another web-interface (or can say Website)… Very Thankful to 1wd.
      Tweeted about this post on twitter with hash tag (as u mentioned to do) and If There is a chance that I can win… You are free to send me any Christmas gift by your choice….

      Cheers 1WD Team… Enjoy the Party!!!!

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    • Matt L.

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 18:15

      37

      Hello and congrats on your accomplishment!
      Feedback:
      This has been a great resource, with many great posts over the years!
      About post content – it would be great if there were less inspiration roundups and more functional tutorials on things like design principles and javascript.

      The comment area is frustrating and overly complicated.

      I would like the eleven2 hosting.
      Thanks!

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    • Anid

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 14:25

      38

      I like to know more photography tutorials. !! here and graphic tutorials also. the redesign is great. leved it and the stsuts of the site in the footer is good, it make the site pro.

      We like to have concept code giftcard.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 19:55

      39

      Thank you for comments, I don’t know if we will be focusing on photography tutorials, since we try to focus more on webdesign,social media, graphic design, freelancing and marketing.

      But of course we’ll try to cover Photography topic too more in future perhaps.

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    • Shawnmurphy

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 21:59

      24

      I just wanted to say Thank You for inspiring me. Your web site is easy to use and informative without all the annoying ads most others have. Please continue doing what you do best!

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    • Tomas

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 20:18

      23

      Great anniversary! I’d like to see more tutorials on grpahic, web design and wordpress. Here’s my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/tomaslau/status/16949991671070720

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    • Abdelhadi Touil

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 14:57

      8

      First, happy birth day to congratulation 1WD :)
      Then I’d like to thank you for this great giveaway, and I’d like to see more interesting content here as always, especialy WordPress and PHP tutorials. Also I like jQuery and coding tutorials.
      If I win, I’ll choose: 5 Templatic Premium Theme Single Use Licenses Giveaway of Winner’s Choice (Worth 450$)
      Retwitted here:
      http://twitter.com/#!/hadi060/status/16867810890223616$
      Good luck!

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    • uncleserb

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:19

      9

      Nice giveaway ;)
      Would love a code my concept gift card ;)

      Good luck to all!

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    • Rahul

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:38

      10

      Congratulation and Happy anniversary…very nice. I want to win any of those mentioned above.hahahaha

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    • Yuni Ardita S.D

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 14:42

      7

      i love this website. I always visit this website before starting my work. I got a lot of inspiration and sources.Thanks so much for your tuts and congratulations to your great anniversary. I would love to win: Eleven 2 GiveAway 1 Year of Free hosting To 5 People (Worth 500$)

      Here is my tweet:
      http://twitter.com/#!/arditasari/status/16860639179841536

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    • Chris

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 14:24

      6

      Congratulations on your anniversary. Its had to believe that its only been two years since you started. I could have sworn I was reading your articles further back…

      I too am in a site redesign and have been looking back over your articles for assistance. I keep running into little hickups dealing with code and would love to win a giftcard from codemyconcept. Decals or a template to work would also be nice; however, the CodemyConcept participation would pull me from code and allow me to focus on the visual side of the design.

      Keep up the good work. I look forward to more great articles popping up in my RSS reader.

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    • Dumazz

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 13:23

      2

      Congrats 1WD!!! Amazing giveaway! I need Eleven 2 hosting. I count on the victory. I am getting changes of the design back very positively. Similarly he is with the quality of published materials. I hope that in the year many articles on wp will be 2011. http://twitter.com/#!/warstwydotcom/status/16845041150468097

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    • Adrian

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 13:29

      3

      Hello, congratulation to your great anniversary. Statistics is very cool! More wordpress content ;)

      i don’t need gift ;)

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    • David Mejias

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 13:47

      4

      I really like this website ^^.

      I had learned lot of here since I found you in deviantart. Thanks for your tutorials and congratulations.

      If I can choose what I wanted to win I prefer: 5 Templatic Premium Theme Single Use Licenses Giveaway of Winner’s Choice (Worth 450$), 3 ProThemeDesign Themes Giveaway of Winner’s Choice (Worth 240$) or Iconshocks Giveaway: 3 Bundle Licenses of Your Choice (Worth 700$).

      I have twitter, but I don’t like it…

      0
    • pablolarah

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 14:14

      5

      Great! Happy Anniversay! I would like to win Custom Stickers.

      0
    • Rômulo Aguiar Figueiredo

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:41

      11

      Congratulations 1WD! This site is awesome, i realy like! I prefer the 1y host for my projects =)…

      Thx 1WD for this giveway!

      my retweet: http://twitter.com/#!/RoMuLauM/status/16875608705339392

      0
    • Arun Prabu

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:50

      12

      Congrats! I have learned a lot from 1WD. I have started off my tech blog recently. I’m commenting here not to win any gifts, as I’m actually a guy who’s not interested in “comment and Win” type of articles / tutorials. seriously. It’s your advice that I love, on starting our own blog…Your words give me a ray of hope to develop my site and not to get demoralized early.

      “If you have a passion – you can achieve the same as I did here, just believe yourself and don’t leave your dreams too fast, give them actual chance.” – Awesome lines for me…

      I have added it into my opera speed dial. I’ll come to this page again if I ever get demoralized and :-)
      Wishing you success.
      Cheers,
      Arun

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    • Satrya Bima

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 12:19

      19

      Wow, amazing Giveaway and congratulation for 2 Year anniversary of 1WD.
      I want to win the studiopress theme, coz i really2 like their design.
      Here’s my status on twitter

      http://twitter.com/#!/satryaWp/status/16829222467141632

      Thanks

      0
    • Lallo Vigil

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 18:28

      20

      Congrats on the two years! I would love to 100$ Off Custom Stickers for my Web business

      0
    • Robby Gunawan

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 19:54

      21

      Happy 2nd anniversary!!! i’d love to win the 100$ Off Custom Stickers,,

      0
    • Mehdi Raza Jaffery

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 19:59

      22

      Well I don’t have much to write except that:
      1) After the redesign, your website has become much more slower now.
      2) I don’t like the most commented tab…. oops, sorry.
      3) Your Disqus comment’s has margin-left set to zero. The comments are sticking to the left end of my monitor which I hate very much.
      By the way, I found your site on technorati.com when you were amongst the top 5 movers of the day in the technology section. Good luck. Fix the problems. I would like free web hosting… hehe.

      0
    • Tim Soulo

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:56

      18

      Hey Dainis, congrats! Your blog is truly one of the toughest in its niche.

      Here are my suggestions:

      1. even if they pay money to you, get rid of those PR9 links spammers banner.. they were reported for abuse on digitalpoint forums… and once your loyal reader will be tricked by them… he’ll surely blame you for this referral..

