I mainly go to Webneel.com when I need some good freebies. It’s a blog website mainly for graphic inspiration but they have a lot of good resources too. I come across some good quality typefaces and icon sets on here.
You can also find some Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials, and free downloads for brushes, layer styles, vector illustrations, and so on. They provide a lot of examples of work to get you thinking about your next project for things such as logo designs, website designs, and type treatments.
Besides being a good source for designers, the blog is also geared towards other fine art professionals such as illustrators and 3D animators, so you’ll find a lot of artsy imagery on here too.
Have you wondered how there are a few who respond to blog posts with such preparedness their photo appears everywhere? Do they really spend more time than you to upload their profile pictures on every site they comment on? Chances are no, if you go to Gravatar.com you can do a one time upload, and everytime you comment on someone’s site your image will show rather than that empty silhouette. It also helps make sure your comment doesn’t go unnoticed, webmasters frequently have to deal with a tonne of spam comments and sifting though comments to authorize legitimate ‘real’ profiles.
If you’re stuck for a suitable photo for your blog commenting addiction, head over to some of these fun suggestions to create your own avatar:
Personal favorite, lots of customizations, from freckles, make-up to scars and accesories.
2./ Clay Yourself
Ever wanted to see yourself as a clay model or maquette? Not only can you customize your clay-self, but you can set the stage, script it, and see an animatic of yourself. Screen capture the complete version to create your avatar.
3./ Digibody’s Caricature Maker
This avatar creator makes you a simple pencil drawing illustration of yourself.
This one is a bit memory hungry on the browser and I had difficulty just getting my Java to work. But if you have the patience to wait for your bandwidth consumption with all the adverts on their website the Animated Gif is a cute effect!
Plenty of customizations available.
A little while ago we published a Photoshop Template complete with Guidelines so you could create your own Facebook Page Timeline cover. Now here’s a quirky template for you to customize presentations of your Facebook Albums on the Timeline.
You better Pin this useful map of how filmstrips work on Facebook!
a. New Images, Appear Left-to-right. Facebook will automatically present them on your timeline in this order. It’s always the first photo of your set in the primary position, followed by a string in the order you uploaded them underneath. Simple? try to keep it that way as an album of four images at a time, because further uploads to the same album can start to become messy… b. Further uploads in the same time frame, Right-to-Left. will appear as a film strip with the most recent thumbnail on the left. Facebook will only show the latest 3 uploaded photos. All photos no-matter what their layout will be re-framed to a centralized square of 133px to display as the thumbnail in the film-strip. c. Additional edits to the album, can end up with your timeline post looking a bit tricky. Removing images from the stream, additions to the album that aren’t in groups of three, will end up in the film strip showing the two earliest un-presented additions to the album in the left-to-right format, with the latest image up front. d. Highlighted album will show the film strip running Left-To-Right in order of upload, no matter if you swap images around in your album afterwards
Here’s our attempt at the Facebook Album Hack;
I’m looking forward to screencapping a bunch of reader’s responses so get on and show me your FB Hacks!
Help Maria out everybody. She’s been anxiously waiting the release of the Mac Book Retina Pro these last few weeks, and to add to the painfully slow decision we’re all following, everyone else in the office is jumping on the consumerism bandwagon and talking up the next latest tech buy.
Stay tuned this week as our creative team here at InMotion Hosting all make their choices in what they are planning to invest in, be it the top Pad, Notebook, Laptop, or various Macs from the Apple family.
Unfortunately this doesn’t help Maria out much, all this geek talk of various specifications is just growing the want list. So I decided to throw it out there to you folks and help her make her decision. It’s like pulling teeth, because despite having settled on getting a Mac for creative purposes, their family of laptops has an incredible array of choice, overlap, and pricing purposefully to part you from your money. As I’ll now go on to explain:
On the left, the fully specced out Mac Book Air | On the right the Mac Book Pro Retina Base model
Well my Dell laptop has already blown up several times and is six years old – so I’ve been thinking about getting a MacBook…
Maria! I think it’s past time to invest in a replacement, don’t you think? (Not that we’re putting the consumer pressure on her.) Anyway that said, her background is in sound production – Yes there are all sorts here at InMotion.
I’ll be just using it for sound production, D-J software etc. I don’t do any video editing or imagery work so much. So as long as it can render this stuff with multiple channels fast…
Here was my suggestion:
Seeing as you’re doing sound editing, don’t bother spending on the Retina Model! Save the $400 towards extra software or add-on hardware for your home music studio.
