CMS Showcase: 31 Remarkable Drupal Powered Websites

Feb 24 2008 by Jacob Gube | 102 Comments

leadin_drupal.jpgFor those scratching their heads wondering what Drupal is, it’s an open-source (i.e. free) content management system that’s flexible and feature-packed. Over the last couple of years or so, it’s taken off as the go-to platform to run websites that require a lot of community and content management features. From personal blogs and brochure sites, to fully-featured social networking sites, portals, news sites, and e-commerce websites, Drupal has proven itself as the most robust platform currently available in the content management system market.

This article showcases 31 websites that run on Drupal.

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10 Web-Building Resources You Should’ve Already Bookmarked

Feb 18 2008 by Jacob Gube | 5 Comments

I spend a large portion of my day connected to the internet, and as a result I’ve amassed a large collection of websites and links pertaining to web development. Here’s 10 of my favorites:

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Eight Tips on How to Manage Feature Creep

Feb 6 2008 by Jacob Gube | 68 Comments

Photograph by Martin Kingsley featuring Post-it notes stuck to a bulletin board.Feature creep, also known as scope or requirement creep, refers to unforeseen requests for additions and changes that are outside the project scope. It typically happens due to inadequate requirements gathering, poor initial planning, and an unclear protocol for change implementation, among other things.

In this article, I’d like to discuss eight tips and suggestions, based mostly on my experience, to help minimize and manage the effects of feature creep in your own projects.

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20 Attractive Websites That Make Background Patterns Work

Feb 4 2008 by Jacob Gube | 24 Comments

When you mention patterned/tiled backgrounds, people immediately think of horrid MySpace pages and web designs circa-1990’s. It is therefore a worthy achievement when an artist is able to use this technique to make a website look stunning and attractive. An effective background design pattern can leave a memorable and positive feeling on the people who view these works of art.

A pattern - taken by Ben Ostrowsky

by Ben Ostrowsky

Here I’ve compiled 20 beautiful and artistic websites that use tiled patterns to set their webpage apart from the ordinary.

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9 Practical Ways to Enhance your Web Development Using the Firefox Web Developer Extension

Feb 4 2008 by Jacob Gube | 43 Comments

Whether you’re a front-end graphics designer or a back-end web programmer, if you’ve worked long enough in the field of creating web-based solutions, you’ve no doubt heard about an extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser called (simply enough) the Web Developer extension. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, here’s a brief overview from Webs Tips to get you familiarized with this wonderful tool.

A screenshot of the Mozilla Firefox Web Developer tool

This article lists some practical, everyday uses of the Web Developer extension to help improve your web-building methods. I’ve tried to stay away from the more common and basic uses of the Web Developer extension like troubleshooting layout issues with the Information > Display Div Order option because I feel these have been discussed quite enough in other places. New users, don’t run away quite yet, I think this guide will help you get a rapid jump start into applying this tool into your daily development routine. continue reading »

6 Things You Need for Your Web Project to Succeed

Feb 2 2008 by Jacob Gube | 18 Comments

Being at an age where I’m just beginning to carve my path in the real world, I tend to have many peers and co-workers who constantly think about making an income besides sitting in front of the computer eight to ten hours a day in a windowless room.
A t-shirt that says, in a programming language, while you have not succeeded, keep trying

by Andrea Mercado

I’ve had thousands of conversations about initiating startup companies, selling IT products or services online, creating profit-generating web applications (like a derivative facebook site), and putting up blogs. Eventually, I began to see characteristics that I feel are needed in order for your own project to succeed, and I present them here.

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