      2. Your site is doing really great.. but I think you need to start building community and encourage ppl to guestpost. I’d recommend you to refer to SEOmoz for community building. I like that they have a huge avatar at the beginning of each post. And each post has it’s own rating system – thumbs up and thumbs down… moreover.. the usability/design of their comments is the best I’ve ever seen.. especially I like that once you open the post again, all the new comments are marked with other colour. So I really suggest on community building and encouraging User Generated Conent

      3. Your Facebook page is really dull :( considering the trend of creating awesome looking landing pages for your business.. i’d recommend you to take a closer look at Facebook Marketing and start with building a viral facebook landing page which will convert 99% visitors into fans. You can check my post about Marketing on Facebook here – http://www.seomoz.org/blog/facebook-marketing-ultimate-guide (btw it’s one of the Top SEOmoz posts of 2010)

      4. Sorry, but in my opinion your footer is completely useless and unusable. a) those top commentators do not even have a link to their profile to benefit in some way of being “top” b) the icons of the best posts with no names of the posts do not make me want to click them and go somewhere I don’t want to go to (where I will probably bounce)

      5. the “read more” button on your homepage is more prominent than the comments page.. though most people already know that all posts are hidded under the cut.. but do not know if there’s a holy war generating tons of comments… and btw.. those “related posts” and a huge promo thing distracts people from participating in conversation as they need to go through it first before they read the first comment.

      6. “reactions” box is something I personally find completely useless.. does anyone read it, so far?

      I could have also suggested some ideas on promoting your website, as I’m actually an internet marketer :) .. but I see that you’re doing pretty well anyways! so just want to encourage you to keep doing what you do!

      …and yes, I’m interested in wordpress templates prizes :) any of them :)

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    • Ilona Andrews

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:50

      17

      Hey guys,

      Amazing giveaway! Would love to win brushes or any of the themes.

      PS. The site looks a touch funky in Firefox. The list under 500 hundred die business cards is outside the white background. Here is a screenshot http://www.ilona-andrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/screen12.jpg

      0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:53

      13

      This is an Epic Birthday for an Epic website! I visit 1stwebdesigner like…everyday! It is already a part of my life, a day without 1stWD is like a day confined in a hospital. 2 weeks ago I was browsing 1stWD’s posts, from the very beginning of 1stWD up to the point where Guest Authors were introduced. I know quite well how hard it really is to maintain a website that is visited by over 1 million people every month and I’m proud to be here with all these magnificent people. Being the avid reader that I am I can’t help but browse the website every now and then, many things I have learned and has been inspired greatly!

      What I want to see for 1stwebdesigner in the near future is to develop a community, to have fruitful discussions on the comment section where people may fight while defending their stance, in a friendly way. I think we’re going there soon. And if I am to win a prize I’d want to have Eleven2 hosting. :D

      Ending note: If this anniversary is epic, what about the next? Yayyy!!

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    • Francois

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:15

      14

      Nice giveaway !
      Would love to win Templatic wordpress theme, I don’t need the others.

      Really, I only suggest to keep the same number of posts each week and be constant, best thing you could do to keep it the best ! Happy birthday.

      0
    • Lee Gustin

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:39

      15

      Congrats guys! Two years is a big deal :) i love the increased social/community pieces that are scattered around the site. Every little thing helps to create a better community! Keep up the great work

      I would love the Iconshack icons. http://twitter.com/#!/ltgustin/status/16893609496281088

      0
    • Lee Gustin

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:41

      16

      p.s. One thing I noticed, the side-social-bar <—— over there. It might help to push it a few pixels to the left (5 or so), so it's not so much on top of the content/comments.

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 17:52

      45

      Site design is wonderful- Soft greys, great use of dividers and drop shadows. Relatively easy to navigate and search. My criticisms are:

      -Image sizes that you use in posts, like this one, can be distracting from the content. You can still gain the attention of the reader without using such dominating pictures.

      -The section for further reading is huge too- more giant images, maybe use thumbnails? or just text for more minimal approach.

      -Comment section would be better with pages. Its a hassle to scroll through a bunch of comments and makes the page seem cluttered.

      -Sometimes in the content, (like this post) the English has errors that make it confusing. For the most part, the writing is fine, but some proofreading would be great!

      This giveaway is a great idea too- looks like you’re getting a lot of attention.
      I would really enjoy the CodeMyConcept giftcard, or the Eleven2 hosting space. The stickers aren’t bad either! I’m also trying to start a content providing site, so these things would be great!

      0
    • Tim Soulo

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 09:39

      46

      thanks for feedback :) It’s no problem to talk with me more :) I’ve dropped you an e-mail via your contact form… check your inbox :)

      0
    • Sergei Tatarinov

      Sunday, December 26th, 2010 23:13

      76

      I’ve been visiting this blog for about a year now.

      What I don’t like:

      1) The logo. It’s well recognized widely and perhaps is not a very important part for such blogs, but it is ugly, no hard feelings. I imagine a simple text line would look nicer and more inviting.
      2) Annoying google ads. They let you earn some real cash, no doubt about that, but there are more reader-friendly alternatives for well established blogs. Write paid reviews! ;)
      3) h2 or what ever tag you use in your post might stand out a little more, that would make it easier to look through the article in case you don’t have time to read it fully. Or in any other case… We all know how many readers actually read stuff.
      4) Twitter stream in the sidebar is way to long. I’m sure 1WD has a lot of stuff to put in the sidebar, to make the whole layout more beneficial for both: readers and yourselves.
      5) Hide the trackbacks and make the comment field easier to locate. Place it at the end of the article, perhaps. Not at the very bottom of the page.
      6) The price of premium membership. Sorry but your resources are not as valuable as those from say wegraphics or vandelay or tutsplus, yet yours are priced higher.

      What I do like:

      1) New header. Awesome! :)
      2) There are many interesting and helpful posts.

      I guess my comment is turned out too harsh, but you asked for opinions and you’ve got mine. You’re obviously good at what you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be so popular. But why not make it even better or even… wait for it… perfect?

      What would I like to win? CMC gift card.

      As if you’d ever allow me to win after this comment.. Joking. :)

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    • Martin :)

      Sunday, December 26th, 2010 23:38

      77

      http://twitter.com/#!/tinkerersvk/status/19167889441427456

      Would love to win:

      - Iconshocks Giveaway
      - 5 Premium HTML Licenses Worth 500$ From SlideshowBox

      0
    • Sumon Seleem

      Monday, December 27th, 2010 14:04

      78

      That’s a huge giveaway! Congrats to 1wd and wish them all the best on their journey….
      As a Web Developer and WordPress Fan I would like to win any WP themes.

      Here’s my tweet: http://twitter.com/smseleem/status/19154698724442112

      Following @1stwebdesigner and Liked Design Blog (Username: Sumon Seleem)

      0
    • Zach Mau ✔

      Monday, December 27th, 2010 01:41

      75

      http://twitter.com/#!/zachmau/status/19204600498225152

      I’d love to win:
      Win 100$ Off Custom Stickers : 5 Winners ( Worth 500$)

      I’m working on redesigning my portfolio and I’d love the chance to pick up some promotional materials!

      0
    • Stelian Subotin

      Sunday, December 26th, 2010 17:02

      74

      I’d like to win one of the awesome CodeMyConcept Cards!

      0
    • Shrikrishna Meena

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 10:55

      70

      Thanks for your reply, The new design of your blog is just awesome (Takes some more time to load with an dial-up connection but Okay…. Improvements are at First spot)…

      0
    • Nikunj

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 16:14

      71

      Congrats 1stWD on completing 2 Years, I have personally learned a lot from this blog & have been following its article form more than 8 months & have seen with times that 1stWD have been improved a lot in quality of the article.

      The suggestion I would love to give 1stWD is to increase the design related articles as well as tutorials in which helps lots of user.

