Website Development

Responsive Website Development – Why Does Your Business Need One?

With websites becoming a source of bread and butter for many, there is practically no need to explain the importance they hold. For any online business owner who wants to kill the competition and enjoy improved and augmented sales, it gets imperative to have a website that is much more than appealing. You need a website that would act as a tool and this is the area where responsive websites come into picture. It has not been long since the concept of responsive website development knocked doors and within no time it has become a prerequisite for any online business that wants to gain sustainability.

If you have been spending lots of website design and development and then also have not been able to provide users with something easy and navigable, it is high time you go in for responsive design and development in Chichester. The reasons of investing in responsive website design and development are many; let us have a look at some of the prominent ones:

• Going in for responsive website development is not only going to save you on money but on efforts too. With this you will be having a website that works well on all devices and this is going to kill away the need of coming with an exclusive mobile website.

• Another vital reason why you need to consider the option on responsive website development is that you will not be spending money on multiple versions and coming with a single site is going to suffice.

• There are some interesting SEO benefits that are making website owners consider the option of responsive website development. With this you are not required to build links or carry out content optimization for different websites; this is going to save considerably on SEO efforts.

• It has been seen that the users are in the favor of visiting websites that entice them and with responsive site development; you are going to add your name in the list. The potential customers are going to enjoy using your website and this is going to give boost to traffic and sales at the end.

• There are only a few online business owners that have gone in for responsive designs, if you want to stay ahead of the competition; you need to go ahead with this without any further ado.

There are many websites that have been able to deal with high bounce rates using this magic wand called responsive website development, you too can be one of them.

An important thing that needs to be known at this point is that there are only a few responsive website development agencies in Chichester out there and you need to ensure that the best amongst them is chosen for the job.

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50 Handpicked Beautiful Tumblr Themes

Tumblr is one of the most interesting social media platforms and home to creative individuals who like to share their thoughts and ideas with people of same interest. However, to attract more visitors to your blog, you need an attractive Tumblr theme that you can customize as well – and this is what this post is about.

In this post, I am featuring 50 of the most beautiful Tumblr themes that I personally picked for my readers. All these themes are creative, high quality, and users full control of how their blog appears to the audience. Let’s check them out.

Indy

A beautiful, mobile-friendly theme with intuitive design and support for photo sets. This theme supports adding Google Fonts as well as Google Analytics. (Download)

Indy
Salvia

A minimalistic, readability-focused theme with high customizability options. You can change layout type, font, and numerous other options to suit your needs. (Download)

Salvia
Basic

A simple, retina-ready, easy-on-eyes theme with multi-layered navigation and various typefaces. You can add Disqus comments, Google Analytics, and more. (Download)

Basic
Ten Toes

A sleek theme with an infinite-scroll feature that works perfectly for showcasing your artwork. You can upload a logo, change colors, and add Google and Typekit fonts. (Download)

Ten Toes
Persona

Another beautiful yet minimal theme for creating and showcasing portfolios. You can change colors and fonts, add header images, add a gallery, and do a lot more. (Download)

Persona
Other Basic

A simple, minimalistic theme for creating personal sites. You can add Google Fonts, change colors, show/hide various page elements, and customize a lot more. (Download)

Other Basic
Accessible

An accessibility-focused, minimalistic theme to create screen-friendly blogs and sites. You can customize background options, add a search bar, change colors, etc. (Download)

Accessible
Observer

A showcase-ready theme to focus attention on your artworks including photos and music. You can customize headers and colors and add Disqus, Google Analytics, etc. (Download)

Observer
Simplify

A simple, blogging theme with an optional night mode support. It also supports sticky navigation, Disqus comments, and Google Analytics out of the box. (Download)

Simplify
Void

A mobile-friendly, speed-focused theme for showcasing the artist in you. You can customize almost everything including colors and fonts, and post anything as well. (Download)

Void
Minimal

A plain blogging theme with support for two-column layout and Disqus comments. You can change colors and images, use tags, and add search option as well. (Download)

Minimal
Chale

A split layout based theme that supports infinite scroll. You can add Twitter and Instagram feeds, upload logo and images, and change colors and fonts too. (Download)

Chale
Hipster

A highly-customizable, premium theme that supports pagination modes, social media sharing, TypeKit and Google Fonts, Google Analytics, and more features. (Download)

Hipster
Wicked

An easy-to-customize theme with infinite scroll feature. You can change fonts and colors, arrange photos, multiple gallery modes, add lightbox and do more. (Download)

Wicked
Catching Elephant

A simple, two-column blogging theme with support for Disqus comments. You can change colors, add images, apply localization features, and do a lot more. (Download)

Catching Elephant
Ashley

A minimal, high-resolution theme that promotes readability features. You can add and customize Google Font, add tags and search feature as well. (Download)

Ashley
Circus

A plain, two-column theme that supports infinite scroll as well. You can customize colors and fonts, change header and footer design, and link your social platforms. (Download)

Circus
Astoria

A beautiful, showcase-focused, grid layout based theme. It supports infinite scroll and allows adding social feeds and changing design. You can add in Disqus and Google Analytics too. (Download)

