12 WordPress Tips for Beginners. Readability, Design, User Experience

12 WordPress Tips for Beginners. Readability, Design, User Experience

In How to Make Money from your Hobby or Passion? one of the mentioned possibilities is having your own website.

Most hosting providers offer a one-click process to install a WordPress blog, which makes starting really easy.

So this article WordPress Tips for Beginners is not about installing, but about aspects to make visiting your website a great experience.  

I will explain 12 aspects that – once implemented – will give your visitors a great user experience. Making sure they want to come back. 

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What are the Qualities of Good Signs that are Eye-catching and Valuable?

What are the Qualities of Good Signs that are Eye-catching and Valuable?

There are good signs and there are bad signs. To know the qualities of good signs we just have to look around and experience the signage that surrounds us.

Don’t you agree that a lot of signs are confusing? Our environment is so full of messages, promotions, and both visual and auditory noise, that it’s hard to focus on the signs that we need at a specific moment.

Still, some signs are marvellous. It’s a pity that the better the design is, the less we notice the signs because they do their job instantly and without complicating things.

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11 Steps to Start a Website for Personal or Business Use

11 Steps to Start a Website for Personal or Business Use

When you start something new, all the required steps can be overwhelming, to say the least. And this is especially the case when you want to start a new website. I want to break down this complicated process for you in 11 steps.

I won’t promise that makes it easier, but it surely will give you a bigger sense of control, which does wonders for your peace of mind. A relaxed mind can be more creative and productive than a stressed one.

In this article, I describe 11 steps to start a website. I will add some information to each step. Either by describing it here or by providing the link to an extensive article I wrote about that specific issue.

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How to Use Typography in Web Design? 7 Proven Do’s and Don’ts

How to Use Typography in Web Design? 7 Proven Do’s and Don’ts

The guidelines for typography in web design are not that different from the guidelines for text in any use. Whether on a screen or on paper, on a truck or on the facade of an office, always ask yourself: “Can people read this in an easy and clear way?”

Almost half of all websites worldwide are made with WordPress, including this website. While WordPress simplifies a lot of typographic decisions, it is still important to have a basic understanding of how typography works.

The following tips apply to both using HTML and CSS, as well as WordPress or any other CMS (Content Management System) website.

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Do you Want your Own Favicon on your Website?

Do you Want your Own Favicon on your Website?

A favicon is a small image identifying a website. Depending on your browser you see it in the tab at the top or in front of the web address.

Mine is an image of the 2 c’s of CleverCreating. Have a look at the top of this page!

This only works on a website you maintain yourself.

Not on for instance a blogger website or a WordPress.com-website.

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7 Ways to Shape our Ideas without a Computer to Inspire ourselves

7 Ways to Shape our Ideas without a Computer to Inspire ourselves

We do not always need a computer to create our ideas. Whether it is ideas for a design, a new product or a business plan. What opportunities are there to shape our ideas without a computer?

Of course, it’s marvellous if we have a computer with creative programs on it. But after all, a computer is just a tool and above all, we should not attach too much importance to it.

Some people get crazy at the mere thought of living without a computer for some time or even a day. Yet we shouldn’t bring ourselves too dependent on technology, don’t you think? Although some of my tips do involve technology. 😉

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Ceramics in Magical Colours. How to Use the Colour of Clay Itself?

Ceramics in Magical Colours. How to Use the Colour of Clay Itself?

Decorating your ceramics can be done in many ways. Your clay object can be glazed or painted with engobes and underglazes. Even screen printing or applying transfers are possibilities.

A pure way of working is using the colour of the clay itself with at most a transparent glaze to emphasize the colours and make the object watertight.

Clay has different colours depending on the substances in the soil of the quarry. The clay you buy in the shops usually has only a few colours: it’s white, red, or ‘black’ (rather dark-brown) after firing. Due to the industrialized process, the tones are generally the same every time.

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Why Do Typeface Designers Use Optical Illusions?

Why Do Typeface Designers Use Optical Illusions?

Typeface designers and graphic designers know that if they work mathematically and exact, everybody will think they are bad designers. They have to use tricks to make sure that designs are well balanced.

In How is Negative Space Helpful for Designers and Artists? I explained the trick of negative space. In this article, I will explain how designers use optical illusions.

Sometimes the used technique requires adjustments that may not be optical illusions in the usual meaning but are necessary anyhow. I’ll give an example of that as well.

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What is the Purpose of a Ligature in Typography?

What is the Purpose of a Ligature in Typography?

Ligature has a lot of meanings. The word is used in music, medicine, and language. This article is about the meaning of ligature in typography.

If computers had been invented before the printing technique, I wonder if there would have existed ligatures the way they do now. I am so glad that my education in my youth included hand-setting loose lead letters.

This literally gave me a feeling of the typographic origin of corpses, leading and kerning, as well as ligatures.

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