      By the way I really loved the new design of 1stWD, Keep up the good work guys :)

      Ohh, I would love to win eleven2 hosting or any of the WordPress themes

      http://twitter.com/#!/nikunjt/status/18336808748191744

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    • Labby

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 13:13

      72

      Congrats on your Anniversary, i just love you blog for many reasons, good footer, nice setup, great theme customization, but still you need more customization….

      i would like to win

      studio press themes
      5 GabFire Themes
      5 KreativeThemes

      i would like to win this for more better efficiency…

      done everything, as you said

      http://twitter.com/#!/labnium/status/18290172458172416

      0
    • Ian

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 17:16

      73

      Congrats, you are a great entrepreneur and i wish you even more success!

      0
    • Demitra Mroncz

      Monday, December 27th, 2010 19:59

      79

      Happy Anniversary, truly enjoy reading your blog! Thank you for the opportunity to win all these lovely gifts! If I did win- would be a toss up between the banners and the die cut biz cards.

      Here is my tweet and i just became a fb fan http://twitter.com/#!/DMWebsiteDesign/status/19481084223823872

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 15:12

      80

      When will the winners be selected?

      0
    • Sumon Seleem

      Thursday, January 6th, 2011 05:35

      87

      It’s January 6th now… Is the winners of the 1stWD 2 years Anniversary Giveaway Contest announced?

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Friday, January 7th, 2011 15:58

      88

      I agree- It’d be nice if we had an update.

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 13:52

      89

      Have the winners been selected?

      0
    • Cgartist4

      Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 09:25

      86

      I woul’d like to win a “5 Yearly Subscriptions from Azigos” thank you

      0
    • Tiago Duarte

      Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 22:33

      85

      Late happy anniversary Dainis! Will be here next year to congrat you once more :)

      If possible, i’d like to win the “KreativeThemes 5 Themes Giveaway of Winner’s Choice ( Worth 350$)”.

      Good luck to all,

      Bye

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    • Michael

      Thursday, December 30th, 2010 19:33

      82

      Congratulations on your anniversary! I’m a big fan of this blog. One thing I’d recommend is less scrolling. Ideally, there would be just enough to read on the page and then I’d click to continue reading or click to see the next example within a big old list. Also, for the list posts, its’ helpful when there’s a sidebar letting you know what’s coming up, along with quick links to help readers skip ahead quicker. As a design guy, that’s just my 2 cents! The Internet breeds short attention spans, so the more you can get us actively engaged (and clicking), the better.

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, December 31st, 2010 09:39

      83

      Please be little more patient – just in few days, i think on January 1-2 results will be ready and winners contacted :)

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Friday, December 31st, 2010 16:16

      84

      Sorry to sound impatient, I wasn’t- the result time wasn’t posted in the original article, just wanted to clarify. Thanks for the response!

      0
    • Athul jayaram

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 14:57

      69

      I hope to win either custom stickers or elegant ad or wordpress theme
      Whatever you give, I will will love it!

      http://twitter.com/#!/athuljayaram/status/18317470322401280
      I followed on twitter and I am already following your page on Facebook

      0
    • Bligbook

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 13:30

      68

      whole heartely congratulations

      excellent ads placement in your blog, i think, i should sometimes better learn from you about most of the things realted to blogging…and please make some changes in the footer, its not looking nice at all..

      i would love to win

      MagicMembers
      Eleven 2 hosting
      studio press themes
      5 GabFire Themes
      5 KreativeThemes

      great contest to enlarge my growth in blogging

      http://twitter.com/#!/BligBook/status/18290155664179200

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:29

      53

      Hello Clara,

      I must agree, it is so, we have too much list posts and too much inspirational posts, about article count – I don’t consider 50+ posts as quantity, we’re trying to grow and there are like 5 full-time writers working every day to compile these posts – and by the way..last week we dropped our article count from 2 articles per day to 1 for some time, to be sure we improve our new articles and make them better.

      Be patient, we’re improving all the time, sad you feel like we’re just “inspiration” based and offering just quantity.

      Can you tell which browser you’re using..and in which monitor size does it look bad..or has some problems? We tested it on big screens, but back then didn’t find any problems. Will check though. Thank you!

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    • Hitgirl

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 22:34

      54

      http://twitter.com/_hitgirl_/status/17707445329600512

      I would like to win one of these:
      Single User License From MagicMembers
      KreativeThemes Giveaway
      Iconshocks Giveaway
      Templatic Premium Theme Single Use License Giveaway
      GabFire Themes Premium WordPress Themes Giveaway

      0
    • M Pike

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 22:50

      55

      Awesome! I’d want to win the custom banners! They all look great though! Congrats!
      My tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/sunquistadora/status/17713439921152000

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:25

      52

      Thank you Steve, agreed about social media links..didn’t notice..but when you put it so, I found them annoying as well – will make them fixed to the left side without any animation :)

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:24

      51

      Thank you, we do have a lot of ads, but we’re trying to make them as invisible for regular readers as possible! Cheers to that!

      0
    • Ack

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 19:38

      47

      I get the same problem in FF as Ilona :( but it’s minor.

      0
    • Chad W.

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:12

      48

      I would love to win 500 Die Cut Business Cards but I’m not stingy, I would settle for just about anything worth bunches of money :D

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:22

      49

      Greetings Thomas,

      I am really glad you enjoy overall color scheme..I decided that new design needs to be a lot lighter as it was so it’s really easy to read content and focus on it.

      1. Image Sizes – huh, I don’t think that precise, self explaining images distract from content, just many people quickly browse through site and notices only images and headings, some may read huge chunk of text, but basically it’s hard. Hope that explains my stand.

      2. Further reading – I agreed about this several times, changing now..count of big thumbs to 2 and will redesign it to small thumbs.

      3. I’ll try to find if Disqus offer pagination, agreed.

      4. Yes, that’s the hardest part, sometimes not so good writings get through our editor team, but we are working on that section really hard, trying to find good proofreader as well.. A lot of writers and me too don’t speak English natively, but we’re trying to improve.

      Thank you for your comments, highly appreciated! :)

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:23

      50

      Heh, glad to speak with you, looking forward to contacting with you even more :)

      0
    • Latief

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 17:56

      56

      Congrats, lucky me I found your blog at a group at Facebook. I really enjoy your articles, really great web for anyone who interest in design ;)

      0
    • Tward

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 23:19

      57

      I love 1wd.
      With the large following 1wd is sure to be the leader in it’s field!
      I would love to win any prize! :D
      Magic Members would be particularly cool :)
      Have a great Christmas!

      0
    • Sarah Schager

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 20:25

      64

      Congrats on a great year, and happy anniversary. I’ve posted on twitter and joined your Facebook grouop/fan page. I’d love to win the Eleven 2 GiveAway 1 Year of Free hosting. Thank you!

      0
    • Mehdi Raza Jaffery

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 12:02

      66

      Hello Dainis,

      1. I think that has more to do with my firefox (v3.6.13) handling long pages than your website…. The page stutters when I scroll it on my pc. My page loaded in 1.751 seconds (via that invisible text). By the way, Firebug shows your page onload event at 1min 44s. But you have to do something about the size of page… like the html+css+js+images weigh something about 2.6MB(via Firebug). That’s massive for 1 page, bro!

