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7 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Website Host

You spend a lot of time designing a website to attract users and convert them into customers. However, what many entrepreneurs don’t realize is that it’s just as important to choose a good web host as it is to choose a good Web designer. Often, new site owners go with the cheapest and easiest Web-hosting […]

8 Analog Tools to Help You Design

Design doesn’t just happen in software, editors, or the browser—it often starts offline with the simplest of tools: pen and paper. With that in mind, let’s do a round up of helpful analog tools that can aid you in the process of brainstorming, doodling, sketching, wireframing, or prototyping by hand.

Make your site more sociable with OpenGraph markup

These days, before people click on your site they will probably see it through a link shared on your social network of choice, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on. Usually these sites are smart enough to extract descriptive information about your page and display that so followers already get a good idea of […]

Design Focus: Embrace the Chaos

Understanding and navigating through sites requires a certain amount of order, so when designers get busy with dazzling visualizations and arrangements, there remains a method to their madness.

Schema: Using Structured Data Markup to Improve Your Site’s SEO

A beautifully developed website doesn’t matter if no one ever sees it. Incorporating structured data markup, according to standards from the Schema.org project, makes it easier for search engines to crawl your site. Although there’s no hard evidence that structured data markup directly improves search rankings, it can increase the number of referrals from search […]

How to Scale Your WordPress Site by Hosting It on AWS

Setting up an AWS instance to host your WordPress sites can mean better speed and more bandwidth to accommodate your publishing dreams. Self-hosting can be much more cost-effective, but you’ll be in charge of everything, including keeping AWS updated and providing AWS security for your site. Here’s a guide for spinning up WordPress on AWS […]

Design Focus: Stacking Order

There are many different ways to provide the illusion of depth, and for these set of featured sites it’s all about stacking different layers of content one on top of the other, resulting in very interesting interaction and interface design.

Design Focus: Pins & Trails

These websites use maps to illuminate information or as a strong motif in their designs.

4 Web Design Principles That Will Make or Break Your Design Today

Web design, like everything else, doesn’t stay the same for centuries. It is constantly evolving to match the needs of today’s online browsers. As more technology emerges, we learn new things about web design and how to keep it functioning smoothly. Today, the fundamentals of web design are largely about understanding your user and catering […]

5 of the Most Effective WordPress Security Tips on the Internet

In an age where hackers prey on small businesses and their websites, it’s more important than ever to ensure your WordPress site is as protected as possible. Thankfully, by addressing a handful of common issues, you can effortlessly increase your overall level of security and diminish your chances of being targeted by these nosy criminals.

Design Focus: Websites are Made of These

Metaphors are a cornerstone of design, but what if the design itself shows the tools and components used to build a website? The result is an interesting “x-ray” into the web design process, as seen in this week’s featured sites.

Design Focus: Circular Navigation

Circular motifs are very much alive these days, and your site will stand out even more when used as a navigational interface.

Design Focus: Non-Linear Scroll

Like the previous websites that encourage you to tilt your head, these ones featured below encourage you to rethink browsing interactions and wonder: does scrolling through a page have to happen from top to bottom only?

Design Focus: By The Letter

This week’s websites feature beautiful, iconic letterforms that serve as design anchors to the content.

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