Popular Design News of the Week: November 22, 2021 – November 28, 2021

November 28th, 2021 No comments

Every day design fans submit incredible industry stories to our sister-site, Webdesigner News. Our colleagues sift through it, selecting the very best stories from the design, UX, tech, and development worlds and posting them live on the site.

The best way to keep up with the most important stories for web professionals is to subscribe to Webdesigner News or check out the site regularly. However, in case you missed a day this week, here’s a handy compilation of the top curated stories from the last seven days. Enjoy!

Top Web Design and UI Trends for 2022

WordPress 5.9 Delayed Until January 2022

20 Best New Websites, November 2021

Parallax Powered by CSS Custom Properties

Icons in Pure CSS

How to Make Basic and Advanced Shapes with Pure CSS

2022 Color Trends: The Year’s Top Colors

CasaOS – A Simple, Easy-to-use, Elegant Open-source Home Cloud System

Frontend Store – Buy and Sell Interface Elements

Launching Fig

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A Handy Little System for Animated Entrances in CSS

November 26th, 2021 No comments

I love little touches that make a website feel like more than just a static document. What if web content wouldn’t just “appear” when a page loaded, but instead popped, slid, faded, or spun into place? It might be a stretch to say that movements like this are always useful, though in some cases they can draw attention to certain elements, reinforce which elements are distinct from one another, or even indicate a changed state. So, they’re not totally useless, either.

So, I put together a set of CSS utilities for animating elements as they enter into view. And, yes, this pure CSS. It not only has a nice variety of animations and variations, but supports staggering those animations as well, almost like a way of creating scenes.

You know, stuff like this:

Which is really just a fancier version of this:

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We’ll go over the foundation I used to create the animations first, then get into the little flourishes I added, how to stagger animations, then how to apply them to HTML elements before we also take a look at how to do all of this while respecting a user’s reduced motion preferences.

The basics

The core idea involves adding a simple CSS @keyframes animation that’s applied to anything we want to animate on page load. Let’s make it so that an element fades in, going from opacity: 0 to opacity: 1 in a half second:

.animate {
  animation-duration: 0.5s;
  animation-name: animate-fade;
  animation-delay: 0.5s;
  animation-fill-mode: backwards;
}

@keyframes animate-fade {
  0% { opacity: 0; }
  100% { opacity: 1; }
}

Notice, too, that there’s an animation-delay of a half second in there, allowing the rest of the site a little time to load first. The animation-fill-mode: backwards is there to make sure that our initial animation state is active on page load. Without this, our animated element pops into view before we want it to.

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If we’re lazy, we can call it a day and just go with this. But, CSS-Tricks readers aren’t lazy, of course, so let’s look at how we can make this sort of thing even better with a system.

Fancier animations

It’s much more fun to have a variety of animations to work with than just one or two. We don’t even need to create a bunch of new @keyframes to make more animations. It’s simple enough to create new classes where all we change is which frames the animation uses while keeping all the timing the same.

There’s nearly an infinite number of CSS animations out there. (See animate.style for a huge collection.) CSS filters, like blur(), brightness() and saturate() and of course CSS transforms can also be used to create even more variations.

But for now, let’s start with a new animation class that uses a CSS transform to make an element “pop” into place.

.animate.pop {
  animation-duration: 0.5s;
  animation-name: animate-pop;
  animation-timing-function: cubic-bezier(.26, .53, .74, 1.48);
}

@keyframes animate-pop {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    transform: scale(0.5, 0.5);
  }

  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: scale(1, 1);
  }
}

I threw in a little cubic-bezier() timing curve, courtesy of Lea Verou’s indispensable cubic-bezier.com for a springy bounce.

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Adding delays

We can do better! For example, we can animate elements so that they enter at different times. This creates a stagger that makes for complex-looking motion without a complex amount of code.

This animation on three page elements using a CSS filter, CSS transform, and staggered by about a tenth of a second each, feels really nice:

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All we did there was create a new class for each element that spaces when the elements start animating, using animation-delay values that are just a tenth of a second apart.

.delay-1 { animation-delay: 0.6s; }  
.delay-2 { animation-delay: 0.7s; }
.delay-3 { animation-delay: 0.8s; }

Everything else is exactly the same. And remember that our base delay is 0.5s, so these helper classes count up from there.

Respecting accessibility preferences

Let’s be good web citizens and remove our animations for users who have enabled their reduced motion preference setting:

@media screen and (prefers-reduced-motion: reduce) {
  .animate { animation: none !important; }
}

This way, the animation never loads and elements enter into view like normal. It’s here, though, that is worth a reminder that “reduced” motion doesn’t always mean “remove” motion.

Applying animations to HTML elements

So far, we’ve looked at a base animation as well as a slightly fancier one that we were able to make even fancier with staggered animation delays that are contained in new classes. We also saw how we can respect user motion preferences at the same time.

Even though there are live demos that show off the concepts, we haven’t actually walked though how to apply our work to HTML. And what’s cool is that we can use this on just about any element, whether its a div, span, article, header, section, table, form… you get the idea.

Here’s what we’re going to do. We want to use our animation system on three HTML elements where each element gets three classes. We could hard-code all the animation code to the element itself, but splitting it up gives us a little animation system we can reuse.

  • .animate: This is the base class that contains our core animation declaration and timing.
  • The animation type: We’ll use our “pop” animation from before, but we could use the one that fades in as well. This class is technically optional but is a good way to apply distinct movements.
  • .delay-: As we saw earlier, we can create distinct classes that are used to stagger when the animation starts on each element, making for a neat effect. This class is also optional.

So our animated elements might now look like:

<h2 class="animate pop">One!</h2>
<h2 class="animate pop delay-1">Two!</h2>
<h2 class="animate pop delay-2">Three!</h2>

Let’s count them in!

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Conclusion

Check that out: we went from a seemingly basic set of @keyframes and turned it into a full-fledged system for applying interesting animations for elements entering into view.

This is ridiculously fun, of course. But the big takeaway for me is how the examples we looked at form a complete system that can be used to create a baseline, different types of animations, staggered delays, and an approach for respecting user motion preferences. These, to me, are all the ingredients for a flexible system that easy to use, while giving us a lot with a little and without a bunch of extra cruft.

