Creating a Hover Slideshow in Adobe Muse

Muse For You - Responsive Composition Image Showcase - Adobe Muse CC

Creating a Hover Slideshow in Adobe Muse. No Coding Skills Required.

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Hey, what’s up Muser! In this video tutorial, I go over how to create a unique hover slideshow using the new responsive composition widget in Adobe Muse.

The steps are as follows:

1. Go to Object > Insert Widget > Composition > Blank.

2. Delete all triggers and targets except one.

3. In the composition widget options set ‘Show Target’ option to ‘On Rollover.’

4. Enable the ‘Triggers on Top’ option to make sure the triggers are above the targets.

3. Add text to the trigger and make the background filled with the trigger blank.

4. Add an image to the target by selecting the target and then going to the ‘Fill’ option in the upper control bar. You can then fill the target with an image and set the image fitting an image position for the target.

5. Place the trigger to the left of the target.

6. Create a new trigger and target by selecting the trigger and clicking the plus symbol below it.

7. Repeat process for as many triggers and targets as you’d like.

8. Done!

Muse For You - Responsive Composition Image Showcase - Adobe Muse CC

Muse For You - Responsive Composition Image Showcase - Adobe Muse CC

For more video tutorials and widgets for Adobe Muse visit http://museforyoushop.com.

Happy Musing!

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My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #43

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My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

Building culture at work always seemed a little odd to me… I mean the idea itself does not seem odd; building a group of people up and creating a positive and active workforce all driving towards the same goal. Yah I mean it seems simple enough. It also seems like such a huge focus of so many companies, constantly being retold about the culture that a company has, and told and showcases like a gift to the workforce. Almost as if to say “hey if you work somewhere else, then you will be miserable”, because they do not have this hyper-defined culture that is cultivated at your current location. Then why is that so hard to find?

I have worked at a lot of companies, meaning I have worked at less than 10 and for some reason, it is hard to find a culture at these places that actually reflect this hard defined temperament of the general population of the workforce. But when you find it you really find it, it’s almost a slap in the face. It’s almost odd and kinda takes you back a step.

When I started The Flatiron School, I was not expecting to find anything more there then what I had with any of my other online class I have taken in college. And I don’t know about you, but every single class I took online I basically thought I was taking myself. On a solo mission to figure something out. But here’s where I was slapped in the face.

The Flatiron School was different, and yah almost odd. How are all these students, who have never met each other SO invested in each other and in the curriculum?! I have made a friend in an online class, I mean COME ON?! I don’t know how they did it but they really did. They have created a culture at The Flatiron School that not only loves what they do, but are willing to set aside their time to help each other. If that does not speak for the curriculum I don’t know what does.

I know this post has nothing to do with code, but I am having fun in an online class. I know it’s weird… So hats off to them if anything haha.

Read More at My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #43

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25 Beautiful Script Fonts to Use in 2017

Script or cursive fonts are often used in web and graphic design. They can be easily paired with sans-serif fonts to create amazing typography. As a rule, script fonts represent handwriting. They can add a personal touch to any project, whether it’s a website design, or wedding invitation, postcard, or flyer.

Fortunately, there is no need to create a font each time you need it. There are numerous free and premium script fonts available on internet these days. In this list, we have handpicked 15 free beautiful script fonts you can use in 2017. So, scroll down, choose the font you like and download it.

1. ANISHA

anisha

2. Zing Rust

zing-rust

3. Oraqle

oraqle-script

4. Noelan

noelan

5. Atlantica

atlantica

6. Wild Youth

wild-youth

7. King Basil

king-basil

8. Humblle Rought Free Font

humble-font

9. Cursive Script

cursive-script

10. Selima

selima

11. Playlist Free Font

playlist-font

12. SUMMER HEARTS

summer-hearts

13. PhotoWall

PhotoWall-font

14. The Woodlands

the-woodlands

15. Campground

CAMPGROUND

16. Mightype Script

Mightype

17. Better Together Script

better-together-script

18. Shania

shania-font

19. Hello Stockholm

Hello-Stockholm

20. Streamster Typeface

Streamster-Typeface

21. Andrea Script

andrea-script

22. Serendipity Script

serendipity-script

23. Lauren

lauren-font

24. Iced Tea

iced-tea-font

25. Jennet

jennet

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from Web Design Ledger https://webdesignledger.com/25-beautiful-script-fonts-to-use-in-2017/

On-demand delivery app Jinn has permanently shut down.


Jinn, one of the stars of London’s food delivery scene, has announced that it is entering administration, and has permanently ceased trading. In a statement, Jinn CEO Mario Navarro said, “it is with a heavy heart that I share that Jinn has now stopped operating and won’t be taking any new orders.” “These past few months, we have tried through all means to find solutions to keep Jinn alive. Unfortunately, we have now run out of time and we will be filing for administration. We deeply apologise to everyone who relied on Jinn in any way.” According to Business Insider,…

This story continues at The Next Web

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Decoding the Facebook Algorithm: A Fully Up-to-Date List of the Algorithm Factors and Changes

If you do Facebook marketing, one thing that you might want to understand is the Facebook algorithm.

The Facebook algorithm helps make sense of the huge number of posts that people and businesses share every day and chooses the posts to show in our News Feed based on a huge number of factors.

We want to help you understand how your Facebook posts get viewed on Facebook. So we’re collecting all the relevant Facebook algorithm factors, updates, and changes and placing them here in this post for easy reference.

Read on, and see what goes into the complex, fascinating formulas of the Facebook News Feed.

Facebook News Feed Algorithm: How the News Feed Works

Facebook algorithm values

Understanding the Facebook algorithm starts with knowing the core values that Facebook uses to guide their thinking and work. These values can give you a hint of what content will do well or not so well on Facebook.

Here’s a brief summary of Facebook’s News Feed values:

  • Friends and family come first: The main objective of the News Feed is to connect people with their friends and family. So posts from friends and family are prioritized. After those posts, Facebook found that people want their feed to inform and entertain them.
  • A platform for all ideas: Facebook welcomes all ideas while making sure that everyone feels and is safe. They aim to deliver stories that each individual wants to see the most, based on their actions and feedback.
  • Authentic communications: Facebook prioritizes genuine stories over misleading, sensational, and spammy ones.
  • You control your experience: Individuals know themselves best. So Facebook creates features (such as unfollow and see first) to let people customize their Facebook experience.
  • Constant iteration: Facebook strives to constantly collect feedback and improve the platform.

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The overview of the Facebook algorithm

So how does Facebook decide what to show in a News Feed?

Here’s a quick overview of how the Facebook News Feed works, according to Adam Mosseri, VP of Product Management for News Feed:

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To make it easy for you to understand the Facebook algorithm, we went through all the (known) changes that Facebook has implemented to its algorithm and came up with a list of factors that we think may determine whether your post shows up or not.

