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An amazing website builder for your business – Wix.com

An amazing website builder for your business – Wix.com

When it comes to building an interactive website, Wix is no. 1 Website Builder for your business. They’re platform is ideal for users looking to make a visually perfect website that will encourage visitors to interact. The Wix website builder works well for building sleek artists’ portfolios, restaurant sites, and small business sites that are focused on engaging users and encouraging them to easily shift between site pages. Wix platform was founded in 2006 and it help over 67 million users to easily build a website for them or they’re business. During the past few years we’ve seen tremendous growth in Wix; these were years of expansion and growth for the company – Wix acquired Appixia, introduced a series of powerful business management apps, improved eCommerce, developed the Mobile Solution and they also aired their first ever Super Bowl commercial. For many of us, Wix has become a synonym for website builder. The question that pops in everyone’s mind: “is it as good as it’s advertised?”. We think that it has some amazing features and this are some of the reasons you shout give it a try: 1.    Very easy to use Wix is probably one of the most user-friendly website builders. It employs a drag-and-drop editor that supports in-line editing providing a total WYSIWYG experience. In other words, it lets you see your site as you build it, without having to preview your work in a new window. While with many popular website builders you can drop the elements to certain areas/blocks only, with Wix you’re free to place those literally anywhere on the page. This approach is also known as ‘absolute positioning’, and unfortunately, it makes it impossible to transfer your content to another Wix theme, since it is literally scattered all over the page and has no fixed structure. This method gives users full creative freedom, but from our experience this will raise some issues in the future. At the start of 2015, the platform gain a new dashboard, that make it even easier for the users to manage they’re websites. 2.    Flexibility Wix.com has a lot to offer to it’s clients. Even their absolutely free plan has a quite advanced list of included features: hundreds of beautiful templates, blogging, a great selection of widgets and apps etc. If you need a simple static site or a blog, the free version will certainly handle it. If you’re looking to extend your website further with things like forums, guestbooks, membership pages or online booking, it’s all possible thanks to the Wix App Market. There are free and paid apps developed either by Wix or third-party providers. The App Market makes Wix suitable for building different types of websites,...

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Keeping people on your website

Keeping people on your website

Having a good website is essential for any business or organisation. Websites are swiftly becoming the key intersection between a company and the public that they hope to reach. And although attracting people to your website is undoubtedly the number one objective, also important is the ability to sustain your audience’s interaction with the site. Understanding bounce rate Bounce rate signifies how quickly a user leaves a website upon arrival. According to Google Analytics, this is measured by the percentage of visitors to a website who leave after seeing just one page. If someone leaves a website swiftly that either signifies that they couldn’t find what they were looking for, or that the website was difficult to navigate. So here are a few tips to help ensure that you don’t suffer a high ‘bounce rate’. Attracting the correct audience Often, people will leave a page because they quickly realise that the site doesn’t provide their desired information. This is often due to the incorrect use of keywords or vague meta-descriptions for search engine users. So be sure to streamline any tags to the bare essentials of what makes your website unique. Special offers Everyone likes to feel valued, and so make sure that there is something quickly identifiable as a special reason to stay on the site. For example, Uptown Aces offers members free play into tournaments to win real cash. Such offers encourage people to not only sign up, but also to keep coming back for more! Advertisements Although many websites gain their revenues through on-page advertising, it’s very important to make sure that such adverts don’t deter any users. Few things are more annoying than unwelcome pop-ups or splash pages, especially when they use auto-loading media that delays the page’s loading speed. Clear navigation Being able to quickly understand what’s on a website is incredibly important to retaining a new user. Keeping a simple navigation pane at the top of the page, with the main content being located centrally, and with any supplementary content such as links or adverts to the side is the best way of ensuring that the user can instantly find the desired information. Good design Whilst everyone may have differing opinions of what constitutes good design, there are a few simple tricks to ensure that your site is aesthetically appealing. Many sites like BBC News feature black text on a white background for the simple reason that it makes the content highly readable. And by implementing simple devices such as headings and bullet points into paragraphs of text, you’ll again ensure that the user has a more much enjoyable experience on your site....

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Exclusive Icon Set for Free

Exclusive Icon Set for Free

We have the pleasure to give you an Exclusive Icon Set, created by James Lynch from ArtfulClub Use the button bellow to get the .psd...

