Are Your Web Design Clients Hopelessly Trapped in Old Designs?

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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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How to Choose the Right eCommerce Platform for Your Digital Content

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If you are a blogger, designer, or budding online entrepreneur, you probably have something to sell. And you might not even know it.

In this age, digital content is all around us. From eBooks to graphic designs to articles, the market for digital content is booming and becoming larger by the minute. Yes, you read that correctly: market. More and more consumers are looking online to purchase everything from self-help ebooks to images for their blogs. With one-click downloads, the gratification is instant for the purchaser. And from the perspective of you, the seller, selling eBooks or digital content is a great opportunity to make passive income – once you create it, all you have to do is put it out there and let it run (OK you’ll need a bit of marketing too).

So how can you take this into the market? Well, it’s fairly simple. All you really need is a digital product, a website, and a top-notch ecommerce platform. Once you have that, the rest is plug-and-play. However, choosing the right ecommerce platform can be challenging, depending on your business needs. But you’re in luck…

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A Guide to Passive Income for Designers

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

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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

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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?

Ghost Buttons

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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22 Incredible Amazon Redesign Concepts

Amazon Redesign Concepts

While Amazon.com started out as a small ecommerce store selling only books, it grew into the world’s largest retailer in a relatively short amount of time. This impressive company has now expanded into a retailer of almost any product you could ever want or need (including fresh groceries), publishing, instant streaming, and much more.

Being in the spotlight makes it, of course, vulnerable to criticism, including the design of its website and apps. But many of these critiques are not over-reaching since it wouldn’t be hard to find many to agree the site is a bit cluttered.

As such, lots of different Amazon redesign concepts have emerged over the past few years. Some create an entire new look for the site. Others only make a few changes to the interface to clean up the design a bit. And while all have differing opinions on how Amazon and its apps should look, all support the similar idea that it may be time for a touch up to the Amazon designs. Let’s take a look!…

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How To Build a Telework Team That Gets Things Done

How to Build a Telework Team

Telework teams are becoming very common these days, especially with the growing amount of tools available to help companies keep remote employees accountable. In fact, an article on telecommuting in the NYTimes.com mentions that “those who work at home tend to put in longer hours and are often more productive.” Small business owners and freelancers can certainly vouch for this and know just how beneficial building a team remotely can be, even if only for single projects…if you have the right team building techniques in place, that is.

The entire process can be a bit intimidating if you have never used a virtual team before now. Hire the wrong members, and you could get burned pretty badly and may even lose valuable clients. Without the right processes, possibly even training, and of course the right technology, building effective teams is nearly impossible.

On the other hand, using team building techniques that have been tested by those who have forged the road before you can make your experience a very positive one. A telework team can save you money, time, and energy, providing you with a much better outcome for your clients than you could have produced on your own.

So, where to start? With the hiring, right? Wrong. Before you ever start looking for your team members, you first need to come up with a plan. The same NYTimes.com article from above points out that telecommuting “works best when a company has developed a plan, including the best technology to use.” The following will take you from the very beginning, your plan of action, to the actual management of your team using the right resources. Of course, you have to decide what works best for you, but these tips should give you a great starting point for the best possible results in building a team no matter the length of your project…

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30 Inspiring Facebook News Feed Redesign Concepts Worth Sharing

Facebook News Feed Redesign Concepts

The Facebook news feed has needed an updated look for awhile now. It’s understandable, though, that Facebook hasn’t redesigned the site. Users have learned the layout, buttons, and links. A redesign, especially a major one, could meet with lots of protests and complaints. I wouldn’t want to deal with all of that.

On the other hand, a redesign would probably provide Facebook with a huge publicity boost that would be worth the angry tweets. And, let’s face it, anyone who felt strongly enough to boycott Facebook would be back once they got to the unbearable stage of withdrawals.

But, there is no rumor in sight to indicate Facebook will make a change any time soon. Still, it’s fun to play “what if,” which is what we can do with the following Facebook redesign concepts. The following concepts are really impressive, even those that are a bit incomplete. Yet, even the ones that leave out some key elements that would need to be included give us a good glimpse of just how fun a new design could be. Some of these redesigns are even of the iOS and Android apps, which are also a bit outdated.

So, take a look at these Facebook redesign concepts…

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Ultimate Guide to HTTP Status Codes and Server Error Messages

HTTP Server Codes and Errors

Most of us are familiar with the gut-wrenching, nerve-wracking error codes like 404 and 500. But did you know that not all HTTP status codes and server error messages are mean and scary? Although some of these numbers could appear in the tech remake of Nightmare on Elm Street, others should evoke a sense of excitement and jubilation! But these “good” status codes are rarely visible to the average Internet user.

So this leads us to one final question: How do all these status codes work?

In this guide you’ll find all the necessary information to understand the concepts behind HTTP status code messages. Whether you’re a designer, developer, or just a curious Internet fanatic, this information should be useful to people of all backgrounds. It is my goal to clarify the process of website requests and how the web server passes information to your machine…

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