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TN3 Gallery is a new HTML-based customizable image gallery with slideshow, transitions and multiple album options. It's powered by jQuery to give your image galleries and sliders fantastic appearance and usability. They have kindly offered to give three readers of the Vandelay Design blog the Pro License for free. All you have to do to enter the contest is leave a comment on this post. TN3 Gallery comes from the talented people behind Webdesigner Depot, Mighty Deals, and Brush Lovers.

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Some of the most intriguing photographs are those that perfectly capture a moment during intense action. Well-timed photos stop the action and present an amazing  perspective. In this post we'll showcase more than 30 different examples of outstanding action photography.

Action photography can be extremely challenging in order to get quality results, so the photos shown here should serve as inspiration to demonstrate what is possible.

To see a larger version of the photo or to see more work from the photographer, click on the images or the credit links below each photo and
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you'll be led to the source.


Photo credit: Andre Arment
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Every website owner or marketer needs to know what is going on with their website and visitors in order to know how to improve and get better results. Website analytics tools can provide data and show trends that will help you to know what to do to see the results improve over time.

When it comes to analytics you have a lot of options from which to chose. In this post we'll show 11 of the leading free options (of course, there are other options that are not free) and give a brief description of each.
Google Analytics
Google Analytics is leader among free analytics tools, a
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nd with good reason. Analytics is free to use on any website with no limits on pageviews that can be tracked or reports that can be generated. Basic users can get info on how many visitors and pageviews their site is receiving, what sources are sending the traffic, what search phrases are resulting in visitors, and other basic information like bounce rate. More advanced users can set up goal tracking, create custom reports, set up pivot tables and more. For new users Analytics can be a little intimidating because of how much data is available, but the basic reports are easy to find and understand.

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WPSubscribers is a premium WordPress plugin that will help you to attract loads of new subscribers to your mailing list or blog. It has many different features and functions to give you a lot of versitility and control over how you promote your list. The developers of WPSubscribers have offered to give 3 of our readers a free triple license for the plugin, which will allow you to install the plugin on up to 3 different sites, plus free lifetime updates. This license normally sells for $47, and an unlimited license is also available for $97.

WPSubscribers will allow you to int
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egrate your opt-in code very easily, and then you can create several different types of forms to encourage signups. I've been testing the plugin and getting integrated with a MailChimp sign up form was simple. Just copy the form code provided by MailChimp (or another list manager like AWeber, GetResponse, etc.) and WPSubscribers will auto detect the fields and integrate.

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Earlier this week we launched a contest for our most recent product, the Freelance Starter Kit. We had announced that there would be five winners, but since the response was so positive and since there were more people entering the contest than we anticipated, we decided to have eight winners instead. If you're luck didn't come through for you in this contest, don't forget that you can still get $5 off the price of the Freelance Starter Kit ($24 instead of $29) by using the discount code "blogreader".

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Some of the more popular resource packs at Vandelay Premier have been those that are created to be used with hand-drawn or doodled designs. While we aim to provide resources that are as useful as possible, there may be times when you need a specific design element that you can't find anywhere. In that case, you can create your own, and in this tutorial we'll show you how.

We'll be creating a small set of hand-drawn resources, but using the techniques covered in this post you'll be able to create as much or as little as you need. While stock resources can be great for saving t
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ime in your design process, creating your own resources can often be a lot of fun, and with hand-drawn design this is definitely the case.

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We're happy to announce the launch of our most recent bundle of resources at Vandelay Premier, the Freelance Starter Kit! This is a bundle of 20 resources that have been released to Vandelay Premier members, and it's now available in one convenient bundle to those who are not members. Its purpose is to help new freelancers to build their business on a solid foundation. The resources will also be helpful for those who have been freelancing for a while but are looking for better results.

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Our premium design resource site, Vandelay Premier, just crossed 5,000 total resources available (over 270 resource packs) and to celebrate we've got a free resource for all designers out there! We're giving away a free set of 89 vectors and Illustrator brushes.

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Websites from the travel industry often use excellent photography and attractive designs. Of course, having an appealing website helps for making the subject of the site as attractive as possible to people who may be interested in visiting. In this post we'll showcase 30 sites from the travel industry to serve as design inspiration.

Large photos are common theme that you will notice throughout this showcase, plus, many of the sites make use of color to create an inviting an appealing website.

You may also be interested in:

37 of the Best Websites from the Trav
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el Industry
25 Beautiful Travel and Tourism Websites

VisitPhilly.com

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Photographers have a growing number of options when it comes to selling photos. Stock photography sites aren't the only option. Many different companies have developed ways to help photographers sell their work online through their own website, and many of these options allow for the sale of both digital (downloadable) files as well as prints. Some of them even handle the printing and fulfillment for you, if that is what you're looking for.

In this post we'll take a look at 18 companies that exist to help photographers with selling their work. Some of these options will provide the
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photographer with a website to display and sell the products, others can integrate with existing portfolio sites, and a few are marketplaces where photographers can upload their work to be sold.

If you're a photographer you have probably thought about how you can make more sales online, so maybe one of these options would be a good fit for you. If you're a designer you may have clients who are photographers. Some of these options allow designers to create customized sites for their clients, so if you work with a lot of photographers it can be worth exploring.

SmugMug

SmugMug gives you a customizable website to host your photos. You can choose from their selection of templates, customize it without any coding, or make changes to the CSS to fully customize the look of your site.  SmugMug includes a wide variety of features for displaying and promoting your photos, including the ability to publish photos to Facebook and Twitter or embed in blogs. You can sell your photos as prints or as digital downloads. The prints can be fulfilled and shipped directly to your customers. Prices range from $5 per month to $20 per month (or $40 per year to $150 per year).

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