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The digital world is not necessarily greener than the physical world

No sooner had the world learned about the existence of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) than we also learned how much of a problem they could be for the environment. An NFT is digital token in a similar way to Bitcoin, except there’s only one of each NFT. It is associated with a piece of content, guaranteed unique and so is worth whatever somebody will pay for …

The digital transformation dilemma: UK employees want pandemic-era tech to stay

As the UK prepares to return to normal in the coming months and industries reopen, research from The Workforce Institute at UKG claims that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 87 percent of UK workers have been propelled into the future of work by accelerating their digital transformation projects. …

Innovation, efficiency and temporary staffing drive business survival in the UK

More than a year after the coronavirus was first reported the UK, the impact on business is undeniable. Research conducted by SD Worx, claims that the UK has faced second most dismissals of employees (30 percent) in the past year, trailing slightly behind Austria (30.9 percent) yet ahead of France …

After a year of lockdowns, people are burnt-out but happier

Glint’s latest insights report shows that there is a worrying increase in employees experiencing challenges with their mental health, with burnout risk trending upwards year-over-year. That spiked in late March 2020 and climbed by nearly 4 percent between August and December 2020. That’s not a big surprise, given the first …

The 30-Second Ad Opens Opportunity for Measuring Brand Integrations in SVOD Programs

Heightened by significant enablement in mid-2020, the video streaming landscape has quickly become a vast realm of widespread choice for consumers. Amid the options, subscription-based video on-demand (SVOD) content remains hot around virtual water coolers, the Nielsen Top 10 list and social media. Without advertising, however, SVOD platforms are easy …

Time is running out to register for the Expand 2021 free virtual event 

If you were planning to register for Expand 2021 but never got around to it, the time is now. This free virtual event for web designers, developers and other digital pros runs April 27 and 28, with a schedule packed with knowledgeable experts — including pros from Google, WooCommerce and …

Critical Info: The Story Behind Building a Government COVID-19 Website

Imagine the excitement of landing a web design job at a government agency. It’s a fresh start and a chance to apply your skills towards public service. Feels pretty good, right? Now imagine that, a few months into this new adventure, a global pandemic takes hold. Suddenly, you’re charged with …

8 strategies for improving WooCommerce checkout flow

This post originally appeared March 15 on the Skyverge blog. The checkout flow on your WooCommerce site (or the sites you build and manage for your clients) is one of the make-or-break parts of the entire online shopping experience. After all, checkout is where the final conversion happens. It’s where …

Identifying and Improving Your Weaknesses as a Web Designer

Web design and development are incredibly vast fields. There are so many potential skills to learn and areas in which to specialize. That means even the top people in the industry will have holes in their knowledge. There is also a fine line between what can be considered a knowledge …

The 12 Best Photoshop Actions for Creating 3D Effects

When creating a new digital art project, it’s vital to have the right tools on hand to complete the job. Sometimes, that means software. Other times, that means specific tools within said software. And if you’re looking to create 3D effects in your work, Photoshop actions might just be the …

Learn Remotion: Create Animated Video with HTML, CSS & React

Creating a video with text, animations, colors, and shapes traditionally requires specialist software and potentially years of motion graphic training. What if you could use your existing toolset, training, and background in web development to do the same? Remotion allows JavaScript developers to reuse the skills and knowledge they’ve built …

Quick Tip: How to Loop Through a JSON Response in JavaScript

When fetching data from a remote server, the server’s response will often be in JSON format. In this quick tip, I’ll demonstrate how you can use JavaScript to parse the server’s response, so as to access the data you require. This process will typically consist of two steps: decoding the …

How Modernizr Can Help You Implement CSS Fallbacks

As web designers, we are often encouraged to utilize the latest and greatest features that CSS has to offer. And there are plenty of compelling reasons to do so. Techniques like CSS Grid and Flexbox make quick work of common layouts, while CSS animations add movement and interactivity. That’s just …

Build a Web App with Modern JavaScript and Web Components

JavaScript in the browser has evolved. Developers who want to take advantage of the latest features have the option of going framework-less with less hassle. Options normally reserved to front-end frameworks, such as a component-based approach, is now feasible in plain old JavaScript. In this take, I’ll showcase all the …

The 12 Best Double Exposure Effect Photoshop Action Sets in 2021

When you’re working on post-production for your photographs, it’s vital to have some time savers on hand. With this in mind, Photoshop actions are the most likely choice for achieving the end results you want. So, if you want to create cool double exposure effects without having manually captured this …