Astoria
Laser

A bold theme with large photos and infinite scroll support. You can add video banner, customize sidebar elements, add Google and Typekit fonts, and do a lot more. (Download)

Laser
Papercut

A simple blogging theme with localization support. Like many other themes, you can change colors, add Disqus comments, and do few more customizations. (Download)

Papercut
Minimalism

A simple, configurable, grid layout based theme that supports Disqus comments. This theme features infinite scrolling feature, sticky navigation, and a lot more features. (Download)

Minimalism

Curly

A responsive, portfolio-focused theme for showcasing your works. You can change the layout, add a banner, customize sidebar, add Google or TypeKit font, etc. (Download)

Curly
Fireheart

A plain, anime-inspired theme with lots of customizable features. You can add infinite scrolling and sticky navigation, change image effects, and do more. (Download)

Fireheart
Rue

A clean, beautiful theme with optional header layout and left/right sidebar option. You can also add Disqus comments, Google Fonts, Google Analytics, etc. (Download)

Rue
Candice Theme

A beautiful, single-column blogging theme with support for Disqus comments. You can add social links and integrate Google Fonts and Google Analytics too. (Download)

Candice Theme
Feather

A simple, Blogger-inspired blogging theme that supports localization. You can integrate Disqus comments, customize colors, and do more customizations. (Download)

Feather
The Atlantic

A simple, text-focused that supports localization. You can change colors, add Disqus comments, incorporate search feature, and do a lot more. (Download)

The Atlantic
Linear

A simple, two-layout styled theme with minimalistic features. You can customize colors, add localization support, integrate Disqus comments, and do a lot more. (Download)

Linear
Copycat

A beautiful, grid-style theme for showcasing work portfolio. You can modify the header, change fonts, link social media accounts, and add Disqus and Google Analytics too. (Download)

Copycat
Square

A clean, grid-style theme that focuses on readability and helps to create portfolios. You can customize colors, add social links, and integrate Disqus and Google Analytics. (Download)

Square
Oscar

A clean, blogging styled theme for creating personal blogs. You can customize colors and add Google Fonts, Disqus comments system, and Google analytics as well. (Download)

Oscar
Erin

A beautiful and clean theme with a super responsive layout. You can change colors and images, link Disqus, and add Google Fonts and Google Analytics as well. (Download)

Erin
UltraZen

A minimalistic, single-column theme with infinite scroll feature. It features custom logo option and basic color options along with support for adding tags. (Download)

UltraZen
Impulse

A simple, three-column theme for creating portfolios and showing off images. You can customize its colors and images, and incorporate Disqus comments as well. (Download)

Impulse
Notes

A journal-inspired notebook-styled theme for creating personal blogs and journals. You can add Google Fonts, jump pagination, and tabbed content using this theme. (Download)

Notes
Austere

A minimalistic, two-column theme with a small sidebar. The theme supports modifying colors and images and adding tags and localization support as well. (Download)

Austere
Eclipse

An ultra-simplistic, portfolio-focused theme that features multiple customizability options. It supports blog and grid style layouts, localization, Disqus comments too. (Download)

Eclipse
Defensive

A simple yet unique style theme with numerous options to make it your own. You can change colors, add a localization, and opt for infinite scroll and multi-column layout. (Download)

Defensive
Elise

A clean, responsive theme with masonry and grid layouts. You can mess around with the colors, localize the content and add Disqus comments as well. (Download)

Elise
Art She Said

A simple and super minimalistic blogging theme for every blogger using Tumblr. The theme supports using custom images and adding tags to your posts. (Download)

Art She Said
Illustfolio 4

A simple and clean theme for illustrators to showcase their artworks. You can choose between various column layouts, add share buttons, and customize many things. (Download)

Illustfolio 4
Pation

A clean, masonry styled theme with sticky navigation and grid layout. You can also choose from 40+ fonts, add social media links, and customize a lot more options. (Download)

Pation
Simple Webcomic Theme (V4)

A simple, comic-styled theme for creating webcomics effortlessly. It features multiple customizable blog layouts and supports Disqus, Clicky, and Google Analytics too. (Download)

Simple Webcomic Theme (V4)
Maverick

A beautiful, masonry-styled theme with a grid layout for showing off your portfolio. You can add infinite scrolling, Google Fonts, Disqus, Google Analytics, and social media icons. (Download)

Maverick
Whiting

A minimal, blogging-focused theme with just the least customizability options. The theme supports customizing colors and images to suit your blog’s design. (Download)

Whiting
Euphoria

A clean, grid-style theme with infinite scrolling feature. You can customize colors, links, and header and add localization support while using this free and straightforward theme. (Download)

Euphoria
Just Plain Theme

A minimal, plain theme with just the necessary elements for a simple blog. You can change colors, add localization support, and Disqus comments as well. (Download)

Just Plain Theme
See you

A minimal yet beautiful masonry-styled theme for creating portfolios. You can change and modify layouts, and add Disqus, Google Fonts, and Google Analytics as well. (Download)

See you
Rank & File

A simple yet functional, multi-column theme for creating group blogs. You can customize header and sidebar to include an avatar, menu, etc., and add Disqus comments. (Download)

Rank & File
Sugar

A clean, variable-grid layout theme for creating personal blogs. You can customize 120+ options, add localization support, and integrate Disqus comments directly. (Download)

Sugar
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How to Install Chrome on a Different Drive in Windows

My PC has a small hard drive, so I have only allocated 25GB of space to the C drive (system drive) and store all my data in other drives. Everything works fine – except for Chrome. In case you don’t know, Chrome gives no option to install it on any other drive except the system drive (i.e. the C drive). And even if you move the Chrome application to a different drive, its data is still recorded in the system drive which easily accounts for GBs of space over time.