Do this: The Facebook algorithm loves …

  • Posts with lots of Likes, comments, and shares
  • Posts that receive a high volume of Likes, comments, or shares in a short time
  • Posts that are Liked, commented on, or shared by one’s friends
  • Link posts
  • Post types that one interacts with often
  • Post types that users seem to prefer more than others (e.g., photo, video, or status update)
  • Videos uploaded to Facebook that receive a large number of views or extended viewing duration
  • Posts that are timely or reference a trending topic
  • Posts from Pages that one interacts with often
  • Posts from Pages with complete profile information
  • Posts from Pages where the fan base overlaps with the fan base of other known high-quality pages

Watch out for: The Facebook algorithm is not too keen on …

  • Clickbait
  • Like-baiting
  • Posts that include spammy links
  • Frequently circulated content and repeated posts
  • Text-only status updates from Pages
  • Posts that are frequently hidden or reported (a sign of low quality)
  • Posts that ask for Likes, comments, or shares
  • Posts with unusual engagement patterns (a like-baiting signal)
  • Overly promotional content from Pages—pushing people to buy an app or service, pushing people to enter a contest or sweepstakes, posts that reuse the same text from ads

To help you grow your Facebook Page reach, we’ve written a few guides that you might like:

If you want to dig into the Facebook News Feed algorithm, read on to find out all the relevant changes Facebook has made.

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All relevant changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm

(Last updated: October 2017)

Here’s a summary of all the changes that are relevant to social media marketers, in reverse-chronological order.

If you want to know more about any particular change, just click on the quick link and you’ll get more information about the change and how it may affect your Page.

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August 28, 2017: Pages that repeatedly share false news

Facebook will be blocking Pages that share false news from buying ads on Facebook1

Facebook found that some Pages had been using Facebook ads to build their following and share false news more widely. To prevent the spread of false news on Facebook, Pages that repeatedly share false news will no longer be allowed to buy Facebook ads (until they stop sharing such news).

The false news will be identified by third-party fact-checkers.

How may this affect your Page? If you share false news on your Page (perhaps unintentionally), you might be blocked from buying ads. It’s great to always check the validity of content before sharing it.

August 17, 2017: Video clickbait


Facebook will be demoting Facebook posts that pretend to be a video2.

Spammers have been tricking people to click on Facebook posts that look like a video but aren’t. These deceptive posts are often videos with just a static image or they feature a false video play button when it’s actually a link.

Here’s an example from Facebook3:

Video clickbait example

How may this affect your Page? Facebook warned that Pages that rely on such practices will see a significant fall in reach while most other Pages won’t be affected much4.

August 2, 2017: Webpage load time


Facebook will be showing fewer stories with links that might take a long time to load5.

It’s frustrating when a website takes a long time to load. Facebook found that “As many as 40 percent of website visitors abandon a site after three seconds of delay.”

Hence, Facebook is rolling out an update to show more posts with links that load quickly and fewer posts with links that might load slowly, in the News Feed.

How may this affect your Page? If your websites are particularly slow on mobile, you might see a fall in referral traffic from Facebook. Here are some tools and tips for improving your mobile site performance.

May 17, 2017: Clickbait headlines


Facebook is rolling out an update to show fewer posts with clickbait headlines6.

In its continued effort to make Facebook an informed community, Facebook is reducing the number of clickbait stories in the News Feed. This includes posts with headlines that withhold or exaggerate information, such as the following:

  • “When She Looked Under Her Couch Cushions And Saw THIS…”
  • “WOW! Ginger tea is the secret to everlasting youth. You’ve GOT to see this!”

Posts that link to articles with such headlines will rank lower in the News Feed.

How may this affect your Page? If you depend on such headlines to get a wide reach on Facebook, you will see a fall in your reach. The good news is that once you stop posting such clickbait stories, your Facebook posts will stop being affected by this change.

May 10, 2017: Low-quality webpage experience


Facebook is rolling out an update to show fewer posts and ads that link to websites with low-quality experience7.

To help build an informed community on Facebook, Facebook will be showing fewer posts that are “misleading, sensational and spammy”. Specifically, they are referring to websites with low-quality experiences, such as the following:

  • Websites that contain little substantive content
  • Websites that have a large number of disruptive, shocking, or malicious ads

Posts that link to such websites will rank lower in the News Feed and might not be allowed to be used as Facebook ads.

How may this affect your Page? You might experience a small increase in traffic if you do not share such content. Otherwise, you’ll likely see a fall in your reach and referral traffic.

January 31, 2017: Authentic and timely stories


Facebook is making two changes to help authentic and timely stories rank better8.

To surface authentic content, Facebook will be analyzing Facebook Pages to see if they have been posting spam or trying to game the News Feed by asking for Likes, comments, or shares. If Facebook finds that a Page’s posts might not be authentic, such as people are often hiding those posts, Facebook will rank those posts lower in the News Feed.

To show people stories at the right time, Facebook will now study how people interact with posts in real time. For example, if there’s an important soccer game going on and many people are talking about it on Facebook, Facebook will show relevant posts higher in the News Feed.

How may this affect your Page? Some Pages might see a tiny increase in their referral traffic. Consider posting timely, relevant posts to get more reach on Facebook.

January 26, 2017: Video completion


Facebook is going to show long videos that people spend time watching to even more people9

When ranking videos in the News Feed, a factor that Facebook considers is “percent completion” — the percentage of the video you watched.

Facebook now recognize that it takes more commitment to complete a long video than a short one. So it will now put more weight on the “percent completion” factor for longer videos.

As an example, if people are, on average, watching 50% of a 30-second video and 50% of a 10-minute video, the 10-minute video will rank better in the News Feed than the 30-second video. That’s because the 10-minute video has to be more engaging than the 30-second video to keep people watching for five minutes (vs 15 seconds).

How may this affect your Page? If you create long, engaging videos, you might see an increase in your videos’ reach. Short videos, as a result, might see a fall in reach.

August 11, 2016: Personally informative stories


Facebook will be showing you more stories that are personally informative to you10

From its Feed Quality Program, Facebook found that people enjoy stories that are informative to them. Using the patterns that they learned from the program, Facebook will try to identify stories that are informative — usually, if they are related to people’s interests, if they engage people in broader discussions, and if they contain news relevant to them.

Facebook will then combine this new signal with signals of how relevant the story might be to each individual, to predict if they might like it.

How may this affect your Page? Informative content might get more reach on Facebook. From our recent experience, educational and entertaining content performs really well on Facebook.

June 29, 2016: Stories from friends


Facebook will be showing stories from close friends higher up in the News Feed11

Despite the previous update, people are still worried about missing important updates from their close friends. So Facebook is tweaking the News Feed algorithm again to rank posts from close friends higher up in the News Feed.

How may this affect your Page? You’ll likely see a fall in your Facebook reach and referral traffic as posts from friends will rank better than posts from Pages. Facebook recommends posting content that your audience are likely to share with their friends12.

April 21, 2016: Time spent viewing


Facebook will be ranking articles that it thinks you will spend time reading, higher in the News Feed13

Facebook learned that the amount of time someone spent reading or watching the content of an article indicates how interesting the article was to them. So Facebook is adding a new ranking factor — how long someone might spend looking at the article.

