WP Engine Review – Why We Switched Our Hosting to WP Engine

WP Engine Hosting Review

Earlier this year when our blog ran into issues with getting indexed in Google, we started seriously looking at our hosting set up. We identified several key issues with our host that had to be resolved if we were to get back on the right track. Our host at the time, was slow and had terrible support – often taking more than 24 hours to respond to a support request. That was the final straw that made us start the daunting task of changing hosting providers.

This WP Engine Review will outline the key factors regarding why we decided to make the switch and how it’s been going for us over over the past six months…

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Online Graphic Design Courses Around

online-graphic-design-courses

We live in a great age for learning – scholars will find that, thanks to the internet, nearly any field of knowledge is just a few clicks away! Design is no exception, and today the web is filled with online graphic design courses and guides covering all things design.

Today we’re detailing the best of the best, helping you find the online learning resources to becoming a design pro. The courses listed below are all affordable, and in some cases, even free…

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30+ Superior Examples of Flat Web Design

flat web design

Unless you have been living under a rock, one of the biggest trends in the web design industry remains to be flat design. In case you are not familiar with the term, flat design is essentially design without the drop shadows, gradients, and textures that have been common in web design for some time. Flat design uses solid colors and often typography figures prominently into the design.

In this post we’ll showcase over 30 excellent examples of the flat web design style. Hopefully they can provide some inspiration that can be put to use in your own work…

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12 Excellent Font Identifier Tools To Speed Up Your WorkFlow

Identify Fonts

Designers have a need for relevant fonts in all creative mediums. Both print and digital design follow a similar track when choosing and composing typography. But there’s always the nuance of actually choosing which font to use. While on the search for a terrific typeface it’s all-too-common to bump into a great font that’s also hard to identify.

Thankfully in our modern high-tech era there are plenty of font identifier tools which can help. All of these tools can be accessed using a web browser and they’re a lot more accurate than you might assume.

The following resources are meant for designers and developers who often need to identify a particular font. Up until recently this was an arduous task which required hours of research and letter matching. But nowadays you can find the exact font family(or at least related choices) in just a matter of minutes…

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The Role of Web Design in Conversion Rate Optimization

conversion rate

Most marketing services try to sell you traffic. They will tell you that if you let them do certain things, you will receive a truckload of traffic. But, what they may not tell you is that just getting traffic is only the first part of the job. Those people visiting the site must convert. Well, realistically not everyone is going to convert, but at least some of them must turn into your loyal customers. While SEO, advertising, social media and a range of other activities can get you traffic, eventually your site must be good enough to capture their attention.

It’s clear to most that conversion rate optimization is extremely important and invaluable. In this post, I’ll discuss ways that web design can affect your conversion rate and the importance of keeping up with these changes…

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Top 25 OS X Sketch Plugins for Designers

Top Sketch Plugins

Bohemian Coding is a software company most notably recognized for creating the OS X application Sketch. It allows designers to work with both vector and raster images in the same document. As you might imagine, this program has caught widespread attention from web & graphic designers all over the world. And if you design on a Mac then it’s worth testing out Sketch just to see what all the fuss is about.

For this post I’ve collected 25 free & useful Sketch plugins meant for all types of design. Whether you create icons, interfaces, or anything else, these plugins will surely improve your workflow.

Mastering Sketch takes time and lots of practice. Since the program is still new there isn’t as much information online compared to other programs like Photoshop. But sticking with a routine of continual practice will yield amazing results – and these plugins can prove to be quite beneficial along the way…

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30+ Beautiful and Minimal WordPress Themes

wordpress-themes

Finding the right WordPress theme for your website or for a client’s website is not an easy task. Even with the huge selection that is available, if you have some specific things in mind for your site you may find that it’s very difficult to locate a theme that would be a perfect match. In these situations, you may be better off to start with a theme framework or a minimal theme and customize it through the use of a child theme to meet your needs.

In this post we’ll highlight over 30 minimal WordPress themes that are worth a look. The themes showcased here are not necessarily bare-bones minimal, but rather they are minimalist in style which often makes it easier to use as a starting point…

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Free Image Editor: 4 Stellar Programs to Help You Create Beautiful Images

free design tools

Need a new free image editor? Today we’re taking a look at four free tools you can use to design your own custom image graphics for sharing in blog posts or on social media.

While toiling away in advanced image editing programs will always allow for unparalleled sophistication, there are some incredible free tools online that simplify and streamline the image building process.

Some of these online image tools offer customization and advanced options than you’d never expect to find in a free tool. If you’re looking to create beautiful images on a budget, don’t miss out on these four favorite image-crafting tools…

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39 Fantastically Creative Resume and CV Examples

creative resumes and cv examples

A creative resume or curriculum vitae is one document you can’t skimp – and this is true for anyone but especially designers and other creative professionals. When applying for a job, the first impression you create is the strongest and longest lasting one. The same is true when making contact with a new potential client. That first impression has to help you stand out from your competitors.

Most of the time, that first impression is made online via an online application, your website, an email, or even social media. Hopefully, you already have a strong website, either a personal portfolio or your freelance business site. And hopefully your social media pages continue your personal or business brand look and feel. But what about your resume?

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Ultimate Guide to Designing Brand Guidelines

guide to branding

Whether sculpting a new identity or working with an existing one, brand guidelines can be exceedingly important to the whole creative process. A branding guide (also known as a style guide or brand book) offers a set of rules about a company’s brand to anyone who may need them. To whom might these rules be directed?

Basically anyone who may need a company’s branding added into their own work. Authors, editors, copywriters, marketers, web designers and/or graphics designers are just a few examples. The purpose of a branding guide is to offer a step-by-step process for duplicating the company’s identity.

Although it may seem like a rudimentary process, brand guidelines need to be super clear and relatively specific. Each company will make up their own rules based on how their identity should be used out in the wild. Since this type of project can easily lapse into a state of disarray I’ve put together this handy guide for designers. You’ll find a metric ton of great examples along with practical tips which can be applied into your own branding guide…

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