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8 Winning Instagram Tips for Your Business

Original Source: http://justcreative.com/2017/07/31/8-winning-instagram-tips-for-your-business/

This article was contributed by Mark Velarga.

You have an amazing brand, and you want to maximize your customer engagement via Instagram. But how should you go about doing it?

With over 700 million monthly users, Instagram is a veritable gold mine for engagement, helping businesses to connect with their customers and increase sales without having to fork over a fortune for travel and paid advertising. But how?

The task may seem daunting at first, but with the right plan of attack, anyone can get results. If you’re looking to increase your following, engagement and customer base on Instagram, check out the following 8 steps to build a roadmap for Insta-success!

Create an Instagram Business Account

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Did you know that Instagram’s engagement rate is about 2.26%? That’s over 2% higher than both Twitter and Facebook! Obviously, there’s tremendous potential on the platform that growing businesses would be foolish to ignore.

So where to start? Like any other successful endeavor, it begins with building a solid foundation, and the first step involves creating a business account.

You have two options: either convert an existing personal account or start from scratch. With a business account, you’ll be privy to business features and free analytics through Instagram Insights (more on metrics later).

Here are some helpful tips for creating a business profile:

Complete your profile (Don’t leave unfinished!)
Make sure it is public
Use business name
Upload branded profile image
Include a compelling bio statement (update frequently!)
Provide a link to your website

Consistency and recognizability are key to success. You’ll want to ensure that your brand’s name, image, products, services, etc. are presented with clarity in purpose and focus.

Make sure that your message is clear and consistent. The last thing you want to do is confuse viewers and lose potential customers.

Remember: This is not about you personally.

Focus on an approach that showcases your company and save the selfies for your personal account.

Establish your business goals from the beginning, and your experience will be much smoother!

Take Followers on a Journey

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For most product-based companies, the general practice is to turn to generic product content. Don’t do it!

It’s important to add a bit of personality to your Instagram account. When you know your audience, it can help you develop a narrative, style and tone — this is your chance to share your brand story.

Instead of uploading dry or disconnected content, think of it like a scrapbook. By adding interesting photos and videos periodically, you paint an ever-growing picture your followers can connect with and be part of the journey.

This is not limited to images and video. You can also provide dynamic and engaging captions that appeal to your viewers. This will not only enhance their experience but will increase the chances of them becoming loyal customers.

People are also interested in how products are made. To satiate this curiosity, take them behind the scenes. This can be done through factory tour videos, sketches and diagrams, and anything that you think would be interesting to share. Remember to tell a story that’s fun, informative and provides a glimpse into your company’s inner workings.

By sharing everyday moments in a candid (and sometimes quirky) way, your company will appear more approachable to your followers. This is what separates winning businesses from the rest. 

Provide Quality Content

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A poor image or video can be a big turn-off. If your content is not high-res and interesting, don’t upload it! Great content should be the cornerstone of your strategy. (Of course, if you’re going for a more lo-fi aesthetic, incorporate what best serves your vision.)

Quality, for example, can be developed through thoughtful direction of content, editing apps and positioning. Whether service-oriented or product-based, your content should be relevant to your viewers and convey the focus of your business. Also try experimenting with videos and creative captions.

Another good tip is to vary your product content creatively. This will ensure that your followers won’t get bored. Your audience will thank you!

Whatever approach you plan on implementing, make sure it’s consistent and attracts your intended audience. And don’t go for the hard sell. Ultimately, this will lead to followers who embrace your brand and purchase your products.

Inspire, Connect & Follow Back

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Many Instagram users love to be inspired. And who doesn’t? When viewers connect with your content emotionally, they will keep coming back for more. Leave behind the cut-and-dry and offer your followers images, videos and captions that truly resonate.

Engage with your customers through commenting and liking other pages, especially when you are starting out. It shows you aren’t just trying to get them to follow you. Go that extra mile, and you we’ll be rewarded with a loyal fan!

The focus doesn’t always have to be on products or services. For example, you can showcase employees, company activities and fun events. Creating this type of environment will help cement your bond and gain trust even more.

Another good practice is updating your bio section. A mistake many users make is to put up a boring blurb, add the company link and leave it at that. What you need to do is update it frequently. It provides the only clickable link, so get creative with its use. Think about how you can drive traffic to promotional events, registration, sales, etc.

The value of the Instagram page is typically measured by the number of followers versus those you are following — the more followers, the better. However, it is essential that you also follow back influencers and others who provide value for your business. This could lead to some great opportunities and collaborations in the future.

Build a Following

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So, the all-important question: How do you get more followers?

The process is not exactly easy, but with patience and creativity, you can create a buzz that will lead to greater click-through rates and amazing sales growth. Put in the work, and it will be well worth the effort!

Here’s a list of things you can do to build a massive following:

Use Hashtags: Makes it easier for people to find and follow you. Use a mixture of company-specific and universally popular hashtags.

Content Marketing; According to PakFactory, a custom packaging company, one way you can enhance your business’s brand is by creating valuable & quality content. Elevate your expertise and become a guest contributor for other related blogs.