GoForth — New GoDaddy series celebrates brave adventurers

“Sharing our passion is really important. I think that if you have the ability to make it a career, then why not?” ~Lizzy VanPatten, She Moves Mountains Many Americans spend their days working at jobs that don’t fulfill them, but there are a select few brave enough to chase adventure​ …

Stack up, back up: Practice safe web dev on World Backup Day 

If there were a formal education for budding web designers and developers, it would need to include something like that cringey class we all had to endure as teenagers. You remember… diving into the facts of life? In the web professional curriculum, World Backup Day would be a particularly important …

The true cost of a “quick change” for web designers and developers

If you’re like most web freelancers who’ve been around the block, you’ve done plenty of small freebie jobs for clients, friends and family, and maybe even for former clients. In fact, you may even have built entire websites for free. I’ve been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt. We …

Is Thought Leadership Worth It? Your Questions Answered

Content Marketing Is Thought Leadership Worth It? Your Questions Answered David Tile, Founder & Director @ Article-Writing.co Posted On: March 29, 2021 Have you heard the term thought leadership tossed around and don’t feel it applies to you?  Often, exceptional industry experts don’t recognize their potential to inform and inspire …

How to Gain the Trust of Your Web Design Clients

Trust is the foundation of a good client/designer relationship. It provides confidence and security to everyone involved. Without it, there is no means to achieve any sort of comfort level or positive productivity. Just about every freelancer has a story about an untrustworthy client. Someone who promised the moon and …

Websites + Marketing: Schedule & publish posts directly to Instagram

When it comes to succeeding online, small business owners know it takes more than a website to grow. They need to be where their customers are – whether that be on social media or in their inboxes. But being everywhere takes time, especially when trying to manage and maintain multiple …

Why Real Estate Brokers Should Share Their Expertise Through Content Marketing

Content Marketing Why Real Estate Brokers Should Share Their Expertise Through Content Marketing David Tile, Founder & Director @ Article-Writing.co Posted On: March 22, 2021 Elevate Your Platform Through Content Marketing As a real estate broker, you hold plenty of power as a Thought Leader in your industry. You’ve done …

How a Custom WordPress Plugin Can Help You Manage a Website

Whether you’re a WordPress user or build websites for a living, it’s likely you’ve relied on a few plugins along the way. These additional pieces of software enable the content management system (CMS) to perform new and exciting functions. Everything from contact forms, shopping carts to SEO are just a …

How to Migrate Your App From Express to Fastify

Express has long been the most popular framework for developing web applications with Node.js. Unfortunately, this framework hasn’t seen much active development in recent years. This means that it doesn’t have support for modern JavaScript features. In the meantime, a number of new frameworks have emerged which take a different …

Squeaky Portraits: Having Fun with the CSS path() Function

With the Chrome 88 release, we got support for clip-path: path(). That means it now has support in “most” major browsers! With path(), we’re able to use path definitions for a clip-path. (You catch up on what clip-path is here). These path definition strings are the same as those we …

How to Use JSON Data Fields in MySQL Databases

My article “SQL vs NoSQL: The Differences” noted that the line between SQL and NoSQL databases has become increasingly blurred, with each camp adopting features from the other. MySQL 5.7+ InnoDB databases and PostgreSQL 9.2+ both directly support JSON document types in a single field. In this article, we’ll examine …

Our 50 Favorite CSS Libraries, Frameworks and Tools from 2020

With all of the changes and rapid advancements CSS has gone through over the last few years, we should not be surprised at the vast volume of open-source resources and tools that are continually being released. These time-saving CSS libraries, frameworks, and tools have been built to make our lives …

Are Google’s Core Web Vitals Metrics Unreasonable?

Google’s influence over web designers, website owners, and everyday users is undeniable. The company is hyper-aggressive in detailing what it wants to see from the first two groups in order to serve up relevant results to the third. One of their more recent efforts in this area revolves around something …

A Beginner’s Guide to Roam Research

Roam Research is a friction-free, note-taking and knowledge-management application. It’s getting a lot of attention, and the label “game changer” has been used. You’re likely reading this article because you’ve heard the hype and are wondering if it’s true, and whether its features are a good fit for your needs. …

How to claim social media handles — and why you should do it now

This article was originally published on Feb. 14, 2018, and updated on March 17, 2021. Whether you want to start a business, are planning on becoming a social media influencer, or just hope to have a really nifty social media handle, you should grab your coveted name now — even …