      2. Guess I read only latest articles… oops!

      Chill man, your site’s gr8. I have been reading it for around 6 months and both the quality and quantity is increasing…. ANyways hope you publish more jQuery articles because I like it very much.

      Bye!

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    • crunchynow

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 13:19

      67

      congratulations.

      the best part of your blog is that its too inspirational for others to look at. but being on such a forward blogging, you must be looking to add more posts in a month.

      i want to get

      Eleven 2 hosting
      studio press themes
      5 GabFire Themes

      i wanna this , so that i can manage myself more….

      http://twitter.com/#!/crunchynow/status/18290163721441280

      0
    • Clara

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 15:21

      63

      Hi Dainis;

      Thanks for your answer.Today i again checked 1WD in 22 Wide Monitor with latest Firefox and i cannot see social media buttons on the left.(I learnt from the below comments that they exist normally)Same in IE.
      Also at top right,in the navigation menu I cannot see the Premium fully.Half of Premium icon and background is like dropped opacity.

      One more thing.In the sidebar you have 2 columns side by side.Adsense and partners.BUT, the title ”Partners” stands just at the top of Adsense ads column,not on top of the partner links.

      Regards

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    • Ari Arsyadi

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 06:40

      62

      Hi,

      First of all, Congrats on your Anniversary! It’s nice to see your blog have now reached to a higher level and it’s even more fantastic that this blog is about something that I (or even most of us) love: Design.

      It’s amazing you get a lot of supports from your readers, shown above by how serious they are in giving you opinions on things to improve your blogs, but below are just my humble opinions (some of them might be wild thoughts :) ) about what my wish list for this blog:
      1. As I am a freelancer, It will be lovely if you can cover more posts (or even ways to connect) about freelancing.
      2. I’m dreaming that somehow, some day you can manage to connect your readers in a ‘meet-up’ and some kind of online ‘meet-up’ where your readers get to know each other in a cool way is also appreciated.

      As for other things, by reading comments above, I believe you can also gain positive impact if you can manage to solve some technical areas (like this new blog being painfully slow) without compromising what you’ve been planning where this blog would head in the future.

      As for the prize, I would very much appreciate it if I can win one of the following, as they are what I need the most right now:
      1. Code my concept Gift cards. (as I need it to build my new website so I can grow my business)
      2. Eleven2 Hosting; or
      3. Templatic Themes

      Anyway, Best of luck on your blog and hopefully I can always get positive insights from this blog!

      Cheers!

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 00:23

      58

      Thank you, lucky me too that you find our group! Cheers!

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 00:25

      59

      Well, my pleasure to be on Google search..yes, a lot of visitors come from Google, glad to see that you Shrikrishna decided to become regular reader, appreciated!

      Thank you and glad to see you joining to contest, best of luck!

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 00:28

      60

      Hello Mehdi,

      1. Site is much heavier now, can you check at the bottom of footer (by selecting invisible text there) how long it took page to load for you? I have – Page loaded in 1.923 seconds. (and then..what browser are u using)

      2. Why is that? I thought that’s the great place to keep up with the most popular monthly articles.

      3. will check if we can change that, thank you for noticing.

      Didn’t find it on the top 5 mover section now, but we’ll try, thank you for your comments and for joining our contest!

      0
    • Glen

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:52

      61

      Congratulations 1WD Team!
      The very good statistics are the result of hard work.
      Great recognition! Keep it up!
      I’d like to win Eleven 2 Hosting.

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 23:50

      81

      Tomorrow or friday i will do announcement :)

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 13:52

      89

      Have the winners been selected?

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Friday, January 7th, 2011 15:58

      88

      I agree- It’d be nice if we had an update.

      0
    • Sumon Seleem

      Thursday, January 6th, 2011 05:35

      87

      It’s January 6th now… Is the winners of the 1stWD 2 years Anniversary Giveaway Contest announced?

      0
    • Cgartist4

      Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 09:25

      86

      I woul’d like to win a “5 Yearly Subscriptions from Azigos” thank you

      0
    • Tiago Duarte

      Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 22:33

      85

      Late happy anniversary Dainis! Will be here next year to congrat you once more :)

      If possible, i’d like to win the “KreativeThemes 5 Themes Giveaway of Winner’s Choice ( Worth 350$)”.

      Good luck to all,

      Bye

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Friday, December 31st, 2010 16:16

      84

      Sorry to sound impatient, I wasn’t- the result time wasn’t posted in the original article, just wanted to clarify. Thanks for the response!

      0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, December 31st, 2010 09:39

      83

      Please be little more patient – just in few days, i think on January 1-2 results will be ready and winners contacted :)

      0
    • Michael

      Thursday, December 30th, 2010 19:33

      82

      Congratulations on your anniversary! I’m a big fan of this blog. One thing I’d recommend is less scrolling. Ideally, there would be just enough to read on the page and then I’d click to continue reading or click to see the next example within a big old list. Also, for the list posts, its’ helpful when there’s a sidebar letting you know what’s coming up, along with quick links to help readers skip ahead quicker. As a design guy, that’s just my 2 cents! The Internet breeds short attention spans, so the more you can get us actively engaged (and clicking), the better.

      0
    • Thomas Elkhart

      Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 15:12

      80

      When will the winners be selected?

      0
    • Demitra Mroncz

      Monday, December 27th, 2010 19:59

      79

      Happy Anniversary, truly enjoy reading your blog! Thank you for the opportunity to win all these lovely gifts! If I did win- would be a toss up between the banners and the die cut biz cards.

      Here is my tweet and i just became a fb fan http://twitter.com/#!/DMWebsiteDesign/status/19481084223823872

      0
    • Sumon Seleem

      Monday, December 27th, 2010 14:04

      78

      That’s a huge giveaway! Congrats to 1wd and wish them all the best on their journey….
      As a Web Developer and WordPress Fan I would like to win any WP themes.

      Here’s my tweet: http://twitter.com/smseleem/status/19154698724442112

      Following @1stwebdesigner and Liked Design Blog (Username: Sumon Seleem)

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    • Martin :)

      Sunday, December 26th, 2010 23:38

      77

      http://twitter.com/#!/tinkerersvk/status/19167889441427456

      Would love to win:

      - Iconshocks Giveaway
      - 5 Premium HTML Licenses Worth 500$ From SlideshowBox

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    • Sergei Tatarinov

      Sunday, December 26th, 2010 23:13

      76

      I’ve been visiting this blog for about a year now.

      What I don’t like:

      1) The logo. It’s well recognized widely and perhaps is not a very important part for such blogs, but it is ugly, no hard feelings. I imagine a simple text line would look nicer and more inviting.
      2) Annoying google ads. They let you earn some real cash, no doubt about that, but there are more reader-friendly alternatives for well established blogs. Write paid reviews! ;)
      3) h2 or what ever tag you use in your post might stand out a little more, that would make it easier to look through the article in case you don’t have time to read it fully. Or in any other case… We all know how many readers actually read stuff.
      4) Twitter stream in the sidebar is way to long. I’m sure 1WD has a lot of stuff to put in the sidebar, to make the whole layout more beneficial for both: readers and yourselves.
      5) Hide the trackbacks and make the comment field easier to locate. Place it at the end of the article, perhaps. Not at the very bottom of the page.
      6) The price of premium membership. Sorry but your resources are not as valuable as those from say wegraphics or vandelay or tutsplus, yet yours are priced higher.

