How to Be an Awesome Web Designer

Becoming a web designer is not easy. You need to have the skills and talent necessary to create good web designs. If you think this is enough to become an awesome web designer, you are wrong! There is more than just showing your talents and skills. Here are some things that you can use to become an awesome web designer.

Look Around and Combine Ideas

When a web designer is up for new web designs, his biggest problem is to come up with new ideas on how to design the web. Ideas seem to be so expensive especially the unique ones! Each day, more and more web designs are being created and creating a new style for the website becomes a tough task. If you look around, you will come across different websites and along the process, try to observe and take note of the good stuffs to add to your website. You can combine these ideas until you finally come up with a new one.

Enhancing Your Skills

With the development of the internet and with new software being released every year, you need to have your skills updated. Otherwise, there will come a time when what you know will never be valuable. This is like using MS DOS when everyone else is using the latest version of Windows. The technology is moving fast. Upgrade your skills or else you will definitely be left behind and you can kiss becoming an awesome web designer goodbye.

Share and Learn

There are many online communities and forums that you can join and share whatever you learn. As you browse through these communities, there is no doubt that you will learn what other people are sharing. Staying active in these websites will not only enhance your skills but it will also keep you updated on the latest trends in web design.

Just Try, Have Fun

Web designing is an art. If you have something in mind, do it! Don’t be afraid to fail because you’ll never know where you will end up trying. Sometimes, you will learn as you try and whatever you learn from trying makes you a better web designer. Play with it, just try it. This part of web designing is the part where you should be having fun. You are learning while you are getting closer to finishing the perfect masterpiece.

Be Unique

There are 2 things that attract visitors to a website; the first and the most important thing is the content and the second is the web design. These 2 things need to go together. The content is what the visitor is after while the web design makes it attractive to the user and it is what the user easily remembers when looking back at your website. The advantage of creating a unique web design is that you can create a brand that your audience will easily remember.

While it is necessary to have all these things in mind, there is one last thing that you need to remember to become a fantastic web designer. Remember “P and P”, patience and passion. This will keep you hungry for learning more and it will always remind you to just keep on trying. If you have all these things, you are probably an awesome web designer already still hungry for more.

 

 

 

 

Why Your Business Needs a Mobile Website

Why Your Business Needs a Mobile Website

Advancement in technology is unstoppable. Every morning we wake up, there are new things that need to be unleashed and discovered. How unfortunate if we cannot cope with these rapid changes. If you are one of the millions of internet surfers, you probably know how successful internet marketing is. Tons of budding websites are sprouting day by day since they find internet marketing a good boost to their business. To date, internet marketing still tops the venue of promoting your business.

It all starts with creating your own website. They say to be able to reap the marketing benefits through the internet; forming your own website is a vital step. There’s no need to worry as there are many ways to create your own. You can have it outsourced to experts or just follow the DIY procedures of the many self help guide from the internet too. Once you have the website, you are free to do whatever marketing tricks you think will be of use for your business. Your website is your own so you can put all your ideas. The ideas can be limitless depending how you imagined it to be.

Another good thing is using marketing through creating a mobile website. Have you heard about it?

We are on the Smartphone age. Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, Blackberry’s RIM, Nokia’s Ovi, and other Java based phones are eligible to open a mobile website. To simply explain, mobile website is creating a version of your website so Smartphone users can access it straight from their phones. Statistics say that Smartphone sales surpass laptop and desktop sales these days. People find it more comfortable using Smartphone. These are handier, less costly, lesser upgrades, easier to preserve, and many more. So imagine if you have a mobile website; this is empowering your business to reach millions. Apart from making your business reach many, here are other benefits of setting up a mobile website:

Ease of Updating

Fact is, you are also always on the go. You may lack time updating the contents of your site. If you have a mobile website, you can change the contents anytime you want. The changes will also take effect real time hence your site visitors can see them right away.

