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Using Card-Based Designs To Enhance UX

As card designs trends continue to grow in popularity, it's great to a take an in-depth look into what makes them work! Card-based designs are easily convertible into strong mobile responsive outcomes so you should definitely check out this article to learn more.

Web and mobile apps move away from pages, towards completely personalized experiences. And this experience built on an aggregation of many individual pieces of content. Cards are the new creative concept. Regardless of how you feel about the concept, cards are here to stay.

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How to Become a Consultant For Your Clients

Providing your clients with the right guidance needed to protect them from themselves and their mistakes can be just what they need to achieve their goals. Sometimes a bit of proactive thinking is what can make difference between being a technician and being a consultant.

“Can you make this small change to our website?” How many times have you heard that from a client or some variation and thought, “if they only knew what it took to make that ‘small change’ to their site” or “I wish they could understand the impact of doing what they’re asking”? Probably more times than you’d care to count. I find most of us will fit into one of two roles when we’re asked by clients to make changes or updates – a technician or a consultant.

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What if companies interviewed translators the way they interview coders?

A humorous take on the approach that far too many companies take when interviewing software developers.

Welcome to the Tower of Babel. We require you to speak all languages known by the humankind. By the way, how do you feel about doing translations for free over the weekend?

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You've Set Up an Email Welcome Series, So Now What?

An Email Welcome series is an amazing tool to kick off your new digital relationships, but what comes next?

Now we’ve seen a lot of nonprofits set up a welcome series, but very few go beyond that. Last year, my colleague Michelle Shefter wrote about the . The second email series mentioned was the re-engagement series. This is a vital series for your organization and is as important as the welcome series.

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The anatomy of a perfectly optimized landing page

A great breakdown of the many varying ways that you can optimise your page content for SEO

Search Engine optimization for landing pages
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Mastering SEO is a tough job, and if you are new to SEO, most likely you feel lost in countless optimization tips and techniques.

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404s: How to Turn An Error State Into A Conversation Starter

Sometimes 404s happen. This article suggests using 404s (and other error states) as opportunities to drive a positive action. Check it out!

Bad stuff sometimes happens to good designers. But rather than unpacking the near endless challenges you face, this article is focused on the value good design has in these situations.

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To support or the cost of not supporting

Treating your clients just how you'd like to be treated is key to successful support. Helping solve issues and working through problems are essential to maintaining strong relationships and ensuring satisfaction!

Before I dive into the meaning of support, I would like to tell you something about myself, so that you can have the full picture! Oh and, the following story was my talk at WordCamp Belgrade! Before I even thought of being a member of any kind of support, I was a front end developer, who was building websites on Drupal and WordPress. I can’t say that it was going badly as much as I got sick of it. The usual stuff when dealing with clients; educating them, bargaining, put this color, make it pop, make it flash etc. Pretty much standard things. At one point, a friend of mine approached me with an idea. It went like this (more or less):

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Creating Better, Faster And More Optimized WordPress Websites

There are some great pointers here - such as making sure you have a development version of your site, and using tools like Cloudflare. Definitely worth a read.

There is a reason why WordPress is used by over 28% of all websites on the internet. And that is because it’s a very robust, easy to use and feature rich content management system (CMS). Everyone from stay at home bloggers to fortune 500 companies rely on it every day. Just like with most platforms, if it isn’t properly used or optimized it can turn into a big headache very quickly.

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4 Ways Use Functional Animation in UI Design

Animation that's used to enhance the user experience of a website can be extremely powerful. Instead of viewing animations it as an add-on or extra, the best animations feel sophisticated because they were considered from the start.

We’re no longer just designing static screens. We’re designing for how the user gets from those screens to actually view content. If we are to design better digital products, then we need to embrace the interactive nature of the app and websites from the very beginning.

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How to Optimize Web Performance and Your Bottom Line

Ensuring your website loads fast is absolutely essential in today's digital world. Every second of your users time counts so it's important that you're using that time showcasing your organisation's core message and experience... Not a blank loading screen.