How to Create Content Marketing That Will Engage and Expand Your Audience

Content Marketing How to Create Content Marketing That Will Engage and Expand Your Audience David Tile, Founder & Director @ Article-Writing.co Posted On: March 17, 2021 The ultimate goal of content marketing is offering your target audience information and materials that will engage them and motivate them to choose your …

The complete guide to WooCommerce standard shipping setup

When selling products in WooCommerce your clients will need to deliver products to their customers. There are a few settings that will need to be tweaked even if products are digital or if the store offers local delivery and/or pickup. It takes some experience to get WooCommerce standard shipping setup …

Setting up PayPal Standard on WooCommerce in 2021

PayPal is a dinosaur when it comes to internet payment gateways, having been established in 1998 — an exceptionally long time in internet terms. That being said, it has undergone a lot of changes over the years, leaving an ever-widening trail of documentation for potentially tricky procedures, like setting up …

Affiliate links done right: Advice for web designers and developers

Affiliate marketing is a strategy that many bloggers and content marketers rely on as an additional revenue source — or even a major stream of income. Often those conversions depend on how you present information on a given product or service through a blog post, video, podcast or other medium. As …

How to come up with a business name — 10 naming a business stories

There’s an interesting story behind every business name. Ask any company founder how they came up with their business name, and you are bound to learn more about the company and the founder within their answer. And their stories can help you learn how to come up with a business …

20 Beautifully Designed Logo Creator Kits & Templates

If you’re a business, your brand identity is your personality. Just like with people, we can’t really connect with those who hide their personality. But if they show us what they are like, they can become our friends. The same goes for businesses and their brands. Now, if faces are …

Top 4 WooCommerce tips & tricks for better product visibility

As a web designer or developer, your goal is to deliver results. If your clients want to sell products online or increase sales, these tips and tricks are designed to help increase product visibility using WooCommerce. The combination of WooCommerce and WordPress is a powerhouse of eCommerce goodness. Get started …

Website Terminology Glossary: Website Builders, Vol. 1

When you’re hustling, time is money and that money comes in coins, not bills. It’s why we made our Website Terminology Glossary for web pros. This free resource for designers, developers, marketers or anyone else makes it easier explaining technical stuff to clients. Rather than a lengthy back-and-forth, quickly find …

Develop your 2021 marketing strategy — looking back to plan ahead

Many business owners, entrepreneurs, and even veteran marketers devise their strategy for the New Year starting in January. I’m here to make a case for developing your 2021 marketing strategy now, or more specifically, throughout the last quarter of the year. 7 steps to develop your 2021 marketing strategy Developing …

Tips to boost sales in 2021 with Websites + Marketing

As we start 2021, ecommerce is going to lead the way this year, as the pandemic continues to drive a boost in online shopping. In fact, ecommerce sales from April to May have already exceeded sales during the 2019 holiday season by 7%. With record-breaking online shopping expected to continue …

Thoughts on WordPress Achieving 40% Market Share

The continued growth of WordPress is something to behold. It seems like just yesterday that we were watching it surpass 30% market share (it was at 29.2% on January 1, 2018), according to the W3Techs survey. Now, the versatile content management system (CMS) has reached a whopping 40%. While there …

Free email templates for recommending website security

Once a website gets launched, security can be an afterthought. According to a report last year from Sucuri, about 15% of people who build websites for clients don’t ever mention website security. Some 6% don’t bring it up until after the site gets published. Recommending website security can fall by …

Website Terminology Glossary: Website Security, Vol. 1

When you’re hustling, time is money and that money comes in coins, not bills. It’s why we made our Website Terminology Glossary for web pros. This free resource for designers, developers, marketers or anyone else makes it easier explaining technical stuff to clients. Rather than a lengthy back-and-forth, quickly find …

Choosing New Tools and Technology for Your Web Projects

Web designers tend to learn something new with each project. It may be something minor (but helpful) like a new CSS property. Or it could be something more significant, such as a whole new content management system (CMS). That is both exhilarating and just a tad bit scary. It’s great …

Build a Twitter Clone Using TypeScript, Prisma and Next.js

The best way to learn a tool like React is to build something with it. Next.js is a powerful framework that helps you build for production. In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to build a clone of Twitter using Next.js and Prisma. Our app will have the following features: authentication …