      What I do like:

      1) New header. Awesome! :)
      2) There are many interesting and helpful posts.

      I guess my comment is turned out too harsh, but you asked for opinions and you’ve got mine. You’re obviously good at what you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be so popular. But why not make it even better or even… wait for it… perfect?

      What would I like to win? CMC gift card.

      As if you’d ever allow me to win after this comment.. Joking. :)

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    • Zach Mau ✔

      Monday, December 27th, 2010 01:41

      75

      http://twitter.com/#!/zachmau/status/19204600498225152

      I’d love to win:
      Win 100$ Off Custom Stickers : 5 Winners ( Worth 500$)

      I’m working on redesigning my portfolio and I’d love the chance to pick up some promotional materials!

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    • Stelian Subotin

      Sunday, December 26th, 2010 17:02

      74

      I’d like to win one of the awesome CodeMyConcept Cards!

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    • Ian

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 17:16

      73

      Congrats, you are a great entrepreneur and i wish you even more success!

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    • Labby

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 13:13

      72

      Congrats on your Anniversary, i just love you blog for many reasons, good footer, nice setup, great theme customization, but still you need more customization….

      i would like to win

      studio press themes
      5 GabFire Themes
      5 KreativeThemes

      i would like to win this for more better efficiency…

      done everything, as you said

      http://twitter.com/#!/labnium/status/18290172458172416

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    • Nikunj

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 16:14

      71

      Congrats 1stWD on completing 2 Years, I have personally learned a lot from this blog & have been following its article form more than 8 months & have seen with times that 1stWD have been improved a lot in quality of the article.

      The suggestion I would love to give 1stWD is to increase the design related articles as well as tutorials in which helps lots of user.

      By the way I really loved the new design of 1stWD, Keep up the good work guys :)

      Ohh, I would love to win eleven2 hosting or any of the WordPress themes

      http://twitter.com/#!/nikunjt/status/18336808748191744

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    • Shrikrishna Meena

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 10:55

      70

      Thanks for your reply, The new design of your blog is just awesome (Takes some more time to load with an dial-up connection but Okay…. Improvements are at First spot)…

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    • Athul jayaram

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 14:57

      69

      I hope to win either custom stickers or elegant ad or wordpress theme
      Whatever you give, I will will love it!

      http://twitter.com/#!/athuljayaram/status/18317470322401280
      I followed on twitter and I am already following your page on Facebook

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    • Bligbook

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 13:30

      68

      whole heartely congratulations

      excellent ads placement in your blog, i think, i should sometimes better learn from you about most of the things realted to blogging…and please make some changes in the footer, its not looking nice at all..

      i would love to win

      MagicMembers
      Eleven 2 hosting
      studio press themes
      5 GabFire Themes
      5 KreativeThemes

      great contest to enlarge my growth in blogging

      http://twitter.com/#!/BligBook/status/18290155664179200

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    • crunchynow

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 13:19

      67

      congratulations.

      the best part of your blog is that its too inspirational for others to look at. but being on such a forward blogging, you must be looking to add more posts in a month.

      i want to get

      Eleven 2 hosting
      studio press themes
      5 GabFire Themes

      i wanna this , so that i can manage myself more….

      http://twitter.com/#!/crunchynow/status/18290163721441280

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    • Mehdi Raza Jaffery

      Friday, December 24th, 2010 12:02

      66

      Hello Dainis,

      1. I think that has more to do with my firefox (v3.6.13) handling long pages than your website…. The page stutters when I scroll it on my pc. My page loaded in 1.751 seconds (via that invisible text). By the way, Firebug shows your page onload event at 1min 44s. But you have to do something about the size of page… like the html+css+js+images weigh something about 2.6MB(via Firebug). That’s massive for 1 page, bro!

      2. Guess I read only latest articles… oops!

      Chill man, your site’s gr8. I have been reading it for around 6 months and both the quality and quantity is increasing…. ANyways hope you publish more jQuery articles because I like it very much.

      Bye!

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    • Sarah Schager

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 20:25

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      Congrats on a great year, and happy anniversary. I’ve posted on twitter and joined your Facebook grouop/fan page. I’d love to win the Eleven 2 GiveAway 1 Year of Free hosting. Thank you!

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    • Clara

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 15:21

      63

      Hi Dainis;

      Thanks for your answer.Today i again checked 1WD in 22 Wide Monitor with latest Firefox and i cannot see social media buttons on the left.(I learnt from the below comments that they exist normally)Same in IE.
      Also at top right,in the navigation menu I cannot see the Premium fully.Half of Premium icon and background is like dropped opacity.

      One more thing.In the sidebar you have 2 columns side by side.Adsense and partners.BUT, the title ”Partners” stands just at the top of Adsense ads column,not on top of the partner links.

      Regards

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    • Ari Arsyadi

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 06:40

      62

      Hi,

      First of all, Congrats on your Anniversary! It’s nice to see your blog have now reached to a higher level and it’s even more fantastic that this blog is about something that I (or even most of us) love: Design.

      It’s amazing you get a lot of supports from your readers, shown above by how serious they are in giving you opinions on things to improve your blogs, but below are just my humble opinions (some of them might be wild thoughts :) ) about what my wish list for this blog:
      1. As I am a freelancer, It will be lovely if you can cover more posts (or even ways to connect) about freelancing.
      2. I’m dreaming that somehow, some day you can manage to connect your readers in a ‘meet-up’ and some kind of online ‘meet-up’ where your readers get to know each other in a cool way is also appreciated.

      As for other things, by reading comments above, I believe you can also gain positive impact if you can manage to solve some technical areas (like this new blog being painfully slow) without compromising what you’ve been planning where this blog would head in the future.

      As for the prize, I would very much appreciate it if I can win one of the following, as they are what I need the most right now:
      1. Code my concept Gift cards. (as I need it to build my new website so I can grow my business)
      2. Eleven2 Hosting; or
      3. Templatic Themes

      Anyway, Best of luck on your blog and hopefully I can always get positive insights from this blog!

      Cheers!

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    • Glen

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:52

      61

      Congratulations 1WD Team!
      The very good statistics are the result of hard work.
      Great recognition! Keep it up!
      I’d like to win Eleven 2 Hosting.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 00:28

      60

      Hello Mehdi,

      1. Site is much heavier now, can you check at the bottom of footer (by selecting invisible text there) how long it took page to load for you? I have – Page loaded in 1.923 seconds. (and then..what browser are u using)

      2. Why is that? I thought that’s the great place to keep up with the most popular monthly articles.

      3. will check if we can change that, thank you for noticing.

      Didn’t find it on the top 5 mover section now, but we’ll try, thank you for your comments and for joining our contest!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 00:25

      59

      Well, my pleasure to be on Google search..yes, a lot of visitors come from Google, glad to see that you Shrikrishna decided to become regular reader, appreciated!

      Thank you and glad to see you joining to contest, best of luck!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 00:23

      58

      Thank you, lucky me too that you find our group! Cheers!

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    • Tward

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 23:19

      57

      I love 1wd.
      With the large following 1wd is sure to be the leader in it’s field!
      I would love to win any prize! :D
      Magic Members would be particularly cool :)
      Have a great Christmas!

