Getting Articles For Your Website – iWriter Tips and Tricks

The days when getting articles for your website meant nothing more than browsing a few web pages related to the category of project you had in mind and then copying the relevant information onto your website instead of having to create your own or buy an article, are long gone.

Google’s new indexing techniques are now challenging and original content is a must in modern search engine optimization. Due to this reason, you really need to either to know how to create website content that is both captivating and relevant, or know where to buy an article which may be best suited for the website you own and operate.

Since I am continuously on the lookout for new methods of improving traffic through articles for our clients’  websites, I have reviewed and tested quite a few online venues dedicated to providing quality content and professional writing services, such as iWriter.com, and decided to make this one the subject for my current review.

iWriter.com is the fastest and probable the most reliable place to get content written for your website. Your project will get instant access to hundreds or thousands of freelance writers around the world and the prices start from a bargain $1.25 per article.

In order to buy an article for your website you have to create an account first (Don’t worry-it’s free!). Than, you have to navigate to Get Content tab and fill the provided online form.
Various filtering options are available and allow searching for the desired content within a wide array of topics, from Alternative Energy to Lifestyle, Pets and Other general subjects.
Project preferences such as type, description and language are pretty straightforward; therefore I will focus instead on sharing several tips to use when working with the website.

Here you can watch a short video tutorial introducing iWriter service by clicking on the image below and after you can read about my personal advices on how to get the best results using this service.

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IWriter Tips and tricks

  • Firstly, I want to emphasize on a few details regarding the optimal length of your articles. The online form offers the possibility to choose between 150, 300, 500, 700 and 1000 words per article. Following the latest Panda Google update, I encourage using minimum 700 words for your usual projects and only 500 words for those cases where the topic can be considered rather dull.
    These choices will help you obtain better SEO scores, provided, of course, that the articles will also be search engine optimized…but this is an entirely different story.
  • Submit to – field. I strongly advise working with Elite or Premium writers as much as possible, but also keep Basic writers in mind as an alternative for situations where you may need a lot of articles in a short period of time.
    You are going to minimize your workload posting one request for – let’s say – 5 projects, while still remaining selective as to filter out the lower quality submissions until you find good writers able to properly help you conclude your project(s).
    Reward them good ratings and they will work hard to create high quality content to fit your needs.
  • In the Keywords field, you can insert the desired keywords for one article all on the same line, separated by comma. For multiple articles, you will need to insert each keyword on separate lines according to your choices.
  • The Writing style may vary from article to article and from one person to another, but choosing the adequate style for your article(s) will only help you further refine your options regarding the type of creative work you are looking to get from the writer(s), e.g. Sales pitch tone, Friendly tone, etc.
  • Article purpose should be used to further detail the general topic of your website and what you are looking to achieve. To briefly exemplify, if the topic of your website is martial arts and you need content about nutrition for martial arts practitioners, this field will reinforce your general topic and will help you avoid having to sort through various other articles dealing with different aspects of nutrition –let’s say – mothers’ nutrition after child birth.
  • Finally, I am going to share with you this most useful tip as the grand finale of my review. The Special instructions field can be used in a smart way; Instruct the writer to start the article with a certain word or sign, e.g. &, *, etc. This is going to be of great help to you in rejecting any and all content provided by other writers who wouldn’t have taken the time to properly read all your instructions or who just spam around aimlessly.

If you are in need of an advanced marketing campaign for your website(s) or are in search for original creative solutions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Visit iWriter.com website and start using it right now!

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WordPress responsive design

A responsive web design uses media queries to figure out what is resolution of your device. Flexible images and fluid grids then size correctly to fit the screen.  The research made over internet users around the world shows that the more and more websites receive more and more visits from mobile devices and less from computers. For example in USA,  according to Nielsen, the majority of mobile subscribers now own smartphones.

Many website owners understood this market reality  and every single day more and more website become “responsive”.

