This post was originally published 6 years ago. During the past 6 years the blogging world has changed drastically, and as a result, the content of this post was horribly outdated and no longer relevant. We’ve totally scrapped the original post and re-wrote it to provide insight that can be applied by today’s bloggers.
With millions of blogs out there, getting noticed can be quite a challenge for the new blogger. Simply posting content won’t lead to visitors. When you’re trying to establish your blog you’ll need to work on some promotion to help kick start your blog’s growth. In this article we’ll focus on free options and we’ll look at 99 ways to promote your blog for free. Since most of our readers are designers, some of the points are specifically applicable to design blogs, but the majority of the content is relevant to blogs in any industry or niche.
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For e-commerce websites the design and layout of the site can have a huge impact on sales because of usability, in addition to just the importance of making a good first impression with new visitors. A well-designed e-commerce site will provide the user with a much more pleasant experience and will make it easier for them to browse, search, and complete the checkout process.
In this post we’ll showcase 50 e-commerce sites that look great. You’ll notice that product photography is equally important to the look of an e-commerce website as the layout and graphic design. Sites that showcase the products effectively will be far more successful as a result. Hopefully this selection will provide you with some inspiration that can be put to good use in your own work.
If you’re looking to build your own e-commerce website, we recommend Shopify.
Budget limitations are common with non-profit and charitable organizations. As a result, organizations often compromise on the need for an effective and attractive website. However, the websites shown here represent some of the most well-designed websites of non-profits. These organizations prove that non-profits can have great websites, and we hope it serves as inspiration for your own work.
Those organizations that put a priority on the website can have see benefits like increased donations, better involvement from members and supporters, increased visibility and awareness for their cause, and improved promotion for organization events. All of these things can make it worth the time, effort, and cost to create an effective and attractive website. You may also be interested in our article 10 Keys to Effective Non-Profit Organization Websites.
This post was originally published a few years ago, and many of the actions originally featured are no longer available. The post has been edited to remove the dead links and to improve the quality of the actions featured. Some of the actions originally included still remain, but you’ll now find a better selection and better quality.
Photoshop actions allow designers and photographers to automate common sequences for increased efficiency. If you do much work with photo editing you can certainly benefit from the time saved by having a good library of Photoshop actions. There are so many different types of actions that you can use from vintage effects, to black and white, to HDR and much more.
There are countless actions available that can be downloaded for free, and in this post we’ll feature 45 of them. Some of these are individual actions and others are sets that include multiple actions. These actions have been created by various designers and photographers and have been made available for free download.
Keep in mind that while Photoshop actions can be extremely useful and helpful, the results will vary from one photo to the next. Not every photo will look great with every action. Experiment with them and you’ll get a good feel for which actions work best with certain types of photos.
Web designers often browse through portfolio websites of other designers for inspiration and ideas that can be used in their own work. Photographers, like designers, have a need to display an attractive portfolio for their websites visitors, and many photographers have excellent portfolio sites. The portfolio site showcases the work to potential clients, usually provides some biographical information about the photographer, and makes it easy for people to contact the photographer.
In this post I’d like to take a look at some of the best. Here you’ll find photography sites that are well designed and also showcase amazing photos. You’ll see a few different styles and approaches. Many use a large background image or a large slider to showcase the photos at their best. Others use many smaller thumbnail images to fill the screen. A minimalist design style is also common, because it allows the photos to be the center of attention rather than the design details of the site.
It’s been only two and a half years and Pinterest has risen quickly to become one of the most popular social networks. In fact, according to a recent article from Anthony Myers on CMSWiRE, Pinterest is now the fifth most popular social network.
According to a July 2013 study from research firm, Semiocast, Pinterest now has 70 million users… That means that Pinterest is a significant player in social media. Web designers can’t afford to ignore it.
For designers, though, there’s more to Pinterest than just networking. The design of Pinterest itself has influenced web design. Pinterest is a source of inspiration for many, and some use Pinterest as a sales tool. Pinterest can even drive search engine traffic.
Pinterest can be a powerful tool for web designers, yet many designers overlook the many of the advantages of having a presence on Pinterest.
In this post, we’ll talk about the various aspects of Pinterest that web designers need to understand. At the end of the post, you’re encouraged to share your favorite Pinterest boards.
Minimalism is a style appreciated by many designers. While it is not appropriate for every web design project, when a minimal design is done well it can be clean, striking, and it keeps the focus on the most important content.
A design with a minimalist style seems like it would be easy, but many designers find it to be very challenging to create a minimal design that looks great. White space, balance, and typography are all important elements for pulling off this look. Many minimal designs use simple color schemes, but as you’ll see below there are some exceptions.
Here are 25 websites that make use of very little unnecessary design elements but still manage to pull off a beautiful appearance. When it comes to design, if you feel that less is more, I’m sure you will find inspiration from these sites.
Looking for some surefire ways to bring your web design project in under budget without sacrificing quality? By the nature of the job, Web designers are at the mercy of their clients when it comes to costs. Go over a quoted budget, and you could be forced to eat the overrun or risk losing the client. To help you keep costs low, earn cash back, or just save time, here are 10 new and absolutely free tools that every designer needs to know about.
Like it or not if you are a freelancer, sales is part of your job.
Selling your web design services, however, is a lot different than selling a product. For one thing, there’s only one you and there is a practical limitation on how much work you can accomplish during any given time period.
But there’s more to than that. As a freelance web designer, you deal with clients on a personal level. Often you work with your clients one-on-one. This is lot different from a consumer who purchases a software package and never contacts the software company.
Because selling freelance web design services requires different strategies and skills than selling a product, I’ve devoted this post to sales tips for freelance web designers. I’ll also share three contact relationship management (CRM) tools. At the end of the post, please share your own sales tips.
If you liked this post, you may also like 7 Tips for Closing the Sale.
WordPress users benefit from a huge selection of themes that just keeps growing. New themes are released every day. If you are a WordPress user yourself or if you are a designer/developer that uses WordPress for client websites, there are probably times where you need to find an existing theme that will meet your needs rather than taking the time and going to the expense of creating a custom theme from scratch.
In this post we’ll showcase a collection of more than 30 new themes that are worth your attention. These themes may be a good fit for a project you’re working on right now, or they may prove to be useful at some point in the future. These themes come from a variety of different designers/developers. Many are available at marketplaces like ThemeForest and Mojo Themes, and others are sold at the theme shops of the designer/developer. Let us know what you think about these in the comments below!
Available at: Theme Trust