Dec 23, 2012

Top 25 Wordpress Plugins

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One of the best things about the Wordpress Content Management System is all of the advanced plugins that have been created for it. Not only can you create a great looking dynamic website with Wordpress, but you can literally make just about any type of site that you want with the right selection of plugins installed. Here is a comprehensive list of 25 of the most useful plugins out there, and nearly all of them are completely free to use, with a few exceptions.

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Dec 22, 2012

Understanding Joomla Addons and How to Install Them

joomla addons

The last, and simplest of the three is a plugin. Typically plugins are put in place to alter the output of another function in the program. Plugins usually react to certain events on the page. Eight different plugin types exist, search, user, xmlrpc, editors-xtd, editors, content and authentication. Each of the types defines the type of stimulus that it needs to react and plugins normally only accomplish very small tasks.


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Dec 22, 2012

The Future of Flash

future of flash

With all of the advancements and changes in technology the future of flash looks uncertain at best. Flash used to be one of the leading edge design tools that millions of designers used worldwide, and although it is still very popular today, there are some changes that have occurred, and other changes still to come that are going to strain the Flash following.



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Dec 22, 2012

Javascript Articles Worth Reading

articles about javascript

Javascript is a very powerful web development language that any web developer should know well. It gives you the ability to add some dynamic content to your websites, and it does so without causing too many problems between the different web browser versions out there. Here is a collection of useful Javascript articles that any developer, or future developer should take a look at, they are very helpful.


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Dec 22, 2012

The New HTML5 Standards

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HTML5 is a large specification. So large, it has been broken into smaller specifications, some of which are not so small.

We know the bounds of the old HTML or xhtml specifications. It was the markup world that we use to code our pages. The new specification is much larger and different in character than previous specifications.


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Dec 21, 2012

Top 25 Interactive Menus

collection of interactive menus

The menus of your website are extremely important to your visitors because they are how you are going to navigate around between the different pages of the site. The better the menus function the more your visitors are going to enjoy your website, and it doesn't hurt if a menu looks good as well. Here is a collection of some of the best menus that have been used on websites, emulating these menus could help you improve the navigation on your own site.

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Dec 20, 2012

10 Free Smoke Brush Sets

photoshop smoke brushes

There is something about smoke that just brings a project to life. Whether you are just trying to add a little more detail to a project that you are working on, or you simply need smoke in the drawing you are making these brushes should cover any use that you can think of for smoke. The different smoke affects are achieved differently depending on the brush set that you choose and you can create some pretty interesting effects by using these brushes.

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Dec 19, 2012

SEO Predictions for 2013

seo in 2013

A new year is fast approaching, and marketers everywhere are scrambling to prepare for the next trends in SEO. With social networks updating privacy policies and Google making further changes to site authority and its algorithms, 2013 will become a year of the marketer.




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Dec 19, 2012

11 Portrait Retouching Video Tutorials For Photoshop CS5

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If you prefer video tutorials, this is the list for you. We have sorted through and viewed dozens of videos on portrait retouching techniques to give you this list. You won't find any silent videos with no explanations, or videos with catchy tunes and only a scant printed instruction overlaid on the video content. You won't find arrogant authors who create their videos only for Photoshop experts.


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Dec 18, 2012

Top 18 Cute Animal Wallpapers

animal wallpapers

By choosing any of these cute animal wallpapers you will have something to help brighten your day each and every time that you turn on your computer. You can even collect several of these wallpapers and put them on a slideshow so that you can see different pictures throughout the day.



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Dec 18, 2012

Web Design Changes with a Shift towards Mobile Devices

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Just a few years ago web designers were altering the way they built websites because displays were getting bigger and they had more space to work with. With that extra space they made more information available to users, and chose more relaxed layouts that were spread out a little farther.


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Dec 18, 2012

Responsive Design Resources

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This is important for those organizations who don't want to support an application for small devices. We used to use the "m." technique of providing our customers with special mobile versions of our sites. Today we can do better. Today we have the tools to welcome different device types to our site with a little thought for them during the design process. Below are some tutorials and articles that will help get you started with examples, demos, and code downloads.

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Dec 13, 2012

Diagonal CSS Tutorial

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For the longest time, CSS and HTML have only been used to create square shapes and designs. Code based square borders and buttons have become common practice, but you never really see other angles or shapes.



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Dec 12, 2012

5 Best Organized Sites and Collections for Photoshop Brushes

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When looking for Photoshop brushes, the selection can be overwhelming. You can't download and install them all. Your best solution might be to pick a handful of sites and become familiar with what they have to offer. Maybe even keep a list of links to brushes you think you might want in the future.Here are 5 good free well organized Photoshop Brush collections, but first a reminder about using free artwork.

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Dec 12, 2012

Top 10 Worst Websites

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Collection of Top 10 Words Websites 2012.





