How to Create a Website from Scratch

In this tutorial, learn how to create your own website. This is a great guide for beginners and laypersons, so that you can have great and thorough step-by-step directions to get you started. This guide makes no assumptions about what you already know, and will give you links to other relevant articles so that you […]

Why Hire a Freelance Designer?

To be completely honest, the main reason is to save money. Hiring a freelance web designer rather than a web design agency means you are avoiding a whole lot of overhead including project managers and CEOs, and will not have to fork out money. You will be directly paying the web designer. Even if you […]

Three Tips for Ideal Website Design Portfolio

A portfolio is perhaps the most important tool that any kind of web designer can possess, as it is the main thing that will showcase some of the best work that you’ve done. Employers and clients alike will always ask to see a portfolio of some sort in order to get a general idea of the different capabilities that you possess. If you currently do not have a portfolio, it’s highly recommended that you begin with the “How to Make a Website on Treehouse” course, which goes into all of the steps regarding exactly how to put a portfolio together. This is a more recent in ear headphone website I put together based on lots of friends interest in the topic.

Here are some useful tips that you can make note of and follow when it comes to putting together the perfect portfolio website for your work.

DRESS FOR THE JOB THAT YOU WANT

Web DesignWhen it comes to looking for a job, chances are you’ve likely had the phrase “dress for the job you want, not for the job you have” thrown at you on more than one occasion. This kind of concept is also the case in terms of putting a portfolio together.

However, if you are a single designer who works as part of a larger team, you may find it rather beneficial to concentrate on one specific market niche. If this is the case you will want to ensure that you highlight that specific information. This is because you will be able to anticipate the needs and wants of clients in this particular field, even before you take part in a potential meeting with them.

Even if you have done any kind of design work, there’s always the possibility that you may not actually feel like a designer. It’s important to keep in mind that if someone is looking for a web designer, they won’t want to see any non-web designing work that you’ve done. On the other hand, if you have done a great amount of web design but wish to be a graphic designer instead, then you will want to eliminate the idea of including any past web design work in your portfolio.

BE SURE TO EDIT YOURSELF

Many individuals who have toyed with the idea of putting a portfolio together typically tend to think that it’s best to include a multitude of projects that they’ve completed. They generally feel that this is the best way to showcase their full potential. However, the opposite is actually true, as including only a few pieces in your portfolio is the best way to go.

When putting together a portfolio, go through what you personally feel are some of the best pieces of work that you’ve ever done, rather than the ones that you think the clients and employers will like the most. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your portfolio is about you, not anyone else.

TELL A GREAT STORY

Whatever pieces of work you choose to include in your portfolio, it’s important to make sure that they essentially each tell a different story. For example, if you have constructed a website dedicated to a certain food truck company that is either local or national, then the aesthetics you include in your portfolio should completely fit the message. In the end, clients and employers prefer to see pieces of work that actually mean something and tell a story.

You may also want to consider transforming your portfolio into a form of case study. For instance, allow clients and employers to click on various areas of a sample of your work in order to obtain more information. This kind of information could range from what the specific needs of each client were and how all of the solutions you came up with for them worked out in the long run. Ensure that the viewer of your portfolio knows how well you were able to play the role of a proverbial “problem solver.”

Finding Australia Photography Courses In Brisbane

Brisbane is known throughout the world as being a wondrous and attractive city in Australia. Its skyline is gorgeous, with high-rises framed between the blue skies and the even bluer Brisbane river. What would be better than knowing how to capture the visual delight of Brisbane’s attractions with photography, with knowledge from local workshops? We will show you the best places in town to learn the art of photography.

Photo Genius is a company which specializes in photography courses and workshops. Formed in 2008 by photographer Paul Farris, Photo Genius is devoted to elevating the art of photography through careful and precise instruction. Care is taken to bring a student from a ‘happy snapper’ to a photographer who feels comfortable handling the (seemingly complicated) manual controls of a camera. Photo Genius offers weekly courses to small groups, as well as one-on-one sessions, at the South Park Badlands. The website of the company is well designed, easy to navigate, and full of information and testimonials.

