Online Services for Quick Marketing Plans

The speed of a product or service is often one of the greatest factors in any creative endeavor. Timing is everything, and you have to get things done in an orderly fashion. Sometimes this means ordering new materials for marketing or production. It can be a struggle figuring out the best solutions for your own company. I would like to provide a small collection of resources which are geared towards expedited … [Read more...]

My experience with Depositphotos

I've decided to update my website with a new design to boost its functionality (it's a relatively small website dedicated to outdoor ads). I'd like to make it more colorful, reduce textual content, and add more visual content. Even though I can't spend a fortune on images, I don't want to use low-quality graphics as it can scare away prospective clients. While searching for a good deal, I stumbled upon … [Read more...]

Web Design Basics You May Have Forgotten

In the aftermath of the latest Panda update, the Google team has encouraged webmasters to focus on user experience rather than algorithms. As the battle for rankings in Google's search results is growing, many web designers are losing focus on the essence of being a designer. The path to achieving a design that would express beauty is now being put in second place to the path to good search engine … [Read more...]

Designing a Dream Home Office

One of the best investments I've made into my business wasn't a fancy gadget or a shiny new toy. It was my office. It's interesting to see how many freelancers just work wherever they can, be it the local Starbucks, a spare bedroom or even the kitchen table. From my experience though, it's extremely important to have a nice dedicated space,¬†preferably¬†filled with your favorite things. While I don't do any … [Read more...]

The Smashing Book Review…Win a Copy!

Pretty much everyone in our field has heard of The Smashing Book from Smashing Magazine. Published in 2009 with 313 pages, The Smashing Book offers a collection of modern design, usability, coding and best practices in the web world. The book had plenty of information to offer that I didn't know about and, although I didn't agree with all of it, it was well worth the price. I'd like to share my review of the … [Read more...]

10 Essential Plugins Every Modern WordPress Site Should Have

One of the many benefits to WordPress, one of the most popular blogging platform and Content Management System (CMS), is that it is open source software with a very large and dedicated community. There are so many great developers working to make WordPress the best that it can be, that there are thousands of free plugins available to enhance the platform's default functionality. There are, of course, too many … [Read more...]

15 Incredible WordPress Theme Customizations

Given the quality of WordPress, it's no surprise that it's become the platform of choice for many web professionals. Due to its incredible popularity, though, the majority of WordPress sites look very similar. It can be hard to find a site without the same-old header, footer, and sidebar that is seen on the majority of themes. But those sites do exist. If you look hard enough, you can find the incredibly … [Read more...]

10 SEO Techniques All Top Web Sites Should Use

We recently discussed the 15 Key Elements All Top Web Sites Should Have. This post focused on elements relating to design, content and development. This time, we'll move onto the important issue of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). SEO is such a hot topic these days. How do you get your web site within the first page or two of the search engines? How do you increase your Google page rank? There are … [Read more...]

15 Key Elements All Top Web Sites Should Have

There are a lot of details to consider when designing and developing a web site. In reality, it can seem like an endless list -- but if you look carefully you'll see that there are certain elements that are more important than others, elements that are used consistently among the most successful sites. Once you've completed the planning Stage of your website, the rest of the elements fall into broad … [Read more...]

Interview With Adrian Diaconescu of Rubiqube – We Talk About Design, Blogging and Freelancing

Hey folks, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Adrian Diaconescu of Rubiqube. In this interview we talk design, blogging and freelancing. Enjoy! :) Jon: Hi Adrian, thanks a lot for taking the time for this interview. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself? Where you're from, what you do? Adrian: Like I said, Jon, I'm a big fan of Freelance Folder and it's really an honor for me to be … [Read more...]