After a bit of research and experiments, I managed to find a simple method to beat Chrome in its own game. With the help of junctions in Windows, you can make Chrome think it is still on the system drive even though its content will be on a different drive.

If you are also looking to move Chrome to a different drive, then keep reading and I’ll show you how to do it.

1. Delete previously installed Chrome

First, you need to delete the contents of any previous Chrome installation and also create a destination folder on a different drive where you want to install Chrome.

Uninstall Chrome and move to the below-mentioned location in your PC:

C:UsersYour UsernameAppDataLocalGoogleChrome

In the above location, replace Your Username with your actual username. In my case, it’s Administrator.

When you reach the Google folder, delete the Chrome folder inside it. Make sure you don’t delete the Google folder.

delete the Chrome folder

Afterwards, go to the drive where you want to install Chrome and create a folder in which you want Chrome to reside. I have created a folder with the name Chrome in D drive.

create a folder

2. Download and install the Junction app

Although junctions is a Windows built-in feature, but Windows natively doesn’t ship with an application to create junctions. You’ll need a third-party junction app available on Microsoft website. Here’s how to install it.

  1. Download Junction app from the Microsoft website.
  2. It would be in ZIP format. Open the zip file using your preferred extraction tool (like 7-zip) and extract the junction.exe (or junction64.exe if you have a 64-bit system) file in C:WindowsSystem32 folder.
  3. extract the junction.exe file

Make sure you install it in the System32 folder inside the Windows, otherwise it won’t work.

3. Create junction using the Junction app

Now you need to create a junction to redirect data from the default Chrome destination to the new one. It’s a command line tool, so we’ll have to use Windows Command Prompt to create the junction.

Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog and type cmd in it to open the Command Prompt.

Command Prompt

Here you need to enter the below-mentioned command accordingly.

junction.exe "Default location of Chrome" "Your destination location"

You need to replace the locations accordingly in the above command as I have mentioned and make sure you add the quotes (“”) as well. In my case, the actual command looks like this:

junction.exe "C:UsersAdministratorAppDataLocalGoogleChrome" "D:Chrome"

Hit enter and you will see a confirmation that the location has been targeted.

location has been targeted

4. Download and install Chrome

Now go to the Chrome website and download and install Chrome as you normally do. The Chrome application will be installed in the default location in the system drive, but its data folder will be made in the new location that you created in a different drive.

data folder in the new location

There is no need to move Chrome application to the new destination as well. It is hardly 300MB in size after installation and will not grow in size over time. However, if you don’t want the Chrome application on the system drive as well, then follow the below instructions.

  1. Go to C drive > Program Files > Google. Here right-click on Chrome folder and select Cut.
  2. Cut Chrome folder
  3. Now move to the destination folder where you want Chrome and paste the Chrome folder.
  4. paste the Chrome folder

Note: If you’ll move the Chrome application, its desktop shortcut will become unusable. You’ll have to create a new desktop shortcut from the new location of Chrome.

To remove the junction

In the future, if you need to install Chrome again in the default location, then you’ll have to remove the junction first. Here’s how to do it.

Uninstall Chrome and open the Command Prompt. Afterwards, enter the below-mentioned command as described.

junction -d "The default location of Chrome where you created the junction"

Fill the required field accordingly. In my case, it looks like this.

junction -d "C:UsersAdministratorAppDataLocalGoogleChrome"

Remove junction

Conclusion

The above process might be a little cumbersome, but it will surely be able to fool Chrome and make it work from a different drive. It’s good to know that you can also use the above method to move Chrome to a different drive instead of installing it from scratch.

To do so, instead of deleting Chrome’s data folder, cut it and move it to the new location and then create the junction. Do let us know in the comments if you have any questions.

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Use color to make your website look good

When we first look at a design or artwork, we often don’t think about what we see.  Instead, we focus on aspects of the work that grab our attention.

This is called pre-attentive vision.  It begins when a design grabs our attention, but we haven’t yet thought about it.  We scan information, which is recognized by the unconscious.

A designer often aims to attract the eye to the most important aspect of a poster, website or image by organizing information and showing a viewer where to look.  Using line, color, hierarchy, framing, depth, shape, and motion helps aspects of a design to POP out at a viewer.

Color and Semiotics

Capturing user attention with color means recognizing that color sends out messages.

When looking at color, people first respond to light, and levels of color saturation.  They then respond to the emotional message a color brings.

