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10 Awesome WordPress Plugins You Should Use This Year

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Plugins have several advantages over coding. They also win in comparison to leaving the task of creating new functionality to a developer. Plugins can provide immediate results, the best ones, like those described below. They can give your reliable, error-free operation. Also, they are far less expensive than the alternatives.

There are thousands of WordPress plugins on the market. Finding one that appears to address your needs isn’t all that difficult. Finding the best of the best is another story.

Some plugins have a role to play in nearly every web project. Others are more specialized. Some others still are dedicated to saving businesses time and money.

You’ll find all three categories here, so dig right in and be prepared to find one or more that will make your day.

Tips for Using Background Textures in Web Design

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There are many ways to use background textures in web design. It is one of the best ways to add depth to your design. To be able to make use of the power of textures and to make your designs effective, it is important to pay attention to the quality of the textural background. As it can help guide and emphasize important elements in a design. Textures have been misused for a long time. Due to this reason, its benefits have been most frequently overlooked.

Textures shouldn’t be confused with patterns. Patterns are small, repeating tiles/elements while textures tend to be larger in size don’t repeat. Textures in design should serve a purpose. Each design decision should be well thought out and must be done after weighing the pros and cons. Let us look at some of their important benefits and look at the industry’s best practices and standards of using a textural background in web design.

Tips for a Better Checkout Page Design

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To design a positive check out page, you have to be an experienced designer. The more layout pages you design, the better you get at creating good experiences. If you are designing a check out page, there are many things to consider — functionality, usability, security, and design. To design an effective checkout page, you have to take the time to learn about conversion rate, cart abandonment, billing information, and many other practicalities. This page is about numbers, profit and sales. So it cannot be designed as an afterthought as it is one of the most important pages in the online shopping experience.

To create a great online checkout page experience, you have to be able to create a digital environment that can improve the income growth for a particular business. We have gathered some important suggestions for you to consider when designing a check out page.

8 Unexpected Career Paths for Graphic Designers

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As graphic designers, we often have to wear multiple hats and  work on numerous things, like marketing, advertising, designing to name a few. Advancements in technology have drastically changed this industry, and to keep up with the changes, in addition to being the jacks of all trades, graphic designers today have to be specialized in their skills and find a niche that is relevant to their work. Just because you studied graphic design in school doesn’t mean that you have to be a graphic designer. You’d be surprised to know that there are a lot of other job opportunities open to people with artistic flair. Familiarizing yourself with the different options that are available to you will help you shape your future career path. In the article, we will be exploring the many choices you may not be aware of and how they can help inspire your creative career.

15 Graphic Design Projects to Inspire You to Enter Design Awards

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There are many great design competitions that give you the chance to be internationally recognized. A’Design Awards is one of them. It happens every year and projects that push the boundaries and focus on innovation and creativity usually secure a place in the finals. There are plenty of other design competitions that can help you build your reputation as a young designer. Let us delve deeper into some of the best projects that were showcased by different designers around the world. Hopefully, this should give you the inspiration you need to get your work out there. Make your way through this article to see how different each style is, and if this gives you the encouragement you need then scroll down all the way to the bottom to find out how you can enter.

11 Important TED Talks Every Freelance Designer Must Watch

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Freelancing is tough work and it comes with its own share of problems. Managing finances to the psychological toll of having to find new projects can handicap a beginner. But when done right, it can be so rewarding. There is a lot of free advice online, but how do you find the one that works for you?  Whether you are a veteran or a recent college graduate, finding the right resources and inspiration can fuel your creative career.

Here is a list of amazing TED talks that combine complex concepts and incredible storytelling to inspire your freelancing endeavors. It is always rewarding to watch a human talk about their real-life experiences, you would be able to gain a fresh perspective and useful tips while you are at it.