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Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides

Blogging For Web Designers: Editorial Calendars and Style Guides
Advertisement A few years ago, you might not have pointed out during a meeting with a potential client that you maintained a blog. Over time, though, blogs have evolved from the being a personal hobby to a serious work tool. In fact, today, web designers are supposed to know much more than just how to design and build websites. Customer’s expectations have increased, and unless you are in position to choose your favourite clients, meeting these expectations requires hard work. Hence, it’s important to keep learning about the variety of design-related fields every single day — be it marketing, psychology, business, copywriting, publishing or blogging. Image credit1 Good news: you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you are about to start and run a blog. Compiling a list of brilliant posts waiting to be published is not enough, though. Editorial Calendar An editorial calendar outlines the editorial content that is planned for the coming few weeks. Why Is It Useful? Drawbacks Purpose Related:  Create Compelling ContentContent management

Social Image Resizer Tool Resize and crop your images for web use Today there are innumerable uses for photos and images on the web. Websites need favicon and content images, people need Twitter profile pictures and Facebook profile banners, others want to create custom-sized photos for other uses – the need is endless. To optimize images for web use, you likely need to resize, crop or change their file format type from the source image for their final use. There are many big, complex image manipulation tools available for such work, but not everyone can afford to buy Photoshop or even figure out how to do such simple tasks in its cluttered, confusing user interface. Internet Marketing Ninjas is pleased to offer just such a tool for webmasters, social media fans, and everyone else who wants a simple tool for work with images for the web. Favicon Generator to Crop Images for Twitter, Facebook, and More Tool To use to free online image editing tool, simply follow these instructions: Rerun this Tool

blog.hootsuite It’s your first day as a social media manager for a new company. Where do you even start? This question is a common one, but one that often goes unasked as people are worried about seeming inexperienced or making a bad impression when they start their new jobs. Really, it’s a very reasonable question. Making a critical error would be far more costly than asking colleagues for help. You can’t just jump in and start Tweeting on behalf of a business you’re unfamiliar with. Your first day or week at a new social media job should be spent doing a lot of listening and learning. Audit the company’s existing social media Lifeguards are taught that the first thing you do when you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation is to look for dangers (fire, wire, gas, glass, as the saying goes). This audit will help you assess the current state of social media within your new company and help shape the goals you set moving forward. An audit will really help you gain a foothold in your new role.

Over 1,500 Free 4K Stock Video Clips, All Courtesy of a Single Cinematographer Mitch Martinez is a Philadelphia-based director of photography and cinematographer. Over the past 2.5 years, he has been working on building a free library of 4K stock footage. Since its inception in January 2013, the collection of clips has become an impressive resource: the 1,500+ clips have been downloaded over 300,000 times, and they been used by some of the largest companies in the world. Mitch Martinez “The beginning of the resource in 2013 can pretty much be summed up as being motivated to share some footage that I had already filmed but wasn’t using,” Martinez tells PetaPixel. Many of his clips weren’t being used in projects, but he couldn’t bear to delete them. “Someone out there might as well make use of it, right?” The clips are available on Martinez’s website, and are organized into 35 different categories — things like aerial, nature, and time-lapse. Here are some examples of how brands have used Martinez’s clips in their projects: Sin City 2 The fireworks in the background:

Online Learning: A User’s Guide to Forking Education | Online Learning At exactly this moment, online education is poised (and threatening) to replicate the conditions, courses, structures, and hierarchical relations of brick-and-mortar industrial-era education. Cathy N. Davidson argued exactly this at her presentation, “Access Demands a Paradigm Shift,” at the 2013 Modern Language Association conference. The mistake being made, I think, is a simple and even understandable one, but damning and destructive nonetheless. Those of us responsible for education (both its formation and care) are hugging too tightly to what we’ve helped build, its pillars, policies, economies, and institutions. The discussion forum, currently the holy grail of “engagement” inside most online courses, is particularly problematic. Rather than simply transplanting the Lego castle of education from one platform to another, we need to start dismantling it piece by piece, all the while examining the pieces and how they fit together. [Photo by wizgd]