Patience is not a virtue for website visitors and online shoppers. Every fraction of a second counts when it comes to keeping – or losing – a visitor on your website. According to Kissmetrics, load time is a major contributing factor to page abandonment. Because the average web visitor has no patience for a page that takes too long to load, abandonment increases as a percentage with every second of load time. Nearly 40% of users will abandon a page after 10 seconds, the blog noted. Mobile Internet users probably experience the most frustration with this issue – 73% noted that they’ve encountered a website that was far too slow to load.

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15 Simple Productivity Tips for Freelancer Designers

Although this article targets Freelance Designers, I believe that these practices could be applied to anyone and still be extremely valuable. Check it out!

The final tip is to START NOW. Don’t start later or tomorrow, start now! Think of this, people who start ahead of you will be more successful before you even take the first step.Do you want to be left out? No? Then start now. If you let another day pass doing nothing, you’re worse than that dying lady in the hospital bed. You need to act, react and proact.

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!important CSS Declarations: How and When to Use Them

The !important CSS declaration is extremely powerful but like they say, with great power comes great responsibility! Check out this article to find out when you should and shouldn't be using !important.

!important declarations are best reserved for special needs and users who want to make web content more accessible by easily overriding default user agent or author stylesheets. So you should do your best to give your CSS proper forethought and avoid using !important wherever possible. Even in many of the uses described above, the inclusion of !important is not always necessary.

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How to Optimize Images for Web and Performance

As developers we put a lot of effort into tweaking and optimising our code to try and get the best performance out of it that we can. Yet many site owners end up slowing their sites down more than we ever could by using huge, unoptimised images. This article explains why optimising your images is so important, and how you can go about it.

According to HTTP Archive, as of April 2017, images make up on average 66% of a total webpage’s weight. So when it comes to optimizing your WordPress site, images is by far the first place you should start! It’s more important than scripts and fonts. And ironically, a good image optimization workflow is one of the easiest things to implement, yet a lot of website owners overlook this.

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What is PHP 7 and How to Start Using it With WordPress?

Not sure what php 7 is and why it's important? - Check out this article to find out!

PHP 7 is one of the most significant updates in the history of a server-side software that powers more than 82% of the internet, and, in this guide, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of using it with WordPress.

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Intrusive Interstitials: Guidelines To Avoiding Google’s Penalty

Earlier this year, Google updated its ranking algorithm for mobile search results to penalise sites which show popup modals on page load. This very thorough article will help you understand whether your site is likely to be affected, and if so what you can do about it.

The search giant has decided to launch a war against interstitials that ruin the user experience. As a result, any website found guilty of showing intrusive popups, banners or overlays (called interstitials) will see its content demoted in Google’s mobile search results. We’ll be looking at what’s being penalized, what’s allowed and some workarounds to help you cope with this new penalty.

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Essential Design Trends, May 2017

Keeping your eye out for emerging trends is essential in any industry. Here are some of the trends emerging in the world of web design for May 2017

From a purely aesthetic trend in shallow hero headers and diagonal corner layouts to a user interaction trend in this or that calls to action, there are plenty of interesting ways to draw the attention of users. Here’s what’s trending in design this month:

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Creative Commons’ New Search Tool is Now in Beta, Pulls CC Images from Multiple Sources

If you have trouble sourcing quality images for your site without having to pay through the nose for them, you may want to check this out - being able to search across several sites for images which are free to use (albeit usually with attribution to the owner) is going to make your life much simpler!

CC Search currently pulls CC-licensed images from Rijksmuseum, Flickr, 500px, the New York Public Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This includes 200,000 new images from the collection of 375,000 digital works that the Met released under CC0 this week.

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WordPress 4.8 Will End Support for Internet Explorer Versions 8, 9, and 10

Even based on the most generous estimates, Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 combined make up no more than about 3% of all internet users, so spending time and resources on testing and fixing bugs in them really no longer makes sense. Brown Box stopped supporting IE 8 and 9 some time ago, and will most likely be dropping IE 10 shortly. Like Wordpress, this doesn't mean that our sites won't work in IE 10, just that we won't be specifically testing in it.

WordPress will not stop working entirely in these browsers, but after the 4.8 release contributors will no longer test new features against older versions of IE. Some capabilities in wp-admin may be more limited.

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