Kiruthiga Vijay

Kiruthiga Vijay

Why do people like a website? The answer lies in its design. Websites rely on gorgeous photography to keep readers intrigued. Your images are what stand out on your website, so these needs to reflect your cause in the best of ways. They are the first impression, which helps your visitors to be engaged. Be sure the images you choose reflect enhance the tone of your message. After all, most readers have a short attention span, and offering visual stimuli to break up the text and clarify the points in the article helps keep eyes on the site.

1. Quality:

Large, pixel perfect, high resolution images always work best. Obviously, it is your design concept that determines the size of the image, but its size needs to be enough for it to make an impact. Such images look impressive and display a professional approach towards Web design.

2. Brand Relevance:

Your images must be relevant to your brand identity. If a brand’s selling branded clothes for kids, the images must exude chubby and pretty babies with their brand dress. Visitors are left in doubt as to the brand’s purpose, purely because of its images. They do the talking for the brand.

3. Make sure the people look real:

Photographing your own team is always a great idea if it’s possible. However, you may not have the budget for a custom shoot, or you may not have the set-up to make it ideal. But if you turn to stock and royalty free photographs to represent either your own business or your clients, make sure you are realistic.

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4. Beware of subjects smiling at the camera:

Another way to help make things look a little more “real” is to avoid photos where the people are looking at, and smiling at, the camera. Once they start mugging for the camera, it takes away from the idea that you’ve caught them acting natural.

5. Uniqueness:

Is your image one of a kind? Show people that the content you provide is meaningful and unique. As tempting as it may be, steer clear of highly accessible freebie sites. What’s free and easy for you is also free and easy for everyone else. By picking a unique image from a micro-stock site, you show your followers that you’re taking the time to get great images. You can take it one step further by customizing it with Photoshop or other design tools to make it truly unique.

6. Capture the feeling:

This comes especially when it comes for call to action. Your main focus should be on conveying the right feeling. You’re trying to connect with the person on the other side of that screen, and the quickest way to earn their interest and, more crucially, their trust is through their heart.

7. Make sure images are scaled correctly:

There is nothing sillier than looking at photo on a web site and having it look like the people are standing in front of a fun house mirror. Sometimes, when adding a photo to a design layout there may be a predetermined size and ratio that the photo must be. If it does not fit that size and shape it is either cropped or scaled to fit. If you are working within specific sizes like this, make sure you size and crop outside of your web site’s CMS for the best results.

I think we covered the basic and best tips for selecting images for your websites. If we missed out anything pls comment below..

 

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Over the last decade CMS has overtaken all the HTML sites including corporate websites. Joomla has major role on that change. Every Joomla developer has a toolkit of extension they can’t live without that usually includes solutions for backing-up, images, forms, caching, security and adding other improvements that build on CMS core. JDE includes more than 8,600 components, modules and plugins that build on core, allowing you to bend the website to your will. So here's a diverse collection of extensions designed to make your Joomla site administration a lot easier and extend your site's capabilities. Feel free to add your favorite tools via our comments area.

1. Akeeba Backup:

Safety first. With Akeeba Backup, backing up a site is a one-step process.

Akeeba Backup is a multi-platform plugin that is distributed under a freemium model. The Backup Core version is available free of charge; Premium version costs 40 euros (about $52) per year with additional features like enabling system restore points, automatic update, email notifications when there are updates or backups, and 128-bit cryptography. Not to mention some better support options.

Akeeba Backup is as easy to install as any other Joomla extension, and running the post-installation configuration is just a matter of clicking a single button and off you go. Backing up is just as simple; click the big blue button in the Akeeba control panel and in just a few minutes the site is backed up.

Download Akeeba

2. JCE (Joomla Content Editor):

JCE adds a set of tools to your Joomla environment that gives you the power to create the kind of content you want, without limitations, and without needing to know or learn HTML, XHTML, and CSS. Installation of JCE is easy; to activate it, you simply go into your site's Global Configuration settings and select JCE as your Default Editor. One of the massive toolbar is the Full Screen toggle button, which expands the entire editor out to the entire browser screen.

JCE also includes a pro-version which includes more add-ons such as a Media Manager and an extended Image Manager. Pro-Version is available on annual subscription at 25 euros (about $32), with renewals starting a 15 euros (about $20). There's a demo site available if you want to see if the plug-ins are right for you.

Download JCE

3. SP Page Builder:

Do you want to have rotating banner/slider, feature boxes, call to action, carousel, testimonials, tabs, twitter feeds, Youtube videos, blockquote etc in your homepage? Then the answer is to use SP Page Builder. SP Page Builder is drag & drop system, where you need not touch a single line of code. You can give styling easily to match your website layout. By using SP Page Builder you will save lots of your time in designing your homepage, which is the most crucial part of websites.

Download SP Page Builder

4. K2 Blog:

K2 is an award winning extension made for blogging. K2 provides an out-of-the box integrated solution featuring rich content forms for items, nested-level categories, tags, comments, a system to extend the item base form with additional fields, frontend editing, sub-templates & a lot more!

Using K2, you can transform your Joomla website to an exclusive news/magazine site with author blogs, product catalogs, work portfolio, knowledge base, download/document manager, directory listing, event listing, Google AJAX search integration & more, all this bundled under one package!

Download K2

5. J2Store:

J2Store is a shopping cart extension exclusive for Joomla lovers. You can easily create your own online store using this incredible extension and our stack of features. Unlike other extensions J2store is a user friendly component for developers to build a shopping cart website for their clients.

J2Store has almost 250K+ happy customers. It includes both free and premium version. You can compare the features on J2Store official website.

