Create an Online Portfolio to Highlight Your Web Design Skills

Clients are the backbone of every service-based business — web design freelancers and agencies included. After all, without clients, there are no booked projects and no steady income.

While there are quite a few ways to market yourself as a web designer, the best place to start is with an attractive website and online portfolio that shows potential clients what you have to offer and the value of working with you.

Portfolios are how potential clients can get a feel for your design aesthetic. They can also see which past projects of yours are similar to theirs, and decide whether or not you’re the right designer to bring their ideas to life. In other words, your portfolio shows off your web design skills and helps you eliminate prospects that don’t fit your ideal client profile.

Today, we’ll cover how Jetpack can help to showcase your web design skills with a Portfolio.

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How to Boost Site Engagement with an Optimized Sidebar

One key task that dedicated blog owners eventually need to address is how to boost site engagement. While encouraging your visitors to engage in discussions by leaving comments and showing them related posts can encourage them to interact with your site, there are a few other tactics that you can implement to increase their involvement even more.

Jetpack offers different sidebar widgets that can help keep readers on your site for longer periods of time, and can even increase your following. On the other hand, too many widgets can clutter your sidebar, which might lead to the opposite effect: poor user experiences.

As such, you need to be strategic about which widgets you add to your sidebar. Today, we’ll review three Jetpack widgets that will present your visitors with compelling information without overwhelming them.

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Use Jetpack to Create a Wedding Website for Your Big Day

Getting ready for your big day is stressful enough without worrying about how to create a wedding website. But you probably still do want to have one, right?

Creating a website dedicated to your wedding is a great way to show off your personality, keep guests informed, and share memorable moments from the ceremony and reception.

The good news is that, with the right tools, creating a wedding website can be a piece of cake. And Jetpack offers the features that you need to get started.

Today, we’ll walk through a few Jetpack themes designed specifically to help the betrothed create perfect wedding websites, plus one tool you’ll love for collecting gifts from your guests.

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What to Consider When Changing Your WordPress Theme

You’ve been thinking about changing the look of your site for a while now. You found a WordPress theme that you like, but you’re a bit nervous about what will happen to your site after you activate the new theme.

You’re overcome with questions: Will you lose any of your site data? How do you pick and customize a new theme? How will a new theme impact your site layout, and will widgets that you installed remain intact?

There are many things to consider before making the switch to a new theme. Knowing what to look for is half the battle, but we’re here to help guide you along the way.

Let’s explore exactly what you should keep in mind when changing your WordPress theme to make it a smooth transition.

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Why You Should Use Lazy Images

Speed Up Your Jetpack Site with Lazy Loading Images

When someone visits your website, you probably want them to be dazzled by your photos or wooed by its background images. You want to share visuals that will capture and hold their attention.

However, sometimes your images can take a long time to load, which might lead to decreased site traffic and lower search engine rankings.

According to Pew Research Center, the share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011. With a growing number of visitors having access to WordPress sites from their mobile devices, performance optimization is more important than ever before. If you’re not paying attention to your website’s performance, it’s like leaving money on the table.

Fortunately, you don’t need to settle for a slow site; Jetpack’s Lazy Loading images feature has got you covered.

This useful feature helps to improve the performance of your website by only loading images once they actually appear on your viewer’s screen. Enabling this tool helps reduce the total resources used by your website, which will speed it up significantly.

Today, we’ll learn more about Lazy loading images by discussing what it does to improve your website, why performance optimization is so important for WordPress websites, and how to enable it with Jetpack.

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Website Customization: Renaming Sections on Your WordPress Site

Website customization is one of the best ways to ensure that your site reflects your brand’s voice, style, and personality. It typically involves incorporating your brand’s colors and fonts, uploading your logo as the header image, adding a background design, and including branded images in your posts.

However, the branding process of site development doesn’t have to stop with the basics. There are a few extra customizations that can get overlooked, even though they’re some of the easiest ways to add an extra touch of personality to your site. One of these customizations is the ability to rename site sections.

Today, we’ll explain why you want to rename your site sections, and the various tools and widgets available to customize the different parts of your website.

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Create Stunning Portfolios with WordPress and Jetpack

From photographers and DIY bloggers, to advertising companies and freelancers, many professionals and businesses rely on online portfolios to promote their work.

If your site could benefit from an online portfolio, now might be the perfect time to create one. Often times, site visitors make first impressions after viewing online portfolios, so creating a powerful portfolio page can be extremely important to the future of your business.

Today, we’ll cover how to create an online portfolio with your self-hosted WordPress site and  Jetpack.

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How to Choose the Right WordPress Theme for Your Site

According to W3Techs, WordPress is the most popular content management system out there, powering more than 30% of the world’s websites. Part of WordPress’s popularity is due to how many themes there are to choose from, and how easily you can change the look of your site without needing help from a developer.

Jetpack takes this ease of use a step further by offering everyone more than 150 free themes, and more than 200 premium themes to Professional plan subscribers. This not only allows you to preview each one, but you can even search for themes with specific features.

But with so many great themes available, it can be hard — sometimes really hard — to pick just one. How do you choose the one that’s best for your site?

Today, we’ll review what you should look for in a theme when picking from the very best that the world of WordPress has to offer.

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Custom CSS: The Basics

If you’ve ever tried to make changes to the appearance of your site, you’ve probably discovered that you can do so using CSS. In this article, we’ll give an overview of what CSS is, how Jetpack can help you get started with CSS customizations, and a few links to helpful resources to learn more.

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