Jan 15 2015

Give Your Online Shop Personality – or Even Better: a Smile

Online stores have one big problem: They are anonymous, have no personality at all and lack in atmosphere and emotion. There is no smiling account manager who welcomes you (although, in the real world this is also an exception rather than a rule), instead product and advertising photographs, links, and buttons dominate the online shop. This affects Amazon as well as big fashion stores and small private shops. Surely, you can’t bring bits and bytes to life, and an online store is only present on the visitor’s screen.

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Jan 14 2015

5 Best Free HTML Editors for Web Developers on Mac OS X

Everyone, who wants to develop websites, needs an HTML editor or rather a development environment. There are, of course, several fee-based editors of high quality, but if you do not need your development environment every day, a free application will be perfectly fine. That an editor is free of charge does not mean that it is of low quality. One of the best development environments is available as permanently free evaluation version. You can “test” it as long as you want. However, if the editor suits you, you should be fair and purchase it. Below, we present you a selection of the best free HTML editors for Mac OS. X

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Jan 13 2015

Pretty Colorful: Webdesign for High-Context Cultures

Occasionally, Asian and Western webdesign are poles apart. If you want a proof, check out the German and Chinese websites of a famous fast-food chain, or the Chinese news portal Tom.com. With its animated sequence of images, it may put some Western viewers on edge.

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Jan 12 2015

Web App Manifest: Open Websites Like Native Apps on Mobile Devices

Native apps for smartphones and tablets are still popular but not always necessary. Instead you can create web applications using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Thanks to the JavaScript APIs, you have access to the accelerometer, enabling you to recognize gestures and react accordingly. The web app manifest allows you to add classic app features to your web application, including special launcher icons and names that are shorter than the usually very long titles of HTML documents.

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Jan 08 2015

Enjoy Inspiration: Best Design Practices Daily

Creative workers need a mixture of different fuels. But one of the more important parts of this composite is inspiration. Inspiration is, of course, everywhere. Then again, sitting away long office hours cuts you from natural sources of inspiration and throws you back into virtuality. If you are like me, you’ll be happy about each new source of inspiration reachable from inside the cubicles of the world. And if this source of inspiration is a curated collection of best design practices, the better…

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Jan 07 2015

E-commerce with WordPress: Create Your Own Online Shop Easily

More and more people all over the world use WordPress to run their online shops. You can choose from various sophisticated plugins and themes. Some of them are even suitable for the legally difficult German market. Running an online shop in Germany can be still quite complicated. No one want’s to get a cease and desist letter just for overlooking an important detail. Therefore, we’ll also show you some solutions that help you gain a foothold in the German market. Then you’ll be on the safe side and can concentrate on your actual business. Let’s have a look at some “e-commerce with WordPress” solutions…

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Jan 06 2015

Stress-free WordPress Backup Strategies for Everyone

When you run your own website then there is practically nothing more important than a good backup strategy. If you have already once lost all of the work you’ve invested in your website then you will know exactly what I mean. If you carry out regular backups, then you will always enjoy the feeling that – regardless of what may come – you will always be able to recover your website without much effort and without losing data. Today we are looking at which backup options are available, what is highly recommendable and what you need to watch out for.

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Jan 05 2015

More Traffic, Less Noise: 15 Social News Websites You Must Know

Social news websites are popular in the whole world, as they are an effective and time-saving way to drive more traffic to your own website, while at the same time keeping you up to date with current news on topics you are interested in. The principle is quite simple. A social news website lets readers write short articles and link them to the source – for example your own blog article. In that way, even a beginner in blogging can secure himself more user traffic to his website. The social news site works as a catalyst, sparking a flame. The site offers the information seeker a simple, minimalistic design and a crowd based prioritization in order to not let any important news pass unnoticed. Some focus on a niche. To find the suitable social news site to fit your needs and topics is not always easy, however. This is why we compiled all of the useful offers into the following list.

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Jan 02 2015

How to Find the Perfect Free WordPress Theme

The overwhelming number of free available themes on WordPress.org can be confusing. You can choose from almost 3,000 themes of more or less good quality. And here we’re faced with the dilemma: How can we separate the (small) set of high-quality themes from the “rest”, which is sometimes a catastrophe in design aspects? We’re going to show you how to separate the wheat from the chaff, and we will also talk about the aspects that are important for choosing the ideal theme for your website.

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Dec 31 2014

December 2014: 23 Versatile and Free WordPress Themes to Grow Your (Blog-)Business

The end of the year is always that time when I get into thinking about my sites. Are they on track? Is a design change needed? How can I refine and fine-tune them to better support my goals. A new design might not seem mandatory. But as design is what is seen I always end up implementing a fresh one anyway. If you can relate to that, check out our collection of fresh and free templates for self-hosted WordPress sites and see which one fits best…

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