9 Ways To Calibrate Your Monitor

What you see may be what you get, but it's not necessarily what everyone else gets. I was reminded of this when I bought a gaming monitor. I'd originally intended to get a 4K monitor of some kind, but I decided to go for speed over size. The one I did get can render my games at a brisk 144hz, and my games have never looked better. Well, they looked good after I finally got my color calibration worked out. It took a while, as I was out of practice, but after finding my monitor's ICC profile and eyeballing the calibration...

Is It Time to Spring Clean Your Developer Resources?

The world of technology moves at a fast pace, and web development is no different. You may have a stockpile of themes and plugins you use on a regular basis, but what about all of the other resources you use? Is there anything that’s outdated or something you can change to streamline your development workflow? It may be time to do a complete audit of the tools, resources, and workflow you use and “spring clean” your resources of any weak spots. Let’s take a look at a few common resources you may use...
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The Important Things About !important

CSS rules were made to be broken, or at least that’s the idea behind !important. !important is a CSS rule that makes it possible to override other previous styles spread across multiple style sheets. !important essentially defines something as important (imagine that!), ignoring subsequent/conflicting rules. It makes the CSS style with the !important designation the one that counts most, nullifying any others. Essentially, it gives a CSS value more weight than it otherwise would normally...

Should You Switch to Sketch?

For years, Adobe has dominated the world of creative software, with Photoshop and Illustrator being the lead software applications for photo editing and graphic design. Even though other programs were available, none of them were able to match the amount of features found in the Adobe suite of tools. However, seven years ago things began the change when Sketch entered the market and established itself as a viable alternative to the famous Adobe Illustrator. Since its launch, the app has been adopted...

Why WordPress is the Last CMS You Should Opt For

WordPress is one of the most, or even the most hyped content management systems ever. It is favored by many people and there are some really good reasons for it to be so well-liked. There is no doubt that a lot of clients opt for WordPress because one can work with WordPress for free. This is surely a very strong ‘pro’ WordPress argument. Moreover, WordPress offers its clients a number of interesting possibilities due to the elaborate system of plugins. So, with WordPress, you can create a lot of things...

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...

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...

Is Your Website Mobile App Ready?

It’s no secret that the mobile revolution is already here. Everyone’s been abuzz with talk about the need for websites to be mobile-ready and responsive for years now. But considering mobile device usage accounts for 55% of all internet activity, now is the perfect time to ensure any site you work with looks just as good on a mobile device as it does on a standard computer. Here’s another impressive stat: nearly 47% of all internet traffic now comes from mobile apps. When you take that into consideration,...
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