Peirce’s Trichotomy of Signs explains that color has:

  • Iconicity: This is the emotional message of color.  Dark colors are often seen to be heavy, while light, fresh colors can be cheerful.  We might also look at what colors resemble, such as the green of grass, or the warmth and passion of fire.
  • Indexicality: The link between color and context. A grey sky is seen to represent rain, while a blue one represents a sunny day.
  • Symbolicity: This is the abstract meaning behind color and is often more emotional than logical.  This is the language behind color, which connects red to passion or love, blue to spirituality or peace, and yellow to happiness.  This language can be complex and isn’t always easy to understand.

How to design using color:

Use balance and contrast

Picking three colors, and using the dominant color 60% of the time, the secondary color 30% of the time, and the accent color 10% of the time provides balance within a design or color scheme.

As the eye often notices saturated color first, the most saturated color should be used for important content, that which seeks to bring a message.

Using the brightest color as an accent color means that this color will draw our attention not only because it is saturated, but also because it is sparse, and contrasts with the space behind it.  This shows the viewer that the message is important.

Link color to shapes

We do not only form messages in connection with color but also associate color with a shape.  Color, and shape, when combined together, often give off new meaning.

Green and blue may be associated with sky, spirituality, peace or even nature, but place these colors together along with the easily recognizable shape of the globe, and they take on an easily recognizable meaning.  Likewise, a red rose gives a different message to a jagged red line.

When working with color, it is important to determine how this color interacts with shape, and the meanings the combinations evoke.

Use texture

When a texture is contrasted with a simple background, it can be used as a means of attracting attention, causing a message to pop out.  Texture adds depth to a message, and brings it to life, sometimes becoming more prominent than shape or line.

However, when using texture to construct a message, the background cannot compete for attention, otherwise, the textured message will simply add to the noise on the page.

Make use of the Gestalt Principles

Gestalt shares that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.  The human brain looks at the overall design and how this interconnects and takes a message from this, rather than breaking down the individual parts.  The following Gestalt principles are therefore helpful in creating an effective design:

Proximity:  the more closely objects are placed next to one another, the more likely the mind will see them as interconnected.  These objects don’t have to share colors or characteristics to be seen as related.

Similarity:  Objects which share characteristics will be seen to be more similar than those which do not share similarities.  Objects may be seen to be related because of color, shape, size or texture.

Symmetry:  Symmetry helps to create order, and people seek order.  As a result, they often see objects to be symmetrical.  Symmetry does not only rely on shape but may also use color or texture.

Boundary:  Boundary is used to frame or enclose like elements, separating them from others.

Connectedness:  Connectedness is used to show the how different objects relate.

How to grab the attention of site visitors

Site visitors are always potential customers.  Holding their attention long enough to show what is on offer is therefore crucial.  The following factors assist with grabbing a visitor’s attention:

Our brains can be quite selective when it comes to focus.  This is because without filtering out a great deal of irrelevant information, we would often feel overwhelmed.  Therefore, designing a website which grabs attention would need to take into account how the brain focuses.

We know that the brain will pay attention to physical needs when we are hungry, recognize the names of those close to us, pays attention to areas we have chosen to focus on and can be captured by emotion.  Our brains also pay attention to novelty and contrast.

Use novelty

When designing it is helpful to be different, bringing in something which is weird or unusual in order to attract attention.

This is because our brain screens out everyday background noise, or that which is overly familiar.  People will, however, pay attention to contrast or difference.  Be quirky when designing a site.  Use CSS text effects, illustrations, and clever animations for that.

Inspire emotion

Use color effectively, be visual, aim for warmth and friendliness in your copy, and your visitors will feel welcome.

They will also feel an emotional connection, meaning that they will pay more attention to your site.

The language of color

Color can be very effective in creating emotion in visitors.  This is because colors have a language, and visitors relate to them on an emotional level.  Used effectively, a color will create the effects you need.  Here are common messages perceived behind 10 popular colors:

Red

Red is the color of passion, power, and warmth.  It is attention-grabbing but should be used in small doses.

Blue

Blue is seen to be calm, cool and trustworthy.  It is often very effective when mixed with orange.

Pink

This is the color loved by girls.  Fun, romantic and feminine, this is the color aimed at a young female audience.

Yellow

Yellow is a strong, bright and sunny color which can be used to capture your audience’s attention.  It lets them know you are confident.

Green

Green is warm and inviting, and links to goodwill, environmental awareness, and health.  It is also the color of money and may represent wealth.

Gold

Gold is another elegant, prestigious color, symbolizing wealth and pedigree or achievement.

Orange

Orange represents warmth or energy.  This is a powerful and attention-grabbing color which feels cutting edge.

Purple

Purple is the color of luxury and has been associated with royalty.  It will add a sense of prestige and even decadence to your designs.

Brown

Brown is warm, earthy and homely, and brings a feeling of ease.

Black

Black is extremely versatile and can be used in many different contexts.

It can be modern or traditional, exciting or relaxing, and it is up to the designer to choose how best to use it.  Black can add drama or depth to a design.

