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How to Build a Footer That Doesn’t Stink

As the first thing visitors see, home pages and headers often steal the design spotlight.But above-the-fold thinking neglects the natural flow of vertical page layout. What happens when people reach the end of a page?You can bet that a simple copyright statement won’t hold visitors’ attention, but many pages are designed with the expectation that people will find their way… or so we assume.

10 Techniques For a Fantastic Footer

A strong footer can leave your visitors with a lasting positive impression.There are tons of creative ways to boost the cool factor of your footers by focusing on both form and function. Below you’ll find 10 simple ideas to inspire you towards footer greatness.


One problem I run into pretty frequently when coding a site in to XHTML and CSS is making my footer dock to the bottom of the screen. It’s especially annoying if you have a page that’s short on content and the footer, which happens to be a different color that the body background doesn’t stay at the bottom of the browser window. I can hear you say, “But why don’t you just do a fixed position on it. That’s easy enough.” True, but if you do that then it’s always at the bottom of the screen no matter how tall the window is. So if I have a page with a lot of content that footer shouldn’t show up until the content is done. How do we fix this? Let me show you. Here’s what the problem looks like:

Footers In Modern Web Design: Creative Examples and Ideas

According to classic principles of web design, everything at the bottom of the page isn’t that important. Most users think like that. And most designers are convinced that this is true. Site elements at the bottom of the page aren’t really able to catch visitors’ attention which is why footers are often forgotten or ignored and not given the attention they deserve.

Fat Footers: The Long Tail of Your Website

Not so long ago most footers were not more than a single line with a simple copyright notice and a link to the site designer. That time has passed and the footer has evolved. The current trend is creating a big, fat footer for your website. These large footers are generally stocked full with content: about, connect, subscribe, links to other articles, sitemap, back to the top link, categories list, recent comments, etc.

Trends and Examples in Recent Web Design: Big, Informative and Creative Footers

The bottom of the page, the ending for your web design job, the final section. This is footer. The part of the site that, in a classic interpretation, is only for copyright and some links.We are in the “Internet Era” and a site is no longer a quick presentation for farsighted companies or strange nerds and geeks. Nowadays a web site must work; it should be interactive, it should communicate ideas, it should present in a unique way products and service, it should involve the users. In modern web design, fortunately, designers and user experience developers are saying “NO” to boring and standard footers.

How to Create a Simple & Sleek Web 2.0 Site Footer

Adobe Design Premium CS5 software offers you complete creative freedom without sacrificing precision or quality, whether working in print, web, interactive, or mobile media.Since Web 2.0 hit the internet, footers have become more important than ever, and there has been some great looking work done downstairs. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to produce a sleek looking site footer in Photoshop.

Designing a Creative Blog Footer

Let’s start by creating a new document. For this I’ll be using a size of 1400 x 600 pixels, but if you’re not using a large monitor you may want to use something a bit smaller. The size of our footer is going to be around 800 x 110 pixels though, so you should just use something larger than that.

Photoshop Tutorial Intermediate Web Site Design – Footer

The footer plays an important role in our web site as it is where we ask users to sign up for the newsletter, find us on the various social networks and find our office. It plays the final piece of our puzzle.

500 Wonderful Website Footer Designs For Inspirations

A Guide to Mobile Web Design Tips and Tricks

Having a mobile-optimized web site can really make your site stand apart from the pack. Even though smartphones like the iPhone and Google Android devices can display “the full web,” having a web page formatted for smaller screens and with features that can take advantage of a touch screen, geolocation, or address book functionality can make the mobile web browsing experience that much better.

Mobile Web Design: Overview, Examples and Tips

How many people do you know who uses their cell phone to surf the Internet? Most likely it’s going to be a large number of people. Many Americans are getting information on the go and companies large and small are jumping at the chance to optimize their site for mobile browsers. Mobile Web Design is getting more and more popular, almost every popular website, online service provider or web app offers a mobile version now.

How To: Create Or Convert Website Into Mobile Format

Now a days more and more people are using smart phones to access the internet, because of this growing demand web developers and designers must focus on mobile format websites too. Don’t worry, you don’t have to learn any programming language to do that. There are few online services available that will help you to create or convert websites into mobile format.

Mobile Web Design: Tips and Best Practices

For the most part you won’t need to learn any new technologies for mobile site design. But you will need to look at site design in a new way, one that is decidedly more restrictive than design for standard browsers. To work around the issues that mobile site design presents, and to get a result that is as user-friendly and useful as your standard site, some creative problem-solving skills are required.

