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Blogging has been the great thing to do for some years and as a result a few million blogs have sprung up on the net. The majority of them don’t last long as people find they do take a lot of time to do properly. To be done correctly you need good fresh content daily that is of interest to people. Once you have a regular audience you need to involve them and keep them coming back. Whether it is controversial or merely keeping people updated with new ideas you need interaction to stimulate the conversation. You can’t talk about the weather and expect people to find it absorbing, unless you are world renown for the subject. Basically, you need to find your passion and …

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If you are a blogger of any description you will probably like to write your blogs off line while you can think clearly without thinking about the blog itself. This means you really need the services of a blog editor of some description. There are on browser blog editors and there are downloadable blog editors. The first one we are going to look at is one that works online in GNOME. This is called BloGTK. This Editor is Linux based. This works with WordPress as well as Blogger and MovableType. They are busy working on updating it to the next version at the present. I personally prefer to work offline. Windows Live Writer is the next blog editor I took a look at and this …

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Over the last few years there has been an explosion of blogs on the internet. The estimated amount on the net at the moment is something like 200 million. Fortunately or unfortunately, many of these have bitten the dust and been abandoned. People tend to start blogs with great enthusiasm, and once a few months have passed without a whole lot of visitors, they tend to abandon them as being too much hard work. The thing is you really need to work at promoting a blog and this takes good SEO and self promotion. Many people don’t understand this side of blogging and think all you need to do is write an article and post it on the blog and people will flock to read …

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Blogging editors are very useful, especially for people who are doing multiple blogs. Some of them even allow you to post to various social media accounts. More and more are becoming available, and they can prove to be extremely useful. Each one does something different or in a different way, and it can take time to find the one that suits you best. The first one I looked at today is a cross platform Editor, and that is Flock. This one is different from most of the others in that it allows you to post not only to your blog but to your accounts like FaceBook and places like that. It’s pretty normal other than that as it is a ‘‘what you see’’ editors where …

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Many designers swear by Expression Engine as their blog platform of choice. While I think it has a lot going for it, I personally prefer WordPress. They only really have one thing in common. They are both blogging platforms. The appearance of the posts is different. In WordPress, you have set content fields according to the template that has been created for the WordPress platform. This will be shown in the category you have decided to post it to although at first you might have it on the main page. In WordPress, you will have a designated field where you can post. ExpressionEngine, however, does things differently. It uses channels which it defines.  This is basically a different blog for each post. You as the …

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The need for understanding and condensing the code across the board in becoming a necessity and the knowledge of the various codes is something all designers have to grapple with more and more. With the advent of XHTML and the new web standards, the essence of speed on the internet is of paramount import. The need for validation and the number of times you get errors in your code needs to be looked at closely. The number of websites I have logged into and seen code on the front page shows how often designers forget this very basic item. There are some code errors that tend to repeat themselves over and over. The fact of the matter this is just good sense in designing. You …

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Are you in the process of churning out the website after website without really having time to really think about anything except getting it done? If you are, you are just getting it done to your best without getting out of the rote of the site after site without digging into your depths and making great websites, then you’re doing yourself a disservice. For a start, after a while, you will start to feel dissatisfaction with your job as it isn’t fulfilling. This is because you are merely doing a job day after day without actually using your creative abilities. To take the position that you need everything absolutely perfect can also mean stagnation as it can make you feel that nothing is ever good …

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Most of us are very familiar to both WordPress and other CMS platforms such as Joomla and Drupal but there are several others, which are worthy of examination when we are looking for a CMS to use. There are several CMS’s that hardly ever get a mention and today we are going to take a brief look at a few of them. One of the problems with a CMS that is not hosted by yourself is they can cut the rug from under your feet in an instant and there is nothing you can really do about it. There are people who have had multiple blogs, which have all been getting a small return in income daily and suddenly the host has decided to block …

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What criteria do people use to decide to use you as their designer? What is it about you that makes you stand out in the crowd? How does X mark your spot so that you are the one that gets chosen above all the others? Take a look at yourself from a reverse direction.  Go online and choose a designer you would use for a project your own and see what makes you choose a particular designer. I know as a designer my criteria are probably even stricter than the general public. Self promotion means being the very best you can be. Your own website should be the very best work you can produce. You need to cross every T and dot every, I. This …

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Sometimes when you are starting out, in particular, it is a good idea to get experience. Although a lot of us do it later as well it’s a good idea to volunteer to do a design as a gift. This can be because we feel the need is very important or something just because we like the cause. It can take up a lot of time, especially when a person who is the main instigator of the need for the website pushes the envelope more and more. I have only ever had one time that I was sorry I volunteered and even that time it was one of the best designs I ever did. The thing about volunteer work is that you usually have free …

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