Looking to keep your webmaster skills sharp and your website packed with visitors? Here’s X of the best marketing, blogging, web design, and productivity articles published on the web throughout the month of May.
Smartmockups is a desktop app that makes it incredibly easy to create high quality mockups to showcase design projects. The app allows you to take any image or web page and quickly impose it on one of 300+ ready-made templates, offering everything from mobile phones, desktops, and business cards.
Creating a new mockup is extremely simple. Just select the template you want to use, then add your design to the editable area by either selecting a JPG or PNG fle from your computer, or pasting in the URL of the web page. When you’re happy with how your image look, just click the save button and you’re done!
Smart Mockups is available for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems for $29. The price, while fair, is probably only worthwhile if you expect to use it reasonably often. If you’re lucky, you might be able to save some money by purchasing it through MightyDeals, where it’s quite frequently on sale for $14.
There is also a free trial version available, so you can take it for a test spin before you commit to buying.
This post was originally published on Gowland Media and reproduced here with permission.
We run a bunch of social media profiles for (almost) all of the websites that we run. On the first day of October; The Web Atom, Critter Addiction, Aviculture Hub, Teh Sims, and SingularLabs had roughly 1,800 followers between them. The goal was to add 500 followers over the month, but incredibly the strategy we used added well over 2,000 new followers; more than doubling our social media reach in just a single month.
We concentrated most heavily on building our Twitter presence using three strategies, which will be discussed in detail below. The purpose of the exercise was to gain followers who are genuinely interested in becoming customers or consuming our content, so we didn’t waste time buying fake followers.
Google have announced that Chrome 56 (coming in January 2017) will mark websites using plain HTTP connections as insecure and show a security warning.
The “not secure” indicator will appear next to the address bar on web pages that have input fields for passwords or credit card numbers.
Over subsequent Google Chrome releases, the scope of the browsers HTTP connection warnings will be expanded. Eventually all websites delivered over HTTP will have a security warning – regardless of what data is being transmitted.
Google’s search engine already penalizes websites that do not support SSL. This new penalty is likely to further motivate website owners to make their pages secure or risk damaging their traffic and sales.
Switching to HTTPS has never been easier. Most established content management systems support running over HTTPS with minimal configuration needed. Furthermore, several free providers of SSL certificates have emerged in recent years; most significantly CloudFlare and Let’s Encrypt.
Evergreen content is online content that is perpetually relevant and able to continue attracting traffic for significant amounts of time after publication. Building a strong content portfolio of evergreen content can form a valuable part of your SEO and social media strategy.
What is evergreen content?
When choosing a topic for evergreen content, it’s important to avoid subjects that are likely to become less relevant over time. News articles, political discussion, cultural fads and fashion trends are all topics that lose relevance quickly and make for poor evergreen content.