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Eric Karkovack (14 Posts)

About: Eric Karkovack is a web designer with well over a decade of experience. You can visit his business site here. In July 2013, Eric released his first eBook: Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer. He also has an opinion on just about every subject. You can follow his rants on Twitter @karks88.
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WordPress Custom Fields – A Simple Use

Custom Fields are one of those features inside WordPress that not everyone is fully aware of. While they’ve been around for awhile, they aren’t really screaming "use me" out of a standard install of WordPress. That said, they can really help you achieve some powerful and unique features in your projects. Let’s explore one simple idea of how you can…

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Is There a Wordcamp Near You?

WordCamps are local/regional/international get-togethers where designers, developers and users meet to share their knowledge. Sure, lots of different software platforms, etc. have their own dedicated conferences. But attending a WordCamp is really not the same as attending a traditional conference. First of all, attending a WordCamp in your area is fairly cheap compared to other conferences, with tickets usually around…

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Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer

Your Guide to Becoming a Freelance Web Designer has been written to help both those who are thinking of a freelance career and those who already have one. It’s a collection of easy-to-understand concepts and honest advice. Everything you read in the book comes directly from my 14+ years of experience as a freelance designer/developer. Frankly, when I started my…

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Finding The Best WordPress Plugins for Your Website

As of this writing, there are currently well over 25,000 plugins listed at WordPress.org’s Plugin Directory. While that ensures that you have a lot of choices, it doesn’t necessarily make the job of finding the best WordPress plugins any easier. One of the greatest aspects of using WordPress to power your website is its ability to run plugins. They easily…

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You (the Designer) and I (the Client), We Make a Team

It takes more than compelling content and intelligent coding to produce a great website. A successful relationship between a designer and a client is, perhaps, just as imperative. Take a look through your portfolio. Are there any projects in there that you weren’t quite happy with? If so, think back to your relationship with that client. Were both parties on…

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How WordPress Changed My Career

Back when I started my career as a web designer (circa 1996), the main idea of having a website was to, well, have one. In those days, most businesses weren’t doing much more than putting together a hierarchy (an often poorly designed one, at that) of text and images. The idea of a content management system, or CMS, was completely…