The myth of DIY websites and its impact on web developers

Do-It-Yourself websites are here, and they’re not going anywhere. That’s just a basic fact of our industry. However, there is a large misunderstanding about the ease of use concerning Wordpress and other Do-It-Yourself website-building platforms, and it needs to be addressed. To start off, Wordpress is fantastic. I use it for building the majority of my sites, it’s great for navigating throughout each site, both the front end and the back, and has a fantastic group of folks who write beautiful...
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40+ essential resources for responsive websites

In 2014, if you have a website that isn’t responsive, it doesn’t count. Responsive web design has now become a standard when it comes to creating new websites. More and more people are viewing websites from their phones, it has become really important to adapt to those changes and design websites in such a way that they work across a variety of different screen sizes. But if you’ve been tasked with creating a mobile responsive design and aren’t sure where to start, this list of resources is sure...
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3 tips for organizing large-scale web projects

There will be some days in your life as a web developer when you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. Often this comes in a form of a client whose pockets match their ambition, and you’ll finally be getting paid what you’re worth. However, despite the benefits that await you when you accept, and eventually, finish this big gig, there is a looming trap hidden here; it comes in the form of a big pile of responsibility. Of course, as the price of the project rises, the workload rises too. This calls for...
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50 free ebooks every web developer should read

In the digital era, less and less people rely on paper books. That obviously doesn’t mean people have stopped reading books, just that ebooks have largely flooded the market. There are numerous reasons for this, but the most prevalent is that ebooks can be brought to market quickly whilst their content is still relevant. There are millions of ebooks available, teaching you everything from typography to apps. And incredibly some of the best are available absolutely free. Check out my list of essential...
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A backend developer’s guide to UI design

For a backend developer, designing a user interface for an application can be difficult, primarily because you are not a hundred per cent comfortable with what you are doing. It’s like writing using your left hand when you’re a righty. However, with the inception of frontend toolkits and frameworks, UI design has become a little bit more convenient for backend developers like you. Because of open source UI frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation and Yahoo’s PureCSS, building the interface...
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Should you be using Python for web development?

There are countless articles written about which programming language is the best; usually ending with the conclusion that they’re all great, and you just need to choose which you’re most comfortable with. Whilst I agree with that sentiment to some extent, I’m still interested in the question of whether any one language is better for a specific purpose, for example, for web development.   What is Python? ... Credited to Guido van Rossum in the late ‘80s, Python is one of the most popular...
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Deal of the week: 8 popular texture collections from Offset

Is flat design leaving your designs looking a little…flat? Then you might want to think about adding some texture to those flat color blocks. Texture offers designers great options to indicate function, tone areas, even unify diverse sections of a site. So we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has arranged an incredible discount on these 8 popular texture collections. Featuring more than 240 individual vector and bitmap files this bundle covers everything from concrete...
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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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