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6 tools to increase traffic

When it comes to building, launching and maintaining a website, there are countless things that need to be taken into account. There are companies out there that deal specifically with the whole process, with teams that work full time on maintenance. Fortunately for us lowly bloggers, there are tools available that help with maintenance, allowing us to monitor and even increase traffic to the site. I’ve put together a list of the tools I use to keep an eye on site traffic and to help increase it.

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Monday Design Picks

The font used for the header image is Tallys and the pattern, Checkered Pattern. All free.

As Web Designers it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends in web design. Inspiration helps us to come up with fresh ideas or build on the ideas of others. Let’s start this week off with a few awesome designs that caught my eye.

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Free Minimalist Portfolio



  • Best viewed in Chrome and Safari
  • Basic HTML knowledge required
  • Includes HTML, CSS and javascript files
  • Also includes photoshop file

When it comes to web design I’m a huge fan of both minimalism as well as heavy imagery. If you’re a photographer, artist or designer, minimalism is a great way to emphasize your work.It allows the user to focus on a single aspect of the site at a time while still remaining visually pleasing.

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Monday design picks

The font used for the header image is Ostrich Sans Rounded and the pattern, 3px Tile. All free.

As Web Designers it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends in web design. Inspiration helps us to come up with fresh ideas or build on the ideas of others. Let’s start this week off with a few awesome designs that caught my eye.

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Fullscreen slider


Often times when a client asks for special customizations or animations to their site, I will dig for a jQuery plugin that accomplishes my goal. However, on occasion, when the customizations become overly original, I will need to put something together on my own. At least with the help of multiple plugins.

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Huge iPhone 4 PSD

Here is something that every designer should have stashed somewhere. An all in one iPhone iOS 5 psd. Everything from buttons, to keypad, to the phone itself. Download it, store it somewhere, it’ll come in handy one of these days. Trust me.

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Tumblr Video Overlay

I recently came across a bug with Tumblr. Now this could just be the theme itself, I’m not sure. Whether you’re getting the same bug on Tumblr or something else you’re working on, this fix will apply to most sites with embedded videos.

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10 Retro Designs

I’m a huge fan of the Retro styled site designs. I often find myself spending far more time digging through a site that has a retro feel to it, trying to unveil their techniques. Over the past couple of months I’ve kept track of the ones that inspire me the most. Here’s 10 of my favorite retro sites.

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Small but significant

This is something that many people, fluent in HTML or not, don’t know. They go through their lives programming away, using it in every chunk of copy they add to sites, without knowing the true potential of its use. It’s been around since the beginning of time (and by time I mean the birth of html) it’s the underrated and misused Non-Breaking Space ( ).

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Twitter Follow Buttons

Design deck is currently giving away free Twitter Follow Buttons. Check them out.

Included is 16 layered PSD Follow buttons with icons, 8 white & 8 blue with alternate wording – Follow Me, Follow Us and Follow button also included is matching icons at 48px x 48px in size.