15 Beautiful Examples of Mobile Website Design Done Right

We handpicked 15 examples of mobile websites done right. With the number of mobile users across the world already exceeding the number of users accessing the internet from their computers, the message is clear : mobile is the future.

5 Writing Tips for Web Designers

Writing Tips – Poorly written web writing misleads visitors and wastes millions of hours daily. For today’s more than one billion Internet users, that translates to frustration. For your web design clients, it means missed opportunities. Gain insight into highly effective web writing tactics that will help promote positive online experiences with every website you design and develop. Visitors will reward your clients with more leads and sales, and make you look good along the way.

Writing Tips for Web Designers

Ten Tips for writing a blog post

The following post on tips for writing a blog was submitted by Lyndon from Flockblog who in his email to me with it described it as a simple ‘back to basics’ kind of post. Thanks Lyndon.

Ten Tips for writing a blog post

10 Writing Tips for Web Designers

Most web designers have a leg up on traditional freelance writers since they have their pulse on what the search engines like and don’t like to see on a site.

Writing Tips for Web Designers

How to Effectively write a design article

In one of my previous articles, we discussed about ‘How to become a kickass blogger‘. In that, I shared some of the points which I thought was really helpful for those of you who are new to blogging about design.

How to Effectively write a design article

14 Important Writing Tips For Graphic Design Related Bloggers

When I’m thinking about what i have to be a good graphic design blogger, i began to write useful post about some important writing for graphic design related blogger. As we know, there is a lot of graphic design related blog all over the world. Some of them are very excellent and well known in all over blogosphere. I don’t know why, but i can’t find any articles about it. I just found one simple article about Writing Tips for Graphic Designers.

10 Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals

How do you express numbers in your writing? When do you use figures (digits) and when do you write out the number in words (letters)? That is, when do you write 9 and when do you write nine?

Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals

Getting Creative With Transparency in Web Design

Transparency in Web Design – Arm yourself with the knowledge of how different file types of images can be used to achieve transparency on web-pages. It’s important to first understand these basics. Then learn how to push the limitations of browser support. Take a look at what others are doing with transparency on the Web; only then you’ll be able to learn how to get creative with transparency in Web design.

37 Brilliant Examples of Transparency in Web Design

Transparency in web design has been held back by IE6’s inability to display transparency in PNG files. Now that there are workarounds using javascript and the increasing lack of support for the aging browser transparency has become a viable option in web design.

Showcase of Transparency in Web Design

Transparency is being used in an increasing number of websites. In some cases transparency subtly adds to the quality and character of the design, and in other cases it can be a major design element. In this post we’ll feature 35 websites that are making excellent use of transparency.

45 Websites with Transparency

A showcase gallery of websites with Transparency for design inspiration.

35 Websites that use transparency effectively

Everywhere we go we see transparent objects. So why not implement transparency in web design? If you’ve just made the best background ever but have to cover it all up with content, then why not make that content slightly transparent? Transparency is great for adding depth to a website. The more transparent an area is, the more it seems closer to the area behind it. This can be used to a web designer’s advantage.

6 reasons why bloggers shouldn’t care about Digg

As a blogger, I was told numerous times that was a very great way to get massive traffic and that having some of my posts on Digg frontpage will get me an authority. For two years, I tried as hard as I can to get on Digg frontpage by placing a digg button on my blog, asking people to digg my stories, etc.

But despite having my blog posts on Digg frontpage a few times, it didn’t brought anything valuable to my blog. Why? This is what I’m going to explain in this article.

Should Web Design be Timeless or Trendy?

Logos last a lifetime. At least they’re supposed to, right? Most of us agree that when designing a logo, it’s best to avoid the latest trends (think corporate swoosh—bleh!) and stick with a composition that will look good in 10 years. So the question I’ve been mulling over for the past month is: Does this rule also apply to web design?

Making Your Website Multicultural

The internet is a marvelous place – millions of websites and millions of people (nearly two billion, in fact) out there mixing and chatting and buying and selling, like some giant virtual bazaar. Moving into this bustling and profitable marketplace is a top priority for any serious business in the modern economy, but so often when businesses move online they fail to think beyond their own language group.

Getting Started with Banner Advertisements

Banner ads, also known as display ads or image ads, are image-based advertisements that are widely popular online. Why are banner ads so popular? They are a cost-effective way to allow advertisers to attractively display their products and services online across an array of websites. Additionally, banner ads allow for increased brand recognition and ad targeting.

