Exclusive iStock Promo Codes: December 2015


A few years back I launched what was called “Vandelay Premier” to test my ability to sell “premium” stock graphics. While I would only consider it a moderate success, one main thing I quickly realized was that it was nearly impossible for a blogger like myself to provide enough specific content to make everyone happy. I still get emails every week from our members requesting specific items that I just don’t have the time or resources to provide.

My goal with this website has always been to create enough quality content to keep my readers engaged, happy, and coming back for more. Since it is impossible for me to provide millions of stock photos and graphics in our shop, I might as well send you off to a place where you have a much higher chance of finding what you need…

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Top-Tier Community Websites for Design Inspiration

Art in my Coffee community

We frequently showcase examples of well-designed websites in various industries, and we had a reader request a collection of community-oriented websites for inspiration. In this post we’ve gathered 25 community websites to showcase some examples of outstanding design. The sites come from a wide variety of different industries, but they all share the common focus of bringing together like-minded people in some way.

Brite Revolution

Brite Revolution

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5 Steps to a More Engaging Website


The internet has become a very interactive environment for users. Websites need to be specifically built in a way that captures the attention of visitors and keeps them coming back, or they will quickly leave to go somewhere else. Here are 5 steps to creating a website that will effectively engage your visitors.

1. Avoid Clutter

By keeping your design free of clutter, you will make it easier for visitors to know what is most important, and there will be nothing else to distract them. Clutter can be excessive advertisements, images that don’t add anything to the page, text that is crammed in with very little white space, or anything else that unnecessarily causes a distraction for visitors.

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Monetizing a Website Without Alienating Your Visitors


One of the goals of most websites and blogs is to make money. Whether the intention is to build a profitable business or just to cover the costs to operate the site, most website owners need to get something back from their work monetarily to justify the effort that is going into the website.

Unfortunately, sometimes monetizing a website comes at the expense of its readers and visitors. Obviously, in order to maintain a successful web presence, the site must be monetized in a way that is acceptable to visitors.

I see these issues as being keys to monetizing a website without turning off your visitors (in no particular order):

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Interactive Maps used in Website Layouts


There’s value to be found in static websites such as portfolios or landing pages. But interactive websites have become the norm as more people grow accustomed to digital interactions on the web. When you consider all the moving parts of a social network or web forum you realize there’s a lot that goes into a […]

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When Should You Monetize Your Website?


All business websites intend to create some type of value for the owner. Maybe the goal is to sell products. Or maybe it is to promote services. A common approach right now is to make money with advertisements. There are primarily two different approaches to monetizing a website or blog with ads. Some website owners choose to build traffic first and monetize later, while others choose to include monetization attempts from the start. There are pros and cons for each approach, and we’ll take a look at some of the factors that should be considered when making a decision…

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21 Factors that Influence the First Impression of Your Website’s Visitors


When a new visitor comes to your website for the first time an initial impression will be formed pretty quickly. A good first impression will drastically increase the chances of that visitor returning again, and a bad first impression will be difficult to overcome.

This list looks at 21 factors that will influence your visitor’s impression within moments of arriving at your site. These are just some of the factors, not a comprehensive list. Feel free to list some others in the comments that you think should be included. Here they are, in no particular order…

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25 Best Educational Websites for Design Inspiration


Educational institutions like schools, colleges, and universities can use an attractive and effective website in several different ways. Quality websites will attract more applications from new students, and these sites also communicate information to existing students, parents, and even donors. If you’re looking to create your own educational institution website, we recommend Shopify.

In this post we’ll feature 25 of the best educational websites from various backgrounds. Many of them are from universities and institutes of higher education, but other types of schools are represented as well. Hopefully this collection will provide some inspiration that can apply to future project work…

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5 Skills That Boost Your Design Career


This is a guest post from Chris Garrett. Chris is an internet marketing consultant from the UK. You can read more at his blog, chrisg.com – Subscribe and receive a free ebook. While I have never been a web designer, over the years I have commissioned a good deal of web design and worked very […]

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