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Large selection of Stock Photos – for Free – freephotos.cc

Large selection of Stock Photos – for Free – freephotos.cc

Photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license are completely free to use for any legal purpose – including use on your website, newsletter, or print material. Unfortunately, these stock photos are often hard to find.

In fact, I normally use Adobe Stock or 123rf for all of my stock photo needs. This can get pricey, especially since I often use multiple images for blogs I write.

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Tips for Making the Best Contact Form for your Website

Tips for Making the Best Contact Form for your Website

For web designers and developers, contact forms are simple to implement, yet are one of the most important pieces of functionality for your website design. For businesses looking to generate leads and sales, encouraging users to contact them is often one of their top goals.

Despite their simplicity, there are still many considerations to make when implementing contact forms, which will have a huge impact on conversion rates and your ability to track usage.

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Pro Tips for Building Joomla Websites Properly

Pro Tips for Building Joomla Websites Properly

I’ve been building Joomla websites since back when 1.5 was the latest version – so, a decent amount of time. Over the years the way I’ve been building Joomla websites has evolved, both from experience and from the many updates that have occurred since I first started. I figured it would be a good idea to share some of these experiences and provide some guidance on building a Joomla website that is maintainable, efficient, and easy to administer.

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The Best (Uncommon) Web Design Tools and Services for Web Designers & Developers

The Best (Uncommon) Web Design Tools and Services for Web Designers & Developers

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work with industry-leading web design and development software for both large and small organizations. While some tools, such as the Adobe Creative Suite, will remain the obvious choice for design, there are many other time-saving resources that are not quite as apparent.

Below is a list of some of my favorites, which I’m sure will add some efficiency to your daily workflow:

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5 Reasons Website Page Load May be Slow – Optimizing Site Performance

5 Reasons Website Page Load May be Slow – Optimizing Site Performance

Having an exciting, interactive website is important to stand out in today’s crowded internet market. However, far too often there are simple mistakes that result in slow page load times and a frustrating user experience; especially when you start adding on all the bells and whistles to your website. Not only will fixing these issues likely improve your bounce rates, it will also help with your SEO strategy. Ideally you will want to have a page load time of around 2 seconds or less, so if you notice your page is taking longer than that, you may be running into one of these 5 issues!

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3 killer tips for improving your e-commerce website SEO & conversion rates

3 killer tips for improving your e-commerce website SEO & conversion rates

The e-commerce market is very competitive, with conversion rates relying heavily on a website’s design, usability, mobile optimization, and pricing. The two biggest obstacles of an e-commerce site are getting users to the site, and converting them into customers.

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Creating a website design requirements gathering form

Creating a website design requirements gathering form

Download our FREE Requirements Gathering Form PDF, or read on to learn about how to properly gather requirements for a website.

When gathering requirements for a website design project, it is important to cover the right topics in order to gather sufficient information. I’ve previously written about how to set your agenda with a client for the website design requirements gathering session. In this post, I will be covering some of the proper criteria for your project requirements.

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CSS Tricks for Content Management Systems

CSS Tricks for Content Management Systems

It is very common that customizing a component. module, or plugin (or whatever the CMS you chose decided to call it) within a content management system will require some additional CSS editing to get it to look or function the way you intended. Content management systems have many more working parts than a traditional website built with HTML & CSS, and may need some additional tricks to get the job done. The methods shown below should lend a helping hand with that. 

 

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Website requirements gathering documentation: Creating an agenda

Website requirements gathering documentation: Creating an agenda

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When gathering requirements from a client for a new website, it is essential to take the right steps in order to save yourself time and frustration later on in the project.  The step I am covering in this article is creating an agenda before your meeting.  There are many ways to create your agenda, so I highly recommend fine-tuning yours to your own style of requirements gathering, and to the project that you are undertaking.  

Once you've set the agenda for your meeting, check out our requirements gathering form to bring to the meeting! 

 

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    Many of the other referrals came from Web design firms & had significantly higher overheads/billing rates...We had a tight timeline & [they were] very diligent at following up to avoid production delays at time when I was extremely busy. [They] did a nice all around job improving my SEO optimization, creating a polished final product, and documenting the back end with an easy to use manual.

    After the site when live, [they] stood by & helped me troubleshoot unanticipated events & helped me create work arounds.

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OUR YELP REVIEWS

  • Virgo Web Design recently completed my website MeetPeopleChicago.com. Jerry was easy to work with, was attentive to my questions and was on top of things from start to finish. In addition he was very knowledgable and up to date on the latest technologies. I am very pleased with the final product and I will surely use him again for future enhancements. Thank you Jerry for the great work you have done!

    PETER S.

    Meet People Chicago

  • As a marketing communications person who knew my company needed an up-to-date website built in Joomla, I was very happy we found [Virgo Web Design]. I understood things from a content perspective, but when it came to back-end design and architecture, my hands were tied. [Virgo Web Design] was so knowledgeable and easy to work with, and was always available to answer questions, make tweaks, walk me through front-end editing tasks...you name it. [Virgo Web Design]'s accessibility and can-do attitude made such a difference to our entire team, and I hope I always thanked [them] enough for helping me through the client-side part of the web redesign process.

    CORRIE M.

    Aptude

  • "[Virgo Web Design] did an amazing job on my non-profit's website, ghhaven.org. [They] put our site together quickly and with all of the elements we requested - plus, [they] had a lot of great recommendations for things that we hadn't even considered for the site. [They were] very helpful throughout the process of getting our site launched and I found [them] to be quick in responding to all of my questions/requests as well. [They] even helped us get our business emails set up!

    I would definitely recommend Virgo Web Design as a go-to for all of your web design/development needs. I will definitely be using [them] again in the near future!"

    FRITZIE S.

    Genesis Hopeful Haven

  • [Virgo Web Design] has developed and designed multiple websites for me over the years. [Their] team are exceptionally skilled technicians. Their communication is easy to understand, and they are very proficient - even when near-end deadlines are demanding. Hiring Jerry Virgo and his team is one of the best decisions I have made for my company.

    Michael W

    One Chicago Realty

  • I've used Yahoo sitebuilder for several years and my e-commerce website was due for an overhaul. I asked around & received several recommendations from friends & other small businesses.

    Many of the other referrals came from Web design firms & had significantly higher overheads/billing rates...We had a tight timeline & [they were] very diligent at following up to avoid production delays at time when I was extremely busy. [They] did a nice all around job improving my SEO optimization, creating a polished final product, and documenting the back end with an easy to use manual.

    After the site when live, [they] stood by & helped me troubleshoot unanticipated events & helped me create work arounds.

    Chris H.

    City Tree Delivery

  • [Virgo Web Design] knocked out a full rebuild of our site in a few weeks, guided us through things we didn't understand with ease and calm and gave great advice, training and follow up service

    Nicholle D.

    DANK Haus

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