What we covered could indeed be a full animation library. But, of course, I did’t stop there and have my entire CSS file of animations in all its glory for you. There are several more types of animations in there, including 15 classes of different delays that can be used for staggering things. I’ve been using these on my own projects, but it’s still an early draft and I love feedback on it—so please enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments!

/* ==========================================================================
Animation System by Neale Van Fleet from Rogue Amoeba
========================================================================== */
.animate {
  animation-duration: 0.75s;
  animation-delay: 0.5s;
  animation-name: animate-fade;
  animation-timing-function: cubic-bezier(.26, .53, .74, 1.48);
  animation-fill-mode: backwards;
}

/* Fade In */
.animate.fade {
  animation-name: animate-fade;
  animation-timing-function: ease;
}

@keyframes animate-fade {
  0% { opacity: 0; }
  100% { opacity: 1; }
}

/* Pop In */
.animate.pop { animation-name: animate-pop; }

@keyframes animate-pop {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    transform: scale(0.5, 0.5);
  }
  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: scale(1, 1);
  }
}

/* Blur In */
.animate.blur {
  animation-name: animate-blur;
  animation-timing-function: ease;
}

@keyframes animate-blur {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    filter: blur(15px);
  }
  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    filter: blur(0px);
  }
}

/* Glow In */
.animate.glow {
  animation-name: animate-glow;
  animation-timing-function: ease;
}

@keyframes animate-glow {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    filter: brightness(3) saturate(3);
    transform: scale(0.8, 0.8);
  }
  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    filter: brightness(1) saturate(1);
    transform: scale(1, 1);
  }
}

/* Grow In */
.animate.grow { animation-name: animate-grow; }

@keyframes animate-grow {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    transform: scale(1, 0);
    visibility: hidden;
  }
  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: scale(1, 1);
  }
}

/* Splat In */
.animate.splat { animation-name: animate-splat; }

@keyframes animate-splat {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    transform: scale(0, 0) rotate(20deg) translate(0, -30px);
    }
  70% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: scale(1.1, 1.1) rotate(15deg));
  }
  85% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: scale(1.1, 1.1) rotate(15deg) translate(0, -10px);
  }

  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: scale(1, 1) rotate(0) translate(0, 0);
  }
}

/* Roll In */
.animate.roll { animation-name: animate-roll; }

@keyframes animate-roll {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    transform: scale(0, 0) rotate(360deg);
  }
  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: scale(1, 1) rotate(0deg);
  }
}

/* Flip In */
.animate.flip {
  animation-name: animate-flip;
  transform-style: preserve-3d;
  perspective: 1000px;
}

@keyframes animate-flip {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    transform: rotateX(-120deg) scale(0.9, 0.9);
  }
  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: rotateX(0deg) scale(1, 1);
  }
}

/* Spin In */
.animate.spin {
  animation-name: animate-spin;
  transform-style: preserve-3d;
  perspective: 1000px;
}

@keyframes animate-spin {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    transform: rotateY(-120deg) scale(0.9, .9);
  }
  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: rotateY(0deg) scale(1, 1);
  }
}

/* Slide In */
.animate.slide { animation-name: animate-slide; }

@keyframes animate-slide {
  0% {
    opacity: 0;
    transform: translate(0, 20px);
  }
  100% {
    opacity: 1;
    transform: translate(0, 0);
  }
}

/* Drop In */
.animate.drop { 
  animation-name: animate-drop; 
  animation-timing-function: cubic-bezier(.77, .14, .91, 1.25);
}

@keyframes animate-drop {
0% {
  opacity: 0;
  transform: translate(0,-300px) scale(0.9, 1.1);
}
95% {
  opacity: 1;
  transform: translate(0, 0) scale(0.9, 1.1);
}
96% {
  opacity: 1;
  transform: translate(10px, 0) scale(1.2, 0.9);
}
97% {
  opacity: 1;
  transform: translate(-10px, 0) scale(1.2, 0.9);
}
98% {
  opacity: 1;
  transform: translate(5px, 0) scale(1.1, 0.9);
}
99% {
  opacity: 1;
  transform: translate(-5px, 0) scale(1.1, 0.9);
}
100% {
  opacity: 1;
  transform: translate(0, 0) scale(1, 1);
  }
}

/* Animation Delays */
.delay-1 {
  animation-delay: 0.6s;
}
.delay-2 {
  animation-delay: 0.7s;
}
.delay-3 {
  animation-delay: 0.8s;
}
.delay-4 {
  animation-delay: 0.9s;
}
.delay-5 {
  animation-delay: 1s;
}
.delay-6 {
  animation-delay: 1.1s;
}
.delay-7 {
  animation-delay: 1.2s;
}
.delay-8 {
  animation-delay: 1.3s;
}
.delay-9 {
  animation-delay: 1.4s;
}
.delay-10 {
  animation-delay: 1.5s;
}
.delay-11 {
  animation-delay: 1.6s;
}
.delay-12 {
  animation-delay: 1.7s;
}
.delay-13 {
  animation-delay: 1.8s;
}
.delay-14 {
  animation-delay: 1.9s;
}
.delay-15 {
  animation-delay: 2s;
}

@media screen and (prefers-reduced-motion: reduce) {
  .animate {
    animation: none !important;
  }
}

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This BFCM Cloudways Offers 40% OFF for 4 Months on All Plans

November 26th, 2021 No comments

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Top 10 Remote Web Developer Skills You Cannot Miss

November 26th, 2021 No comments

Nowadays, having a website helps businesses increase their digital presence, generate leads, and strengthen their credibility, among other benefits.

And while some companies have a strong technical team ready to build a website, many are not in the same position. That’s why learning what web developer skills to look for becomes fundamental for businesses who want to hire a tech specialist ready to design, build, maintain, and improve their websites. Here’s a guide on the top web developer skills to look for in candidates: 

10 Remote Web Developer Skills To Look For 

1. HTML and CSS

Every remote web developer should be skilled in both HTML and CSS. These two languages are the core of web development.

HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the foundation for creating web pages as it provides the basic structure of sites.  HTML uses tags that identify the types of content and the purposes they serve on the webpage. For example, the heading, the body of an article, the subheading, and the images, are all labeled by HTML that provides the skeleton of the webpage. The elements of the language label these pieces of content. 

On the other hand, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) formats and layouts the content previously labeled by HTML.  In other words, CSS focuses on dictating how the HTML elements of a website appear on the front end of the page. It styles the content, so it appears the way it’s intended to be seen. CSS gives the website the colors, the fonts, the background images, etc. 

Without these two languages, it is impossible to build a website.

2. JavaScript

JavaScript is a logic-based programming language that modifies website content and behaves according to users’ actions. With JavaScript, web programmers can design interactive websites that ultimately increase the engagement of users. 

Javascript is an essential web developer skill because it helps you fulfill the demand of your clients. You can build interactive websites focused on improving the user experience. For example, with JavaScript, you can build confirmation boxers, interactive CTAs, among other things.

3. Testing and Debugging

It doesn’t matter how talented a developer is; debugging and testing are part of their life. Even if they are skilled enough, they might face errors and irregularities in their code, and that’s why testing becomes a fundamental web development skill. 

There are different types of testing, such as Unit testing or UI testing, that focus on seeing how things are working on a website. Developers need to perform these tests constantly, and when errors come up, they need to start debugging. 

When web developers are debugging, they are basically trying to find bugs or any irregularities or errors in their code that can affect the website’s performance. They focus on figuring out why and how these bugs are happening, fixing that problem but also understanding how to avoid it in the future.

4. SEO

Nowadays, one of the top web development skills is SEO. 

Briefly explained, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a set of practices that help websites appear and position themselves in the search engines. And while a skilled web developer can design and create an attractive website, it would be difficult for users to even find that website if they ignore SEO. 

When web developers build SEO-friendly websites, they enhance the site ranking, making it gain more visitors. They also improve the user experience, achieve higher ROI and conversions, and increase a website’s speed. 

5. Web Hosting

There are approximately 1.88 billion websites. Therefore, it often happens that the name you choose for your website is already taken. Additionally, when you choose a name for your site and want that name to be the address, you need to register that name with a domain provider.

Web hosting will help you store your resources on a server and access them via the internet. And after the web development process is completed and it’s live, users can access it and generate tracking. And knowing how to deploy code is required for this step. Web developers need to know how to deploy their code using SaaS providers like AWS and others.

6. Back-end

When building websites, web developers also need to take care of the back end, commonly known as the “behind-the-scenes” functionality. The back end focuses on the operational aspect of websites and is made up of servers, apps, and databases.

The code written by developers connects the web to a database, keeps track of user connections, and runs the web app. Back-end developers are mostly focused on the operation of a website, so what they’re working on is never visible to customers.

Besides prioritizing the front end, Web developers should also be skilled in the back-end as it is necessary to deliver the final product to the end-user.

7. Git

Git is a version control system useful for web developers as it helps them track and review code changes. In other words, it helps them identify and rectify errors that their code may contain. 

Additionally, Git helps developers revert their code to an earlier version if they mess something up. Instead of having to undo and fix all the errors manually, that can be one of the most time-consuming tasks web developers can roll back to a previous version and try a different solution until they solve the problem. 

8. JS Frameworks and Libraries

JavaScript has a wide variety of frameworks, such as Angular, Backbone, Vue, React, that provide developers with a ready-made structure for their JS code. Each framework has different purposes and focuses on different needs, but a skill that all web developers should master is when it comes to JS frameworks and libraries. This makes them write code faster and more effectively. 

Both libraries and frameworks speed production and provide developers with a set of tools already tested and used by other programmers. 

9. Front End Frameworks

Front-end frameworks focus on the same aspects as JS frameworks: increasing a programmer’s productivity. 

When evaluating your web developer skills make sure that they are familiar with front-end frameworks. These are valuable tools as they include software packages that provide pre-written and reusable code modules. It’s easier for developers to create web applications as they don’t have the need to code every object or function from the start. 

10. Mobile Design

According to Statista, over 90% of the global internet population uses mobile devices to go online. Businesses that want to build a website need to focus on building one suitable for mobiles. 

Responsive and mobile design skills are fundamental in web developers as they will help you build a website that provides users with a smooth experience when visiting it on their phones.

Something to keep in mind is that mobile design can also mean creating a separate mobile design. Sometimes the experience you want to provide your users is different on the desktop than on the mobile, so the developer needs to have the necessary skills to build two different sites. 

Web Developer Skills for a Remote Environment 

While technical skills are one of the most important aspects when evaluating web developers, you also need to prioritize soft skills, especially when hiring a remote developer. 

Not everyone likes or knows how to work and perform in a remote environment. Some people need constant supervision, others need to be around others to get the job done, so learning more in-depth about how a web developer works and their experience with remote work is valuable.

Here are some additional web developer skills to look for:

  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Autonomy
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Time management
  • Teamwork

Wrapping Up

The skills of a web developer are constantly evolving as the internet world is constantly evolving as well. SEO a few years ago was not as known as it is nowadays, for example. So, although skills such as JavaScript, HTML, CSS, testing, and debugging, among others, are fundamental aspects of web development, what really matters is to find a web developer who is also growing and looking to expand their knowledge and their profession.

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Is it Time to Transition to JAMStack?

November 25th, 2021 No comments

Jamstack (JAMstack), is one of the most popular (and rapidly growing) tools for app and website creation. A unique ecosystem of functionality, Jamstack promises developers the support they need to create powerful websites and progressive applications. 

For a while, Jamstack was mostly written off as just another buzzword in the developer space. However, today, it’s growing to become a powerful investment for many business leaders. Even big companies are getting involved, like Cloudflare, with Cloudflare pages, and Microsoft with Azure Static Web Apps. Elsewhere, we’ve seen brands like Shopify, PayPal, and Nike getting involved too.

So, what exactly is Jamstack, and is it time you transitioned over? Let’s find out…

What is Jamstack?

Jamstack, otherwise known as “JAMstack,” is the name of a developer ecosystem made up of JavaScript, APIs, and Markup (hence: JAM). The solution is a web development architecture allowing developers to access static website benefits, such as higher security and better performance, while still unlocking dynamic database-oriented CMS.