Make sure to have a link to your instagram because if that particular content gets noticed and becomes viral, you might be receiving more followers than you imagined.

Get Mentioned: Instagram offers one of the best ways to spotlight collaborators and customers alike. Share your photos with other notable instagram accounts and get them to mention you. You can also give shout-outs through tagging (@tags).

Host Contests: Everyone loves a giveaway, right? Be creative and have fun with how you present your contests. They will come in droves if executed properly.

Offer Exclusivity and Create Anticipation: Keeping viewers interested is important. Upload teasers and offer your loyal followers rewards in the form of exclusive content.

Collaborate: We all can’t do this on our own. Search out for companies or individuals that align with your mission and create a project together that will help each one’s brand.

Explore Instagram Stories

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What’s better than one powerful image? How about a slideshow filled with dynamic content?

Instagram Stories allows you to string together your images and videos to create even more immersive content that your followers can experience at their own pace throughout the day (all content disappears after 24 hours).

Since this has become a prominent feature, more and more businesses have started experimenting with it. Other than its sheer engagement potential, the feature offers several benefits:

Share as much as you want (displays in chronological sequence)
Offers text, face filters and drawing tools
Provides more dynamic value to your followers
Higher discoverability through Story Search
Showcase a more comprehensive story
Stories are displayed at top of follower timelines

Go ahead, get creative and see what you can do with Instagram Stories! Your followers will be more enthusiastic and want more. It’s an addiction that we can all get on board with. 

Post on a Regular Basis

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You may one day come up with the perfect Instagram post that garners thousands of likes, but if you aren’t posting regularly, it won’t make a difference.

Consistent content is the name of the game. If you want to grab and hold your audience’s attention, you need to employ content scheduling.

Fortunately, there are several tools that can help keep track of your visual campaigns. These include Schedugram, Autogrammer, Later and Planoly, among others. If you decide to forgo these options and go old school, make sure that you use a method (calendar, notebook, etc.) that keeps everything organized and easy to work with.

Harness the Power of Metrics

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Let’s face it, if you are using Instagram and want to capture as much value as possible, you need to embrace metrics. Relative to other social media platforms, it can seem like there aren’t as many options in this department. But don’t worry. Thankfully, there are several instagram metrics that can help you figure out what’s performing well and what’s not.

Instagram Metrics

Most people would assume that the number of likes would be the most important metric, but once you delve into the data, you’ll find that comments received is a better signifier of overall engagement. Once you get a feel for analytics, you’ll be able to focus on the information that gets you results.

There are some handy (and free) analytics tools to assist you, including Instagram Insights (through Instagram business account), Socialbakers, Simply Measured, Union Metrics and SquareLovin.

With these tools, you’ll be able to analyze essential data, not only from yourself but from your competition as well, and improve the performance of your business account.

And there you have it!

By establishing these steps from the beginning, you will greatly increase your chances of success and limit the headaches associated with shoddy strategy. As you become more comfortable with the basics, stretch out creatively and experiment a little. Remember to also have fun while your posting. Good luck!

My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #34

Original Source: https://webdesignledger.com/my-journey-of-learning-programming-through-flatiron-school-34/

My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

Today I would like to deviate from code review and talk about something a little more important, time management, and how I have been able to envision an end point with the school. The Flatiron school, in a simple sense, is huge especially the online course that I am involved in. It is very expensive and you have to be very involved in the school to really be invested and take full advantage of the extent of knowledge that is available to you. I did not realize this until I officially began working full time in the school.

With this understanding of what was to come, I was able to provide myself with safe goals to complete per day to view an endpoint in the future. This was going well, I did not set goals that were too high, but were tangible to compete with everything else going on with work and so forth. Upon finishing the material that was mandatory to enter into the full school lesson program I was ready financially to begin working through the course material full time, all day every day. But then, as it always does, life happens….

Around this time, I had received a phone call from my mom and she told me she was diagnosed with cancer. Because of the severity of this cancer that she was diagnosed with, they said they would begin chemo that night. So off to Tucson I went, scratching all my study plans. For the next week, I stayed at the hospital with her, all day for roughly 15 hours per day. Only leaving to eat and sleep at my parent’s house. Through this time, it was hard…. And if anyone of you has had this happen to you I know from a viewer standpoint of how nasty cancer and treatment really is. Once the initial shock of the stark turn my life just took, I began thinking about school again. I began taking my laptop to the hospital every day with me.

My mom was unable to really talk through this time, it gave me a large window to make real progress with the coursework provided by The Flatiron School while being able to be there for the family to do whatever they needed me to do for them to help in any way I could. So this was my new normal, living in Tucson, Arizona hanging out at a hospital all day, helping with my mom and setting aside anytime I could to be there for her.

This was the next 5 months of my life, working and caretaking. Being there for my mom, while working through this cancer together and working through school when I had the time. This set me back in school quite a bit. I was not making the progress that I had, but still slowly inching my way forward.

During this time we got connected with M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas. So off to Texas we went. This past month and a half I have spent in Houston, preparing for the stem cell transplant that was approaching.

