There is no such thing as a free lunch, is the phrase that infers that if you are offered 'anything' for free, there's probably a catch, a caveat, a sting in the tail, or a con.
It more than likely does ring true for a lot of things, but I have, ( you too perhaps ) subscribed to many on-line FREEBIE offers. The thing is, that I continue to do so, certainly for anything relative to my passion of DESIGN.
This Post is designed, not to create a debate, but to refer others, as to what's out there. A sort of FREEBIE Swop Shop.
We all know that Google offers a host of free...well... anything you want really, web site builders, free analytics tools, gizmos and so on. And long may they continue to do so.
Wordpress templates are FREE and easy to use, and if you don't have your own web address, the hosting is also FREE. Wix.com offer FREE Flash templates and hosting, if you can bear the annoying ads. ( disappear them for the price of an upgrade)
So whether, you are in business or not, or just for the fun of it, at the risk of stating the obvious, it is, in my opinion, feasible nowadays to do most on line things, without spending a penny NO JOKE.
So, I say, that if it's to get your B and B off the ground, start your Kennel club, it's all there for the taking, I think it would be great for us to build a compendium of links, I think there is money , in these hard times to be saved.
I didn't want to post this in the computer section, or the 'save cash' arena, as I think it's relative to all. In business or not, even if you just want a FREE Vector of a greetings card they are all out there somewhere.
So why is there such a new wave of Good Samaritans, what's the con, what strings are attached. Well, worst case is that some Russian based arch cyber criminals who want your email address, or bank details or to sell you Viagra...will do a very slick clone site to hook you in. Well that's just a fact of life nowadays.
TIP if something looks slick but is riddled with poor English grama (!) don't go there, it will be a con.
If you do come accoss something that looks too good to be true, before subscribing, or downloading. Re-Google the site's name followed by the word SCAM. This will normally take you to a host of different reviews, forums, court cases, or whatever, so double check and read the reviews. If there is anything NEGATIVE, don't go there. But be warned the criminals 'BIG UP' their own sites and products too, so you have to have your wits about you.
On of the biggest tricks, ( and I've been caught out ) is that someone will remodel an App, say, repackage it, do a few 'how to use VIDS' and try and charge you 80 bucks fr something that is other wise FREE any way. Do your research.
You have probably heard of the following:
INKSCAPE A free cross platform Vector Drawing app
GIMP A free cross platform Photoshop wannabe
AVERY this is good! Photoshop effects and tools and some
WORDPRESS Free templates, and hosting blog platform
BLOGGER Google's free blog tool free hosting
I shall not make too much mention of the many free, cloud based Photo tools, I'm sure we all know about PICASSA, Flickr, Tumblr etc etc
I guess I'm really talking about this sort of thing Creative design Magazine
It came into my subscribe feed this morning, OO I thought FREE Xmas Vectors, to be honest I haven't opened anything up yet but chances are that this will have (like most of these offers ) some really good FREEBIES . Good quality too, Free icons for your Blogs and websites , PSD downloads for your sites, a free 'how too' PDF, FREE wallpapers etc.
TIP to be appraised of the best and up to date deals subscribe, and LIKE their FaceBook pages, that way you can see the DEALS as they come up and make educated decisions whether to click in or not.
TIP if you are busy, cut to the chase on these sites and go straight to FREEBIES
TIP Always check the licensing details, you may have to do a link back or whatever
TIP If what you download, say FREE fonts, are for personal use only, and you want to use them on a commercial site or Blog, don't
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If any designers of Web folk like myself are thinking 'hold on he's giving all the tricks away'...Well sorry but it's all out there anyway.
If any members think Iam wrong, misguided or otherwise take issue please advise. I shall post this now, in case anyone wants to track down and use a last minute FREE Snow Person Pic, and will be back once I have trawled my bookmarks for some links to FREE hosting, Icons, backgrounds etc etc I may have links to some that you have not seen, if you have then SOZ!
All in all there is such a thing as a free lunch but the wine will cost you, somes it up I think,