The Jamstack solution allows companies and developers to build a dynamic website where real assets are pre-rendered static files in a CDN. The dynamic environment runs on JavaScript client-side, through serverless functions. 

For a better insight, let’s compare Jamstack to the LAMP stack development strategy, which originated from the four open-source components many developers used to build sites: Linux, Apache HTTP, MySQL, and PHP.

With LAMP, each user request for a page forces the server to query a database — unless the page is cached — and combine the result with page markup data and plugins. Jamstack websites serve pre-built optimized assets and markup solutions quickly because the files are already compiled on a CDN. There’s no need to query the database. 

Jamstack workflows dramatically reduce cumbersome issues with development and excess maintenance, making them highly appealing to developers. 

What Are the Benefits of Jamstack?

Jamstack won’t be the ideal development tool for everyone, but it has a lot of benefits to offer. By fetching HTML from a CDN, the system doesn’t have to wait for HTML to be combined and returned to clients. The solution also provides an improved developer experience with static methods. 

Using Jamstack, developers can build fantastic static files ready to serve by request, hosted on a global CDN. Some of the biggest benefits of Jamstack include:

  • Performance: Because you’re serving pre-built static files from a CDN directly, you’ll achieve much faster loading times, unmatched by typical server-side rendering options. Because you’re serving static files, you’re also better equipped to handle any traffic spikes you might encounter, with minimal slowdown.
  • User experience: Better website performance significantly improves user experience and website traffic, as well as SEO efforts. User experience has always been a critical factor in ensuring the success of a website, and it’s essential to keeping your customers around for as long as possible. Websites optimized for performance will always delight users. 
  • Security: With Jamstack, there are no servers or databases to worry about. You use third-party solutions to handle these issues for you. The architecture of Jamstack means the back and front end of your development processes are decoupled, and you can rely on APIs to run server-side processes easily. Jamstack also comes with security benefits other approaches can lack. Clear separation of services is essential here. 
  • Hosting and scaling: Scaling and hosting can often be problematic in the development world, but because you’re serving files from a CDN, you’re less likely to encounter issues. CDNs are almost infinitely scalable, so you get excellent extensibility built into your development environment. CDN hosting for static files is also cheaper than traditional hosting, so you can keep costs low. 
  • Maintenance: Jamstack makes it easy to push your front end to the edge rather than managing infrastructure directly. Ditching plugins, databases, and other hosting services can help you to save more time and money on a significant scale. 
  • Developer experience: From a developer perspective, there are tons of benefits from Jamstack. You get the ease of a Github, CI/CD, CDN flow, and auto previews with simple rollback to reduce the need for backups. Local developer environments and the ability to run and debug cloud functions locally are all fantastic.

Does Jamstack Have any Limitations?

In a lot of ways, Jamstack is an innovative and revolutionary solution for development. It can help you to create a far more engaging website and present your company in an incredible way. Of course, that doesn’t mean there are no limitations to be aware of. 

Jamstack is developer-friendly, for instance, but it’s not beginner-friendly. You will need at least some knowledge of web development to start unlocking the benefits. You’ll need to understand things like Vue or React, but you should develop a tool anyone can use with a bit of work.

There’s also a handful of things you can’t pre-generate, like user-specific and real-time data. So, this means you may not be able to use Jamstack effectively on projects requiring these kinds of data. Building an analytics dashboard, for instance, probably isn’t a good idea with Jamstack. Other issues for some developers may include:

  • API complexity: It can be overwhelming to try and find the right solution for your needs among so many different options. Of course, this could also be something you’d say about the WordPress ecosystem and its huge variety of plugins. An API usually won’t break your production website, at least. 
  • Long building processes: If you have a large number of pages, there’s more likely to be an extensive building process to think about. Whenever you make a change to a single page, even a little one, you’ll need to rebuild your entire website. This is a problem if you run into a website with thousands of pages. There are solutions to this problem available, however.
  • Handling dynamics: Going with Jamstack doesn’t mean abandoning your backend. An important part of the approach is accessing serverless functions, which are becoming more effective over time. These serverless functions can also be executed on the edge. The backend parts of your website will require regular maintenance as they scale.

Best Jamstack Tools to Check Out

Now you know the basics of Jamstack, let’s look at some of the tools you can use to design an incredible website or application within the Jamstack environment. 

The Git Tool Landscape

There are tons of tools within the Git ecosystem common among Jamstack developers. Starting with Git itself. Git represents a powerful free, and open-sourced distributed version control system. With this solution, companies can handle everything from small to enterprise-level projects with efficiency and speed. The solution is extremely easy to use and learn, and outclasses a range of tools like Perforce, ClearCase and Subversion. 

GitHub Pages and GitLab pages are two hosting services for Git repositories with built-in services to host static pages from out of your codebase. This makes the two solutions fantastic for when you’re building a Jamstack website. You can access the functionality for free too. 

GitLab gives you a comprehensive DevOps platform to work with, where you can enjoy a comprehensive CI/CD toolchain out of the box. The comprehensive solution, delivered as a single application, changes the way security, development, and Ops teams integrate and collaborate. Gitlab helps to accelerate software delivery on a massive scale.

AWS Amplify

AWS Amplify, created by Amazon Web Services, is a development platform packed full of useful features for people in the Jamstack environment. The Amplify offering aims to reduce the complexities associated with Amazon Web Services for mobile and web deployment. You get 12 months of hosting for free with new accounts, and you get Storage with Amplify too. 

The Amazon Amplify solution dramatically improves the regular AWS workflow, especially if you’re just a novice user. There’s a huge documentation hub to help you too, which is way more convenient than Amazon’s usual documentation solutions. Amplify is still accessed from a somewhat bloated console, however. 

With AWS Amplify, companies can access features like a comprehensive data store to sync data between the cloud and websites. There’s also easy-to-use interface access across all different categories of cloud operations. The service works well with a range of JavaScript central tools. 

Netlify

Netlify is a pioneering solution in the Jamstack environment, allowing users to go dynamic with their websites and applications on their own terms. You can access a range of add-ons and integration, access your favorite tools, and make your own. The flexible environment enables developers to run websites on a multi-cloud infrastructure designed for speed and scale automation. 

