7 habits of highly effective web developers

There are a few things that separate good from great, a fine line between just getting through, and being truly effective. This applies to almost anything, and especially web development. So what does being effective in web development mean? What are the habits that you need to develop to become great? Let’s take a look: 1) Effective developers use bug trackers ... Be it a software, mobile or web app, any development project needs to have bug and issue tracking services. It’s more practical than...
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Deal of the week: Colossal vintage design bundle (worth $600)

Once in a while our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, comes up with a truly special deal big enough to make your head spin; and this is one of those times! We’ve managed to put together an amazing 94% discount on this huge bundle of design resources, saving you over $560! The 2GB download contains vintage assets from the likes of Ultrashock and Yellow Design Studio. There are fonts, patterns, vintage lettering, frames, book covers, stationery, flourishes, and tons more. Dig into this deal and you’ll...
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15 essential Sass mixins

There are  a whole host of Sass mixin libraries out there: Bourbon is a personal favourite, Compass is hugely popular. But sometimes, actually always, it’s better to pick and mix your mixins to suit yourself. It’s never good to rely too heavily on a tool, and if you think Sass mixins begin and end with the @include statement then you should probably try writing out a few of your own. Sass mixins are available for a huge range of tasks, here’s 15 that no developer should be without: box-sizing...
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Deal of the week: Retro Textpress, 20 retro text effects for Illustrator

Retro is all the rage, and this amazing deal from our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, is the perfect way to embrace the trend. The Retro Textpress deal features 20 retro type styles for Adobe Illustrator. Just set up your text, click to apply the action and your type will be transformed into a cool retro style. What’s more, if you’re not satisfied with the styles on offer, you can customise each one to get it exactly the way you want it. These effects are ideal for adding a little vintage charm to an...
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How to get started with ImpressPages

Once upon a time, someone decided to see what would happen if you merged a powerful open source PHP framework with a drag‘n’drop content editor designed for non-technical users. As it turns out, you get ImpressPages. ImpressPages began as more traditional CMS, with an emphasis on user-friendliness. The content editor was also drag‘n’drop, but I recall that the rest of the interface seemed confusing to me. It seemed as though they were trying to cram in everything anyone might need in a CMS,...
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jQuery 3.0 & jQuery Compat 3.0 are announced

If you’re working in web development you probably fit into one of two categories of developer: You think jQuery is the best thing since sliced images and you couldn’t get through the week without it; or, you think jQuery is a bloated crutch used by people too lazy to learn real JavaScript. However you feel about jQuery, there’s no denying the impact it has had on the industry, and the changes rung in by the Web’s most popular JavaScript library. So this week’s announcement of jQuery 3.0 is...
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Deal of the week: 9 classic, vintage, retro, grunge fonts

When it comes to your web design toolkit, you can never have too many fonts. Typefaces are key to creating the right feel for a client, and if you want to get the right font for a brand, you need plenty of options. So we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has arranged a deal on this awesome bundle of retro typefaces from Cruzine. The bundle includes 9 retro fonts families:   Just Be Cool ... Just Be Cool is a beautifully executed handwritten typeface. It’s perfect any time...
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How to make a ghost button in CSS3

With Halloween just a few days away, this seems like the perfect time to explain how to create an incredibly simple ghost button, in pure CSS. These buttons are referred to as ghost buttons because they have just an outline and let whatever is behind them show through. They’re incredibly popular with startups, because they have a minimal simplicity that fits that style of site. They’re also super easy to make, and can add real impact with just a few lines of CSS. To build one, the first thing you need...
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