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Worlds Best Secure Email Providers
All businesses need to communicate, but how can they communicate securely? In this post we'll cover the best secure email providers available, so any user or business can begin communicating securely with absolutely minimal technical know-how.
Anyone keeping an eye on the news recently is aware that compromised data can create massive problems. While the tech savvy have been warning of risk since WPA, the general public is only starting to see that leaked email, media, and trade secrets can absolutely destroy market (and political) leaders. In broad terms, there are three ways anyone can integrate secure email into their workflow. A comprehensive understanding of how to utilize PGP is ideal, but that's a lot to ask of folks who aren't advanced developers. On the other end of the spectrum are browser plugin-ins and add-ons that take an ad-hoc approach to email security. Since security often comes at the expense of convenience, we've chosen to focus on a middle ground approach - Using a trusted third party secure email platform. We'll start by identifying the best secure email platforms we've found, then we'll cover the functional considerations in a little more detail. This should allow you to be an informed buyer when you decide to take on this crucial task. Haeck Design
Effective Social Media Automation
Paying attention to social media is important, but it can be time consuming. In this post we'll show you how strategically utilizing social media automation tools can save you that effort and give both you and your followers a better experience.
Modern businesses face a dilemma - Your time is limited, but customers expect you to be everywhere. This problem has forced the growth of social automation and while some may find it distasteful, when done correctly it can expand your audience, multiply your reach, increase brand awareness, and save you much needed time. In this post we'll briefly run down the best social media automation tools, address the benefits & drawbacks, touch on the moral implications, and give you our three favorite low-risk / high reward options for adding social automation to your repertoire.
Organic SEO - Improving Natural SEO Results
With the rise of paid ads and social traffic, Organic SEO has taken a back seat to many digital marketing companies. Although trends may be pushing against organic search, growing companies should see this opportunity for what it is...
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is all about improving traffic, but the source of that traffic is of key importance. A clear distinction should be made between content that aims to be hot and content that aims to be helpful. While obtaining "viral success" has its advantages, virality itself may have become a bit overblown. Whether you think organic search is a compliment, a foundation, or you haven't picked sides - the rules are simple and a growing company should really consider the value these dividends can pay.
Important Designers to Follow in Top Design Disciplines
One great aspect of Twitter is that you can always be in the loop of what you're favorite designers are up to. We've compiled a few very talented folks in major design disciplines that we believe should be on your list.
Following new trends and techniques can occupy quite a bit of time. The nature of project based work makes staying up to date pretty difficult to do. Most designers also need the ability to "check out" for a little while and that's what makes social networks so advantageous. Taking a couple minutes every other day to skim your feed is a great way to keep your "finger on the pulse" of the design world without committing a great deal of time to do so.
Get Social Icon Set / Social Media Font
Social icons are a necessity. That's why we built a minimal social icon set, then compiled it into a social media font. We've named it the Get Social Icon Set and it's free for all you designer types out there.
Every website must have a presence on the major social media platforms. Including those links on your website allows visitors to stay in touch. Designers used to spend hours creating social media links that matched a website, but with some advancements that step is a breeze. The Get Social Icon Set allows you to simply include a few lines then use the social media icons just like any other font.
Top 10 Favorite Inspirational Websites
Inspiration comes in many forms - When it comes to graphic and web design, these are our top 10 favorite inspirational websites.
There are several important aspects to a quality inspirational website. You need high quality project pieces, an interactive community, impressive design freebies, and a cohesive overall presentation. With several years in the industry, it's safe to say inspiration drains out of even the best of designers from time to time. Here are a few sites that should push you past that occasional "writer's block" and inspire any passionate designer to their next portfolio worthy project.
Jessica Hische - Typographer
Effective typography is halfway between art and science. As it's appreciation in the design community reaches new heights, Jessica Hische is one name that should be piquing your interest.
Solid typography is easy to overlook, because when it's done well it seems effortless. In that same vein, a typographer generally likes to remain "behind the scenes" and let their work speak for itself. Like any craft there is a certain balance that must be struck and Jessica Hische has done an impeccable job so far in her career of making incredible work and supporting her community (without even becoming the least bit art-snobby).
The Source Code Resources for Web Pros
We've compiled the source code resources for web development's top web professionals. All house fantastic snippets of various languages that make it easy to view, sort, and download website source code.
One of the truly beautiful aspects of code is it’s inherently sharable nature. There was a time when developers focused their energy on code obfuscation and all sorts of other tactics to keep the source code private. Luckily, an overwhelming majority of professional coders have accepted the “Open Source” culture as a permanent approach to web development. In that world, even the most novice coder is able to build on the backs of giants.
10 Responsive Frameworks You Need
Bootstrap vs UIKit vs Foundation - We take a look inside all the popular frameworks on the market and find the 10 Responsive Frameworks You Need.
Responsive Frameworks are springing up everywhere lately, but crowding the market occasionally leads to confusion. Whether you call them responsive grid systems or a css responsive layouts - they are a web designer's best friend and we love them as much as anyone. The only issue we have with responsive frameworks is that there are just so many out there and when you're brain shoots to Bootstrap vs UIKit vs Foundation vs every thing else, it can be a tough decision. With that in mind, we'll try to save you some time and give you a few more tools... because these are the only css libraries you need to provide good responsive design to your clients.
