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The Best Wireframing Tools for Developers

Before digging into code, it’s important to create a plan of action that all parties are satisfied with. A mockup, or wireframe, is an easy vehicle for sharing a basic design with anyone involved with design decision making for a web or app development project. When you hear the word “wireframe,” an image of eyeglasses with a metal frame might come to mind. It might seem cheesy, but a wireframe is similar to a pair of glasses in the way that it allows you to see clearly. Before you can add on a good pair...

5 Best WordPress Page Builder Plugins

WordPress beginners have difficulty customizing their websites past simple text changes, especially if they have no background knowledge of HTML or CSS. WordPress page builder plugins allow just about anyone to build a stylish or professional looking web page, through a user-friendly interface - quickly, and without knowing HTML or CSS. Though it may seem like WordPress page builder plugins have usefulness mainly for the technically unsavvy, they can also make a WordPress developer’s job...

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....

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...

15 Chrome Extensions That Simplify Web Development

Working as a web developer, you probably spend a lot of  time using your browser of choice. While almost every browser has its own developer tools that allow you to see what’s going on behind the scenes, some of them have plenty of extensions that help you streamline the development process. In this post, we have rounded up our favorite Chrome extensions for web developers. 1. Web Developer ... Web Developer Tools is one of the most useful extensions for any developer. It adds a toolbar to Chrome with...

Gravit releases ProjectX

Look out Canva! There are a ton of new players in town! Well, not in town so much as “probably on their way”. Maybe. We hope. Basically, the guys behind Gravit, a fantastic web-based image and vector editor, went and built a demo version of a Canva-like web app that they called ProjectX. It really is a demo. It only supports one image size (851 x 315px, the size of a Facebook cover), and really doesn’t have much in the way of features. What makes it very, very cool is the fact that it was built with around...

Snyk: the easy way to find code vulnerabilities

Security in programming is essential, and a massive headache. As the things that people build become more sophisticated and complex, their code bases get bigger and bigger. With that extreme growth comes an increasing number of potential weak points in any project’s security. Factor in dependencies (bits of code handled by third-party programmers which they have shared out of the kindness of their hearts), and you’re looking at more code then you could ever practically revisit. In this case,...

Getting started with Facebook’s Create React App

React was always a bit hard for the average developer to easily get started with. Facebook’s open-source library was meant to encourage developers to efficiently create apps as well as their interfaces within JavaScript. Unfortunately, developers also had to learn a lot of other tools besides JavaScript just to set up their React projects. Yes, Facebook has mentioned its own tooling for React. However, the simple truth is that the majority of developers and small startups just don’t have the...
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