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There is not a very easy way to be a WordPress Blogger, isn’t it? I know this well enough and that’s why I thought to make a brief list with convenient plug-ins, applications, extensions and browsers hoping to help somehow my blogger fellows. Some blogs involve many editors and authors, or many times you have to write long posts that require hours of work until you can finish them, so WordPress plug-in – Revision Control– is the tool that might help you a lot. It can help you to manage various versions of a page or a post so that to be able to back up or revert it to many different versions. If the subject of a blog is too big to be discussed …

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Is WordPress your main publishing platform? If your answer is yes, perhaps you already know that there is a great range of web tools available on the net that can help you to improve your work. That’s why I’ll focus my attention only on some of them that, in my opinion, can be considered one of the best. ScribeFire, for example, comes with a large variety of useful and great options and features for those who write posts. It is a FireFox plug-in you can use to drag and drop the content of a large variety of sources (some of these sources are not completely supported by VisualEditor or WordPress yet). Using ScribeFire you can manage and also leave notes on the post you make, …

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A relation ship with a client always starts very well. The both partners are excited to work together, they are eager to make a new site or other amazing things. Well, I am sure that I am not telling you something new. I am sure that you have experienced this situation at least once. What I am trying to do here is to try to give you some clues to resolve this annoying situation. One of the most important causes of this situation is communication. In a relation with a client communication is vital. I can say that it is more important than your skills. At the beginning of the project communication starts very well, but as the project is going on, communication shifts slowly. …

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Like all designers and web folks, we always like to know where we can find free web tools and photos of all sorts. I like to make a list of them when I find them and then keep updating that list. For example, stock.xchng has been transferred to the management of Getty Images. This is one of the biggest image libraries if not the biggest. Getty Images controls a major portion of images and stock images around the world. We are fortunate indeed that they intend to keep this site available in the free category. I must admit my heart sank when I saw they were taking it over as I though oops there goes a major site which offers free images. Thank you Getty …

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I know that WordPress has done a superb job of making themselves one of the best known blogging platforms and as a result many seem to think it is the only blogging platform. When you in fact, come down to it though, they are actually only one of many. The number of alternative platforms that are available includes Joomla, Expression Engine and Drupal. There are several different kinds of platforms and they all have individual kinds of applications. The first alternative I looked at was Expression Engine. This as a Platform that is used a great deal by Designers, but it isn’t free. They have a freelancer version, which costs 99.95 but to use Expression Engine to do client work you have to purchase a …

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You can create a master piece of design, but if it doesn’t function properly it’s really just a piece of art. To create a good website it has to be both ascetically beautiful but completely functional. I have a fool proof way of testing a design. I have a friend who is totally computer illiterate, and I usually sit him down and say can you find out where to go. If he can’t, I usually need to tweak it until he can. I can tell you it works like a charm. When he find his way around easily the first time I am home and dry. Of course there are some basic fundamental rules one needs to apply but the end product has to be …

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It is always great fun to work out how those interesting effects are achieved by other designers and by doing this, we tend to learn more about our craft. It’s what I call learning to make it tick. Getting down to how a particular effect has been achieved with a little effort and probably a great deal more knowledge than I have is always a fascinating task. It’s like taking a giant puzzle and putting the pieces together until the last piece fits. Sometimes I must admit that last piece goes missing for quite a while before the penny drops. I was lucky enough to get someone to show me how the Kobe effect worked and was very grateful as it had been puzzling me …

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If you are a designer, or, even if you are just posting information on your blog you really require a good text editor. You will be using on all the time for doing your work that has to be posted into your blog or for editing your code if you are designing a website.  There are plenty of free ones available it’s just a case of finding the one that suits your needs best. Both Macs and Pc’s are catered for among the variety available so it’s really a case of personal choice.  For many years, I just used notepad but with the coming of the more fancy text editors that highlight the code sections, I decided it was time to switch and went out …

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One of the hardest things a web designer finds he has to do is to explain to a client how a design works. This failure to communicate properly is a major hazard in a web design business. You are in deep trouble before you start if your client fails to understand how and what a website is designed to do. Many clients think all they have to do is hire you to build them a website, and once it’s up, the clients will just stream in. They totally fail to understand the marketing side of a website and how it has to be maintained and pulled, pushed and prodded up the Google ranks. If they don’t understand before you start you will find yourself in …

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Are you tired of seeing design repeated again and again? Why are the same principles repeated over and over? The answer to that one is simple. They work. That is fine to a certain point but that is where the difference between a good design and a brilliant design comes into play. One thing to remember in design is you have to have certain aspects to make it work, but by the same token, they don’t always have to be in the same place provided, they are well signposted. The very first thing to remember is, you need to convey the message immediately clearly and at the same time entice people to want to look further. Never overcrowd your pages or make them long reams …

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