Every day in Houston I would wake up, pack a lunch, be at the hospital from nine o’clock to three o’clock. Then head to the gym, eat supper, and head back to the hospital until 12 o’clock. My time spent at the hospital I would work on school, it being really the only time I had. On July 4th, 2017 was the big day, my mom was ready for her stem cell transplant, her new birthday. If any of you know this is a big deal. Basically, it is a restart of her immune system, so when she gets to come out of the hospital she will have the immune system of a child, no vaccinations, and susceptible to anything that the average person would be able to fight off with a built up immune system.

For the next 15 day, she was unable to eat and could not leave her bed. So I sat with her, day after day, working on school, and helping with mundane things like plugging in her phone or ordering food on the phone. Things that you don’t think about until you are unable to do them. As well as making sure she was all caught up on the new season of The Bachelorette, which I hate to say, but it’s actually pretty addictive haha.

Though this time, I completed Ruby, built my first gem, ran business meetings, as well as had interviews with the school upon completing a major portion of the class work all from a hospital room at M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas.

On July 20th we found out that is could be the cure, and she could possibly be cancer free and was released from the hospital.

We were headed home!

I do not mean to write a post about how I was able to complete all this school work, how I am this great guy, or a sob story. And I hope you don’t take it that way because that is not how I intended it. But things happen in life and you have to adjust. I set aside this time for myself to really progress in school, and with one phone call that all changed. I did not plan on moving to Houston for a couple months, nor spending long extended time in Tucson, but life goes on. This time with my mom has given me the strength to push through emotionally, has created a closer bond with my family than I have ever had. It has given me the time management skills to always know that I actually do have time to get what i needed done, even though it’s not quite the way you wanted that time to look.

My mom is cancer free, and I am more than halfway done with school. Which in a warped way, feels pretty good.

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How to Balance a Startup With Parenthood

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One of the common startup myths is that single 20-somethings are the most successful entrepreneurs and that they are the demographic that starts the most companies. Zach and Sam may have started One Mighty Roar before they were even legal to go into a bar, but research from the Kauffman Foundation states that the average founder is actually 40 years old. The same report shows that nearly 70% of entrepreneurs are married and 60% had at least one child. So much for the stereotype.

Tons of startups, from Intel to Starbucks, were all started by parents. I am a dad myself and One Mighty Roar has been growing along with my daughter. Before I became a father, I got to work with a number of folks who taught me some really great lessons about balancing parenthood and a startup, and I still use these lessons to this day.

1. Think of Your Partner As Your Investor

Having a supportive home partner is a must, and you run a chance of a very painful and expensive divorce if you don’t manage the relationship and foster that support. Think of your partner as your investor, because that person has more influence than you think. So before you start a company or pick a team to join, take the time to pitch the venture and convince your most important investor. It is worth getting your partner’s support.

2. Choose Your Startup Team Wisely

The team you work with is like a second family. Pick wisely! There are many reasons I joined the OMR team, but their support of me being a parent from Day One has been nothing but an inspiration. When your team supports your choice to be a parent, it removes a large layer of office politics and acts as a great source of energy. Even your single colleagues may be parents someday. You have to set an example and inspire them not to fear it when their time comes.

3. Communicate Your Schedule and Priorities

Conflict and ambiguity bring an unnecessary level of overhead to work and family relationships. To minimize that overhead, communication and expectations-setting should be at the top of your mind daily. I am a huge fan of “Commanders Intent.” We practice it at One Mighty Roar at every level, from apprentice to founder. You have to let people know what you are going to do and what the final outcome will look like. Communicating possible risks and where you need help will prepare your home and office teams to have your back when needed. In addition to providing context to a lot of your actions, being transparent with what you are doing and how you are going to do it adds a level of personal discipline you need.

4. Focus

If it does not serve your family or business – purge it! Often, the first thing to go are networking events. Those are mostly “drink-ups” that have no real business value, anyway. Second thing to go are meetings with people who are either not helpful to your work or who are “takers.” These are folks who rarely, if ever, reciprocate for the time and connections you give them. Lastly, it is very likely you will be jettisoning a bunch of hobbies and other activities now that you are a parent. If you already have kids, you know that “me time” is like sleep at Navy Seals training – you take when you can get it, since you don’t get to plan for it. For me, sleep has become the most sought after “hobby.” Being a parent and getting to work with my team is extremely fulfilling and honestly I don’t care enough to pick other hobbies back up right now. I know I am not alone thinking that way.

5. Manage Your Energy

Energy management is not just for utilities. Business has strong demands on your mental energy, and your new family can take a physical toll. Pulling all nighters for the sake of work is non-sense. Generally speaking, the work you do when you’re up at 2:00 am isn’t top-quality, and you’re only going to have to redo the work again the following day. So don’t waste your time.

6. Set Boundaries

When people at work and at home know what to expect from you and when, you cut out a massive amount of conflicts. For example, my team knows there are certain days I leave at 5:00 pm to pick up my daughter and am not going to be reachable until she goes to sleep at 8:00 pm. On those days, my wife knows I need to be in extra early to pound out some work. Most weekday evenings I do set aside time to work on finance and legal docs, because I do the best work on those then.

