8 CSS Techniques for Charting Data

Sep 20 2008 by Jacob Gube | 42 Comments

There are many ways you can present numerical, chartable data by styling elements using CSS. Using CSS to style your data prevents you from relying on static images and increases your content’s accessibility.

Below, you’ll read about 8 excellent techniques for styling elements into beautiful, accessible charts and graphs.

1. CSS for Bar Graphs

CSS for Bar GraphsView Demo

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6 Tools to Help You Analyze a Web Host

Sep 11 2008 by Eva Vesper | 28 Comments

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Eva Vesper who works with Web Hosting Search – a small, independent hosting review site. She’s here to share some insights on how to evaluate and analyze your hosting provider.

You have a website.  You are satisfied with the web hosting provider but you still think it could be better. What to do? There are fortunately a few excellent tools that will help you monitor how web hosts are performing.  We will cover 6 popular tools to help you analyze your hosting provider.

1. DNSstuff

DNSstuff - screen shot.

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30 Beautiful Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

Sep 9 2008 by Jacob Gube | 169 Comments

There are thousands of Photoshop tutorials out there, but few that are top-notch in terms of instructions, presentation – and of course – outcome. In this post, you’ll find 30 beautiful, high-quality Adobe Photoshop tutorials from top tutorial sites and designers like PSDTUTS, PSHERO, and Abduzeedo.

1. Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect

Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect - screen shot.

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Useful Cheat Sheets for Web Designers

Sep 7 2008 by Jacob Gube | 103 Comments

Cheat sheets (also known as reference cards, reference sheets, etc.) not only helps you remember things quickly, but can also serve as wall decoration for your workspace.

In this post, you’ll find 28 excellent, useful cheat sheets in various file formats for Photoshop, Dreamweaver, colors, typography, and other web-design related topics all in one page with pictures of each cheat sheet.

If you’re looking for front-end web developer cheat sheets (more CSS, HTML, and JavaScript) check out Cheat Sheets for Front-end Web Developers.

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Photoshop CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Photoshop CS3 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet - screen shot.Downloads: PDF (Windows), PDF (Mac)

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10 Promising JavaScript Frameworks

Sep 3 2008 by Jacob Gube | 114 Comments

Popular JavaScript frameworks/libraries like jQuery, MooTools, Prototype, and YUI (to name a few of the most popular JavaScript frameworks out there) definitely have a solid foothold in the JavaScript framework arena. But for the more adventurous developers looking for new or alternative frameworks/libraries – there are some excellent frameworks outside the popular ones that’s worth checking out.

It’s always good to consider all of your options before settling on a JavaScript framework that’s right for you and/or your team – and though there’s definitely a lot of compelling reasons to stick to the big names – it won’t hurt you any to at least try the alternatives.

This article showcases 10 alternative and capable JavaScript frameworks/libraries to explore. Links to some of their demos (when available) are included in the entry so that you can see the framework in action.

1. SproutCore

SproutCore - screens hot.

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45 Beautiful and Creative (WordPress) Designs

Sep 1 2008 by Jacob Gube | 116 Comments

WordPress provides designers utmost control over a theme – resulting in unprecented flexibility in the layout and design direction he or she can take. WordPress – in the title – is inside parentheses because the designs you’ll see below are wonderful designs despite of the publishing platform they use (which just so happens to be WordPress).

In this collection, you’ll find some (45 of them to be exact) of the most attractive, creative designs by talented designers who push the limits of WordPress theming and raise the bar for the rest of us.

1. Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg - screen shot.WordPress version: 2.7-hemorrhage

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