To keep things fair between short and long articles, Facebook will be looking at the time spent within a threshold.

A smaller change within this update is that Facebook will be showing fewer posts from the same Page together in the News Feed. That’s because people find that repetitive and prefers content from a diverse range of Pages.

How may this affect your Page? There shouldn’t be any significant changes to your Page reach. That said, this reinforces the importance of creating engaging content.

March 1, 2016: Facebook Live


Facebook is more likely to rank Facebook Live videos higher in the News Feed when those videos are live than when they are no longer live14.

Facebook found that “People spend more than 3x more time watching a Facebook Live video on average compared to a video that’s no longer live.”15 That’s because those videos are more interesting when the event being filmed is happening live than after the event.

How may this affect your Page? You might see that your live videos perform better than your other Facebook videos in terms of reach and engagement. Experiment with Facebook Live videos and see if they work better for you.

February 24, 2016: Facebook Reactions


Facebook recently rolled out Reactions — their supercharged ‘Like’ button — to help businesses better understand how people are responding to their content16.

For a start, when someone uses a Reaction, Facebook will infer they want to see more of that type of post, just like when they Like a post. But this could change17.

In the beginning, it won’t matter if someone likes, “wows” or “sads” a post — we will initially use any Reaction similar to a Like to infer that you want to see more of that type of content. Over time we hope to learn how the different Reactions should be weighted differently by News Feed to do a better job of showing everyone the stories they most want to see.

How may this affect your Page? You will get a better sense of how people are reacting to your Facebook posts with the data in your Facebook Page Insights. If you’re interested in learning more about Facebook Reactions, you can find more information here.

December 4, 2015: Surveys


Facebook surveys thousands of people every day to improve the News Feed ranking18.

Besides looking at quantitative signals such as Likes, comments, and shares, Facebook also surveys thousands of people every day to understand whether the News Feed algorithm is showing people the posts they want to see.

Here’s an example of the survey:

Facebook story survey

If a popular post isn’t something that the people surveyed want to see, Facebook will rank that post lower in the future.

How may this affect your Page? This shouldn’t have a significant impact on your Page’s reach as viral posts are usually anomalies. But I believe it’s good to know that Facebook does not only look at Likes, comments, and shares when ranking your posts but also whether people actually want to see those posts. Relevance is key here.

July 9, 2015: Greater user control over the News Feed


Facebook is making it easier for people to adjust and customize their News Feed settings19

The preferences tab will be more visible and more intuitive, allowing people to find Pages and people to like and follow, and easily selecting to follow/unfollow certain content.

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June 29, 2015: Actions on Videos


Facebook now considers more actions on videos while ranking videos in the News Feed20.

Facebook found that many people don’t feel inclined to Like, comment on, or share a video even when they enjoyed the video.

So besides considering whether someone watched the video and for how long, Facebook is now taking into account of more actions such as choosing to turn on the sound, watching the video in full screen, and enabling high definition. These actions indicate that they enjoyed the video.

How may this affect your Page? If your followers like the videos that you post, this update will help them see your videos more often in their News Feed.

June 12, 2015: Time spent on stories


How much time you spend viewing stories becomes a factor that Facebook uses to determine what to show at the top of your News Feed21.

While many people might not Like, comment on, or share a post that they found meaningful, they would likely spend more time on it than other posts. Hence, Facebook is taking this as a signal for ranking Facebook posts.

By understanding what types of content someone prefers, Facebook can surface similar types of content higher up in their News Feed.

How may this affect your Page? Facebook does not expect Pages to see significant changes in terms of reach. But if you want to improve your Facebook reach, making your content engaging could help.

April 21, 2015: Content from friends and Pages


Facebook is rolling out three updates to improve the experience of the News Feed22.

The first is for people who do not have much content to see — maybe because they don’t follow many people or Pages. Facebook used to have a rule that prevents people from seeing multiples stories from the same source in succession. They are now relaxing the rule so that if you reach the end of your News Feed but still want to see more stories, you’ll see more.

The second is to show posts from friends you care about, higher in your News Feed so that you are less likely to miss them. If you read and interact with posts from Pages, you’ll still see them on your News Feed.

The third is to reduce or remove stories about friends liking or commenting on a post, such as this:

Story about friends' comments

How may this affect your Page? You’ll likely see a fall in reach as posts from friends will be prioritized before posts from Pages.

March 5, 2015: Facebook Likes


Facebook to update the way Page likes are counted, removing the likes of memorialized accounts and deactivated accounts23.

How may this affect your Page? It’s possible that you might see a small decline in the overall Likes for your Page once this update occurs.

January 20, 2015: Facebook targets hoaxes


Facebook aims to reduce the number of hoaxes in News Feed with algorithm tweak24.

To reduce the number of posts containing misleading or false news, Facebook has announced that the News Feed algorithm will begin to factor in when many people flag a post as false or choose to delete posts.

Facebook will reduce the reach of such posts and add a warning on the post (without reviewing or removing the post).
news-feed-hoaxes

How may this affect your Page? Facebook found “from testing that people tend not to report satirical content intended to be humorous, or content that is clearly labeled as satire. This type of content should not be affected by this update.”25 Only Pages that often post hoaxes and false news will be affected.

January 7, 2015: Video is growing


Facebook has provided some new stats and tips on using video, including these:

  • In just one year, the number of video posts per person has increased 75 percent globally and 94 percent in the US.
  • The amount of video from people and brands in the News Feed has increased 3.6x year-over-year.
  • Since June 2014, Facebook has averaged more than 1 billion video views every day.
  • On average, more than 50 percent of people who come to Facebook every day in the US watch at least one video daily.
  • Seventy-six percent of people in the US who use Facebook say they tend to discover the videos they watch on Facebook.

How may this affect your Page? Facebook could be favoring video posts. Experiment with Facebook videos and see if they perform better than other post types.

November 14, 2014: Overly promotional Page posts


Facebook is rolling out an update to reduce the number of overly promotional posts in the News Feed26.

Facebook heard from people that they want less promotional content on their News Feed and more stories from friends and Pages they like.

After digging into their data, Facebook found that these are the types of posts that people find too promotional:

  • Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an app
  • Posts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real context
  • Posts that reuse the exact same content from ads

Here’s an example:

Overly promotional post

How may this affect your Page? Pages that often post such content will see a significant fall in their reach over time. To grow your reach, Facebook recommends posting relevant and high-quality content27.

September 18, 2014: When people Like and comment


Facebook will be looking at when people are Liking, commenting, and sharing28.

Facebook used to only look at the total number of Likes on a post when ranking it in the News Feed. Now, Facebook will also look at the rate at which people are Liking, commenting on, and sharing a post.

If people are engaging with the post right after it is posted, and not as much a few hours later, this suggests that the post was most interesting at the time it was posted, but potentially less interesting at a later date. Based on this signal it is more likely to appear higher in News Feed earlier on and lower at a later date.

How may this affect your Page? The reach of your posts isn’t just determined by the number of Likes they get but also by the rate at which people are interacting with it. Posts that consistently receive a good amount of engagement will be shown to more people on Facebook.