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WordPress Add-ons to Make your Work Easier

WordPress Add-ons to Make your Work Easier

A WordPress Plugin is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the WordPress Plugin Application Program Interface (API). Wishing that WordPress had some new or modified functionality? The first thing to do is to search various WordPress Plugin repositories and sources to see if someone has already created a WordPress Plugin that suits your needs. If not, this article will guide you through the process of creating your own WordPress Plugins. PowerAd – AdPress Addon Social Traffic Pop PRO Mobile CSS Pro   Ultimate Addons for Visual Composer WordPress Affiliate & Referral Plugin   Rcwd Upload for Advanced Custom Fields Redaktor Front-End HTML Editor   Sama Author Review WordPress Plugin Indeed Smart PopUp for WordPress   KK I Like It Post Voting WordPress Plugin   Premium Presentations This are just some of the WordPress Add-ons that can help you blog more easily and more efficient. You can check more options...

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Some Tips to Get Organic Traffic to your Blog

Some Tips to Get Organic Traffic to your Blog

There are unlimited ways by which you can drive traffic to your site. We have already discussed some of the working and actionable methods like using Blog commenting, Guest posting campaign, using social networks, buying paid traffic and today we will see how we can increase and get organic traffic to our blog and Websites. The best of profitable visitors which you can get to your site is from Organic search results. This means, when people search for something and land on your website, because these are the people who are most likely to convert into customers or clients. In blogging, it’s also most profitable as users will be seeing more high CPC Adsense ads, as they will be seeing ads based on their search term. Even direct advertisers look for blog, which gets natural traffic from search engines. Now, there are many search engines like Google, Bing but we mostly target Google as it’s one of the most used and popular search engine. Getting traffic from Organic search is always beneficial when it come to generate income from advertisements and affiliate programs. Another good reason to get organic traffic is that we get targeted visitors thus it increases the chances to lower down bounce rate and revisiting of readers. Apart from organic traffic there are other ways to drive huge traffic from social networking websites like Twitter or sometimes images might also help you to get targeted traffic. Easy to implement and tips to increase organic search traffic There are various things which you can do to get organic traffic and most important is SEO and we will start with the same. SEO SEO is all about search engine optimization. Making your site more search engine friendly and giving them what people are looking for. There are various aspect of SEO and it starts from On-page SEO, off page SEO, and on Site SEO. The best place to start is with On-site SEO. Make sure your site is not only indexable but also all important part is crawlable by Google bots. We always prefer to give you tips on SEO and quality articles, both the things go hand in hand when you want to generate traffic from search engine. It is important that you must take good care of Titles, Tags, URL, Descriptions, broken links etc. There are many things which must be taken care about when it comes to SEO. You can refer a checklist of SEO, which will help you with good organic traffic. SEO optimized content: Content marketing is the best way to attract organic traffic. The key is to write content based on something what people are seeking for. For example, this piece of content is written to make people understand...

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20+ New & Premium Quality (X)HTML/CSS Responsive Templates

20+ New & Premium Quality (X)HTML/CSS Responsive Templates

In today’s post, we would like to present 20 elegant, free and high quality XHTML+CSS Templates for your next project (some of them include the PSD-source files). You will also find among these elegant templates a very well written step-by-step tutorials showing you how to create your own. Hopefully some of these will meet your expectations and come in handy in your projects. Everyone’s running around trying to hop on the newest trend: flat design, but before flat, there was responsive web design. It was the craze two years ago, and 8/10 websites you will visit today are responsive. This is in response (tee-hee) to the mobile web revolution, of course. It has become the standard, even if a web design client is not specifically looking for a responsive website, it’s already a given that you, as a web designer or developer, need to deliver responsive sites all of the time. Related Articles: Premium Webdesign Elelments for FREE 11 High Quality Adobe Muse Themes New Retina Ready & Responsive WordPress Themes Let’s check this!!!   Isadora – Responsive Resume Portfolio Valid HTML5 & CSS3 Code, Powered by JQuery Cross-Browser Compatible: IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera & Mobile Browsers Clean and Modern Design Built With HTML5 and CSS3 Easy Setup Google Fonts Support Full Width Image Slider Responsive FlexSlider Included for Sliding Images, Video, Text etc. Powerful Gallery Plugin With Popup Window With Additional Information for Every Single Project Fully Responsive & Optimized for Smartphones and Tablets Filterable Portfolio Style 300+ Font Awesome Icons Fully Functional and Validated PHP Contact Form Responsive Navigation Menu Customer Support and many more…   Heylone – Responsive One Page Parallax Template Heylone is a one page fully responsive template designed and developed for business, portfolio or personal websites. It is fully responsive template based on Twitter Bootstrap 3.0 framework, that makes it readily available for all screen sizes from the bigger ones to smartphones. Its not only responsive whereas it is retina ready also, now no blurry images on your HiDPI and retina devices.   Lawyered Group – Responsive Retina HTML5 This template is a responsive and retina-ready HTML5 website with grid system layout. Mobile Touch optimized.   Pluto Parallax HTML Portfolio Template 4 different homepages – slider, fullscreen parallax slider, fullscreen slider, fullscreen parallax video Onepager and multipage Unlimited colors FontAwesome icons included (250+ Icons) Responsive HTML5/CSS3 design and more …   Vaigasai Admin Template Vaigasai Admin is a premium admin dashboard template with flat design concept. Flat color, Customized Chart, Easy to customize and developer friendly code. It is fully responsive admin dashboard template built with Bootstrap 3x Framework, HTML5 and CSS3, Media query, touch friendly and...

