Web Design

19
Jul

Are Static HTML Websites Still Relevant?

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These days, dynamic websites are well within the reach of every web designer. We often don’t think twice about using tools such as WordPress or Drupal to power our next great project. Their functionality and flexibility make producing data-driven websites easier than ever before. But it wasn’t always this way. The web started out as a mostly static affair. Plain old HTML was, and still is, the basis of a site. But back in the day, the ability to dynamically generate content wasn’t widely available to the average designer. Too […]

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18
Jul

6 Helpful Facebook Groups for WordPress Developers

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Part of what makes working with WordPress so much fun is that you get much more than a free, open source CMS. You also become part of a tremendously welcoming and helpful community. Information regarding just about any aspect of the software you want to learn is most likely available for free. And when you have questions or run into trouble, there’s a good chance that someone out there is willing to help. It’s no surprise, then, that Facebook is home to some outstanding groups dedicated to WordPress in one […]

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17
Jul

The Creative Benefits of Taking a Vacation

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While I feel very fortunate to have the means to take a modest family vacation most summers, I often have mixed feelings about going (a true first-world problem). If things are busy, I’m wary of falling behind. And, even if business has slowed down, the thought of some sort of work disaster occurring while I’m out is always in the back of my mind. And those worries aren’t without precedent. A few years ago, a hosting provider I dealt with had a massive outage just before I was supposed to […]

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16
Jul

8 Ways to Make the Search Field Sexy with CSS

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The search field is very much a utilitarian part of your average website. But that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Quite the contrary. Search provides users with a simple way to find what they’re looking for and can be invaluable on content-heavy sites. Therefore, it’s worth taking some extra time to ensure that your search area is attractive, noticeable and easy-to-use. With that in mind, here are a collection of snippets that take the humble search field up a notch. They range from simple CSS aesthetic enhancements all the […]

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15
Jul

Weekly News for Designers № 445

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Ryeboard – A virtual whiteboard app to help you get organized. Itty bitty – An app that takes HTML and compresses it into a URL fragment for easy sharing. Different views on view-source – Is the classic View Source tool still relevant? Delivering WordPress in 7KB – How one designer created a blazing-fast, eco-friendly WordPress site. cheat.sh – A simple way to access community-driven cheat sheet repositories. A Faster and Safer Way to Troubleshoot WordPress – Using the Health Check plugin to find plugin and theme conflicts. Writing a Game […]

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12
Jul

10 Free Powerpoint Templates for Creatives

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Creating a visually attractive presentation to help you pitch your idea, team, or business to potential business partners, investors, or clients is crucial if you want to ensure a successful outcome. But, creating a presentation and making it look good can be time-consuming, especially if you lack the design skills. In those situations, a high-quality Powerpoint template can save the day. There is no shortage of both free and premium Powerpoint templates on the Internet, however, not all of them were created equal which means finding a quality template with […]

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11
Jul

Top Design Collaboration Tools for Freelancers and Agencies Sponsored

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Are you a member of a design or development team? Then, you most likely have a need to communicate and collaborate with others. Even when your project is a solo effort you may feel a need to have an extra set of eyes. You will need someone to watch out for mistakes and guide you along. Consider a project that is being worked on behalf of a design agency. Here, team members need to be able to communicate among themselves. They also have to collaborate with their management. Take a […]

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10
Jul

A Faster and Safer Way to Troubleshoot WordPress

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Whether you’re building a new WordPress website or applying updates to an existing one, troubleshooting issues can be a very time-consuming process. It can also be a bit risky – especially if you’re dealing with a live site (one more good reason to set up a staging environment, when possible). In general, pinpointing a problem requires that we take the following steps: Switch to a default theme, such as Twenty Seventeen; Disable all plugins and reactivate them, one-by-one; After activating each plugin, refresh your site on the front end to […]

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08
Jul

Weekly News for Designers № 444

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The Link Bar – An ecommerce mobile homepage navigation alternative to the Hamburger Menu. You Want to Sell Your Agency, Take Stock of Your Assets – To sell a web designbusiness, you must define your assets and come up with a market value. Email Template Design System & UI Kit for Sketch – One Sketch file, 10 templates, desktop and mobile, reusable components and styles, ready for you to customize. Free Keynote Templates for Creatives – We share the 15 best Keynote templates that are completely free and can use […]

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04
Jul

20 Free Adobe XD UI Kits for Web & Mobile App Designers

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While all of the talk these last few years has been around Photoshop and Sketch, Adode XD has quietly yet steadily built up a loyal following amongst web and mobile app designers. Released in December 2016 and officially exiting beta in October last year, Adobe XD has been continually updated with new features, to the point that it can now be regarded as a solid competitor to all of the other popular UI applications. If you haven’t tried Adobe XD yet, you can download it for free here. In this […]

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