Writing “Ridiculously Good” Content by Ann Handley | Visually Ann Handley’s new book, Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide for Creating Ridiculously Good Content is a crash course in writing strong, compelling material that engages readers. It’s broadly relevant to writers of all types, but is particularly helpful to marketers who need to create writing that influences people and has a measurable impact. We teamed up with Ann Handley to visualize some of the lessons in her book. We hope you’ll be inspired to give it a read. Site builder shootout: Drupal vs. Joomla vs. WordPress Review By Brian Proffitt September 14, 2011 06:00 AM ET Computerworld - Building a website has never been easier. There are boatloads of content management systems (CMSs) for serious site creators, but the most common for websites today are three open-source tools: Joomla, Drupal and WordPress. These applications have a lot of similarities. Drupal had comparatively sedate beginnings. Both Drupal and Joomla are designed to enable users to build websites with template-based management, and both let users plug in add-ons that provide highly dynamic features, such as e-commerce, blogging with comments or mapping. Of the three, Joomla is the newcomer to the CMS scene, first released in 2005 as a fork from the earlier Mambo CMS, which was owned by vendor Miro International. [Since this article was written, Joomla has been upgraded; for a look at the new version, check out Joomla 3.0 review: Making way for mobile.] Initially, my inclination was not to include WordPress in this review.

9 Websites That Solve Dumb English Grammar Mistakes Instantly We all make grammar mistakes every now and then. None of us are perfect and none of us are Shakespeare. I like to think I am reasonably well educated but there are still times when I mistake my vowels for my consonants, and I misspell the same words over and over. The word that I always get wrong? “Pronunciation”. But as always, the Internet comes to the rescue. Grammar Monster “Monster” is the right name for this site. The site extends to every conceivable area of English grammar imaginable. Sign up for their newsletter, get a Daily Grammar Tip, and test yourself if you think you’re confident enough. Grammar Girl Grammar Girl is known for her popular podcast, where she has a near perfect score from lots of satisfied users. None other than Oprah Winfrey herself has lauded Mignon’s grammatical services, and on the front page, she has a list of awards as long as your arm. What makes her site so attractive is that she makes the whole learning experience fun. Chicago Manual of Style

Choosing an open-source CMS, part 1: Why we use Drupal Of the open-source content management systems (CMSs) available today, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are, according to Web technology tracker W3Techs, by far the most popular. But how do companies choose which to use? Conventional wisdom has it that WordPress is the fast and easy way to go, while Drupal works best for large, complex, enterprise-class websites. This month we start a series that looks at this decision through the eyes of the people who use these systems. [For in-depth reviews of these three open-source content management systems, see Site builder shootout: Drupal vs. In this first part of the series, we start with Drupal and two companies that chose it to build and maintain their sites: electronic component manufacturer Integrated Device Technology (IDT) and Fearnet, which offers an on-demand and traditional cable channel as well as a website. Drupal is designed and maintained by website developers who need to build technically sophisticated sites.

99 Freebies To Help You Build Awesome Websites When I first got started designing websites, it seemed like there were endless possibilities. I could do anything I wanted to. Which was both amazing and terrifying! Then I discovered that there were all these really neat tools and resources available that could seriously speed up my web design process and let me create amazing looking designs without having to start completely from scratch. This summer, Randle Browning brought you an awesome list of 63 free website-building tools and resources. Design Resources 1. Software + Apps 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Photos 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. Symbols + Icons 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. flaticon Download vector icons or include icons as webfonts. 29. 30. 31. 32. iconSweets 60 free vector Photoshop icons. 33. Fonts 34. 35. typegenius Font pairing generator. 36. 37. 38. Colors 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 0 to 255 Find the perfect color variation you’re looking for. 51. 52. Backgrounds + Textures 53. 54. 55. 56.