Wordpress Htaccess - An Intro Wordpress Security Tutorial
WordPress Htaccess is an important file. With it you can boost your WordPress security, seo, page load speeds and minimize WordPress exploits without a ton of effort. Take a couple minutes and learn a few WordPress htaccess tricks of the trade.
One aspect that makes WordPress so popular is the carefully curated plugins that are so easily installable. In the case of security though, you don't want cookie cutter... You want bulletproof ...and using htaccess effectively is as bulletproof as it gets. While improving your website's security in just a couple steps, we'll also cover a few easy htaccess additions that can have your website running faster and more efficiently. If you're not already familiar with utilizing these files, you'll be amazed by the functionality they add. If you've got a few years of experience under your belt, hopefully you'll still catch a couple nuggets of code you don't have lying around worth keeping.
The Best Wireframe Tools / Wireframe Apps
Bridging the gap between your vision and a clients idea usually takes a few tools. Use one of the best wireframe tools on the market and you'll go a long way in bridging that gap.
Wireframing is one of the most important steps in web or app development. Using solid wireframe tools can be a huge time saver, but if you're completely unfamiliar with concept - you're basically trying to roughly sketch what content goes where. The largest benefits of this being that it gives designers a map to work from and it also establishes the scope of the project. All things considered Wireframing is probably the most useful step in the development process, because it establishes communication, allows feedback, inks guidelines, and gives everyone a point of reference.
Optimizing Development Workflows
Efficient workflows and workflow patterns are key to effective web development. Learn how to streamline your workflow with this web development tutorial.
Most developers I know are "hands on learners". The type of people who take things apart to understand how they work. While that approach is useful for garnering a deep understanding, it's not very conducive to retaining a comprehensive development approach. If you pick up tools here and there, you may eventually end up with an amazing array of tools... but you probably also have a messy workbench. Rethinking and refining your workflows and workflow patterns will ultimately give any developer a framework in which they can work most efficiently. And ultimately when your dealing with lots of code on a regular basis, Efficiency is the name of the game.
What is Schema? - A Schema Microdata Tutorial
Answering "What is Schema?" for clients can be tricky since it's hidden in code, but that doesn't make it any less important. This Schema Microdata tutorial will answer that question for you and get you started on implementing it on your own website.
Structured microdata is becoming an important element of the web development puzzle, but with that reality comes a few questions. Which structure should I choose? How do I implement it? With those development concepts in mind, we'd first like to start this Schema microdata tutorial by explaining what is Schema and why does it matter.
Free Site Ranking Utilities
Optimizing SEO can be a complicated task. Free site ranking utilities provide experienced web developers and newcomers alike, a helpful way to track progress and identify potential shortfalls.
The more variables involved, the more complex a task will be. When addressing a websites SEO progress you need to account for several ranking factors, then gauge exactly how your site is performing in each. This complexity usually leaves you with two options, hire an all-inclusive SEO company or purchase an advanced program that runs these numbers for you (usually w/ a hefty monthly fee). Like most computer nerds, I find it hard to justify paying for data that's generally available for free. That's why we've compiled and detailed our favorite free SEO ranking tools for loyal readers. In the interest of efficient sharing, we've split our recommendations into two sections - free SEO site ranking tools & tools for tracking individual ranking factors. All have been extensively tested and belong in the bookmark section of any developer or website owner who cares about performance... which should be everyone.
Pinterest Branding and Marketing Strategy
This Pinterest tutorial will help build your Pinterest marketing and branding strategy... and also has a few tips for using it effectively.
Pinterest continues with steady growth in the "Social Networking" market. With 2.5 billion unique page views per month, this is an audience you need to convey your brand to and a site that can help you build that audience... as long as you address it properly.
Raleigh Food Bank Charities and Local Farms
Give the triangle community a hand by supporting Raleigh food bank charities and local farms.
There have been substantial cuts in government assistance and in this time of need, providing food for our community should be at the top of our priority list. Sometimes that means volunteering at local food charities, but it can also mean simply supporting our own local agricultural industry. Here are a few ways that anyone can help out.
Vimeo vs YouTube
In the battle of Vimeo vs YouTube, we generally prefer to use an unlikely choice.
Another addition to our "Web Standards" section is one that has been in line for a while. The battle of Vimeo vs YouTube has raged on for years, and although the content isn't always there - we tend to prefer using Vimeo... and this is why.
Build Internet | Website
Build Internet is a cutting edge blog centered around web design, development, and business.
Part of web design is staying on top of an immeasurable amount of trends and technological advances. One way to avoid the overwhelming sea of information is to find a few trusted sources. The reverse side of that coin is - you are only as valuable as the information you have... so there is an inherent desire to keep those sources to yourself. This is one thing we are trying to prevent at Haeck Design... so in that spirit - Check these guys out - They're friggen brilliant!
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