Join Our Team

by Erin on December 9, 2016

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Now Hiring
Have you been itching to join our team of talented designers? Well, now’s your chance because Designer Blogs is now hiring!

Job Description:

Designer Blogs designers are responsible for creating and adding designs to our template and premade shops. They are also responsible for fulfilling accessory orders, premade orders, custom blog, and custom website orders as assigned to them. Our designers set their own hours and accept as much or little work as their time permits–however, it is expected that any work accepted be completed in a timely manner using professional and timely communication skills. This is a work-at-home position. Compensation is on a commission basis.

To apply you must:

  • have the ability to design and install for Blogger blogs AND self-hosted WordPress.org blogs using the Genesis Framework and StudioPress Child Themes
  • be proficient in Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator
  • have a design style that is reflective of the Designer Blogs brand
  • be able to perform seamless Blogger to WordPress migrations
  • be loyal, friendly, trustworthy, and have exceptional customer service skills
  • be self-motivated to add and update designs in our template and premade shops
  • be capable of communicating clearly and frequently with assigned clients via email (and occasionally via phone or Skype)
  • be willing to go above and beyond for assigned clients
  • be dependable and able to follow through with promised dates and deadlines

 
If you meet this criteria and are interested in being considered, please click the link below to submit your application. We will contact you if we feel you might be a good fit for our team.

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How to Stay Motivated When Blogging Isn’t Easy

by Mark Zeni on December 9, 2016

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No matter what you’ve heard before, making a living blogging isn’t easy. Despite what some YouTube guru may tell you, it takes years of hard work before you can ever enjoy enough of an income to live comfortably. In fact, some never see any success at all. With that being said, you must find ways to stay motivated. Otherwise, you’ll end up throwing in the towel prematurely.

Four Tips for Maximum Motivation

Everyone finds motivation in different things. For some bloggers, the idea of generating enough revenue to live a comfortable lifestyle is motivating. For others, they simply want to know that people are reading the content they’re writing. But regardless of what specifically motivates you, the following tips will keep you on pace:

1. Set Short-Term Goals

Every blogger has this idealistic view of where they want to be in three, five, or ten years. But the problem is that many don’t know what they’re doing up until then. “It’s those annoying, time-consuming, in-between parts that keep most people from truly attaining the financial success that they desire,” entrepreneur Timothy Sykes believes. “While they want the amazing end result, they don’t understand how much work is required to actually get there.”

That’s why it’s critically important that you set both short-term and long-term goals. The short-term goals – which may include daily, weekly, and monthly checkpoints – keep you motivated in the present, whereas the long-term goals give you vision for the future.

2. Accomplish Two Things Every Day

Have you ever had one of those days where you spend 10 or 12 hours at your desk working on various tasks and putting out fires, only to look back at the end of the day and wonder what you really got done?

You should never end a day without being able to accomplish at least two things. They can be incredibly small things – such as sending out five tweets or responding to comments on your latest blog post – it doesn’t really matter. The point is that you should finish very day knowing that something positive has been done.

3. Track Progress

If you’ve ever worked for a major company in a sales or marketing role, then you’re probably familiar with progress reports. Managers often require weekly, monthly, and quarterly progress reports so they can track how things are going in different areas of the business.

As a blogger, you should be tracking your own progress. You can do this via Google Analytics. It’s as simple as checking in, identifying specific metrics, and then compiling those numbers into customized progress reports that you can look back on in the future to see where things are going.

4. Network With Successful People

“If I were starting out in blogging today knowing what I now know I’d invest significant time each day into connecting with others online,” successful blogger Darren Rowse admits. “The old adage of ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’ rings true in blogging.”

When you network with other bloggers, you’re able to see what they’re doing, bounce new ideas off them, and even enhance your blog’s visibility through guest blogging relationships.

Thankfully, networking with bloggers is fairly easy. Most of it actually takes place behind your keyboard and via social networking platforms, message boards, and online communities.