That means that one of the weekend days is exclusively for housework, family fun, and other non-work activities. It also does not relieve me of my share of housework. Those are just couple of examples.

There are many many successful companies being led by parents. Motivation you derive from having to provide for your family, the impending college costs for your kids, that retirement you have to build for yourself, and the drive to make your family proud of you are incredible fuel for building a successful company. Take it one step at the time and you can and will put your family and growing business in equilibrium. It is not only doable, it is also extremely fun and fulfilling.


Web Typography Fundamentals with Jason Santa Maria

Original Source: http://justcreative.com/2017/07/21/web-typography-fundamentals-with-jason-santa-maria/

In this brand new Skillshare course from award-winning designer, author, and type expert Jason Santa Maria, you will learn what makes a great online typeface, how to know when a font works and other advice for how to design with fonts.

This is a perfect class for designers, marketers, and everyone writing on the web!

In 9 clear lessons, Jason breaks down every aspect of online type, from practical design considerations to cultivating a discerning, artistic eye. Packed with examples and inspiration, this class is a rich introduction to the limitless world of typography.

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Web Type Fundamentals

Key lessons include:

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Choosing specific typefaces for different projects
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Whether you use typography in professional designs, meeting presentations, or personal projects, this class will change the way you interact with type.

By the end, you’ll have a new arsenal of skills to help you see type in a whole new way — empowering you to use type intentionally, better communicate your ideas, and bring your words to life.

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10 Best Free Online Web Development Courses: Learn, Design, Earn!

Original Source: http://justcreative.com/2017/07/24/best-courses-to-learn-code-online/

This article is written by Henry Rise, the CEO of ThemeRex, Power Elite Author on Themeforest, with 140+ WP themes.

When newbies ask about the best places to learn code online, the correct answer is… it depends. It depends on many different factors.

Your background is important, what you want to get out of the experience, and what your end goals are, make different resources better or worse fit for you.

But what skills to learn? We suggest learning HTML and CSS first. You should also pick a programming language. Any programming language works, most people choose JavaScript, but we think Ruby is a better idea for a first programming language to learn. Don’t overanalyze, just pick stuff and learn it. And have fun!

10 Best Free Online Web Development Courses

We don’t necessarily suggest using all of these resources. Pick some of them and give them a whirl. Some you may love, others you may hate. Worst case scenario, you’ll waste a bit of time and learn what doesn’t work for you.

Launch School

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This program isn’t for everyone. That’s why you can take their free prep courses and then make a decision. No matter your experience, you should start with the free prep courses, and get a feel for the format. If you are able to finish the prep courses and enjoy that experience, you may consider registering for paid courses. If you can’t finish the prep courses or didn’t enjoy the experience, then you probably shouldn’t take the Launch School program.

In order to really understand any tool – Rails, Angular, React, etc – you have to start with the first principles. First, you have to learn basic problem solving with a programming language. Next, you have to learn the intricacies of that language. Then, you have to learn web development, which includes HTTP, front-end vs back-end, SQL, relational databases, etc. Finally, you can start to peel back the conventions in a library or framework.

In short, this school program is geared towards those who are serious about getting a job with a time horizon of 12-14 months for the transformation.

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Build Your First Laravel App

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This is a free 5-day video course with lessons that will teach you how to build your very own, first Laravel PHP web application, step by step. They will walk you through the process and show you how to code everything. There’s no guesswork for you, and each lesson is short and easily-digestible.

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Bento

Bento

If you don’t know where to start, Bento offers a free full stack web development curriculum created by top engineers. Deep dive into the tech you’re passionate about. Bento found the best tutorials on over 200 different web technology topics. Share your own finds and tutorials on learning the newest technologies and see what other engineers are excited about.

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Code4Startup

Code4Startup

Leo Trieu designed and coded the Code4Startup platform with Ruby on Rails in 3 days only but it took him almost 2 and half months to create just 5 hours of video for his very first two educational courses ever, Zero and Ninja. Why? Because he is not a native English speaker and he had to practice and repeat hundreds of times. But he kept trying and never gave up. He bootstrapped this startup with a dream of educating millions people from around the world. Code4Startup is not just about learning how to code, it’s also about inspiring people to create something meaningful, something they are excited about.

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CodeAvengers

CodeAvengers

Code Avengers offers classes for web designers, web developers and software engineers. At Code Avengers you learn by doing. Learn from step-by-step instructions combined with 1000s of code challenges, videos and quizzes with support from expert educators and an enthusiastic community of learners. You also build your portfolio. You’ll start off learning to build simple apps and websites, but quickly progress to building real-world applications you can show-off to friends and future employers. Whether you want to land your dream job, start your own tech company, or build technology that changes the world, the Code Avengers team are dedicated to helping you get there faster.