How To Design A Better Blog? Break Down The Rules

Once upon a time in World Wide Web a private and personal diary, where recording daily activities and reflections, called Weblog. It was a website, an on-line publication, very useful to spread personal content for a close audience.

Implementing A Good Redesign: Advice And Examples

Redesigning a website can be very satisfying and very stimulating for a web designer. A redesign consists of objectively improving the aesthetics or the structure of a website and, with the use of new elements or content, giving a new form or a new identity to the site.

Beginner’s Guide – How Search Engines Operate

Search engines have a short list of critical operations that allows them to provide relevant web results when searchers use their system to find information.

SEO Guide for Designers

According to a poll I conducted, just over 1 out of 10 people don’t think SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is mandatory as a designer; and what really surprised me is about 24% don’t even know what SEO is!

15 Minute SEO List – Learn how to SEO

Here is a checklist of the factors that affect your rankings with Google, Bing, Yahoo! and the other search engines. The list contains positive, negative and neutral factors because all of them exist. Most of the factors in the checklist apply mainly to Google and partially to Bing, Yahoo! and all the other search engines of lesser importance. If you need more information on particular sections of the checklist, you may want to read our SEO tutorial, which gives more detailed explanations of Keywords, Links, Metatags, Visual Extras, etc.

WordPress SEO

I started writing my beginner’s guide to WordPress SEO a while back, and have since done a load of posts on the subject, an article in the Search Marketing Standard, newsletters, and presentations. It’s time to let all the info of all these different articles fall into one big piece: the final guide to WordPress SEO.

10 Common SEO Mistakes

One of the biggest challenges in SEO is the ongoing lack of recognition it plays in getting traffic to your Web site. This can be especially true in larger organizations where key members of management aren’t familiar with it, and how it works. Uninformed senior managers can easily make decisions that are catastrophic from an SEO perspective.

46 Must-Read Productivity Tips for Freelancers

Freelancers face a unique set of productivity challenges, often very different from the challenges faced by regular employees.

Productivity Tips for Freelancers

10 Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make As A Freelancer

I’m very happy to present to you my first article here at SmashingShare. In this article I will give you some tips on mistakes you don’t want to make as a freelancer. By following these suggestions you will have a better chance at succeeding.

Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make As A Freelancer

25 Awesome Tips to Become a Successful Freelancer

Being a freelancer means a lot of freedom to plan your own days at work, but it also does require discipline and planning. Being your own boss, you need to be good at making the right rules to succeed. Most of these tips sound just like common sense, but actually remembering everything when it’s needed isn’t necessarily as easy as you would think.

Awesome Tips to Become a Successful Freelance

17 Tips for Designers on Starting a Freelance Business

The tips in this post will cover all aspects of freelancing and the lifestyle that comes with it. In many cases unexpected issues and adjustments are what new freelancers struggle with, so hopefully this article will help to prepare new freelancers to meet the challenges that will be presented.

Freelance Contracts: Do’s And Don’ts

In the world of freelancing, the entrepreneur has to take on a number of tasks for themselves that would normally be handled by a separate department at a bigger company. Most of these tasks are not part of the creative processes that freelance workers are used to, but rather are more tedious, left-brain paperwork. Right-brain creatives often shudder at the thought of these forays into linear domains. Such detail-ridden tasks would strain any freelancer who wears multiple hats, but they must be completed.

15 Invoicing Tips for Designers and Freelancers

Most designers don’t particularly enjoy the financial side of running a business, but handling it properly is a necessary part of being a freelancer or running a design agency. The financial side of the business includes invoicing clients, and in this article we’ll look at some tips and best practices for invoicing.

50 Freelance Job Sites For Designers & Programmers – Best Of

10 Useful RSS-Tricks and Hacks For WordPress

RSS is one of those technologies that are extremely simple yet extremely powerful. Currently, RSS is the de facto standard for blog syndication, and it is used widely in both personal and corporate settings; for example, in blogs. And because a large percentage of these blogs run on WordPress, we’ll cover in this post some (hopefully) relatively unknown but useful RSS-related tricks and hacks that will help you use RSS in a more effective way — and without unnecessary and chunky WordPress plug-ins.

How To RSS

The Ultimate RSS Toolbox – 120+ RSS Resources

Never again will mankind have to look for RSS info in more than one place…ok, we’re kidding, but we’ve aimed to create a near comprehensive list of all the RSS readers, tools, browser plugins, tips, hacks and directories available on the web. We hope you find it useful (we built it because we needed it), and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments.

RSS Resources

10 Effective Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers

The question I seem to be getting over and over these days is…

How did you get 6,000 subscribers in 10 months?

