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Frequency of Social Media Use. As in 2013, Pew Research asked users of each platform how often they engage with the site, whether on a daily, weekly or less frequent basis. Facebook users continue to be highly engaged, while the proportion of daily Twitter users decreased, and users of Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn mostly log on with similar frequency compared with last year. Facebook users are highly engaged with the platform. Fully 70% say they use Facebook daily (including 45% who do so several times a day), a significant increase from the 63% who visited daily in August 2013. Some 17% visit Facebook weekly, while 12% of users log on less often.

Most Facebook users are actively engaging with their networks on the site. Almost half (49%) of Instagram users are on the platform daily, with 32% who say they go on Instagram several times a day. Some 36% of Twitter users visit the site daily, with 22% saying they go on Twitter several times a day. Multiple site usage: The new social media matrix. How To Quadruple Your Traffic With A Social Media Editorial Calendar.

A couple weeks ago, one of our blog posts got 31.5 times more click-throughs—a whopping 3,150% in one week—because of our social media editorial calendar. That’s way more than quadrupling your traffic. I just have no idea what the word is for getting 31.5 times more traffic. And that was just on Twitter. We share our content on multiple social media accounts, so you can imagine the advantage a comprehensive social media editorial calendar provides our content. The good news is that it doesn’t take that long to set up your calendar, and you’ll boost your shares and traffic with near-immediate results. Of course, there are a few things to know that’ll really help you out when you create your own social media editorial calendar. 3 Must-Haves Of Any Worthwhile Editorial Calendar Here’s the easiest way to think about your editorial calendar.

There are three phases for planning any solid editorial calendar—and you’ve probably already mastered the first two. 1. 2. 3. Perfect! 1. 2. 3. Headlines 4. How to Build an Awesome Website Footer. Let me be the one to say it – building a footer is one of those “by the way” kind of tasks for many designers. It seems easy. It seems negligible.

It seems like it can be left to chance. And there is some strong reasoning behind such a point of view. For once, footers are seen by a much lower percentage of people than, say, the stuff above the fold. Also, they rarely do anything else other than repeat the info that can already be found elsewhere on the site. Footers and CTR Well, the fact about the low CTR may be true, but it doesn’t present the whole picture. So I have a theory of my own about this. Although, apparently, there’s no study done on the topic (at least I wasn’t able to find it; feel free to chip in if you have some data), I believe that the CTR is actually quite high for footers if we only count the people who have scrolled all the way down on the page. I did some quick number crunching with my CrazyEgg account to examine this more closely.

So the lesson is simple… 1. 2. 3. 10 Resources To Help You Become More Active in the Web Design Community. Designers as well as developers have always been a close-knit group (there always seems to be a problem you need help with, right?) , but online interaction and presence amongst this industry has just recently started growing over the last few years. While social media and forums became a necessity quickly for many professions—marketers, writers, sales representatives, etc. —it wasn’t something the development and design community jumped on right away. Now that this is changing, it’s more important than ever to get involved. The question then becomes easy: If I’m a developer and/or designer and want to be more active in the online community, where do I even start? Image by Christopher Lee Top 3 Best Forums for Developers and Designers (and How to Get Involved) Visiting a forum and interacting with others is a great way to hear about new ideas and share your knowledge.

Below are a few of the best forums specifically for web developers and designers: Forrst. John Resig. Smashing Magazine. Onextrapixel - Web Design and Development Online Magazine. How to keep up to date on Front-End Technologies - The Recipe. Bento - Learn to code. What’s new for designers, October 2013. The October edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, app creators, coding resources, productivity tools, testing tools, and some really great new fonts. Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there. As always, if we’ve missed something you think should have been included, please let us know in the comments. And if you have an app or other resource you’d like to see included next month, tweet it to @cameron_chapman for consideration.

Appmaker Appmaker, from Mozilla, is a drag-and-drop mobile app creator that works right in your browser. It’s in pre-alpha release, so expect some bugs, but it looks promising. InstallRails InstallRails is a step-by-step guide for installing Ruby on Rails. BitBalloon BitBalloon is a static hosting service that’s perfect for simple sites like landing pages, surveys, and the like. Hiro Sagan Ipsum WP Test Business Card Maker Mobile Web Best Practices. CoffeeScript Presentation - Code Like You Talk. The Hub - Intro to Sass: A World Where CSS Isn't Quite So Sucky - Will Marshall.

Snippets - Web Design Weekly. If the desired output of the default WordPress post thumbnail is not enough you can easily adjust the PHP to output your appropriate class. <? Php the_post_thumbnail(‘post-thumbnail’, array( ‘class’ => “YOUR CLASS”)); ? > More information can be found on the codex. With the release of WordPress 3.7 you now can have your plugins and/or themes update happen behind the scenes. Recently I had a great conversation with an outstanding User Experience designer about a few interactions on a project we were working on.

The desired result we both agreed on was to change the font size on the fly. So if you happen to be in the same situation hopefully these snippets should get you heading down the right track. If you use shortcodes within your WordPress theme you might need to also add them within your widgets. Viewing telephone numbers on iOS device can provide an unpleasant shock. You can do various things with the admin bar but this snippet should help you get started.