September 11, 2014: Offensive or inappropriate ads


Facebook stops showing ads that are offensive or inappropriate29.

When people hide ads in their News Feed, Facebook takes it as a signal that others might not want to see them, too, and show them to fewer people30.

Now, Facebook is also asking people why they hid the ads. If it’s because the ad is offensive or inappropriate, Facebook will stop showing the ad.

How may this affect your Page? If someone reported your ad to be offensive or inappropriate, you might see a significant fall in the reach of the ad.

August 25, 2014: Bounce rate


Facebook will be looking at bounce rate to determine if an article is using a clickbait headline31.

If someone clicks on an article and returns to Facebook immediately (or “bounce”), it might mean that they didn’t find what they were expecting. This is often because the article is using a clickbait headline. Facebook will be using this signal when ranking the article in the News Feed.

In addition, Facebook will also be monitoring if people are Liking, commenting on, or sharing the article after they click on it. If few people are, it’s likely that the article is not valuable, relevant, or meaningful. Facebook will then rank it lower in the News Feed.

Facebook will also be ranking posts with a link preview higher in the News Feed than posts with a link just in the caption — as the link preview shows more information about the article.

Link preview example

How may this affect your Page? Facebook found that posts with link preview “received twice as many clicks compared to links embedded in photo captions”. Experiment to see if that applies to the content you’re sharing.

June 23, 2014: Better videos


Facebook will now be able to understand (and rank) videos uploaded directly to Facebook better32.

For videos that are uploaded to Facebook directly, Facebook is now able to know whether someone has watched it and for how long. It seems that they are unable to do that for links to YouTube (or other video sites) videos.

Having this new information will allow Facebook to rank Facebook videos better. Early tests have shown that people are watching more videos that are relevant to them.

How may this affect your Page? Videos you upload directly to Facebook will likely perform better than links to videos on other sites such as YouTube. This was a mistake that we had been making for a while.

September 11, 2014: Like-baiting


Facebook will show fewer posts that explicitly ask for Likes, comments, or shares33.

Some Pages try to game the News Feed algorithm by explicitly asking for Likes, comments, and shares. Here’s an example:

Like-baiting

As people have reported that such posts are less relevant than posts with a similar amount of engagement, Facebook will be ranking these posts lower in the News Feed.

How may this affect your Page? According to Facebook, “This update will not impact Pages that are genuinely trying to encourage discussion among their fans, and focuses initially on Pages that frequently post explicitly asking for Likes, Comments and Shares.”34

August 23, 2013: High-quality content


Facebook has developed a new algorithm to find and show high-quality content to users35.

To build the algorithm, Facebook surveyed thousands of people and put the results into a machine learning system. Here are some of the questions they asked:

  • Is this timely and relevant content?
  • Is this content from a source you would trust?
  • Would you share it with friends or recommend it to others?
  • Is the content genuinely interesting to you or is it trying to game News Feed distribution? (e.g. asking for people to like the content)
  • Would you call this a low quality post or meme?
  • Would you complain about seeing this content in your News Feed?

The algorithm also uses thousand other factors to determine if a post is a high-quality content. Some of these factors include “how frequently content from a certain Page that is reported as low quality (e.g. hiding a Page post), how complete the Page profile is, and whether the fan base for a particular Page overlaps with the fan base for other known high quality Pages”36.

How may this affect your Page? Pages that are seeing good engagement on their posts might see an increase in their reach. Here are some tips from Facebook37:

— Make your posts timely and relevant
— Build credibility and trust with your audience
— Ask yourself, “Would people share this with their friends or recommend it to others?”
— Think about, “Would my audience want to see this in their News Feeds?”

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Could you help us make this resource more complete?

We’d love your help in tracking any changes and factors to the Facebook News Feed so that this post can be as complete as possible.

Is there anything that we’ve missed?

Is there any news that came out recently that we should add?

Let us know by leaving a comment on this post or drop us a tweet. We’ll be happy to pass along a hat tip in the post for any and all good leads.

We hope this resource comes in handy for you as you navigate your Facebook marketing strategy. Let us know how things go, and if there’s anything we can do to improve the way we help.

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Topics: Facebook marketing, Social media strategy

This blog post was originally written on November 4, 2014 and updated on October 18, 2017. 

Image credit: Unsplash

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10 Best Free WordPress Themes from TemplateMonster Marketplace

WordPress themes are in the great demand among the business owners planning to bring their projects to the web, ordinary users who want to let a wider audience learn about their skills and read their thoughts, as well as web design studios that need to bring a number of cool projects to the web as quickly and effectively as possible. There are loads of ready-made WordPress designs available on the web. Some of them are free, others are available for download at a fee. As you’ve already guessed, today we are going to pay more attention to WordPress business themes and the benefits that you can derive from using free designs.

Top Reasons to Choose Free WordPress Themes

Premium themes are considered to be helpful when you need to bring a small business project or a large corporate project online. Priced $45 or higher (on TemplateMonster) these are commonly enhanced with all pages, extensions, and theme customization options needed to launch a fully-fledged web store without the need to search for the third-party extensions somewhere else on the web.

However, theme providers have started to release free WordPress themes that do not leg behind the premium ready-made solutions. The functionality those store under the hood is pretty much similar to what paid templates include. For example, it’s become a common practice to release website templates integrated with visual page builders.

  • TemplateMonster releases WordPress themes integrated with the Power drag-and-drop page builder.
  • Their ready-made designs also include live customizers, which reveal the results of the layout customization in real-time, without making you click the “update” button every time you bring changes to the design.
  • Additional layouts are also provided to make the web resources more informative, as well as bring them to the web in the shortest period of time.
  • Bootstrap-based layouts are provided to make the web resources mobile-friendly.
  • Endless customization options are also included in the admin panels.
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Monstroid 2 Lite Admirable Free WordPress Theme

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Monstroid 2 Lite is a remarkable theme made for various niches. It has an elegant typography that comes with an exciting design and a wide variety of helpful options. Each of these elements will give you the opportunity to get control over your future website and derive benefit from it. In other words, you have the freedom to make something special from a theme. In order to help you make the most of your online-project, this theme is equipped with a marvelous set of widgets. Moreover, it doesn’t matter if you are a novice who has never worked with coding. Give a try to Monstroid 2 Lite and we promise you that you won’t be disappointed with your choice!

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Kustrix Lite is a minimalistic and elegant theme that will suit to everyone who has fancy for fashion and beauty. What will you get together with a sophisticated and trendy design? A package with a multiplicity of amazing promotional tools and helpful features that will bring your website to the next level. When you are out of ideas, such an option can help you to look at the project with new eyes. Kustrix Lite has a fully-responsive layout that runs without mistakes across a wide variety of gadgets. It means that users won’t face rambling images or texts if they use their mobile phones to visit the website. What is more, the template has a two-column content positioning, so people can easily get access to different navigation elements. Come into vogue together with this stylish theme!

