When you’re just starting out as a blogger, investing in professional web design may be jumping the gun, especially if you’re operating on a budget. As a new blogger, it’s OK to work from a template until you’ve written enough blog posts to establish your voice and create an archive of past posts. On the other hand, if you’re operating a large enterprise and you intend for your blog to showcase your company, it only makes sense to lay out the cash for a professional framework to house your blog content.

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Your Page Logo

Your blog page logo is one of the first elements a visitor to your blog or website sees. As a result, a professionally designed logo is worth the financial investment necessary. An amateurish logo not only does not enhance your blog or your company’s brand, it can actually detract from the impression visitors form of your company. After all, if your company’s website or blog page logo is carelessly executed, what does that say about the quality of your company’s products or services, let alone the blog itself?

The Price of Cheap (or Free) Design

Chances are, your blog faces stiff competition. Unless you’re writing about an extremely obscure subject, it is unlikely that your blog is the only choice available for interested readers. Attempting to pinch pennies by bypassing professional web design can be a costly decision. Poor website design can actually put off visitors before they even have a chance to read your sparkling copy. Poor back end coding can cause your website or blog to load slowly. Garish colors or overly busy elements can be distracting to visitors.

On the other hand, professional web design helps your blog stand out in a crowded field. A professional web designer can make the most of your blog’s available real estate, with optimal placement of text, visual elements and ads to guide visitors to featured content while making your blog memorable. Professional web design also frequently features top quality web copy and makes maintenance and updates simple.
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Make people like what they see, and they will become interested in it. The visual appeal is of the key importance for restaurant sites that focus on inviting people to visit the real place. If you’re looking for a good attractive basis for a cafe and restaurant site, here is a nice freebie that will come in handy – Free Website Template from TemplateMonster.

Easy on the eye design in sappy colors creates a positive tone and attracts attention. Large jQuery slider images in the top show the delicious dishes from the menu and work up an appetite. The “best choice” section features the pleasant discounts and the hot offers. To place all the possible dishes the restaurant offers, use Menu page. Change the texts into the needed, change photos into the bright ones from the collection, add a bit of customization, and you’ll get an attractive website for a restaurant business. Free template live demo will show you how it will look like.

Free Website Template for Restaurant Site:

Our today’s blog post is rather uncommon. Its aim is to find out your preferences as to the e-Commerce platform that better suits your needs. The theme survey below will help TemplateMonster’s team provide better service and produce e-Commerce templates grounded on your opinion. So, what’s worth to add into TemplateMoster inventory?

If you can’t make up your mind at once, please try to consider the following questions, listed to help with the decision:

  • How high do you expect your sales to be?
  • Are your products digital or physical?
  • Do you need to combine the ecommerce platform with other tools?
  • What is your budget?
  • How many SKUs have you got?

This table, identifying the most important points of each platform, will let us briefly overview 10 most popular e-commercial solutions according to Alexa rating.
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Properly chosen graphic elements look attractive and don’t interfere with the whole design. Their beauty lies in ability to bring the catchy notes into the layout, and keep it pleasant on the eye. If you implement them nicely in your design, you’ll get effective results. Well-done catchy stuff is not far to seek, here it is – Free Vector Illustration of the week that features a businessman and office stuff in beautiful French style. Don’t hesitate to download it for free during the next week, and use as decor element in your works.

We offer you to download this illustration in two formats (.PNG, .AI) and three resolutions: 787 x 1097, 1639 x 2285, 3279 x 4571. As a vector image, this item keeps its high quality while being printed in different formats. Downloading is affordable and easy. It is possible after the registration at Templates.com. This registration is completely free.

! You can use this free vector illustration only for your personal or educational purposes. Do not use it for commercial purposes, it is forbidden.

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If I name you several brands, what will be the first thing to appear in your mind? I can suppose that it is going to be the colors of this brand, the form of its logo – all the elements that put together visual identity. They convey the symbolic meanings, provide clarity and recognition among others. A good visual identity is a starting point in the strong connection with people, that’s why its professional execution is of the previous importance.

Visual identity embraces large variety of elements that can represent a product – logotype, signatures, marks, business cards, etc. Nicely executed, they become real masterpieces that are enjoyed by the audience.

It’s always interesting and inspiring to see the existing examples of great works, and this is the very thing that I offer you to do in this post. Here I’ve compiled several wonderful examples of visual identity projects for you to enjoy, and even derive inspiration from.

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Are you one of those developers, considering that pricing page design is really important? This conviction definitely makes sense as pricing page often becomes the turning point when the customer makes decision whether to pay or abandon your website. So, if you want to get good conversion rates, it’s better to mind pricing page design. Surely, there are some common guides you usually follow to create efficient user-friendly pricing page design.

Let’s refresh the most essential of them in our memory:

  • As simple as possible

    Remember that the users don’t like to strain reading the obscure wordy text, so make your page clear, understandable and convenient for scanning.

  • Evident difference between the options

    When you offer several plans, emphasize the difference between them so that the user could quickly grasp the essence and make the choice.

  • Be convincing

    Use solid, trustworthy words to dispel all customers’ doubts and persuade them to sign up for your service.