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    • Latief

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 17:56

      56

      Congrats, lucky me I found your blog at a group at Facebook. I really enjoy your articles, really great web for anyone who interest in design ;)

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    • M Pike

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 22:50

      55

      Awesome! I’d want to win the custom banners! They all look great though! Congrats!
      My tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/sunquistadora/status/17713439921152000

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    • Hitgirl

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 22:34

      54

      http://twitter.com/_hitgirl_/status/17707445329600512

      I would like to win one of these:
      Single User License From MagicMembers
      KreativeThemes Giveaway
      Iconshocks Giveaway
      Templatic Premium Theme Single Use License Giveaway
      GabFire Themes Premium WordPress Themes Giveaway

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:29

      53

      Hello Clara,

      I must agree, it is so, we have too much list posts and too much inspirational posts, about article count – I don’t consider 50+ posts as quantity, we’re trying to grow and there are like 5 full-time writers working every day to compile these posts – and by the way..last week we dropped our article count from 2 articles per day to 1 for some time, to be sure we improve our new articles and make them better.

      Be patient, we’re improving all the time, sad you feel like we’re just “inspiration” based and offering just quantity.

      Can you tell which browser you’re using..and in which monitor size does it look bad..or has some problems? We tested it on big screens, but back then didn’t find any problems. Will check though. Thank you!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:25

      52

      Thank you Steve, agreed about social media links..didn’t notice..but when you put it so, I found them annoying as well – will make them fixed to the left side without any animation :)

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:24

      51

      Thank you, we do have a lot of ads, but we’re trying to make them as invisible for regular readers as possible! Cheers to that!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:23

      50

      Heh, glad to speak with you, looking forward to contacting with you even more :)

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:22

      49

      Greetings Thomas,

      I am really glad you enjoy overall color scheme..I decided that new design needs to be a lot lighter as it was so it’s really easy to read content and focus on it.

      1. Image Sizes – huh, I don’t think that precise, self explaining images distract from content, just many people quickly browse through site and notices only images and headings, some may read huge chunk of text, but basically it’s hard. Hope that explains my stand.

      2. Further reading – I agreed about this several times, changing now..count of big thumbs to 2 and will redesign it to small thumbs.

      3. I’ll try to find if Disqus offer pagination, agreed.

      4. Yes, that’s the hardest part, sometimes not so good writings get through our editor team, but we are working on that section really hard, trying to find good proofreader as well.. A lot of writers and me too don’t speak English natively, but we’re trying to improve.

      Thank you for your comments, highly appreciated! :)

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    • Chad W.

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 21:12

      48

      I would love to win 500 Die Cut Business Cards but I’m not stingy, I would settle for just about anything worth bunches of money :D

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    • Ack

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 19:38

      47

      I get the same problem in FF as Ilona :( but it’s minor.

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    • Tim Soulo

      Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 09:39

      46

      thanks for feedback :) It’s no problem to talk with me more :) I’ve dropped you an e-mail via your contact form… check your inbox :)

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    • Thomas Elkhart

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 17:52

      45

      Site design is wonderful- Soft greys, great use of dividers and drop shadows. Relatively easy to navigate and search. My criticisms are:

      -Image sizes that you use in posts, like this one, can be distracting from the content. You can still gain the attention of the reader without using such dominating pictures.

      -The section for further reading is huge too- more giant images, maybe use thumbnails? or just text for more minimal approach.

      -Comment section would be better with pages. Its a hassle to scroll through a bunch of comments and makes the page seem cluttered.

      -Sometimes in the content, (like this post) the English has errors that make it confusing. For the most part, the writing is fine, but some proofreading would be great!

      This giveaway is a great idea too- looks like you’re getting a lot of attention.
      I would really enjoy the CodeMyConcept giftcard, or the Eleven2 hosting space. The stickers aren’t bad either! I’m also trying to start a content providing site, so these things would be great!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 21:15

      44

      Hello Matt,

      yes, I’ve been fighting to decrease easy inspirational article count with more thoughtful ones – just stay with us, we are working on it.

      Why comment area is frustrating for you? I thought it’s really simple..can you explain more?

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 20:53

      43

      Note taken, WordPress is always a popular topic, will try our best to write more articles about it :) Maybe you have some more detailed requests, interesting ideas what to write about because simple getting started guides are widely available in a lot of other blogs, we could need some unique twist, small topics which aren’t showcased anywhere else.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 20:52

      42

      Hello Arun,

      such kind words always cheers me up, thank you – and I am glad I gave you some inspiration in your own site – checked it out..just keep content coming and then start communicating..that’s the key.

      Hehe, I hope you’ll have some more other articles to refer to real soon, cheers to you back :)

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 20:23

      41

      Cheers Tim, maybe one of the toughest..but as you noted it has a lot to improve..and I realize it.

      1. Yes..i thought about that for a long time, but you helped me make my decision, really will write to BSA to get rid of them..hate those banners as much as you do.

      2.You seem to be very fond about Seomoz blog, I haven’t really read it a lot, but as you point out i should..and I really like their rating system to posts, nice way to show readers opinion.

      I don’t understand what do you mean by user generated content, you mean guest writers or encouraging big discussions in comments? On content we will work greatly now, we are increasing out team, started to use organized management system..and generate more unique ideas.. – it takes time of course but we’re doing that.. About commenting, responding – I am aware when I get of writing and went more in background, I partly lost community I had.. =/

      3. Agreed about facebook page, i don’t know if just landing page will help, but whole content..organizing contests..building community there – ah, that’s a hard and time consuming task, Note taken – really want to improve FB community. Thanks for sharing post, will read that after i finish responding to your comment :)

      4. For top commentators – links aren’t clickable..but they are there..so for seo purpose those commentators still can leverage, but I wanted it to be monthly most active commentators, haven’t done it right for now.

      Huh, you can hover those images with mouse and see titles there, I don’t understand why you hate that section so much? Footer is more like for fun stats..just for excited site browsers..that’s why it’s on the bottom of whole content.

      5. Agreed about this too, i have comments at the left of the post, i don’t know if read more is such distraction, but will put some thinking there. Related posts – totally agreed, as i mentioned in comments before..will decrease related post count as well..as start redesign it to have 150x150px screens.

      6. It came with Disqus, i don’t see it hurts anything..at least readers see there are buzz going on and maybe see themselves in tweet list.

      Thanks Tim for great suggestions, I would love to talk with you more, you seem to have good opinion and neverending interest to improve in social media, seo, marketing..:) I may not do great, but doing pretty good indeed..but I think you’re the same – good is never enough! :)

      Cheers!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 19:59

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      Yes, that’s the best case..I need critiques to think of areas to improve.

      Huh, ad placement.. I agree you must hate big banner at the top..previously it was completely on header..i didn’t like it there either..but maybe if you’re regular visitor..some ads just become invisible to you..as it is for me.. I think i will ban that white PR9 advertisement, which really stands out badly from design.

      About footer – you don’t need to use footer at all as reader. It’s meant if you just want to see some fun stats, most popular articles..or quickly click – Go to top button. I don’t see that footer causes any distraction or does anything bad just by being there.

      Further Reading section – note taken..i agree..will decrease related posts to 2 an consider using 150x150px images in one line..to save space.

      Thank you a lot for your critiques,very insightful comment!

