Business Online

Modern SEO: The Google Ranking Factor HTTPS and Let’s Encrypt

April 22nd, 2016
by Andreas Hecht
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Modern SEO: The Google Ranking Factor HTTPS and Let's Encrypt

From time to time, Google implements new ranking factors. In the year 2014, Google announced the encryption of websites with an HTTPS certificate as a ranking factor. Many websites have since switched to HTTPS, and can confirm first advantages in the ranking. Yes, it is already possible to measure gains in the ranking. The switch to the new protocol surely is complicated in many...

(Free) Services

Collaboration Tools: Design Discussions in the Browser

April 21st, 2016
by Denis Potschien
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Collaboration Tools: Design Discussions in the Browser

Instead of presenting drafts and finished layouts to your customer on site, the internet is becoming an increasingly more popular method. While layouts used to be sent via email, there are plenty of tools now, which ease presentation, receiving feedback, and collaboration in general. Apart from pure graphic layouts and mockups, there are also services that take screenshots of websites or allow the user...

Business Online

WordPress: Salon Booking Lets Your Clients Book Your Services

April 20th, 2016
by Dieter Petereit
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WordPress: Salon Booking Lets Your Clients Book Your Services

Salon Booking is one of these WordPress plugins that you either need desperately or not at all. If you run any kind of business that depends on your clients making appointments, it is likely that Salon Booking can do wonders to you. Instead of making people call you to reserve your time slots or tables or other time-related resources you can simply let them...

Boilerplates & Other Tools

Foundation for Emails 2: Responsive, Simple, Universal

April 20th, 2016
by Denis Potschien
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Foundation for Emails 2: Responsive, Simple, Universal

While you can use HTML5 and CSS3 in modern browsers without any issues, and assume that Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explore or Edge display everything the way you expect them to, email services are a different story. Every program has its own idea of how to display HTML and CSS. “Foundation for Emails 2” is a new, extensive framework that allows for sophisticated emails...

Business Online

Google Analytics: How to Avoid High Bounce Rates

April 19th, 2016
by Andreas Hecht
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Google Analytics: How to Avoid High Bounce Rates

If you own a website and use Google Analytics to keep track of visitors, you will quickly notice that the infamous bounce rate can shoot up pretty high. Bounce rates of over 60 percent are not a rare sight. High bounce rates are not always a bad thing. That’s why we’ll take a close look at what the bounce rate actually is, how it...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

April 18th, 2016
by Nataly Birch
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100 Free Resources for Mobile Designers

With the constant updates in a range of iPhones, Android-powered devices, and other smartphones, it is not surprising that mobile user interfaces take up a huge market share. Material design, a brand new Google’s visual language, adds fuel to the fire, strengthening this field and placing it in the dominant position. Good graphical material that can assist in this matter such as profiles, slide-out...

Technology

Instead of Instant Articles: Google’s AMP Accelerates Mobile Content

April 17th, 2016
by Andreas Hecht
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Instead of Instant Articles: Google’s AMP Accelerates Mobile Content

Google’s new project AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) exists since last October. The open source project AMP wants to reduce the loading times of websites significantly. Today’s websites are getting increasingly more bloated and carry weight, which often turns page loading on a smartphone into a waiting game. That’s why the goal is to reduce page load times down to milliseconds so that surfing on...

Plugins

How to Create Custom WordPress Widgets

April 16th, 2016
by Andreas Hecht
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How to Create Custom WordPress Widgets

Aside from plugins, custom WordPress widgets are another great way of adding useful features to your WordPress. While most of the time, plugins provide specific features for the website, like displaying related articles, for example, widgets extend the possible features for your theme’s widget areas. You can think of many interesting features here, for example displaying an “about me” box or your latest tweets....

Business Online

SEO State of the Art: What’s Important in 2016

April 15th, 2016
by Andreas Hecht
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SEO State of the Art: What's Important in 2016

It doesn’t hurt to take a close look at the development of search engine optimization from time to time. What will become important in 2016? What will change? The trend is definitely leaning towards the mobile internet. Google’s new AMP project already hints at that. Of course, the increasing implementation of apps in the mobile search will become a relevant factor as well. Google...

Essentials

Best of 2015: 100 Free Resources for Sketch App

April 14th, 2016
by Nataly Birch
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100 Free Resources for Sketch App

Lightweight, handy, cost-effective and powerful – Sketch App was a dark horse that took the web by storm not so many years ago and became an alternative to goliaths such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Although it is available just for aficionados and lucky owners of Macs, this does not stop it from conquering the creative offices around the world. The majority of the premium...

Essentials

Typography Heaven: 43 Free Serif Fonts to Dream of

April 13th, 2016
by Andreas Hecht
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Typography Heaven: 43 Free Serif Fonts to Dream of

Designers never own too many fonts. Serif fonts are the most popular when it comes to print projects. So why not stack up a decent stock? I have carefully selected a bunch of the prettiest types I could find. If you need support for other languages than English, most of these will have your back. Before using one of the more vaguely licenced fonts...

Design

The Most Beautiful Layer Fonts and How to Use Them in Web Design

April 12th, 2016
by Denis Potschien
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The Most Beautiful Layer Fonts and

Multi-colored text is no invention of digital typography. In the 19th century already, there were some fonts that were divided into two or more cuts so that they can be printed above each other in different colors. The OpenType Format provides these so-called layer fonts for digital use as well. Especially for 3D and shadow effects, plenty of fonts that allow for multi-colored display...