  • Provide FAQs and Testimonials

    This way you will reply all possible questions and show the customer that lots of other people are happy with their purchase.

  • Free Trial

    This option tells the buyer that you are so confident in blameless quality of your product, that you are not afraid to give a free trial.

  • Prominent call-to-action

    Suggest the next step, make your call-to-action button easy to notice, large and contrast against the background.

  • Currency switch

    You know, prices in foreign currency may seem rather confusing to the buyer, so several options of the most popular ones will considerably help hesitant users.

  • Limited choice

    It’s much more efficient to narrow the number of plans to four or less as vast variety of offers may cause the opposite effect and petrify the customer.

  • Creative touch

    Don’t go too serious as playful creative elements and visual effects form positive users’ impression and engage them.

  • Let them know what happens next

    Let your customers think that the process is completely under their control. People feel safe and pay money more willingly when they know exactly what happens after the transaction.

Don’t you think that it is enough theory for now and time to pass to practice has come at last? Here follows a collection of best pricing pages we were able to find on the web. Their fresh modern designs will serve you live examples of awesome approach to the matter. You are welcome to view them all and pick out the most winning tricks and methods for further application in your own projects.

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If the word phillumeny doesn’t raise any familiar association in your head, let us clear up the topic of our today’s post. In fact, phillumeny is the hobby of collecting different match-related items like matchboxes, matchbox labels, matchbooks, matchcovers, matchsafes, etc. The word has derived from Latin phil (loving) plus lumen (light) and was introduced by the British collector Marjorie S. Evans in 1943.

If you wonder how old this hobby is, we can answer that collecting of matchbox labels emerged together with matches. Some collections contain labels from chemical matches, produced in 1810 – 1815, long before the modern matches were invented.

It’s hard to believe, but the most enthusiastic collectors can be rather ingenious when they want to get hold of the next matchbox. Sometimes even check out of the neighboring trash cans is OK in this hunt. However, today, in the era of internet, such “reeking” methods are gradually replaced by the innocuous theme web surfing, where phillumenists collaborate and replenish their collections with new precious examples.

By the way, Teiichi Yoshizawa from Japan was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s top phillumenist.

Continuing our inflammatory talk, it should be mentioned that collectors are especially passionate about the following match-related items:

  • Single-Top Labels (one-panel labels affixed to the top of matchboxes);
  • All-Round Labels (labels wrapped around the matchboxes);
  • Skillets (labels which design goes around the box and is printed directly onto it);
  • Packet-Size Labels (also known as the dozen or gross labels);
  • Matchcovers (sometimes erroneously referred to as bookmatches, which in fact are matches inside a matchbook; while the matchcover is actually an empty flattened out matchbook);
  • Hardware (match strikers and containers that were in public use from early 19th century to the middle of 20th century);
  • Complete Boxes (entire matchboxes including fiery contents).

Now, when we have finished with the types of match-related items collected by the phillumenists, let’s skip to the variety of their designs, which we believe are much more interesting for you. Below we’ve collected 30 + beautiful vintage matchbox designs from all over the world. Have a look at their fonts, images and placement of elements on such limited area. From our viewpoint these labels are rather inspiring, aren’t they?

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As soon as you discover Photoshop CS6, you understand its immense power. But the key question is how to use it in corpore. The productive work with Photoshop CS6 for both professional users and newcomers starts with learning the shortcuts – the least efficient way to get things done. Actually, the mature users of Photoshop are those, who know all the shortcuts. A joke. But there is a truth in it. This knowledge can facilitate your work, make it faster and more productive. When you know enough of them, you feel yourself more confident in the result of your work.

So, let’s find out what the simple commands are – Photoshop CS6 Cheat Sheets. Using them, you can check out how they can speed up the workflow.

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If you’re busy choosing the catchy stuff for decorating your works, consider our weekly series of free design stuff. The ultimate collection of our free vector illustrations offers a variety of images that are nicely tailored for whatever designs you have. This Friday we are glad to share with you one of them – Free Vector Illustration of the week picturing the globe with buildings on it and a loupe magnifying a hotel. It can serve the needs of works that deal with architecture sphere of business, and a lot of others. Feel free to get it, the next week it will be changed into another one.

You can choose among two formats (.PNG, .AI) and the following resolutions of this illustration: 658 x 695, 1372 x 1448, 2744 x 2896. As a vector image, this item keeps its high quality while being printed in different formats. Make your works always catchy with our professional stuff.

! You can use this free vector illustration only for your personal or educational purposes. Do not use it for commercial purposes, it is forbidden.

Here is the link to get this nice goodie.

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It would be needless to mention about what WordPress is – everyone involved into web developments knows the advantages of its wide functionality. So, from this follows an obvious conclusion: we need to study in case we want to use WordPress benefits at full.

Infographic format gives an opportunity to take the basic information in quite nimble illustrated way. I gathered the best 10 WordPress infographics for you: they work as a team, because all of them concern different spheres of WordPress development. Also, I’ve tried to include in the list only fresh materials, so you can get the actual things. Enjoy!

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