Here are a few benefits of “dynamic design” or “responsive design“:

– You build a website once, and it works seamlessly across thousands of different screens.

– The effort you put in to search engine optimization is pooled on one site, reducing costs and improving the performance of your campaigns.

– Visitors will get a much better experience on your responsive site. So, your sales will increase.

– Since responsive design is not yet widely implemented , there is a strong chance that you your competition is not benefiting from it’s advantages.

Underneath you can see 2 examples of themes that we can implement and modify to fit perfectly your needs.

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The Fusion theme

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The Origin theme

You can contact us for fair quote or you can visit our partner website and choose the right theme for you.

 

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Our hosting recommendation – iPage review

We offer our clients different packages, including free hosting for some projects. We use iPage services for hosting for us and for our clients.

 

We want to provide our customers and other readers in general with a preview of iPage hosting services.  This is iPage review and our conclusions:
IPage not only offer affordable web hosting, but they provide all the extras that help a small or medium business owner to take a website to the next level(free advertising credits, search optimization tools, a free website builder, security applications, etc.). But how do they stack up in our overall detailed review? Read on to learn more.

 

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Disclosure: We are a team of professionals and this is a professional review for the hosting services offered by Ipage. Our website will receive compensation from iPage. We tested the hosting services offered by Ipage ourselves for a long period of time already. We consider that their services are the very best. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

 

Reliability (4/5)

★★★★☆

Ipage started their business in 1998. Their pooled server configuration (consisting of top-rated Dell computers) allows any server on the speedy network to access web files. That means even if a single server or two crash, your website is still available from other servers when a request comes in. iPage uses load balancers to customize each server to a specific function, making their system faster and more reliable.

Despite all this reliable world-class technology, what is noticeably missing from iPage is an up-time guarantee for their clients.

Price (5/5)

★★★★★

iPage has developed a single hosting plan to meet the needs of almost any small to medium sized business website. What does this plan cost? Only $3.50 per month. A true bargain considering that the plan comes with unlimited amounts of disk space, monthly bandwidth, hosted domains, MySQL databases, and email accounts. The plan also supports the popular scripting languages and easy plugins for blogs, photo galleries, and forums. iPage provides multi-media support for audio, video, Flash, Macromedia, and MIDI so your website can shine and sparkle with all the bells and whistles.

iPage gives plenty of extras as well, such as a free website builder using drag and drop or build from templates. There is a choice of free eCommerce shopping carts, as well as over $125 worth of credits for advertising and promotion on search engines, social media sites, and online listings.


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A highly competitive point is that iPage offers an anytime money back guarantee. No matter if its 30 days, or 230 days, you can still get the balance of your money back if you are not completely satisfied.

Control Panel (4/5)

★★★★☆

The account management feature iPage provides its clients is basic. Clients simply log in through a specific URL and can access and manage all account features through a simple control panel design. It allow users to create and manage email accounts, manage databases, upload and delete web files, configure security options, and view visitor stats.

Customer Support (5/5)

★★★★★

Even inexperienced online merchants understand and appreciate quality customer service when attempting to troubleshoot a technical issue. In today’s market, time equals money; therefore, it’s vital for hosts to keep server downtime at a sheer minimum. Winning the Best Support award in June 2010, iPage certainly doesn’t slack when it comes to delivering optimal customer service.

The host offers access to step-by-step tutorials, fully-functional online help center and ticketing system, and an anytime money back guarantee for customers not completely satisfied with the host’s services. Customers have 24/7 access to phone, chat and e-mail support, with an average wait time to speak to a representative on the phone in less than 2 minutes.

Overall (4.5/5)  ★★★★½

iPage gets our #1 ranking. Their support is outstanding, the technology is efficient and fast (though we would like to see an up-time guarantee for their clients), and the price is unmatchable for the amount of features included. If you choose to use iPage you certainly won’t go wrong.

