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Useful Tools and Platforms for Creating Websites


If you find yourself thinking that your web design business is going too slow, then ask yourself how to manage your time better and sign more clients. Are you taking too long to build websites?

That depends on what it is you have to do on each project, in order to please your clients. They most likely want their websites to be responsive and to look trendy. Do you have to find web hosting, as well? Connect e-mail listing? Come back a few months later to add a blog?

There’s no need to bring in left-brained people, or invest a lot of your precious energy into manual coding. You are much better served by focusing on what you do best. And that is creative website design. Get a good WordPress plugin, CMS, or website building platform to ace all projects in a flash, and on your own terms.

Webydo

As a professional designer, you enjoy the design side a lot more than the development side of the equation. Webydo allows you to focus on what is most important to you, the creative aspect of website building.

Have you ever worked with an advanced web design platform that was made specifically for designers to build and manage websites for their clients? Give shape to websites in your browser with Webydo. Start from scratch with a blank web canvas, or use with a pre-set template or layout. Then it’s up to you and Webydo’s studio to create a beatuiful, responsive website for your clients.

Webydo also provides you with cloud-hosting and advanced features like a built-in CMS and the ability to bill clients from your dashboard.

Visual Composer

Do you think of web design as a hobby or as a business? It should be both. It should provide you with an income, as well as give you the pure joy to create something beautiful out of nothing. If you’re not visually-oriented, and you don’t take any pleasure in crafting unique designs, there are other ways to pay the rent.

Making websites with WordPress has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, when you create complex layouts, the classic editor is a pain in the neck. Visual Composer, on the other hand, is not. Save time and brain power by going from hours to minutes with a drag-and-drop function to build your page. Bottom line is that web designers are visual creatures by nature, and we like to work with visual-oriented tools.

Qards

If you have some level of programming knowledge, then you’re probably brandishing it with every chance that you get. And that’s OK, but it will cost you a lot of time when you’re working on a project. In the absence of development skills, you adapt. Next time you get started on a WordPress project, consider tile or card design. You can end up with a gorgeous website in minutes. Just use Qards.

Do you know how simple it is to add bits of content on cards, and use an in-line editor to modify them? Add text, images, media files, and when you’re done, lay your cards out to form the appearance that you want for your website. Designmodo gave us a code-free page building plugin that works with every installed theme.

Sidengo

Get out of your comfort zone. Take active steps to broaden your horizons this year, and find new ways to create websites. You can read as many blog posts as you can, but unless you actually apply the tips you read, you don’t move forward. See how it feels to work with a simple website builder like Sidengo.

Im Creator

If you want to get more work done this year, website builders give you all the shortcuts that you need. And you need shortcuts. The smoother the process, the better the results. You keep your existing clients happy, and you go looking for more (or you accept other projects from those who seekyou out). Im Creator cuts corners really well. Test it out, and see what it’s like to create a site from ground up, or base your website on a template for your client’s line of business.

Macaw

Not all time-effective solutions for website building are tied to the browser. And not all of them take some time to get used to before you can actually start working. Download Macaw, and you have a familiar environment to create websites. It’s familiar, because it takes after Photoshop. You don’t have to watch any tutorials, and you can store elements in a library to use in the next projects.

Themify Builder

You can also go the route of geometric design to strike up a page very quickly. If your goal is to make a WordPress website, then Themify Builder is a helpful tool. Grab it for your theme, whatever that happens to be, or just get one signed by Themify. Then, it’s part of the package. Proceed to adding modules on your page. It’s a piece of cake. As we mentioned before, the new generation of page builders is shooting holes in the classic WordPress editor.

MotoPress Editor

Do you know what else is great about sparkly new tools for WordPress? That they help you assess your work in progress. Shorten the amount of time you spend to size everything up and understand the impact of your each and every move on the overall design. Use a content editor like MotoPress, and get a live preview window for the work you’re doing. Besides, you set up video or parallax backgrounds in a split second.

AllYou.net

Market yourself well. Saving time during projects and using it to increase your client base is one thing. Convincing potential clients to convert into clients and then repeat clients is another. Strong partnerships are built in time. Let people know you have what it takes to make their websites come to life. Build your creative portfolio with AllYou. Fish out past works that got the most applause, and let them take center-stage. This is your first step to draw in more clients.

Zoho

Website builders don’t limit your options so you can finish faster. On the contrary, they give you the means to get creative. Take the Zoho Builder, for instance. You can build page versions to your heart’s content. Construct as many as you wish, let your client choose which one to publish, and the others are copyrighted to you. Keep them for other projects. Save time in the long run.

