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SEO for Curators & Aggregators: 5 Steps to Great Curation SEO | WP-Drudge

SEO for Curators & Aggregators: 5 Steps to Great Curation SEO | WP-Drudge | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
The SEO challenge for curators can be seen 2 different ways: not enough original content and too much duplicate content. Follow these steps to get great SEO on your curation site.
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Fresh Tools for Designers and Developers

Fresh Tools for Designers and Developers | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
CodeFights, UXPorn, Real Favicon Generator and many more like these tools, applications and websites are the part of this week’s list of fresh tools of the last week of the month of August 2014.
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20 Best JavaScript Frameworks For Web Developers

20 Best JavaScript Frameworks For Web Developers | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Handling the advanced JavaScript programming is very difficult and time consuming. To overcome this limitation a lot of JavaScript libraries have been developed which are sometimes also known as JavaScript Frameworks.
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15+ Awesome Food Web Designs & One BIG Mistake Your Design Can Learn From

15+ Awesome Food Web Designs & One BIG Mistake Your Design Can Learn From | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it

Marty Note
Food Websites are great places to learn key elements of web design such as:

* Sensual and romantic images.
* Great mouth watering headlines.
* Visual marketing storytelling.

I like http://www.whitmansnyc.com/ and Soup Peddler. Whitmans BRANDS a hamburger beautifully. Food is HARD to shoot. Food can easily look TERRIBLE in a picture especially a picture with limited web resolution. Whitmans solves that problem creatively with a thin transparent layer between us and the burger. Well done!

Soup Peddler, in the example shown, is the ONLY site that includes PEOPLE. Foodies have "widget-itis" worse than techies. Widget don't sell as well as PEOPLE.

The SINGLE possible exception to that rule might be a foodie site, the one in 10M foodie sites that creates INCLUSION with their food. Whitman's is close since a hamburger is a universal thing, but the site remains a tad sterile due to lack of community.

If you scroll down below Whatman's hero you will see another pet peeve. WHY do web designers EVER let someone show an interior image WITHOUT PEOPLE.

Yes the lines are clean and the emptiness is sort of beautiful, but think about the NONVERBAL communication sent by an empty room. How long do you stay in an empty room when there is a party going on next door?

Food Heroes
So, foodie sites need people. There are several ways I would work people into the equation so the story being  told feels more inclusive and fun:

* Chef as Hero.
* People with SMILES looking UP at chef or waitstaff.
* Fan as hero (with story).

Food heroes (largest image on the page = hero) need to be QUIET and CONFIDENT. Too much NOISE or any WEAKNESS and we don't trust a website (or eat their food).

The CHEF is a hero that WORKS for any restaurant. Seeing Wolfgang Puck creates a brand. Seeing a chef wearing whites with a slightly stained towel over his (or her) shoulder says, "My food is so amazing you haven't LIVED until you've eaten here".

Instead of EMPTY rooms the picture is smiling, well dressed people looking up at the Chef or waitstaff listening in rapt attention. Better if dishes are gone b/c signals meal is over and everyone is still smiling (a tacit endorsement).

DON'T STAGE THIS PHOTO. Shoot it when a group is in for dinner (with permission and releases). Share the event and caption the photo. NEVER stage actors in food websites. Canned art + food says NO TRUST and DANGEROUS.

If your fans are MODEL good looking TELL THE STORY of the event that prompted the picture. What was being celebrated, shared or discussed. If the group is a nonprofit your restaurant supports MORE THE BETTER as you can tell 2 stories in one (risky but worth it).

Finally, you can feature a fan in your hero, BUT same "no canned or artificial" photos here either. ALSO, click me through to a page of pictures of other fans and stories (why they wanted to share their picture and story about FOOD i.e. make sure people know they aren't related :).

Food is SO individual, what I like and what you like can be very different, so think about the 5 stories you need to tell that "star" your content (i.e. tells the stories that cover the rainbow of your food's tribes).


One story shares love of sauces and sweet. Another story tells the visual romance story. Another might discuss meeting the chef and getting to know the "people behind the scenes".


Sharing different and strategically savvy stories creates the "like me" connection with the different tribes your food, restaurant and content should attract. Every restaurant has a passion. Share that passion.

Also share the reception the food creates, the passion others have for the food. Tell those stories in those ways and your foodie (or other) website wins hearts, minds and loyalty.



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How to Create an Awesome Website Footer #websitedesign

How to Create an Awesome Website Footer #websitedesign | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
While designing a website, designers need to focus on all the important aspects that work in favor and are important to be included in the design. There are three most important elements of any website design – the header, the content and the footer.
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Inspirational Examples of Websites Using Parallax Scrolling

Inspirational Examples of Websites Using Parallax Scrolling | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
To show everyone how Parallax scrolling can be used in a website we have collected some awesome websites which make use of Parallax scrolling in the most efficient way possible as examples.
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Sitemaps Best Practices Including Large Web Sites

Sitemaps Best Practices Including Large Web Sites | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it

One of the key Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies for web sites is to have high quality sitemaps helping search engines to discover and access all relevant content posted on that web site. Sitemaps offer this really simple way for site owners to share information with every search engine about the content they have on their site instead of having to rely solely on crawling algorithms (ie: crawlers, robots) to find it.