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Melissa is a nifty and amiable theme created for those who cannot imagine themselves without a camera in their hands. This template provides you with a chance to bring your talent to light. It has a creative and powerful gallery that will help you to present your photos spiffed up. Furthermore, a full-width slider will definitely impress every person who will take a glance at your portfolio. If you want to find even more clients and convince them of a trustworthy reputation of your business, you can use Cherry Testimonials and Cherry Team. Finally, you get a WordPress Live Customizer that allows you to edit the template to your own liking. At the same time a great number of pre-made pages simplifies the general process of personalization. Capture not only moments but everyone’s attention with this magnificent template!

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Mia Italloni is a savory and tasty-looking theme that will bedazzle everyone with its bright colors and delicious pictures. With the help of this template, you can present any possible food-related project on the Internet. One may be a fan of European cuisine who wants to share his or her cooking secrets online. One may be an owner of a cocktail bar or a theme cafe that needs some promotion. This theme will bring something special to the business in both cases. Its design looks homelike, so, without a doubt, people will desire to visit it over and over again.

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Catwalk is a new-fashioned and dazzling theme made for a modeling website that will definitely stand out of the crowds of others. Beauty is something that needs a particular approach. This theme has everything to provide you with a special and gorgeous look of the website made for a model agency. Showcase the beauty of your models using a powerful website slider. Cherry Framework 5 gives a fantastic opportunity to tell your potential clients about provided services and put wise of the audience reviews. Furthermore, you can work with the design of pages without touching a single line of code with the help of a functional and intuitive WordPress Live Customizer. If people desire to receive information about the latest news and events, they can get all the updates on their emails thanks to Newsletter Subscription. Fashion constantly changes, but this theme won’t go out of style!

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Calio is a fully-responsive theme that will create a worthwhile and adorable presentation of your therapy service online. Every element of this template is in tune with one another. A Power page builder gives a marvelous change to craft pages as your soul wants and shake the website up with various widgets and modules. You can easily spice up the design of your online-project using multiple header and footer options. It’s possible to give the full information about the team with the help of Cherry Services. This feature allows you to present a detailed biography of your professional staff. In general, Calio is an ultimate solution that will spread the word about your company on the web and fight off a competition. Bring harmony to people’s lives with the help of this snazzy theme!

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Jane Morris Amiable Free WordPress Theme

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Jane Morris is a fabulous theme made for those who want to create a grand photographer’s portfolio on the Internet. It features an incredibly enjoyable design that makes your photos make even better. The template is equipped with a wide variety of features that should be included in every worthwhile website of a professional photographer. If you are a master in taking pictures, but not templates personalization, there is no reason to be worried. All installation and setup instructions come along with the theme in a particular folder. In addition to this, you can ring the changes and stake on visualization with the help of such animation as parallax and lazy load effect. Let’s take the shutter right now!

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Petstore is a stylish theme that has a pleasurable design made in vivid and eye-catching colors. You have a great opportunity to showcases all possible details about your pet shop online. Moreover, it can be done in a really impressive way with the help of TM WooCommerce Package Widgets. If you want to grab the attention of your customers, you can use such a tool as Banner Grid to present hot offers and discounts. What is more, if you take into the consideration such options as Products Badges and Product Carousel, your products can look even more ravishing and amazing. Finally, it’s possible to play with the design thanks to header and footer styles, multiple blog layouts and so on and so forth. Make people fall in love with your website at first sight using this admirable theme!

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Gardening WordPress Theme

Energico is a stunning theme made exactly for gardening websites. If you have a desire to be distinct in the website design and distinguish yourself from competitors, take a glance at this template here and now. Cherry Services is a set of spectacular tools that provide you with a professional presentation of your offers. Cherry Team is a one more helpful option that allows people to get familiar with your amazing team. In addition to this, you get a great number of pre-made pages that you can easily customize with the help of Power page builder. You save a lot of time thanks to a WordPress Live Customizer. It shows you all the applied changes immediately. Download this theme and be a step ahead in your business!

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Stone is a top-quality theme that comes with a gorgeous design and a big number of helpful functions. You can use it for creating a blog or portfolio that will catch everyone’s imagination. This theme has a fully-responsive design that won’t turn into a chaotic array of texts and images on the mobile device. Moreover, a wide variety of additional functions will enhance your website’s functionality. In addition, you will get the freedom to create something out-of-the-ordinary from this template. Lure the crowds of customers using this impressive template!

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Summing it up, we’d like to assume that launching a good-looking and functional online resource is possible even if you use a free WordPress theme as its basis. As you can see from the examples described above, freebies can also feature captivating layouts and include smart customization options. They are so much needed to make your web resource stand out from the competition. Make use of these free WordPress themes to launch your online projects with no additional investments. Save time and money for the effective promotion of your site on the web.

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8 Tips to Quickly Master Social Media For Businesses & Entrepreneurs [SSM065]

Much has been written on the Buffer Blog about social media strategy.

In the last month alone, we’ve covered (in great detail) everything from Facebook Messenger marketing and managing multiple social media accounts to creating remarkable content and the rise of micro-influencers.

One thing that often gets overlooked in all of the detail is a more general approach to social media for businesses and entrepreneurs.

What should businesses be thinking about? What are long-term trends that businesses can feel good about investing in? What makes for truly good social media content?

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In episode #65 of The Science of Social Media, hosts Brian Peters and Hailley Griffis cover successful social media for businesses and entrepreneurs. After chatting with hundreds of businesses, we’ve dwindled it down to eight super important social media tips that businesses and entrepreneurs should consider on their way to social media success.

Let’s dive in!

8 Tips to Quickly Master Social Media for Businesses and Entrepreneurs

8 Social Media Tips for Businesses and Entrepreneurs

1. Make a commitment to social media

The first thing that businesses and entrepreneurs can do to find success is make a commitment to social media.

Like any other form of marketing, social media for businesses can be a real challenge. It’s hard to grow an audience, create great content, and increase engagement. All too often we see brands giving up on social media after just a few months.

We’ve found that it takes eight months to one year to really get the hang of social. Not only to get a consistent content stream going, but to figure out what your audience resonates with and what they don’t.

It all starts with planning. Create a social media strategy and write it down in order to hold your business accountable. Your strategy should include a basic company mission statement, content plan and goals. And most importantly, a powerful statement on “why” people would follow you on social media, what kind of content you plan on creating and posting, and what you hope to achieve.


The first thing that businesses can do to find success is make a commitment to social media.
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2. Show off your personality

The second social media tip for businesses and entrepreneurs is to always (authentically) be you on social media.

Take a second to think about the brands that you follow on social media…. What makes them special? What makes you follow them?

Chances are that there is something special about the content they post or the way in which they post it. We’re guessing they have a personality and aren’t just brand robots pushing out content.

Creating a great social media presence isn’t only about showing the value of your product or service to your audience. It’s about connection and experiences. The best brands out there share a common point of view with their fans.

One of our favorite examples of this idea in action is Merriam Webster Dictionary. They’re a dictionary and they’re seeing tremendous success on social media.


Success on social isn’t about showing off your product. It’s about connection and experiences.
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3. Listen to customers rather than promote

Tip #3 is that great social media programs are built around listening to customers, not promoting to them.