Surreal CMS

When clients come back asking for redesigns, that’s fine. It’s great, actually. However, when they nag you to handle something as simple as content updates, then it’s bothersome. You could be using all that time to build more websites. Just introduce your clients to Surreal CMS, and let them edit some areas of content on their own. Track changes from time to time, and undo potential blunders.

Moonfruit

Get behind website builders that have been confirmed by many of your peers. You want to make sure that you’re working with a reliable platform, after all. Don’t take your business to a builder whose customer support takes more than 24h to answer. For you, every minute counts. Moonfruit is a popular website builder, and it has a responsive customer service.

Onepagerapp

One-page websites are so easy to create. Try to fit more projects like this in your schedule. They’re also trending, especially for start-up clients. Explain the usability benefits of one-pagers to your clients (like the fact that they look and navigate really well on mobile devices). If they’re interested, enlist Onepagerapp and start working.

Webs

Speaking of start-ups, there are some website builders you can use specifically for this type of clients. Think about their needs. Think about your needs, for that matter, if you’re a budding freelancer. It’s crucial for small businesses to see how users engage with their websites. Reach out for a simple platform like Webs, with advanced analytics.

Website

Think about it this way: the more features you find in one place, the less time you spend combing the markets for other assets you may need. Move forward with Website. You get a platform that is both easy to use, and equipped with a sizable collection of 1K stock photos.

Conclusion

So, can you tweak your working habits to become a better web designer? As long as you have a good tool or platform in your corner, you create splendid websites faster – and so have the time to work with other clients. Use these designer shortcuts to get more productive, and then reap the financial benefits.


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France can now block suspected terrorism websites without a court order

A new decree that went into effect today allows the French government to block websites accused of promoting terrorism and publishing child pornography, without seeking a court order. Under the new rules, published last week by France’s Ministry of the Interior, internet service providers (ISPs) must take down offending websites within 24 hours of receiving a government order. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the decree is critical to combatting terrorism, but civil rights groups say it gives the government dangerously broad powers to suppress free speech.

The regulations have been under consideration since 2011, but gained new momentum following last month’s terrorist attacks at the Paris office of the satirical magazine…

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15 Prime Tools and Platforms for Creating Websites This Year

When you take on web design projects, do you think twice about the tools that help you build websites for your clients? In 2015, freedom looks like a lot of choices. Regardless of your personal working habits, it’s always in your best interest to secure the most useful platforms and tools on the market.

To help you with this, we have rounded up several cloud-based website builders and page-building plugins for WordPress. Have a look at the list below and decide which of them is most likely to suit your needs.

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Webydo

Looking to build and manage code-free, pixel-perfect responsive websites for your clients or yourself? Join Webydo to start designing on the cloud-based studio from scratch or with a template or preset layout. Its parallax srolling animater will also allow you to add captivating motion paths to elements to help visually captivate your audience. Joining Webydo, you will be come part of an active community of 125,000 freelance designers, agencies and studios.

Visual Composer

If you have come across Visual Composer on many premium themes, it’s probably because at only $ 28 a piece, Visual Composer can truly revolutionize the WordPress editor. No more constructing sophisticated layouts via shortcodes, just drag and drop any of the 40 or more elements where you want them to go straight from the frontend, and publish your site.

Qards

So your site is done but your client isn’t happy and is itching for a redesign. If you are thinking about quitting on your current theme, hold your horses. Ever heard of tile or card design? Designmodo has a page-building plugin that is based on the concept where you just slide cards in place, tweak your content with a simple in-line editor and keep on rocking your design. Best of all, it works for you even if you aren’t a fan of codes.

Pikock

Want to be able to choose from over 100 switchable themes when creating your websites? As a last-minute solution, you might find ready-to-start templates very attractive. Use Pikock, and again you won’t have to touch a single line of code. You can even create a one-page website for less than $ 2. There is no harm in trying the 30-day free trial before signing up.

Voog

Do you know that guilty feeling when you’re scouting for some gorgeous templates to jump-start your creative process? We’ve all been there, though not everyone cares to admit it. Voog, or formerly known as Edicy, has all the inspiration that you need. And you can save up to 28% with an upfront year-long payment.

