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Common Misconception

Most newbies wish to build internet sites without determining first what they need, researching any necessary tools they needed and simply obtaining hosting plans uncautiously which ends to doing more blunders, meeting more errors on the way and many of all throwing away money for unwanted expenditures.

Clarification

When it comes to hosting a forum site, there are lots of website hosting companies that you can select. Others are offering free forum hosting service which allows you to create and publish your forum site but we found it pretty lacking of features. Free hosting usually offers limited features in terms of webspace, bandwidth, php and mysql database support, ftp support,total site customization and the like. Additionally, you can see ads displaying on your site which make it less desirable when you want to publish business forum site.

Aside from free hosting, there are paid web hosting company that allows you to set up your from site manually or by using a one-ccick nstaller such as Fantastico. With a paid hosting site, you are guaranteed that there are  no ads appearing on your forum site and you can add as much  customization as you like without limitation. You can use phpbb or perhaps vbulletin in creating your forum site.

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Why Some Web Designers are Better Than Others

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So, you hired a web designer and it was a disaster! It might be something you did or didn’t do but it might be the fault of the designer. While there are art schools and those who are incredibly self-taught, there are many who were spat through a for-profit school or online course, possibly even a reputable art school but they have no drive, passion, common sense or talent. Many feel it’s a problem in the industry. Both clients and designers are affected by less-than-professional forces in the industry. Is there a place to point a finger, or is it part of the times in which we live and work?

Who’s the Professional Designer?

One of the biggest red flags as to the lack of professional experience and/or disastrous results  from a bad web designer is if they accept a very low fee for their design work. You get what you pay for, so that person who laughed when you offered $ 250 for a complete website because you “can always find someone who will do it for that,” is the one you should call. If you doubt this simple lesson, substitute the title “doctor” or “plumber” for the word “designer” and imagine yourself saying the same thing about $ 250 to one of those professionals. Would you even want a $ 250 heart transplant?

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It’s a problem more hated by professional designers than clients because it eats away at the industry, respect and fees. Designers often talk about certifications for professionals, which is a hugely unpopular topic, and other ways to have some sort of professional method of identifying themselves as trusted designers. To some it’s their client list and repeat clients. To others, it shouldn’t even be a questioned. They insist that the designers THEMSELVES understand where they stand in the pecking order, somewhat akin to the practice of apprentice, journeyperson, master craftsperson, etc.

This article, entitled “Certifications for U.S. designers to become law in 2015,” was an April Fool’s Day joke that appeared in WebDesignerDepot. The comments, from those who hadn’t yet realized it was a prank were brutal. One designer claimed to have threatened to “punch a baby!”

Two days later, the writer posed the question via the article, “Should creatives be unionized or earn certification?” Perhaps too close to the fake article, which was almost the same. Perhaps just too shocking a thought for creatives. Oddly, creative organizations have long called for unionization or guild status for professional creatives.

Is that mean and self-centered or does it engage confidence in members of the profession? Maybe the easy way to be honest with one’s self is to take this handy test:

You are probably a designer if:

  • You are the weird kid who drew in your schoolbooks while other kids studied hard and told the teacher you weren’t working.
  • You make a living, or at least a good part of it (the economy being what it is), from design.
  • Peers treat you like a professional.
  • You’re somewhere on the first page of Google for something you designed.
  • Relatives demand you do a logo for their new business and you quote them the regular price right there at the dinner table.
  • You want to strangle people for offering you $ 50 to design a website for them… and have done it once or twice.
  • You worry about a client paying so you can make the rent and eat.
  • You bitch about having to pay the outrageous price of some design publications.
  • You get angry and call the people in the design magazines “overrated hacks.”
  • You know the difference between RGB and CMYK and know they are not clothing lines.
  • You think crowdsourcing and design contests are eroding the industry.
  • You swear your kids will never go to art school!

You probably are just playing at being a designer if:

  • You were the kid telling on the kid drawing in his/her schoolbooks.
  • When a relative asks you to do the logo for their business you get excited and tweet to your 12 followers about it.
  • When you walk up to a group chatting at a design event, they roll their eyes, become very quiet and scatter quickly — while you are still in mid-sentence.
  • You are on the first page of Google only for being arrested or burning down your house by smoking in bed.
  • You get excited at $ 50 for designing a website.
  • Your spouse pays all the bills and you have no idea where the checkbook is kept, nor do you care.
  • You subscribe to every design magazine to put on the coffee table but never actually read them for fear of being depressed at the articles on professional designers.
  • You ask your spouse to buy the latest version of Adobe CS, 24 hours before it’s released and they do it just to shut you up.
  • You enroll your kids in every art class there is in town and go with them and yell about how their work is “sloppy” and “lazy” until they cry.