Push Through the Hard Times

Blogging isn’t easy. It takes months and years of consistent writing, marketing, and networking to build up an audience that allows you to enjoy financial freedom and make a difference. With that being said, make sure you’re finding motivation – especially in the hard times.

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We shouldn’t let ourselves get distracted by people who work on different projects than we do. If a developer advocate works on a web-based QR code application, for example, their way of tackling things most certainly won’t fit your project. If someone builds a real-time dashboard, their concept won’t relate to the company portfolio website you’re building. Bear in mind that you need to find the best concept, the best technologies, the best solution for your specific project.

Web Development Reading List #162

Thinking about the right decisions rather than following cool, new trends blindly, is the first step to building responsible web solutions. That’s what we call progressive enhancement. The only subjective matter in this undertaking is you, judging what level of progressive enhancement a solution should have.

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Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some free goodies? We sifted through the web (and our archives) to find holiday-themed icon sets for you that’ll give your creative projects some holiday flair. Perfect for Christmas cards, gift tags, last-minute wrapping paper, or whatever else you can think of.

Christmas Goodies: Free Winter- And Holiday-Inspired Icon Sets

All icons can be downloaded for free, but please consult their licenses or contact the creators before using them in commercial projects. Reselling a bundle is never cool, though. Have a happy holiday season!

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Textures can be extremely useful resources for web and graphic designers. They can be used to create backgrounds, add grit and texture to any element within a design, and they can also be used to…

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GPU Animation: Doing It Right

December 8, 2016
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Most people now know that modern web browsers use the GPU to render parts of web pages, especially ones with animation. For example, a CSS animation using the transform property looks much smoother than one using the left and top properties. But if you ask, “How do I get smooth animation from the GPU?” in most cases, you’ll hear something like, “Use transform: translateZ(0) or will-change: transform.” These properties have become something like how we used zoom: 1 for Internet Explorer 6 (if you catch my drift) in terms of preparing animation for the GPU — or compositing, as browser…

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Progressive Web AMPs

December 8, 2016
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If you’ve been following the web development community these last few months, chances are you’ve read about progressive web apps (PWAs). It’s an umbrella term used to describe web experiences advanced that they compete with ever-so-rich and immersive native apps: full offline support, installability, “Retina,” full-bleed imagery, sign-in support for personalization, fast, smooth in-app browsing, push notifications and a great UI.

From Google’s Advanced Mobile Pages (AMP) to progressive web apps

But even though the new Service Worker API allows you to cache away all of your website’s assets for an almost instant subsequent load, like when meeting someone new, the first impression is what counts. If the first load takes more than 3 seconds, the latest DoubleClick study shows that more than 53% of all users will drop off.

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How To Design A Content Outline For Web Projects

December 8, 2016
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When it comes to the web, content is key; it’s the meat and potatoes of every site (assuming you like meat and potatoes), and ultimately, it’s why users come to your site in the first place….

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Where the Action Is: Foregrounding Your Site’s Best Content

December 7, 2016
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How do you organize your website? If you’re like many bloggers, you might have a landing page with a series of orderly category links, or maybe your home page just links to clips of the most recent posts in chronological order. Both of these structures are very popular, but they aren’t necessarily the smartest ways […]

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Best Practices For Animated Progress Indicators

December 7, 2016
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Visibility of system status is one of the most important principles in user interface design. Users want to feel in control of the system they’re using, which means they want to know and understand their current context at any given time, and especially when a system is busy doing work. A wait-animation progress indicator is the most common form of providing a system status for users when something is happening or loading.

An adorable animated kitten on blue background

While an instant response from an app is the best, there are times when your app won’t be able to comply with the guidelines for speed. A slow response could be caused by a bad internet connection, or an operation itself can take a long time (e.g. install an update for OS). For such cases, in order to minimize user tension, you must reassure users that the app is working on their request and that actual progress is being made. Thus, you should provide feedback to the user about what is happening with the app within a reasonable amount of time.

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