5 Effective Ways for Freelance Web Designers to Manage Information Overload

by Laura Spencer
on October 7, 2013

in Business/Freelance Inspiration

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Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed lately?

It’s no wonder. There are literally over a hundred million active websites. To be more precise, according the October 2013 Netcraft Web Server Survey (which is designed to count websites) there are 767,234,152 websites.

That’s a lot of information. Odds are that you’ve only personally encountered a fraction of those websites. And even that fraction can seem like too much.

If you add in all of the sharing that happens on social media sites, the thousands of blogs and news channels that are updated nearly every single day, and all of the images that are uploaded–the amount of information we are constantly bombarded with is staggering.

The web has become a noisy, noisy place. There’s no way any one freelancer can absorb it all. And they shouldn’t have to.

In this post, I describe five effective techniques that freelance web designers and others can use to manage information overload. If you enjoyed this post, you may also like How to Find and Use the Information You Really Need.

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Media Temple Coupon Code – 20% Off!

by Brant Wilson
on September 30, 2013

in Business/Freelance

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I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I host my sites on Media Temple. I’ve also written some content about my experience with them. The first was called Why We Choose Media Temple. I also documented a real life experience in the post titled Move Website Hosting: The Story of My Recent Move to Media Temple. Finally, we covered MT in a piece we published last week Where to Host Your Website: The Top 10 Companies. I do not have a new post about their incredible service today but as a reminder I do have a discount code.

Media Temple has generously offered 20% off to all DesignMag readers. That is 20% off EVERY month. Don’t miss the opportunity.

Simply go to Media Temple and when you get to checkout enter the code MTLOVESDESIGN for 20% off your bill for the life of the service.

Enjoy!

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Where To Host Your Website: The Top 10 Companies

by Brant Wilson
on September 24, 2013

in Business/Freelance

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Web hosting is one of the most important aspect of an online business whether it is a small personal blog or a huge social media website. It doesn’t matter if you have a gorgeous web page if your server keeps crashing. For a visitor there is nothing worse than trying to access a website that is offline. In the end, your newest song, article, movie clip or anything else you hope will make your website popular doesn’t matter if you cannot show it to your visitors. Therefore, you should be really careful when you choose who will host your site. In this article we will give you the top 10 best web hosting solutions for 2013.

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1. knownhost

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Beyond Freelance Web Design: What to Know Before You Grow

by Laura Spencer
on September 22, 2013

in Business/Freelance

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Your web design business is doing well. So well, in fact, that you’ve regularly been hiring subcontractors to help you with your work.

You’re thinking of moving beyond freelancing. You’re seriously considering becoming a full-fledged web design agency. Should you do it?

At first glance, starting your own agency may sound wonderful. If you do it, you can be proud that you’ve built something from the ground up and that you are able to give others a start in the industry. Owning an agency may also provide you with a chance to earn more money.

Naturally, there are quite a few differences between running an agency and freelancing. In this post, I’ll outline some of them. If you’ve made the transition from freelancing to running a web design agency, or are thinking of doing so, you’re invited to share your thoughts and comments at the end of this post.

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