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Website optimization: tips and tricks for more speed

Many website operators fall short when it comes to keeping up with the creation and maintenance aspects of their sites. Despite responsive design, many websites still have loading times that are too long, which can prove off-putting for visitors. Our guide reveals what you can do to optimize the performance of your website. [...]  

Webdesign Trends 2016: Mobile & Content

What are the web design trends of 2017? A glance into the crystal ball shows us that for web designers key features, such as excellent user friendliness, are at the top of the list this year. Good usability and valuable content build the basic framework for successful website design. We have laid out the most important trends for you here. [...]  

Pinterest vs. Instagram: a comparison

The success of the image-sharing networks, Pinterest and Instagram, shows the significant marketing potential of social media. Since their launch in 2010, the two platforms have established themselves as big players in the American market and worldwide. However, business owners considering these platforms for marketing campaigns should be aware of their differences in order to assess whether they are worthwhile investments. [...]  

Image SEO: optimizing photos and images for Google

There’s no doubt that having engaging images on your website is of central importance. Photographs and graphics can be much more than just decorative; they can inspire visitors to read more content and possibly lead to conversions. Many webmasters neglect to take appropriate measures here. In adjusting the standard SEO of the website, all too often, little or no attention is paid to the search engine optimization of images – but good image SEO is crucial and can have a permanent effect on your ranking in general search engine results pages. [...]  

Adblockers’ impact on web development

Approximately a quarter of all internet users in the United States use adblockers in order to circumvent pop-ups or ad banners. And while it may be nice to peruse through your favorite content unhampered by advertising, these extensions cut into the profits of both advertisers as well as those running ads on their brand or company. However, only few seem to be aware of the fact that it’s precisely these ads that are responsible for financing such free content. That’s why it’s up to the designer of these apps to come up with viable solutions so that website designers can adjust the today’s rapidly changing internet landscape. [...]  

How to create a photo gallery for your website

Multimedia content is an integral part of the internet. From images to GIFs to videos – without engaging visual elements, websites become dull, gray blocks of text, and web stores would be nothing but an endless list of product descriptions. Image galleries are a popular way of presenting graphics and images clearly on to a web project. With some simple HTML, it’s easy to create a basic Lightbox gallery for any web project. Alternatively, there are a number of popular and attractive plugins and extensions available for CMS users. [...]  

Everything you need to know about design patents

Ever wondered why no products ever have the same shape and ornamentation, even when it comes to everyday items like toilet paper or bottles of beer? The answer lies in design patents. They may be less common than traditional utility patents, copyrights, or trademarks, but design patent applications have led to many high-profile court cases in recent years. But what exactly are design patents, how much do they cost, and how does the USPTO issue them? Our guide will take you through the process of obtaining a design patent to secure protection for your idea. [...]  

Cool and creative 404 pages: tips and examples

When surfing the web, users are often stopped in their tracks by 404 pages. This error message means that the page the user is trying to reach doesn’t exist. Most of these webpages are standardized, but some operators choose to create their own, individual 404 pages. So how do you go about creating a memorable, innovative 404 error page? We’ll take you through the dos and don’ts of making a 404 page, with help from 20 inspiring examples online today. [...]  

Creative web design: inspiration for your web project

Want to create a cool website design, but suffering from a lack of inspiration? We’ve got you covered. The internet plays host to a number of online platforms, communities, and blogs dedicated to sharing web design ideas and generating inspiration for digital artists. We’ve picked some of the best sources of inspiration for creative web design. Whether you’re into flat design, one page websites, or WordPress themes, you can find everything you need for your web project in this handy guide. [...]  

Copyrighting software

Many developers are now idolized, and with the right idea and snippet of code you could be as successful as most of Hollywood. Musicians and writers often find themselves having to deal with plagiarism, imitators, and free-riders, which is a problem that many developers also face. Their software can easily be stolen and copied. Register your software and you can rest assured that you’re covered if any third parties attempt to infringe on your copyright. [...]