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It is assumed that till now you would have set up a blog on some free website. You would have selected your idea for the blog and its design is also in your mind. You may also have selected a theme and you could have picked some of the content you would like to display on your blog. Such preparations are absolutely necessary and must be completed carefully. You can easily make your first blog entry, but now that you have a blog, have you figured out the most important question of them all? What the visitors need from your blog? What the content of your blog focuses on? Are you targeting a specific kind of audience or is it for the general internet user? …

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After having installed and set up WordPress, most users run into difficulties related to the user interface or the navigation scope offered. These WordPress features were rather limited initially, but with several add-ons in the form of plug-ins, many of these shortcomings have been rectified to a large extent. The plug-ins have aided in enhancing the quality of the WordPress interface and in expanding the scope of WordPress navigation abilities. These are some of the available extra plug-ins. Interface features Carousel Gallery The original gallery offered by WordPress is a stationery one and jQuery features allow the static gallery to be transformed into a flippable one to the user’s advantage. Admin trim interface This plug-in helps in managing clutter in the administration interface and helps …

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Web-designing is a creative art and a factual science at the same time. This duality demands that web-designers display creativity as well as a sound knowledge of coding. Since web-designing is not only about putting together a colorful website, it goes a lot deeper.  It might be interesting to understand the two basic building blocks that go into designing a website: HTML and CSS What is HTML and What Does It Do? HTML stands for hyper text markup language. Ever since website building became popular, HTML is the standard code that is used to construct a website. Every good website designer has a deep understanding of how to use HTML. This code is used to edit and position text, images, and frames. If any user …

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Any freelancing career sounds very good to pursue.  Plenty of jobs on the take, the lack of a boss, your own flexible time and pace to work in, the pleasure of working in the comfort of your own home and not having to commute daily through the terrible traffic jams: But then real life is not all as easy as that. There will be bills to take care; there will be a transition phase from a regular job – perhaps in a different field to the new freelancing career. If you have to support yourself, the freelancing career should be able to bring in enough bread. Hence, before taking the final step, it is good to ground yourself in the realities of freelance designing as …

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You have created a good website that is becoming popular, but then you notice a fall in traffic after a while for seemingly no reason at all. The content is great, links provided are useful. What could be the reason? The most likely one is that users are unable to access their accounts or have problems logging in. Now for any product, it is the most important thing to keep track of the errors that are preventing the product from becoming more popular. If you don’t take care of this, the user will try to log-in a couple of times and when the problem persists, will finally get bored and walk away to another, better managed website. With the cut-throat competition on the internet, you …

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The word copyright actually comes from the phrase ‘the right to copy’.  From old times, it has been a common thing to copy or ‘lift’ something created by someone else. Copied books, copied films and copied music are a rampant occurrence. Copying is so much easier than slogging to produce original, high quality work. However, since this is obviously unfair, there are laws to protect the original author or producer from unlawful reproduction of his work. The internet is a global domain used simultaneously by millions of users around the world. The very idea of developing the internet was based on the premise that information, services and products should be freely accessible to people all over the world. However, like all good things, there is …

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Usability testing is an essential phase in web design and development, and this task is usually to another party and not the designer. This is not because the web designer does not know how to carry out these tests; it is simply because he or she is too experienced in the design field to notice more user-related problems. One way to test a website is to create imaginary “cases of use” which will correspond to different categories of users. The person testing can play the role of the user and find out how much time and how easy it is to find what she or he is looking for. You can only really carry out more formal testing on commercial websites, although most websites will …

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Other problems that concern users are plug-ins. Some websites need plug-ins for people to view them, but keep in mind a few essential about what you are asking your users to do. No user will be bothered to download a plug-in just to browse through your website, however fantastic this may be. You can use the plug-ins most people have installed on their computer, including Flash and RealAudio plug-ins and Acrobat Reader, all other plug-ins are not commonly used. Keep in mind even if you only use the most common plug-ins, there will be many users that do not have these installed. This is why you should provide another version of the content on your website so that your pages are visible to all. There …

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Social networks are so popular at the moment and will probably be going strong for some time. If you are a professional web designer you are probably already aware that marketing strategies focused on social networks can make a huge difference on your audience levels. However, they are also a great source of inspiration for web designers looking for new ideas and creativity. Consider bookmarking social media design sites. You can join a network of designers, such as FFFfound, where web designers share their final products or other designs they have found inspiring on the web. You can find other good sources of image bookmarking networks at We heart it or Dropular amongst a few. If you are in quest of new typography ideas for …

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As a web designer you are no doubt aware of the importance of fonts and typefaces, and these come in all sizes and shapes for you to adapt and select according to the audience of your website. You should use fonts and typefaces to stir particular emotions in readers, as well as giving a well-defined meaning to the context. Obviously, the amazing range of typefaces can be overwhelming and difficult to choose from, however you should not let this surpass your judgment, and if you follow a few steps in this guide you will find it easier to select the right typeface for your web pages. Typography can be classified into four different groups: sans serifs, serifs, scripts and decorative typefaces. This will help you …

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