Once the most important part of any website design, the background of a site can be used in many ways to help create a better user experience.
Today, creating backgrounds properly is more difficult than it once was, and presents some new challenges, while restricting some of the potential that backgrounds otherwise would have.
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Is your online business scaling up?
Are you ready to take it to the big time and truly embrace an ecommerce platform that caters to all of your individual business needs?
Enter SIDE Commerce: A brilliant platform made for the juggernaut online stores of the world (or those that wish to eventually get to that point.)
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The days of paying for graphic design software – even really good software – may be coming to an end. For years we've already had many great open source and freeware tools available for installing on our computers, but now with web applications becoming more common, even the need for installation is becoming obsolete. This makes applications more device independent. So much for the positives. The negative side of it is that it means to use these online tools, you need a working and reliable internet connection during the whole work session.
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Graphic design is an easy kind of business to manage, but a difficult one to get started in. Until you have built up a decent number of regular clients, you may find you must watch every penny closely. If you are in this situation, the prices of popular graphic design software will be quite a shock.
One of the true luxuries of running your own graphic design studio, however, is that you're not locked in to using any particular software as you would probably be if you were an employee of somebody else. That means you're at liberty to use whatever helps you get the job done efficiently.
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A web designer often takes on multiple roles, peddling things like marketing designs, web design, logo design and more. Logos are an interesting business, because not only are they cheap online, but they generally suck when they get so cheap.
Logo making websites are known for generating forgettable logos, while sites like Fiverr rarely provide decent solutions for $5 to $20.
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This is a guest post by Kaira Jewel Lingo, a mindfulness teacher and spiritual mentor I've met last year at a wonderful retreat in Devon, UK. However, I have been using her guided meditations for many years in order to get some calm and ease in the middle of a busy day, or at the end of it. So it's a great pleasure to invite Kaira Jewel to teach us how to slow down and enjoy life around our screens:
Many of us spend much of our day on the Internet, focused on things like web development, UX, UI, marketing, or learning about the ever-fascinating world of ecommerce. Already surfing the Internet in our downtime for pleasure, shopping, or to read up on news can be quite addictive, all the more so when we must be online all day for our jobs and our income depends on rapid responses and quick decisions to market trends. It's so easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole and lose ourselves.
There are practices we can learn to help us to regain perspective, maintain our balance, joy, relaxation and ease and engage mindfully with technology. It's not easy, but it's extremely worthwhile.
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If you haven't heard of Jimdo, you might want to give it a look- because although it's not exactly the most popular website builder on the market, the pricing is pretty tempting for the number of features you receive.
Fortunately, there’s even a free pricing plan for users who just want to create a simple personal blogging site. It’s also ideal for people who wouldn’t necessarily be willing to fork over payment information to try out the features.
Online store capabilities are offered as well, but the true standouts are the templates. Jimdo gives you some rather unique themes to select from- which says quite a lot for such a reasonably priced website builder.
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It was once the case that most people working in website development had clearly defined roles within a development team, and they were rarely expected to overlap into other roles.
Things have changed. Now people may be expected to multi-task, and even in large organizations, job roles may be interchangeable between team members.
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