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Why the iPad 3’s retina display is a game changer

Apple went to significant trouble to stuff a Retina display in the new iPad3. The battery had to be made bigger to provide the same endurance with more pixels, so the entire chassis is a bit bigger and thicker than before.

Was it worthwhile? Absolutely. The new retina display is a game changer that makes all previous tablets look like dinosaurs. You’re going to want to have a tablet with a high-resolution display from now on – and here’s why.
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Text Looking Fine

 

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The sharpness of the new display is obvious from the moment you use the iPad 3. Packing a resolution of 2048×1536 into a small area makes everything look precise and detailed in a way that isn’t possible on other tablets. That’s nice. But sharper image quality isn’t a game-changer. To see where the retina display really pays for itself, you need to load up a webpage or document with fine text.

With more pixels packed tighter, the display can handle small fonts that simply blur and pixelate on other tablets. The difference is subtle until you place two tablets side-by-side. That’s when it hits you. The new iPad can display virtually what a person can possibly read, and it looks good while doing it, even if you hold the tablet absurdly close to your face.

 

It’s Not Just The Pixels

 

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Most people have spoken about the resolution upgrade of the iPad 3 as if that was the only enhancement. It isn’t. Apple has also improved image quality by increasing the color gamut supported.

According to testing by Tom’s Hardware the iPad 3 can render about 66% of the Adobe RGB1998 color gamut. Far from perfect, to be sure – but significantly better than the previous iPad and better than any Android tablet, as well. Colors seem to have more “punch” and the contrast between dark and bright areas is more definitive than your typical tablet display.

 

But what about the images?

 

iPad 3 images

 

Both images are being displayed on the webpage at 450 x 539.  The only difference is the image on the right is actually a 900 x 1078 image (double the size).  Now, you would never have an image be double the size because you’re just wasting bandwidth.  But that’s what you need to do for the iPad 3.  Otherwise, your images would potentially display blurry (like the image on the left) when the iPad 3 doubles the size of it.

You can try it for your self.  On your iPad 3, check out this test page.  On a regular display (or older iPad), both images will look exactly the same.  On the iPad 3, though, you’ll see the “regular” image is blurry while the high resolution image is clear.

 

Solutions

If you want to update your site for the new iPad, there are a couple ways you can do it.

Media Queries: With media queries, you can swap out your background images for higher resolution versions.  This is isn’t too tricky and will keep your users from downloading both the high resolutions and low resolutions versions.  There are two drawbacks:

  1. You have to maintain two sets of images (a high-res version and a low-res version)
  2. This will only work in CSS.  Media Queries won’t help solve issues where you are using the <img /> element.

Responsive Images:  The Filament Group has developed a method called Responsive Images which, using a custom data attribute, allows you to specify both the low resolution and high resolution version of your image.  With a little help from JavaScript, high resolution sources are swapped out before images are downloaded.  This way the user gets the correct version. Similar to the media queries method, you still have to maintain two sets of images and some Content Management Systems (like WordPress) might make it more difficult to implement a Responsive Image layout.

Adaptive Images: Adaptive Images come at it from the other direction.  They have you place the high resolution version of your image in your design.  Then, using a little PHP and JavaScript magic, they determine what size is optimal for the user and cut the image down before it’s downloaded.  The benefit of this method is that you only maintain a single image (the high resolutions version).  The drawback is that it requires PHP and, if the users doesn’t support JavaScript, will fallback to the high resolution version.

Hopefully this helps identify a couple ways you can start taking advantage of the retina display in the iPad 3.

Sources: www.makeuseof.com/tag/ipad-3s-retina-display-game-changer-opinion/ by Matt Smith

and: www.blog.easelsolutions.com/2012/03/ipad-retina-and-web-design/

 

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15 top web design and development trends for 2012

Craig Grannell quizzes the industry’s finest about the web design and development trends that will occur over the coming 12 months and that you need to be mindful of 2012 looks set to be an interesting year. The economic fallout continues to batter industries worldwide, seemingly with no end in sight; and many governments are doing their best to censor the internet, to deny citizens basic rights or prop up ailing media companies.