The Sitemaps protocol defined at www.sitemaps.org, is a now widely supported. Often web sites and some Content Management Systems (CMSs) offers sitemaps by default or as an option. Bing even offers an open source server-side technology, Bing XML Sitemap Plugin, for websites running on Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows® Server, as well as Apache HTTP Server.

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The All-Inclusive Guide to Web Typography Best Practices

The All-Inclusive Guide to Web Typography Best Practices | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
In this article, we dive deep into case studies and research data to present an authoritative, all-inclusive guide to web typography best practices on the internet.
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The best free WordPress plugins for September 2014

The best free WordPress plugins for September 2014 | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Plugins, plugins, and more plugins! We’re back with another roundup of WordPress extensions that might be just what you need for your next project.
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Reasons for You to Switch to HTML5, and Examples that Further Advocate it

Reasons for You to Switch to HTML5, and Examples that Further Advocate it | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
A virtuoso stretch of innovation, HTML5 is indeed a technology that has brought new blood to the genre of website development.
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Favicon Generator - Generate favicon pictures and HTML

Favicon Generator - Generate favicon pictures and HTML | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Generate favicon pictures and HTML code for all major platforms at once.

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How You Can Create A Mobile Friendly Online Store

How You Can Create A Mobile Friendly Online Store | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
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Predicting and adapting to new trends or major shifts can certainly give your business a competitive edge (and failing to do so can force you out of the race as well).
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Accent Colors and Their Role in Web Design

Accent Colors and Their Role in Web Design | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
What is the most decisive element on a website? You might think it is content, and right you are. Though, there are many circumstances affecting on how this content is perceived by user and if it is eye-catching at all.
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Introducing the Best Fonts of 2014

Introducing the Best Fonts of 2014 | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
We have decided to make a research in the latest typefaces and fonts in order to discover the best ones. We have found 15 free fonts which we consider to be very important.
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How to Use Color Filters for Fantastic Website Designs

How to Use Color Filters for Fantastic Website Designs | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Basic technique of using color filters in the old good days in graphic design has got a new birth in the website design recently. Though the color only slightly dilutes the whole design.
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Data-Backed Tips for Getting Your Content Shared on Facebook

Data-Backed Tips for Getting Your Content Shared on Facebook | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it

If you’re normal — you have a beating heart and functioning mind — then you want more shares on Facebook. A huge part of this desire is just because you’re human. All humans want recognition and approval. Another huge part of this desire is just good marketing. If we are to be successful in content marketing and social media marketing, then we haveto get more shares on Facebook.

I’m going to tell you how to do that.

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Why You Want to Use Whitespace in Web Design

Why You Want to Use Whitespace in Web Design | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
The term Whitespace in web design is usually referred to the blank space around all other design elements (pics, graphics, text, columns, menus etc.). In fact, it doesn’t necessarily has to be of white color.
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10+ Examples Video Backgrounds in Web Design

10+ Examples Video Backgrounds in Web Design | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
How about the idea of playing a video on your website? We did not mean like uploading it. We meant for the website background. Yes, that is the key to attract visitor to your website. So here are 10 examples video backgrounds in web design.
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14 Free Frontend jQuery Plugins

14 Free Frontend jQuery Plugins | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Here is another collection of some jQuery plugins and this time we are showcasing 14 fronted jQuery plugins for you. These plugins have become quite popular among the developers in a very short period of time.
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Design With a Mobile Mind: Converting Multi-screen Consumers

Download the whitepaper here: http://goo.gl/49iTcE Learn with Google ClickZ Conference in SF 8/12/14
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20 Web Development Tools And Design Resources That Will Make Your Life Easier

20 Web Development Tools And Design Resources That Will Make Your Life Easier | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Web developers had to become more and more creative and ingenious. Luckily for them, the array of tools that will make their lives easier has also grown.
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Microsoft recreates their 1994 website

Microsoft recreates their 1994 website | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
20 years ago, seems like a long time right? Much has changed right? Remember your first website you designed? Well don't feel bad even the giants of the software world were experimenting back then with space themes and low res gifs.
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Beautiful Open: A compendium of beautiful open source projects

Beautiful Open: A compendium of beautiful open source projects | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Here’s a neat little online resource for you, courtesy of Chicago-based GroupOn developer Trek Glowacki.


Beautiful Open is a compendium of beautifully-designed open source projects, showcasing everything from content management systems (CMS) to Javascript SVG libraries.

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Color Palette Generator for Web Designers

Color Palette Generator for Web Designers | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Creating an attention for grabbing and unique color palette can be very perplexing job to do. Best Color Palette Generator for Web Designers
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10 Handy CSS Animation Tools for Developers 2014

10 Handy CSS Animation Tools for Developers 2014 | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
Today, we've present 10 super handy CSS animation tools 2014 that are helpful for developer. All these CSS animation tools 2014 are super handy, time-saving
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20 Colorful, Smart and Beautiful Web Designs Inspiration for Web Designer

20 Colorful, Smart and Beautiful Web Designs Inspiration for Web Designer | WebsiteDesign | Scoop.it
In this post we have presented 20 colorful, smart and beautiful web design collection.
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My name is Brian Yanish & yes I am a nerd. Now that I got that out of the way, what do I really do? I'm the founder of MarketingHits, a company that helps other businesses find new ways to connect with customers online. http://www.MarketingHits.com