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 19:55

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      Thank you for comments, I don’t know if we will be focusing on photography tutorials, since we try to focus more on webdesign,social media, graphic design, freelancing and marketing.

      But of course we’ll try to cover Photography topic too more in future perhaps.

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    • Anid

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 14:25

      38

      I like to know more photography tutorials. !! here and graphic tutorials also. the redesign is great. leved it and the stsuts of the site in the footer is good, it make the site pro.

      We like to have concept code giftcard.

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    • Matt L.

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 18:15

      37

      Hello and congrats on your accomplishment!
      Feedback:
      This has been a great resource, with many great posts over the years!
      About post content – it would be great if there were less inspiration roundups and more functional tutorials on things like design principles and javascript.

      The comment area is frustrating and overly complicated.

      I would like the eleven2 hosting.
      Thanks!

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    • Shrikrishna Meena

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 13:01

      36

      A very happy anniversary to 1stWebDesigner…. Really achieved a great position in just two years…. As long I remember I first came here via Google searches three times before adding it to Google reader…. Just because of this I got an Idea to create another web-interface (or can say Website)… Very Thankful to 1wd.
      Tweeted about this post on twitter with hash tag (as u mentioned to do) and If There is a chance that I can win… You are free to send me any Christmas gift by your choice….

      Cheers 1WD Team… Enjoy the Party!!!!

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    • Soohow

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 09:38

      35

      Happy Anniversary! Awesome giveaway prizes and I would like to win anything lol… If not, hereby Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

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    • George Elias

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 13:30

      34

      I would like to start off by saying CONGRATS on the 2nd anniversary! Awesome job and keep up the hard work.

      I must say that your site is one of my main resources and visit it daily for updates, great work on the increased articles. Some of the few comments I would have are:

      - The Most Commented / Most Popular on Twitter: I would probably move that into the sidebar as it takes away from site and main page.
      - For Further Reading: Same comment as others, would try to reduce it and maybe make into a one liner type thing.
      - Some content: I would love to see a tutorial on how to convert PSD/Fireworks designs into HTML and CSS.
      - Ads: I would try to find a better way to blend the ads in the site and not overwhelm the user with them.

      Again, great job and wish you the best for the future.

      I would love to win the Eleven2 webhosting.

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    • Irina

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 13:01

      33

      Happy anniversary and congratulations!!

      I’d also suggest removing the adds from the top of the posts, even for adds, they are quite annoying.
      Also it would be great if you could add even more tutorials :D About web design but also about web development :)

      I’ve also posted on twitter :)

      I’d like to win some wp themes.

      Keep up the good work!

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    • Clara

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 12:23

      32

      Congratulations guys.You are doing great job(promoting posts)

      Well,1WD? One of th best ”Inspirational Posts” blog.
      Quality or quantity?The answer is 50+ posts every month.SORRY.

      By the way.your blog is verrry slow and it doesn’t work in some wide monitors.

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    • Patt

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 05:38

      31

      Congratulations, 1WD! Cheers to more blog posts, exciting giveaways and loyal readers!

      Wouldn’t mind having those crisp icons from Iconshocks Giveaway. Thanks!

      http://twitter.com/#!/paddsolutions/status/17088893190930432

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    • vishnuprasad

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 08:28

      30

      congrats.. and thank you for giving these gifts.. i hope i will get any of these…

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    • lazaac

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 04:52

      29

      congrats for the 2 year of anniversary… the traffic looks cool! i would like to win all the prizes..? may i? :p

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    • PamS

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 03:05

      28

      Happy Anniversary! Your website has been a great inspiration and learning tool for me. Thank you, I appreciate. That’s also quite a list of giveaways you’re offering. I would be grateful for any one of them.

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    • Steverobillard

      Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 02:00

      27

      First off let me say congrats on your success, and my hope that it continues throughout the next year. I like the clean nature of the new design.

      While I like the redesign. I don’t like the implementation of the social media links in the left sidebar. While scrolling through the page they jump and are a little annoying. There are ways to avoid the scrolling/jumping.

      I would most like to win the sticker mule credit.

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    • Nic

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 23:59

      26

      Hope I win the CodeMyConcept gift card.

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    • Marc Davison

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 17:47

      25

      Congrats.

      I was taught to do cheers and wishes. This way you get some good, and some areas to improve upon.

      Cheers:

      For taking the time to design you site and not releasing the design til you were happy with it.
      For increasing article amount, it’s a big help to the community at large.

      Wishes:

      Better ad placement. I hate the ads at the top before the article even starts, every single time I see that I nearly leave the site. I understand and appreciate that you need the ads to keep the site alive, but they seem to be all over the place with no thought.

      I agree, footer needs some purpose, and the reaction area isn’t useful. Why, as a reader, would I want to scroll so far down the page just to see what you have in your footer?

      I think the ‘Further Reading’ section could do with only links, or much smaller pictures. The images for it should not have the same visual weight as the images in the main article.

      That being said: Congratulations and I hope two years after I launch I can be as successful.

      I’d also like to win a code my concept gift card!

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    • Shawnmurphy

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 21:59

      24

      I just wanted to say Thank You for inspiring me. Your web site is easy to use and informative without all the annoying ads most others have. Please continue doing what you do best!

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    • Tomas

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 20:18

      23

      Great anniversary! I’d like to see more tutorials on grpahic, web design and wordpress. Here’s my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/tomaslau/status/16949991671070720

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    • Mehdi Raza Jaffery

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 19:59

      22

      Well I don’t have much to write except that:
      1) After the redesign, your website has become much more slower now.
      2) I don’t like the most commented tab…. oops, sorry.
      3) Your Disqus comment’s has margin-left set to zero. The comments are sticking to the left end of my monitor which I hate very much.
      By the way, I found your site on technorati.com when you were amongst the top 5 movers of the day in the technology section. Good luck. Fix the problems. I would like free web hosting… hehe.

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    • Robby Gunawan

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 19:54

      21

      Happy 2nd anniversary!!! i’d love to win the 100$ Off Custom Stickers,,

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    • Lallo Vigil

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 18:28

      20

      Congrats on the two years! I would love to 100$ Off Custom Stickers for my Web business

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    • Satrya Bima

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 12:19

      19

      Wow, amazing Giveaway and congratulation for 2 Year anniversary of 1WD.
      I want to win the studiopress theme, coz i really2 like their design.
      Here’s my status on twitter

      http://twitter.com/#!/satryaWp/status/16829222467141632

      Thanks

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    • Tim Soulo

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:56

      18

      Hey Dainis, congrats! Your blog is truly one of the toughest in its niche.

      Here are my suggestions:

      1. even if they pay money to you, get rid of those PR9 links spammers banner.. they were reported for abuse on digitalpoint forums… and once your loyal reader will be tricked by them… he’ll surely blame you for this referral..