Built to be entirely secure from the ground up, Netlify makes it easy to build a site that’s custom-made for performance and deployed directly. You don’t need to worry about managing, scaling and patching web services, which means you can more quickly implement your Jamstack architecture. 

Unlike other large legacy apps, Jamstack projects are neatly separate from your front-end pages and UI from the backend databases and apps with Netlify. Using this service, the entire front-end can be pre-built with highly optimized static assets and pages, and developers can deliver new web projects faster than ever before.

Next.JS

Inspired by the functionality of PHP, Next.JS is a solution for pre-rendered JavaScript modules. The solution allows developers to easily export the components of their apps and perform individual tests to determine how each element works. You can also access a wide range of components and modules from NPM. The Next offering allows developers to save time, removing the need to use webpack bundles and transform with compilers. 

The full solution is extremely intuitive, ensuring developers can create solutions quickly. What’s more, the technology you build will allow you to load only the bundle needed from your JavaScript workflow, rather than all the JavaScript at once. Pre-fetching, one of the features of Next.JS, also picks up where standard code-splitting leaves off, allowing for optimized bundles of code to load seamlessly. 

Next.JS also supports hot-module replacement. This means instead of reloading an entire application when you change the code, you only recreate the modules you’ve altered.

Angular

Probably the most widely-recognized of all the JavaScript frameworks, Angular, designed by Google engineers, appeared first in 2012, offering developers a new way to create dynamic pages. Before this technology, there were other opportunities for creating dynamic pages, but they were nowhere near as convenient or speedy. 

Angular is probably one of the most essential tools companies can use when building a Jamstack website or environment. The front-end web development tool attracts developers from all over the world. Every version is packed with features and constantly upgraded to ensure you can generate the best results. 

Angular extends HTML file functionality with powerful directives, and it requires very little effort to enable these directives too. All you do is add the ng- prefix to your HTML attributes and you’re ready to go. Angular also allows developers to create widgets leveraging editable data with two-way binding. This means developers don’t have to write code that syncs constantly between the model and view. 

With Angular, developers also get access to things like virtual scrolling, which can help with displaying large lists of elements performantly, rendering on the items that fit on the screen to reduce loading times. 

React

Another must-have tool in the JavaScript world for Jamstack, the React solution was launched first in 2013, and has won thousands of customers across the globe thanks to fantastic functionality. Today, the full landscape is maintained by Facebook, along with all the members of the standard developer community. The solution is used by some of the biggest giants in the tech industry, like Netflix, PayPal, and Apple. 

React is a true pioneer in the Jamstack ecosystem, with its sensational approach to simple and straightforward solutions for JavaScript management. You’ll be able to access batched and virtual DOM updates, which makes it easier to unlock components quickly, and write your components the way you see them. There’s also the added benefit that React is compatible with a lot of tools. 

You can build a comprehensive app or website with the help of React, and you’ll have no trouble accessing some of the top features, particularly with plenty of support available from the React community. 

Gatsby

Created from the ground up to improve user experience on a comprehensive level, Gatsby is a static site generator with heavy focus on things like SEO, performance, and accessibility. The solution offers plenty of out-of-the-box features to help developers deliver the most immersive solution for their users, without unnecessary complexity. 

Gatsby users pre-configuration to develop static websites giving developers faster loading pages, stronger code splitting, and server-side rendering. You can also access features like data prefetching, asset optimization, and quick image loading. Gatsby boasts excellent documentation and starter packs to help you get your site up and running more quickly.

The GraphQL data layer of Gatsby also means the system can collect your data from anywhere, including your CMS, JSON, Markdown, and APIs. More than just your standard site generator, this is a tool built specifically with performance in mind. 

Agility CMS

Developing an effective Jamstack website means having access to the right CMS technology. Agility CMS wasn’t the first CMS solution to support Jamstack, but it is one of the better-known options. As one of the first headless CMS solutions to hit the market, the company has quickly captured the attention of a huge range of developers worldwide.

Agility CMS is a Jamstack pioneer, capable of helping developers to build a foundation for any online ecosystem. The technology is an API-first CMS with support for REST APIs, so developers can connect all the third-party apps and front-end frameworks they like.

The technology also gives developers the freedom to code their solutions their way. You don’t have to follow a specific set of guidelines for how content is created, but templates are available to fast-track development. Agility CMS also hosts and abstracts your database, so you don’t have to worry about connection strings, backups, and maintenance. 

With a strong content architecture to help companies manage digital content and a partnership with Gatsby, Agility is ideal for Jamstack development strategies. 

Building Your Jamstack Website

The Jamstack solution is more than just a buzzword in today’s development world. This unique approach to building incredible development experiences delivers an excellent advantage to both developers and their end-users. Fast, scalable, and full of solutions for customization, Jamstack is a powerful way to bring websites to life with simplicity and speed. 

Every day, more companies take advantage of the Jamstack environment, and we’re constantly seeing a wide selection of new tools, APIs and offerings emerging to help enhance the Jamstack landscape too. This environment is definitely worth consideration for any developer looking to significantly speed up their development strategy.

 

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How to Create a Proposal Email that Gets Results

November 24th, 2021 No comments

Your business proposal may be intriguing and formatted in a way that will make it hard for anyone to refuse it, but how much effort did you put into your proposal email? In this article, we’ll explain how to write a great proposal email that will get you tangible results. 

What is a business proposal email?

A business proposal email is an email you send to potential clients in the early stages of the sales pipeline. It’s most commonly used in business-to-business transactions. 

On some occasions, you’ll get a request for a business proposal, and other times you’ll have to send out cold emails describing your services. Business proposals that were requested often get sent with a very short email. Since the meat of the proposal is in the proposal itself, the same can not be said for unsolicited ones. 

Unsolicited business proposals need to come with an engaging email that will encourage people to read your proposal. It must be effective if you want to gain a new client and grow your business. 

A successful proposal has a clear objective, an attention-grabbing introduction, a succinct outline of your proposal, and ends with a CTA. 