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Codecademy

Codecademy

Codecademy is an education company. They’re committed to building the best learning experience inside and out, making Codecademy the best place for their team to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future. The company is rethinking education from the bottom up. The web has rethought nearly everything – commerce, social networking, healthcare, and more. They are building the education the world needs – the first truly net native education. They take more cues from Facebook and Zynga in creating an engaging educational experience than they do from the classroom.

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CodeCombat

CodeCombat

CodeCombat was created to give learners the feeling of wizardly power at their fingertips by using typed code. As it turns out, that enables them to learn faster too. It’s like having a conversation instead of reading a manual. They want to bring that conversation to every school and to every student, because everyone should have the chance to learn the magic of programming.

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Codementor Learning Center

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Codementor connects you with expert developers for live 1:1 help. At first you post your request. Get help for 800+ categories including JavaScript, Ruby, PHP, CSS/HTML, iOS, Android. Advanced topics include big data, machine learning, and more. Then you connect with a Codementor. Instantly connect with an online expert or schedule for a later time. Mentor’s rate starts at $10 for a 15min session. Get 1:1 expert help. Work 1:1 with an expert mentor for debugging help, code review and pair programming via screen sharing, video, and text chat.

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Coder Camps Free HTML/CSS

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Since 2013, Coder Camps has been preparing students for successful, rewarding careers in the field of software engineering. Through accelerated and immersive courses led by expert instructors, their students become accustomed to thinking like a developer and adapting to the dynamics of working on an Agile software team. As technology continues to evolve at an increasingly rapid rate, students need more than a kick-start to a good job, they need a persistent career development partner. That’s why Coder Camps graduates are encouraged to return as often as needed, free of charge, to refresh their knowledge, learn new technologies and find new opportunities. Their coding bootcamp centers on the needs of today’s hard working software teams and hiring managers. From learning to code, creating a fully-functional web application, interview readiness training and so much more, their focus is preparing students to meet the demands of employers.

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iLoveCoding

iLoveCoding

iLoveCoding provides the simplest path to becoming a Front-End and Full-Stack Developer, they provide Video Based Training + Mentorship for their programs. They focus on Javascript Stack and its related technologies. Training is self-paced, and mentorship is available online via Student Area + Office Hours. iLoveCoding is a coding bootcamp alternative but better in value (cost), in effectiveness (they keep it real, vs hype or pushing things down your throat).

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Summary

I hope you will pick out the resource that will teach you all necessary skills to start developing your templates, websites, applications and making money on your passion. Have you already tried any of them? Do you have any additions to this list? Please share them as well as your success stories with us at the comments section. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.

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10 Business and Startup WordPress Themes For A Better Website

Original Source: https://webdesignledger.com/10-business-startup-wordpress-themes-better-website/

Today, we live in a highly competitive world. Thus, it is very important for your business to have the advantage to survive.

How to make your startup or small business stand out from the competition? One sure way is to have an award-winning website to promote your goods or services.

Building a business takes careful planning in many different areas. Moreover, executing those plans can take time. Yet, once a content of a company’s website has been determined, building the website can be done in short order. This is quite easy when the right tools for the job are at your fingertips.

Whether you’re simply looking for inspiration, or ready to get started, you are in the right place. You’re sure to find one or more out of the following collection of WordPress themes to be helpful.

If you need to have a quality website up and running in nothing flat, you need to look no further.

Be Theme

How is Be Theme good for building startup or small business websites?

Being the biggest has its advantages, and Be Theme is the biggest WordPress theme to date. Bigger means having more tools (features), ideas, and concepts than the other guy.

One of the things that makes Be Theme ideal for startups and small business is its selection of 260+ pre-built websites that address every nook and cranny of the business world. Most pre-built websites are multi-page affairs, all are customizable, and it’s not at all difficult to find one that has the functionality you want your website to exhibit.

Be’s Muffin Builder and Options Panelmake building a website a piece of cake, and having more than 200 shortcodesto work with means there’s no need for coding. A pre-built website can also be used to rapidly create a prototype to share with a client for feedback.

If the thought of being able to start from scratch, and get a website up and running in 4 hours appeals to you, give Be Theme a look.

 

Cribs

Why is The Core a good choice for startups and small businesses?

The Core is a multipurpose WordPress theme that promotes different themes or website examples for different uses. One of these themes, Cribs, is dedicated to creating small business websites. Thus, if you or your client is a small business owner, it makes good sense to invest in a theme that focuses on providing the basic layouts and functionality your business’s website requires.

The Core comes with a visual page builder, and tons of design options. Your website will be fully responsive, WooCommerce ready, and via a WPML plugin, translatable into the most commonly used languages. Discounted purchase plans are available for building a single website, or an unlimited number of websites. For the latter, you can pay either a one-time fee or an annual fee. Either way, you can expect dedicated support along with free updates.

Oshine

What makes Oshine a good choice for small businesses and startups.

Oshine is a creative, multi-layout WordPress theme that comes with 27 striking demos featuring clean and modern designs that are applicable to building any type or style of website. The demos are customizable, and since they can be installed with a single click, you can get started immediately.

