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Quick Tip: Adding a Favicon To Your Website

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Branding fail

A favicon is the little icon that browsers display next to a page’s title on a browser tab, or in the address bar next to its URL. It also is used when you bookmark a page. Favicons help improve branding, and are critical for site recognition. In this article, I’ll guide you through the easy process of adding one to your site.

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The Magical <iframe> Tag: An Introduction

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Child peeking through paper

The humble iframe (short for inline frame) is one of the most powerful elements in HTML. It is the ultimate modularization tool, allowing you to break up content, seamlessly display content from other sources, and better manage loading. It’s a must-have for any web designer’s arsenal. If you’re not familiar with this tag, this article is for you!

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10 Must-Do Spring Cleaning Steps for Freelancers

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Spring flowers

It’s spring! If you’re running your own business, this is the time to do some important yearly maintenance. As projects pile up, it’s easy to neglect your own workspace, systems and finances. Before you know it, the disorder is out of control and it’s harming your productivity. Dana shares 10 must-do steps that will help you maximize the rest of your year.

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Stop the Thieves! Strategies to Protect Your Images

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Property Thieves

If you’re a photographer or other graphic artist, then you are undoubtedly displaying a portion of your work online. Unfortunately, this means you have to deal with the problem of image thieves ripping off your work and using it – without credit – on their own sites. In this article, I’ll explain how you can protect your photos from freeloading downloaders.

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The Z-index Property: How to Control Stacking in Your Webpages

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Stack of cookies

Have you ever had a problem with a menu showing up behind other content on your webpage? Most of us had. In this article, I’m going to explain how these problems can be avoided by using the CSS z-index property, which controls how elements are stacked in your pages. You’ll learn to use the z-index property to ensure that the right content always ends up on top.

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The Freelancer Files: Sick Days and Freelancing Don’t Mix – Or Do They?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Tissues

The unfortunate reality is that we all get sick and face unexpected events that keep us from working. As a freelancer, it’s really tempting to let these interruptions become the source of stress, events that turn our schedules inside-out for weeks. Or, we “power through” sickness and end up prolonging the illness for weeks.

It shouldn’t be this way. In this article, I’m going to help you create a plan that allows for downtime and recovery time on those occasional days when you really need it.

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The Freelancer Files: Avoiding Working For Free… Except When It Benefits You

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Crackers

Inadvertently working for free is one of the biggest dangers of freelancing. In this article, I’m going to cover several different variations on this tune, including spec work, client-specific samples (including free samples), and pro bono work. More importantly, I’m going to help you create a framework that protects you from getting tangled in the working-for-free trap, yet helps you proactively leverage specific types of free work to build your business.

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Stuck on a Date: The Deadline Delusion

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Hourglass

Deadlines are quickly approaching, but instead of feeling uber-confident as you normally feel, you start feeling a little behind. A few days later, the deadline is tomorrow and it feels like there is still so much to do. Now you’re overwhelmed and stressed. You forego breaks and meals just trying to get done on time.

It doesn’t have to be this way. With some planning and organization, you can meet those deadlines without working in a pressure cooker.

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Quick Guide: Adding Smooth Scrolling To Your Webpages

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Smooth scrolling improves usability and aesthetics

As webpages become longer, you often need to link to specific sections on the page. Instead of instantly jumping from section to section, adding smooth scrolling improves your pages’ usability. Use our free script to make the process drop-dead easy.

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What Are DocTypes and Why Do They Matter to You?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Keep your pages on the straight and narrow

When you use an HTML editor such as Dreamweaver to create an HTML document, you’ll likely see a special line at the very top of your file’s source code, before the opening <html> tag.  For example:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

Perhaps, though, your pages don’t have a line like this. If you’re coding HTML by hand, maybe you usually start directly with the <html> tag.  Or, maybe your HTML editor isn’t configured properly to add a line like this.

So, what is this mysterious line, why is it there, and why is it so important?

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