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A’ Design Award: Last Call for Entries

For years now, this international competition has been rewarding excellence in design and giving exposure to designers from all around the globe. With millions of designs released every year, it becomes crucial to take part in such competitions and benefit from the exposure that comes from it. For designers, it’s a great opportunity to get that exposure you are craving, and it’s only one of the benefits.

If you are not familiar with the awards, you may want to check out the categories of the competition. Here are my personal favorite:

1. Communication design

Graphic design, web design, and many other design categories are part of this communication design category. The best place to submit your work if you are a graphic designer.

Bengal Classical Music Festival by Shafiqul Alam.

2. Industrial design

A large category that includes other small categories within the field. Some of the best industrial design work you’ll get the chance to see.

Binhi by Ito Kish, awarded last year.

3. Product design

Whether it’s beverages, pet supplies, or disposable products, product design is everywhere and often unseen because we aren’t paying attention. This category share the best of product design.

Hulumao Diamond Bed Cat Toy by Shih-Chang Hsiao & Yu-luen Huang.

4. Advertising

The best of creative communication, shared in this cool category.

Calendar 2017 “The Year of Roaster” Calendar by Thach Nguyen Nguyen.

5. Photography

Photography can be an art, especially when used beautifully.

Waves Entropy Digital Art by marta moretto.

6. Good Service Design

A big category that encompasses a lot of design types.

A TRANSFORMATION FORMULA Cultural engagement by TEKIO

And much more…

Yes, there are many more categories to register in the competition, just take a look for yourself.

There are a lot of benefits to taking part in the awards, such as taking part in the international exhibitions, being in the yearbook, benefiting from the PR, or inclusion in the world design rankings, among others. Oh! Did I mention the design prizes?

Before entering any competition, it’s good to know a little about the jury and the selection process. A’ Design Awards is very transparent regarding this, just look at the jury and process here.

Ready to enter?

If you are convinced that your company or yourself could benefit from entering the competition, just register here. The deadline for registration is February 28, 2018, and the results will be announced on A’ Design Awards and on Designer Daily on April 15.

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How to See Shortened URLs Without Opening Them

If you ever come across a link in email or on a website, always hover your mouse cursor over it to see the destination URL at the bottom of the browser to ensure it’s safe. But, this trick doesn’t work with shortened URLs that are quite common these days on social media websites.

However, this also doesn’t mean you have to facecheck every short URL and risk your security. There are multiple ways to check what’s behind a shortened URL without opening it. And in this post, I’ll show you how to do it on your PC and your smartphone.

Use the built-in preview

Most of the popular link shortening services let you preview the link by tweaking the shortened URL. Just memorize these simple tweaks, and for most short URLs you won’t have to depend on a third-party service. Below is the list of preview tweaks:

TinyURL

Add preview before the tinyurl.com part of the link. For example:

convert https://tinyurl.com/2loblt to https://preview.tinyurl.com/2loblt

tinyurl
Goo.gl

Add + (plus sign) at the end of the original URL. For example, convert goo.gl/0WhZa7 into goo.gl/0WhZa7+.

Bitly.com

Similar to Goo.gl, add a + at the end of the URL.

is.gd

Add - (hyphen) at the end of the URL. For example, convert https://is.gd/1j6nkF into https://is.gd/1j6nkF-.

Tiny.cc

Add ~ (tilde) at the end of the URL.

BudURL

Add ? (question mark) at the end of the URL.

Use an online service

If you don’t deal with short URLs often, then an online expander may work better for you. For this purpose, I like GetLinkInfo for its extensive support of URL shortening websites and detailed information about the link. Just paste the link on the website and press enter.

getlinkinfo

GetLinkInfo will tell you the main title of the page, starting description, exact long URL, and any external links on the page. It also uses Google to check the safety of the website content.

Use a browser extension

In case you deal with short URLs frequently, then a dedicated browser extension is a better choice. Unshorten.It! is a good extension for this purpose that is available for both Chrome and Firefox.

The cool thing about Unshorten.It! is that it doesn’t depend on the URL shortening service’s API, therefore, it can expand almost all types of short links. Once the extension is installed, right-click on any short link and select Unshorten it from the menu. The extension will expand the link in a new tab and also show safety information based on the Web Of Trust score.

unshorten.it

I also really liked the non-intrusive nature of the extension as it allows you to choose which links to expand and which to leave.

Expand short URLs on Android

On Android, you can use the free URL Manager app. This is actually an all-in-one link manager, but we will only be Looking at the expanding feature of the app. Here’s how to expand a link:

  1. Copy the short URL that you want to expand.
  2. Tap on the + icon in its main interface and select Expand.
  3. Now paste the URL into the text field and tap on Expand. The original link will be shown below.
url manager

You can also share a link directly from your browser to expand it in URL Manager.

Expand short URLs on iOS

On iOS, you can use the free URL X-ray app. Although URL X-ray is popular for its web service, its iOS app does a fine job of expanding URLs. Once installed, you can copy/paste the short URL in the URL X-ray interface to expand it. It also adds a button in the share menu to let you directly share URLs from other apps.

url x-ray

Summing up

You should be very careful while opening short links and always check what’s on the other side before opening, especially if you received them via email or a direct message. Memorizing short URL preview tweaks might involve some work, but it will make the process very easy if you deal with short URLs often. But of course, you can always get help from a third-party app when you are in doubt.

