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Sep 02
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How to Ride the Next eCommerce Boom – 10 Shop Niches Catching on Right Now

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 09:06 — julie

When you try to start an eCommerce business online, you have several options. First you have your physical goods. Things like books, gadgets, furniture, and appliances are popular choices. Then, there’s the digital goods like software, e-books, music files, images, and so forth. Finally, there are the service-based eCommerce businesses that offer things like insurance, event tickets, writing, or web design.

You could follow a well-worn path in any of these areas. Those who opt to sell physical goods often use drop-shipping, so they don’t have to house any tangible items. Within this category, shop owners can sell everything from cookware to candles; books to Blu-rays. And the business model is a pretty well-worn path. But what’s interesting is how more and more businesses are cutting their own roads through the backwoods of eCommerce possibilities.

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Aug 31
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Best Of The Web And Design In August 2015

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 02:00 — julie


The end of summer months unfortutely drawing to an end, but we have some great tutorials and web articles you can read through as its get colder. This month we have compiled some great Photoshop and illustrator tutorials certainly worth trying out. There’s some really good articles we have included about understanding critical CSS, and some really good tips for creating a portfolio website.

I hope you like this months roundup, if we have missed anything from this months roundup please do share in the comments below.

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Aug 30
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The Current Portfolio Trends of Creative Designers

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 02:12 — julie

Working as a creative artist in any field is tough. To succeed it’s imperative that you have a unique voice coupled with a portfolio demonstrating your skills.

These skills could range from websites, print design, icons, mobile apps, vectors, animation… the list is as bottomless as an all-you-can-eat buffet. And much like visiting a buffet, your clients want to work with someone who’s going to deliver above and beyond their expectations.

The best way to prove yourself to a suspecting client is through your portfolio. Back before the Internet was super radical and cool, most portfolios were shown as physical pieces of work.

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Aug 27
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How to Create Online Documentation for Your Products with WordPress

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 18:42 — julie

When you’re in business, time can seem like a finite resource. Getting things done requires a lot of your undivided attention. That said, fielding calls and emails from current and prospective customers who have questions can take up a lot of that precious time.

That’s why having online documentation is so important. A well-organized collection of articles to help people learn about your products and services can greatly cut down on the number of support and pre-sales questions you receive.

Today, we’ll take a look at the Online Product Documentation WordPress Plugin, from PressApps. It allows website anyone to easily create a documentation section.

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Aug 27
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Managing Multiple Websites for your Clients

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 00:54 — julie

Starting out as a freelance web professional is such an exciting/scary experience. You’ve thrown your talents out there into the market and hope that you can find success. If you went all-in and made freelancing your full-time career, you are challenged with finding a steady stream of work.

Finding work is only part of the challenge, though. As the old saying goes: "Be careful what you wish for". Booking projects means that you’re going to have to manage them. Taking care of several websites simultaneously is a big responsibility and you need a system to make it all work.

Let’s take a look at a few things that can help you take charge and better serve your clients.

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Aug 24
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Photographer Portfolio Web Design Trends & Ideas

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 13:06 — julie

Creative portfolios come in many different styles best-suited for the items being showcased. Photography portfolios often feature rudimentary designs without much ornamentation. The work itself is meant to festoon the layout so as to draw attention to the photographer’s expertise.

But many creative people have a difficult time getting portfolio work online. Web designers are an obvious exception, but few photographers know how to build a website or understand the best techniques for a portfolio interface.

I’ve put together a handful of live samples and ideas to help photographers organize their online portfolios with courage and professionalism. Take a look over the following trends and see if any of them could be incorporated into your own site.

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Aug 24
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Create an Aquatic Photo Manipulation of a Giant Tortoise

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 00:22 — julie

Create an Aquatic Photo Manipulation of a Giant Tortoise

Hey PSDFANs!

In this tutorial, I’ll show how you can combine different stock images to create this cohesive and unified scene of an aquatic Giant tortoise. You’ll also learn how to manipulate trees, stones, waterfalls and textures to create an island on the tortoise. Finally, we’ll add lighting effects and adjust the colour of our entire scene.

Let’s get started

What you will be creating

Here’s look at the outcome you’ll be able to produce by the end of this lesson.

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Aug 20
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10 Powerful BuddyPress Themes for Creating Community-Driven Sites

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:18 — julie

WordPress can be extended and used to power virtually every type of website. But what about a social network?

Yes, of course it can!

If you are planning to build your very own community driven site, or maybe you have already built up a small community around your site, and wish to add some powerful social features, then look no further than BuddyPress.

It allows you to quickly create a social network all within the WordPress dashboard. That means member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, everything!

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Aug 20
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How to create a hand stitched text effect in illustrator

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 03:00 — julie


This is a very simple illustrator technique, but has impressive results when applied to your designs. The technique can be applied in a matter of minuets, and can be applied to a variety of shapes and text. I hope you enjoy the illustrator quick tips, and would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below and any suggestion you have in comments.

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Aug 19
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Tips to Get Noticed and Stand Out From the Freelancing Crowd

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:42 — julie

Freelancing is inherently competitive. No matter what industry you work in, being a freelancer means you only get out of the experience what you directly put into it. Many are sole proprietors, which means they are a one-man show kind of affair. A business made up of me, myself, and I means you handle your clients’ work as well as management, accounting, marketing, and every other little detail.

That’s a lot for one person to handle. But it might not be enough. I know, I know, your plate is full already. But trust me, this one extra thing can make all the difference in your level of success.

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