It’s not helped by the fact that everyone has their little bit of input on what they are buying and why. Pretty amazing that Mac of all brands has managed to stop Marketing AND Development departments in it’s tracks to stare dumbfounded at the latest new toys.
Work literally ground to a halt as we all crowded around to stare at Andrew’s new Mac Book Retina Pro Base model. The same one Maria is considering, only he uses it for the Xcode SDK, and those coding texts look so crisp maybe I don’t need glasses after all?
Stop Working - Andrew's Retina!
Here’s what everyone else had to say:
Mike (Marketing Manager): [He was going to go for the Retina Model I believe]
I went to see it, and it made the internet look crap. Big disappointment for me because I don’t do enough video stuff to warrant me staring at a crap internet screen all day. I think I’ll wait out ’till the next round of Apple releases.
The debate has caused a stir at all levels of the company, Bob (Executive Level) has already committed to buying the Latest Fully specced Mac Book Air.
It’s faster than my old Mac Book Pro, and cheaper than upgrading. Since I only do a bit of video editing I wasn’t going to warrant going for the retina screen either. It’s fast enough for my Office editing, and occasional rendering.
I think that’s in-line with industry consensus. Unless you’re a Photographer, or full time Video Editor, going for the Retina Family will put you in a bracket of spending for those requirements at least double that of the PC family, which is where I’ll probably end up in my personal decision tree later on.
Waiting to see if Maria will snap out of the glassy eyed ooing.. help her out bods and share your decisions with us. Is the Mac Book Air good enough for sound production? Leave her a note:
Ever gone glassy eyed at the constant chatter about social media? It probably gnaws at you somewhere that you’re supposed to join into some ‘senseless nonsense’ just to have a business presence.
Perhaps you’ve taken a skirting look before through your Chat ClientWindow and seen the barrage of promoters, all saying their piece of advice on social media. It’s no wonder at that point if you think there’s no room for you in that stream, or as soon as you do tweet something out it would be buried and in effect useless to you.
Well, I’ve curated the best places to start learning! Twitter hashtag chat streams are rather like interactive radio shows, and people flock at various times to tune in. I’ve scheduled a calendar of these chat panels, where you are free to interact with the experts and gain some great business advice on integrating your online business – with social media.
Sunday Twitter Chats:
#Likeable with Dave Kerpen – Social Media Trends for marketers to look out for
#Blogchat with Mack Collier – All about promoting your Blogsite
Monday Twitter Chats:
#MMchat with Jeff Ashcroft focusing on Media Managers, ask the experts.
#SocialChat with Alan Knecht You get to drive the conversation!
#JournChat with Sarah Evans, interaction for journalists and PR professionals.
Tuesday Twitter Chats:
#sMMManners with Dabney Porte – Learn about Social Media Etiquette
#SMbiz with John and Chrisanne Sternal – Business chat for businesses on using social media
#pr20chat with Heather Whaling – A chat for PR professionals
Wednesday Twitter Chats:
#CmgrChat with Jenn Pedde – Community Manager Chat
#SMchat with Chris Jones – A different topic on Social Media Each Week
#wjchat from @wjchat – tech journalists on the web!
Thursday Twitter Chats:
#MyBlogGuest with Anne Smarty – all about getting your guest publications on the road
#BWEchat by Blogworld – Keynote speakers, and pro bloggers from Blogworld Expo.
Friday Twitter Chats:
#CMGRhangout – Hosted by Tim McDonald for community managers with a live video stream in google hangouts.
Simply auto copy these schedules to your calendar. There’s a feature in this calendar to click on each event. Set your calendar to auto announce upcoming events, so you won’t forget to watch the stream or pose some of those questions you’ve been dying to ask the experts.
We’ve put together a Facebook Template Download of some standard facebook sizes:
Facebook Cover Photo 851 x 315 px
Facebook Profile Photo 160 x 160 px
Facebook Tab Photos 112 x 75 px
Click here to download the facebook cover photo template –>
Now to get started, what I really mean by ‘Smarting up your Facebook Brand Page’ is actually a double-entendre. I won’t go into the specifics of setting up Facebook Timeline here, because I’ve given you the template, and aspects of design related optimization are a whole area of study.
Instead I’m going to focus on making smarter use of your Facebook Brand page, exposing some of the recipes to get you the most clickthrough, traction, and interaction. Obviously most brands that have a lot of consumer awareness about them are already going to have visibility and so probably aren’t optimizing the most out of their pages. I’m not saying they don’t need to, they just aren’t concerned with it.
However, the tact has to be a lot more objective for the start-up, small business owner, or consultant level business. Your numbers are going to be small to start with, every fan counts, and here’s what I recommend to make sure you aren’t losing out on every single opportunity that presents – In a nutshell.
