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Web Designer’s Arsenal: a Collection of Free Useful Websites

Web Designer’s Arsenal: a Collection of Free Useful Websites | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

 

A designers are always lacking materials to create a design. Even if time is running out, it’s better to exceed the deadline than do the bad job. The musician has musical instruments to give the world to hear the sounds that play in his head; an artist has a brush, paint and easel to paint a picture that he has in mind, but what about the web designer? A designer has a set of favourite websites with free useful stuff in his bookmarks.

 

This web designer’s arsenal helps him to win a fight with hard-to-pleased clients and implement all the amazing ideas in order to create a truly great design.

 

Today I’m going to share with you a collection of free useful websites from my own bookmarks. Of course, I often use a Google search to find some stuff i need. However, why can’t you go to the particular website and know that you will find needed things there for sure. Today’s collection is not just ordinary freebies. To be honest, I spent a lot of time to collect all those websites and all of them have helped me to create really good design at one time. So, take a look at them, choose and download. 

 

Web Designer’s Arsenal: a Collection of Free Useful Websites


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Five Ways to Create Your Prospects' Favorite Website

Five Ways to Create Your Prospects' Favorite Website | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

What's so great about your website? If you don't have an answer to that question, we'd better get to work. Your prospects have a huge array of websites to choose to visit—and buy or learn from. You have to give them good reasons to choose yours. You need to create a website that your target audience will love to visit.


So how do you turn your website into your prospect's favorite online business destination?


Here are five options you can implement right away.

 

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5 Tricks to Drive Traffic to Your Website

5 Tricks to Drive Traffic to Your Website | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

Your new site is slick--but what if it's a digital ghost town? Try a few of these tricks to flag down more visitors.

 

It doesn't matter how slick your website looks: If no one comes to it, good luck building that Web business.

Some entrepreneurs use the time-tested technique of paying for ads to get traffic. Others generate buzz through promotional stunts, or try tweeting with reckless abandon. But those aren't your only options. Here are five strategies to try to push your traffic numbers skyward:

 

1. Pay pennies for YouTube views.

The concept of paying for ads (à la Google Adwords) has been around for years. One new technique, though, is to pay for YouTube viewers. Virool.com is one option. You can post a video, and then pay about one penny per view. The idea is that Virool pushes your videos out to a targeted audience culled from its network of publishers. Once someone watches your video, he or she may want to visit your website as well. Just be sure your site is set up to cater to Web viewers: Offer other videos and media as well as an engaging call to action.

 

2. Get specific on Twitter.

Twitter is one of the best ways to generate traffic, because you can target users, groups, and topics. Experts say the trick is to get specific: Send tweets to popular social networking gurus who might respond, and make sure you actively retweet those in similar fields. "The average person on Twitter reads around 200 tweets a day," says Jeffrey Powers, a popular blogger and podcaster. "Reposting a tweet is not a bad idea: 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 9 p.m. are good times to tweet. The best time is between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. I have my content retweeted constantly, which adds to my reach."

 

3. Run on Groupon

Ryan Chaffin, an investment and marketing expert, says one good strategy is to run a Groupon. This might seem like a stretch for a company that does not sell a product, but every business has something to sell. For example, a Web design company might run a coupon offering services for half-price. When bargain hunters investigate what your company offers, you'll probably get more traffic to your website. Note that the approval process to post coupons can take up to two weeks.

 

4. Launch a Kickstarter campaign

You may not want to seek funding from Kickstarter, especially if your company is already solvent--but that's not why you'd try this strategy. Kickstarter's major advantage is that it's incredibly popular. That means, if you create a campaign, even if it is for one part of your marketing activities or to create one new product, it can be an effective way to generate traffic and attention quickly. Erin Cheyne from Mousetrap Group, a text-message marketing company, says Kickstarter is one of the best traffic generators around right now, mostly because people are curious enough to click.

 

5. Write a counterpoint blog post

Joseph Turian, the president of MetaOptimize, a technical consultancy, says one way to generate buzz on your site is to write a guest blog that offers an alternative viewpoint and get it published on a popular website. Say everyone else is buzzing about Kickstarter or Groupon. Offer your take on why you think neither site is worth the time. (Of course, only take this option if you genuinely hold that viewpoint.) Make sure that your post includes a link back to your site. And be ready for some backlash and visitors looking to post negative comments.

 

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Marketing Techniques for Any New Website Launch

Marketing Techniques for Any New Website Launch | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

Whenever you’re putting a new website online there’s no simple way to attract lots of visitors. Social media allows for a much faster viral growth process. But ultimately you need to find different marketing outlets to build up links, so more people will find your website over time.

 

I want to share a few tips for Internet marketing which should be done right after a new website launch. There is a laundry list of trends you can follow which really bring attention to newer websites. And of course this isn’t an exhaustive list, but merely a guide for getting started. Different niche websites will benefit from various marketing strategies, and it’s up to you to determine which of these content-specific strategies will work best!

 

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Eight Website Super Signals That Increase Brand Trust

Eight Website Super Signals That Increase Brand Trust | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

Getting lost down a dark alley in a seedy, unfamiliar part of town is nobody's idea of a good time, so don't make your customers wonder whether they've visited the wrong side of the Web when they come to your website. That's particularly true of small business websites.


Brand trust is critical to converting site visitors into customers, but how is it created if your name isn't Apple or Coca-Cola?