Speed in Answering Concerns from Visitors

Since you always carry your Smartphone with you, you can right away see if there are concerns from a visitor. You can answer questions and confirm a transaction. You need not look for an internet shop or set up your laptop just to answer their concerns.

Less Costly

Renting a computer in an internet shop or plugging your laptop to the electric socket will cost you money. Maintaining a mobile website will also cost you but not that much. You are actually maximizing the power of your Smartphone battery since you can use it for personal calls and for business transactions.

Though many say that mobile websites have limited capacity compared to a computer website, maintaining one can still give you comfort more than you can imagine. You can maintain both actually. There are applications that support both computer and mobile websites.

 

How to Kick Start Your Social Media Campaign

 

Your checklist shows that you have done all preparations. Now you’re ready to launch your newly built website where your products, services, and skills are ready to be offered to potential customers. The question is how are you going to tell everyone that you have something for them?

Asking this type of question is common to neophytes of internet marketing. Technically, there are lots to discover in this area. A neophyte who won’t continue to do his assignments of updating his knowledge is bound to fail. They must know that when it comes to press releases, marketing, and announcement, the most trusted these days are the power of social media.
Social Media is a collaborative portal where users can interact with each other. The popular social media sites include Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and many more. People who want to promote something create an account to these social media sites so they can market and collaborate with other members.
If you are new to social media campaigning, here are top 3 reminders before you start. Remember that though social media campaign is almost limitless, having a good start will help you generate sales easily and can outshine others.

Creating and Designing an Enticing Profile
Psychologists say that people who love to surf the internet are extremely visual people. This only means that the more you attract their attention, the more they will visit your profile. The best way to do this is to create an attractive profile. More to the posts that you will put into your page, the designs and format matter. The kind of formatting depends on what you want to convey. If you are targeting a specific market share, then you have to research what attracts them most. Another good thing about profile formatting is that you can do it as often as you want. You can change anytime. It really depends on your strategy.

Planning what to Post
If you are really serious about social media campaigning, early preparation of what to post is a good move. What you can do is to prepare a series of status updates, photos, and other things that you can post ahead of time. Before you start, make sure you have a long line with you so you won’t lose ideas. Let’s take twitter tweets for example. Before you launch your official twitter page, prepare a long line of tweets that you will send on a daily basis.

Best Schedule for Posting
Another important consideration is planning when to post them. Daily updating is a good formula. Since you have a long line of updates on your list, you can send daily updates already. It would also be better if you know the best time for posting. Research what time potential customers surf the net and do your blasts during those time so you’ll be assured that they can read them.

Social media campaign is fun and easy as long as you are knowledgeable and prepared. There are tons of competitors and most of them are also in social media campaigning. Ensure that you can top their ideas so you’ll also be assured of success.

 

AutoCAD Training Tip (Using GRIPs To Edit Objects)

Using GRIPs To Edit Objects

AutoCAD’s GRIPs provide object-specific editing tools that assist when modifying AutoCAD objects such as the rectangle shown.

Upon selection, any AutoCAD object displays its GRIPs. Any GRIP can be selected and made in to a “hot” GRIP (again, see the rectangle shown). Either the shortcut menu or the command line shows the GRIP edit tools.

The shortcut menu tools are shown and you can press the spacebar to toggle between the GRIP edit tools if you are using the command line. Just press the spacebar to move to the next edit tool.

The AutoCAD Shortcut Menu

The right hand mouse button context sensitive shortcut menu (known as the shortcut menu!) provides additional commands in AutoCAD when used if an object is selected (such as the rectangle shown).

The Erase, Move, Copy Selection, Scale and Rotate commands are on the shortcut menu if an object is selected as well as the new Isolate command that isolates the selected object in the drawing for easier editing.

This simple right click provides a quicker easier method of modifying AutoCAD objects in the drawing as well as providing other navigational tools such as Zoom and Pan

How to seek a job using social media platforms

Social media is not just for keeping in touch with friends; it can also help you land a job. Here’s how:

Network via your Facebook friends. Let your friends know you’re job seeking, and don’t forget to include your preferred job title. Join alumni Facebook groups and get in touch with former co-workers.