      2. Your site is doing really great.. but I think you need to start building community and encourage ppl to guestpost. I’d recommend you to refer to SEOmoz for community building. I like that they have a huge avatar at the beginning of each post. And each post has it’s own rating system – thumbs up and thumbs down… moreover.. the usability/design of their comments is the best I’ve ever seen.. especially I like that once you open the post again, all the new comments are marked with other colour. So I really suggest on community building and encouraging User Generated Conent

      3. Your Facebook page is really dull :( considering the trend of creating awesome looking landing pages for your business.. i’d recommend you to take a closer look at Facebook Marketing and start with building a viral facebook landing page which will convert 99% visitors into fans. You can check my post about Marketing on Facebook here – http://www.seomoz.org/blog/facebook-marketing-ultimate-guide (btw it’s one of the Top SEOmoz posts of 2010)

      4. Sorry, but in my opinion your footer is completely useless and unusable. a) those top commentators do not even have a link to their profile to benefit in some way of being “top” b) the icons of the best posts with no names of the posts do not make me want to click them and go somewhere I don’t want to go to (where I will probably bounce)

      5. the “read more” button on your homepage is more prominent than the comments page.. though most people already know that all posts are hidded under the cut.. but do not know if there’s a holy war generating tons of comments… and btw.. those “related posts” and a huge promo thing distracts people from participating in conversation as they need to go through it first before they read the first comment.

      6. “reactions” box is something I personally find completely useless.. does anyone read it, so far?

      I could have also suggested some ideas on promoting your website, as I’m actually an internet marketer :) .. but I see that you’re doing pretty well anyways! so just want to encourage you to keep doing what you do!

      …and yes, I’m interested in wordpress templates prizes :) any of them :)

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    • Ilona Andrews

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:50

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      Hey guys,

      Amazing giveaway! Would love to win brushes or any of the themes.

      PS. The site looks a touch funky in Firefox. The list under 500 hundred die business cards is outside the white background. Here is a screenshot http://www.ilona-andrews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/screen12.jpg

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    • Lee Gustin

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:41

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      p.s. One thing I noticed, the side-social-bar <—— over there. It might help to push it a few pixels to the left (5 or so), so it's not so much on top of the content/comments.

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    • Lee Gustin

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:39

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      Congrats guys! Two years is a big deal :) i love the increased social/community pieces that are scattered around the site. Every little thing helps to create a better community! Keep up the great work

      I would love the Iconshack icons. http://twitter.com/#!/ltgustin/status/16893609496281088

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    • Francois

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 16:15

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      Nice giveaway !
      Would love to win Templatic wordpress theme, I don’t need the others.

      Really, I only suggest to keep the same number of posts each week and be constant, best thing you could do to keep it the best ! Happy birthday.

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:53

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      This is an Epic Birthday for an Epic website! I visit 1stwebdesigner like…everyday! It is already a part of my life, a day without 1stWD is like a day confined in a hospital. 2 weeks ago I was browsing 1stWD’s posts, from the very beginning of 1stWD up to the point where Guest Authors were introduced. I know quite well how hard it really is to maintain a website that is visited by over 1 million people every month and I’m proud to be here with all these magnificent people. Being the avid reader that I am I can’t help but browse the website every now and then, many things I have learned and has been inspired greatly!

      What I want to see for 1stwebdesigner in the near future is to develop a community, to have fruitful discussions on the comment section where people may fight while defending their stance, in a friendly way. I think we’re going there soon. And if I am to win a prize I’d want to have Eleven2 hosting. :D

      Ending note: If this anniversary is epic, what about the next? Yayyy!!

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    • Arun Prabu

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:50

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      Congrats! I have learned a lot from 1WD. I have started off my tech blog recently. I’m commenting here not to win any gifts, as I’m actually a guy who’s not interested in “comment and Win” type of articles / tutorials. seriously. It’s your advice that I love, on starting our own blog…Your words give me a ray of hope to develop my site and not to get demoralized early.

      “If you have a passion – you can achieve the same as I did here, just believe yourself and don’t leave your dreams too fast, give them actual chance.” – Awesome lines for me…

      I have added it into my opera speed dial. I’ll come to this page again if I ever get demoralized and :-)
      Wishing you success.
      Cheers,
      Arun

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    • Rômulo Aguiar Figueiredo

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:41

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      Congratulations 1WD! This site is awesome, i realy like! I prefer the 1y host for my projects =)…

      Thx 1WD for this giveway!

      my retweet: http://twitter.com/#!/RoMuLauM/status/16875608705339392

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    • Rahul

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:38

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      Congratulation and Happy anniversary…very nice. I want to win any of those mentioned above.hahahaha

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    • uncleserb

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 15:19

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      Nice giveaway ;)
      Would love a code my concept gift card ;)

      Good luck to all!

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    • Abdelhadi Touil

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 14:57

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      First, happy birth day to congratulation 1WD :)
      Then I’d like to thank you for this great giveaway, and I’d like to see more interesting content here as always, especialy WordPress and PHP tutorials. Also I like jQuery and coding tutorials.
      If I win, I’ll choose: 5 Templatic Premium Theme Single Use Licenses Giveaway of Winner’s Choice (Worth 450$)
      Retwitted here:
      http://twitter.com/#!/hadi060/status/16867810890223616$
      Good luck!

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    • Yuni Ardita S.D

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 14:42

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      i love this website. I always visit this website before starting my work. I got a lot of inspiration and sources.Thanks so much for your tuts and congratulations to your great anniversary. I would love to win: Eleven 2 GiveAway 1 Year of Free hosting To 5 People (Worth 500$)

      Here is my tweet:
      http://twitter.com/#!/arditasari/status/16860639179841536

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    • Chris

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 14:24

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      Congratulations on your anniversary. Its had to believe that its only been two years since you started. I could have sworn I was reading your articles further back…

      I too am in a site redesign and have been looking back over your articles for assistance. I keep running into little hickups dealing with code and would love to win a giftcard from codemyconcept. Decals or a template to work would also be nice; however, the CodemyConcept participation would pull me from code and allow me to focus on the visual side of the design.

      Keep up the good work. I look forward to more great articles popping up in my RSS reader.

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    • pablolarah

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 14:14

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      Great! Happy Anniversay! I would like to win Custom Stickers.

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    • David Mejias

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 13:47

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      I really like this website ^^.

      I had learned lot of here since I found you in deviantart. Thanks for your tutorials and congratulations.

      If I can choose what I wanted to win I prefer: 5 Templatic Premium Theme Single Use Licenses Giveaway of Winner’s Choice (Worth 450$), 3 ProThemeDesign Themes Giveaway of Winner’s Choice (Worth 240$) or Iconshocks Giveaway: 3 Bundle Licenses of Your Choice (Worth 700$).

      I have twitter, but I don’t like it…

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    • Adrian

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 13:29

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      Hello, congratulation to your great anniversary. Statistics is very cool! More wordpress content ;)

      i don’t need gift ;)

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    • Dumazz

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 13:23

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      Congrats 1WD!!! Amazing giveaway! I need Eleven 2 hosting. I count on the victory. I am getting changes of the design back very positively. Similarly he is with the quality of published materials. I hope that in the year many articles on wp will be 2011. http://twitter.com/#!/warstwydotcom/status/16845041150468097

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    • Tomas Varil

      Monday, December 20th, 2010 13:07

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      Hello, congratulation to your great anniversary. The statistics itself, shows that you made a great work!
      I would like to see more articles about creating a wordpress custom themes. Or getting started guide, because I really would like to get more deep inside of wordpress themes engine :-) Best wishes to next 2 years!
      I would like to win WordPress Membership Plugin, which I have never known about until today and I have been always looking for something like this :-)

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 23:50

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      Tomorrow or friday i will do announcement :)

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