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What Mobile Users Want from Your Website

What Mobile Users Want from Your Website

With its latest survey Google has affirmed that smartphone owners want sites to be optimized for their smaller screens and are inclined to abandon those that aren’t. There’s nothing especially revealing or controversial in these particular findings. What’s more interesting about the study Google is releasing this morning is the data about features and capabilities that people want from mobile sites, including some specific things by vertical. Google used two independent research firms to survey more than 1,000 US adults, who also participated in focus group discussions and kept journals of their mobile activities. The interviews and survey took place in Q3 this year. Bad Experiences Hurt the Brand We know from considerable past research that mobile users don’t like to be frustrated by sites and user experiences that aren’t optimized for mobile. Google’s survey findings reinforce this: 72 percent of users said that mobile-friendly sites were important to them; however 96 percent had encountered sites that were not 74 percent of respondents said they’re more likely to revisit mobile-friendly sites A majority of users (67 percent) are more likely to buy or convert after a visit to a mobile-friendly site, while the opposite is also true of a non-mobile-friendly site: 61 percent say they’ll “move on” 55 percent said a frustrating experience on a (mobile) website would hurt the perception of the brand What Users Want from Mobile Sites Users expect mobile websites to load in under five seconds according to the survey findings. However even five seconds is a long time. The general proposition is: the faster the better. The survey also found that smartphone owners want the ability to take action when on a mobile website. The preceding chart shows the hierarchy of actions that mobile users consider to be important. It’s interesting that 53 percent said “download an app.” There are several things implied by this answer, but it suggests high demand for apps overall. The following graphic drills down on specific design and usability elements that people want from mobile sites. Tasks Vary by Vertical The survey explores several verticals and corresponding mobile user behaviors in Banking, Travel, Retail and Automotive. Below are the “most important tasks” users want to be able to perform or accomplish on mobile websites in each category according to the survey. Banking & Finance: Check account balances: 77 percent Get directions or operating hours: 65 percent Log into an account: 61 percent Pay bills: 51 percent Transfer money: 51 percent Travel: Check flight status: 78 percent Get directions or operating hours: 74 percent Check in for a flight or confirm a reservation: 69 percent Find a business location: 65 percent Log in to an account: 64...

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How SEO Looks in 2014

How SEO Looks in 2014

In the past we wrote a few articles about SEO for Web Designers and this will be an update with the new changes. The fundamentals we covered still form a great basis for the optimization of a website, but because of some changes to Google’s algorithm, I’ve decided to give you some additional advice about the application of these techniques. Constant Change Google tweak their search algorithm on a regular basis. In 2013, there were no fewer than fifteen noteworthy changes, in addition to several minor updates. You’ve probably heard of terms like ‘Google Panda’ and ‘Google Penguin’ before. These are the names given to major search algorithm changes. Panda, first released in 2011, is pretty much a content quality filter that lowers the rank of low quality sites. A year later, we saw the Penguin update, which targeted suspicious links, such as paid links or the use of link networks. Thousands of domains, including popular sites such as Rap Genius and Interflora, were hit by these tweaks. According to Google, Panda impacted 12% of all search results, while Penguin affected a further 3.1%. Hummingbird Those percentages are dwarfed by the Hummingbird update last year. According to Matt Cutts, it impacts more than 90% of searches worldwide, making it one of the biggest changes to Google’s algorithm in recent years. The goal of this update is to improve the semantic search capabilities of the search engine; improved understanding of intent and context should produce more relevant results. Perhaps the best illustration of the possibilities of this update is conversational search. Because of a better understanding of the meaning of words, Google can now answer search queries that have been difficult to solve in the past. SEO in 2014 SEO is ever-changing. Several approaches that have been very effective in the past, have become obsolete (which is why search engine optimization is such an interesting field!) Updates from previous years influence the way we do SEO in 2014. That’s why we need to take following changes into account: 100% (Not Provided) In 2013, Google decided to enable secure searching for all users. Owing to this SSL encryption, keyword data is no longer shared. You can see this for yourself. If you’re using Google Analytics, take a look atAcquisition > Keywords > Organic. The chances are that the top spot is taken by (not provided), indicating that the visitor used a secure search. This means that organic traffic from Google can no longer be tracked at a keyword level. Unfortunately, we lose a lot of valuable information about our visitors because of this ‘minor’ change. In 2014, it will be more difficult to optimize your site for relevant keywords. Saying that, Google wants us to stop focusing on keywords and start thinking about producing...

