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Jennifer Kyrnin
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Writer, web designer, mom, animal lover and all around great person! (modest too!)
Writer, web designer, mom, animal lover and all around great person! (modest too!)

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I was recently asked for help in writing a web design contract. So I created this article detailing the most important features of a web design contract. 

Contracts are vital for freelancers because they protect both you and your business and your clients. Learn how to write effective web design contracts. 

AND I also include a free download of a sample web design contract that you can use as a template for your own contracts. 

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I've been asked for suggestions on how to write web design contracts. Contracts are a very important tool to protect both web designers and their clients, but writing one can be daunting. 

This article covers all the main sections you need for most web design contracts. And there is also a free sample contract you can download and use as a template. 
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If you run a website or web server, you should make sure that you patch for Shellshock. That is, unless you enjoy rebuilding websites from scratch. 
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I love my Logitech multi-device keyboard. I find myself trying to turn off my regular keyboard like it. And then trying to connect it to things that it doesn't connect to (because no bluetooth). I miss it when I don't have it. It makes my iPad VERY easy to write on. And the keyboard is comfortable to type on - not too small. It connects so quickly and the keys are very responsive. I don't use the backlight much, so I haven't had to change the battery so far as long as I've owned it. 

I think this version - with the docking stand for an iPad would be great for anyone who doesn't have a Native Union case, as it holds the iPad up as well. Very cool. And best news, it's cheaper than when I got mine!
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This could be really useful for sites that need to be on a secure server all the time. 
If you want your site to be in Chrome's HSTS preload list (aka, default to HTTPS), submit it here: http://bit.ly/1oq7JG0 - note that Firefox and Safari include Chrome's preload list... 3 for the price of 1! Great deal.

To learn more about HSTS: http://chimera.labs.oreilly.com/books/1230000000545/ch04.html#_http_strict_transport_security_hsts
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I found this great site that gives you amazing font pairs from the Google fonts library. It uses Aesop's Fables to showcase the font pairs so you can see with real text how the fonts look together. 

When you find a selection that you like, you can get the font information right in the section, with links to the Google fonts library. I could spend hours here! 
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I just created my first personality style quiz. It was pretty fun to do, I hope it's fun for you to take. Let me know what you think and do you agree with the type of designer you are? 
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This was one of the most painful lessons I've ever had to learn. I'm still learning it and reeling from it. 

MY site is the one that I maintain, build and manage. I host it myself and if that service goes out of business, I know of dozens or hundreds of others that can take its place. 

The site I thought of as "mine" was taken away from me without a blink from the owners. And in fact, I suspect most of my customers have no idea I'm gone. It's been over a month, and it's still hard for me to talk about. 17 years of my life were blown away without even a "goodbye" note from people I'd thought were both my co-workers, managers, and FRIENDS. 

Don't fall for that trap. Digital sharecropping is where you give up your content, if not your heart and soul, to a corporation. They may or may not pay you to do so, but at the end of the business day, it's their site and their content and you are expendable. 
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