Oshine has its own, unique visual page builder, Tatsu. Since it’s a front-end builder, building and editing pages is a snap. The powerful options panel gives you total control over the layout design process, plus you’ll have more than a dozen menu and header options to work with.

For creatives, Oshine offers unlimited ways to create a stunning portfolio, and if you have products to sell, or a service to provide, the theme is WooCommerce and WPML compatible.

Uncode

Why would Uncode be a good choice for small businesses and startups?

Uncode is a popular creative WordPress theme that was handcrafted by an experienced and award-winning team of designers and developers. Uncode is pixel perfect and ultra-professional in its presentation. It’s clean, modern layouts will satisfy almost any need.

Whether your intent is to produce a highly qualified e-commerce website, a magazine-style website, a corporate website, or simply a portfolio, Uncode will be an excellent choice.

Ultra

What makes Ultra by Themify a great choice for startups?

Whether it’s to create a rapid prototype layout, or to build the final product, Themify’sdrag and drop pre-made row designs provides a super-fast and efficient way to build your pages. This modular approach also provides an easy way to update a page in an existing website. There are currently 34 editable pre-designed rows to select from, including FAQ, Banner, and Testimonial sections.

Houzez

How is Houzez good for small businesses?

Houzez may not be the best fit for some small businesses, but this specialized WordPress theme is the best possible choice for creating a realtor’s or real estate agency’s website. The functionality most agencies need is already there, including property search, rate, and review, custom workflows, private messaging, and more.

Add content, and you can have a website up and running in hours, or even sooner.

 

KLEO – Ready To Go Theme For Your Business

How is KLEO a good choice for small startups?

KLEO is a community-focused, multipurpose BuddyPress theme. This is exactly the type of theme for creating websites that many startups, and more than a few businesses, could put into play to grow their customer or user base.

KLEO has plenty of demos, and it’s easy to install the plugins you may need. You can try KLEO for free, and test its options before you buy.

Kallyas

What does Kallyas have that startup and small business websites need?

Kallyas’s reputation speaks for itself. This nearly 5-year-old responsive theme, created by an experienced, customer oriented team, has been a top 15 best-selling WordPress theme since day one.

Kallyas is loaded with features, including 50+ pre-built websites, a simply amazing visual website builder, adaptive images, video tutorials, and dedicated support. Kallyas is a WordPress theme you can have fun with!

Infinite

What makes Infinite the right choice for a small business or startup?

Infinite is a multi-purpose WordPress theme. It was created with a goal of providing a website solution for everyone. All the needed tools are there, so it’s simply a matter of checking out the pre-built website demos.

The demos fall in 4 categories: WooCommerce, Creative, Corporate, and Niche Retail and Services; one of which should fit a small business or startup nicely.

 

TheGem

How is TheGem good for small businesses and startups?

Equipped with flexible features focusing on business, corporate and startup websites, delivered with outstanding designs for 50+ business concepts, and carefully developed by the best designers of the Behance network, TheGem will make your online brands stand out, and take your business to the next level.

The best thing is, it’s extremely easy in use. No coding is required. You can freely combine the pre-made demos per drag’n’drop with one another to create your own unique layouts. The 250+ content element styles, designed to cover the goals of any business or startup website make TheGem a reasonable investment.

To Wrap It Up

Finding the right theme for your small business or startup project can be difficult. However, no with this list of winning WordPress Themes. If there is a problem, it’s that of having to choose among several themes that are obviously just right for the job.

The good news is, you’re unlikely to make a poor choice. We’d like to hear what you have to say, or if you feel we’ve left something out. Happy website building!

Read More at 10 Business and Startup WordPress Themes For A Better Website

13 Beautiful 2013 Desktop Wallpapers for New Years

Original Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/visualswirl/~3/a-1sIRSLVX8/

Welcome to 2013! To kick off another great  year I’ve rounded up 13 of the best 2013 wallpapers. Start off the new year by making a plan to clean up your desktop. Once it’s clean, you’ll want to decorate with one of these great wallpaper designs. And if you’re looking for monthly calendars for January, head over to Smashing Magazine to see some really great January 2013 calendars. So find the wallpaper that fits your resolutions (pun intended) and here’s to a happy and productive New Years!

2013 Wallpapers for a Happy New Years
Wallpaper by Upwallpapers.net

2013 Sparks New Years Wallpaper

Wallpaper by demeters

Snowflakes 2013 desktop wallpaper

Wallpaper by paha13

crazy colorful 2013 desktop wallpaper

Wallpaper by GuilleBot

Jungle Wallpaper for 2013 desktop

Wallpaper by paha13

Purple desktop wallpaper for 2013

Wallpaper by PSDRoman

cloud rainbow 2013 desktop wallpaper

Wallpaper by Jenova89

hope and darkness 2013 wallpaper desktop

Wallpaper by Zakzak008

2013 wallpapers balloon new year

Wallpaper by tajio

purple bokeh new years 2013 wallpaper

Wallpaper by Concrete Love

Bright wrapping paper 2013 desktop wallpaper

Wallpaper by danishprakash

2013 New Years Wallpaper

Wallpaper by photonica

January 2013 Desktop Wallaper calendar

Wallpaper by ravirajcoomar

Futuristic 2013 wallpaper

The post 13 Beautiful 2013 Desktop Wallpapers for New Years appeared first on Visual Swirl Design Resources.