IM Creator

While we’re on the subject of stunning templates and incredible ease of use, one of our favorite website builders is IM Creator. It has a stash of nice-looking templates that are organized by category. This doesn’t mean that you can’t work on a blank canvas if you already have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish. The browser-based studio is very straightforward. You can even test it out without signing up first before deciding.

All You

2015 may be the year when you create an amazing design portfolio for yourself. I’m not saying that your professional experience isn’t already impressive, but this year you should showcase it using a brand-wise builder for creatives. Seek out the platform All You, which rounds up more than 1000 optimized web fonts for your convenience. You’ll have a delightful and cross-device responsive portfolio website up in no time.

Jimdo

If you ever find yourself looking for highly approachable website builders, this year’s list continues with Jimdo. What we like most about Jimdo is the fact that it allows users to edit websites on the go. That’s because free apps for iOS and Android are part of the package. Add photos, text, galleries and even track site statistics via the mobile apps.

Themify Builder

Let’s veer back towards the world’s most popular CMS for a moment. When you base websites on WordPress, you definitely want to use a comfortable page builder. One such builder is native to all Themify themes, and yet it’s also up for sale as a standalone plugin: Themify Builder. Use it with confidence if you fancy the module system for piecing a web a page together or changing it just as easily.

MotoPress Editor

Looking for live preview editing? It’s no surprise that that feature is an industry standard now. With MotoPress, you get full view of your work during the editing process, long before it hits the site for your end users to see. With this plugin, you can throw in your shortcodes freely in the mix. It’s also child’s play to add videos and parallax scrolling backgrounds in with MotoPress Editor.

Microweber

Perhaps you’re interested in creating websites with a CMS other than WordPress. While there are plenty of alternatives out there, you should also look into Microweber. It’s fun to work with, and particularly suitable for eCommerce sites. Plus, you can also use Microweber to set up beautiful blog sites in a snap.

Macaw

The future belongs to website building platforms that inherit the same functionalities as our favorite image editor, Photoshop. Macaw is available on this premise. It never fails to provide clean code to support your website designs. Plus, it allows you to store elements in your library and reuse them on any page.

LightCMS

Speaking of alternatives to WordPress, wouldn’t you like to do away with the dashboard, and manage your website content directly? If your answer is yes, then move forward with LightCMS. You’d be one more voice in the crowd of 275,000 users. Resellers also get 80% off the Unlimited Plan.

Yola

Nowadays, most ads are being ignored by end users. We’re all accustomed to flashing ads, and automatically discarding them. The name for this pervasive effect is "banner blindness". Unlike other website builders, Yola helps you build client websites that won’t suffer third-party advertisements. From a usability standpoint, this feature may be just the thing you are looking for.

ZOOM Builder

Here’s a handy layout builder for WordPress websites. ZOOM Builder is essentially wired to function with any existing theme. You might also appreciate its compatibility with native WordPress widgets, as well as theme-specific widgets and plugins. Craft a page layout from scratch, or take your pick from 10 pre-set options.

Editor’s note: This post is written by Kate Dagli for Hongkiat.com. Kate enjoys writing roundups for web dev and technology websites. She is currently a staff member of the-webdesigner.co.





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5 design tips for creating travel websites

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In this age when many designers are striving for minimalist designs, one industry that still suffers from cluttered websites and apps is the travel industry. But rather than focus on minimalism – which is often associated with a very sparse aesthetic – the objective when designing for the travel industry, should be on simplification. Simplifying designs for travel websites and apps can often be challenging because of the amount of content that has to be displayed. Let’s take a hotel website, for example:




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15 websites that use white space the right way

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Whenever anyone says white space, then we literally visualize white blank/empty spaces in our mind (white space can be of any color though). Well, that is true and is applicable even while designing. White space is actually the space that exists between elements to give a clean look to your web design. These days, many […]

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Twitter might be taking its ads into the wild on apps and websites

Soon you may be seeing more ads in tweets that aren’t on Twitter.com or various third-party Twitter clients. According to The Wall Street Journal, Twitter spent the past week pitching advertisers on a new plan to roll out “ads within streams of tweets on other publishers’ apps and websites,” which could include places like Flipboard and ESPN’s Sportscenter apps. Twitter is said to be seeking a revenue-sharing deal with those companies, something that could help it make money just about anywhere, but more importantly in places where people might be spending more time than Twitter itself.

