4 Tips to Keep In Person Meetings from Sucking Away Your Precious Time

Tips for in person meetings

Do you network with local businesses face-to-face?

Good for you. Building a strong foundation of local businesses who use your freelance web design services can only help you grow. Even getting together for a simple cup of coffee can be a good way to grow your business.

But did you know that there’s a wrong way and a right way to go about scheduling meetings?

The wrong way will take tons of time and yield practically no paying clients. The right way will help you promote your design services for a steady flow of new clients. Do you know the difference?

In this post, I’ll explain why bad networking practices can hurt your freelance business. I’ll also give you four tips to help you keep in person meetings from draining your pocketbook and sucking away your time…

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55+ Outstanding WordPress Developer Tools & Resources for Developing Themes and Plugins

Web developer tools

WordPress is the most popular content management system, and there are countless designers and developers that are making a living working with WordPress. WordPress’s popularity provides plenty of options for working with clients as well as for creating and selling themes and plugins.

In this post, we’ll showcase more than 55 different Wordpress developer tools that can help you in one way or another. If you’re creating themes or plugins for WordPress, regardless of whether it is for clients or to sell, you’ll benefit by incorporating these resources into your workflow…

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30+ Outstanding Adobe Lightroom Tutorials & Tips

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is an awesome tool for photographers, professionals and amateurs alike. One of the biggest benefits to using Lightroom is its ability to help you to organize and manage your photos effectively. If you photograph frequently, you’ll find that your hard drive quickly includes thousands of photos. The more photos you have, the more important it is to keep them well organized. Lightroom’s library module allows you to organize your photos so you can find them quickly when you are looking for something specific.

In addition to its organizational capabilities, Lightroom offers plenty of potential for editing photos in the develop module. Whether you work with RAW files or JPGs, Lightroom allows you to do just about everything you need in the editing process. Lightroom also integrates nicely with Photoshop, so if you want to use the two programs for editing your photos it can be done efficiently.

If you already have a Creative Cloud membership with Adobe, which many designers do, you have access to Lightroom.

In this post, we’ll showcase 30 tutorials and articles from a variety of different sources that will help you to learn more about Lightroom…

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5 Brilliant Minimal Design Websites with Webydo

Yoav Gurin

In the very beginning when Internet and websites were only taking off, the web was saturated with widgets, gadgets and other colorful distractions. As the industry progressed and technology evolved, web designers were allowed more creative freedom and the result is all telling: millions of beautifully designed sites that serve one common purpose–bring people to their websites and make them come back for more.

Today, minimalism coupled with subtle yet dynamic design rules the web. With new code-free design platforms such as Webydo, web designers are able to create new, clean, sleek designs. Consequently, designers are empowered to make pixel-perfect designs without having to know a single line of code.

The emphasis of modern web design is subtlety with impressive typography, eclectic color schemes, intuitive UX and UI, and many other elements that bring websites to life. In our incredibly interconnected world, modernity has many definitions. These definitions take many shapes on the canvases of super talented web designers.

As we know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this means that we need to succumb to the judgement of the people who visit websites. Therefore, we put together a list of list of 5 minimal design websites that were created with Webydo’s code-free web design platform. We hope these examples provide you with joy and inspire you to create your own websites…

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11 Handy Shortcuts for Customizing Any Selectable UI Element

Selectable UI Elements

Online forms are some of the most common interfaces for user interaction. Many web fields rely on user input from the keyboard, but others have pre-filled answers waiting to be selected. These may include checkboxes, file inputs, or even select dropdowns.

Although select menus are fantastic they can also be a little boring. All web design should be functional, but great web design incorporates pleasant aesthetics too.

The following ideas center around dropdown select menus for website layouts. Web designers often like to design their own custom fields which best-suit the project at hand. Select menus and similar inputs can be tricky to customize, but modern techniques make the process a whole lot easier. Check out these plugins and code snippets which can be perfect for customizing any form field…

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4 Crucial Components to Optimizing Page Load Time On Your Website

optimize-page-load-time

We live in a fast-paced era where speed is the dominating factor that governs the success of our personal and professional skirmishes. And, when it comes to a website’s page load time, its impact amplifies even more!

Today, users have become so impatient that they don’t want to suffer even a single second delay when surfing a website. They need the information – they came to seek on a website – to be displayed within a snap or a blink of an eye, to be exact. In fact, even a 400 milliseconds gap is long enough to frustrate the visitors and cause them to bounce off to a different webpage, according to Google’s engineers.

At the end of the day, speed is what you need to leverage to beat the competitors and, not to mention, to take the top spot of SERP. After all, Google has already laid out that a website’s load time or speed is one of the key SEO factors that regulate its SERP ranking.

So here I’m presenting you some of the effective practices that will help you tweak the loading time of your website (be it a desktop or mobile) and offer a lightning-fast surfing experience…

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16 Breathtaking Travel Blogs That Give Us a Dose of Wanderlust

Inspiring Travel Blogs

Pack your bags, and grab your passport. Today we’re taking you on a trip around the world with these sixteen incredible travel blogs that will give you a major dose of wanderlust. Readers be ware–you may be rushing to the airport by the end of this post.

I selected these travel blogs for their beautiful photography, elegant website designs, and their unique visual assets (from time-lapse videos and gifs to text overlay images and hand-sketched field notes).

Browse through these blogs and get a taste for the globetrotting life. I guarantee you’ll be jealous (I know I am)…

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How Speed Up Your Front End Web Development Process

Web Development Process

Web design is often lumped together with a lot of other ideas like UX design and web development. Although these areas do overlap, the skill sets are not interchangeable and not all designers know how to code (or vice-versa).

But those who do code websites are often very task-oriented with a focus on the final outcome. This means it’s a good idea to work with best practices to speed up the whole development cycle. It’s not an easy task, but there are plenty of free resources out there to help.

This article includes some handy tips and resources for a more expeditious development process. As with most projects, why should work take longer than it needs to? Those who reinvent the wheel often have a good reason for doing so–but it’s not the best choice 100% of the time. Instead utilize these resources to improve the speed and efficiency of your own frontend workflow…

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55+ Beautiful Church Website Designs

Church Websites

For many churches the website is an invaluable communications tool. The website can be extremely useful for helping new people to find the church, which can increase the growth of the church. Also, the website can help regular attenders and church members to get information on programs and events of the church.

Despite the enormous possibilities for church websites, many of them are ineffective. With that in mind let’s take a detailed look at the subject of church websites, what makes them effective, and showcase some of the best examples.

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Essential Tips to Cold Calling Your Design Services Like a Pro

Cold Calling Like a Pro

Many sales people believe that cold calling is dead. However, done the right way and a cold call still works, even for designers. You just have to know how to cold call your design services like a pro.

Before we move on to the all-important tips below, let’s clarify a few things. A cold call traditionally refers to a phone call, although modern cold calling could also include initial face-to-face or digital contact, such as with an email or social media message. While many of the tips below refer specifically to cold calls over the phone, you can also use the points for other types of cold calling with just a few adjustments.

Another point to remember is that cold calls take time and energy to prepare and follow through to that final point of closing the sale. So if you have plenty of momentum going with the clients you already have with several projects looming ahead, you shouldn’t cold call. Your time is much better spent on the work you have and saving energy for upcoming projects.

If, however, your client list has run dry with no projects in the near future, you probably have plenty of time to cold call your design services. So if this is you, make sure to read through the following pointers before jumping in. Your cold calling will only be as successful as your professional, strategic approach. Let’s get started…

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