For web design and development, 2012 could be similarly turbulent.

Short of owning a working crystal ball, it’s tough to predict exactly what’s in store, but a number of designers, developers and industry figures have given it their best shot. Here are their predictions for the industry over the coming year, and the trends you need to be mindful of in order to succeed.

1. Progressive enhancement

According to Happy Cog founder Jeffrey Zeldman, “the rise of mobile and the dominance of WebKit-powered smartphones over traditional desktop web browsing is convincing even die-hard skeptics to embrace progressive enhancement, HTML5, CSS3, and other tenets and aspects of standards-based design”. He adds that IE now more fully supporting standards should further bolster this “rush to embrace the shiny new”.

 

2. Responsive design

Zeldman continues that we’re also experiencing a “standards nightmare”, but in the hardware space: “There’s a plethora of devices out there with widely differing abilities – it’s never been more confusing or challenging to create brilliant interfaces that work across them all.” Because of this, he expects responsive design to play a big role in 2012, “bridging the enormous gulfs between platforms”.

Clearleft founder Andy Budd reckons this could be a means for “forward-thinking publishers to usurp Apple’s pay-wall on the iPad,” and predicts a gentle trickle of big responsive sites turning into a flood by year’s end: “It’ll be like the standards movement all over again.” But Flat Frog Design user experience strategist Erin Jo Richey thinks it won’t be plain-sailing: “Just because a site can shrink in size, that doesn’t mean all the information is equally valuable on desktop and mobile. The type of information users interact with needs to adjust as fluidly as the size of the site itself.” She says 2012 will therefore find more project leads and clients see past screen size and demand an appropriate strategy dictates the content that appears at various resolutions.

Responsive design, as per the website of Elliot Jay Stocks, will be commonplace by the end of 2012

Responsive design, as per the website of Elliot Jay Stocks, will be commonplace by the end of 2012

 

3. Flash will survive

Much was made of Flash’s supposed demise in 2011, yet designer Tom Muller forecasts that Adobe’s technology will have something of a resurgence during 2012: “Many people back the idea of not creating Flash sites, favoring web standards, and I’m less inclined to use it these days. However, I nonetheless believe it’s here to stay for a while.” Muller explains that during 2011 he was involved in three major projects that relied on Flash, simply because it remains the best tool for interactive video, animation and 3D online.

Sites like Threaded show there’s still a place for Flash on the web Sites like Threaded show there’s still a place for Flash on the web

Sites like Threaded show there’s still a place for Flash on the web

 

4. Native support for plug-in features

Even if Flash thrives in 2012, the march towards extra browser-native features and power will continue, says Opera web evangelist Bruce Lawson: “As support for the various aspects of ‘HTML5 and friends’ improves and comes to more browsers and platforms, we’ll see greater pressure for native browser support of features that we used to use plug-ins for: camera and microphone access with HTML5 getUserMedia, and other things further out, such as support for adaptive streaming of multimedia.”

2012 will find more browser-native features that once would have required plug-ins, such as Sean Christmann’s video demos

 

5. Appification takes hold

Remy Sharp, self-described ‘MasterChef of code and cookies’ maintains 2012 will see browsers get closer to the platform: “I’m expecting more high-quality, high-performance games running in the browser, in a way where you can’t tell if they’re native or not.” He also thinks we’ll see more sites working directly with files and other aspects of operating systems.

From a visual standpoint, Muller thinks this approach will find designers taking “major cues from tablet and screen interaction,” resulting in a “hybrid design that lives between ‘point and click’ and ‘touch and swipe’”. He also reckons 2012 will find skeuomorphic and heavily textured design lingering, not least due to Apple pushing it so hard on their devices. But publication designer Roger Black argues in a world of content, designers and editors will “have to shed this propensity to take what they know and convert it to something else”. He recommends: “Don’t think ‘newspaper on the tablet’ or ‘mobile magazine site’, for example, think ‘digital publication’.”

