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Quite often people put up a website and fail to update and refresh it. Too often you look at a website, and you see they last updated last sometime previous. I have recently been on a few that were last updated in 2005. I guess they are still getting visitors even though the information they put out there, is years out of date. Keeping your website up to date and fresh is important in more than one way. The information needs to be kept abreast of the times as does the technology used to build the website.   It is very doubtful if a website in 2005 can be viewed by the latest cellphone technology. The codes used nowadays are far more updated and faster than …

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Design tools come in many shapes and forms and finding the ones that you need is often a case of trial and error. Its fine when they are free and you can then make any changes you require but when you are paying for them, you need to be very sure before you lay your money on the table. The thing is the amount of time we need to find all the various options for all the products we need. The options we need should be easy to obtain and simple to install and preferably be free or at least a free trial, so we can make an informed decision. Some of them that are available are listed below. Doit.im This is an organizational tool.  …

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The need to network in the design business is great.  With the amount of knowledge needed in each area, the need to specialize is important. It means that the freelancers trying to do the whole thing on their own are not going to achieve the very best for their clients. The chances of being able to do everything yourself are slim. The digital age is advancing too fast for anyone to keep up with all aspects of it. If you are lucky enough to know people already from college or wherever you did your web design course it’s a good idea to get  in touch with them and see if any of them is specializing in a particular area and see if you can set …

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As freelances we need to keep track of ourselves both for financial reasons, and because we can lose track of time. For this sort of thing we need a set of tools and the ability to use them. When you think about what you need to help you, you can make a list and almost always the tools you need are freely available on the internet.  Sometimes they are paid programs but more often than not free alternatives due to the open source programs. The spirit on the internet is truly remarkable with the number of people who are prepared to share their hours of work for the love of creating something they can share. We have all heard of Google Analytics and know that …

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Coding is something some people think in. It’s like thinking in your home language and without the need to translate. If you speak fluent German but are in actual fact English speaking many times you will think in English and do that automatic translation in your head without even realizing it. If you are German you think in German. Now there are actually people who think in code. This is a computer genie. They are the lucky ones when it comes to coding as they see the trees in the woods while the rest of us see the woods and try to work our way through it. Because we need to work at a speed to have the work we are doing as accurate and …

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Website rankings in Google with the number of websites competing for the particular terms can be a cut throat game. When you consider that there can be anything up to 10000 or more websites all after the same keywords it can be a daunting task to get to the top for any particular one word. With all the millions of websites online you can be pushed to find ways to get back links especially if you have a new website online. It’s a well substantiated fact that the hot eye goes not to the paid ads either on the top of the page or on the side but to the search engine fed top URL for the search term you used. Whether it got there …

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Every artist has to encounter block in some way. It doesn’t matter whether you are a designer or a writer. Creative block is part and parcel of the creative spirit. Overcoming the block can be a problem; however, it is extremely important to use both your mental state and some tools to do so. Creative block is a terrible state to be in because a lot of it is mental. You are telling yourself you can’t find the beginning of the idea. The first thing to do is to have a few tools you can use. Once you get started on the project and forget the fact you don’t feel inspired, inspiration will begin to flow again. It really is more a mental block than …

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Once you have uploaded your website and got ready to launch, there are a few things you still need to do before it’s ready to go public. You thought you had completed it all and were ready to go live but its time for you to tie up those loose ends you didn’t know were around. The need for these items is paramount as if you don’t have them organized you will never be found. You need two extra files. You need to have a robots.txt file, and you also need a sitemap.xml file. There are further three that you will require as well. There are various URL’s within your site and they all need to be listed and linked within your site for the …

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For many people, the way to get yourself online is going to be the WordPress. It’s an easy platform to use and getting online can be simple. If you take the trouble to actually learn what you can do with it, you will get enhanced results. There is very little if anything that you can’t do with it but results will be better if you learn your way around. If you want to look at how it works prior making a website and uploading to your host you can install a server on your computer and then load WordPress. Use one of two server packages both of which are available for download. Xampp is one and WampServer is the other. The components of WordPress are …

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The need to talk is one of the reasons for the phenomena of Facebook and Twitter and the like, isn’t really so incredible. It’s merely a case of the desperate need for people to find someone to talk to that won’t criticize. The faceless individual on the other side of a computer is far easier to talk to than the friend or family member who will try to end up running your life. This need for social networks is one of the chances that you can use with some of the free or paid platforms that you can use to put up your own Web2 program. I have gathered a small list together pointing you in the direction of some of these platforms that you …

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