The way we like to think about it is that social media offers an incredible, open-ended platform that businesses can use to communicate and engage with customers. That’s why we recommend using it that way!

Social media is becoming a customer service platform and people are coming to expect it. The tricky part is, the better you get at social the more engagement you’ll get, and in turn, the more comments. So be prepared for an influx of love from your fans!

The other side is that your customers are the best source of inspiration for content. Lots of businesses are sitting on a never-ending gold mine of content ideas by simply looking at their frequently asked questions, or what people are asking on social media. If you’re stuck on what to post, look to your customers first for ideas before anything else.

You can also listen to competitor’s customers as well, as funny as that sounds. Tools like Twitter Lists, BuzzSumo, Facebook Pages to Watch, Google Keyword Planner, and YouTube are all great places to find what’s working in your industry.


Great social media programs are built around listening to customers, not promoting to them.
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4. Focus your efforts on a select networks

Social media networks are like shiny new objects. We want to be everywhere at once and try everything because we’re sure that this network will be the one for us. But the fact is we’re all strapped for resources. So if you try to focus on lots of social networks then you’re setting yourself up for a long road ahead.

We tried! At one time we were everywhere. We were on all of the standard networks along with lesser-known networks like Anchor, Beme, Tumblr, and Whale. What we found was that we were getting average results across the board. Not to mention it was taking full days to post content to each platform. It wasn’t sustainable.

It may seem counterintuitive, but focusing all your efforts on the two to three platforms which give you the best return on investment. Crafting content unique to each platform is critical.

For example, let’s say we write a blog post about social media marketing. Writing the copy that will get attention and clicks on LinkedIn is much different than what works on Facebook, which is dramatically different than what works on Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter.

It’s an obsession-like focus on a particular platform that allows you to hone in on successful tactics.


Social media networks are like shiny new objects. Businesses want to be everywhere at once!
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5. Remember that success follows passion

Our last tip on the “strategy” side of social media for businesses and entrepreneurs is to remember that passion helps generate truly great and memorable content.

Success on social media is a long road. As we mentioned before, it took us minimum eight months of hard work to get to a point where we felt good about our social program.

Imagine if those 8 months were filled with posting content that we didn’t care about!

The only way to ensure long term commitment and that social media doesn’t become a burden is to follow your passion. The nice thing about social media is that your content doesn’t have to be directly related to your brand or industry. Meaning it doesn’t have to be what everyone else is doing.

We suggest that as business owners you pick a topic that they love and are truly passionate about.


Success follows passion on social media. Post content you’re passionate about to avoid burnout.
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6. Experiment with video marketing

Content Ideas:

Video marketing is one of the most talked about topics in social media right now and so we’d love to share a few strategies that you can use to create awesome video content.

Many marketers tell us that they struggle with “what” to create video about. The best solution we have for you when it comes to “what” is to start with what works. Sort your blog content in order of most traffic and create videos around those topics.

Again, use Facebook Pages to Watch to figure out what kinds of videos your competitors are making and generate topic ideas based off of that. Use your customers as resources. Look outside of your specific industry to your favorite brands. The key is to start with what works and gain some confidence.

Best-Practices:

In terms of video best-practices, there are some scientific factors that people are more likely to interact with. One is video length. On Facebook, for example, the highest engaging videos are between 60-90 seconds. The second highest are between 30-60 seconds. Same holds true for Twitter. So keep your videos short and to the point. Save the best for first, if you will.

If you’re going to feature a person (or group of people) in your video, you’ll need a good lavalier microphone, natural light from a window, and a tripod. Sound, lighting, and camera stability are key in creating a quality video.

If animated or text-only video are more your style (which we do a lot here at Buffer) all you’ll need is great resource for stock video, quality background music, and a video editor. My two must-have sites for stock video are Pexels and Videvo and Animoto is our go-to video editor.


There’s never been a better time to get started with video than right now on social media.
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7. Get the most out of your content

One of the most key aspects in social media marketing mastery is to get the most out of your content.

Businesses and entrepreneurs have so many things going on at once that it can be easy to forget that it’s not always necessary to continuously send out brand new content to be successful.

From what we’ve seen at Buffer, the more you can repurpose and make your content feel fresh in a variety of ways the less content you’ll actually have to put out and the more success you’ll have.

Experiment with creating shareable graphics throughout the post that people can use on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. You can also create a series of Instagram Stories to help promote the post. Or you might try creating a short video for Facebook summarizing the post (or even a more in-depth YouTube video!)

Every piece of content you create should have at least 2-3 other pieces of shareable content to accompany it. That way if the link doesn’t resonate then the video might. Or if the video falls short, maybe it makes for good Instagram Stories.


Every piece of content you create should have at least 2-3 shareable assets for social media.
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8. Boost organic content to a targeted audience

What’s great about social media for businesses is that you don’t have to be an expert in order to see success with advertising.

Unless you have a team running your social ads or you’re able to invest a lot of time running experiments, you could end up wasting a lot of money on paid advertising.

The way we like to think about it is that organic social media posting (traditional posting) is the perfect testing ground for paid ads and boosted posts. In other words, you’re using organic reach to determine what posts you should put money behind.

The best part is that you can target specific users within many of the social platform ad managers.

For example, let’s say your goal is traffic to your website and you’ve identified a top performing post.

You can create an audience that is most likely to also enjoy that post. That could be a Lookalike Audience that is similar to your website visitors. Or maybe it’s an audience who has shown interest in your competitors. It also could be an audience based on demographics like location, age, or mobile device type.

You can then exclude traffic to your website in order to eliminate people who are already familiar with your brand.


You don’t have to be an expert in order to see success with social media advertising.
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My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #42

My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

So as you all know I finally started learning Javascript! Which is amazing and has helped me out at work immensely. But like all things that you begin to learn for the first time, it becomes a real pain in the butt until you slowly grasp how everything fits together. But I have been amazed at how quickly those pieces are fitting together once I grasped my first OO programming language. How all these pieces fit together and everything is connected in a sense to complete a task.

My time that I have to spend through The Flatiron School so far has taught me to think of things in a different way. How to think of things at a larger scale to complete a task and bring that skill in a tangible form to the workplace.

So for this first lesson, I will give a brief overview of Javascript and we will go through what I have learned together as I am going over it. So you can better understand how I have gone from writing zero Javascript to hopefully being proficient in the language.

As you probably already know, Javascript is the universally accepted language of the internet. As far as a developer standard you should know how to use it.

JavaScript is a dynamic, untyped, and interpreted programming language; it is prototype-based and supports both object-oriented and functional approaches.” – The Flatiron School

If you have never written any Javascript go ahead and open up your console and we will try it out together. To open up the console simple right-click anywhere on this screen and select Inspect. Go to the top of the dialogue box and select Console. This area that you are now it is considered a sandbox. If you are using a mac press Command + K and it will clear the screen for you.

In this sandbox environment, you are now able to write and execute code directly in this environment. If you have been following along in my previous posts this is very similar to the IRB environment. A sandbox if you think of like a sandbox, it is an open area where you can do or make anything you can think of, with some limitations.