11 Ways to Find New RSS Subscribers for Your Blog

This past two weeks I’ve been talking about how to make your RSS feed ‘Pop’ – to stand out from the crowd a little – however covering this topic has caused a few readers to ask RSS related questions that don’t necessarily relate to improving your feed but which are worth covering.

Ways to Find New RSS Subscribers

RSS Feed Tips to Help Search Engine Optimization

RSS feeds are a great communication medium, and when properly managed, web feeds can bring in significant Internet traffic. RSS feeds should contain compelling themed content with episodic titles that are united in common broad theme. Use RSS feeds as an online marketing and search engine optimization tool. Just as optimizing an HTML web page will increase exposure, so too will an RSS feed that is properly optimized and promoted. Use these simple tips to improve your web feed exposure.

Twitter Tips and Tricks To Drive Traffic To Your Sites

Every month I receive around 100,000 visitors to my websites just from Twitter alone and so can every single one of you! I know a lot of you enjoyed the tips I shared in my FREE eCourse about making money online blogging and driving traffic to your blog from Twitter so today I decided to do an updated twitter guide so you can benefit more from Twitter like myself. The great thing with Twitter is the people using it are so diverse, whatever your business is about, you can find people related to your business.

10 awesome Twitter tricks

Every Twitter users is looking for the ladder to boost his/her following. You might be one of them trying to increase your Twitter followers. You must be looking for more public reading your updates. For sure you must be tired of trying out weirdest things to build followers in Twitter.

Twittin’ Secrets: The 100 World’s Greatest Twitter Tips & Twitter Secrets

There are a lot of wimpy “Twitter Tip Lists” out there; this is NOT one of them. These 100+ Twitter Tips go from insightful Twitter toddler level to pure genius (or as one might say, “Twenius”). Even if you think you’re a Twitter social or Twitter business pro, you might want to start from the beginning – this is one hefty shovel full of “Twitter How-to” that people all around the world have touted as “the best” (see tweet map below). Links to the other tips in this series are at the very bottom. Have fun!

Top 10 Twitter Tips & Tools for Fighting Spam

Twitter spam can be quite a problem when you tend to follow people back out of courtesy. There are literally tons of bots and fake accounts out there who are merely interested in selling you dodgy pharmaceutical goods, and questionable MLM schemes. Here are the top 10 free tools for dealing with Twitter Spam.

What Every Designer Should Do Right Now

While trying to balance the different areas of our life, there are things that we often forget and neglect to do. With today’s fast-paced society and the busyness of our every day, we tend to overlook some important things. I would like to remind every designer today about some of these tasks that we often put-off but are so important and necessary to get done.

Ten Biggest Web Design Mistakes

You shouldn’t fill every empty space, having a white space or two will make a better overall impression. For example, scanning a webpage is harder if every paragraph is interrupted with ads and images. Empty areas between navigation, photos or text are visually important.

How to avoid your Creativity Burnout

Creativity is a mental process involving the discovery or associations of new ideas or concepts, fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight. Where does this ‘Creativity’ come from? Is everyone creative? If not, what is stopping them from being so? These are some of the questions that always strike our mind when we talk about being creative. From what I have learnt from my experience in graphic designing and blogging, everyone is creative. It is not a born trait or something which only experienced artists can boast of.

The Secret Behind Great Designs: A Young Web Designer’s View

As web designers, we all want to create beautiful websites that get noticed. We want our designs to look great and stand out from among the rest. So how do we get the experience and the skills needed to create amazing designs? In this article, we will let you in on a little secret that can greatly impact your path to becoming a great designer.

8 Design Elements Your Blog Should Have

There are certain design elements that all blogs should have to keep readers happy and engaged in your content. With the evolution of blogs and social media sites, the expectations for a blog are much higher. Readers expect to be able to read a post and have the ability to quickly comment and share by using the Twitter or Facebook accounts.

How to Effectively write a tutorial

In one of my previous articles, I shared with you my opinions and viewpoints on How to effectively write a design article. I was quite pleased with the feedback I received. I think there are more people out there who need to be made aware of how to write a tutorial on Photoshop or Illustrator. Once this is learnt and mastered, it is quite evident that the tutorial is going to reach out to many people than it would have done if you don’t know the basic protocols to be followed while writing a tutorial.

Cross-Cultural Web Design: Best Practices for Building an International Website

Globalization is one of the biggest business buzzwords of the 21st century. Companies of all sizes can operate internationally, thanks to the advent of the Internet era and affordable methods of online marketing, communications and networking.

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