10 CSS grids for streamlined web design

One of the greatest things about being a web developer today has got to be the abundant amount of resources available to help you code better, faster, and easier than ever before. CSS frameworks, commonly referred to as the building blocks of web development, are one of those such resources. As you aim to reduce the time spent establishing a base to lay your website down upon, CSS frameworks are an excellent place to start. Sometimes, however, you just want something a little more lightweight and flexible....

The ultimate website launch checklist

Launching a new website is infinitely more complicated than you might think when the project first starts. If you’re not working with a completed website launch checklist, problems will occur down the line that may hinder business goals. Whether you’re the client, or the web developer, it’s important to cross the t’s and dot the i’s before officially declaring a web project “complete.” To make the task a little more easy and organized, here’s the ultimate website launch checklist:...

Essential server security for web developers

Not everyone relies on shared web hosting for the sites they work on. Many developers have turned to dedicated hosting, virtual private servers (VPS), colocation hosting and other methods that give them greater freedom to work and allow for more control over the environments where they host sites for their clients or business. While these hosting environments offer a developer much more flexibility, they do put the responsibility of securing that server in the hands of the developer. This can pose...

How to pick a WordPress starter theme

  You’ve just landed a large agency client for a custom WordPress theme project. The specs include 20 non-standard templates and a large set of complex mobile screens. With a daunting task list for this project, as well as other client work, you’re anxious to get started right away. So where to start? For many developers, selecting a WordPress starter theme is the most efficient route. Starter themes generally include basic, required WordPress files, commonly used templates (e.g., pages,...

6 Creative Ways to Integrate Social Media Into WordPress

Social media is an effective way of driving more traffic to a website and reaching a new audience for published content. If you or your clients use WordPress, you probably know there is a myriad of plugins that allow anyone to quickly share every published article across a variety of social media networks. But, sharing is not the only way to integrate social media into WordPress. In fact, there are a few other ways of making a website more social and helping your clients get more eyes on their content. 1....

9 Frameworks to Watch in 2017

One of the biggest problems with new year’s resolutions is that they’re often arbitrary goals based on how we feel in the moment; “I need to lose 15 pounds…I should volunteer more…I have to sign ten more clients by year’s end.” When it comes to web development, who’s to say that looking back is such a bad thing? Success in web development depends on one’s ability to learn new skills, practice, and then learn some more. Why not tap into the lessons learned from last year and use them to build...

Moving your website to HTTPS, is it worth it?

HTTP versus HTTPS: How much of a difference can one additional letter make? As it happens, quite a lot. Ever since Google confirmed that it considers whether a site uses HTTP or HTTPS as a ranking factor, there’s been a lot of debate about the merits of making the switch. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who likes to play it safe; if Google recommends something, I’m all for it. Still, while switching to HTTPS makes sense for most websites, it’s not always worth it. Is it time to switch?...

How to use Font Awesome icon fonts in WordPress

I realize that some of you reading this tutorial may have never used an icon font before. You may even be asking yourself, what exactly is an icon font? Icon fonts are simply another way of displaying icons on your websites. In the past, it was a common practice to use images as icons. But using images for icons usually results in additional requests to the server. So to address this problem, designers have turned to icon fonts. An icon font is exactly like a normal font. The only difference is, instead of a...
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