In terms of technology, social software consultant Suw Charman-Anderson reckons the convenience of apps is a boon for consumers but a pain for developers, in “having to create an app for every platform and deal with various store policies”. Beyond the native-versus-web-app row, she sees 2012 bringing about “widespread adoption of mixed native/HTML5 apps, where you can feed content to your apps across all platforms from a central source”. She cites Pugpig.com as an example: “They’re already merging iOS and Android with HTML5 and creating great user experiences. It’s only a matter of time before this tactic takes off as the only real way that smaller content producers can keep up with the demands of different platforms.”
Apple’s irritating penchant for skeuomorphic design will continue to influence designers, thinks Muller Apple’s irritating penchant for skeuomorphic design will continue to influence designers, thinks Muller.

 

6. Web app fragmentation

While web apps should find increased success in 2012, Lawson fears the year will also be one of fragmentation, replacing one group of proprietary systems (native apps) with another. “The spirit of co-operation between browser vendors will continue for the HTML5 spec, but not filter into other web stack specifications,” he says, sadly, noting that we’ve already seen Chrome-only apps. “A severe case of ‘not invented here’ can be seen in the 10 – yes, 10! – different app manifest formats invented by vendors instead of collaborating to make the W3C one better. This harms developers and, worse, lack of interoperability hurts consumers.”

Mozilla technical evangelist Rob Hawkes is optimistic that Boot to Gecko, Mozilla’s ‘operating system for the open web’ could boost the chances of web apps and “remove the reliance on proprietary single-vendor stacks for app development”. Initially focussed on mobile, it will implement a variety of Web APIs to access elements of mobile hardware.
Still in its early stages (the grab shows a UI mock-up idea from the Wiki), Boot to Gecko could aid in the fight against web-app fragmentation Still in its early stages (the grab shows a UI mock-up idea from the Wiki).

 

7. Mobile gets bigger.

Speaking of mobile, a no-brainer trend prediction is the continued growth of mobile traffic and usage. “Mobile web-based apps will dominate, and we’ll see the rise of mobile MVC frameworks like the one 37 signals is working on,” opines Tree-house founder Ryan Carson.

In terms of market-share, mobile platform strategist Peter-Paul Koch expects mobile browsing to exceed 10 per cent in 2012. “Clients will clamor for mobile sites, and web designers and developers must be ready or risk losing clients,” he warns. Koch holds that making sites ready for mobile will also cause change for the good: “No more Flash, hover effects and pixel-perfect rendering in all browsers. Instead: responsive design, device APIs, and deciding which features are so important that they must be shown on the mobile site, along with an enhanced awareness that a website should work on any device.”
Mobile growth will increase the number of mobile-optimised sites in 2012.

 

8. A device explosion

Easy! Designs Principal Aaron Gustafson thinks growth in mobile will lead to a major challenge: “Designers and developers will have to embrace the smaller tablet form factors – think Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire instead of iPad – as cheap tablet devices flood the market.” Lobb adds that this will lead to more developers “needing to own multiple devices, in order to check site compatibility”.

Designers will have to embrace smaller tablet form-factors in 2012.

 

9. Respect beyond aesthetics

Designer and illustrator Geri Coady notes how we often say good design is invisible, yet “rarely take notice when a website or app shows incredible attention to detail not only in visual design, but in the choice of language and the behaviour of interactions”. She thinks that 2012 will find more designers and clients understanding that appearance alone isn’t everything: “We should treat style, content, and behaviour with equal respect – they must work together to strengthen the meaning and personality of a site, app, or brand.”

