TemplateWire has offered to give free templates to three DesignM.ag readers. If you’re not familiar with TemplateWire they are a leading marketplace of CSS templates, Flash templates, and logo templates. For $49 you can get 12 months of unlimited access to all of their premium templates. Or you can get 3 months of access for $29. You can use the templates on an unlimited number of websites for you or your clients.
One trend in web design that has been gaining popularity is the use of fixed position banners that remain at the bottom of the browser as visitors scroll vertically. There are a number of sites in the design niche that are using this approach for various purposes. In this post I’ll show you how you can add one to your site, and for WordPress users we’ll look at how you can change the banner depending upon the category of the post by using PHP.
First, let’s take a look at 5 websites that are currently using this type of banner.
Web Design Ledger
Web Design Ledger started using a fixed position banner a few months ago to promote their premium membership and it has since been changed to be used for advertising space.
Freelancers are typically in communication with a lot of clients and potential clients at any given time. It’s important to be able to keep track of your contacts and to have an organized approach to provide service to them, not to mention the need to keep track of professional contacts in your network.
Gmail, Thunderbird and Outlook all offer some contact management features in addition to email, and in this post we’ll look at other resources that can also help you with CRM (customer relationship management).
There are a lot of options for CRM and many different types of professionals that use these resources. Some of the more robust options are better-suited for large sales forces and (in my opinion) are more than what is necessary for a freelancer or a small design studio. Not surprisingly, those options also tend to carry higher price tags. Here we will look at affordable (and some are even free) options that may be a good fit for designers.
Yesterday we released a free one-page portfolio template in cooperation with Snobby Slice, and today we’ll go through the process of designing that template in Photoshop. If you want to get the Photoshop file used in this tutorial or grab the free template, you can do so at the end of this post. The template is free for personal or commercial use.
A Preview of the End Result:
Here is a look at what we will be designing (click the image to see it in full size).