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15 Online resources for learning web design

There is no doubt that Web design can sometimes be a little intimidating, not only is there so much to learn but the environment is ever changing and it seems as if every day there is something new that you need to learn if you want to stay up-to-date. Don't know where to start? Don't worry we have compiled some of the best resources on the web for learning web design. Some of the suggestions offered here are free while some come at a small cost. Some focus only on HTML while others will teach you anything from HTML,...
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25 must read HTML, CSS and jQuery books

Everyone knows that in order to create the best websites you need to be up-to-date with the latest trends and developments. We asked experts and long timer designers and developers to share with us their favorite books, and the result is a selection of the very best books that everyone should read. Our list includes 25 books that all developers must read if they want to create great web sites. We cover everything from HTML to CSS, JavaScript and jQuery books. 1. Introducing HTML5 ...    ...
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SEO and Web Development: 5 HTML5 Tags for SEO

The advent of HTML5 has created a new set of opportunities for web developers and site architects. The new system has also forced those unfamiliar with its origins to reassess how they view their site design, especially when it comes to questions of search engine optimization. How will HTML5 interact with the current search engine spiders, such as Googlebot and Bing, and how will those crawlers evolve in this dynamic environment? New Content Tags ... One of the biggest new features in HTML5 is the new...
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10 Best Open Source Tools for Web Developers

Web developers have a fond love for open source tools not only because these tools are generally free of cost, but they can be modified in any way the developer sees fit. That is actually where the free in free/open source software comes from. While .NET and other paid technologies and tools do have their place on the Web, it really is open source tools and applications that power it. There are thousands of great open source applications and picking the best among them is really hard since so many people have...
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Enhancing WordPress Functionality with BuddyPress

A few weeks ago, I was working with a fellow developer and trying to figure out how we could enhance the functionality of a Wordpress website that required managing visitor logins. The site, which was for poets and writers, would allow visitors to set up accounts, submit content, interact with others on the website and share content to outside circles on Facebook and Twitter. After scratching our heads for a number of days, we came to the conclusion that BuddyPress would provide the needed solution....
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Plugin Development for WordPress

The Wordpress platform allows you to modify, customize and enhance your existing website easily. You don’t need to change the core program but rather you can create or modify existing plugins to add the extra functionality that you need. This flexibility in customizing your Wordpress installation is provided by the Wordpress Plugin API. There are already hundreds of Wordpress Plugins on various Wordpress Plugin repositories on the Web where you can download and install. If you cannot find a plugin...
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Up and Running With Custom Post Types

If you're reading this post, chances are you're familiar with WordPress and its role in the web world as a blogging platform, content management system, multisite administrator, and much more. While WordPress can be a viable solution for any small business website or blog right out of the box from a fresh install, you can harness the true value of WP by diving into the code and creating Custom Post Types. What Is A Custom Post Type? ... WordPress ships with two default post types, Posts and Pages. By default,...
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How to Create and Use WordPress Custom Menus

WordPress 3.0 introduced users to a powerful feature: custom menus. Now, without the need for plugins, we can exclude, include, and rearrange our page links at will, displaying a different menu for different pages, and with some code, even different users entirely. How to Create a Custom WordPress Menu ... Creating a custom menu is simple. Log into your WordPress Administrative Dashboard and select “Menus” under the appearance tab. From here, select the “Menu Name” input and give your new...
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