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40 Excellent Mini Icon Sets

When you go on a quest of finding icons for your designs you may end up with different kinds of icons, some muti-purpose icons others highly niche-specific. However, when you are designing for mobile app, or mobile web design, you need a set of mini icons.

So, for all those who are looking to design for mobile display, here are 40 high quality and creative mini icons sets. You can download these icons and use them in your designs, but do remember to check the usage policy of the set you want to use. Let’s take a look.

3px Icons Set
3px Icons Set
Mini Material Free Iconset
Mini Material Free iconset Vol1
Mini Set Icons free
Mini Set Icons free
40 Mini Icons
40 Mini Icons
25 Minimal Line Icons
25 Minimal Line Icons
Mmmicons
Mmmicons - 500+ Free UI Icon pack
Free Social Media Mini Icons Pack
Free Social Media Mini Icons Pack PSD
Mini Icons Pack
Mini Icons Pack
Mini Material Free Icon set
Mini Material Free iconset Vol1
Tiny Icons
Tiny Icons
Free Icon Set #6
Free Icon Set #6
72 Free Icons
72 Free Icons
30 Free Icons
30 Free Icons
Currency icons
Currency icons
Mini flat icon set PSD
Mini flat icon set PSD
Mini icons psd
Mini icons psd
Mini House Icon Set
mini House Icon Set (free)
Linea
Linea
48 Bubbles Iconset
Freebie - 48 Bubbles Iconset
Mini Icons
Mini Icons
Minima Line Icons
Minima Line Icons
Free Minimal Icons Sets
Free Minimal Icons Sets
Free Minimalistic Everyday Icons
Free Minimalistic Everyday Icons
MiniCONS
MiniCONS Free Creative Icons
Lajal
Lajal Minimal Icons
16px grid icons
16px grid icons
100 Simple Outline Icons
100 Simple Outline Icons
IconAlone
IconAlone: 110 Line Icons
170 Thin Line UI Icons
170 Thin Line UI Icons
Freeline Icons
Freeline Icons
100 Free Angular Icons
100 Free Angular Icons
150 Outlined Icons
150 outlined icons
80 Mini Icons
80 Mini Icons
1800 Free Minimal Icon Pack
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How to balance your freelance business with your personal life

For most people, embracing a freelancing career looks challenging because it doesn’t offer any safety in terms of income at the end of the month. For others, the challenge doesn’t come from the money side, but from balancing work with life.

In fact, when companies hire freelancers, they often expect high flexibility they would not get from an employee. This is why you should be careful as a freelancer, to make sure that your work life is not affecting your personal life in a negative way.

Don’t work from home all the time

Working at home is great, I do it most of the time. However, if you do it all the time, you may go insane, especially if you have children. If you live in a city, it’s very likely that you have coworking spaces available at a reasonable price not too far from your home. This way you get to meet people, change your environment, and be forced to stop looking at cat videos because somebody may pass behind you and judge you.

Log off regularly

Social media has made the technology even much more addictive than it was previously, it also totally blurred the line between work and life. Can you really separate your email inbox between work and life? I doubt it… Can you block notifications for emails and all other social media, yes you can! Unless you work in a medical field with regular emergencies, I doubt you really need to check your phone all the time.

Socialize (in real life)

Whether you work from home or from an office, you need to take some time every week to socialize with your favorite people. It can be family, friends, or pets, take some time off work and interact in real life with other people. Of course, while you do so, try to really be with these people, don’t be constantly checking social media (I’m looking at you, millennials)!

Learn to say no

If you always say yes to everything, some of your clients will eat you alive. No, they will no literally eat you alive, but they suck up all of your energy little by little. Learn to figure out what requests are reasonable and to say no to others, it’s for your own health.

Set your rules and stick to it

This goes with the point above, but it’s worth repeating as it’s one of the biggest issues many freelancers face. Be organized and have a plan, it will make it easier to say no because you will know what is part of the plan or not.

Set realistic goals

You know how we (freelancers) always make fun of clients who come up with totally unrealistic expectations, usually with a ridiculously low budget? Well, we shouldn’t make fun of them too much, because I see way too many freelancers planning their day with a schedule like programming two WordPress plugins, finish that client website, work on that side project, cook some healthy meals, and do sport for one hour in the evening. You need to be more practical and set realistic goals, only this way you get a chance to be satisfied at the end of the day. You should know it, low self-esteem is not good for freelancers.

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In April 2018, Minsk will become the creative capital of Europe

Being a moderator of avant-garde ideas since the times of Kazimir Malevich and Marc Chagall and even containing the word “white” in the very name of the country, Belarus has become the motherland of International advertising festival WHITE SQUARE – one of the leading creative festivals in Eastern Europe annually welcoming over 1000 entries and 700 delegates from 30 countries of the world.

High level of Festival’s organization, jury team, entries and awards has been many times recognized by brightest representatives of professional community, including global creativity ranking The Gunn Report.