Tweet about your expertise.  Establish yourself as an industry expert by tweeting news and comments about your industry. Follow companies and individuals in your field, and thoughtfully reply to their tweets.

Join LinkedIn groups. In addition to completing your LinkedIn profile, resume, and list of achievements, join industry and alumni groups related to your job search. As soon as you join the groups, jump in and start participating in the groups’ conversations. Be helpful and generous with your knowledge, and you will soon have new contacts across the country.

Be social media savvy, and get a job!

FACEBOOK: much more than simply “likes” and “fans”

Facebook: For business, it’s about much more than simply “likes” and “fans”.  With well over 800,000 million users, 250 million of whom access it on a mobile device, Facebook provides business an effective and incredibly cost-efficient way to  advertise products/services and build relationships with customers.

Facebook enables you to post updates, specials and promotional videos at a fraction of the cost of traditional promotional tools.  Facebook:  Social media marketing at it’s best.  You’ll like it!

Convince your boss to pay for your training

In these tough times when cost-cutting is the name of the game, the first thing to go is training and development budgets. And getting your boss to say ‘yes’ to a new training program is harder than selling ice to an Eskimo.

So, how can you get your manager to sponsor trainings that will make your CV shine?

First things first – know your facts.

Have complete clarity on why you wish to do the course − how will it help you and the company?

What will your training mean to the bottom-line?

What is the return on investment?

Will your new skills help service more accounts or get new types of contracts?

Will they help speed up work or reduce team size significantly?

Second, timing is everything. Go when you know the budget cycles are close to allocation times – not after budgets for the year have been sewn up. On the other hand, it may help to go towards the end of the budget cycle and negotiate for your manager to invest any unspent budgets on training. Third, be a team player− offer to share learning with other team members, or even negotiate as a group, as many courses offer lower fees for groups. Be specific, concise and passionate. Good luck!

 

Professional Certifications V/S Academic Degree qualification

Academic degrees are usually awarded by colleges and universities for a particular subject. These qualifications tend to focus on theoretical knowledge of a particular subject, and are not usually application-focused. For some careers such as medicine, academics and law, academic qualifications are a pre-requisite to practice professionally. Depending on the level, academic certifications are known as Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate (PHD) and courses last a minimum of one year. In essence, academic qualifications are theoretical in nature and are not job-oriented.

Professional certifications on the other hand are career-driven courses that focus on skills and expertise required to be a practicing professional in a specific job. They equip a student to immediately start working in a specialised job, as they stress on practical application rather than theoretical knowledge. They can last from a few months to a few years, and often offer the benefit of part-time study. However, professional qualifications may lack the breadth and theoretical knowledge of academic degrees. The choice of a professional certification or an academic qualification should be based on personal career goals, area of specialization, as well as availability of time, budget, capability and aptitude. When in doubt, consult a professional career counsellor for advice.

Promote yourself via social media

In the real world, building your personal brand is all about how you look, how much you know, how you articulate and present yourself, the work you deliver and the relationships you nurture. However, no matter how much you do, your brand will reach only those that you come into contact with personally.

The virtual world today offers us the opportunity to build, package and promote ourselves as a ‘personal brand’ to a global audience. Whether it is with a view to sharing our thoughts and expertise, marketing our services, or selling our products and skills; personal branding on social media platforms is an area that each one of us must be familiar with.  Communicating with a large audience via Twitter, engaging with a select group over Facebook, sharing opinions and expertise to interested readers via a blog, creating videos that represent who we are, building professional circles on LinkedIn − all these are the virtual calling cards we need to announce, build and share our personal brand.

Each platform requires unique skills and knowledge, as well as follows a unique code of conduct or ‘netiquette’. Building our personal brand via the social media is both an art and a science. Remember, if you don’t manage your personal image on social media, it will be dictated by what others have to say about you. Take charge today!

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