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Dec 11, 2012

Evolution of Web Design

evolution of html

Find out how webdesign evaluated thorough the years starting from 1990 till 2010. Determinant steps in web design history




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Dec 10, 2012

How the New HTML 5 and CSS3 Standard will Change the Web Forever

html5 and css3 will change the world

As the leading web browser companies work on ironing out all the details of HTML5 we slowly head toward a very significant facelift of the internet. New features are going to be integrated into the standard code of the internet, and many of the additional plugins that we currently rely on will likely be forgotten.


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Dec 5, 2012

Creating the CSS Accordion Effect

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There is a quick and easy way to making a content accordion such as the one pictured above using purely CSS. Most people already know how to get this type of thing running with Javascript and CSS together and it looks a little nicer that way, but this solution is perfect for all the users who don't allow scripts to run while browsing the web.


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Dec 5, 2012

Top 25 Small Business Wordpress Themes

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Many people don't really consider Wordpress as a good platform to build a business website on, but it is. Wordpress isn't just a good option for bloggers, it also has all the functionality that any small business owner would need thanks to the many plugins that are available for it. If you want to put together a small business site for your company quickly, choosing one of these many different small business themes will get you off on the right start fast.

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Dec 4, 2012

Convert from HTML or XHTML to HTML5

html to html5 conversion When you covert from HTML to HTML5, or from xhtml to HTML5, there are many opportunities to improve the speed, design, user interaction, search engine ranking for your site. There are numerous features and improvements in HTML5 that make you site easier to index, faster to load, accessible to more types of devices, and free of concern for the changing plug-in landscape.

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Dec 4, 2012

Hardening Your WordPress Installation

how to harden a WP installation We say hardening rather than securing because it is impossible to completely secure any site. Hardening is about taking all possible steps that make it harder for others to corrupt or steal from your site.

Before going much further, reading this may give you the idea that WordPress is not secure. Most of what is discussed below is basic server security.

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Nov 29, 2012

Tutorial - Creating an Interactive Nav Bar in CSS

navigation bar

Every good site has at least one Nav Bar to direct its users to other pages on the site.

Navigation bars used to be built from tables in HTML but a more modern approach is to make an interactive bar built purely from CSS.



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Nov 29, 2012

Types of Design Images

Different design images

Different designers use different products to produce website designs. Chances are, the person coding your website prefers to receive a Photoshop or Fireworks over an Illustrator File.

But why? First we need to discuss raster and vector images.



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Nov 28, 2012

Creating a WordPress Child Theme

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If you are interested in editing a current Wordpress theme that is on your website it's useful to understand how to make a child theme. A child theme is a copy of another theme known as the parent. The child inherits everything from the parent. When you utilize child themes you don't have to worry about messing up your current theme and you can update the parent theme without worrying about any major problems.

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Nov 26, 2012

5 Things Designers Need To Be Careful About While Designing

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Internet is a vast network and contains diverse information on different topics. But it also contains a huge number of duplicated and useless content.

At some stage of your designing career - let it be beginner or expert - you wonder as to what is the most important thing to keep in mind while designing. I did too and after years of experience I would like to share some of them with you.

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Nov 23, 2012

10 Free Photoshop Nature Brush Sets

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It doesn't matter if you are designing a website or putting together an outdoor masterpiece, there always seems to be a need for more nature brushes for Photoshop.

Here are 10 different sets of nature brushes that should get you started off in the right direction.


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Nov 23, 2012

When To Use An Adaptive Layout Versus A Responsive Layout

responsive layout

Both an adaptive layout and a responsive layout are built to adjust based on the requirements of each user that visits the site. The only difference is that an adaptive layout has a set number of screen sizes that it will work well with and a responsive layout can shift to any screen size (in theory). From that description alone you would assume that a responsive layout is always the better of the two because it works in any situation, and typically that is the truth, but not always.

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Nov 21, 2012

Wordpress Versus Joomla. Which is Better for You?

WP or Joomla?

Wordpress and Joomla have both been extremely popular CMS's(content management system) for several years now, and the debate rages on about which is the best. While we aren't going to conclusively pick one over the other hopefully we can shed some light on which of the two is better for the task at hand, and more specifically better for you.


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Nov 19, 2012

Professional PSD to XHTML Converter

psd to xhtml conversion

Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML) may be considered a transitional standard between classic HTML and HTML5.

As soon as W3C still hasn't validated HTML5 as recommendation, many developers prefer to use this XML-based markup in their projects.


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Nov 2, 2012

Avoiding Memory Leask In Your Javascript

avoiding leaks in javascript

Memory leaks are dangerous to a program because they eat up the system's memory as the program runs. Some leaks are very minor and can almost be ignored, but more severe leaks will crash your computer in no time at all. Although you will probably end up with a few leaks here or there, understanding common causes of leaks in Javascript should help you improve your code, and reduce the occurrence of leaks.

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