Promoting creative solutions worldwide WHITE SQUARE has been included into new global creativity ranking AdForum Business Creative Report that will help the players of ad market all around the world to track top agencies and best projects in sector of services.

On April 19-21 in Minsk WHITE SQUARE will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Call for entries is open on official website adfest.by under the slogan CAUSE WE CAN inviting communications, marketing, branding, digital agencies from all around the world to show the level of their creativity.

Entries are accepted into 6 contests consisting of 17 nominations. The entries will be judged offline by five teams of international jury consisting of recognized leaders of European communications industry.

Early birds are provided with discounts till February 28.

WHITE SQUARE is organized by Association of Communications and Marketing Agencies of Belarus ACMA, member of EACA National Associations Council.

For more detailed information please go to adfest.by or contact the Directorate of the Festival via konkurs@adfest.by.

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A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

It’s that time of the year again, applications for A’ Design Awards are open, so if you plan on getting more exposure and maybe awards, you should register here.

A’ Design Awards is a major international event for the world of design. The competition, which takes place every year in the wonderful city of Como, Italy, aims to attract the attention of the medias and designers world-wide. The competition takes great designers and promotes them both online and offline. It provides a fair and ethical platform for all designers and studios.

If you are not familiar with the awards, you may want to check out the categories of the competition. Here are my personal favorite:

1. Communication design

Graphic design, web design, and many other design categories are part of this communication design category. The best place to submit your work if you are a graphic designer.

Bengal Classical Music Festival by Shafiqul Alam.

2. Industrial design

A large category that includes other small categories within the field. Some of the best industrial design work you’ll get the chance to see.

Binhi by Ito Kish, awarded last year.

3. Product design

Whether it’s beverages, pet supplies, or disposable products, product design is everywhere and often unseen because we aren’t paying attention. This category share the best of product design.

Hulumao Diamond Bed Cat Toy by Shih-Chang Hsiao & Yu-luen Huang.

4. Advertising

The best of creative communication, shared in this cool category.

Calendar 2017 “The Year of Roaster” Calendar by Thach Nguyen Nguyen.

5. Photography

Photography can be an art, especially when used beautifully.

Waves Entropy Digital Art by marta moretto.

6. Good Service Design

A big category that encompasses a lot of design types.

A TRANSFORMATION FORMULA Cultural engagement by TEKIO

And much more…

Yes, there are many more categories to register in the competition, just take a look for yourself.

There are a lot of benefits to taking part in the awards, such as taking part in the international exhibitions, being in the yearbook, benefiting from the PR, or inclusion in the world design rankings, among others. Oh! Did I mention the design prizes?

The Jury

Before entering any competition, it’s good to know a little about the jury and the selection process. A’ Design Awards is very transparent regarding this, just look at the jury and process here.

Ready to enter?

If you are convinced that your company or yourself could benefit from entering the competition, just register here. The deadline for registration is February 28, 2018, and the results will be announced on A’ Design Awards and on Designer Daily on April 15.

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How to Promote Your YouTube Channel at Zero Budget

You may be producing awesome video content and running a great YouTube channel, but if you don’t go an extra mile to promote it, gaining new subscribers becomes a challenge.

Think of it as a funnel. To become your subscriber, one has to find your video via YouTube search or through a referral link, they would watch it, and then if they find it interesting enough, they would subscribe to your channel.

However, it is natural for people to “fall out” at any step. Say, out of 10 people who have discovered your video, only 8 will choose to watch it, 6 will watch it till the end, and 3 of them will subscribe.

In this article, I’ve gathered best practices to help you drive more attention to your YouTube channel that too, at zero cost.

Write relevant titles and descriptions

Speaking the same language as your audience is crucial, and while you might want to get creative with titles, you should use the exact terms you want your video to appear to. YouTube search engine works similarly to Google, so be specific and use the keywords your prospect viewers would use.

Unsure of your word choice or the topic? Go to Google Trends and type your ideas to compare the level of interest for each of them.

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Similarly, descriptions are believed to have little impact on optimization, yet, it doesn’t mean you should not care about them or simply use them to repeat your keywords.

For instance, type “10 breakfast recipes” in YouTube search, and you’ll see dozens of videos with the same title. Chances are, your video will also end up surrounded by uploads on the same topic. In such a case, the first line of video description is the great way to stand out. Use it to explain how your video is different, and why it’s worth watching.  

Create custom thumbnails

Many newbie YouTubers believe thumbnails aren’t important because they have no influence on the search engine and will not help a video appear on the first page of YouTube.

However, just like descriptions, thumbnails have a tremendous impact on your video click-through rate. In other words, it often depends on the thumbnail, whether a person chooses to watch one video over another.

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Organize videos into playlists

There are two unobvious benefits of creating playlists. First, along with thumbnails, playlists make your channel organized and easier to navigate. That means, viewers are likely to spend more time on it exploring the topic they are interested in. Second, playlists bring optimization value and help you appear in search results.

Think of it this way – a title and a description of a playlist is an additional piece of information for YouTube algorithm to understand what your videos are about. Why would you miss an opportunity to repeat keywords and increase chances of getting discovered?

