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Useful Tips To Get New Web Design Clients

Many freelancers begin their careers without a formal marketing plan for their web design business. The truth is that sales and marketing is a crucial part of all businesses, and that is why your clients hire you. Today’s business owners know a great website is an important part of their marketing toolkit, and since this is your career you should…

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Using Web Design to Solve Creative Problems

Our modern technology has come about from centuries of human evolution. Even before computers we were using cars to get around and radio/television to broadcast media across large areas of the population. Now that the Internet is so well adopted in most areas of the world the field of web design has become a booming industry. Every company and their…

Using the Power of the .htaccess File to Improve WordPress SEO

Search engine optimization is a rapidly growing field which seems to grow more lucrative by the day, and that’s largely because a website’s placement within a search engine can make or break the site’s revenues and their stream of new readers or subscribers. Many people are familiar with the best ways to optimize a website for the best search engine…

Advanced Illustrator Tutorials – My Favorites

Have you ever wanted a list of only the best advanced Illustrator tutorials that you could reference when needed? I keep finding myself spending too much time scouring the web for techniques, having to watch or read through a bunch of tutorials, to FINALLY find what I was looking for in terms of quality advice. So I went on a…

Utilizing jQuery UI Animations for Neat Page Effects

If you’re familiar developing in JavaScript then you must know about jQuery. It’s an extremely powerful library allowing you to write much simpler code and express the same end result. This trend has split off into a few sister projects, one of which being the jQuery UI Library. This script allows developers to quickly animate with precision using custom functions….

Recently Released Free WordPress Themes

Free WordPress themes can be highly valuable resources to users and bloggers. While there is no shortage of premium themes available for purchase, the quality of free themes can sometimes exceed the expectations that you would have for something that can be downloaded and used for free. In this post we’ve compiled some of the best free WordPress themes that…

Cookie Consent – an Open Source Solution to EU Cookie Law

Few weeks ago, we covered the European Union’s Cookie Law, and its implications on websites based in Europe. Thereafter, we have also covered the reactions to the said law. In fact, as a UK-based site, Speckyboy itself firmly stands in support of such protests against the Cookie Law. Speaking of protests, Silktide, one of the most prominent critics of the…

Six Common Web Programming Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The ubiquity of technology in our daily lives has made programming an indispensable DIY skill for the digital age. The ‘learn to code‘ movement, kick started by the easy availability of free interactive coding lessons on platforms such as Codecademy, combined with the inevitable shift of talent towards entrepreneurship in a depressed job market, has introduced thousands of people to…

Responsive Design 101

It wasn’t too long ago that designers didn’t really need to worry how websites looked on mobile phones and tablets. Phones weren’t yet really practical for web viewing, and before the iPad, tablets were more of a novelty than an essential. Obviously, all that has changed and most tech experts predict that in the next few years, likely sooner rather…

Reasons to Become a Freelancer

For me personally becoming a freelancer was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. Being a freelancer beats all jobs I have had in the past and maybe more that 99% of all potential jobs I could realistically expect to have. And I certainly can’t complain of lack of lucrative offers, even now, when I am off the market…