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Thankfully, we’re able to do all of this with the help of our sponsors who support our community — companies that also create amazing products and provide excellent services to web professionals.

We’d like to thank our sponsors and talk a little bit about what they do.

As readers, you can support Six Revisions by checking them out and seeing if they have products and services that you can use and purchase.

Site5 Web Hosting

Site5 Web Hosting

Site5 is a web hosting provider catering to the needs of web designers. If you are on another web host and would like to move to Site5, they offer a free website migration service.

FreshBooks

FreshBooks

FreshBooks is a web-based application for sending, managing, and tracking your invoices. It has a wonderful interface that makes it a cinch to produce invoices that you send to your clients. They have over 1 million users and were able to conduct $1 billion woorth of transactions in just 4 months — a testament to the excellence of the app.

Wistia

Wistia

Wistia is a business-grade video hosting, sharing, and tracking service. For developers, they provide an API for working with their hosted videos. Some companies that use Wistia include Nestlé, Map Quest, and Bostley.

Stackable

Stackable.com

Stackable is a VPS provider aimed at web application developers. Stackable can be your development and staging server to test new features before deployment, or it can be your production server.

MailChimp

MailChimp

MailChimp is an app for dealing with email marketing campaigns. Used by over 400,000 people, the application is loaded with useful features such as social media integration, a slick backend for managing your email campaigns, and even mobile apps for when you’re on the go.

Bigstock

Bigstock

Bigstock is a marketplace for stock images. Started in 2004, they quickly grew to become one of the Web’s biggest stock photo sites. Bigstock has over 5 million royalty-free photos organized in categories.

KISSinsights

KISSinsights

With KISSinsights, you can build slick feedback forms to integrate within your web products. KISSinsights differs from other polling apps out there in that it is focused on gathering actionable insights from your customers. Integration is easy and is a simple matter of including a JavaScript in your site template. The tool is being utilized in sites such as BuySellAds.com and Savings.com.

Verio

Verio

Used by over 250,000 companies in 146 countries, Verio is one of the largest web hosting providers. They were named the Best Hosting Company of 2008 by HostingReviews.com.

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Shutterstock has over 12 million royalty-free photos. Shutterstock has over 240,000 photographers contributing stock photos to its marketplace. The site adds nearly 80,000 new photos per week.

Top 25 Web Hosts

Top 25 Web Hosts

TopHosts.com is a complete web hosting resource, providing site owners with information and tools about the hosting industry. The site was founded in 1997.

Remote Tiger, Inc.

Remote Tiger, Inc.

Remote Tiger, Inc. is a creative agency offering several services including web design, web application development, mobile application development, and more. They cater to over 200 clients worldwide. They have headquarters in Washington, D.C. and 65 developers at hand.

SiteGrinder 3

SiteGrinder 3

SiteGrinder 3 is a website development platform plugin for Photoshop. For web designers that have difficultly in coding and deploying websites, SiteGrinder 3 is a tool you may want to check out.

PSD to HTML

PSD to HTML

PSD to HTML offers PSD to HTML conversions for web designers wanting to have someone else deal with all the coding of their designs.

Formstack

Formstack

Formstack is a hosted web form app for developing contact forms, surveys and more. What’s great about Formstack is that they have integrated solutions for accepting online payments.. They have a slick form builder that can get you up and running in minutes.

ThemeForest

ThemeForest

ThemeForest is a leading marketplace for site templates and CMS themes. They offer close to 3,000 site templates and themes.

Site24x7

Site24x7

Site24x7 is an app for monitoring your website and web servers. It logs, records and watches out for website uptime issues, website performance issues, DNS records and much more.

WORKetc

WORKetc

Worketc is an all-in-one app solution for project-based work. It’s a customer relationship management (CRM) system, it can handle your billings, sales, support, and can manage your project and timelines.

eConnect

eConnect

eConnect is a web-based application for creating, managing and sending email campaigns. It has features such as reporting and analytics, the ability to create subscription web forms, and an API for making your own tools and apps.

Jacob Gube is the founder of Six Revisions. He’s a front-end developer. Connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

12 Social Media Monitoring Tools Reviewed

After several months of researching, testing, and using various tools for social media monitoring and response, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my findings. It was fun to dive into these tools, but I hope the information in this article will save you time and help you quickly find the tool that’s right for your needs.

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Making User Interface Elements Difficult to Use By Intent

In modern web interface design, no other principle has been heralded and pushed onto us as much as the concept of user-centered design. User-centered design tells us that we should do everything we can to make our user interfaces as easy to use and as intuitive as possible.

However, a big part of designing user interfaces that are easy to use also involves figuring out what things should be a bit more difficult to use. It’s a counter-intuitive notion that’s central to effective user interface design.

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How to Navigate Design by Committee

The phrase "design by committee" evokes a range of emotions from designers, mostly the kind you save for an arch-nemesis (think Lex Luthor) or expend on your Windows-based PC. A quick search will uncover a variety of articles and jokes bemoaning the process, and with good reason; it has long been the Achilles’ heel of many a designer’s creative freedom.

However, as enjoyable as it can be to slam the design feedback process, there are steps you can take to make the most out of it — because let’s face it — you usually don’t have a choice to design on your own (and if you do, consider yourself lucky).

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The Web's Undead

For most people, the web looks and feels like things are all peachy — vibrant, alive, new, fresh. However for those of us in the know, below this facade exists a consistent cycle of death and rebirth.

While many technologies and practices have left this world and passed on to the next (R.I.P Netscape), some have been more resilient. Supposedly dead elements of the web are rising from the grave, continuing to haunt us.

This article will explore the state of the web zombie invasion!

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How Web Designers Can Adopt a Global Mindset

Globalization is one of the biggest business buzzwords in the 21st century. The rise of the internet as the world’s dominant medium is largely responsible for the onset of this global mindset, as businesses of all sizes realize the potential of tapping into new or emerging markets afforded by the World Wide Web.

So what can the web designers of the world do to help the global cause? How can developers ensure that their work is accessible and appealing to as diverse an international audience as possible?

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Making Money Designing Themes: The Pros and Cons

Alongside my primary income stream, which is my web design freelance business, I’ve also been selling themes and templates for content management systems and publishing platforms like WordPress for close to two years now.

Although theme design can seem like the promised land for web designers and web developers — with some theme authors making tens of thousands of dollars from a single theme alone — it’s actually more like a gold rush: a chosen few hit it big, but only after putting in a lot of hard work.

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