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Popular Design News of the Week: March 8, 2021 – March 14, 2021

Everyday 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!

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Comics for Designers #440

Every month we feature a set of comics created exclusively for WDD.

The content revolves around web design, blogging and funny situations that we encounter in our daily lives as designers.

These great cartoons are created by Jerry King, an award-winning cartoonist who’s one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today.

So for a few moments, take a break from your daily routine, have a laugh and enjoy these funny cartoons!

No budget

Content mess

Dollar Store Web Design

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The 33 best web fonts (and web safe fonts) for your website

After a long and gruelling search of the best web fonts and web safe fonts for your brand, you’ve finally found the perfect one: it’s Comic Sans. But alas! Comic Sans is too perfect! Your visitors will be so busy admiring the subtle beauty of Comic Sans that they won’t pay any attention to what you’re actually saying. What other fonts can make your website look amazing without stealing all the glory for themselves?

To help you find the right fonts for your website, we’ve collected all the best web fonts and the best web safe fonts for you to browse.

Web fonts vs. web safe fonts: what’s the difference?

Before we begin, let’s clear up a little terminology. What is the difference between the fonts already installed on your device and the ones you have to download? One is known a “web safe font” and the other a “web font”:

Web safe fonts: also known as “system fonts” or “browser fonts,” web safe fonts...

Quiz: How Many Web Design Acronyms Do You Know?

Web design is chock-full of acronyms like WWW (World Wide Web), and HTML (HyperText Markup Language). But how many of the terms we use every day do you actually know?

Take our fun quiz and see how many you know (or can guess)!

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9 Easy to use WordPress Plugins for 2021

Investors like to brag when they make a landfall in profits by making one tiny change in the way they do things. Often, this is as the result of taking the time to look for an approach that seems more likely to succeed.

Web designers can realize a similar experience when they select a tool that gives them the capability to modify a run-of-the mill website into one that generates more traffic, engages more visitors, and swings conversion rate levels from OK to astounding.

One such tool is the WordPress plugin. Not all cool WordPress plugins in a given category are necessarily up to the task, however. For the best results, it only makes sense to seek out the best WordPress plugins.

The 9 top WordPress plugins described below not only give the best results, but in most cases, they leave the nearest competition in the dust. As you browse through our selection, you’ll realize there is indeed some truth to...

Poll: Is It Time to Merge Browser Engines Into a Browser Protocol?

We tend not to think about it, but the Internet has a physical dimension. It’s a complex network of wires, cables, servers, and technical odds and ends — if you really want to, you can track it down; doing so is particularly easy on small islands because there tends to be a single cable tethering the region to the wider world.

Those physical cables run all the way to your building, and although an ISP manages them, they are normally rented from public bodies as part of your national infrastructure.

Beyond the physical, international bodies govern protocols like ARP, IEEE, HTTP, NTP, FTP, and others, which control how data is transmitted through the network and keep everything playing nice.

Then, at the other end of the equation, there’s your device. It may be a phone, a tablet, a notebook, a desktop. It’s probably several of these. And because it’s your device, everything on it feels like yours. We...

12 WordPress Themes for Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular latest trends to earn money for internet marketers. They create affiliate relationships with brands and market their products to help brands generate sales and leads and earn through their referrals. You need to convince your visitors of whatever products you are promoting so their responses and actions can help the respective brand. And for this, marketers use different methods, and some put affiliate products on their existing site. Having a specially dedicated affiliate marketing site can make a huge difference. It comes with unique features and benefits so that you can manage your affiliate business with ease.

You can choose what to present and how to present it, as well as so many other things, to get the maximum conversion rates. Here, to help all the affiliate marketers, we have created a list of 12 fantastic WordPress themes for affiliate marketing. These easy-...

8 Domain Name Myths Every Web Designer Should Know

A domain name is an essential element of every project, product, and company. It’s central to a brand and has a disproportionately large impact on user experience. Not only that, but it also impacts SEO and ultimately revenue.

Domain names are also one of the most commonly retailed elements in web technology, with most designers hoarding a small empire’s worth of domain names “just in case” the right side-project comes along.

Because so much of the information and advice on domain names is provided by companies selling domain names and is therefore not impartial, we wanted to bust some of the myths you’ll encounter.

Myth 1: Anyone Can Own a Domain Name

In fact, almost no one can own a domain name. As demonstrated by the (probably) annual renewal notices you receive, you are merely renting a domain name.

You pay a registrar, who registers the domain with ICANN (The Internet Corporation for...

The Gestalt principles of design: how psychology shapes perception

The Gestalt principles form a psychological framework for how the human mind perceives and organizes visual information. The theory behind them was founded over the 1910s and ’20s by German psychologists Max Wertheimer, Wolfgang Köhler and Kurt Koffka. Since then, it has found acceptance in disciplines ranging from therapy to cybernetics to design.

The 6 Gestalt principles describe how we perceive visual relationships between objects. Design by OrangeCrush

The word “Gestalt” literally means “form” in German, and this is fitting because the theory describes how the mind transforms apparent randomness into reliable forms. Consider music, for example—our brains are wired to organize what we hear into cohesive melodies rather than separate notes.

For graphic designers, employing Gestalt principles is an essential tool: designers are able to emphasize visual relationships and communicate more effectively when they...

Number of Total Worldwide Registered Domains Updated: Apr 18 2021