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Tips for writing a proposal email

Think of your proposal email as a quick sales pitch. It needs to be presented in a way that will convince potential clients to buy from you. However, it also needs to be short. Don’t leave the most important piece out of the email, thinking you’ll entice your audience to reach out. 

Put all of your biggest selling points in the email. Remember to focus on the benefits of your service and talk more about your clients than your company. 

Start by creating a buyer persona. It’s a fictional representation of your customers based on data. In order to create a buyer persona, you need to know how old your customers are, their gender, education level, interests, buyer habits, and other behaviours and characteristics that could help you shape the persona. 

The better you understand your clients and potential customers, the better you can target them and shape your sales strategy as well as the content. 

You can gather that information through different analytics and insight, talking to your sales team, and interviewing your current clients. When a company has a clear and compelling sales process, it can be much easier for them to stay on top of the latest trends in their industry. This is essential since you want to know who are the people in charge of making purchase decisions for your services and products. 

Those are the people you need to target, even if they differ from the people who will use your services. 

Now that you know who to reach out to, you need to determine the goals and timescales. The only way you’ll get new clients is if they see that you understand their needs and can help them achieve their goals.   

Think of this part as a proposal introduction or commonly called an executive summary. In this part, you need to answer the most common questions potential clients will have:

  • How will you fix the problem your potential clients are facing?
  • Which benefits will the potential clients receive from working with you as supposed to your competitors?
  • What makes you the expert for these kinds of situations?

Make sure to include a timeline of your process. This could be said in a single sentence – “We will develop an optimized web application in 8 weeks and can get started on it as soon as you agree to our terms and pay the first fee.”

Once your potential clients read that part, they will be interested in the price. However, don’t jump into your pricing paragraph just yet. Firstly, show your expertise with a kind of social proof

The question you need to answer next is – “What is unique about your approach and have you helped companies in these kinds of situations before?”

List some of your unique approaches, talents, the benefits of working with different people in your team, and so on. 

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From there you can go into your price. For this stage, you don’t need to offer a detailed breakdown of the budget, but give the potential client a number that they can work with. Later on, if they agree to work with you, you can give them a more detailed look into the budget and how it will be spent before you jump on a call with them. 

End your email with a call to action. It needs to be worded in a way that lets your potential clients know what the next steps are if they want to work with you. After that sign off the email with your contact information. 

Example of a good proposal email

Hello (name of your client),

My name is (name), and I am (title) at (company). I’m writing to you because I want to help you increase your revenue with a new mobile app. The mobile app will increase your sales by (estimated percentage).

Here is an overview of the process:

It takes 8 weeks to develop and test an optimized application that will have a great user face and will help you make more conversions.

The app will speed up the sales process and will help bring in repeated sales with push notifications, and an easy buying experience. 

I’m linking a few case studies that show our previous successes and how quickly they achieved ROI. 

We’re the best choice for app development because our team consists of developers, testers, QA engineers, copywriters and designers, which is rare these days. 

The price of the project is (name your price), which can be paid in (number) of installments. 

If you’re interested and want to find out more about our team or process you can contact us on this email or reach out on our social media. 

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Conclusion

No matter how amazing your proposal is, if it’s not presented in an engaging way, your potential clients won’t be encouraged to reach out and take you up on your offer. With our actionable tips, you’ll easily compose a winning proposal email that will help you win more business. 

Make sure to always remember who you’re writing to and to put all your biggest selling points in the email.

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Which SVG technique performs best for way too many icons?

November 23rd, 2021 No comments

Tyler Sticka digs in here in the best possible way: by making a test page and literally measuring performance. Maybe 1,000 icons is a little bit of an edge case, but hey, 250 rows of data with four icons in each gets you there. Tyler covers the nuances carefully in the post. The different techniques tested: inline , same-document sprite s, external-document sprite s, with an external source, with a data URL, with a filter,

with a background-image of an external source,

with a background-image of a data URL, and a

with a mask. Phew! That’s a lot — and they are all useful techniques in their own right.

Which technique won? Inline , unless the SVGs are rather complex, then is better. That’s what I would have put my money on. I’ve been on that train for a while now.

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Live Now: Top 10 Black Friday 2021 Deals for Designers and Agencies

November 23rd, 2021 No comments

It’s that time again. Black Friday. November 26, to be exact. And the many enticing deals you’ve been looking forward to at this time of the year are here as well.

There are three types of Black Friday shoppers. Those who are successful because they have prepared. Those who are successful because they got lucky. And, those who let some good deals simply slip away.

Your best bet, of course, is to be prepared, which is the purpose of this guide.

As you go down this list, you’ll find discounts, some pretty amazing offers, a few surprises perhaps – and plenty of inspiration.

We’ve been keeping close tabs on the various Black Friday discounts and promotions, and we’ve corralled the best of the bunch for you.

Starting with:

1. Brizy – The No-Code Website Builder For Non-Techies

Brizy is a fast and easy-to-use website builder for designers and agencies. Take advantage of Brizy’s Black Friday special and tap into the skills of a team that has been creating website-building tools for over 11 years.

This premier website builder gets better with each update.

  • Web designers can choose between Brizy for WordPress and the Brizy Cloud website builder, which includes hosting;
  • Agencies can choose among several white-label options;
  • Brizy brings power to the novice; use the pre-made designs or start with a blank page and let the imagination be the guide.

Black Friday is a time to take advantage of great deals, and this year is no different.

  • Big discounts are available on Brizy’s white label agency plans;
  • Participate at no cost to win a MacBook PRO;
  • Partner perks and discounts;
  • And exclusive new designs.

Design or coding experience is not a requirement to use Brizy’s drag and drop visual builder.

Click on the banner to take advantage of these great Black Friday specials.

2. Portfoliobox

A 50% discount on any portfolio website builder would seem like a good deal. On the other hand, getting one at 50% off that enables you to quickly create a portfolio website that reflects your creative personality and will truly set you apart from the crowd is definitely worth taking advantage of.

Portfoliobox offers:

  • Mix and match templates to help achieve a unique look;
  • Powerful eCommerce functionality built right into the platform;
  • Safe and secure private client galleries;
  • An included Domain (custom domain with Pro plans);
  • Fantastic 24/7 support to keep problems to a minimum;
  • Affordable, transparent pricing plans that let you know what you are getting before you buy.

