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In-depth reviews of different online services that can help you in your work as a designer.

5 Reasons to Be Counting Your Words
Reviews / 2 Mar 2018

5 Reasons to Be Counting Your Words

Almost everyone is a writer in some way. Whether you’re crafting copy for a website, working on a paper for a class, or a content marketing professional trying to develop the perfect tweet, Word Counter is a tool that can make your life easier.

A good word counter helps you stay on target with your writing without wasting time trying to guess how much you’ve written by eyeballing it on the screen (or even worse, counting words manually.)

If your writing tools don’t have built in word counters (or you want something a bit more powerful), we’ve got a helpful suggestion for you.

Wix Code Review: Building Web Apps With Ease
Reviews / 26 Feb 2018

Wix Code Review: Building Web Apps With Ease

One of the common problems most front-end web designers face is building the back-end of website projects. Usually, designers have to team up with web developers to work on projects such as web apps and eCommerce platforms.

What if there was a way to easily design both the front-end and back-ends of websites such as checkout systems, membership databases, web apps, and more, in a user-friendly and approachable way? Well, that’s exactly what Wix Code does. Let’s take a closer look.

Website Builders Compared: IM Creator, Mobirise, Webydo & uKit
Reviews / 26 Jan 2018

Website Builders Compared: IM Creator, Mobirise, Webydo & uKit

Getting ready to launch your website? It’s worth considering whether a website builders is the right approach for you to take, to save time, effort, and money. Today we’re comparing four popular options.

Website builders have several benefits: they are easy-to-use for people with diverse skills and web design experience, they have clear tutorials to follow, and can be surprisingly affordable long-term.

You’re in charge of the process from start to finish, controlling each stage and planning your design and content as you need. You’ll have a website you know to be functional, well-structured and visually appealing, which will work for your business or personal needs.

You’re spoiled for choice with which website builder to choose, so today we’re comparing four popular options to explain their relative pros and cons.

How to Create a Beautiful Website With Wix
Reviews / 12 Dec 2017

How to Create a Beautiful Website With Wix

Today, you don’t need a graphic design or computer science degree to create a beautiful and functional website. Thanks to the Wix platform and other website builders, anyone can create a stylish website and manage their business online.

What sets Wix apart from some of the other tools out there is that it allows you full creative freedom to create any kind of website you want. Plus, there are drag-and-drop design tools, artificial design intelligence, and even code options. Wix offers a complete package for anyone needing to build a professional website. Here’s how to do it.

Get Your Merchandise Online Today With SpreadShop
Business / 29 Nov 2017

Get Your Merchandise Online Today With SpreadShop

Do you have an idea for a great shirt or coffee mug that you know is destined to sell? Do your social media followers want to see your images or messaging on their gear?

The problem with merchandise sales isn’t always coming up with an idea or design; it’s picking items and dealing with inventory. SpreadShop takes a lot of that hassle and worry out of the equation, so that almost anyone can create an online merchandise storefront and start selling right away — free!

Here’s a guide to SpreadShop and how you can start selling merchandise online in no time at all.

Free Photos, Vectors, Icons, Videos & Fonts From Stockio
Reviews / 7 Sep 2017

Free Photos, Vectors, Icons, Videos & Fonts From Stockio

There’s nothing like a good resource of stock images, vectors, icons and fonts to jumpstart your creative projects. Almost every designer needs a creative resource to fill image gaps from time to time.

Stockio is one of those resources. The site is packed with free image assets, including photos and video; vectors; icons and fonts that can be used for personal and commercial projects without attribution. Plus, all the resources are top-notch, high quality files.

What can you do with Stockio? We’ve got plenty of ideas to help spur a little creativity (and every example you see is from the Stockio database).

What Is IconShock? (& Get a Free Icon Set!)
Reviews / 17 Aug 2017

What Is IconShock? (& Get a Free Icon Set!)

IconShock has provided a great collection of unique virtual and augmented reality icons. Perfect for use in projects that relate to this new and growing industry, so we’re excited to bring you this exclusive, free icon set for you to download today, courtesy of their design team.

Join us as we take a look at some of our favourite icon sets from their collection, and grab your exclusive download of a virtual and augmented reality icon pack!

What’s Your Website’s Rage Grade? (Find Out Right Now)
Reviews / 9 Aug 2017

What’s Your Website’s Rage Grade? (Find Out Right Now)

Do you ever find yourself frustratedly clicking around a website, unable to find what you’re looking for? It happens to all of us sometimes.

User frustration from website errors, dead clicks, abandoned forms and mouse-thrashing movement all contribute to your “Rage Grade” — a new metric available from FullStory’s platform.

Today, we’re going to help you figure out your FullStory Rage Grade, and provide a little insight on how to improve your website with this nifty service from FullStory.

Simbla Website Builder: What’s Changed in 2017
Reviews / 8 Aug 2017

Simbla Website Builder: What’s Changed in 2017

With so many website builders on the market, it can be tough to decide what to use. Not anymore.

Simbla is making the decision easy with a full-featured website builder and complete business suite and database. The tool includes everything you need to run pretty much any type of website or online store you can imagine.

We originally took a look at Simbla last year, but a lot has changed since then! Let’s take a look at the tool and some of its features.

Meet AIDA: Your Artificial Intelligence Design Assistant
Reviews / 19 Apr 2017

Meet AIDA: Your Artificial Intelligence Design Assistant

One of the big topics in design right now is artificial intelligence. Can a computer program actually design a website? Can it help a person speed up or improve the process?

Bookmark is taking the theory to a whole new level with its Artificial Intelligence Design Assistant, or AIDA for short. AIDA learns your needs and desires and uses this knowledge to create the perfect website for you. Today we’re taking a look at how it works!

5 Benefits of Managed Web Hosting
Reviews / 12 Apr 2017

5 Benefits of Managed Web Hosting

Managed website hosting can take a lot of the headache out of owning a website. Your host can handle all technical aspects of hosting, including automatic software installs and updates, website themes, and plugin troubleshooting and security.

For most website owners, there are major benefits over using a dedicated server or running a server yourself. Here’s a look at five distinct benefits of managed web hosting, and an insight into our experience at Design Shack of switching over to SiteGround!

Paperless Documentation Is Easy With Eversign
Business / 5 Apr 2017

Paperless Documentation Is Easy With Eversign

More businesses are trying to find ways to go paperless. Eversign is a great tool that can help you cut the clutter from all those paper documents.

Eversign is a free, online app that helps you create legally binding electronic signatures for work or personal projects. The platform allows users to approve, deliver and sign documents online without printing or scanning a single form. Here’s a look at how it works.