Vivaldi Browser goes beta with brand new features

Earlier this week Vivaldi browser finally released its first beta version to the public. Disappointed with the choices of available web browsers, ex-CEO of Opera Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner created Vivaldi to fill what he perceived as a gap in the market. Tetzchner created Vivaldi as an alternative to Opera and the many other household names like Safari and Firefox. Vivaldi is meant to be a browser that works exactly as you’d expect with loads of features for customization. The current browser...

Flat-file CMS Grav gets new updates

If you’re in the market for a CMS , the chances are you’ve already considered the big names: WordPress, Drupal, Joomla. You may not have thought about a flat-file CMS. A flat-file CMS is a content management system that doesn’t need a database to run, and over the last 18 months they’ve grown increasingly popular. One such system, is Grav. Just a year old, it has been updated this week with a bevy of new features, improvements, and bug fixes. A fully dynamic CMS built on PHP, Grav is focused on speed...

Magento 2.0 makes gains on clean e-commerce design

Ask many e-commerce site owners, webmasters and businesses, and they’ll likely tell you that Magento is one of their favorite e-commerce platforms (if not their favorite). Now, they have even more reason to be thankful for this CMS: its new version. Magento 2.0, now available on GitHub in its beta version prior to its general release later this year, takes some of the superior features of the original and makes them even better. Let’s look at them in detail. UX gets a facelift ... For any CMS, UX has...

How to build an auto-ranking Twitter list with WordPress

My team and I recently built an awesome list template on WordPress that ranks a set of Twitter users based on follower count. It allows a content writer to easily add a list of Twitter handles, and generate a well designed post. The first piece of content we created with it generated a 1,212% increase in traffic to our site. Check out the tutorial below if you're interested in building it as well. Requirements ... Input Twitter Handle (required) Name (optional) Tagline (optional) Image (optional) Bio...

Take the labor out of web development with Workbench

In recent years there has been a constant drive to produce tools to make the job of developing web sites as painless as possible. One of the most useful group of tools has been boilerplates, which set up the basics and allow the developer to get up and running on a new project in double quick time. Workbench is a little different from other offerings in this field. It comes with the usual task helpers we now expect to see in boilerplates, but it also comes with JavaScript plugins — a feature more likely to...

Zurb’s Motion UI makes its debut

Fans of custom CSS transitions and animations rejoice. Zurb—that little, California company that’s had a huge impact on interface design in the last two decades and has worked with brands like eBay, Photobucket and even Facebook—this week announced the open-sourcing of Motion UI. Motion UI is the company’s SASS library meant for the creation of custom CSS transitions as well as animation. In an announcement on its widely read and influential blog, the company talked about an updated version...

CodePen shows off its redesign to the Web

CodePen, one of the most influential code-sharing communities on the Internet, has just unveiled its new redesign, the first major one of its three-year existence. This redesign has been a long project for the site, as it’s been underway for the last half year. Web design firm Sparkbox has been a collaborator on this project as well. As expected, the new iteration of CodePen is a site that features marked changes, but, even so, this is only the tip of the iceberg. What you’re seeing now is actually...

8 reasons to rely on a CMS for web development

Every website owner, before ordering a website, faces a dilemma: whether to use a professional developer’s services or try one of the ready-made solutions that content management systems offer. It’s a fight between web developers and ready-made website builders: who offers a more comfortable option for creating a fully-functional website that is easy to manage, customize and that looks great on any device? Professionals blame CMSs for providing low-quality code and site vulnerabilities....

Google debuts Brotli, the Internet’s newest compression algorithm

Google’s philosophy has always been that faster speeds are better because Internet users just shouldn’t have to wait a while for pages to load. The company’s already made inroads in this regard. Two years ago, it unveiled the Zopfli compression algorithm, which was met with positive feedback from the industry. Feedback for Zopfli was so good that it has since been integrated into a lot of different compression solutions, everything from PNG optimizers all the way to preprocessing web content....
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