Click on the banner to find out more about this fast, affordable, and easy to work with a portfolio website builder for creatives.

3. wpDataTables

wpDataTables is a popular, power-packed plugin that can manage vast amounts of data in seconds and organize it to build a table or chart the way you want.

  • wpDataTables and charts are responsive, customizable, and easy to edit and maintain;
  • wpDataTables readily accepts data from a variety of data sources, from multiple database connections, and in the most used formats;
  • Tables and charts can be configured to nicely blend in with other website content and a website’s overall design, plus it is easy to add spice to a table or chart by using colors, adjusting font sizes, and highlighting key data using conditional formatting.

wpDataTables features Elementor and Gutenberg integration, provides the ability to connect WordPress tables with Google API, allows cascade data filtering, and much more.

Click on the banner to take advantage of the 30% off Black Friday special.

4. Amelia WordPress Booking Plugin

Amelia can be a genuine time and money saver for a variety of business types. Amelia automates and streamlines a business’s booking process.

  • Amelia relieves business owners and managers from the task of managing multiple appointments and events;
  • Clients and customers love the ability to make and manage their appointments 24/7;
  • Bookings and events are managed from a single platform, even when multiple locations are involved.

Annual and lifetime subscriptions are available.

5. Mobirise Free Website Builder

As it is an offline builder, Mobirise does not tie you to any platform, you can host it anywhere, and you have total control over creating the website you have in mind.

Mobirise:

  • is drag and drop and easy and simple use;
  • is based on the latest Google AMP or Bootstrap 5, so your site will be mobile-friendly and crazy fast;
  • comes with eCommerce, huge selections of themes, blocks and templates, and a shopping cart.

Mobirise is free for both personal and commercial use.

6. Slider Revolution

There is a difference between an “interesting” website and one whose WOW effects cause it to stand far above the competition.

Slider Revolution specializes in WOW effects that can take any website to the next level, and it can be yours on Black Friday at a 33% discount on all licenses.

The Slider Revolution package includes:

  • Innovative templates and add-ons;
  • Advanced automation and special effects tools.

Grab the Black Friday offer now.

7. Getillustrations Bundle – Commercial illustrations for the web

Digital illustrations help attract attention to and pique interest in your website.

Getillustrations.com features a package of more than 9000 commercial web and app illustrations in a wide range of topics.

  • This package features all the design formats you’re likely to need, e.g., Ai, SVG, PNG, Figma, Sketch, and more;
  • Great illustrations to spice up landing pages are included.

The package is available at a 25% discount. Use coupon code EliteDesingers25.

8. Litho – Multipurpose Elementor WordPress Theme

Litho is a creative, modern, and highly customizable theme that can be used for any type of business niche as well as for creating eCommerce, blog, and portfolio websites.

This multipurpose Elementor WordPress theme’s features include –

  • 36+ ready home pages, 200+ creative elements, and a 300+ template library;
  • One-click demo import;
  • Top loading speed and SEO result capabilities.

Litho also features detailed online documentation and top-of-the-line customer support.

9. 8bio – Linktree Alternative

Instagram and TikTok enthusiasts, take note!

With the 8bio tool at your fingertips, you can add a clickable URL to your social media platform profiles so visitors can visit your website, product page, or any other important page.

8bio offers:

  • Beautiful skins and catchy animated backgrounds;
  • The ability to link to your own domain or to *.8b.io;
  • Powerful SEO and tracking options.

The 8bio tool can also be used for your Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube posts.

10. XStore – Highly Customizable WordPress WooCommerce Theme

XStore is designed to work with the best page builders on the market and is fully compatible with the Elementor and WPBakery builders.

The XStore package includes

  • $510 worth of carefully handpicked Premium Plugins for WooCommerce;
  • More than 110+ awesome Prebuilt Shops;
  • A built-in AMP for WooCommerce, a Full Ajax Shop, multi-vendor support, and much more.

Become one of XStore’s more than 60,000+ happy customers by taking advantage of the Black Friday special.

Knowing that it’s the early bird that gets the worm, we’ve worked hard to place before you and your fellow website designers and agencies this enticing selection of the best Black Friday offers.

You will no doubt find some of the products familiar. A few might not be. In either case, the opportunities are here for you to get some great deals on some premier products.

Happy shopping!

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5 Ways Digital Flipbooks Can Help Improve Your Business

November 23rd, 2021 No comments

Stop for a moment and take a look around you. The world we live in today looks nothing like the world we were born into.

In the last decade, technology has changed most of our daily activities, from the way we communicate and interact with other people, to the way we conduct our business. 

Technology nowadays gives a large variety of opportunities to every business owner out there, whether you’ve been in business for a day or for a decade, digitalization has played a huge role in what you’ve achieved so far. 

More or less, every company benefits these days of a digital presence that requires a meticulous focus on a digital marketing strategy.

Communication is key when it comes to keeping your customers’ loyalty and for that matter, technology provides a wide range of faster and more efficient means to communicate.

Statistics and all sorts of documents represent more than 60% of our work, so if you want to stand out and make your work noticed, you need to pay attention to the smallest details. The way you present your documents to your team, clients, possible customers, or to the general public, is just a matter of choice now because technology provides you with the right means to do it.

Unlike the classic PDF, a digital flipbook offers impactful and more engaging content, which can help you impress clients, attract customers and as a matter of consequence, achieve success with your business.  

What are digital flipbooks?

A digital flipbook is an interactive and engaging virtual representation of any kind of paper-made documents, such as presentations, certificates, catalogs, magazines, and many more.

I’m sure you have been dealing with PDFs before, whether for personal purposes or business-wise, it’s impossible not to come across this kind of document.

An interactive flipbook maker can transform your PDFs within a few clicks, into a whole different experience. Your static document format, somewhat outdated, will turn into a flipbook with 3D effects, to be more specific, you will be able to add photo-slideshows, videos, audio, links, and even embed Google maps into your presentation.

From a document that requires endless scrolling through its pages, you would obtain an interactive flipbook with a 3D flipping effect, that mimics perfectly that pleasant hand gesture you use when turning a page. 

