So many essential factors affect your blog’s orientation. However, there is a recurring point of consideration for every aspect – Originality. It is an accepted fact that you have to work to create original content. Your posts have to stand out as your authentic opinion on your niche’s important topics.
However, images are just as much a part of your post presentation as your blog post itself. As such, how much of an importance should you put on the optimization of your blog’s images and their levels of originality? There are many instances where freely available images have been used by MORE >
Are you looking for a modern theme that is professional and will make your content look good on any screen size? If you so, you need to check out the new premium WordPress theme by StudioPress.
Actually, the new theme by Studiopress, is a child skin for the Genesis Framework and that skin is calledBalance. The Balance skin was released earlier today and it’s their their newest responsive designed theme to be released. The theme is a great looking theme, its professional, elegant, and full of tools and features to help you share your content. This theme is part of MORE >
There are a myriad of benefits to blog writing for your business as well as some great SEO advantages. Below are the three reasons I find most compelling.
#1. Custom platform to interact with your customers and site visitors-Let’s face it word of mouth from friends and family is about the best sales pitch any business can get. Recommendations from family and friends trump all other consumer touch points when it comes to influencing purchases. This should not be news to anyone savvy in marketing. In fact, a study done some years back at Publicis media network ZenithOptimedia confirmed just this in MORE >
When it comes to choosing a look for your site, it takes time. I could spend hours just on one site looking through all the great themes they had to offer. Believe me, there are a lot of theme sites out there and some of my favorite sites are StudioPress, Thesis, and Elegant themes, but sometimes these sites, just do not have what I want for some of the projects I am working on. When this happens, I like to look through the great themes from ThemeForest. ThemeForest has a ton of themes, and they are always adding more.
What I MORE >
It’s the start of a new month, so its time once again for me to share list myfavorite Photoshop tutorials created in the last month. This was a great month for tutorials, if you like photo manipulations. The list that I gathered is mostly intermediate level tutorials but, if you are comfortable with Photoshop’s tools, then you should be able to complete the tutorials. There a couple of photography related tutorials that are beginner level but worth checking out if you are into photography or if you just want better processed imaged.
The Best Photoshop Tutorials of January Create an MORE >
Are you looking for a professional theme that works off of Thesis? If so, I have the perfect theme for you. It looks good, its fully features, and designed to make your author’s profiles look good.
Earlier this morning, ThesisAwesome released their latest theme for Thesis. That theme is Avenger. Its full of great features and I have to say, I love this theme. The features are what every professional theme should have and the best part is that it runs on one of the best frameworks available for WordPress.
It time for the weekly design resource. This week I have another set of textures. This set of textures I took earlier this week when taking some time off and did some shopping in Historic Downtown McKinney with the wife.
This set of textures is tree rusty metal textures taking from various buildings and structures that were around 100+ years old. Plus I also added one peeling paint (not really people, just worn down) diamond plate on an outdoor winding stair case.
Free High Quality Textures CreationsYou are free to use any of my (Evolutionary Designs) textures on your projects MORE >
Do you like to do reviews about products and services on your blog. Do you companies offer products and services for you to review? If so, I have a plugin for your WordPress blog that will only help you out with your reviews.
Author hReview WordPress PluginThe plugin that will help you build your review articles is the Author hReview Plugin by Hesham Zebiba. He originally created the plugin as a Thesis Only Plugin but had a change of heart. He made so everyone can use it. All you have to do is have a self hosted WordPress blog and MORE >
It’s the start of a new week, so its time to share this week’s Weekly Mash Up. Last week was a great a week. I actually had the time to read a lot of great articles in the world of new media. Believe me, there were so many great articles last week, that I had a hard time figuring out what articles to share with you. But I finally was able to narrow the list down to my top favorites.
This week’s Mash Up has twelve great articles. The topics include blogging tips, design, development, freelance and a collection of really MORE >
We all know that high-quality inbound links are an essential ingredient in an SEO campaign. We also all know that it can be extremely time consuming, and sometimes frustrating, looking around the web for sites to approach for links. I’m going to show you one technique for quickly putting together a list of sites that could be link prospects, without having to scour the internet for hours on end.
What is This All About?Here’s what this post will show you how to do: quickly create a spreadsheet of 100 (at a time) sites that may be good link prospects. In MORE >
Earlier today I received an email from StudioPress that they are raising the price of their Pro Pack All Theme Package on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Currently you can get all 44 StudioPress Child Themes plus every theme they make in the future for $299.95, but after the 31st it will go up.
StudioPress is offering one last deal before they raise the price. That deal is 10% discount off the Pro Plan! That brings the price from $299.95 down to $270.00! To get that deal, all you have to do is purchase the plan and add the code, TEN, at the time MORE >
Studiopress is one of the more popular premium WordPress theme companies out there. They offer a framework (also know as a parent theme) that was designed to empower websites owners with a secure and search-engine optimized foundation to build their WordPress website on.
They also offer a large collection of professional and personal child themes that look great and are full of the features to help you run a successful site.