Why This Matters

On a daily basis designers deal with “design-by-committee” from those who feel they are too stupid to be able to do their jobs properly or the supervisor, by some thought process, are better due to the corporate pecking order. Having other “designers” helping knock down the profession in the eyes of clients certainly doesn’t help. Have you ever heard a client offer a low fee and say, “our last designer did it for $ 50!” The next question should be, “Then why don’t you call him/her to do this project?” The answer would be he/she wasn’t any good.

Have you ever spoken with a client who wanted some spec work first to make sure you could do the work? That’s because the last “designer” screwed up. This is the fallout suffered by working professionals.

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At an AIGA Design Week, a key speaker, Brian Singer, creative director and founder of Altitude Associates, a San Francisco based creative agency and the creator of The 1000 Journals Project (a global art experiment where journals are passed from hand to hand) made a statement about a design community and the ability to elevate it to epic proportions.

“The way you get ahead in design is by lifting up those around you.”

It also works the other way around; those around you lower design for you.

There are several professions that have such dilettantes attached. Actors, writers, even dancers, suffer from those who have no talent but push their way into the inner circles of those who do. Would American Idol be as entertaining if it didn’t start with the lame people who think they have singing talent?

While on the board of a top-level professional organization that had two membership levels — professionals, proven with portfolios and the signature of six members and associates who were involved in the arts in some supportive way — there was a question of unjuried design shows. It seems some associate members wanted to show their work as well.

While almost all professional members flat out refused the idea of sullying the organization’s reputation, one board member imparted that they should be allowed to join in because the entire membership “might miss seeing some beautiful art.”

Needless to say, there was no beautiful art to miss, except for future shows boycotted by professional members. What was left in the shows hurt the organization’s reputation.

See how it works?

Speaking Up

Too often, sitting in a client’s “approval committee,” I see an art director beaten into submission by the “designers” in the crowd. When all the opinions are rendered, I turn to the art director and say, “you’re the art director, why don’t you condense all of these comments into the direction you want?”

I am always thanked for trying to bring them back some dignity. The fact is, they didn’t need to lose it.

There has to be enough confrontation to keep our future profitable. If it means scaring away the “wannabes” or correcting non-creatives who relegate designers to the bottom of the food chain, so be it.

If you don’t speak up, soon there will be nothing to say and designers become nothing more than a pair of hands, moving things around the screen, smudged with greasy fingers as critics point where the logo should be and what type of glitter type they want across the top.

Eventually, a designer will speak up when they are confronted with a failed campaign or branding and they say, “that’s what you told me to do in committee!”

That’s the wrong thing to do. Some people say a professional designer knows how to defend their design choices to a client. The most successful professionals ASSERT their design choices right off the bat. It’s an animal thing about claiming one’s territory.

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Finding Your Guts is a Big Step in Being a Professional

Even baby steps can help make work more pleasant for clients and designers.

Creatives have to police themselves in such matters. There is no union or organization to assure professionalism or those who wish to label themselves as “designers.” You can either speak up and teach and elevate these people to a professional level or shame them into leaving and hope they will find something new to occupy their playtime.

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Mentor art students so they join in the profession as peers and not as detriments to the industry. Train young designers on your staff how to grow and succeed in the field. Open your mouth and tell those who sit on committees that their ideas, if they have no merit, are not in the best interest of the end user/consumer or final product.

Take back the dignity of having the special gift of being able to use creativity to solve visual problems.

When it comes to individuals who want to play with the professionals, shun them until they go away and find another group who will let them play. Eventually, his/her spouse will tire of paying for software upgrades and magazine subscriptions.