Start videos with a bang

Have you heard about the attention span of an average person today? It’s between 8 and 12 seconds, to be exact. For the video blogging industry that means if you don’t capture a viewer’s attention in those first seconds, consider him lost.

To see how attention-grabbing your videos are, go to Creator Studio – Analytics – Audience retention. The graphic shows the percentage of audience dropping off as the video continues. In the graphic below, 40% of viewers lost their interest after a minute, and just a little over 20% watched the video till the end.

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The industry benchmark is 50%, which means the majority of videos are only watched halfway through. Yet, if you notice a large audience drop-off in the first 10 seconds or so, that means your introduction needs to be improved.

Get to the point right away

Don’t waste time on a long intro or a vague talk. Brian Dean, an SEO and content marketing expert, recommends using a “PPP formula”, which stands for Preview, Proof, Preview.

According to Brian, once you get someone watch the first 15 seconds of your video, chances are they will watch it till the end. To do that, use those precious seconds to tell the viewers what your video is about, explain why they should trust you, and add a short teaser or a sneak peek to spark the interest and motivate viewers to stay till the end.

Resist the temptation of using special effects – they are often distracting. Play with minimalistic contoured text and smooth transitions instead. To stick to a zero-budget plan, check out free programs capable of non-linear video editing.

End with a Call-to-Action

Here is what every successful marketer knows: if you don’t ask, people won’t react. Remember about the attention span and the world of constant distractions we live in? This is exactly why call-to-action are needed.

Even if someone enjoyed your video, there is a chance they would simply forget to give it a thumbs up or subscribe to your channel. So, it’s up to you to remind them. You’ve worked hard to create this video and provide value for the viewers, so there is no reason to be shy about asking for a little love in return.

Annotations used to be a nice additional tool to get subscribers, but a personal request is always more efficient. Motivate viewers to become a part of your audience by saying what they should expect from your next videos, and what it is there for them.

Make use of end screens and cards

Annotations were discontinued in May however, you’ve already heard about end screen and cards. If you haven’t employed them for your channel yet, it’s about time, because the combination of cards and end screens is a five times more powerful and authentic way for keeping viewers engaged with your content. Best of all, they are mobile-friendly and work in YouTube app.

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The best practice here is to avoid video interruptions and screen clutter. Stick to a minimalistic approach and don’t link to more than two videos on the end screen.

To make sure your end screen strategy is efficient, go to Creator Studio > Analytics > Interaction reports > End screens. You’ll be able to see how many clicks each end screen element gets versus how many times it is shown.

Thoughtfully reply to every comment

Trolling aside, leaving a comment actually takes some time and dedication – be it YouTube or any other social network. Your responsiveness means you appreciate the effort and you care. Encourage discussions in your videos, ask questions, create polls (you can use Cards for that), and interact with every comment you receive.

Besides, there is a nice bonus here: comments, along with the number of likes and subscriptions are signals to YouTube search engine that your video deserves attention. Yet, please don’t try to game the system by leaving meaningless comments just for the sake of quantity. It is miserable and likely to turn your prospect commentators away.

Cross-promote your videos through social media

Cross-promoting your content on various platforms is a tremendous way to get discovered by new audience. The truth is, you never know how your next subscriber will find your channel: clicking a referral link, browsing Twitter hashtags, or scrolling Facebook newsfeed. Therefore, being present on multiple platforms is beneficial for growing a community.

Your promotion workflow may include embedding a video into a blog post, sharing it via Twitter, publishing on Facebook and Pinterest. It’s all about repurposing. If you want to sound authentic – craft your messages differently for each platform. It probably takes just extra 10 minutes, yet, pays off in the long run.

social media

To analyze how well your cross-promotion strategy is performing, go to Creator Studio > Analytics > Traffic sources > External. You’ll see the exact volume of traffic coming from websites linking to your videos, or having them embedded.

Pro tip: If you have a Facebook page for your channel, you can experiment with promoting your posts for new audiences for as little as $5 to see if it works for you.

Be an active member of niche communities

Whether you are a drone video blogger, a makeup artist, a gamer, or a language teacher – there are forums and communities for every field. Start participating in your niche community.

Your goal is to make sure people know what you’re working on, without being a spammer. Don’t just share links to your videos, but rather provide your opinion and advice, while having a link to your channel in your bio or signature.

Collaborate with other YouTubers

It’s important for YouTubers to collaborate because it’s a way to get exposed to a new audience, and a fun overall experience.

Reach out to those YouTubers who can provide additional value for your audience. If you review smartphones, look for those reviewing apps or mobile accessories; if you talk about makeup trends, you might want to collaborate with fashionistas; DIY YouTubers can successfully collaborate with each other… you got the idea.

You can even ask your subscribers what other channels they watch to get a better picture of what they are interested in.

Conclusion

Promoting a YouTube channel is not an easy job, no matter how you put it. Moreover, you’ll have to find the combination of tactics that work better for you – and it’s always a trial and error path. Creativity and determination help a lot, and I hope some ideas described in this post – too.

Let us know in comments, what your favorite zero-budget promotion tricks are!

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