Once again it’s time for the weekly design resource. This week we have another free high quality texture around up. But this time, I found 5 metallic textures from the texture community over at DeviantArt. These textures are all free and most can be used for commercial work. Make sure to read each creator’s rules before using them. Most require a link back or a comment on the texture pack that used it and where to find the completed work.
Free High Quality Metallic Textures Metallic Textures 2Image source: Metallic Texture 2
DreamingImage Source: Dreaming
TexturaImage Source: textura
DRAKNESSFALLSImage MORE >
Do you run a multi-authored blog or have the occasional guest writer submit articles to your site? If so, does WordPress automatically notify the author when their article is published? If you aren’t sure you might want look into that? Some themes, may not have this function built into the theme. So that means you will always have to email your writers when you submit their articles.
If you have the occasional writer, then it isn’t a big deal. However, if you have a lot of articles going live everyday or you like to set dates for the articles to MORE >
Weekly Mash Up #27: Topics in Blogging, Content Creation, Design, Freelance, jQuery, SEO, and WordPress
It’s time once again for the Weekly Mash Up and it was a great week. It was so good I had a hard time cutting the list of articles down to only 11. But I did and I only choose ones that would be helpful.
This week’s Mash Up includes articles in Blogging, content creation, freelance topics, design, jQuery, SEO, and WordPress. All great topics and all worth reading.
“I sat down at the antique desk in absolute agony, my groin screaming. My jaw was clenched tight as a drum. My MORE >
2011 was a great year in photography. The web has revolutionized how people interact with photos and photographers. Lots of sites encourage peer-to-peer critiques and reviews through sharing and “likes” of content. Due to this increase in social feedback, photographers have been eager to host their photos all over the web and gain ratings. The idea is that the higher the rating, the more a photographer can sell print or digital versions of the photo, such as for use in commercial printed brochures.
But does highly rated photography translate to “good” photography? This collection is of 30 photos from 2011 that MORE >
Its time for the weekly design resource again. This week I decided to share another set of free high quality textures I created a few months back.
This week’s textures are 5 rock textures that were shot just a few miles from my house. The first two are of a new retaining wall that was built for a new neighborhood. The last three are of limestone rock formations at park. In our area this type of limestone is called Austin Chalk.
Free Textures Terms of UsageYou are free to use any of your projects as long as they are MORE >
Lately Google has mentioned that website owners need to be aware of how fast their site loads. Because they are aware how fast your website loads even if you are not. They also mentioned that if the site loads to slow that it could factor into your site’s search rankings. Image Source: Traffic Trails – Flickr
So with that in mind a few months ago I decided to work on speeding up Evolutionary Designs. Before Google mentioned load times, I always tried to keep the load time on the site as fast as possible. But the load times weren’t the best. MORE >
Just a few minutes ago, I was working on my schedule for tomorrow and I realized its been almost a month since I last shared a Weekly Mash Up here on Evolutionary Designs. I looked at the time, and I realized that if I skipped the article this week and put it off till next week, I could actually get to sleep before midnight! I rarely get the chance to do that.
So I decided to finish up my schedule and call it quits for the nights. But, I just couldn’t let it go. After a few minutes I realized that MORE >
It’s the start of the new year so it time to start of the weekly design resource articles. This week is another set of textures I shot at a local park up in Plano Texas, last spring. The textures are of tree bark that is peeling and cracked and with the right editing you can make the bark of an aged look or keep it as is.
It’s the end of the year, actually the last day of 2011! So happy New years! Anyways, I decided to share with everyone, all 12 monthly “best of” Photoshop articles so for those that missed out on all the great tutorials from the last year, they can find them all in one place.
The Best Photoshop Tutorials of 2011There are over a 120 great tutorials for you to try out. Of course, these aren’t the only ones created this year, but these are in my opinion the most helpful, the coolest, and the most impressive tutorials created this year. You MORE >
As a designer and general lover of software and technology, I am always looking for new ways to make my life easier. When it comes to design and blogging, its no different. Lately, I have noticed that all these great programs can be resource hogs. They take up so much space and some of them I may only use three or four times a year. With that in mind, I am always on the look out for web applications that will do the same thing or better than what desktop apps can do.
Over the last year, I have found MORE >
Now that HTML5 and is CSS3 is out and many website designs andWordPress themes require HTML5 and CSS3 its a good idea to at least get familiar with the elements and the coding of CSS3 and HTML5. To do that you could always check out the HTML5 Resource collection I wrote back in May of 2011 or you can do a quick an easy check for certain HTML5 elements by checking HTML5 cheat sheets.
HTML5 Cheat SheetsThis collection of cheat sheets are the best HTML5 cheat sheets of 2011. Some of the cheat sheets are a little older, but the information MORE >
It’s the end of the month again, so its time to share our favorite Photoshop tutorials created in December. This month was a great month for Photshop tutorials, there were so many great tutorials that we couldn’t list them all. So we grabbed 11 of our favorite tutorials.
The Best Photoshop Tutorials from DecemberThis great collection of Photoshop tutorial include beginner, intermediate, and advanced user level tutorials. Most tutorials are photo manipulations, but we do have a few other tutorials such as; sharpening techniques and how to create a web ribbon in Photoshop.