The top design, development and marketing links for this week. Plus some other goodies.

The Link of the Week is from Paul Boag: Five tools to kickstart your web design business. I use Mailchimp, and I’m checking out CoSchedule and Proposify. I love Harvest for my invoicing though. What do you use?

More resources…

Are you offering logo design services? Here’s a guide from Graphic Design Blender: 55 questions to ask when designing a logo.

Because I know that, like me, you just have gads of free time for reading: 1o latest free ebooks for web designers and website owners.

Another one from Graphic Design Blender; advice that I’m going to start following today since I’ve just registered a domain for my new side project: 7 ways to turn unused designs into passive income. Passive income is good.

How to handle those difficult client conversations and save the relationship – if you want to.

Finally, here’s a quick overview of HTTP/2.

This is a new feature for my blog, I’ll try to make sure it really is a ‘weekly’ one… This week’s wrap-up includes a few notable posts about recent web design trends – and what’s no longer trendy! Enjoy.

  1. Stephanie Hamilton writes about 10 Beautiful Website Color Palettes That Increase Engagement at The Daily Egg. Nice palette choices; I just finished a design with a palette very similar to The Big Top.

  2. Paul Feakins writes about the flat color trend he’s observed recently in Web Design Trends: Flat Color.
  3. Chris Brown writes about The What, Why and How of Textures in Web Design for Web Design Tuts+.
  4. Joshua Johnson writes about 5 Former Design Trends That Aren’t Cool Anymore (So Stop Using Them) at Design Shack.


During a recent large project, I had a subcontractor who had a lot of experience with custom fields and from her I learned how to do them without a plugin. It’s actually quite easy, these are the steps you follow to add a custom field and display its contents in a WordPress template.

  • Create a custom template, upload it and apply it to a page in your site. If you upload and don’t see the template in the list in the editing page, try switching to the default theme and back, this usually will do the trick.
  • In your custom template page, you’ll need to do two things.
    • First, define the variable for the new custom field in a PHP statement.

    • Then add some PHP to display the contents of the custom field if it’s in use in the page.

  • Then in the WordPress page editor, under Custom Fields, click on Add New Custom Field and enter the name of the field in the left box, and the value in the right box
  • Update the page and take a look at it. You should now see your new custom field value in the page.

Dead simple, once I had to do it myself, and no need to add yet another plugin. You can create custom fields for any section of a page so that clients know where to enter what data.

I’m using a customized WordPress author template and have custom meta information for an author’s business industry within the user profile.

I want to have a page/post that will display only the authors with a similar industry meta field – like where author’s industry is equal to ‘Graphic Design,’ for instance.

I have:
<?php echo $curauth->industry; ?>

I want a page/post to show a list of all authors where ‘industry’=’Graphic Design’

Does that make sense and is it possible?