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 WordPress, as you are no doubt aware, has exploded in popularity over a very small space of time.  It has become a business in its own right, with developers selling themes at every opportunity, and coming up with ever more daring, imaginative and practical designs.  And why not, money is money, after all.   Despite this, there are still a lot of free wordpress themes for web design, still out there on the web.  So we thought you might like to know where to find them, and have provided the links, so finding them will be easy.    For those of you unfamiliar with the blogging tool, WordPress is simply a content management system, which enables users to upload information, which is then displayed on …

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  I know we have said a lot about Flash, and how it should be used sparingly, and with taste.  Those rules still apply, but those of you that want to create graphical effects, this small tutorial, should be a handy one.  So without further a do, lets get on with creating a Flash tunnelling effect.   1 Create a circle.  This will be used as a guide.  So make this layer 1, and lock it.  Now create a new layer, by clicking the icon at the bottom left of the timeline layer.   2 Now make two smaller circles, ensuring you are working on the new layer.  Group these two circles by selecting one circle, and then hold down shift and click the other.  …

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Web design has now evolved to a point where a good web will build trust, and this is important for several reasons, but is crucial, if the point of the web design is to sell products. Many people still distrust buying products or services from the internet.  One of the main reasons is fraud, and people do have a fear that should they give there credit card details to a retailer, they will be ripped off and defrauded.  This has happened in the past, and often, it has gained a lot of media attention. So as a web designer, it is important that you tailor your web designs to looking professional, make them useable, and adhere to certain rules, which if completed correctly, will result …

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The virtual world has become an integral part of everyone’s life in the present day communication age.  This makes it increasingly important for web developers to create interesting web pages. We designers need to understand the psyche of readers, or their target audience to give them what they want in the most efficient, and user friendly way.  In effect, good web design is all about understanding the user. Utility, easy accessibility and easy reading is what brings readers to read your webpage. People do not read every word of the page, but have an inherent tendency to scan through information and filter out what is of no relevance to them. The design of the webpage has to be such that it impels the reader to …

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We are big fans of CSS as you know.  We have showed how it is superior to table design layouts, in every conceivable way.  It is so easy to modify design, allow implementation of several designers to work on different aspects of a web design, and it allows seperation of design elements.  What is not to love? For this reason, it is not only loved and adored, but written about.  So we have included over 53 links to various articles about CSS, that have been written about it.  This is good news if you use CSS to design and develop websites, as you can use this as a quick reference guide.  They really are worth dying for, and if you don’t believe me, give them …

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The category page is a page that lists the links to other parts of your website.  It is a little like an index at the beginning of a book.  The idea behind a category page is to make it easy for the user to see what there is on offer, and to select what they want to see, or download.  If the category page in your web design is good, then users are more likely to stay with you.  So these category page design tips, should make life easier. By keeping the category page fairly simple and straight forward, the user can quickly find and select the web content that they want to see.  If a user is overwhelmed by graphical content, or text that …

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  Over at Smashingmagazine.com, they have over 80 useful links to Ajax – based techniques.  They were so good we thought we would show them here too, save a few mouse clicks after all. We feel these would be good to keep to hand, so you do not have to go through hundreds of Ajax related bookmarks, so these should come in handy! We hope these prove useful, and we are sure that the techniques on calenders, interactive elements, visual effects, and animations, should keep you busy. Ajax is after all, very propular for RIA’s, and we are sure that many of you enjoy using it, and use it often. We plan to bring you more of this sort of thing in the future, so keep …

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The first thing to realise about Web 2.0, is that it is not an update on Web 1.0.  This may sound a little strange, but it represents the introduction of concepts rather than an update of internet protocols utilised by HTTP.  As a web designer, it is how you incorporate and utilise these concepts in your web design, that is important. Web 2.0 was a term that was coined rather than developed, and in essence it describes how the web is being used by users, and developed by developers.  To understand Web 2.0, we must look at Web 1.0. Web 1.0 is the standard protocols as used in HTML, but if Web 2.0 relates to the new concepts the web is being developed for, then …

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Search engine optimisation is a topic we have covered a few times over the last few weeks, and have dealt with it from a number of angles.  A newer perspective however, is called for, and this is to use keywords for SEO success. The need for good, well thought out SEO writing is more prevalent then ever before.  Web pages need to be able to pull in the traffic, and to do that, web pages have to have text that pulls the search engine spiders towards it. As we have mentioned before, it is not solely about repeating keywords, but making the article meaningful, and interesting enough to retain the reader.   So just listing keywords will not cut it to bring the traffic your way, …

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The web page is your canvas, and where all the action happens.  This goes without saying, but it is also the place that makes or breaks you.  Below are some web design tips for web pages, to keep them as good as they can be, and not pages that make you want to click on another site.  It is important to keep images as small as possible, slow pages are bad for traffic retention, so keep the size to a minimum.  Ensure that the pictures are as optimised as they can be to this end.   Unless the image is a design image, make sure that any graphics on the screen are relevant to the site.  No need to put a picture of your favourite …

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