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12 Magento Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)

To this day, Magento stands firm to its reputation as the most popular e-commerce platform among online businesses. From startups, SME’s to large scale corporations, this orange shopping cart has been knighted as “The People’s Favorite”. Be it brands like Nike, Nestle, Fox Connect, Samsung, Ford, Lenovo, Olympus, Vizio and Men’s Health, or other millions of eStores, Magento’s foothold in the e-commerce landscape has accelerated and reached new heights. We’ve been very frustrated...

Getting Started with PostCSS and Gulp

PostCSS is a programming tool that uses JS plugins to transform styles. The plugins can do different tasks in CSS, like transpiling CSS syntax, supporting mixins and variables, linting CSS, inlining images and much more. PostCSS has grown popular in recent times, and is now being used by huge corporations such as Alibaba, Wikipedia and others. It is also relatively easy to use, giving the developer an easy time to get the output that they require. The following are the ways that are available for you...

How to build your own theme for Grav CMS

Grav is an open source flat-file CMS platform, built by the RocketTheme Team. While there are plenty of great CMS platforms available, they are all mostly database-driven, which can be overkill for smaller websites. Instead of a database, Grav uses folders and a basic file structure, it is focused on speed, simplicity, and flexibility. After reading all of the documentation and spending some time trying Grav out, I’m definitely sold and will be using the platform. I hope you will too. What We’ll...

5 Ways to Start Working With UX Today

There’s so much talk about the “user experience” these days that it’s easy to shrug off the concept of the UX. After all, if you’re in the business of building websites using modern standards and best practices, then isn’t the ultimate goal already to create a quality user experience? The answer to that is, “Yes, but…” Here’s the caveat: this idea that websites should be designed around the user experience is a given. If the on-site experience isn’t a satisfying or even a pleasurable...

9 Ways to Monetize Your Web Design Portfolio Site

When you originally set out to create a web design portfolio site for your business, it was most likely with the intent to use those work samples to impress prospective clients and generate more revenue. But a WordPress website is a powerful, revenue-generating tool in and of itself. You’ve invested a lot of time in creating it, so don’t let it go to waste. Your main source of revenue right now likely comes from the development projects you work on. As a web design professional, that may present some...

How to optimize for voice search, and why you should

Search engine optimization is a pretty big concern for website owners these days. As you add more browsers, more devices, and more user tech-savviness into the mix, it’s becoming harder to stay on top of optimization trends. And whenever you do feel as though you’ve got a decent handle on everything, the search algorithms change, or something else sends everything out of whack. The current SEO disruptor? Voice search. The Key to optimizing your site for voice search ... Chances are good you already...

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:...

10 web developer resolutions for 2017

2016 has officially timed out, and with it we wave goodbye to Pokemón Go, a series of Yahoo break ins, and a year in which $3.5 trillion was spent on IT worldwide.Whether you’re one of the 45% of Americans who make resolutions, or the 8% who actually keep them (!), the start of a new year is a great time to reassess what you want to achieve professionally in the coming 12 months. With that in mind, here are 10 New Year’s resolutions for web developers who want to make the most of 2017. Based on web development...
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