How to be evil (but please don’t!) – the modals & overlays edition

Original Source: https://css-tricks.com/evil-please-dont-modals-overlays-edition/

We’ve all been there. Landed on a website only to be slapped with a modal that looked something like the one below:

Hello darkness, my old friend.

For me that triggers a knee-jerk reaction: curse for giving them a pageview, close the tab, and never return. But there’s also that off case when we might actually try to get to the info behind that modal. So the next step in this situation is to bring up DevTools in order to delete the modal and overlay, and maybe some other useless things that clutter up the page while we’re at it.

This is where that page starts to dabble in evil.

We may not be able to get to the DevTools via “Inspect Element” because the context menu might be disabled. That one is easy, it only takes them one line of code:

addEventListener(‘contextmenu’, e => e.preventDefault(), false);

But hey, no problem, that’s what keyboard shortcuts are for, right? Right… unless there’s a bit of JavaScript in the vein of the one below running:

addEventListener(‘keydown’, e => {
if(e.keyCode === 123 /* F12: Chrome, Edge dev tools */ ||
(e.shiftKey && e.ctrlKey && (
e.keyCode === 73 /* + I: Chrome, FF dev tools */ ||
e.keyCode === 67 /* + C: Chrome, FF inspect el */ ||
e.keyCode === 74 /* + J: Chrome, FF console */ ||
e.keyCode === 75 /* + K: FF web console */ ||
e.keyCode === 83 /* + S: FF debugger */ ||
e.keyCode === 69 /* + E: FF network */ ||
e.keyCode === 77 /* + M: FF responsive design mode */)) ||
(e.shiftKey && (
e.keyCode === 118 /* + F5: Firefox style editor */ ||
e.keyCode === 116 /* + F5: Firefox performance */)) ||
(e.ctrlKey && e.keyCode === 85 /* + U: Chrome, FF view source */)) {
e.preventDefault();
}
}, false);

Still, nothing can be done about the browser menus. That will finally bring up DevTools for us! Hooray! Delete those awful nodes and… see how the page refreshes because there’s a mutation observer watching out for such actions. Something like the bit of code below:

addEventListener(‘DOMContentLoaded’, e => {
let observer = new MutationObserver((records) => {
let reload = false;

records.forEach((record) => {
record.removedNodes.forEach((node) => {
if(node.id === ‘overlay’ && !validCustomer())
reload = true;
});

if(reload)
window.location.reload(true);
});
});

observer.observe(
document.documentElement, {
attributes: true,
childList: true,
subtree: true,
attributeOldValue: true,
characterData: true
}
);
});

“This is war!” mode activated! Alright, just change the modal and overlay styles then! Except, all the styles are inline, with !important on top of that, so there’s no way we can override it all without touching that style attribute.

Screenshot of developer tools showing elements with a lot of inline styles with !important on the tail of the values.Oh, the !importance of it all…

Some people might remember about how 256 classes override an id, but this has changed in WebKit browsers in the meanwhile (still happens in Edge and Firefox though) and 256 IDs never could override an inline style anyway.

Well, just change the style attribute then. However, another “surprise” awaits: there’s also a bit of JavaScript watching out for attribute changes:

if(record.type === ‘attributes’ &&
(record.target.matches &&
record.target.matches(‘body, #content, #overlay’)) &&
record.attributeName === ‘style’ && !validCustomer())
reload = true;

So unless there are some styles that could help us get the overlay out of the way that the person coding this awful thing missed setting inline, we can’t get past this by modifying style attributes.

The first thing to look for is the display property as setting that to none on the overlay solves all problems. Then there’s the combo of position and z-index. Even if these are set inline on the actual overlay, if they’re not set inline on the actual content below the overlay, then we have the option of setting an even higher z-index value rule for the content and bring it above the overlay. However, it’s highly unlikely anyone would miss setting these.

If offsets (top, right, bottom, left) aren’t set inline, they could help us shift the overlay off the page and the same goes for margin or translate properties. In a similar fashion, even if they’re set inline on the overlay, but not on the actual content and on the parent of both the overlay and the content, then we can shift this parent laterally by something like 100vw and then shift just the content back into view.

At the end of the day, even a combination of opacity and pointer-events could work.

However, if the person coding the annoying overlay didn’t miss setting any of these inline and we have that bit of JS… we cannot mess with the inline styles without making the page reload.

