How Google changes will affect your page structure

A large number of new websites—perhaps even the overwhelming majority of them—have started to take on a really familiar look: there is a navigation bar at the top of the screen—usually inverse in color to the rest of the page—followed by a huge carousel of images (both in terms of physical size and the number of images it contains), often some kind of hideous Google AdSense advertisements, and then finally, if we're lucky, there will be some actual content to read before we have to reach for the...

Why building a gift card option is essential for ecommerce

Gift cards possess huge potential for merchants who want to increase revenue, acquire new customers and get their brand noticed. It’s generally believed that a gift card program is a marketing tool perfect only for the biggest holiday season or that it can be applied merely by big brands. However, gift cards can be a great tool to drive customers and increase sales, regardless of the season or the brand size. According to the National Retail Federation 2014 survey, 60% (or 6 in 10) of shoppers say...
Developers and designers who’ve been wanting more freedom in their work can rejoice: Microsoft has at long last released the final versions of two development tools that are suitable for any developer working on any platform. Earlier this week, the software company unveiled Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6, which improves the .NET framework further. Microsoft first announced the Visual Studio 2015 Preview and the .NET 2015 Preview at one of its developer conferences in New York City late last year....

What’s new in jQuery 3.0 & jQuery Compat 3.0

jQuery users and fans don’t always have major releases to look forward to, but that just changed with last week’s releases of jQuery 3.0 and jQuery Compat 3.0. The former supports today’s browsers and IE9-and-beyond environments while the latter supports IE8. (Both versions support Yandex. Browser, which was released in 2012.) You can get your files from the jQuery CDN or opt to link to them directly at: https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.0.0-alpha1.js and https://code.jquery.com/jquery-compat-3.0.0-alpha1.js...

AngularJS 2.0: what we can look forward to

Since its release, AngularJS has dominated the world of open source JavaScript frameworks. Being an extremely advanced client-side MVW framework, it has achieved widespread adoption and support from both individuals and enterprises. Developed by Google in 2009, Angular not only enhances HTML used in web applications but also simplifies development and testing tasks for developers. Even though the latest version of Angular (1.4) is both stable and highly performant, the AngularJS team has...

How to get noticed as a web developer

Exposure: it’s what we all strive for and desire as freelancers. We want the exposure and recognition, and rightfully so. The bad part about it is that we aren’t alone — there are a ton of developers, at all different levels, attempting to get that same exposure that we’re all competing for. Another issue is that many developers don't have a solid strategy for what they're doing. They want to do it all and hope that something sticks. And trust me, there are so many different avenues we can choose...

How to successfully implement modal windows

I know what you're thinking. “I hate pop-ups and they are annoying.” While that may be true for you, and I often think so too, the truth is that they work. I use them on my own website, and they are extremely useful and successful. Looking at the numbers, they can’t be beaten. The thing about pop-ups or modal windows is that you have to use them the right way. Today, we’ll be exploring some tips for modal popup design and implementation. Methods ... There are several methods for triggering pop-ups....

25+ must-have WordPress plugins

WordPress plugins are coming out all of the time, right and left. Every day, they’ve got new ones in the WordPress plugin repository for the curious developer to check out. Over time, your average designer or developer will end up with a list of their favorites. Usually, they’re plugins that solve common problems, are up-to-date and well-maintained, with good support. With that in mind, we’re sharing a list of some of the best plugins out there. Disable Comments ... Disable Comments does......
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