How to Add a Fixed Position Banner to a Website

by Steven Snell

September 22, 2009 in Tutorials

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.

WDL

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12 CRM Options for Freelancers

by Steven Snell

September 17, 2009 in Resources

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.

BatchBook

BatchBook

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How to Design a One-Page Portfolio in Photoshop

by Steven Snell

September 15, 2009 in Tutorials

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).

How to Design a One-Page Portfolio in Photoshop

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Free One-Page Portfolio Template from Folio Focus

by Steven Snell

September 14, 2009 in Site News

I recently had the opportunity to work with our good friends at Snobby Slice to create a one-page portfolio template that is being distributed at Folio Focus. I did the design in Photoshop and Snobby Slice did the HTML/CSS and JavaScript coding. The design uses a dark textured background simple layout that allows for you to list information about the specific services that you offer, showcase items from your portfolio, and provide some biographical information about yourself.

One-Page Portfolio Template

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