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20 AJAX scripts you’ll need to create interactive websites

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With rapid growth and development in the field of technology, the time is really challenging to developers. Web applications “five years back” and “now” are vast different. There have been huge leaps and bounds in improving user experience but thanks to the latest development of Ajax technology which had made life of developers much easier. […]

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15 fantastic examples of parallax scrolling websites

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Technology is never constant and so is the web design and development. With the latest web standards like HTML 5 and CSS3, it has been possible to create interesting and eye-catchy effects in browsers. One of the examples is the parallax illusions which have made the web design even more appealing. Parallax scrolling involves the […]

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20 Websites To Find Free High-Quality Images

Chances are you’re pretty tired of seeing traditional stock photos of people in suits shaking hands. Not only are they bland and uninteresting, but they also cost money. The good news is that there has been a rise in great stock photo sites that you can use for free – yes, for both personal and commercial use.

In this showcase I put together a collection of 20 sites with beautiful free stock photos that you can choose from. Hopefully, they will help you to spice up your future designs. Do read the licenses carefully though as some of these services and photos may require proper attribution.

Compfight

Compfight is an image search engine. You can use it to look for the images that you need quickly. If you want a little demonstration, just click on the ‘show me what compfight can do’ button.

Life of Pix

Life of Pix lets you grab free high resolution images with no copyright restrictions. New photos are also added weekly to give you an array of choices.

Superfamous

Superfamous provides you with free stock photos available for download in high resolution. What’s great about it is that you can search under different collections. You may use them as you like as long as credit is provided.

IM Creator Free

IM Free is a new feature of IM Creator. It’s a curated collection of free resources for commercial use. Make sure to read the license of each image before using as some photos may require attribution.

Getrefe

If you’re looking for pictures with a different point of view, you can give this one a go. Here you’ll find free mobile photos for personal and commercial projects.

Snapographic

All of the images on the website are taken by Thomas Mühl and are free of copyright restrictions. You can search for what you need via the categories located at the bottom of the page.

Lock & Stock Photos

All the images you see on Lock & Stock Photos are the works of AJ Montpetit. He is giving back to the open source community (which he greatly admires) by sharing his photographs under the Creative Commons License ShareAlike 4.0.

Snapwire Snaps

This Tumblr blog with free stock photos is run by Snapwire. Snapwire is a site where mobile stock photographers can submit their photos to answer various requests made by others. Snapwire Snaps provides 7 new photos every week.

New Old Stock

New Old Stock is a site curated and created by Cole Townsend. The idea behind this project is to publish old retro photos from Public Archives which are free of known copyright restrictions. So if you’re looking for more retro photos for your project, you know where to look at.

Jeshoots

Jeshoots is another great site with free high-quality stock photos. You can use the search bar to find what you need or have a browse under categories which features people, animals, food and architecture among other things. If you’re unsure about anything, you can take a look at the FAQ section.

Cupcake

All the images you’ll find on Cupcake are captured by Jonas Nilsson Lee. There may not be as many choices compared to some of the other sites but you can choose from scenery, landscape, objects and animals.

Kaboompics

Kaboompics is a great place to find breathtaking photos for your design projects. You can use the regular search box, look via tags or look under the different categories featured at the top to find the best picture. A new photo is added daily.

Foodies Feed

This site is definitely one that’s made for foodies. Here you’ll find delectable pictures of food. To browse through the free stock photo options, take a look under ‘Free Download’ at the side menu.

Jay Mantri

This lovely site is run by a photographer and traveler Jay Mantri. He uploads 7 new photos every Thursday, so there’s plenty to choose from.

DesignersPics.com

Get a free high resolution photo each day with no attribution required from DesignersPics.com. The names on the photos are pretty generic so you may want to use the category or search option to find things easily.

Raumrot

Raumrot features a selection of photos that have been curated and handpicked for our convenience. There are plenty of different photos to choose from but make sure to give credit to the creator.

Magdeleine

Here’s another stock photo site that delights. Instead of just searching by categories or licenses, you can also search via the dominant color featured in the pictures. Definitely a handy thing for designers looking to save some time.

Public Domain Archive

Public Domain Archive is not specifically a free stock photo site but they do have an extensive collection of free stock photos without copyrights. With new uploads weekly, you will surely find something that catches your fancy.

Startup Stock Photos.

This Tumblr blog is a selection of high-quality stock photos for personal and commercial use. As the name itself suggests, this would be especially helpful for startups. And yes, the photos are free.

Photo Pin

Photo Pin is a collection of photos under the Creative Commons license from Flickr. Just type what you’re looking for in the search bar and it will show you all the different results and you can even sort them according to recent, relevance and "interestingness".





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