A gentle way to convince creative dilettantes to stop ruining the industry:

  • Use gibberish in front of them and hope all the other designers join in, like, “I was using the glockenshlorp function on Photoshop and it worked great.” (The dilettante will either be embarrassed and walk away or tout the virtues of the glockenshlorp).
  • Say, “I’m sorry, but you need to do at least one design within ten years to be part of this discussion.”
  • Just point and laugh at the person until they cry and run away.
  • Impart to them that there is the dream and then there is the reality. In the dream, someone else is paying your bills no matter how much work you do or don’t do. In reality, you get hungry and homeless from not working and earning enough.

Although the creative field is unregulated and self-appointed titles of “designer” are not against any law, of man or nature, it’s important that, as a client, you are able to choose between the good and bad as your success relies upon your partnering with a good designer. That designer may do one big project per year or one per week. It’s talent, communication and professional abilities that win clients and respect. Don’t judge by price; judge by what will compliment your brand best.

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Tips And Tricks For Wannabe Web Designers

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Designing a website can seem like a daunting task! How do you develop an aesthetically pleasing site? And then, you have to decide where to start coding. The following article will give you tips on designing an effective website that looks great and helps you promote your content.

Be very careful to remove outdated content from your site. When you are offering specials that are past their expiration, you will watch your visitor counts dwindle. Viewers want to know that they are getting up-to-date information, and lack of attention in removing old products will not install this faith. Create a schedule that will help you manage information and specials, and remind you to take down useless items.

TIP! If you want your website to attract many visitors, it must be simple to navigate. Make all links prominent and easily located.

Try and write a decent “About Us” page. There are a lot of websites that do not utilize compelling or original content for their “About Us” webpages. Crank it up a bit! Give visitors insight into you, the designer. Help them understand how you began designing websites, which other designers you consider to be mentors, and where you are going from here.

Use basic fonts which every user will be able to see. Look at the font of a site and you can distinguish whether or not it’s professional. Don’t use handwriting or comic fonts as most people won’t have them installed. A font could be subset to a default font in the computer of your user, if they do not have it. This can make your website look a lot worse.

Sign up for newsletters that can help you learn about website design techniques periodically. There are many newsletters that will provide good information and tips for both beginners and seasoned web designers!

TIP! Always delete any outdated content that is on your website. If a reader lands on your page and sees an expired offer, it will definitely be a deal-breaker.

Although you could discover other designs and strategies you love, you must ensure you’re always being imaginative when it comes to designing your own site. Create designs on your own, and improve on the ones you’ve witnessed on other websites. Your web page design work will be more effective and more memorable if you remember to keep it creative.

Give each individual page in a domain and its sub-domains a clear, unambiguous tagline. These taglines should be in text that is large and bold so that they are the first thing a viewer will notice when he or she follows your links. This tagline will quickly inform them as to the page’s goal, offer, reasoning, or purpose and often determine whether they remain or click the “back” button.

Learning from the experts can be done in person, online through chat or email, through their personal or professional blog or even through books they’ve written. This could be the depth of information that you need, to build a solid foundation in website development.

TIP! A search function should always be included when you develop a site that is very large. The best place to put your search text box is in the top right hand corner as that is where the bulk of websites put theirs.

Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to design your website. For each tool that costs a great deal of money, there is a second tool that is beneficial and will not cost as much. Free open source software, for example, can often help you accomplish the same tasks as paid software. Using these free tools can save you a stack of cash!

Avoid using Captchas, except in the case of new user registration. Some captchas require the user to jump through hoops just to access content. Unless they have already registered, they will probably leave your site and browse somewhere else.

Getting help in designing your website isn’t a failure. Web design encompasses many different aspects, including programming, graphic design, content creation, optimization for search engines, and user interface design. You can benefit from accepting help if you feel like you’re not an expert in every one of these areas. You always have the option of hiring a company or professional that specializes in a particular area that you are not familiar with.

TIP! Don’t allow pop-ups on your website. Pop-ups are an irritating distraction, at best, for most web surfers, and the possible benefits you could reap with them are extremely modest.

FileZilla is a great piece of software to help you upload your website, but ensure you fill out all of the settings in the quick menu. That way, the next time you log back into your server, you just need to go to the menu and choose personalized settings. This simple tip will allow you to log onto your server quickly.

Confirm with your web host that video-hosting is acceptable if that is a feature you want on your site. It’s not uncommon for hosts to prohibit videos being uploaded to their servers. FLV files usually take up more than their fair share of space, so check before adding videos to avoid wasting your time.

The tips in this article should be very helpful in website development. Exercise all your options, and stay informed about all the current trends in website design.