Remember how we could play in sandboxes as kids: building castles, moats, and shaping an entire world without worrying about the consequences outside of that world? In programming, sandboxes work the same way: they’re environments that we have complete control over, but whose contents don’t spill into the outside world.)” – The Flatiron School

Inside this Sandbox environment type alert(“Hello World”); And check out the response. You should be given the response below.

This should give you a popup window that prints out the information added to the screen.

Congratulations you have officially written your first lines of Javascript!

A large part of programming is experimentation — we come up with a hypothesis (how we think something should work) and test it with code.” – The Flatiron School

Javascript is a means of completing a task, and with you as the developer thinking about how things should be done without a clear picture to how it should be done. There are endless possibilities to doing the same thing with Javascript, but it is your job as the developer to chose that path.

Read More at My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #42

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13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Your Video Content

Many experts predicted that 2017-2018 would be the “age of video marketing on social media” and the data is showing that they were overwhelmingly correct.

Video has erupted onto the scene with brands and businesses creating more video than ever before – with no signs of slowing down.

Consumers are loving it, too! HubSpot, for example, found that 43% of people want to see more video content from marketers. And that 51.9% of marketing professionals worldwide name video as the type of content with the best ROI.

But one aspect of creating video content that’s often overlooked is finding the background music.

We’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best places to find high-quality background music for video .

Let’s dive in!

13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Video

As many of you might have experienced, finding quality background music for video can be a huge challenge.

There are hundreds of websites out there with millions of songs to choose from. And each website offers different search functionalities, licensing options, and music experience.

We tested out more than 50 online music libraries and dwindled it down to 13 of our favorites.

Here’s a nifty infographic summarizing our findings with details, links, and best-practices for creating engaging videos below!

13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Video

1. Epidemic Sound

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Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: Epidemic Sound is one of our favorite places to find high-quality background music for video. Their easy-to-use search functionality and music offerings are some of the best in the business making it super easy to quickly find just the right music for your video. Music licensing can be a bit tricky, but Epidemic Sound bundles all of the legal rights you’ll need into on simple license that you can use across all platforms.

Pricing: Licensing starting at $0.99 and Subscriptions starting at $12/month

Bonus: We’re super excited to offer a special discount code for Buffer Customers! Code: wer987ev

2. YouTube Audio Library

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Licensing: Free (public domain) & Creative Commons

Why we love it: We’ve used a ton of the free songs available in YouTube’s massive audio library. Their search functionality allows you to sort by genre, instrument, duration, attribution, and even mood. But I love going with the “popularity” filter which allows me to quickly view which songs are most downloaded by users. To access YouTube Audio Library, simply click on the link above, or from your YouTube account, go to Creator Studio > Create > Audio Library

Price range: Public domain & Creative Commons

Bonus: Don’t have a YouTube channel yet? No worries! Here’s our complete guide on getting started with YouTube

3. AudioJungle

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Licensing: Royalty Free

Why we love it: If you’ve ever searched online for a WordPress theme, chances are you’ve stumbled across ThemeForest under Envato Market at one time or another. Envato Market has more than 3 million digital products created by a global community of contributors. It’s huge! So it’s no surprise that you can also find top-of-the-line background music for video here as well. AudioJungle offers creators more than 586,000 tracks from pop to heavy metal to music kits and sound effects. No matter what style of music you’re looking for, you’ll find it on AudioJungle.

Price range: Tracks starting at $1

4. AudioBlocks

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Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: AudioBlocks is our go-to source for music and sound effects on the Buffer Podcast as well as a variety of videos we’ve created for social media. Along with your AudioBlocks subscription, you’ll get access to unlimited downloads of hundreds of thousands of tracks, loops, sound effects, and collections. One of my favorite features of their search functionality is the ability to use a slide bar to specify the exact length of a track I’m looking for – quite useful for specific timing in videos!

Price range: Unlimited downloads start at $99/year

5. Free Music Archive

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Licensing: Public domain & Creative Commons

Why we love it: Free Music Archive (directed by WFMU) is one of the most prolific websites online for discovering a range of curated background music and sounds for all types of content. They even offer a “Spoken Word” genre! All MP3 tracks on FMA are pre-cleared and legal to use in a variety of situations that would otherwise be restricted by copyright laws. FMA offers more than 1,500 public domain tracks (licensed for commercial use) as well as thousands more under Creative Commons giving marketers and creators a plethora of options.

Price range: Free

6. Jamendo

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Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: We love Jamendo here at Buffer because of their awesome music selection as well as their dedication to giving back to their artists. Jamendo is also one of the few background music resources that allows marketers to pick and choose music based on what they might be using it for. Looking for a song for a killer Facebook video? Great, they’ve got that! Curious about what might work well on YouTube? No problem! They even have a special program for business chains who need a great radio station for each of their stores.

Price range: Standard licensing starts at $49

7. SoundCloud

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Licensing: Creative Commons

Why we love it: If you’re looking for an awesome selection of background music for video that sounds more like real music, then SoundCloud is a perfect option for you. Most if not all of the music on SoundCloud is licensed under Creative Commons, which means that you are free to use the tracks as long as you follow the guidelines established by the artist (more on licensing below!) It does take a bit of savviness and work upfront to utilize the search feature, but once you get the hang of it you’ll find that there is a ton of great music from artists all over the world.

Price range: Free

8. Freeplay Music

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Licensing: Creative Commons

Why we love it: Though Freeplay Music is one of the more pricey options out there in terms of background music services, their website is top notch and there are some serious gems to be found. Plus, if you’re using it for personal use only on YouTube, you’ll be able to access nearly all of their tracks for free. For businesses with a wide variety of music needs such as a video, advertisement, presentation, movie, video game, or even “YouTube kitty cat fashion show,” it’s a perfect place to grab-and-go great music.

Price range: Free (personal use) or $0.99 and up (business use)

9. IncompeTech

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Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: IncompeTech is an awesome artist-run website with free music in just about every genre you can think of. What we mean by “artist-run” is that all of the tracks you’ll find on IncompeTech are created and uploaded by Kevin MacLeod. With proper attribution, users can download and use his music on a variety of project completely free. And if you’d like to use a few of his tracks without attribution there’s an option for that as well!

Price range: Free (with attribution) or starting at $20 per piece (no attribution)

10. Bensound

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Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: Another artist-based website, Bensound is home to hundreds of fantastic tracks created and uploaded by artist Benjamin Tissot. Ben’s work has been featured all over the web in projects from animations, corporate videos, commercials to short films and documentaries. We love Bensound for its super easy-to-use search functionality and music that goes perfectly with your traditional business-style videos.

Price range: Free (with attribution) or 1-year unlimited downloads for $129

11. Amazon Music

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Licensing: Royalty free

Why we love it: Did you know that Amazon has more than 56 thousand free tunes and sound tracks that you can easily incorporate in your video backgrounds? Amazon does a great job of keeping their tracks are easily organized by genre thus making it very easy for you to get a specific tune. The only small drawback when it comes to Amazon Music is the limited capability of their search function in finding just the right track for your video.

