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Do you enjoy your workday? Do you jump out of bed keen to get back to the job you are doing?  If that is true you are probably an exception to the rule, or you are following a good work regime. Too many people get up in the morning and groan at the thought of another workday. The need to bring fun back into the working day is evident. Try to think back to when you first started on the job you are doing now. Was it the cash that drew you or was it the love of the actually task you were doing or learning. Usually our minds get brighter and more interested when we are learning something new.  The exploration of a new …

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When your website goes down you need to spring into action. Your initial reaction will be one of the disbelief but there are in actual fact a number of reasons it could have happened. Dos attacks are becoming more popular on popular sites, although I hope that never happens to you. The server could have malfunctioned. Or else the programming could have been at fault. Alternatively, it could be one of many other items causing it. The first and easiest thing to do is to immediately check the website yourself and make sure is it really down.  It’s a good idea to use your cell phone to do this as this is a separate way of logging in rather than your broadband connection. If you …

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While wireframes are the basis of your mockups, there are several other items that are also helpful tools for you to use. These tend to come in unexpected places and the majorities of them are free or have a free trial. It is always interesting to see how people make a little know tool available, and once you find it, you wonder how you ever managed to live without it. There are many forms that items can take and my personal preference has always been to have my info and my client’s info on my own PC rather than on the web. I guess I am a suspicious person, but it has always seemed to me that once it is on the internet if someone …

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One of the main reasons of having a website is to convey information to the public. Giving good and valuable information will get you plenty of visitors once you get found. It’s the chicken and the egg syndrome. Keeping them is another matter. You need to get and keep visitors to enable the world of your website to get out. With the very small chance, you get to impart information to the visitor you need to grab the attention immediately, or you won’t get a second chance. With the short window of opportunity, you get to grab attention you get an even smaller one to get sign ups on your site.  When you consider that if your website does not have attention grabbing headlines and …

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WordPress as a platform is great and has an awful lot going for it, but it is the basic platform and does need extra stuff to complete it. I guess there are a few plug-ins that will eventually be incorporated into the platform but at the present moment you still need to either install the plug-ins or turn them on and register for them. A quick run through of the ones that are really important is listed below. Feed Burner To send out your RSS feed you need this plug-in. This is a link to your visiting public that actually sign up to get your RSS updates. This enables you to track your possible subscribers and send them on to your feed burner. This enables …

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Anyone who works with WordPress as their platform usually uses some particular plug-ins in their theme. As it is one of the most popular platforms around, you will probably find there are upwards of 10 or more plug-ins for each website using WordPress. That’s a whole lot of plug-ins. Plug-ins are one of the very best ways of extending the basic platform and depend normally on the use to which you are going to put it. This can be a totally different variety of plug-ins than from someone else’s website. There are so many different plug-ins one can use that it can take weeks to go through them all. This means that often these are the ones that are most written about that get used. …

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Let us consider the needs for a website and work out which area you are best suited to. When you start thinking in terms of being involved in web design it is a good idea to specialize.  The overall aspect of creating a website is so large it has basically out grown the hands of an individual designer.  The different talents really require more than one person so rather than being a dabbler in all aspects, be a master at one.  Take some time and find out where your joy and passion lies in the industry as a whole. As all the paid programs give you a month to try them out and although Photoshop is the industry standard and at sometime you will have …

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With the current rate of growth in the social networking side of the internet one wonders where it will end. It is said that people are joining Facebook at the rate of 700 thousand a day. Whether that is true or not I have no way in ascertaining but I surely know that every website seems to be connected to both Facebook and Twitter. Facebook must have some attraction I have failed to see even though I am a member. It seems to me to be rather inane offerings of personal information and sharing of videos and time wasting games. I guess my days are too busy with work and doing useful things rather than wasting it playing games. However, then I was always a …

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Working freelance online can be a hazardous job at the best of times.  Some of the hazards range from work not turning up on time to computers going down to internet failure. The decision to work online is one that takes a bit of courage. You are working yourself. You do not have a salary to rely on, and you are responsible for your own equipment time keeping and money management. Once you are established, however, it is a good life but a hard one. The hours will be long, and you have to keep yourself motivated. It can be lonely although you have the web to keep you company. One thing you need to keep in mind if you work on your own. Each …

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Over the last few years Web design has updated and changed in tremendous ways and keeping up with all the changes can be rather difficult. The new ways have changed the way one really needs to look at things and ways of creating faster more functional websites. The older ways will still work but with new technology and the new standards. If you haven’t designed anything for a while you really need to do a refresher course to keep you up to date. The information super highway is developing all around us, and we need to make sure that all the applications, we are using function properly and interact well for users. At the same time, we need to make websites that are pleasing to …

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