Now let’s see what a digital flipbook “brings to the table”, in terms of business. 

1. Digital flipbooks can help you maintain brand consistency across all channels.

In order to achieve success, your brand needs to develop and maintain a consistent identity across all the channels you have at your disposal. 

Since almost everything nowadays happens on the internet it is extremely important to be a constant presence out there and engage your audience, a digital flipbook can come in handy on that matter and drive traffic to your website or blog.

As mentioned, digital flipbooks would be able to make your company more visible to your target audience, through its special features. By turning your report or presentation into a flipbook, you can add social media buttons, so your customers would be able to easily access your platforms, you can share it via email or within a few clicks, you can share your flipbooks through a link with your readers or teammates.

2. Digital flipbooks allow you to build a great marketing strategy. 

The overall purpose of a marketing plan is to engage the audience and turn them into customers.

 In order to do that, every business requires a well-structured and customer-driven marketing strategy. Using digital flipbook technology, allows you to focus your strategy and turn your businesses’ key points into sales figures.

You can create online flipbooks and present your services or products in a more appealing manner with elements of an interactive catalog that can boost up your sales. 

3. Digital flipbooks attract more readers and create audience engagement. 

The main advantage of a digital flipbook is its interactivity. In order to evolve you need to constantly innovate.

Therefore, using beautiful photo-slideshows, adding audio content, videos or virtual tours, captions, tags, or even eye-catching Gifs into your presentation, can do the trick and make your business more attractive to your customers and stand out in front of your competitors.

4. Digital flipbooks can turn your readers into customers using lead generation forms. 

If you want to increase your sales, adding lead generation forms in your flipbooks would make that happen a lot easier. Using lead forms is a great way to obtain contact details from your readers, such as email addresses, phone numbers, or even the name of the company you’re working for. All this information would make you able to directly reach the people who have already shown interest in your products or services.

5. Digital flipbooks allow you to keep track of statistics.

Statistics are a really powerful tool when it comes to the development of a business.

Digital flipbooks are able to provide you with your much-needed statistics, due to the fact that they have an integrated option that can help you see which part of your presentation engages more audience, what kind of device your customers use when they’re viewing your flipbook, the average time spent on your presentation and more. 

In addition, you can connect your Google Analytics account to your flipbook, so you would be able to see more specific details about your audience, like demographic information and other high-level elements which would help you get a better understanding of your target audience. 

Conclusion

In order to achieve your business goals, it’s crucial to have a good understanding of what impact technology can have on your company’s development and use it to its fullest potential.

If you want to keep your customers’ loyalty you need to be constantly up to date and use every means you have at your disposal to engage with them.

Digital flipbooks could be a successful solution to what your business needs in terms of efficiency and creativity, so start creating and see by yourself how this tool can boost your sales and put your business on the map.

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5 Tips for Creating an Online Course Platform

November 23rd, 2021 No comments

There’s no doubt that technology has changed the way we learn (and teach). Courses, university lectures, and even high school and primary school lectures are no longer limited to the traditional classroom setting.

Instructors and teachers, just like students, nowadays have a digital toolbox available which ranges from mobile devices to laptops and computers that can run software tools that allow attending online courses.

Online learning will be trending in the years to come and it will surely grow more and more as time goes by. So, let’s take a look and see what you should do to create your own online course platform if you want to break through into the growing e-learning industry.

Choose a custom LMS for your platform

Your online course platform needs to be safe, custom, and flexible.

  1. On a dedicated server with approved access, the e-learning platform should ensure strong security. With so many copyright violations these days, it’s critical to protect your authorship. Many teachers have various backup solutions in place to restore their data.
  2. The online course platform should be tailored to the preferences of a certain course structure, offer your learning materials their own voice, and provide round-the-clock support to address any concerns.
  3. Learners can progress at their own pace, acquire all kinds of support from you and your team, and determine if they need more practice or more theory with a flexible design. As the learner demonstrates competency in the niche and/or chooses to explore the advanced modules, they will have access to more advanced content.

That is why you should use a good LMS WordPress plugin if your website was built in WordPress. This will make it easy to create a good course platform while meeting the three characteristics listed above.

Keep your UI simple

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Your user interface should only display what is required on the screen. A good online course runs in the background and remains unnoticed so that learners can focus on their primary goal of learning. 

There’s no need to complicate things by using sophisticated words from the thesaurus in your lesson. It’s fine to use them now and then, but your main goal should be to make the interface straightforward and simple to use.

Use easy-to-understand terminology because respect and concern for the audience are also shown in written content.

Select great learning materials

You should have a strong sense of what kind of content and information your learners will find beneficial. Not to mention that the information provided must be accurate.

Attempt to include all parts of your course and remove anything that isn’t relevant or distracting from the general learning objectives. Break your information down into parts and develop an easy-to-follow structure. Next, make sure that those modules flow smoothly into one another, forming a coherent sequence of lessons for the full course.

Track the performance of your online course

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You need to know how students learn and engage with your course while thinking about how to construct an online course platform. This is where SCORM and xAPI standards come into play. One of these standards should be compatible with your online course in order to assess its success.

  1. The SCORM standard is gaining traction and is being more widely used in content delivery, particularly for quizzes and videos. It is easier for students to progress through the course because they can bookmark where they left off.
  2. A direct successor to SCORM, xAPI, is another standard you should have in mind. It enables educators to monitor, personalize, and analyze their students’ learning experiences in a more timely manner.

Be smart with your pricing system

Figure out your fundamental pricing models because they will directly impact the revenue stream.

You can go for one-off payments. This model is very popular and it will do the job just fine as long as the price is affordable.

Also, you could use a subscription-based model. This way, your online course platform will offer a recurring payment plan to your students who will pay for their membership on a weekly, monthly, or even yearly basis.

Last but not least, you can introduce the premium model which promises your students more exclusive materials. Since fewer students will choose this model, the goal is to deliver a better learning experience. This allows educators to interact with their students on a deeper level. You can give individualized instruction to your premium learners to keep things exciting.

Final words

Ready to create your own online course platform? Go over the tips you have just seen here and be smart with your payment options. Do some research on your rivals if you need to to get it right.

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