Articles by ‘Steven Snell’

35+ of the Best WordPress eCommerce Themes

While there are plenty of options available when choosing an eCommerce platform, the possibility of using WordPress for eCommerce has become more enticing in recent years due to continued development of plugins and themes. Today there is no shortage of quality themes that can be purchased, or in some cases downloaded for free, to use WordPress for powering an eCommerce website.

One of the main benefits of having WordPress as an eCommerce option is that so many users and developers are already familiar with WordPress, so the learning curve can in some cases be shorter than with another platform. Another advantage is that WordPress is free to use and can be hosted anywhere. Many of the leading eCommerce options require your site to be hosted with them, which can be a good thing, but it’s not what every user wants.

Having a custom theme designed and developed is always an option, but the improving quality of available premium themes makes it possible to start a professional-looking eCommerce site with very little upfront investment. In this post we’ll showcase more than 40 of the best WordPress eCommerce themes, and every one of them sells for less than $100…

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Is There a Sense of Visual Balance in Your Web Design?

Balance is all about harmony. So, when you see something that looks nice with a sense of consistency and similarity, most likely you observe a perfectly balanced composition. It can be an object in nature, a painting, a building, a photography or even a website.

In this article, we’d like to draw your attention to visual balance in web design. You probably already know what balance is, but visual balance in web design may sound tricky to you. When you were a kid, you learned to ride a bicycle and fell down several times due to a lack of a balance (though your body remembers the importance of balance). However, let’s take a look at this phenomenon from another point of view–i.e. as it relates to web design…

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Are Your Web Design Clients Hopelessly Trapped in Old Designs?

If you’ve been a web designer for over five years, it’s probably time for some of your early web design clients to upgrade their websites. Or you may be contacted by a prospect who already has a website, but wants to update it.

The question is, how do you get them to upgrade?

Unfortunately, it is often much harder to convince a web design client of the need to upgrade a website than it was to convince them of the need for a website in the first place.

It’s almost as though they are trapped by those old web designs and can’t break free…

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A Guide to Passive Income for Designers

There are a number of different ways to earn a living as a designer or developer. Of course, you could work as an employee for a design studio, you could work as an in-house designer for a company, you could freelance, or you could start your own studio or agency. While those are the most common approaches, they are not the only options. With loads of competition for client work, a growing number of designers are actually using a combination of a few different sources of income in order to earn a living.

You may have heard or read about earn passive income as a designer. In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the opportunities to use your design skills for passive or recurring income…

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45 Free Retro and Vintage Fonts

The vintage and retro inspired style is popular for web design as well as for other types of graphic design. Font choices are important if you’re hoping to create a retro or vintage feel, and fortunately there are a number of free fonts available that can easily give you this look.

In this post we’ll showcase 45 free fonts with a retro/vintage style. If you’re looking for vintage fonts to use in your own designs, you’ll surely find a few here that will suit your needs, and you won’t have to buy premium fonts. As always when you are using free resources, be sure to check the license to verify that your intended use is allowed…

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36 Beautiful New Calligraphy Fonts for Designers

Having the right fonts is critical to successful graphic design. Fortunately, there are a lot of quality free fonts that are available for use. In this post we’ll feature 25 calligraphy fonts for download. When you’re in need of a script or calligraphy font, the choices showcased here will provide plenty of variety. Although they are all calligraphy-style fonts, there are different styles represented…

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Ghost Buttons: Will This 2014 Design Trend Reign in 2015?

Now I know that a ghost button is a true trend of 2014. But some weeks ago, we all had heard nothing about this strange wording. I mean, I wrote web design related posts describing new empty buttons that are rather cool from my point of view. What a great surprise it was for me to find out that many designers have been working (simultaneously?) on new websites using this kind of button style, because now out of nowhere, we see tons of examples around the web. The web apparently needed a new thing to go crazy about! Thus I decided to perform some research to be able to tell you more about ghost buttons in web design and provide insight into whether this design trend will continue in 2015…

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11 Essential Skills Every Freelancer Needs to Succeed

There is a lot more to being a successful designer or developer than having creative and coding skills. While those skills are a great start, freelancers also need to work on developing other skills, and some of them may not come as naturally to you as others.

In some cases you’ll need these related skills to do a great job for your clients, and in other cases you’ll need these skills to run a successful business or to offer additional services to clients.

In this article we’ll take a look at 10 related skills that designers and developers should not overlook. Chances are you are already pretty good in many of these areas, but some others may present opportunities for you to improve what you have to offer…

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How to Design a Website to Maximize Conversions

I’m often asked how to design a website that will maximize conversions. Obviously several factors exist in this process, such as your product and customer base, but there are a few basic tips that can help across the board with every web design.

First of all, creating a laser-focused design requires a keen eye for balanced interfaces and natural rhythm, and practice can get you into a familiar process. But questioning your own process is the key to going beyond the ordinary to reach the extraordinary. Web design from a marketer’s perspective often seems like a cheesy sales gimmick – unfortunately this is often the case. Although a well-converting layout is acutely more important, a well-crafted design can only enhance the user experience.

It cannot be overstated that the composition of a website is critically important to successful user conversion rates. That being the case, I’d like to state a few helpful ideas for building websites with a direct focus on user conversion rates…

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The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Design Blog

Are you looking to get more clients for your design services? How about establishing your name recognition and becoming a respected authority in the industry? Would you like to supplement your income and not rely completely on client work? Writing a design blog can help you to accomplish all of these things and many others as well.

In this article we’ll take a detailed look at the topic of blogging for designers with the goal of helping you get more out of your own blogging efforts.

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