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How to hire a web designer (5 things to consider)

How to hire a web designer (5 things to consider)

So you’re finally ready to take the big step. You want to take your business to the next level and get a professional website built, but what are the steps you should follow to ensure your project will be a success?

In this article, we’ll discuss 5 things you need to consider when hiring a web designer. I’ve been building websites for businesses for over 15 years and I’ve learned a few things along the way. We’ll discuss 5 main points to make sure your project goes smoothly.

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Who Runs the Internet, Anyway?

Who Runs the Internet, Anyway?

The internet is now so much an intrinsic, ubiquitous part of our society that we take our connectivity for granted: Like electricity, we don’t notice it anymore until it stops working. The Associated Press—and thus, most U.S. news organizations—does not even capitalize the word internet anymore.

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Stalkers, Haters, and Trolls, Oh My! – Dealing With the Net’s Cowards

Stalkers, Haters, and Trolls, Oh My! – Dealing With the Net’s Cowards

Don’t let the abusive online behavior of a few basement-dwelling losers take your comments section hostage. Here are a few extermination tips.

You wanted your comments section to be a peaceful platform, where the discussion of well-thought-out concepts and new ideas is welcomed and openly encouraged. Instead, you have this:

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Easier Education: Varied Content for Varied Learners

Easier Education: Varied Content for Varied Learners

We all know that educational materials are a great way to engage a readership and address the problems being faced by your market.

What fewer businesses realize is that educational materials are the perfect way to improve your business image and enhance your audience’s perceptions of your brand.

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PINs and Needles: New Ways to Authenticate Users

PINs and Needles: New Ways to Authenticate Users

Keep this to yourself, obviously, but answer honestly: How many different passwords do you use at one time? And, how difficult would it be for someone to guess any of them?

The venerable username-password combination has been around for as long as there have been individual computer user accounts—dating back to the punch-card era. Although we have tried various ways to make them more secure—requiring a mixture of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters or requiring passwords to be changed periodically—the fact remains that the only passwords that are truly secure (that is, difficult to guess) are impossible to remember.

It’s time to rethink user authentication, and some very smart people are doing just that.

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The Wisdom of Crowds: Web Design for Crowdsourcing

The Wisdom of Crowds: Web Design for Crowdsourcing

Of the many cleverly peculiar turns of phrase attributed to the late Yogi Berra, one of the best known is, “Nobody goes there anymore; it’s too crowded.” This ironic wisdom works for physical places, but on the Internet, there’s always room for more, right? Is there anywhere on the Internet that’s “too crowded?”

Our topic today is crowdsourcing. By this time, you’ve probably at least heard of it. Broadly speaking, crowdsourcing is the process of amassing resources, content, ideas, services, or funding by soliciting voluntary contributions, typically through an online medium. As such, it’s one of the phenomena associated with Web 2.0. Pretty much anything can be crowdsourced, from Wikipedia articles and Yelp restaurant reviews to migratory bird tracking, astronomy, and of course, money, either to help launch a commercial enterprise or for charitable purposes. (Crowdsourcing of money is usually termed crowdfunding.)

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