Finding the Middle Ground: How to Compromise with Clients

Aug 28 2013 by Rick Debus | No Comments

No one is right 100% of the time, not even the most experienced and battle-tested professional designers among us. If you’re doing work for a client and they shoot down what you feel is a strong design concept, don’t take it personally.

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5 Mistakes You Should Avoid When A/B Testing Your Designs

Aug 26 2013 by Smriti Chawla | 16 Comments

5 Mistakes You Should Avoid When A/B Testing Your Designs

A/B testing can help improve your web designs. Even a small tweak such as changing the location of your call-to-action button can increase sales by 35.6%. Performing A/B tests will let you verify that your design changes lead to better results.

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The 7 Stages of Drupal’s Learning Curve

Aug 23 2013 by Fredric Mitchell | 6 Comments

The 7 Stages of Drupal's Learning Curve

Drupal is awesome. Drupal is flexible. But Drupal is also hard.

If you’re just starting off developing with Drupal or have gone through a handful Drupal projects, it’s OK to feel lost. We’ve all been there.

The stages to getting through the difficult times with Drupal are remarkably similar to the well-known Kubler-Ross model for dealing with grief.

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The Perfect Client is Not So Perfect After All

Aug 21 2013 by Roy Condrey | 5 Comments

The Perfect Client is Not So Perfect After All

We all want to work with the "perfect client".

While the word perfect is highly subjective, I can state with some degree of confidence that the "perfect client" for us web designers would be a client that:

  • Gives us complete creative control
  • Tells us what they want
  • Leaves us alone to get the job done (i.e., they aren’t a micro-manager)

However, I can tell you from my experience that having a client that goes overboard on those three things is far from perfect.

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WebRTC: An Opportunity for Entrepreneurial Web Developers

Aug 19 2013 by Max McChesney | 5 Comments

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WebRTC, an open standard for real-time communication between web browsers, is a game-changing technology that’s projected to reach one billion devices by the end of 2013.

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Free Online Payment Icon Set (PSD and PNG)

Aug 16 2013 by Stefan Irava | 1 Comment

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Search Engine Rankings or Your Users?

Aug 14 2013 by Kerry Butters | 3 Comments

Search Engine Rankings or Your Users?

Google isn’t completely transparent with how web pages are ranked on their search engine results pages, but Google employee Matt Cutts has in the past confirmed that site speed does have a bearing on search engine ranking. Why? "Faster sites create happy users," Cutts said.

A recent study by Moz (producers of SEO software) carried out by data scientist Matt Peters along with Zoompf (a website performance platform) took an in-depth look at the correlation between site speed and Google search engine rankings.

The findings confirmed that website speed does matter when it comes to search engine rankings, but it’s Time To First Byte (TTFB) that makes the difference rather than page load times.

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