There is NO excuse to not capitalize on click-through to your website. After all, you’ve gone to all that effort of branding your page using our facebook template, and you want your customers to find you. Don’t anticipate or expect people will be inclined to navigate to your ‘About’ page when you can remove that extra step and Facebook will GIVE you a live link back to your website. This link will appear right in the heat zone where visitors will first see it.
Here’s how to get the live link showing right where your new fans can click through to check you out:
As page administrator, click the ‘About’ section. It will open up a page description.
Look for the opportunity to ‘Edit’ in the right-hand corner. Click that to open up a form page.
Somewhere near the bottom of the form page there is the ‘About’ field. No HTML is accepted here so you can’t put in strings of <a href=”code”> in here! However, if you prefix your url with [http://] like –> http://YOURDOMAIN.COM Facebook will automatically convert it to a live link.
The same process of applying a prefix to your domains ‘http://’ will often be converted on many sites not just Facebook to a live link, so it’s a habit to definitely take on board.
We host every kind of industry website you can imagine, a large proportion of which are WordPress based platforms. So, we’ve decided to put together a table of the top tweaks that webmasters were applying to their WordPress CMS (by industry), to save you the build time when it comes to seeing what they recommend.
Infographic of WordPress Essentials by Industry – Brought to you from InMotion Hosting – A VPS Hosting Provider
The information was gathered from writers from each of the chosen industries and curated on the embedded spreadsheet below. Feel free to make a copy for yourself as a shared Google document. The spreadsheet below contains all the links to each tool, theme, and tweak recommended by a pool of industry experts. I’m open to everyone’s comments and suggestions, and will check back regularly if there are significant changes.
Ever get bored of the techie trying to explain to you what web-hosting is all about from his bedroom recorded Skype video? Ever get confused with all the funny terms they drop in – like ‘Shared Hosting’, ‘Dedicated Servers’, it’s usually jumbled up with more screenshots of jargon, added to a robotic voiceover – you must know the type of video I mean!
Well, we understand how you feel! So our team got together and decided to ‘splain it in low-tech everyday stuff, so that even YOU can explain it to your Mom, Dad, dog, and client.
Check out our video below:
This is the catch, it was just us folks in the office, trying to explain it without going near the technology we take for granted around us. Um, do you think I set up an uncool [unfair] challenge or not?
Here’s what Anie had to say:
I guess I’d like to say what a fun process it was and how it was a different kind of teamwork that we’ve never experienced before, and we get to share this with our customers in order to have a more fun and shared perspective of web hosting from our customer’s point of view.
Which is pretty much what I was hoping for.
Anie: From beginning to end it was fun: drawing, cutting, taping, setting up and rehearsing!
Jason: I’m looking forward to using it to explain web hosting, VPS, and what I do to my friends, colleagues and affiliates. It was always a sticking point if you try to go there.
Alex: I enjoyed recording the sound with everyday office noises – even more so that I managed to get one of my own songs into the background party bit!
And the point I was making? Well, wouldn’t it be cool if as a new start-up or web-business, you could put together a simple video like this to explain your business? I’ve proven that we don’t have to have fantastic performance skills to produce something that could be meaningful to our audience. I hope you share the video as inspiration for your own office/business videos!
We recently launched a survey, as we’re sure you’re interested to find out where you compare to the average website owner in promoting their online business. There is a confusing array of options out there for you to attract a bunch of web visitors and clients for your online start-up business, so where are people hedging their bets and placing their money – if at all?
In this Google Hangout we’ll be joined by some Online Marketing tool representatives from the SEO, and Social Media world to help you decipher what it all means and where you could be best off budgeting for your self promotion. Bookmark this post and come back later as we update the key attendees you’ll be getting direct access to ask those burning questions in this free session!
Add the calendar below to make sure you don’t miss this great opportunity to join in and find out as we reveal for the first time some interesting stats on where you told us you prioritize your time on the world-wide-web!
Hi, and THANK YOU for spending the time to contribute a bit of research that we’ll later present as a set of infographics. We want to help you find out how you compare to the average web hosted business owner in terms of your investment in time and money on the web. There’s hundreds of tools and tweaks you can apply to getting customers to your website, but how do all these techniques really stack up where it really counts? – And that’s if you use them or not! The form is completely anonymous, and we bet you’re dying to know if you’re the average spender or tight purse when it comes to marketing your business online. So, How much do you really spend? Check back to our blog http://inmotionhosting.com/blog to see the results soon!