Where to find Creative Commons photos

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Creative Commons Photos www.pexels.com It's hard to understand complex licenses that is why all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. Also WP Tavern has a blog post 13 Sources For Free Public Domain and CC0-Licensed Images A while ago, I found another great resource on where to find photos, graphics, icons, and more -- particularly, ones free of copyright restrictions. From Toronto-based web designer Steve Benjamins - last updated Feb 12, 2014. http://www.sitebuilderreport.com/blog/where-the-best-designers-go-to-find-photos-and-graphics
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Web Accessibility

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Every web designer hears the need to make website accessible to those with disabilities, but it can be a daunting task and it is often difficult to know where to begin. What does that mean? Is the site you designed web-accessible? I know when I hear someone mention web accessibility, the first thing they mention is usually the need to be award of color blindness and not put red text on a blue background. But is that really it? Actually, no. More important is the contrast between the text and the background. There are free tools that can check colors for enough contrast. One is at WebAim http://webaim.org/resources/contrastchecker/ Another is Colors on the Web: http://www.colorsontheweb.com/colorcontrast.asp     A great reference to get started on checking your website for accessibility see…
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Design Trends

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I was reading Gannon Burgett's  14 Design Trends for 2014 on theindustry.cc and was not surprised to see the focus on user experience. It’s about the experience. Decades from now, it’s the experiences we’re going to remember and the content we take in and create through said experiences. Thus, to create a sustainable culture for your interface, be it an app or website, the focus needs to be on what the user needs – and arguably more importantly doesn’t need – to make an experience over a product. And with that said, I wholeheartedly believe this will be the ultimate trend throughout 2014. So interesting that Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design still apply today - maybe now more than ever. Since I began in the Human-Computer Interaction field…
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SEO Considerations

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SEO is just another consideration for those businesses updating their website. There is no magic click to get it done; it takes time because it is different for each site. Releasing New Web Sites and Trying to Manage S.E.O.
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Duplicator

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Where was this post earlier this weekend when I was struggling to install a local copy of a WordPress site so I could test and develop without everyone watching my mistakes while I worked.   Duplicator plugin is the answer
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Why Do You Need A User Experience Designer?

Why Do You Need A User Experience Designer?

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What is a User Experience Designer? User Experience (UX) Designers are involved in every stage of the website development lifecycle. They work with you to gather content, sketch stories from workflows, build prototypes, and conduct user research to test the ideas, all while documenting the process and producing deliverables that help owners visualize the invisible. So how is that different from other web designers. User-Centered Design User Experience Designers focus on the user - the customer - the person coming to your site to purchase or learn about your products and services. It is not enough to just have a url and a website. You need your website to work for you and your business! You want people to find your site, visit your site, and stay long enough to feel they know…
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