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, – 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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Blogger’s Guide to Creating Better Content


In the past we have written about the effects of creative blog content. Now that you know about all the benefits that come with creative content you may be wondering what you can do to improve your posts. Regardless of what topics you blog about and what your blogging goals are, content creation is a huge part of being successful. There’s no way to get around the need for quality articles. With that in mind, here is a guide that will help you to maximize your content creation abilities…

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