13 Simple CMS Options

by Steven Snell
on January 4, 2010

in Resources

While there are a lot of powerful and feature-rich content management systems available to choose from, designers often have the need to work on small sites for clients that may only have use for a fraction of the features offered by the CMS. In theses cases the ideal solution is to use a simple CMS that may offer limited features, but will be easier for clients to use.

If you’re finding that some of your clients are confused by extra options, consider finding a CMS that has been created specifically for smaller projects with simplicity in mind. In this post we’ll look at 13 options that are available. All of these CMSs should make it easy for you to set up the site, and easy for the clients to manage content.

GetSimple

GetSimple claims to have “everything your clients need, and nothing a CMS dosen’t.” GetSimple is XML-based rather than using a MySQL database, and has been created specifically with the needs of small websites in mind. GetSimple is free and takes about 5 minutes to install.

GetSimple

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The DesignM.ag Job Board Has Been Re-Launched, with Free Job Listings!

by Steven Snell
on January 3, 2010

in Site News

The DesignM.ag job board has undergone some significant changes and been re-launched. If you’re not familiar with our job board, it provides designers and developers with a place to find work (freelance and employment opportunities), and helps companies to find skilled workers. To celebrate the improvements and the re-launch, job postings will be free through the end of January with the use of the promo code “free”. After January the price will be $50 for a 30 day listing, or $65 for a 60 day listing.

Web Design Job Board

If you’re interested in posting a job listing for free, please visit the submission page. If your company has a need to hire designers or developers on a regular basis, please contact us as we can arrange significantly discounted pricing for repeat users.

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Freebie: Winter Texture Pack

by Steven Snell
on December 31, 2009

in Freebies

Today we’re releasing a set of 14 textures. The photos were taken in a park after some snow. The textures can be used in your personal or commercial projects, not attribution is required. They cannot be re-distributed or sold.

Winter Texture Pack

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10 Keys to Growth as a Designer

by Steven Snell
on December 30, 2009

in Business/Freelance

One of the most significant challenges that designers face is the need for continual improvement and development. The industry and technology can change very quickly and staying on top of things and working to improve your skills is necessary in order to have a successful career in web design. Fortunately, learning and improving will naturally occur to some degree as you continue to work on different projects and in different scenarios, but there will be times when you will have to make an effort to work on your own development.

In this post we’ll look at 10 keys to growth as a designer. This list and discussion should serve as a reference or guide for any designer that wants to improve. Focus on these areas and you will become a better designer. Please share your own thoughts and experiences in the comments.

1. Solid Foundation of Knowledge

There are plenty of different things for aspiring and improving designers to learn, and more than enough resources and tutorials to make it happen. One of the temptations is to jump ahead and try to learn too many specifics before having a firm grasp on the essential fundamentals of web design. Some tools, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, can lead designers to think that they don’t need to be proficient in HTML and CSS. However, having a solid knowledge of HTML and CSS, plus basic design principles, is necessary and trying to learn too many other things at once can lead to confusion. If you have not already reached this point, make it a priority to attain the foundational knowledge first before you try to build on it.

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