The Brisbane College of Photography, located in Fortitude Valley, exclusively trains its customers in photography. With twenty years of experience in training professional photographers, the Brisbane College of Photography is sure to cater to the varied needs of every prospective student. Not only offering shorter workshops and courses, they also offer comprehensive courses in the proper operation of a DSLR camera, and Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom 5. Digital imaging is the magic touch that elevates a great picture into an unforgettable one, and the College will teach you to use these programs to tweak your photos to perfection. It’s one of the main placed if you want to find Brisbane photography courses.

Take Better Photos is a company started by photographer Dean Holland in Annerly. Dean emphasizes the importance of a simple, stress-free method of learning the intricacies of photography. Take Better Photos offers seven workshops with varied focus, such as “Steve Parish Nature Photography”, “iPhone Photography”, and “Capturing Joy” for photos of children, sports, and wildlife. It is possible to purchase multiple workshops as part of a discounted group bundle, and Dean will provide you with wallet-sized cheat cards that explain features of your own camera with each photography course.

Photoh is a company based in Brisbane which offers courses and workshops by local professionals with backgrounds in instruction. Students and instructors meet up around town in a casual setting, and learn the details of photography in a relaxed atmosphere. Two instructors in Brisbane are Paul Dielemans, a friendly architecture photographer with a hands-on approach to learning, and Jaisal Patel, now a student majoring in Electrical Engineering with a keen interest in DSLR photography. Paul teaches a night photography course, and Jaisal will teach you to use every feature in your smartphone during a walking exploration of Brisbane. Photoh offers gift vouchers that can be redeemed for courses.

These are just some of the options you have when searching for the perfect place to hone your photography skills in Brisbane. You will be in good hands with these companies, and will walk out with a fresh perspective on the endless opportunities for a great snapshot, and the experience to make them a reality.

Table of Contents Plus Plugin

Long posts seem to be a major problem of mine. This includes reviews, step by step, and photo shoots. TOC Plus may be the answer for these long post problems.

TOC Plus Solutions

Some posts cannot be shortened and still contain all the needed information. For post like there a Table of Contents can be used.

Bounceback Rate
TPOmxLong posts have a high turnaround rate and often lose the interest of readers. With short attention spans that many readers get from using Facebook and Twitter, longer posts tend to be ignored. That is why a Table of Contents is needed. Those that have longer blog posts have noticed that readers are losing interest and are just scanning the post. The average person see a longer posts and does not read it or bookmark it to read later and never get around to it.

How This Affects SEO
The Search Engine Optimization rate is negatively affected when people spend a short amount of time on a blog. A low SEO means not as much traffic to the site and will be low in the search engine results. When people see the TOC they can get an idea of the subjects addressed in the blog. This will increase the reader’s desire to see the blog and increase the SEO score at the same time.

Headings for Longer Posts
This is very important especially for newer posts. Breaking down longer posts into headings is easier for the reader to see the different sections of information. They can scroll through the blog and see what topics they will be reading about. This time spend on the pages however was still short and the bounce rate was still too high. I created a table of contents for my new review allowing the readers a peak of what they would be reading about. This was done to hook them so they would keep on reading. I also thought it would be a good idea to have a link when they click on the topic of their choice. This would take the reader right to the section they wanted to read. I think this would be valuable on many websites.

Table of Contents Plug-ins
I cannot believe this did not occur to me sooner. There is a plug-in for everything else online so this is no reason this cannot be done with a WordPress blog. I added a new plug-in feature to my blog. There are a few Table of Contents plug-ins available to use. I canned them based on how many people have used that plug-in and the rating they received out of five stars. I narrowed down my selection then further scanned the plug-ins that would work on my version of WordPress. I selected one that stood out: Table of Contents Plus which was designed by Michael Tran.