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Premium Webdesign Elelments for FREE

Premium Webdesign Elelments for FREE

In recent years, HTML5 has proven that it has to be taken seriously because it can really enhance the web, not only provide some cheap effects such as blinking text. In this article, I have compiled some amazing scripts for all web developers. Sure, you can use good old techniques like fluid layouts, but I’ve got something better to show you today. This elements will help you to create an adaptable website layout using CSS3. All of this resources are the result of creativity from the guys from CoDrops.   Split Layout This Blueprint is a layout with two sides, sometimes seen in portfolio websites of couples and partners. The idea is to show an initial two-sided view and when clicking on a side, the whole page transitions into the respective direction. The individual page of the selected person is shown. The Blueprint comes with some example media queries and a second demo where the disappearing side scales down. It will work in modern browsers (from IE9 on).   On scroll effect layout This Blueprint is a template for a on scroll effect layout. We’ve had some requests on how to achieve this effect of animating elements once they are in the viewport and decided to create a Blueprint for it. It works with adding a class for animating the two sides of a section. There is an example effect defined and also some media queries for dealing with smaller screens. On devices that support touch, we will not apply any effects due to the scrolling logic on touch devices. Please read more about this issue in this article by TJ VanToll: onscroll Event Issues on Mobile Browsers. Resource credit: iPad PSD Flat Mockup by Pixeden.   Responsive icon grid A grid of icons and text that adjusts its number of columns depending on the screen size as shown in some media queries. Some example effects are used for animating the elements on hover.   View mode switch A layout switch with two viewing modes: grid and list. The layout is defined by a view class that gets applied to the main wrapper. Some example media queries show how to make things responsive.   ON-SCROLL ANIMATED HEADER An animated header that will change its size on scroll. Once a certain amount of the page gets scrolled, the header will decrease its size and the inner elements will adjust their font-size/line height. There are example media queries for dealing with different screen sizes.   A responsive multi-column form This Blueprint is a simple, responsive multi-column form style that comes with example media queries for creating a switching layout. The form has three columns and depending on the screens...

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[Tutorial] How to create a theme for Ghost

[Tutorial] How to create a theme for Ghost

The blogging platform Ghost has been getting a lot of attention recently due to its recent move from beta to public release (if you somehow haven’t heard of it yet, head over here and read up). Like other platforms, Ghost supports third party ‘themes’. In this article we’ll design a simple, responsive and content-driven blog. Then code it into a fully-functional theme for Ghost. The design The default theme for Ghost, ‘Casper’, is very clean looking. They put content first, showing off the typography with a modern color palette, so that the focus is on the writing. We’re going to follow that lead, so our design process needs to start by understanding how Ghost works and what’s available to the user in the back-end. There are 4 main elements that we’ll be able to draw upon from the back-end while designing the theme (apart from the articles/posts themselves obviously) which are: Blog title Blog description Blog logo Blog cover All of which can be set in the Settings tab in Ghost. These point the design in an obvious direction of some sort of banner at the top of the page, which contains the title, logo and description and a cover picture as a background. The home page So we really only have to design 2 pages, that is the home page, which shows all of the latest posts, and the individual post page. As the design is relatively simple, I’ll show the finished page first, then go over the details again. So here is the “home” page which displays the latest posts: So as you can see, colourful highlights, along with basic and clean design. Let’s run over the details again. So we’ve got the header, that contains the logo (here I’ve made a little sheet costume for a ghost), the name of the blog and the description. So if the user chooses a cover photo we’ll put it in as a full-width background image here. If not we’ll go for a solid blue color that’ll be our highlight color as above. Then we’ve got some content boxes in which we’ll show all the information about each post (title, published date, author, tags) and the excerpt. Finally we make a simple pagination link and a footer. In the article share box, the footer and all throughout the site we’re using a custom icon font made at Fontello and the font Open Sans from Google Web Fonts. Which we’ll see how to implement later. The individual post page This design is very similar to the home page. Except the block in which we enclosed the excerpt before will now stretch full-height and show all the content. Plus we’ll add an author box at the bottom. So everything...

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