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Tips And Tricks For Wannabe Web Designers

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Everyone knows that the way to succeed on the web is: your website has to have a good designer. That said, the amount of conflicting information about website design, as well as constantly-changing standards, can make it tough to learn new website design concepts, and stay up to date. Fortunately, you will find help in this article! Read on to find the most up-to-date, effective information available online.

Speed is the governing factor of the Internet and it is imperative to ensure your web site loads at a fast pace. Realize that visitors to your site have many options and will just go somewhere else if your site does not load right away.

TIP! Do not underestimate the value of a website that loads fast, with no slowdowns. No visitor is going to wait more than a few seconds for your page to load, so ensure they get what they want quickly so they don’t go to your competition’s website instead.

A successful website needs to work for visitors using any browser, so it is important to test your web pages to make sure they display properly in different browsers. While a certain element may look wonderful in Firefox, it may appear incorrectly on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari. Go through every page with each browser and correct mistakes for a user-friendly website.

Make sure that you prune content that is no longer relevant. If there is content on your page highlighting an event that is already part of past history, your readers are going to abandon you quickly. Users are going to want to spend time on websites that have been cared for, and when old information is kept up it shows that the site is not being paid attention to. Set a review schedule to update content and remove items that are no longer useful.

If users want to, let them cancel an action. For example, allow users to cancel registration for newsletters or easily back out of a search. If you don’t give visitors the opportunity to cancel their actions, you are depriving them of control, and that can prove fatal to your website.

TIP! A simple to navigate website will retain visitors. Links should be easy to find and prominently displayed.

Set up your website to store personal information that users might need to reenter multiple times. Save users’ information like registration data, so it doesn’t have to be entered more than once on different forms. This kind of “sticky” information saves your users time and effort, and they will likely appreciate the streamlining this kind of good design provides.

Web Browsers

Be careful with your use of JavaScript. JavaScript does open many doors when it comes to website design, but it can also close the door to your website for some visitors. Not all web browsers are alike, and they are updated pretty frequently. Many visitors use outdated versions of various web browsers, which means your code might not be supported. Additionally, you need to realize many people disable the JavaScript function in their browser. Both of these things mean that these users are prevented from using your site.

TIP! A site that is going to be successful must work with all browsers. This is why it is vital that you test all your pages to ensure that they properly display in all the various browsers.

Always implement powerful site-searching capabilities when designing a large website. Place a search box visibly on your homepage that helps your visitors search single terms that may appear anywhere on your site. If you need a search function, FreeFind and Google offer their services for your site.

Free design software is a valuable tool for quickly setting up a website. A lot of users think they have to buy pricey applications, but many free programs are out there to give you a hand. Hit your favorite search engine and do research to find a piece of software that suits your needs.

If you are building a basic website, then a site hosts design tools are fine, but it is not something you want to completely rely on. Make sure to infuse your unique personality into your site, rather than just focusing on a drag-and-drop tool that your hosting company might offer.

TIP! Do not use pop-up windows. There is not a person out there who will want to visit a website and get overwhelmed with pop-up ads.

Using a development platform can make it easy to code your web page, but they are not necessarily reliable. The idea with these platforms is to design your site’s features, and then paste in their generated code. However, this can lead to errors, so you may prefer coding your site by hand with a text editor.

Photoshop can be a great resource for website design. Most people have not, however, heard about Dreamweaver and do not understand how it can benefit web designers; take a look at the program and figure out how it can assist you with your goals.

Provide an option for site visitors to search your entire website for a specific keyword or phrase. Site searching makes it easier for users to access information, and increases the overall usability of the site. It is not complicated to incorporate a site search, and it will pay off in a big way.

TIP! Regular newsletters attract repeat website visitors. If you have your clients subscribe to updates, they will have a reason to come back again and again.

Remember that web designing doesn’t need to be pricey. Though there are very good tools out there for making great websites, there are also ones that do the job for considerably less financial input on your part. Sometimes the free and open sources for web page design software, will give you very similar results. Therefore, using open-source software can save you a large amount of money.

Having the right web page design is crucial. Due to the fact that there is so much information online, it can be hard to find advice that is honest and useful. Thankfully, the article you have just read offered you a lot of relevant information. Take these tips to heart to make your current site better or to develop a terrific new one.

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