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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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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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Checklist of Important Things to Consider When Redesigning your Website (That Web Designers Often Forget to Do)

Checklist of Important Things to Consider When Redesigning your Website (That Web Designers Often Forget to Do)

Website redesigns can be frustrating for business owners, especially if you don’t know much about best practices. There are so many factors to consider when planning your website redesign and choosing the right company to build the digital face of your company. From speaking with different businesses interested in redesigning their website, I’ve discovered that many web design companies aren’t following industry standards. Unfortunately, most of these oversights often go unnoticed.

If they provide a website that looks great and seems to function properly, who’s to say that they didn’t do a good job? Well, as with many things in this world, there’s more than meets the eye. I decided to put together a list of items that are commonly overlooked by web designers. Make sure that whoever you choose to design your website isn’t making these mistakes!

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10 Great Web Design Trends of 2014

10 Great Web Design Trends of 2014

Websites are progressively being updated as new methods of designing and developing continue to evolve. Different strategies are now deployed in designing websites that would not have been relevant or even possible a decade ago. These new website trends are usually intended to provide a better user experience to all visitors, no matter which device they are on. As the needs of consumers and the technologies they use expand, website design methods need to adapt to stay relevant. The user experience is improved in many different ways in order to present the brand as it deserves to be presented, provide customers with convenience of finding what they are looking for and increasing sales and subscriptions of services.

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What is the difference between Adaptive vs. Responsive Web Design?

What is the difference between Adaptive vs. Responsive Web Design?

Responsive design has become an immensely popular practice on the web, because of its utility for conforming websites to the width of the browser they are viewed on. The differences between the adaptive and responsive website design can be confusing, leading to many people not understanding what adaptive design is, or even understanding either concept. In reality, it’s actually best to use both concepts; in this article, I’ll be discussing the differences between the two and provide some recommendations on their use. So what are the differences between responsive and Adaptive Design?

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Tutorial: How to Photoshop e-commerce product photos in 3 simple steps (Isolating on white background)

Tutorial: How to Photoshop e-commerce product photos in 3 simple steps (Isolating on white background)

EDITING PROGRAM USED: Adobe Photoshop CC (Note: All of the steps used in this tutorial can be accomplished in Photoshop CS3 and up)

After spending a few years in production art, I've become pretty familiar with the art of retouching. I've come across several different methods for prepping product images to be used for both stand-alone presentation and as part of a larger layout. Whatever the end goal is, I've found that starting with these 3 steps is the quickest way to get professional results using Photoshop.

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  • 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!"

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  • [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.

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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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    City Tree Delivery

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