Price range: Free or premium tracks start at $0.99

12. ccMixter

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Licensing: Creative Commons

Why we love it: In talking to several marketers while putting together this article, ccMixter was one of the most consistent websites mentioned for finding fantastic background music. Unlike Bensound and IncompeTech which are run by single artists, ccMixter is a community site taking contributions from thousands of artists. It offers several (set the Filter to “free for commercial use”) royalty free tracks for commercial use under Creative Commons.

Price range: Free (with attribution)

13. BeatPick

BeatPick Background Music Page Preview

Licensing: Creative Commons

Why we love it: One of the most powerful music search engines online, BeatPick gives users the ability to filter by genre, mood, vocal, instrument, keywords, and much more. We’ve found several killer tracks on BeatPick that we’ve used in a variety of online video projects. Once you find some background music that you like, you can either add it to your “Beatlist” for later, or, click on “License Song” to find out the cost of the license.

Price range: Price varies depending on track

Quick overview of how music licensing works

Cats on Record - Background Music for Video [Infographic]

One of the trickiest parts of downloading and using background music is understanding (from a legal standpoint) where, when, and how businesses and brands can use specific tracks.

Getting to know the various types of copyright laws and Creative Commons licensing details will give you full confidence when using background music for video. It’ll also help your brand or business avoid any legal issues down the line.

Royalty Free

Royalty free music gives users the right to use copyrighted music without having to pay “royalties” for recurring use of the content. In other words, royalty free music allows the buyer to pay the music license only once and use the music for as long as he or she wants.

Royalty free often gets mistaken for “free” music, which is not the case in many situations. The author or artist who has composed the music decides what kind of license it will have, and therefore, the costs associated.

Public Domain

Public domain refers to all works that are not protected by copyright and can be used without permission or without having to pay the original author/artist. Public domain essentially gives free use of the music in however a user sees fits.

Essentially, that means that content within the public domain can be copied, distributed, interpreted, and displayed in public for free as if they belong to everyone.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. At the core of the Creative Commons license is the idea that every CC license ensures licensors get the credit for their work they deserve. It’s a standardized way to grant copyright permissions to their creative work.

In the above websites, you’ll notice that many of the tracks are protected under various Creative Commons licenses. Artists typically upload their work and specify what users would need to provide (attribution-wise) in order to repurpose that work.

Check out the Creative Commons website for complete details on the various types of licenses.

More of our favorite video resources

Over to you

Have you used any of the websites above to find and download background music for video?

Did we miss any of your favorites?

We’d love to hear your experiences with the video creation process – Feel free to drop me any questions in the comments below. I’d love to keep this conversation going!

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Top Design to WordPress Services You Should Consider Using

Your design is signed off, and there’s just one step remaining. Afterward, you will be ready to introduce your website to the world.

You could finish the project yourself if you had the expertise to do so. Even if that was the case, it promises to be a tedious, drawn-out task you’d rather avoid.

It makes sense to hand your design over to a reliable design to WordPress service. Let the professionals do the work!

You still have to choose a service that will do your design justice. How to find a good one? Look for those, who provide the error-free, responsive, and SEO optimized HTML/CSS code. They should do so at a reasonable price and in a reasonable time frame.

These top design to WordPress services will work their magic to build a product you can take pride in:

Design to WordPress – PSDgator

The multi-talented PSDgator team does many things well, including taking your PSD, Sketch, and AI design files, and delivering fully-functional, easy to navigate WordPress themes. The green gator team even accepts PDF files, and should you present them with a file format that could best be described as somewhat obscure, they do their very best to unlock the code and proceed with development.

You can expect to receive semantic, hand-coded HTML/CSS that’s cross-browser compatible, responsive, and optimized for performance. You can also expect the work to be done quickly.

If you have an existing WordPress theme that could use an upgrade, they’ll do that as well, whether it involves some tweaking, or a complete re-slicing or redesign. PSDgator can also enhance WordPress plugins, or design new ones based on your specifications.

Whatever your needs, just send them your design files and specifications. They’ll look them over, get back to you if they have questions, comments, or suggestions, and give you a free quote.

PSD to Manythings

PSD to Manything’s team of talented and experienced professionals can provide the front-end solutions you’re looking for to meet your design to WordPress needs. They’ll collaborate with you to make sure they fully understand your requirements before proceeding, and they’ll get the job done at a reasonable price.

It’s always a good feeling to work with developers that are totally transparent about the way they go about their business, and PSD to Manythings is such a team. You’ll always be able to track your project’s status, ask questions, or make changes should the need arise.

Providing design to WordPress solutions are only a part of what this team can do. Whether you are a freelance designer, or you represent a design team or agency, feel free to consult with the PSD to Manythings team. They live up to their name.

Xfive

Xfive first made a name for itself under the XHTMLized brand a little more than 10 years ago; switching to the present brand name relatively recently. Headquartered in Australia, with main offices in Europe and the USA, this development agency has established a reputation as a business that cares for its customers, and their projects.

Xfive will be only too happy to show you how they go about their business of converting your design files to error-free, responsive, and SEO-friendly HTML/CSS code. They’ll show you step-by-step, including insights into the coding standards they work, too.

Whether you have a single project or multiple projects, or whether you are an individual designer, a design team, or represent multiple teams, Xfive has the solutions you’re looking for. They can give you a fixed-price quote, a quote for hours required, or one for a term rental.

Goodie

Goodie is not your typical development agency. Having your new website launched the Goodie way involves choosing the member of their development team you want to work with. They specialize in launching websites, including one-page websites, for small businesses. Since they’ve been at it for more than 10 years, you can rest assured your design to WordPress project will be in good hands.

The Advantages of Using Design to WordPress Services

  • Your new website will have a modern, distinctive look.

Professional development agencies, like those described here, prefer hand-coding to automated coding. Thus, you won’t have to accept look-alike websites that machine-coding tends to produce. Your new website’s layouts will definitely have a one-of-a-kind look to them.

  • Your new website will have faster load time.

When professionals do their job, it results in a website that exhibits faster load times. The reason for this is that these developers do not insert unnecessary or redundant code.

  • You can expect superior workmanship

Professional developers take pride in pleasing their clients by doing things right.

  • The code you receive will be easy to read and maintain.

Hand-coding, using semantic HTML code, is easy to read. Consequently, errors are easier to detect and resolve, as they tend to stand out. When you have a need to make changes to your website, it will be easier, and less expensive, to do them.

  • You’ll be pleased with the UX your new website offers.

There is one key reason to choose a professional Design to WordPress developer. They take pride in creating websites that provide visitors with a pleasurable experience.

A website that provides an impressive UX is a website that will experience more traffic. Consequently, conversion rates will rise.

Conclusion

Investing in a tool that will perform development tasks for you may seem to be a less expensive approach. However, the results you get cannot be compared to what a professional developer can deliver.

Is your goal to launch a website that stands out among the rest? If the answer is yes, then allowing a design to WordPress development service to do it for you is by far the best option.

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