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15 Online resources for learning web design

There is no doubt that Web design can sometimes be a little intimidating, not only is there so much to learn but the environment is ever changing and it seems as if every day there is something new that you need to learn if you want to stay up-to-date. Don't know where to start? Don't worry we have compiled some of the best resources on the web for learning web design. Some of the suggestions offered here are free while some come at a small cost. Some focus only on HTML while others will teach you anything from HTML,...
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25 Web development resources to help you create better websites

As a developer I am always on the hunt for time saving resources, anything that can save me just a few minutes of time is a great help in an already hectic schedule. Compiled here is a list of 25 resources that are bound to make your life a little bit easier. I have added different CSS3 grid systems, as well as several code generators, whether you need a button or a pattern there should be something here for everyone, I have also added some font generators, if you are having problems with your code then you will...
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Keeping Your Site Up To Speed With Speedy Gonzales

Speed. It’s an important factor in the recent Olympics, the Paralympics and even our day to day lives. Speed is also an important factor when it comes to Google. Their ethos concerns the provision of accurate, relevant search results delivered as quickly as possible to the user. To quote their Webmaster Guidelines: “Monitor your site's performance and optimize load times. Google's goal is to provide users with the most relevant results and a great user experience. Fast sites increase user satisfaction...

Automate WordPress Installation and Development WorkFlow

Do you work on multiple sites at a time? Then no doubt you would love to improve your speed and your overall development workflow. Think of what it takes to set up WordPress the old school way: Downloading the latest version. Extracting the downloaded zip file. Creating a new database. Creating wp-config.php file. Developing WordPress sites has never been easier with WAMP and Simple WordPress Auto Installer.  The Auto Installer script is now available that allows you to add a WordPress install within...

10 Best Open Source Tools for Web Developers

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Web developers have a fond love for open source tools not only because these tools are generally free of cost, but they can be modified in any way the developer sees fit. That is actually where the free in free/open source software comes from. While .NET and other paid technologies and tools do have their place on the Web, it really is open source tools and applications that power it. There are thousands of great open source applications and picking the best among them is really hard since so many people have...

Taking your site to Mobile Ready without creating a Mobile Site

Since 2010, mobile searches have seen a 400% increase and it is estimated that by 2013, there will be more mobile Internet users than desktop users. A mobile-friendly site can thus help you connect with your customers and drive conversions. Just because your website can be seen on your mobile phone does not however mean that its mobile ready. Mobile sites are designed with mobile users in mind and fit well on small screens. They are supposed to offer simple navigation capabilities and take advantage...

Enhancing WordPress Functionality with BuddyPress

A few weeks ago, I was working with a fellow developer and trying to figure out how we could enhance the functionality of a Wordpress website that required managing visitor logins. The site, which was for poets and writers, would allow visitors to set up accounts, submit content, interact with others on the website and share content to outside circles on Facebook and Twitter. After scratching our heads for a number of days, we came to the conclusion that BuddyPress would provide the needed solution....
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Use Compass In Your Sass Projects

If you have started to dive into the wonderful world of CSS preprocessors (LESS or Sass), you might have also heard of Compass. If you haven't decided on either LESS or Sass, I would make the investment and learn one, or both, of the technologies. It's well worth the time and will make your coding and development life a lot easier. Today, we're going to look at Compass, an open-source CSS authoring framework built on Sass. Similar to Sass, it is installed via the command line (Terminal in Mac OS X) and is run...
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