7 simple ways to optimize your website

We’re creating more and more demanding websites, with more and more assets. Now more than ever we need to make our sites blazing fast on desktop and on mobile. Fortunately there are some simple steps that we can take to achieve this… 1) Optimize images ... This may seem obvious, but it’s surprising how many people fail to optimize their images. What’s more, there’s a huge difference between using a medium sized image, and a fully optimized image. Image optimization doesn’t just reduce the...
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How to get started with version control

Welcome, friends, to your first lesson in version control. This article is entirely for non-expert-programmers. If you’re already an expert, this article isn't for you. Shoo. For those programmers who don’t already know it all, readable information can be hard to come by. Most of the things I've read about version control systems like Git and Subversion are written in harshly-accented programmerese. This is my attempt to simplify the concept in plain English for those of us who are just getting...
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How to code object orientated CSS

It sounds really impossible that a language like CSS can be object oriented but it is possible to implement OOP ideas in CSS to make it into a much more pleasant writing experience whilst along the way making your CSS faster to load. What is object-oriented CSS? ... When you hear “object oriented CSS” you may think that this is somehow a new CSS, a pre-processor or something that was added to CSS but no, object-oriented CSS is the same CSS we have always written; but in a cleaner, dryer way so it's merely...
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Deal of the week: Complete Uni Sans font family

All designers love a strong sans-serif typeface, but most of us also love originality; so where to turn with Open Sans, Roboto, and Proxima Nova flooding the Web? Well, how about the outstanding Uni Sans? With its strong outline, geometric regularity, and simple forms we think it’s a winner. So we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has managed to arrange a staggering 89% discount on this must-have font family. Uni Sans is a no-nonsense answer to minimalist designs everywhere....
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How to build a weather app with HTML5’s Geolocation API

The most amazing part of all the technologies that came with HTML5 is how easily they can be used to create little apps that make our lives a lot easier. It’s surprisingly simple to combine them to create something practical and simple. Today we will be using geolocation and the Weather Underground API to create a simple Weather App that will determine where you are and tell you the current weather for your location. To work with the Weather Underground API you will need an API key but don’t worry...
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Deal of the week: Eveleth font family

We can’t get enough of fun new typefaces. So, we’re delighted that our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, have managed to arrange an 82% discount on Eveleth font family from Yellow Design Studio. This set of 16, bold, all-caps, fonts are a solid choice when you’re looking for a rugged print aesthetic. Mimicking the texture of print from wooden fonts, there are 6 different distress options for every character. As well as some fabulously chunky letters, you’ll also get some fantastic shapes...
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An Introduction to Facebook’s React JavaScript library

Nowadays, most of us use JavaScript frameworks. That’s because they allow you to abstract the DOM and avoid dealing with HTML. These frameworks are always cropping up, some good, some bad. One of the better is React, which has been put together by the team at Facebook. React is a library for building user interfaces that uses JSX, an XML-based template language that compiles to JavaScript and in essence creates a virtual DOM for you. Using React ... To get started head over to the website and download...
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Deal of the week: 4 Photoshop actions to convert photos to painted art

If you’re looking to really wow your site visitors with expressive images, but you don’t quite have the chops to produce painted art, then what you need is this set of amazing Photoshop actions. Our sister-site, MightyDeals.com, has put together an awesome deal on these actions, so you can texturize portraits, make watercolors from jpgs, or make cartoons out of your colleagues. These simple-to-use Photoshop actions will take even the most mundane image and turn it into an engaging work of art....
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