Download J2Store

6. Quix Page builder:

With Quix - the most advanced, fast, and responsive page builder for Joomla, you can build a simple to complex site by yourself. Not only as a component, Quix works everywhere inside Joomla. You can transform your boring article or blog post into an interactive and visually enriched content within minutes. With Quix collection and shortcode the sky is the limit.

Quix includes both free and pro version. Pro version comes with some advanced controls like preset layouts, shortcode support, elements visibility control and more. The most important thing is pro version of this plugin is a one-time payment and so you can use this component as long you want.

Download Quix

7. Acy Mailing:

Email marketing is an important key factor in Busines. You know even 38% of the traffic to all the websites are generated by email. Hence to promote your Email campaign from a Joomla website Acy Mailing is one of the best free tool available in the market.

Acy Mailing can be easily integrated into the website. This is available in 60 different languages. Every week Acy mailing is gaining more than 5000 happy customers. This includes many high performing functionalities by addressing your needs.

Download ACY mailing

8. JSitemap:

JSitemap is an award winning sitemap generator extension and a complete SEO solution for Joomla and offers an innovative and revolutionary way to manage all types of sitemap contents without need of additional plugins! Up to 400% more site visibility! Boost your indexing with JSitemap, the advanced sitemap generator and SEO indexing tool for Joomla

JSitemap ships with the official integration with Google Webmasters Tools and Search Console to submit, resubmit, delete sitemaps, monitor indexing status, monitor and fix crawl errors directly inside your Joomla backend using a user friendly interface! Moreover the Google Search Console section lets you monitor organic searches, keywords, clicks, impressions, and the average SERP position for each page of your website.

Download JSitemap

 

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Freelancers are always multi-tasker. Sometimes 24hrs is not much enough to meet an efficient productivity. Not only freelancers, every person who is passionated about his job must do multi-tasking in order to stabilize the productivity. Increasing productivity is not a rocket science. It’s just how efficiently we are managing the time to boost productivity.  I made a deep research on how the experts & successful entrepreneurs manage their time efficiently for the past 9 months.

Recommended Book : Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity

I followed these techniques regularly. Yes the result was AWESOME!!

Here are the 6 Productivity hacks for Freelance Web Developer

1. Rise and Sleep Earlier

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise”
- Benjamin Franklin

Health is priority. I know during night we can work peacefully & there are some exceptional cases that we can’t avoid night works. But rising before sun-rise is much healthy than other scenarios.

Let’s have a loot what are some pros of Early birds..

Early risers really do have a distinct advantage when it comes to mental clarity, acuity and energy.

Simply put: Waking up early works better than any other strategy for becoming more productive. But you have to make sure you get enough sleep to back it up. So get to bed and have min. 6-8hrs of sleep peacefully. Beginning I struggled a lot to follow.

But practice makes anything perfect right? .. Gradually I started sleeping before 11.30pm even there are plenty of jobs pending. And also will wake up on or before 6.30am and start my daily routines.

2. Have Healthy Diet

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body; it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”  ~ John F. Kennedy

Food is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and your productivity is affected by the food you eat in more ways than you can imagine. Good nutrition enhances cell development in the brain, and it’s easy to see the connection between eating habits and productivity.

A good meal can positively affect your sleeping pattern, thereby allowing you to generate more creative and effective ideas while you are awake. And of course, having healthy food habits can keep you physically fit, which in turn sustains and develops your mental well-being.

3. Give Importance to Physical Fitness

“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.”
-  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, professional wrestler and actor

Working out is probably the highest-leverage tool to boost your productivity. It predictably and reliable makes you feel better and keeps you both physically and emotionally healthy, year round.

To have the mental energy to take on the full calendar of to-do’s that people want from you; you have to be in the gym for 60-120mts/day.

Training yourself physically not only gives you benchmarks to hit on a regular basis, but it also creates a predictable backbone in your daily life that you can count on, even if everything goes wrong. Mentally, that’s very comforting.

Trust me; I know that integrating these habits into your life won’t be easy at first. But if you’re not healthy, your business can’t thrive anyway. Physical fitness is a long-term investment in your business.

Related post: How successful people spend time on physical fitness

4. Kill your Emails

When you are into desk, disable all the notifications else try to stay away from Wi-Fi zone to enhance your productivity.

Email is one of the most distracting tools that have ever been built! Yes, everyone’s life pretty much is associated with Emails on a daily basis, but don’t let that trick you into believing that no suitable alternatives are available. Email is one of the key reasons for distraction in work environments and it could be easily replaced with better Project management software, which improves team productivity through collaboration and better internal communications.

5. Invest on your Workplace

This is a Physiological fact. Whenever you need to buckle down and get your work done – make sure you’re comfortable. While it’s difficult to measure and evaluate comfort, research suggests there is enough evidence to claim that comfort can affect productivity. So get yourself in a place where you can truly focus and ‘relax’.

Sometimes what’s needed is to lie down on a sofa and get on with it. But of course that’s not always the case, and some folks might prefer a standing desk for a change.

You’ll want to find a place where you feel you can work done and has little distractions.

If you’re in an open office; get some noise-cancelling headphones. When you see yourself becoming restless; it’s time to change your surroundings – or probably time for a break.

6. Avoid Multi-tasking

Don’t misunderstand. What I’m suggesting to do is “Do a single job at a time”.

For example if you are coding, don’t answer any phone calls & stay away from Mails. I know that it will be great on answering to customer query on one hand & handling the tickets on another hand. But it is not healthy for productivity.

While it is a commonly accepted notion of Move Fast, break things in a work environment, hustle doesn’t always mean multitasking. Focus your entire concentration on the work at hand and tackle situations one at a time. Multitask only causes your attention span to wane off over the day and make you more unproductive. Focus on the here-and-now to avoid multitasking making your work significantly unproductive.

Do you have more valid hacks to increase productivity..? Pls share below.

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