 

Here's a list of eight quality signals that, when implemented on your website, will increase not only brand trust but also conversions, which means more revenue for your business's bottom line.

 

 

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Some of the most common web design faults for small business websites

Some of the most common web design faults for small business websites | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

3 Web-design errors made by small businesses

 

SUMMARY: Small businesses often scare away potential customers by making basic mistakes when putting together their websites, according to this post. Spelling mistakes, overly complex navigation systems and crowded layouts all scare away casual surfers, the blogger warns. "Your business website is like an online shop front. If your shop front doesn't look good, then no-one is going to explore the shop," the author writes.

 

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What Makes Someone Leave Your Website? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Makes Someone Leave Your Website? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it
Did you know that that 40% of web visitors never return to a website after a bad browsing experience?

 

Businesses by and large have come to understand the value of creating compelling content for attracting and retaining web visitors. But it is also important to ensure that a website is designed in a way that ensures a compelling user journey.

 

You surely don’t want your visitors to head to the exit door of your web real estate as soon as they have entered, right?


The question remains – what makes for a bad web experience? According to Kissmetrics, things such as poor navigation, obtrusive use of video and audio, boring content and design, and poor legibility can put online users off and result in excruciating bounce rates.

 

Kissmetrics provide the answer in this infographic, visualising some examples of what not to do when designing your website but also dishing out advice on how web design mistakes could be fixed.

 

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The Ultimate Startup Website Checklist

The Ultimate Startup Website Checklist | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it

This post is recap on some of the highlights from a how-to created by MercuryGrove. I feature some of the most impressive startup strategies we encounter at StartupPlays and share them free, here at business2community.com. Enjoy.


If you would prefer this checklist in it’s interactive form you can get it FREE here.


Whether a seasoned developer, designer, or startup entrepreneur, you need a website that reflects your ability and ambition. You may have a website driving 50K plus visitors/month, or a newly launched beta landing page, however in my experience it’s impossible to remember all the tiny details when launching a site.


We’ve put together the ultimate website checklist that is the most comprehensive list of “must-haves” when building, launching, or managing a website.

 

 

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20 Photography Websites for Inspiration

20 Photography Websites for Inspiration | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it
These cool photography websites will ignite your love for photography and inspire to click more often and share your work with the world.

Via Tiaan Jonker, Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist
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Website Speed: 14 Rules For Faster-Loading Websites [Infographic]

Website Speed: 14 Rules For Faster-Loading Websites [Infographic] | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it
Are you struggling with website speed? This infographic provides 14 website speed optimizing tips that could be very useful for getting that solved today.

 

If you are struggling with website speed issues, check out the 14 rules for a faster-loading websites listed in this infographic. In addition to these things, make sure your plugins are all updated. You can check your logs to see what is hogging your resources if you notice your site locks up at certain times. You can also call your hosting company because many times they will have a standard list of helpful optimization tips which they can email you. The best piece of advice I can give you is don’t give up. The problem of website speed can be solved. It just takes a commitment to solve the problem. Richard has convinced me that nothing is impossible, and I’ve seen him solve complex website issues here at Bit Rebels which I thought were unsolvable. You can definitely do it too!

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9 Chances for Website Conversion Optimization You Don't Want to Miss

9 Chances for Website Conversion Optimization You Don't Want to Miss | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it
Learn how to improve conversions on your website for more leads and customers.

 

While your website is definitely no one-trick pony, when it comes to its role as an inbound marketing tool, its ability to drive conversions -- both in terms of net new lead generation and reconversions -- is definitely one of its bragging rights.

 

But surely there must be more you can do to boost your website's conversion potential, even after you've got all the conversion basics down pat ... right? Absolutely!

 

Read on to learn about 9 different ways you can improve your website's ability to convert.

 

 

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The Smarter Way to Build Your Website

The Smarter Way to Build Your Website | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it
Building a website may seem like a small part of your business development, but it shouldn't be. It's often the first thing people notice about your company.

 

Finding a Web designer was one of the easiest parts of starting Altruette. We posted an ad on Craigslist--which seemed like the most unprofessional thing to do at the time--but within days we had dozens of applicants for the job. We just happened to visit a company called Mars Design first, and it was mainly because it was conveniently located near another meeting we had that day. We were immediately impressed with their work, and they were willing to work with our budget.

 

We realize now that it could have been a serious disaster. Building a site is expensive, and for small businesses like ours, it requires a big percentage of your budget. But we lucked out. We've talked with countless entrepreneurs who have struggled to build their own site or have overpaid for a site that they've ended up hating.

 

And for a company without a brick-and-mortar storefront, the look, feel, and functionality of our website is extremely important. The site serves as our only window for the world to see in, and our content must serve as our sales team.

 

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The Key Components of a User-Friendly Website Navigation

The Key Components of a User-Friendly Website Navigation | Wordpress | Web-building | Scoop.it
Learn the key elements of a well-designed and user-friendly website navigation.

 

The navigation of your website is a key component that directly impacts you from a business and marketing perspective. After all, a navigation is often what stands between the user and the user’s goal. And as a marketer, you should want to make that distance as short as possible.

 

That's why you need to ensure your website navigation offers a positive experience from a usability perspective. In other words, designing your navigation in a way that makes sense to website users. Don’t make your visitors do a lot of work to reach their goal -- if the user's goal is to locate your pricing page, for instance, help them get to it fast.

 

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