Finding a Replacement for Google Reader

A Better Alternative to Google Reader

So many people are freaking out because Google reader is shutting down, relax people there’s other Google reader alternatives out there. I’m not to involved in the apps worlds, so I’m no expert to say I saw it coming, but with awesome tools out there like feedly, it doesn’t surprise me.

If Google’s not making money on a product it makes sense why they would shut Google reader down. But on the positive side is that it gives sites like feedly a chance to step in and grow.

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5 WordPress Features You’ll Love

A few years back I would have never given web design a chance. But with tools like WordPress today, I’m not afraid of the web.

I can’t say I don’t know other simple publishing platforms, because that would make me a liar. There’s a few other content management tools like WordPress out there, but they’re not as appealing and pleasant to use as WordPress.

Best of all, it’s “FREE“.

It’s super fast, reliable, requires little troubleshooting (unless you’re getting crazy with it), and it allows you to customize it to your needs.

Here’s just a list of the key features that come of the bat with the installation, but remember you can install plugins that extend what WordPress can do for you.

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A Web Designers Journey Never Ends

I didn’t know where to start with this post. It’s actually pretty common with every post, but all of a sudden something in my brain clicks and I’m on a roll.

That sentence describes a little my journey of learning and becoming the web designer I am today.

When the journey began I had no idea where to start with web design or web development, I don’t think I even have an answer of where to start… actually. I just know there’s a lot of great resources like treehouse or codeacademy where you’ll find amazing tutorials.

As I searched for more content and how-to tutorials, and best-of content I ran into websites like a list apart, or smashing magazine. The list goes on, I kept finding new talented and creative people and kept learning more as I went. I still find new content that just blows my mind away. I find a cool site that I just have to bookmark because I don’t want to lose it and never find it again.

That’s the thing if you’re new to this industry don’t be afraid like I was, that you’ll never learn everything. What I’ve learned is that you don’t have to be the best or know everything, all that matters is, that you keep learning everyday. Keep applying what you learn, but whatever you do don’t stop or your journey might end.

It’s really where I think a designers journey ends. With that said,

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9 Remarkable websites built on wordpress

¬†Today, developing a remarkable website it’s much easier than it was ten years ago. These days you can have a fully functional website with all the bells in whistles in a few weeks without any help.

It might take some time learning how to do, but it’s possible with a few hundred to have a beautiful looking website just by going to Themeforest and buying a WordPress theme or a website template.

I’m extremely thankful for the creators of WordPress.org, thank to it I’m able to help my clients develop amazing looking websites in just weeks and it’s allowed me to build a second income and create a new passionate business where I get to apply my marketing and design skills.

When WordPress was first intended for bloggers, but as it grew and it become popular larger industries started to use the platform to build their online footprint. The simpleness and ease of use are great but what my favorite part is the abundance of pre-designed great quality themes and plugins.

Done are the days of hiring some developer to develop a function to do something. Just can literally look-up any “keyword” + plugin and you’ll find a plugin for it.

To give you an idea of the possibilities of WordPress I’ve researched nine remarkable websites built on WordPress that I think, you’ll be surprised they’re using the WordPress platform. I think I would’ve never know myself.

Please share this article with friends and co-workers. Enjoy!

CHARITY:WATER visit website

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Charity Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

If you’re a non-profit looking to re-design your non-profit website, themeforest offers some similar themes.

Usain Bolt visit website

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The fastest man in the world has the coolest WordPress theme in the world too. Okay, I think it’s a cool website.

I really like the theme and the photography is great. With an awesome¬†photographer you can achieve these results. I’m learning a huge trend in web design is the use of photography.

BBC America visit website

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A fairly easy to navigate sidebar, a nice dark background to emphasize the content and sections are the perfect magazine/editorial website theme.

Sometimes all you need is this a simple background and great content. Don’t get stuck on all the features and widgets these fancy new WordPress themes offer.

Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion visit website

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Every artist should have a web presence these days, Snoop Dogg is one of many artist using WordPress as their preferred platform to promote their music and other products.

I’m sure Snoop Dogg has no idea what his team is using to build his website, but that’s okay, props to Snoops’ web design and marketing team.

They’re definitely experts and they know the quality and value of the platform.

The Rolling Stones visit website

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Talk about name dropping huh? The Rolling Stones! This brand is probably one of the most long lasting and profitable brands and they also use WordPress.

There’s obviously a lot of customization done here, and it’s not your typical content on the left, sidebar on the right type of theme.

If you want to have a remarkable WordPress site you’re going to need a unique design. Take some of this sites ideas to find your pre-designed site and build it from there.

Katie Couric visit website

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Katie Couric is one of the big names in television and now a big brand on the web with her WordPress site.

One thing we can appreciate from her website is the clean look and color palette used. Katie’s site is a website that targets a certain audience, and that audience connects with her site.

Always remember that it’s not always about what you like and want, but about the people who you want to attract. Just imagine if Katie Couric’s site was dark with flashy colors, do you think some of the visitors would be turned off?

QUARTZ visit website

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Quartz news is a responsive website with some unique features I was immediately attracted to.

If you place it right next to your email client you’ll see a similar experience. Every article is easy to read and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never used the web before, you’ll know exactly what to do when you visit this website.

Thinking about how your users will use your site is very important, because if they get frustrated, they’ll never come back.

CIO.gov visit website

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I think government websites are typically hard to navigate and they’re a little overwhelming. This government WordPress site is the opposite of that.

gettyimages visit website

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You can never go wrong with simple. This site doesn’t have any complicated or fancy graphics, just a two tone palette, and a lot of white space. Makes sense when you’re a website focusing on images.

This simple WordPress blog makes each image pop, I’m sure this was intentional.

Again, don’t forget what’s the goal of your site and what the visitor wants to see when they land on your website. If your visitors aren’t finding what they’re looking for, they’re going to your competitors to find what they need or want.

Local SEO: The Only Guide You Need

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If your business is not on the web, you’re missing an opportunity to generate more leads and create awareness for your brand. With the help of Google, Bing, and Yahoo’s new local SEO focus you have to take advantage.

What is the difference between a Normal search vs a Local search?

google-places-imageBefore any of this local SEO stuff came along most of the search results were dominated by all the big companies over the non-local SEO companies.

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