But wait! There’s something that can override inline values with !important, something that’s likely to be missed by many… and that’s @keyframe animations! Adding the following bit of CSS in a new or already existing style element brings the overlay and modal behind the actual content:

#overlay { animation: a 1s infinite }

@keyframes a { { 0%, to { z-index: -1 } } }

However, there might be a bit of JavaScript that prevents us from adding new style or link elements (to reference an external stylesheet) or modifying already existing ones to include the above bit of CSS, as it can be seen here.

if(record.type === ‘characterData’ &&
record.target.parentNode.tagName.toLowerCase() === ‘style’)
reload = true;
record.addedNodes.forEach((node) => {
if(node.matches &&
node.matches(‘style:not([data-href]), link[rel=”stylesheet”]’))
reload = true;
});

See the Pen How to be evil (but please don’t) by Ana Tudor (@thebabydino) on CodePen.

But if there already is an external stylesheet, we could add our bit of CSS there and, save for checking for changes in a requestAnimationFrame loop, there is no way of detecting such a change (there have been talks about a style mutation observer, but currently, we don’t yet have anything of the kind).

Of course, the animation property could also be set inline to none, which would prevent us from using this workaround.

But in that case, we could still disable JavaScript and remove the overlay and modal. Or just view the page source via the browser menu. The bottom line is: if the content is already there, behind the overlay, there is absolutely no sure way of preventing access to it. But trying to anyway is a sure way to get people to curse you.

I wrote this article because I actually experienced something similar recently. I eventually got to the content. It just took more time and it made me hate whoever coded that thing.

It could be argued that these overlays are pretty efficient when it comes to stopping non-technical people, which make up the vast majority of a website’s visitors, but when they go to the trouble of trying to prevent bringing up DevTools, node deletions, style changes and the like, and pack the whole JavaScript that does this into hex on top of it all, they’re not trying to stop just non-technical people.

How to be evil (but please don’t!) – the modals & overlays edition is a post from CSS-Tricks

Why Your Agency Experience is Perfect for Startups

Original Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/buildinternet/~3/mKiKq-wsKMM/

You got hired because you have a passion for brands and were able to talk intelligently to the client about Snapchat. You always thought you’d be doing something that had an impact on consumers. Clearly, writing Facebook posts for a cheese client wasn’t what you had in mind when you envisioned your career at a marketing agency.

So you’ve realized it’s time to do something else. The good news is, your skills are not at all limited to agency life. In fact, they are very applicable to the startup world. As a former agency person, let me explain why your skills can work well and are very needed in startups.

Building the right team is the most important thing in the first few years on a startup’s life. A quality product, happy customers… all of that is a result of getting the right people on the bus. At One Mighty Roar, we invest heavily in the people we bring into the company. Every person who ends up on our website has a backstory and lessons learned from their former work lives.

For me, I came to OMR after suffering nearly four years of agency life without much to feel good about. Now, my work as a strategist gives me more opportunities to impact how people use technology. Specifically, my team is working to help the Internet of Things be easier to use and make connected devices work together. I can see the real world business value on projects like this and this is my motivation to keep pushing the notion of what’s possible.

You might not realize the skills you learned while eating lunch lonely at your desk trying to power through a deck. But the truth is, startups are looking for people just like you. We sometimes just suck at writing job posts that reflect the skills we really need, so you may need to look beyond the bullet points and seek us out.

Here are four skills that I promise will make any startup person smile during the interview:

Attention to Detail – The likelihood of clients reading your meeting notes is about the same as getting your time-sheets done on time. However, this attention to detail can help the team keep track of items that need more attention. Your ability to take notes and follow up will be a surprising change to people who are used to being pulled in different directions all day. They will look to you as a valuable project manager and as the organized person to remind them about that pitch presentation that has been sitting on their to-do list for a month.

Distill Thoughts to Actionable Goals – Inside the war rooms of startups, many ideas are talked about with little or no action on what to do next. People with an agency background have been trained to distill a client’s thoughts into goals for the agency to solve or explore. Think of the startup as your client. By coming up with action items for each talking point, you’ll be the envy of the office happy hour.

Focus the Team on Solving One Problem – Remember that time you shut your creative team in a room until they solved how they were going to make a 30 second spot into a 15 second one? Well, the same skill to keep a team motivated and focused applies in the startup world too. While it’s not on most job descriptions, startups are looking for people that can motivate teams members, be their cheerleader, and keep projects on the right track.

Creative Thinking with a Mind to Build – Does it ever frustrate you that your agency doesn’t really make anything? You don’t make products, you advertise them. Building things is exactly what startups do. But what they need more of are people with a maker’s passion — but creative thinking — to solve the daunting “What’s next?” question that many agency folks can’t seem to master. The skills needed here are simple: You have the ability to think creatively on hard problems. This type of thinking happens all the time at agencies; you just don’t have the right team to actually implement the ideas. This is your chance to finally create things that people will use.

I hope by outlining the skills startups are craving will inspire you to consider switching to startup life. Skill level aside, what I believe to be the best reason to take your agency experience to a startup is the power you have to make change happen. Some agencies pitch “pie in the sky” ideas to clients knowing moving forward won’t actually happen. Startups, on the other hand, foster a culture to take on challenges and take the risk to actually execute ideas and try new things. Change is something startups embrace. Watching the success of a startup from the outside is one thing, but being involved in the experience will impact you the way you wish your agency did. Trust me, I work at a startup.