Static Site Generators: A Beginner’s Guide

The Jamstack (JavaScript, APIs, and Markup) is increasingly becoming the development stack of choice on the Web. The title on the Jamstack website suggests that the Jamstack is “the modern way to build websites and apps” and that it “delivers better performance”. Performance is certainly one of the benefits the …

10 ways to stop hackers from touching your e-commerce website security

Hackers want in. So as a web designer or developer with an e-commerce website, it’s your job to stop hackers in their tracks. You must consider e-commerce website security a top priority to protect customers’ personally identifiable information. An identity thief is on the hunt for credit card numbers, Social …

12 Best WordPress Themes for Your 2021 Projects

This sponsored article was created by our content partner, BAW Media. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Virtually any WordPress theme you choose will have its advantages and limitations. Naturally, you’ll want to look for a theme that has a maximum number of the former and …

The 12 Best Photoshop Actions for Black & White Photo Effects in 2021

If you’re looking to work on black and white photos, it’s a good idea to have a solid set of Photoshop actions on hand. These help to streamline your efforts and effectively act as timesavers. This is especially important if you have a lot of images you need to edit. …

8 steps to create a blog editorial calendar in 2021

Keeping up with content creation can be challenging. One of the only ways to ensure that you execute and consistently publish high-quality content that drives results for your brand is by using a blog editorial calendar. Let’s look at what an editorial calendar is, why it’s important, and how to …

5 JavaScript Tools to Look Out For in 2021

The JavaScript ecosystem evolves at a rapid pace, and you know your toolset will be superseded the moment you choose it! It’s impossible to keep up with all libraries, frameworks, and techniques, but you can observe trends and directions of movement within the industry. React.js, Vue.js, Svelte, Node.js, and Express.js …

Working with freelancers in 2021 — 10 outsourcing tips

As per the nature of 2020, many businesses downsized or have fewer full-time staff. On the bright side, increased online traffic led to other businesses pivoting to digital or offering more virtual products/services. No matter the case, business owners and entrepreneurs still need support, a gap that can be easily …

10 Best Professional Intro Video Templates for After Effects for 2021

When professionalism matters, it’s time to turn to the experts. But don’t think that means hiring a video producer and breaking the bank. Instead, use a professional intro video template for After Effects to set the stage. You could use professional video templates for many purposes, like: Start off a …

The 50 Best Fonts for Creating Stunning Logos in 2021

Every font tells a story. Once upon a time, serifs ruled the world. When we look at them today, we can’t shake the feelings of tradition and elegance. Then, we switched to sans-serifs; practical and highly readable. Fonts that amplify your message. Today, we use all kinds of fonts. Serifs …

The best agency advice for 2021 (based on what we learned in 2020)

*This post originally appeared Dec. 18, 2020 on the Media Temple blog. Here at the end of 2020, agencies resoundingly have a positive outlook for 2021. And agency leaders we’ve talked to have voiced a strong sense of the path forward. There’s good reason for it, too. The distribution of …

4 steps to increase sales in 2021

To call 2020 a turbulent year for business would be a severe understatement. With an evolving set of rules by various state and local governments, businesses are having to think on their feet and take drastic steps to increase sales to stay afloat. By August 2020, 29 prominent U.S. retailers …

Tips to make marketing easier in 2021

Marketing your business rarely comes easily. There’s always room for improvement and new things to learn. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make marketing a little easier on yourself for 2021. Let’s talk about seven ways to make marketing in 2021 easier — including marketing planning, marketing systems and …

What is digital PR? Best digital PR techniques and tactics

With a rapid shift to online presence this year, many companies are having to explore digital options now that they hadn’t considered in the past. One business function quickly making the move to digital is public relations (PR). If you own a business, you might be asking yourself, what is …

Two thirds of small businesses predict return to business as usual in 2021

There is real optimism amongst small businesses owners that their businesses will return to pre-COVID normality by the end of the year, claims Tide. In a study conducted amongst small business leaders (of up to 50 employees), over two thirds (64 percent) agreed it was likely that with the successful …

Flexible working hindered by tech trouble

Two thirds of employees say they are more productive when they work remotely yet many are being held back because flexible working technology is not optimised. Research carried out among 2,016 UK flexible workers by 99&One suggests that companies are still not getting some basic technology configurations right. According to the …

3 Microsoft Office 365 tools that help simplify GDPR compliance

Why should you care about Microsoft Office 365 tools that simplify GDPR compliance? Since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May 2018, there’s no question that digital privacy has become a hallmark for doing business online. And while that’s all great for consumers and happy browsers …