Such understanding will come from enhancing skill-sets (Carson reckons in 2012 that “any web designer who isn’t also a front-end developer won’t be able to find work”) or through collaboration. “I’d love to see more developers learning from designers, so we can do a better job of implementing designs. And vice versa, designers learning from developers, to understand what’s possible, and why some things are harder than others,” muses Sharp. The net result, says ‘Typomaniac’ Erik Spiekermann: “More designers will have an affinity with code and more coders will have an affinity with design”.

 

10. Social battles heat up

The importance of social networking sites will continue to grow throughout 2012, but opinions differ regarding potential outcomes. Developer Blaine Cook has an inkling that “Facebook will continue to wane in importance, and we’ll see more start-ups like Path, Instagram, Tumblr, and Spotify, where social interactions are being pushed out to the edges”. But Muller reckons “more social sharing networks and apps will try to take a piece of the Twitter and Facebook pie, but will actually end up integrating those into their service”. He also wonders whether Facebook will “offer tools to create sites, instead of just pages,” to satisfy people’s desire for “continued integration with social media, and services that allow you to share your life online”.
Social will continue to heat up in 2012, and Cook sees more start-ups like Path taking over from giants like Facebook.

 

11. Growth of the two-screen model

“I think the two-screen experience will be big in 2012,” predicts Budd. With TV companies more aware of competition in the living room, they’re increasingly keen to push timely, relevant content to this second screen. “Examples in 2011 included the play-along version of a Million Pound Drop, and the Nature Watch tablet demo from the BBC,” continues Budd. “Numerous start-ups have moved into this space, including Shazam’s new TV-show tagging abilities, so expect much more in 2012.”
More companies will take advantage of the second screen in 2012 More companies will take advantage of the second screen in 2012

 

12. Distributed workforces

During the next year, Richey thinks the set-up of many companies will be atypical. “A new generation of young designers and developers entered the workforce in a time of lingering adversity. With a variety of technologies at their fingertips, many creatives have learned to find jobs, network, and acquire new skills from their bedrooms, the corner café, or a destination around the world,” she explains. “As the economy improves, many designers and developers won’t be willing to trade in their work style and relative freedom for a cubicle space. With a growing number of high-profile tech companies embracing a mobile and distributed workforce, employers looking for top-notch talent may need to re-evaluate their workplace culture.”
37signals CEO Jason Fried has condemned traditional office culture. Expect more companies to have atypical set-ups in 2012.

 

13. Stronger customer service

Headscape co-founder Paul Boag reckons 2012 will be the year of customer service within the web industry: “As web designers, we like to think we just build websites. We don’t. We also offer a service to our clients. We are often so obsessed with user experience, code and design that we forget other important factors such as good communication, understanding business needs and exceeding client expectations. If we are going to prosper in 2012 we need to blow our clients away, not just their users.”

 

14. Better value, not lower prices

Budd believes that the web industry is on a “continuous march towards professionalism” and this means designers and developers need to “up their game or run the risk of finding themselves in a price ghetto”. During 2012, he hopes to see a different approach from more designers: “Stop compromising standards and rushing out poorly planned and poorly implemented projects. Stop cutting corners and instead put in the effort required to deliver your clients exceptional value.” Spiekermann adds that clients will increasingly learn to react strongly to such attitudes and also “understand that websites are never truly finished, along with being more accepting of an agile process”.

 

15. Pushing the boundaries

Ending on a high, Edge of my Seat founder Rachel Andrew thinks 2012 will be a year in which technological and skills evolution could be rapid. “Throughout 2011, we saw browser support for parts of HTML5 and CSS3 improve to the point where we can really start to use this stuff in our work, and so we’re having to work out the new best ways to do things,” she says. “I’m finding on every project I start now I need to check myself, making sure I’m not doing something because that’s the way it has always been done when we now have new and better ways to achieve the end result.” Andrew believes 2012 will increasingly find designers pushing the boundaries of new technology, “experimenting, throwing away what doesn’t work or that which has been replaced with something better, and working out new best practices based on what we now have to work with”.

Source: http://www.netmagazine.com By Craig Grannell

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