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When you are choosing photos or graphics to go on a design you really can become very indecisive.  We really need to judge the way the visitor will view it and make sure that it draws them into the site.  There are occasions, however, when a web site is too general to have a specific photo or design in place and that is when your job as design becomes difficult. How do you set about finding a suitable image? The trouble isn’t when you have a direct project in mind it’s when it is too general. If you have a college site you can always use graphic portraying students or something similar. If you are advertising a dog grooming business again your choices are many …

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Are you addicted to using a Mac or do you prefer a PC. The main thing about either is once they have you. You really are unlikely to change. When you get your first PC or Mac you usually start off by buying programs to go with it.   As time goes by you buy more and more or upgrade the ones you already have. In the end, your cost of investment is such that you aren’t likely to switch to a completely new system and have to replace not only the Operating system but upwards of thousand of dollars in software. When you buy the items slowly and one by one you actually don’t really realize how much you are spending but when it comes …

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Website speed and deliver is of the utmost import in getting people to actually stay on your site once they have clicked to open it. If it takes too long to load, they will disappear before they see the home page. Slow loading of websites can cut your visitor views to at least the half. People on the net have no patience. They require instant gratification. Even the silly little circle spinning round and round isn’t going to keep them if it goes too slowly. The aim of any website should be to load as you click on it. Amazingly enough this also counts for your Google rankings so you really need to think long and hard about load time, graphics, flash and the like. …

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Let’s put it this way. If you are alive there is going to be someone who probably hates you or envies you in someway. I know that sounds incredible to the naïve, but believe it or not, there are those out there especially on the internet, who love nothing better than to make someone’s life a misery just so they can have company. At the end of the day it really depends on how net savvy these folks are. Sooner or later if you rise in the ranks to make something of yourself someone is going to take a net swipe at you. The bottom line is you need to take precautions so that the public relations portion is kept to a minimum.  Defenses set in …

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There are several people who are out on the web wanting to set a photo blog or website.  Many folks just starting out can’t afford the costs of buying a theme so it is very lucky that there are a few folks out there that are prepared to share their hard work free. Several of these folks devote days to making these themes, and they really deserve recognition and thanks for their efforts. The first free site I looked at was the Unstandard. Here you can set up your own photo blog with the greatest of ease. The whole theme is very up to date and has well formatted code without any unnecessary code. This theme is brought to you by 5thirty one. WpFolio is …

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WordPress tool bars are becoming more popular and amazingly there are many available that you can use on your website or blog. I know there are several websites using their own toolbars and who knows maybe you would like to use one too. There are numerous available, which can be plugged into your WordPress theme. These can be used with good effect to bring people back to your page and can be used effectively if you have a subscription website as it means people will be logging in regularly to see the latest items you have updated. It can almost be used in place of a newsletter if you explain it properly to people. The first I looked at was Extendy Toolbar. This is a …

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People all over the world have become shutter buffs and the taking of photographs of quality has never been easier. The current trend in digital photography with mega-pixels has made it so easy to take good photos or edit photos to select a good section of a photo that people are taking more and more advantage of the online facilities to share their photos. The great thing about these photo sharing sites is that you can store your photographs on line and even sell them if you want to. While there are several that most of us know there is a whole lot more that aren’t as well known. Woophy is an amateur photography website which is encouraging photographers around the worldwide to upload photos …

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Google Chrome has numerous plug-ins and is a faster than Firefox, although it has not got nearly as many or as varied plug-ins as Firefox has.  I personally doubt if I will ever move over to Google Chrome. I have tried it on my laptop to see how well it works and to use the various plug-ins to try them out but to be honest after the experiment I decided I preferred Firefox and reverted back to that. I then found that to get rid of Chrome, I basically had to reformat the computer completely which I really didn’t like. It meant to me that Google was invading my PC. To my eyes if I decide I want to remove something the entire thing should …

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When you are leaving college, or if you have just gone fed up with the current restriction in your present job you often look at the freedom of freelancing with longing eyes. To the uninitiated Freelancing looks a great way to be working. The truth of the matter is it takes a great deal of discipline, and you really do need to have a database of clients as well as some cash behind you. The discipline is required to run your life in a regular schedule and keep to it. You need discipline to have a time for clients, to set up your various jobs and in running your general life. You cannot just goof off as and when you like, unless you actually set …

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When you are designing websites you sometimes get a client who approaches you because they liked a particular website you designed, or because they were recommended or something similar. Quite often this means you never actually get to meet them face to face and this can sometimes create problems. Your initial client meeting isn’t done face to face, and you really can’t read body language over the internet. Even though you can have online meetings using voice and things like that, the meeting in the physical where you get those little nuances is missing. There are several things you need to establish and do with a remote client, which are slightly different to a client who is on hand and with whom you can meet. …

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